€64m duo among six transfer priorities for Arsenal on July 1

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The transfer window opens shortly and Arsenal are still no closer to sealing their first deals of the summer.

We are approaching a year ago to the day since Yaya Sanogo clinched his free transfer from Auxerre to Arsenal, and he remains the only striker the Gunners have signed in the past 12 months.

Considering the young Frenchman is yet to score his first goal for the Gunners, and Nicklas Bendtner will finally be released when the clock strikes midnight, further competition for Olivier Giroud is required.

It's far from the only priority for the Gunners however; here is a look at all of their needs ahead of the transfer window opening on July 1.

Alexis Sanchez

Chilean international Alexis Sanchez is reported to be top of Arsenal's summer wishlist, a forward who can play wide and fits perfectly with the Gunners' style. He is coming off the back of a successful season at Barcelona and impressive World Cup but the La Liga side are open to offers after his three years at the club to date. Reports have suggested Arsenal are ready to submit a £32 million bid for the winger, who is also interesting Liverpool, Manchester United and Juventus.

Morgan Schneiderlin

Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has also emerged as a top target to anchor the club's midfield. The French international is reportedly willing to quit the Saints, but The Mirror write that he could cost as much as £20 million. Arsenal need a defensive midfielder, and Schneiderlin's track record in the Premier League, as one of the most consistent tacklers and leader in terms of interceptions makes him a strong candidate for the role.

A key striker

There is no escaping Arsenal's need for a prolific striker, one who can battle Olivier Giroud for a first team spot. Wenger may consider this addressed if he can sign the versatile Alexis Sanchez, but there are alternatives. Mario Balotelli interest has been shot down, but Mario Mandzukic of Bayern Munich and Jackson Martinez of Porto are two strong candidates whose goals to games ratios in recent seasons speak for themselves.

Replacing Thomas Vermaelen

Thomas Vermaelen remains linked with an exit, and Arsenal need to start planning for life without the Belgian. Currently the third choice centre-back, if he leaves then the club's options behind Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker appear dangerously thin. The departure Bacary Sagna, who has also played in the centre in recent seasons also weakens their options in this area, and there is an argument that Arsenal need a centre-back even if they keep Vermaelen.

Replacing Bacary Sagna

Sagna's departure as a free agent leaves Arsenal short in his primary position at right-back. Arsene Wenger was reluctant to use Carl Jenkinson last season suggesting he will move in the market for an alternative. Hector Bellerin will hope to step up from the under-21s, but Toulouse right-back Serge Aurier or Newcastle's Mathieu Debuchy are the most credible transfer options.

Replacing Lukasz Fabianski

FA Cup hero Lukasz Fabianski has joined Swansea City on a free transfer, leaving Arsenal short of cover for Wojciech Szczesny. Talk of signing Iker Casillas is fanciful at best, while World Cup heroes Guillermo Ochao and Keylor Navas have also been suggested by the papers along with Cardiff's David Marshall. The direction Arsene Wenger will move in is unclear, but it remains a position the Frenchman cannot ignore heading into the season ahead.

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