Arsenal have been crying out for a creative midfielder since Mesut Ozil went off the boil and consequently left the club, and Mikel Arteta is hoping to inject creativity into his squad this summer. Express Sport takes a look at five players who could finally fill Ozil’s shoes.
Emile Smith Rowe
This is by far the cheapest of the five options but Arsenal could put all of their faith in youngster Emile Smith Rowe.
The 20-year-old became a permanent figure in the Gunners team from November last season and he is expected to kick on this term.
Smith Rowe will hit the ground running as he is already accustomed to Arteta’s style of play.
He will also save the north London club millions so they can strengthen other areas of the squad.
However, that has not stopped Arteta and Edu from browsing the market for a new No 10.
Arsenal are very keen admirers of the Leicester playmaker but are put off by his extortionate price tag.
Football.london report that the Foxes are demanding £60million, which would make him the Gunners’ second most expensive signing of all time, behind Nicolas Pepe.
Maddison scored eight goals and registered six assists last season but his price tag may prove problematic.
Arsenal are about to splash £50m on Brighton defender Ben White so would have to raise funds if they were to move for Maddison.
Arsenal wanted to extend Martin Odegaard’s stay in north London but the Norwegian has opted to fight for his place at Real Madrid.
The appointment of Carlo Ancelotti has given the 22-year-old fresh hope that he can light up La Liga.
Odegaard spent last season on loan with the Gunners and impressed Mikel Arteta.
But the hopes of Odegaard returning to the Emirates for the new season appear slim.
A wildcard option who the Gunners have been linked with in the past.
Philippe Coutinho has struggled to adapt to life at Barcelona since his 2017 move from Liverpool.
The Brazilian spent the 2019/20 campaign on loan with Bayern Munich and was offered a second chance by Barca upon his return.
But the 29-year-old has run out of lives in Catalonia and is looking for a new club.
French side Marseille were interested in Coutinho but they have since pulled out of the running.
Coutinho’s age could prove favourable for Arsenal and he has a proven pedigree in the Premier League – but wage demands could be a stumbling block.