By Gabriel Agbonlahor

8th Jul, 2022 | 2:35pm

Arsenal told to sign Nicolas Pepe replacement after £45m development - pundit

Arsenal should now turn their attention to signing an upgrade on Nicolas Pepe and a new midfielder, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England forward delivered his verdict after the Gunners finally completed the signing of Gabriel Jesus.

The club confirmed earlier this week (4 July) that the 25-year-old had completed his switch from Man City for a reported £45million fee.

He is their fourth signing of the summer along with Marquinhos, Matt Turner and Fabio Vieira.

Asked whether Arsenal should look to sign another striker, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “No, Gabriel Jesus is the number one, he can start. [Eddie] Nketiah can be the one that comes on for 20 minutes and plays the cup games.

“They are Ok in the striker department. Maybe one more if they can but if not it is not the worst position to be in. Other teams have had two strikers in a season and been fine.

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“For me, they need another winger. They were talking about Raphinha and it didn’t work out.

“Saka, Smith Rowe and Martinelli are very good players but they are young and will have a dip in form. Pepe hasn’t worked, they need one more.

“Then another midfielder. There was talk about [Youri] Tielemans but that’s gone quiet. Arsenal have still got business to do.

“Tierney’s got his injury problems at left-back. At right-back, I’m not so sure about Tomiyasu or Cedric.

“There are positions to be filled for Arsenal. If I was a betting man and nobody else signed any more players, I’d bet on Spurs to definitely finish above them next season.”

In other news, Arsenal are “in pole position” to sign a Premier League star ahead of Newcastle United.