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A pinch of Pepe and a bag of Saka

Arsenal’s recent moves in the transfer market demonstrate a clear plan for the future of the defence. Pablo Mari and Gabriel Magalhães have arrived as Arteta’s desire for a left-footed centre-half is laid bare. William Saliba was signed last summer but arrived this. 19-year old and 22-year old centre-halves signed at great expense are demonstration of a succession plan.

Most of us assume that Arteta wants to, eventually, move away from the 343 (ish) system to a back four and a midfield three. That might be an incorrect assumption- Arteta has no history in management so many of us assume that Arsenal will turn into a Manchester City-lite. We will see but one would imagine that the intention is to pivot to a back four with Gabriel and Saliba at the heart of the defence.

Pretty much everyone knows that Arsenal’s midfield needs a facelift and at time of writing, the club is trying to kickstart the midfield regen with the signing of Houssem Aouar from Lyon. Upgrading in midfield is of the utmost importance to the Gunners- everyone was available on Monday evening and they went to Anfield with a midfield pairing of Granit Xhaka and Mohammed Elneny.

However, of greater…