Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has five transfer dilemmas to solve this summer

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After another disappointing season for Arsenal, Mikel Arteta has a lot of decisions to make about his squad. The squad is still in a transition period, and it feels like this summer’s transfer window could be crucial for the Gunners. But who stays and who goes?

Who would be a good partner for Partey?

Thomas Partey has shown glimpses of what he’s capable of since joining from Atletico Madrid last summer, but Arteta has yet to find a better who brings the best out of him.

He’s mainly played with Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny, or Dani Ceballos in the midfield, but it looks likely that the Gunners will bring someone else in to play next to him next year.

Brighton’s Yves Bissouma and Sheffield United’s Sander Berge are two players who have been heavily linked with them and, if they were to sign either of them, would be two great signings.

Do the loan players stay?

Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard are both in on loan from Real Madrid and, much like Partey, have only shown what they are really capable of in glimpses.

Will they stay beyond next season? With a new manager likely to come in at Real Madrid, a deal to bring either of them in permanently or in on loan again next season is up in the air.

Odegaard seems keen to stay, but would that stunt the development of young Gunner Emile Smith-Rowe?

Ceballos has impressed on occasion this season but potentially lacks the consistency to earn himself a permanent deal.

Who replaces Bellerin?

Hector Bellerin looks likely to leave Arsenal this summer after ten years in north London.

With his contract expiring next summer, PSG and his former club Barcelona have been rumoured to be targeting the Spaniard, who hasn’t quite lived up to the potential once given to him.

Who replaces him? Cedric Soares is unlikely to be a first-team starter in that position, and it would be a surprise to see Bukayo Saka tied down to a spot at full-back.

In that case, if Bellerin is to leave, it’s likely someone will be bought in. Perhaps Norwich’s Max Aarons who has reportedly been a long-term target for Arsenal.

Should they sign Buendia?

Aarons’ Norwich teammate has been heavily linked with the Gunners – but is he good enough to make the step up to the Premier League?

The answer is yes, one million times. He did have a relatively disappointing season in the top flight with the Canaries two seasons ago, where he scored one goal and seven assists.

However, in the Championship this campaign, he has bagged 15 goals and recorded 17 assists and has comfortably been one of the best players in the division.

He is more than good enough to play for a top side like Arsenal, and fans should be extremely excited if he signs.

Can they still attract players if they’re not in Europe?

This could be the main problem for Arsenal this window. They have failed to qualify for the Europa League or Champions League, which could mean a lot of their targets decide to go elsewhere.

Players like Borussia Monchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria have been linked with Arsenal but are a lot more likely to go to teams like Liverpool or Manchester United who have qualified for Europe next season.

However, it could force Mikel Arteta to look for other, underrated, options who – like so many other players in Premier League history – could come in on the cheap and have a point to prove.

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