Four huge signings, including Ben White and Ruben Neves, but no Martin Odegaard or Alexander Isak – How Arsenal could line up next season

Euro 2020 is grabbing our attention right now but let’s not forget the transfer window is open and Arsenal are in desperate need of an overhaul.

The Gunners finished eighth in the Premier League last season as their slump continues.

Arsenal have had some tough times in recent years and their decline must be arrested

Now, 2021/22 will be their first campaign without European football since 1995/96 – before Arsene Wenger took over the club.

It’s not a good look for the club, who promised supporters they would kick on to bigger things after moving into the Emirates back in 2006.

Four FA Cups have followed, as well as a Europa League final appearance in 2019 which saw them lose to London rivals Chelsea.

But they’re miles off challenging at the top of table right now and a big transfer window is needed to turn the club around under Mikel Arteta.

Arteta could only manage an eighth-placed finish in 2020/21 and it’s going to be a big summer for the club

The manager won’t have a big sum to play with initially but the club are likely to raise plenty of cash to revitalise their squad with sales.

It has the potential to be the biggest clear out the club has ever had with 10 players seemingly all up for grabs at the right price.

Granit Xhaka is one who is set for the exit with a move to Roma on the cards, while fellow midfielder Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi are also set to be shifted in the summer.

Sead Kolasinac is another who is set to be moved on, while Reiss Nelson, Alexandre Lacazette, and Eddie Nketiah may also go.

Nketiah is highly-rated at Arsenal but he could b on the move with West Ham previously interested

And, if the right offers come in, the Gunners may also let Joe Willock, Bernd Leno, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, and Hector Bellerin leave the club.

If the lot go, they’re almost certain to have raised enough for a refresh of their squad, which they have been begging for.

And the return of youngster William Saliba from his loan with Nice will bolster Arteta’s side without the need for spending cash.

Not to mention we might see some more of their talented youngster with the likes of Folarin Balogun primed to make an impact.

They may not be able to land Martin Odegaard, though, who they had on loan last season, and another target Alexander Isak is reportedly content at Real Sociedad right now.

Transfers in will, of course be key too. So who might Arsenal sign and how would they fit in? takes a look.

Xhaka is set to leave the club and a replacement is needed
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Ben White (Brighton)

The 23-year-old England centre-back, who received a dramatic late call up to Euro 2020 call-up to replace Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold is high on the Gunners’ wishlist.

A fine ball-player, capable of starring in a back-three or a back-two, and even in defensive midfield, he’d fit in well for Arteta.

White has emerged as a top target after Arsenal also took a look at landing Sevilla and France star Jules Kounde.

It’s believed personal terms wouldn’t be an issue – the £50m fee could be if sales aren’t forthcoming as their opening £40m offer was rejected.

White already looks comfortable in an England shirt, but can Arsenal get him to the Emirates?

Ruben Neves (Wolves)

The 24-year-old Portugal international could be set to leave Molineux this summer with the Gunners ready to bid for his services.

It appears Arteta is looking for midfield additions with Anderlecht’s Albert Sambi Lokonga a target too.

But passmaster Neves is also wanted and a £35million offer could be made for the ex-Porto captain.

According to the Daily Mail, Neves was aware of the interest and had even told teammates he was willing to move to the Emirates.

He could prove a fine foil for Partey in the middle of the pitch.

Neves is valued at around £40m by Wolves

Andre Onana (Ajax)

Now the Cameroon goalkeeper’s doping ban has been reduced to nine months, allowing him to resume his career on November 3, interest in his services will rise.

Arsenal aren’t the only club in for him with another Premier League side and clubs in France interested.

The Gunners will want current no.1 Leno to make a decision on his future soon as the prospect of competing with the German may dissuade Onana from joining.

But should the agile shot-stopper, who is comfortable playing out from the back, believe the Emirates is the right destination then the club will have a top star on their books.

Onana will be looking forward to the end of his suspension
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Max Aarons (Norwich)

Arsenal may have missed out on Emi Buendia from the Canaries but they could still do business with the newly-promoted side.

Bellerin is one of the Gunners aces with an uncertain future and saw Calum Chambers ahead of him towards the end of last season.

But it’s believed Arteta and technical director are keen on Aarons who impressed so much in his time in the Premier League in 2019/20 it was said Barcelona were keeping tabs.

Now it looks like north London rivals Tottenham will be their toughest opponents for his signature.

Aarons has also been linked with Everton and Bayern Munich

How Arsenal could look in 2021/22…

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