This season’s North London derbies are set to become increasingly unrecognizable, with Arsenal and Tottenham looking for upgrades that could take the game to a different level.
The fiercest rivals battled for a future-defining Champions League spot last season, and with Spurs’ victory they appear to be on the rise.
Antonio Conte decided to stay and received a £150million boost, which has already gone to impressive signings Ivan Perisic and Yves Bissouma.
But if you thought Arsenal were still reeling from losing fourth place and giving their enemies a psychological advantage, you would be wrong.
Highly applauded for his transfer work last summer, Mikel Arteta is back and could soon have a team even more built in his image.
Two players have already come through the door at the Emirates in the form of American goalkeeper Matt Turner and young Brazilian Marquinhos, but now things are set to get even more interesting.
The impending arrival of Fabio Vieira – who has now completed a £34m move from Porto – came out of nowhere, and hours later news of a £25m offer for the defender of Ajax Lisandro Martinez appeared.
Both players would add deep positions for the Gunners, but according to The Athletic, the pair are deemed too good to pass up.
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Arsenal’s top four were derailed by injuries in the second half of the season, and with more additions on the way, there’s reason to suggest this campaign will be far less frustrating.
There’s a bigger need up front, and longtime target Gabriel Jesus now looks like he could finally arrive in a £50m deal from Manchester City, and he’s seen as a huge improvement on Alexander. Lacazette who recently left.
Much of Arteta’s reign has been about replacing underperforming players with higher quality rookies, and nowhere more so than with their record signing Nicolas Pepe.
The rarely seen Ivorian could soon leave London after a failed £72million move, with Leeds superstar Raphinha as a potential replacement.
The Spanish manager may also finally be able to address a problem that has weighed on his time at the club, with Granit Xhaka and his red cards also potentially set for an upgrade in the form of Leicester’s Youri Tielemans.
Arteta is set to enter his third full season in management, and while the judging panel was still out last term, they are set to return, and the Gunners boss may well have a compelling case once he will have seen the team sheet.
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