Arsenal: Arteta details plan to return to top four
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Arsenal are exploring several transfer targets ahead of the summer window and could have a new-look side under Mikel Arteta. The Gunners will be without European football next season so will have to be smart in attracting the players they want to the club. Express Sport looks at how Arsenal could line up with the help of four summer arrivals.
Goalkeeper – Onana
Dutch outlet NOS say a deal to take Andre Onana to Arsenal is ‘imminent’.
Arsenal could sign the goalkeeper for between £5million and £8m, with his contract set to expire next summer.
Mat Ryan is also reportedly set to join on a permanent deal but he will only be a backup to a No 1.
Onana’s arrival could therefore spell the end of Bernd Leno’s time at the Emirates.
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Defence – Emerson, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney
Arsenal have been linked with a host of right-backs heading into this summer.
Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey and Norwich’s Max Aarons are said to be targets, though rumours of a deal for Emerson Royal refuse to go away.
Emerson has only just completed a full move to Barcelona after being part-owned by Real Betis but Barca are keen to raise money.
William Saliba could slot in as the right-sided centre-back alongside Gabriel, with Kieran Tierney at left-back.
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Midfield – Bissouma, Partey; Saka
Arsenal maintain an interest in Brighton star Yves Bissouma.
They will face competition from elsewhere but a £30m deal would be a bargain.
Bissouma could form a strong partnership with Thomas Partey, who will be better in his second campaign in the Premier League.
Bukayo Saka could slot into one of his many different positions at No 10 to accommodate for the attacking players.
Attack – Pepe, Lacazette, Sterling
Manchester City star Raheem Sterling is linked with a sensational move to Arsenal.
Transfer fee, wages and the lack of European football could all be stumbling blocks.
But he would likely take up a place on the left of the attack if he did move to the Emirates.
Nicolas Pepe’s end to the season means he should be a shoo-in to start next term.
Alexandre Lacazette is the best No 9 Arteta has got so should play if he is still at the club.
How Arsenal could line up next season in full: Onana; Emerson, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney; Bissouma, Partey; Pepe, Saka, Sterling; Lacazette.
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