Arsenal’s new-look line-up next season as Mikel Arteta eyes 6 new signings

Arsenal will go into the 2021/22 season knowing it will be their first campaign without mid-week European football for 25 years, after the Gunners finished eighth for the second time in a row.

For much of the last day of the season, it looked as if Arsenal may leapfrog local rivals Tottenham and sneak their way into the newly-formed Europa Conference League, but it wasn't to be as a late Spurs comeback resigned the Gunners to solely domestic action next campaign.

Despite calls for him to lose his job during a horrific run of form just before the Christmas period which saw the Gunners endure their worst home form since the 1950's, Mikel Arteta remains at the helm and is thought to have the full backing of the Arsenal hierarchy.

The Spaniard has been entrusted to oversee this essential Arsenal rebuild as they look to reclaim their place as one of the biggest sides in the country.

Arteta's dealings in the transfer market have had mixed results so far, the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes proved inpsired with the young Brazilian central defender easily one of Arsenal's best performers last season, but Arteta did sign off on a deal for former Chelsea star Willian, who took 37 Premier League match-weeks to bag his first goal against West Brom.

With that being said, here are six players Arteta could look to lure to the Emirates to restore Arsenal to their former glories.

Emiliano Buendia

The Norwich star has long been the subject of interest from the Gunners and was heavily linked with a move to North London last summer before Arsenal balked at the Canaries asking price.

Mainly operating as a winger, Buendia can be deployed anywhere in an attacking sense across the midfield, and solves one of Arsenal's biggest issues from midfield – goals.

Last season, Arsenal were starved of goals from midfield, with Martin Odegaard, Mohamed El Neny and Granit Xhaka all notching just one Premier League goal each.

In stark contrast, Buendia scored 15 goals and made 17 assists in the Championship last season.

If the Argentine can replicate that kind of form at the Emirates, he will go some way to ensuring Arsenal mount a serious bid for Champions League qualification.

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Yves Bissouma

The Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder is seemingly all too aware of the interest from Arsenal and appears to be teasing Gunners fans with his social media activity.

In the aftermath of Brighton's final league game of the season away at Arsenal, fans noticed that Nicolas Pepe and Bissouma were locked in a lengthy conversation as they prowled the Emirates turf, with Pepe appearing to almost offer a Bissouma a tour of a stadium he could one day play at a lot more regularly.

After the game, the pair who share the same agent posed together for a snap, sending fans further into a frenzy over the prospect of signing the Mali international.

Bissouma could prove to be the perfect midfield partner for Thomas Partey, who has struggled to find the kind of form that made him one of European football's most elite midfielders at Atletico Madrid.

Max Aarons

With Hector Bellerin's departure all but confirmed, Arsenal are prowling the market in search of a replacement for the Spaniard.

They may have to raid Norwich for another one of their stars, as Max Aarons continues to garner interest from a number of the continent's biggest clubs.

Aarons would be an ideal signing for Arteta, given he can match Bellerin's athleticism while offering more composure in the final third.

At just 21 years of age, Aarons is in high demand and Arsenal will have to fend off interest from the likes of Bayern Munich and Manchester United.

A boyhood Arsenal fan, Aarons will undoubtedly be tempted by a move to North London, but whether the Gunners will muster up sufficient funds to spark a departure from Carrow Road remains to be seen.

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David Raya

With current shot-stopper Bernd Leno rumoured to be stalling over a new contract, Arsenal could re-ignite their interest in Brentford goalkeeper David Raya.

The Gunners made little secret of their interest in the Bees number one last summer.

Arteta was keen on the idea of bringing in Raya to vie for a starting spot with Leno, especially in the wake of Emiliano Martinez's departure.

However, a deal failed to materialise and Raya went on to help guide Brentford to the top tier, ensuring Raya will be a Premier League goalkeeper next season whether he joins Arsenal or not.

At just 25 years of age, Raya has more than enough time on his hands and though the Gunners hopes of luring the Spaniard to the Emirates may have taken a blow with Brentford's promotion, if the chances does arise Arsenal will undoubtedly be tempted.

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Jules Kounde

The Sevilla centre-back has been linked with just about every 'big six' Premier League club, but he could arguably improve Arsenal the most.

Arteta has undoubtedly made Arsenal a stronger defensive unit, but the performances of Rob Holding and Pablo Mari have left a lot to be desired.

Factor in that the Gunners have lost three central defenders since January in Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis and David Luiz and they are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements.

Kounde's fine form for Sevilla has earned him a call-up to France's Euros 2020 squad, but his £80m release clause may be enough to keep Arsenal at bay for now.

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Martin Odegaard

The only player on this list to already make an appearance for Arsenal, Odegaard has spent the last six months on loan at the Emirates from parent club Real Madrid.

The Norway captain impressed, endearing himself to the Arsenal faithful with a crucial Europa League goal against Olympiacos before bagging against fierce North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

A move for Odegaard may now appear more likely than it did a week ago, as when Zinedine Zidane announced his departure from his post as Real Madrid manager it seemed any hope the Gunners had of keeping the midfielder was lost.

However, replacement Carlo Ancelotti is hardly Odegaard's biggest fan.

Comments the Italian made when Los Blancos originally signed the Norwegian have now resurfaced, with Ancelotti claiming: "When Florentino buys a Norwegian footballer, you simply have to accept it.

"Furthermore, the president decided that he would play three games with the first team as a public relations exercise. He could be the best player in the world, but I don't care because he was not a player who I asked for. That signing was to do with PR."

Arsenal are likely to have to part ways with as much as £60m if they wish to extend Odegaard's stay in North London into next season.

Potential Arsenal starting XI (4-2-3-1): Raya, Aarons, Kounde, Gabriel, Tierney, Bissouma, Partey, Odegaard, Buendia, Martinelli, Aubameyang

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