8 Players Linked With Arsenal for Next Season After Champions League Elimination

8 Players Linked With Arsenal for Next Season After Champions League Elimination

Elijah Odetokun
April 19, 2024 at 12:18 PM
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  • Arsenal were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League by Bayern Munich
  • The Gunners went out of the competition after a 3-2 aggregate scoreline defeat
  • Mikel Arteta is expected to ring changes to the squad, with six players as targets

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Arsenal's fantastic form over the last two seasons could end without a trophy after losing ground in the Premier League title race and going out of the UEFA Champions League.

The team's capitulation around the season's business end shows a lack of squad depth and poor rotation by Mikel Arteta. This is set to be fixed this summer with major signings.

Mikel Arteta, Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Allianz Arena, UEFA Champions League.
Mikel Arteta looks dejected on the sidelines during Arsenal's 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on April 17, 2024. Photo by Harry Langer.
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Sports Brief looks at six players linked to Arsenal after their Champions League elimination.

Players linked to Arsenal

1. Viktor Gyokeres

The Swedish striker has been in top form for Ruben Amorim's Sporting Lisbon this season and has scored 36 goals and provided 16 assists in 44 games. Per Caught Offside, he is Arsenal's priority this summer and will cost €100 million.

2. Benjamin Sesko

Sesko is a cheaper alternative to Gyokeres, though the Slovenian doesn't have the numbers. Per Evening Standard, the Gunners are monitoring the RB Leipzig star, with a release clause of £43mil, but will face competition from Chelsea and Manchester United.

3. Alexander Isak

Per The Guardian, if Newcastle is willing to sell, the Gunners will prioritise Isak, but he will cost around £ 100 million. The Swede, who was on Arteta's radar before he joined Eddie Howe's side, has netted 17 Premier League goals this season.

4. Pedro Neto

The Portuguese winger's name has been mentioned around Arsenal for quite some time now, but a deal is yet to materialise. Wolves refusing to make an asking price is warding off suitors for the winger, and his fitness issues are also a concern.

5. Michael Olise

Per ESPN, Olise has a release clause of £65mil inserted into the new contract he signed in the summer and has been identified as a target for Arsenal. London rivals, Chelsea, could have gotten him for £35mil in the summer but took the wrong approach.

6. Nico Williams

Spanish winger, Williams, is in hot demand as Chelsea and Barcelona also want him. The Basque winger is reported to prefer clubs competing in the Champions League when deciding his future. His release clause is £43mil.

7. Martin Zubimendi

Per Mirror UK, the Spanish midfielder is seen as an ideal partner for Declan Rice in midfield and the replacement for the possible departure of Thomas Partey. He has been linked to the North London club for the past two seasons and will cost £51mil.

8. Douglas Luiz

The Brazilian midfielder has been on the club's radar for some time now. His performances for Aston Villa, who did a double over Arsenal this season, further heightened the rumours around him.

Mourinho predicts Premier League title race

Sports Brief also reported on Jose Mourinho ruling Arsenal out of the Premier League title race when he was asked to predict the winner as far back as November.

The former Chelsea boss rated Manchester City's chances at 51% and Liverpool's at 49%, and he had a hilarious reaction when saying the Gunners won't win.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.