How Arsenal could line up next season if Mikel Arteta lands top four transfer targets

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It's going to be a busy summer in the transfer market for Mikel Arteta and the Arsenal boss is already getting to work on targeting some new additions.

First the Gunners need to offload a few stars, with Granit Xhaka looking likely to be one of the first out of the door.

A fee has reportedly been agreed for the Swiss midfielder with Jose Mourinho's Roma, as Arsenal look set to pocket a tidy £18million in return.

With Xhaka heading out the exit door, Arteta needs another midfielder in his ranks, and is keen to sign Wolves ' Ruben Neves.

Talks have been ongoing between the two clubs as they look to strike a deal, though Wolves' appointment of Bruno Lage as manager may throw a spanner in the works.

Arsenal are in talks to sign Ruben Neves from Wolves
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Neves would be the ideal fit to slot in alongside Thomas Partey in midfield though.

The Portuguese is comfortable on the ball, has great passing range, and possesses a superb shot from distance.

Coupled with Partey's all-action, tough tackling enforcement in the centre of the park, they could be a solid base for Arsenal to launch attacks from, while protecting their defence.

At the back is certainly an area Arteta is looking to strengthen after Arsenal failed to convince defensively last season.

The error-prone David Luiz has departed, though none of the Gunners' centre-back options have really stepped up to the plate under Arteta's watch.

Brazilian Gabriel Magalhaes has arguably been the pick of the bunch, and looks the preferred choice when fit and available.

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Pablo Mari, Rob Holding and Calum Chambers are among those vying to be his partner, while youngster William Saliba will be back at the club in pre-season following his loan spell.

But Mirror Football exclusively revealed Arteta is setting his sights on Brighton defender Ben White, as he prepares to battle Liverpool and Manchester United for the 23-year-old's signature.

White was a last minute addition to England's 26-man squad for Euro 2020, replacing the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold, after a sterling season for the Seagulls.

His ability to play the ball out comfortably from the back is exactly what Arteta is looking for to help engrain his passing philosophy at the club.

Brighton and England defender Ben White is a target for Arsenal this summer
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Kieran Tierney has been one of the success stories for Arsenal in recent times, and is nailed on to slot in on the left-hand side – be that as a four-man defence or as a three.

There has been plenty of speculation over the future of Hector Bellerin already this summer, but it looks more likely he will stay put at the Emirates and would complete a solid back line.

Arteta is also keen to bring in a new stopper, with Ajax's Andre Onana top of the wishlist following a personal recommendation by goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana.

Onana is currently appealing against a 12-month ban for taking a banned substance, but protests his innocence.

His contract at Ajax is set to expire next summer and he will be available for a cut-price fee, with reports suggesting he could be acquired for around £7.7m.

How Arsenal could lineup next season if they land their top transfer targets

It's no real secret though that Arteta's transfer priority this summer is sealing the return of Martin Odegaard.

The Norwegian midfielder impressed during his six-month stint on loan from Real Madrid but has returned to the Spanish capital – at least for the time being.

New Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti namechecked Odegaard as one of the stars he was expecting to work with at the Bernabeu next season, but with finances tight, the club could be tempted to sell him on for the right price.

Odegaard would fit in well with Arsenal's crop of rising youngsters, with Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka certain to play a big part next season, most likely on either flank in what would be a fluid 4-2-3-1 formation.

A decision is still to be made on Arsenals top scorer last season, Alexandre Lacazette, as he enters the final year of his contract.

The uncertainty could see the Frenchman depart this summer, which would be of no real surprise, as even if he sticks around he would probably be playing second fiddle.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has looked better when played through the middle, and with Nicolas Pepe also pushing for a starting berth, Arteta already has plenty of alternative options in the wide areas to keep his captain as lead striker.

How do you think Arsenal should lineup next season? Let us know your XI below.

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