How Arsenal could line-up after sensational AS Roma transfer swap deal


Arsenal could potentially complete a sensational swap deal with AS Roma this summer in exchange for Gunners midfielder Granit Xhaka.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italian giants are interested in the Swiss midfielder and could potentially offer Amadou Diawara and Cengiz Under in exchange.

It remains to be seen whether the Gunners would accept the deal but having been credited with an interest in both of the players in the past, it could well be a tempting prospect.

We take a look at how Mikel Arteta could potentially set-up his Arsenal team should the Roma duo arrive in the summer, alongside a couple of other realistic signings and departures.


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In goal would remain Bernd Leno. Despite football.london understanding that the Gunners could be tempted into selling, the German remains the club’s most reliable stopper, especially with the departure of Mat Ryan.

Meanwhile, the defence would also have a very different look to it heading into 2021/22.

David Luiz is set to depart North London this summer, potentially leaving space for another centre-back in the starting XI. William Saliba could be that man having impressed on loan for Nice throughout the current campaign.

The Frenchman could partner Gabriel at the heart of defence.



How Arsenal could line-up with Amadou Diawara in midfield.
How Arsenal could line-up with Amadou Diawara in midfield.

Kieran Tierney should be a guaranteed starter, whilst Max Aarons could be a candidate to come in at right-back with Hector Bellerin’s future looking uncertain.

With Xhaka having departed for Roma and Dani Ceballos no longer at the club, there is certainly space for Diawara. The Malian could partner Thomas Partey in midfield despite links to Brighton’s Yves Bissouma.

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The forward positions are slightly more difficult to predict. Martin Odegaard has also left so is likely to be replaced in the starting line-up on a more permanent basis by Emile Smith Rowe.

He might well be flanked by Nicolas Pepe and Bukayo Saka. Despite Under’s potential arrival, the Turkey international may find it difficult to break into the starting XI straight away considering his struggles on-loan with Leicester City.

This just leaves a question over who could be set to lead the line for the Gunners and it is likely to be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Alexandre Lacazette also potentially set to bring his Emirates Stadium stay to an end.





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