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Opinion: Recent transfer update provides Arsenal with a boost in key summer for Mikel Arteta

Recent reports have claimed that Arsenal are interested in a transfer for Hibernian left-back Josh Doig.

Football.london are reporting that the Scottish Premiership side are demanding £5m for the youngster.

If true, the move would be a coup for the Gunners, who are looking to circumnavigate the market in a smart manner this summer.

Money proves to be incredibly tight, with the Gunners feeling the after-effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Gunners have lost £47.8m as a result of games being played behind closed doors and the loss of TV revenue.

Meanwhile, Arsenal’s chase of a left-back continues with Sead Kolasinac set to depart. Reports have linked the defender with a move to Turkey and Italy this summer.

Left-back has been a problem for much of 2021.

The Bosnia international was allowed to leave the club in January. It was a baffling move from the side especially due to Kieran Tierney’s injury record.

Granit Xhaka filled in during the Scotsman’s absence last season. Cedric Soares also deputised, however, his inability to use his weaker left foot proved costly in the Europa League.

Tierney’s failure to stay fit meant the Gunners always needed a replacement, without having a natural one in their squad. As a result, the club struggled in the Europa League, especially in the semi-finals.

But in Doig, there is an opportunity to replace Kolasinac with a younger figure for a cheap fee.

The £5m asking price for Doig will allow the Arsenal to focus on strengthening other areas this transfer window.

Hector Bellerin is likely to leave the club whilst Xhaka is close to sealing a move to Roma.

Those two positions are key areas for Mikel Arteta. The money saved in signing the 19-year-old can help strengthen them more easily.

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