Arteta: 'Still some things' for Arsenal to do in window
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Arsenal could be set to bring in more additions before the transfer window closes next week. Several players have been linked with a move to the Emirates as Mikel Arteta looks to strengthen his squad further following a disastrous start to the season. Others could be on their way out of north London.
The Gunners are reportedly interested in Lyon’s Houssem Aouar and Brighton’s Yves Bissouma, while Luka Jovic could exit Real Madrid on loan this summer, according to Spanish outlet Sport.
One player who could be set to leave Arsenal is Spanish right-back Hector Bellerin, according to the Athletic.
Meanwhile, Tutto Mercato Web say Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a target for Juventus to replace Cristiano Ronaldo.
Here Express Sport looks at how Arteta’s side could line up if he completes three further signings before Tuesday.
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Goalkeeper – Leno
New signing Aaron Ramsdale is likely to provide competition for Bernd Leno after completing his move to the Emirates earlier this month.
But the German is expected to remain as the first-choice option for Arteta – at least in the short term.
Leno has already shipped nine goals in the first three league games – including five at Man City at the weekend – but the 29-year-old is not the only player to blame.
Defence – Chambers, White, Gabriel, Tierney
Calum Chambers is expected to cement his place as the first choice right-back given Bellerin’s reported desire to leave the Emirates.
Ben White has had a difficult first few weeks in north London, but the £50million signing will be a key figure for Arteta going forward.
Brazilian central defender Gabriel is set to return from a knee injury in September and will partner White.
Meanwhile, Kieran Tierney is the obvious left-back option for Arteta.
Midfield – Xhaka, Bissouma; Aouar, Odegaard, Smith-Rowe
Granit Xhaka showed his weaknesses at the weekend against Man City, with a rash lunge which resulted in a straight red card.
However, the Swiss midfielder has been key to Arteta’s plans and he could partner Yves Bissouma – should the Mali international join from Brighton.
Attacking midfield is an area Arteta has significantly strengthened over the summer.
Martin Odegaard joined the club on a permanent basis from Real Madrid – following a loan deal with the Gunners last season – and the Norwegian is expected to push his way into the first-team.
Smith-Rowe could be nudged out to the left side of an attacking three, while Houssem Aouar would a central figure, should he arrive from Lyon.
Attack – Jovic
If Aubameyang leaves the club, then Arteta will need to sign a replacement for the Gabon international.
Serbia international Jovic – who has failed to impress at Real Madrid – is reportedly set to be on the move this summer.
The 23-year-old could exit the Spanish capital on loan again and Arteta may swoop for the ex-Frankfurt forward.
Jovic spent the second half of the previous campaign on loan at his previous employers after being deemed surplus to requirements by former boss Zinedine Zidane.
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