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How Arsenal could line-up next season with Edouard as Aubameyang linked to Manchester United and Barcelona, while Partey could sign

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been linked with a move from Arsenal this summer.

The forward will have just a year left on his contract and the Gunners will face the tough choice of cashing in now or letting him leave for free in 2021.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be headed for the exit in the summer
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Aubameyang has been a great success with the north London club since his £56million move in 2018.

He has scored 61 goals in 97 games for Arsenal and won the Premier League Golden Boot last season, shared with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

The 30-year-old has been linked with moves to Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United. Man City have also been backed to make a move for the Gabon international.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta was already hoping to make several additions to his team over the summer but now may need to replace his star striker.

Reports suggested he wanted to strengthen the spine of his team with a new centre-back, defensive midfielder and attacking midfielder.

There may be some tough choices ahead over who needs to be axed and what positions to prioritise, particularly with the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Arteta told Sky Sports: “I’m planning two or three different scenarios that we can face. Depending on one of those three, we will be able to do more, less or nothing.

“We have to react daily. We don’t know what the financial situation is going to be, we don’t know the rules, the timing window. There are so many things we cannot control at the moment.”

Arteta will want to bring in some new recruits suited to his style of play
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Here at talkSPORT.com, we have taken a look at who Arsenal could sign as replacements in the summer.

Odsonne Edouard

Arsenal are thought to be considering a move for the Celtic striker in the summer, according to French publication Le10 Sport.

The 22-year-old has scored 28 goals in all competitions this season and is thought to be valued at around £35m.

Edouard has played as the central striker for Celtic, a role mainly filled by Alexandre Lacazette this season.

Lacazette has struggled for goals and even lost his place in the side to Eddie Nketiah.

Arteta’s preference appears to be to sell the French forward but they could look to get rid Lacazette and Aubameyang to have a fresh start.

Edouard has scored 61 goals for Celtic
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Arsenal signed youngsters Gabriel Martinelli and Nicolas Pepe last summer and look to be real talents for the future.

If Edouard was signed he could play as the main striker with Martinelli, Ozil and Pepe in the attacking midfield roles behind him.

Thomas Partey

Arsenal have shown particular interest in Partey in recent weeks and months with Atletico Madrid doing all they can to convince him to stay.

Various reports suggest he has a £43.6m release clause in his contract but the LaLiga are said to be willing to double his wages in a bid to fend of interest.

Partey has made no secret of his desire to one day play in the Premier League.

Partey has made no secret of his desire to play in the Premier League
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He told KweseESPN in 2018: “At the moment, I am happy at my club. But in football, you never know when and where you’ll be in the next day or year.

“The Premier League is a good league, it’s very competitive and has some of the best players in the world. Hopefully, one day. I would like to play there.”

Partey’s addition would certain be an upgrade in the defensive midfield area where Arteta’s current options are Granit Xhaka, Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira.

How Arsenal could look next season…

How Arsenal could line-up next season without Aubameyang
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