DESPITE their strong performance so far this campaign, Arsenal could line up very differently by the time next season starts.

According to The Times, Arsenal's impending Champions League qualification could spark a spending spree which could see four major players brought in.

However, as is the nature with squad building, departures will also be needed to facilitate these signings.

The report suggests as many as six players could depart in the summer.

Among the incoming players, Declan Rice and Moises Caicedo have been extensively linked to a transfer to the Emirates.

Mikel Arteta is looking to bolster his midfield in order to fight effectively on multiple fronts and cover his squad in case of injury.


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Full-back is another area Arteta wants to address, with Ivan Fresneda and Denzel Dumfries both linked.

More costly targets they are also considering are Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Victor Osimhen, though the former will only likely be targeted if they fail to sign one of Rice or Caicedo.

A possible line up next season could see Osimhen leading the line while Rice and Caicedo marshal the midfield with Dumfries patrolling the right flank.

Meanwhile, Granit Xhaka is set to be the highest profile player to fall victim to the squad overhaul.

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Kieran Tierney's limited minutes could see him on the chopping block too, with a £25m price reportedly being set.

A decision is also set to be made on the future of Emile Smith Rowe, who has struggled with injury this season.

On loan stars Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Folarin Balogun are all set to leave to help fund the summer spree.

In the event of Arsenal not landing one of Rice or Caicdeo, an alternative line up could see Milinkovic-Savic partner Thomas Partey while Fresneda comes in at right-back.

Meanwhile, the versatile Takehiro Tomiyasu could become the team's second choice left-back, while Ben White can cover for William Saliba at right centre-back.

Leandro Trossard and Gabriel Jesus could return up top too.

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