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Arsenal must land £31.5m-rated African midfielder to finish in the top-four next season

The Arsenal fans were drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern last night after they watched their side record their a defeat in the space of just one week yesterday afternoon.

Arsenal have certainly been no strangers to dark moments and gut-wrenching defeats this season, but after being outclassed by Manchester City twice in the space of five days, their 2-1 defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion was particularly tough to take. The result has left The Gunners 13 points adrift of 4th place Tottenham Hotspur and facing the inevitable prospect of playing Europa League football once again next season.

That fact will of course rile the Arsenal supporters who have become so accustomed with Champions League football during the past two decades, but they have be forced to adapt to their club’s new standing in the Premier League unless dramatic improvements are made to their squad next summer.

With that being said, Arsenal should already be starting to identify the areas in their squad which are most in need of improvement next summer. One area which is certainly in need of a significant revamp is central midfield. According to The Sun, Arsenal are in the market for a central midfielder, namely Jean Michael Seri of Nice (valued at £31 million by Transfermarkt), but they face competition from Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United for his signature.

It will undoubtedly be a hugely difficult task to persuade Seri to join The Gunners over a team who will be competing in the Champions League next season, but if Arsenal want to return to Europe’s most prestigious competition by finishing inside the top-four, it’s a task they simply have to complete. The performances of Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny this season have consistently served to illuminate both the lack of quality in midfield and Arsenal’s need to bolster the spine of their squad this summer.

Arsene Wenger should look no further than Seri, as the Ivory Coast international possesses a brilliant blend between defensive steel and creativity in central midfield. The 26-year-old is exceptionally comfortable in possession and is happy to receive the ball under pressure in tight areas of the pitch, and his ability in this regard would enable Arsenal to dictate the tempo of proceedings – something which they have massively struggled to achieve this season.

Seri’s ability to read the game, break-up play and distribute effectively could transform the complexion of Arsenal’s midfield and catalyse a return to the Champions League next season, so Wenger must do everything in his power to bringing a special Ligue 1 talent to the red-half of North-London next season.

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