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The four Arsenal players Edu and Raul Sanllehi can’t afford lose in the summer transfer window

Mikel Arteta arrived at Arsenal with a great task on hand. Not only did he have to improve what was happening on the pitch but he immediately had to navigate the January transfer window with the club’s hierarchy.

Although Arsenal’s incoming business was a success, how they handled the market in terms of outgoings was more impressive. Not just with the loans they secured for their young players but more importantly the players they managed to keep.

Heading into the window Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were increasingly linked with moves away from the club. Arteta was able to convince both players they would be key under him, however, and managed to have their thoughts solely on Arsenal for the majority of the month.

Although the Spaniard was able to keep those he wanted to in January football.london looks at four players he simply cannot lose in the summer.

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Granit Xhaka

Before Arteta’s appointment, Xhaka’s Arsenal future was very much up in the air. Following his debacle with Arsenal fans in October and being stripped of the captaincy in November, the 27-year-old leaving the Emirates looked like a real possibility. Especially as links to Hertha Berlin heightened near January 1.

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Despite this Arteta’s stance remained the same and Xhaka has since become a key part of the Spaniard’s side. Under Unai Emery, he was often caught isolated in midfield and struggled to properly dictate play whereas under Arteta, his positional play has been vital to the way Arsenal attack.

Playing on the left of the double-pivot, he often drops in between the left-back and left-sided centre-back. In possession, this creates space for both the left-back and centre-back to advance forward. The left-back is then free to receive clipped passes from either Xhaka or the centre-back. This has been the Gunners’ best form of attack under Arteta.

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Out of possession, he offers more comfort to the centre-backs to right of him as he is able to incept cutbacks in front of them well.

Such a vital cog in the Arteta machine now, Xhaka can’t be let go in the summer. He is finally showing what both Arsene Wenger and Emery saw in him on a consistent basis and without him, the Gunners don’t have a midfielder that can fulfil his role to that standard. Replacing him would also be a tough ask.

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