Mikel Arteta wants to sign Martin Zubimendi over Douglas Luiz for one reason

Arsenal suffered a shock defeat at home against Aston Villa last weekend and then crashed out of the Champions League following a 1-0 defeat at Bayern Munich.

Those two games proved that Arsenal need reinforcements in multiple areas of the pitch this summer, and a new midfielder is expected to be high on the agenda.

Arsenal could end up in a position where they will be really short of options in midfield. Mohamed Elneny and Jorginho are both out of contract this summer, while Thomas Partey has been linked with a move away from the club.

That leaves the Gunners with just Declan Rice in that number six role, which is not ideal at all in a season where they will play over 50 games.

Arsenal need a new defensive midfielder this summer, and Douglas Luiz has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium.

However, GiveMeSport claim that Mikel Arteta is ‘expecting Luiz to stay on Villa’s books’ and doesn’t feel the Brazilian will ‘agitate for a move’ if Unai Emery’s side finish where they are in the table right now – fourth.

That’s why Arsenal have turned their attention to Martin Zubimendi, with the report claiming that Arteta would much rather have the Real Sociedad midfielder.

Zubimendi has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal for a year now, and Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Arteta and his coaching staff reportedly think he is ‘perfect‘ for their side.