Arsenal could look completely different next season with three stars linked – but five face the chop in major overhaul

Arsenal look to be in store for another busy summer at the Emirates with the club set to splash the cash again.

The Gunners have forked out close to £600million on new players since Mikel Arteta was appointed in 2019 – with over £250m spent in 2023 alone.

It is understood the club will look to generate funds from selling a number of players in the upcoming transfer window as Arsenal look to build on their progress.

A striker, winger and central midfielder are claimed to be the key priorities, with Wolves’ Pedro Neto the top target in the wide position.

talkSPORT reported in February how Wolves wouldn’t get in the way of a summer departure, with Arsenal a keen admirer.

Elsewhere, Real Sociedad’s Martin Zubimendi has been mentioned as potential partner for Declan Rice in the middle of the pitch, with the 25-year-old boasting a £51.3m release clause.

And while Arsenal are fans of Newcastle centre-forward Alexander Isak, the Magpies are unlikely to sell, with RB Leipzig’s Benjamin Sesko and Sporting Lisbon’s Victor Gyokeres also eyed up.

But with Sesko five years younger than Gyokeres, as well as being available for £42.8m due to his buy-out clause compared to the Sweden international’s £85m asking price, he could be seen as the ideal choice.

But a number of fringe players will have to make way first in order for the Gunners to comply with financial regulations.

Striker Eddie Nketiah is behind Kai Havertz and Gabriel Jesus in the striking peck order, with it claimed the Crystal Palace target could fetch as much as £30m.

The news outlet also stated that back-up goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale may be let go with Arsenal expected to turn David Raya’s loan spell from Brentford into a permanent stay.

Hale End graduates Emile Smith Rowe and Reiss Nelson are claimed to be facing uncertain futures, while surprisingly, it has been said Leandro Trossard may potentially depart.

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Trossard, who only joined Arsenal from Brighton last January, has fired in 13 goals this season, with only Bukayo Saka scoring more.

All signs point towards a hectic summer in north London, which could see Arteta’s line-up drastically change next season.

Here takes a look at how Arsenal could start should they land three of their top targets.

Slotting between the sticks would be Raya, who has made the number one jersey his own since ousting Ramsdale in the fifth matchweek of the season.

Natural centre-back Ben White would then keep his spot at right-back in order to accommodate the formidable partnership between Gabriel and William Saliba in the heart of defence.

Forgotten Arsenal star Jurrien Timber would then slot as the inverted left-back as he looks to make an impact following his anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Signed from Ajax last summer, the Dutchman started in the Community Shield and in the opening league match before he suffered his knee knock.

Zubimendi would then be deployed as the lone defensive midfielder – in place of Jorginho and Thomas Partey.

This would see Rice feature in a roaming box-to-box role alongside skipper Martin Odegaard.

Bukayo Saka would start on the right wing, where he would be the only Arsenal forward from this season to keep his spot.

Gabriel Martinelli, who often plays on the opposite flank, would have to settle for a place on the bench with Neto replacing him.

Meanwhile Havertz and Jesus would also lose out on a starting spot should Sesko be brought it, with Arteta keen for a physical striker to lead the line.

SOURCE: Football News, Transfers, Opinion – talkSPORT   (go to source)
AUTHOR: Jake Lambourne
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