One week to go: Where EVERY Premier League club needs to improve in the window
Arsenal: central midfielder
This is very much a quality over quantity issue for the Gunners, who count Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka, Jack Wilshere, Mohamed Elneny and Francis Coquelin among their midfield options. None of those convince as a successor to the perennially injured Santi Cazorla, though, which remains a problem for Arsene Wenger. Incredible as it may seem, quality midfield options would still be useful at the Emirates.
Bournemouth have three left-backs on the books in Charlie Daniels, Brad Smith and Tyrone Mings, but Adam Smith is the only natural option on the other side of the defence. Simon Francis, who turns 33 this season, can cover there, but the Cherries would be well advised to add another right-back to their squad before the end of the month.
At the time of writing, Brighton are still awaiting their first goal in the Premier League – a quest which would be aided by the acquisition of a new centre-forward. Glenn Murray turns 34 next month and has never been prolific in the top tier, while Tomer Hemed looks set for the exit door. A new frontman is a must for Chris Hughton, with Oumar Niasse the latest to be linked. We all saw what happened to Middlesbrough last season.
Boss Sean Dyche has secured a replacement for striker Andre Gray in Chris Wood, but Burnley haven’t yet signed a centre-back to fill the void left by Michael Keane. James Tarkowski performed well against Chelsea and West Brom, but whether he’s good enough to partner Ben Mee over a sustained period of time remains to be seen.
Chelsea: central midfielder
The sale of Nemanja Matic raised more than a few eyebrows, but Chelsea have also let Nathaniel Chalobah go and loaned out Ruben Loftus-Cheek this summer. Adding another option in the centre of the park is therefore a must, particularly as the Blues will also have Champions League football to contend with this term. Danny Drinkwater would fit the bill, although perhaps not at the price Leicester are demanding.