Edu identifies ‘next Kieran Tierney’ as Arsenal make summer transfer window decision

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Arsenal will be on the hunt to address multiple positions in the summer, with a new centre forward and strengthening the engine room of the team high on Mikel Arteta’s agenda.

Defensive reinforcements however could also be a possibility, particularly in the full-back positions as first-team starters Takehiro Tomiyasu and Kieran Tierney have both missed significant periods of the season.

Regarding the options the Gunners have at left-back, Nuno Tavares was brought in to provide adequate backup to Tierney last summer and so far has endured a turbulent spell in north London.

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The Portuguese defender has delivered some excellent performances in an Arsenal shirt against the likes of Aston Villa and Leicester City earlier on in the season.

But despite notching his first goal for the club against Manchester United last weekend, Tavares has experienced difficult moments of late and clearly needs to work on many aspects of his game.

Perhaps this could see Arteta dip into the market to add more competition in this position and recent reports have stated that his side are interested in Bologna youngster Aaron Hickey according to Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli, relayed by Viola News.

The left-back is currently enjoying an excellent season in Itlay, with five assists and one goal in 32 games in Serie A. This has earned him plenty of attention, particularly from inside Italy, where Napoli are very serious about signing him this summer.

Certainly, Hickey fits the profile in terms of a young player who suits the modern game and under the stewardship of Arteta, he could become an even better player if a potential deal was to happen.

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