Arsenal got their Premier League season off to a fine start with a 3-0 win over Fulham on Saturday. Even at this very early stage, the Gunners are top of the Premier League table and manager Mikel Arteta will be especially happy with how his two new signings Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes performed on their debut.
Willian grabbed two assists, one of which was from a corner that was scored by Gabriel.
While Gabriel was commanding at the back and looked at ease with the physicality of the Premier League.
But Arteta has been clear he would like to make further additions to an already overfilled squad.
It means decisions will need to be made on a number of players and Express Sport takes a look at six stars who futures Arteta needs to sort.
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Calum Chambers – SELL
Chambers had made a strong impression on Arteta before his 2019/20 season was ended in December by a knee injury.
After nine months out, Chambers is on the verge of a return but his hopes of a place in the starting XI are slim.
Arsenal are oversubscribed in defence and Arteta is willing to let Chambers leave to create funds and strengthen in other areas.
Fulham, where Chambers spent the 2018/19 season on loan, have been linked with taking him again permanently.
Sead Kolasinac – SELL
In the wing-back system Arteta is currently favouring, there is no space for the big Bosnian.
Right footed Ainsley Maitland-Niles is preferred at left-wing back and should Arteta move to four at the back, Kieran Tierney will be the first choice left-back.
Bukayo Saka can also play across the left side and it means Kolasinac is surplus to requirements.
Kolasinac’s high salary is a stumbling block for clubs interested in him but he is another Arteta is willing to sell.
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Mohamed Elneny – KEEP
In his first competitive appearance in an Arsenal shirt since May 2019, Elneny performed admirably alongside Granit Xhaka in central midfield against Fulham.
Elneny has always been steady but unspectacular for the Gunners but under Arteta, he could be a useful player to have in the squad.
The 28-year-old has two years left on his contract but if his asking price is met, Arsenal may be tempted to sell.
As it stands, Arsenal are more focused on selling Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.
Mesut Ozil – SELL
Another confident sounding pre-match message on social media by Ozil but once again he was completely left out of the squad which travelled to Craven Cottage.
The German, the highest-paid player at the club, is out of form and favour at Arsenal but continues to insist he will not leave in the transfer window.
Arsenal have had no joy finding a suitor for the 31-year-old over the past 12 months.
It means that if Ozil does stay beyond the transfer window, Arteta must decide whether to continue excluding him or find a way to integrate him into the squad.
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Emile Smith Rowe – KEEP
There are high hopes for Smith Rowe at the Emirates but every step forward is hampered by some kind of injury.
The latest is a shoulder problem and means Smith Rowe is unable to impress Arteta in the early games of the season.
If Arteta is unable to guarantee regular minutes for the 20-year-old, another loan move must be considered.
Alexandre Lacazette – SELL
With his close-range strike against Fulham, Lacazette became the only player to score the first goal in two different Premier League seasons – 2017/18 and 2020/21.
And it was a timely reminder of his goalscoring capabilities as he battles with Eddie Nketiah for a starting place.
Atletico Madrid and Juventus have been linked with a move for Lacazette but he and Arteta claim to be happy with each other.
Yet the possibility of recouping £40million for Lacazette will be on Arteta’s mind.
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