Gabriel Jesus, Victor Osimhen and Your Tielemans in, Alexandre Lacazette out – Arsenal formation as Mikel Arteta targets summer transfers, including striker and midfielder


Arsenal are set for another busy summer transfer window as manager Mikel Arteta looks to build on their success this season.

The confidence shown in the Spaniard is starting to pay off as the Gunners are in pole position to return to the Champions League.

Arteta aims for more transfers this summer
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Arteta is starting to put his squad into shape with the nearly £150m spent last summer proving to be brilliant investments.

Everyone who signed was under 23 and had already made significant contributions to the club.

Some eyebrows were raised when Arsenal splashed £50m on Ben White and then £35m on Aaron Ramsdale, but there are few question marks left surrounding these signings.

There continues to be a huge overhaul at the club with the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January, while Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are set to leave on free transfers at the end of the season.

It leaves a gaping hole in Arteta’s squad and reports claim two forwards are on the Gunners boss’ wishlist along with a midfielder.

On Arsenal’s summer plans, technical director Edu saysESPN Brazil: “The budget that we used last summer, we prefer to use it to rebalance the workforce.

Gabriel Jesus, Victor Osimhen and Your Tielemans in, Alexandre Lacazette out - Arsenal formation as Mikel Arteta targets summer transfers, including striker and midfielder
Edu has been at Arsenal since 2019, becoming their first technical director
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“There was no point in signing one or two players [in January], the group was not ready to absorb two players, the group had to be rebalanced. Maybe next season we can switch to one or two players.

“Today, we find a much more balanced workforce. Our planning is already done, it has already reached the owners. It’s a matter of step by step how we’re going to finish the season and put the planning in place which I’m very excited about.

It is understood that Edu and Arteta are interested in a versatile player who can operate both wide and through the middle – with Gabriel Jesus emerging as their No.1 target.

Gabriel Jesus, Victor Osimhen and Your Tielemans in, Alexandre Lacazette out - Arsenal formation as Mikel Arteta targets summer transfers, including striker and midfielder
Jesus is one of Arsenal’s top summer targets
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The Man City striker looks set to leave the club as he targets Erling Haaland this summer.

Jesus would certainly do for the Gunners after his four goals against Watford at the weekend.

Bayer Leverkusen star Patrik Schick and Napoli man Victor Osimhen have also been linked with the vacant second up front in the Gunners squad.

Club legend Ray Parlor has called his former side to take a look at Brentford striker Ivan Toney.

In terms of midfield options, Arsenal continue to be linked with Leicester’s Youri Tielemans, with reports that his fee could be as low as £35million.

Gabriel Jesus, Victor Osimhen and Your Tielemans in, Alexandre Lacazette out - Arsenal formation as Mikel Arteta targets summer transfers, including striker and midfielder
Tielemans has long been linked with a move to the Emirates
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Everything will change this summer and talkSPORT.com has taken a look at how the Gunners could line up.

4-2-3-1

Arteta favored a 4-2-3-1 formation at Arsenal, but Lacazette struggled to provide that goal threat behind the creative talents of Emile Smith Rowe, Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka.

Jesus could thrive on getting all those chances and lift Arsenal to the next level.

The Brazilian is also fit to play wide and could be pushed there to accommodate another striker in the starting line-up like Osimhen.

Tielemans could fit in alongside Thomas Partey, while the defense of Kieran Tierney, Gabriel, Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu looks solid.

Gabriel Jesus, Victor Osimhen and Your Tielemans in, Alexandre Lacazette out - Arsenal formation as Mikel Arteta targets summer transfers, including striker and midfielder
How Arsenal could line up in a 4-2-3-1

4-4-2

If Arteta wants to play with two outgoing strikers, he could go back to the classic 4-4-2.

Smith Rowe and Saka have proven they can be a threat from afar and provide plenty of service to forwards.

Tielemans and Partey would provide a strong midfield, with the former more than comfortable going forward and has scored six Premier League goals for Leicester this season.

Gabriel Jesus, Victor Osimhen and Your Tielemans in, Alexandre Lacazette out - Arsenal formation as Mikel Arteta targets summer transfers, including striker and midfielder
Arteta could change formation to accommodate any new signings

3-1-4-2

Arteta could also upgrade to three at the back in order to accommodate any new signings.

Tierney has previously played in a back three and could slot alongside Gabriel and White, with Smith Rowe and Saka as wingers.

Odegaard would then feature in midfield alongside Partey to provide plenty of opportunities for the forwards.

Gabriel Jesus, Victor Osimhen and Your Tielemans in, Alexandre Lacazette out - Arsenal formation as Mikel Arteta targets summer transfers, including striker and midfielder
Arteta could switch to three at the back to play with two forwards

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