Arsenal sitting on £79.2m-valued trio who may be key to Mikel Arteta’s future plans

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Arsenal have three players in particular who have seen their value grow astronomically over the past 12 months, according to the latest figures. The Gunners are expected to be busy in the final week of the January transfer window looking to further bolster Mikel Arteta’s options for the second half of the campaign.

They missed out on signing an attacking midfielder last summer with their attempts to sign Houssem Aouar from Lyon.

But they have seemingly found a short-term alternative with Martin Odegaard set to join from Real Madrid on a six-month loan.

He will join an Arsenal side in good form as they’ve won four of their last five league games to lift them back up to 11th in the table.

Mat Ryan has also joined on loan from Brighton until the end of the season with the club looking to strike cut-price deals.

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Arsenal have not had the financial power in the transfer market to compete with their rivals in recent years.

Nicolas Pepe was an exception to the rule at the Emirates, but his lack of return since making a big-money move from Lille in 2019 has seen Arsenal act more cautiously under Arteta.

But they have seemingly been investing in the future over the past 12 months with three players in particular seeing their value sky-rocket.

According to a report published by Casumo on the top 100 players with the greatest increases in value, Bukayo Sakah, Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Magalhaes make the list.

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Saka has been a revelation at Arsenal over the past year, establishing himself as a first-team regular.

Saka was valued at just £11.7million in January 2020 but his value has reportedly increased by an incredible 207.7 per cent to £36m.

Still only 19 years of age, that value may well only increase if Saka’s good form continues at Arsenal.

While Nketiah hasn’t enjoyed the same success as Saka, he too has seen his value rise.

Previously valued at £7.2m, that’s now increased by 150 per cent to £18m and that may well help Arsenal in the future if they consider selling the young striker to reinvest in the squad.

Summer signing Gabriel also makes the list, and it suggests that Arsenal were right on the money in their value of the centre-back.

He’s now valued at £25.2m – the same fee Arsenal paid in the summer – having previously been down at £13.5m.

It gives Arsenal a solid £79.2m worth of assets moving forward and given the trio mentioned are still relatively young in their careers, that will likely only increase over time.

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