Arsenal have already identified next two positions to target in 2022 windows

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Arsenal want to strengthen their playing squad in two key areas during the 2022 transfer windows – despite being the Premier League's biggest spenders this summer.

The Gunners, who finished eighth in the table last time out, sit rock bottom with three defeats from three fixtures this season despite spending £140million on new additions.

With pressure building on Arteta, their upcoming fixtures against Norwich and Burnley look crucial in his attempts to get supporters back onside at the Emirates.

While the short-term goal is to get points on the board and climb up the table, Arsenal are said to have outlined their key goals for the winter and summer transfer windows in 2022.

The Athletic report that the positions of central midfield and centre-forward 'figure prominently' on Arsenal's agenda for transfer windows in the near future.

That comes after the Gunners allowed Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira to again leave the club on loan, while bringing in Albert Sambi Lokonga and Martin Odegaard on permanent deals.

As far as their strikers are concerned, Alexandre Lacazette is out of contract next summer, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is out of form after signing a new contract, but there is plenty of hope for Folarin Balogun, Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Martinelli.

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Technical director Edu told Sky Sports News after being told that fans were underwhelmed at some of the deals: "Yes, I understand the reason because firstly, they have not seen the team playing together yet.

"That's one of the reasons but I think we have to see the wider context than just to see the money around it. We signed six players who are under 23, which means a lot in terms of our planning.

"Normally, people like to see just one window, so I have to say it is the bigger picture because we started planning this squad a year ago in terms of consolidating the team and to try to get a better foundation.

"If you remember, in that period we renewed Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli a year ago with the intention to get that kind of base in the team.

"In a one-year period, we signed 10 players and seven of the 10 are under 23. We renewed seven players in this period as well, just in the first team. Five of the seven are under 23 as well.

"Why did we do that? Because we have a reason to try again to create a good foundation and then, one day, maybe we are going to sign one or two players only.

"But after that, it's impossible to sign one or two players only because we have a lot to do."

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