Mikel Arteta’s best line-up with Edu ‘close to agreement’ on Arsenal’s first summer signing

Arsenal are reportedly close to agreement on their first signing of the summer transfer window.

Midfield is an area in which the Gunners are looking to bolster ahead of the 2021/22 season with football.london revealing last month that one of the priorities is to retain the services of on-loan Real Madrid star Martin Odegaard.

But with Dani Ceballos looking likely to head back to Spain upon the conclusion of his own loan agreement, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will find himself one man down in the engine room.

As a result, transfer chief Edu is said to be working hard behind the scenes to secure a direct replacement for Ceballos.

According to a report by Spanish outlet Estadio Deportivo, the Gunners are close to reaching an agreement with Real Betis to seal the signing of midfielder Guido Rodriguez.

Despite claims of a £68million release clause, the Spanish club are reportedly facing financial difficulties, meaning they are going to be forced to offload him for a reduced price.

And even though the fee required will be lower than the one to trigger his release clause, it will still cost Arsenal around £43.4million.

With that said, what would be Arsenal‘s best line-up under Arteta if Edu – in a dream scenario – was able to seal a deal for the central midfielder and Odegaard?

Taking all the transfer rumours into consideration, it’s likely that Odegaard and Rodriguez wouldn’t be the only new faces arriving at the club before the 2021/22 season starts.

How Arsenal could lineup with Martin Odegaard, Guido Rodriguez, and several other transfer targets next season. (Image: build lineup
How Arsenal could lineup with Martin Odegaard, Guido Rodriguez, and several other transfer targets next season. (Image: build lineup)

The Argentine could be the perfect partner for Thomas Partey in central midfield and allows Arteta to stick with the 4-2-3-1 system that has worked wonders since Christmas.

They would provide protection to a back four that includes William Saliba, Gabriel Magalhaes, Kieran Tierney, and a new right-back in Emerson Royal who has been tipped to replace Hector Bellerin in the summer.

Odegaard has already flourished in the number 10 role behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka on the flanks, so there is already a familiarity amongst the front four.

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The luxury of this dream line-up is the options Arteta would have in reserve.

Gabriel Martinelli and Nicolas Pepe and have proven themselves to be capable of making an impact off the bench, so that gives Arsenal extra squad depth.

Arsenal’s XI: Leno; Emerson, Saliba, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Rodriguez; Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe; Aubameyang

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