Arsenal: Aubameyang, Elneny get in shape ahead of pre-season
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Arsenal could see a huge amount of players leave in this summer transfer window as Mikel Arteta attempts to improve upon last season’s disappointment. Yesterday, we looked at 11 more players who could potentially leave the Gunners ahead of the incomings Arteta plans. Now, Express Sport takes at the potential Arsenal squad once the summer window has shut.
Goalkeepers – Leno, Neto, Okonkwo
Arsenal are in the market for a goalkeeper but £40million seems a bit steep for Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale.
The Spanish media are linking Barcelona stopper Neto with a loan move to the Emirates.
Bernd Leno has entered the final two years of his contract but speculation over an exit has ceased in recent weeks.
Academy ace Arthur Okonkwo could be promoted to third-choice stopper.
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Right-backs – Chambers, Cedric
Arsenal have been linked with a long list of right-backs in recent months but not one candidate sticks out at the moment.
Calum Chambers and Cedric Soares are likely to remain and could fight for the spot if Arteta does not bring in the player he wants.
Centre-backs – White, Holding, Gabriel, Mari
With no European football next season, four centre-backs should be enough for Arteta.
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Ben White is the top target in that position, with Arsenal having at least one offer turned down for the England ace.
Gabriel and Pablo Mari provide good balance as left-footed options.
Left-backs – Tierney, Tavares
Arsenal need back-up for Kieran Tierney and they are set to get that in Nuno Tavares.
Tavares is set to complete an initial £6.9million move from Benfica.
Central midfielders – Partey, Sambi Lokonga, Elneny, Azeez
Dani Ceballos returning to Real Madrid and Granit Xhaka’s impending departure to Roma means midfield is an area Arsenal need to recruit.
Albert Sambi Lokonga is set to join from Anderlecht but you feel Arteta needs to bring in at least one more to bolster his options in the middle of the park.
The highly-rated Miguel Azeez could find himself in a few matchday squads.
No 10s – Smith Rowe, Willock
Arsenal need to tie Emile Smith Rowe down to a new deal to ward off interest from Aston Villa.
The 20-year-old is a big part of the club’s future and should be a regular again next season.
Joe Willock’s performances at Newcastle last season could mean he earns a spot as Smith Rowe’s deputy.
Wingers – Martinelli, Saka, Pepe, Willian
Willian remains in this squad, largely because Arsenal will find it difficult to find a club who would take on the Brazilian’s wages.
Gabriel Martinelli could potentially be used as a striker if needs be.
Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe should start the season in the wide areas.
Strikers – Aubameyang, Balogun
Arsenal’s striker options could be limited if Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah both leave.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is going nowhere so should be first choice next term.
Folarin Balogun could get more of an opportunity, unless Arteta can find a striker he wants in the market.
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