How Arsenal will line up next season in dream scenario now funds are available

Mikel Arteta was tasked with slimming his bloated Arsenal squad in January.

And the Spaniard managed exactly that, parting company with eight players either on free transfers or on loan to other clubs and, crucially, lowering Arsenal's wage bill significantly.

Among those to leave permanently were Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi, who together earned more than £400,000 per week.

Only two players came in through the door in north London; Martin Odegaard arrived on loan from Real Madrid while Mathew Ryan joined on loan from Brighton.

Arteta and Arsenal chief Edu made it clear that January was never going to be about spending money, but rather making room for the new recruits that may arrive in the summer window.

So with room in the team and some cash in his pocket now, how may Arteta strengthen his Gunners side?

Here we've looked at something of a dream scenario, where Arsenal land the players they most desperately need, despite the odds – or transfer fees – against them.

Arteta appears happy with his goalkeeper and we cannot see him prioritising signing a shot-stopper to replace Bernd Leno in the summer, especially as he was happy to let Emiliano Martinez leave in January.

For this reason, we've picked the German between the sticks.

In front of him, should Arsenal successfully ward off Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona,Hector Bellerin will keep his place at right-back, and he'll be joined by Kieran Tierney on the opposite flank.

The two centre-backs are set to be chopped and changed, with Arteta rotating often this season.

But we've gone with Gabriel Magalhaes – who can be rotated with Pablo Mari – and, should Arteta believe he's made enough progress on loan at Nice, William Saliba.

In midfield, Arsenal could really use Thomas Partey staying fit for an extended period as he could work perfectly alongside the two prospective signings: Houssem Aouar and Odegaard.

Arsenal were linked with Aouar both last summer and in January, but Lyon held firm and kept their prized asset.

The Frenchman could cost Arsenal around £50million, which is a huge gamble for a club that hasn't had the financial muscle of the Premier League's big boys in recent seasons.

But at 22 Aouar is both one for now and one for the future, and he may help Arsenal kick on to become a top-four team once again.

In this dream scenario, Odegaard would keep his place in the number 10 role for Arsenal.

The Norwegian has impressed since joining the Gunners in January, and he recently hinted he could make the move permanent.

This happening all depends on Real Madrid and whether they feel the midfielder has a future at the Bernabeu.

And finally, the front three. Bukayo Saka has been inspired since moving into a left-wing position and we expect him to keep his place with Nicolas Pepe on the opposite flank.

Pierre-Emrick Aubameyang remains Arsenal's best striker at the moment, but if the Gunners can complete a deal for Celtic's Odsonne Edouard, then he will definitely be asking questions of the aging Gabon international.

This line-up is rather attacking, with Granit Xhaka – an important player for Arteta – seemingly on the scrapheap.

But Arteta is a manager who does like to chop and change, so we'd expect such players as Xhaka, David Luiz, Mari, Cedric Soares, Mohamed Elneny and Alexandre Lacazette to continue playing a role for the Gunners.

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