Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal are in for at least two more signings this summer with an attacker and a defender topping his list of priorities. The north London club have made three signings this summer but only Granit Xhaka is likely to make a regular appearance next season for the Gunners.

The Frenchman has already committed to spending big if the right player is available but faces heartbreak in his pursuit of Gonzalo Higuain, with the striker set to make a move to Juventus. The Gunners have also been linked with a move for Leicester City forward Riyad Mahrez and Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette.

Arsenal are desperately in search of a striker with Danny Welbeck out for almost the rest of the season with a knee injury he picked up against Manchester City last season. Olivier Giroud is set to miss the opening few games of the season after being given an extended holiday following France's participation in the recently concluded Euros, where the host nation lost to Portugal in the final. However, Wenger insists that it will not be easy as there is a clever game going on involving many clubs and that they have to tread carefully in the market to secure their signings.

"We look still for an offensive position and defensive position," Wenger told Arsenal Player, as quoted by the ESPN. "We are very active on the transfer market but it's a long time to go. Everybody has a handbrake on at the moment. It's a little bit of a poker game until mid-August in my opinion. So we might have to be good at poker."

Granit Xhaka
Arsene Wenger is backing Granit Xhaka to make an impact from a deep lying midfielder's role in the upcoming campaignGetty

The Gunners have already been rebuffed in their pursuit of Jamie Vardy, with the striker signing a new contract with Leicester instead of moving to north London, despite the north London club matching his release clause. Arsenal's transfer activity has been in stark contrast to that of the other top clubs, with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City signing players by the dozen.