Jamie Redknapp presents four point plan to fix Arsenal this summer

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Arteta has a big summer rebuild ahead of him (Picture: Getty)

Jamie Redknapp believes there are four issues Mikel Arteta must address this summer if Arsenal are to improve.

After wins over Liverpool and Manchester City, Arsenal slumped to a 1-0 defeat to relegation battlers Aston Villa.

Arteta was hesitant to heavily criticise his players after the game but admitted his side struggled to create openings despite boasting almost 70 per cent of possession.

Redknapp identified a quartet of problems that needed to be sorted out this summer, which included the futures of three key Arsenal players.

‘They are way off the top four,’ Redknapp told Sky Sports. ‘One issue he has to deal with is Mesut Ozil, he’ll be off this summer I’m sure.

‘He is on an awful lot of money, if you feel the player isn’t right then you have to bite the bullet and let them go.’

‘Another problem they have got is (Dani) Ceballos. I really like him, will they get him back?’ Redknapp added.

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Ceballos is on loan from Real Madrid (Picture: Getty)

‘Credit Arteta, when he first came he looked silky. If you lose him and Auba then you have problems.’

Mesut Ozil has not played a single minute since the restart of action last month and has not been included in the last eight match day squads due to a back problem.

The German appeared to challenge Arsenal’s claim he is struggling with a back problem, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is another player Arsenal could lose this summer.

Dani Ceballos is scheduled to return to Real Madrid once his loan deal expires and Aubameyang has been weighing up signing a new contract at Arsenal for several months.

Arsenal’s top scorer can leave the club on a free transfer next summer and Redknapp insists the Gunners cannot afford to lose him.

He explained: ‘Auba, you need to get him a new contract, don’t want to get in another situation [like Ozil]. Players like him are hard to find.

Aubameyang is yet to sign a new deal (Picture: Getty)

‘He wants to play with better players, he will want to know who is coming in.

‘Yeah he gets on with his mates (Alexandre) Lacazette and he speaks highly of (Bukayo) Saka, he is ambitious and he wants to look at the players coming in.’

Trezeguet’s first half strike was enough to see off Arsenal, with the Gunners struggling to defend set-pieces through-out the game.

Redknapp urged Arsenal to ‘throw money’ at the backline and overhaul their defence as quickly as possible.

‘I look at that Arsenal back line, they will make mistakes,’ Redknapp said.

‘They need to throw money at the problem.’

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