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Arsenal news: How Gunners could line-up next season including Djene Dakonam and Gelson Martins


Arsenal manager Unai Emery made it clear that Arsenal would not sign anyone permanently in January.

The Emirates chief eventually signed Denis Suarez on loan, who is yet to find his feet in the Premier League.

Emery looks set to have a busy summer

However, in recent days Arsenal have been linked to a number of players – and Emery was reportedly in Spain over the weekend personally scouting some summer targets.

But who are those targets and how could Arsenal line-up with them next season?

Find out below…



Gelson Martins (Monaco)

Arsenal are reportedly weighing up a summer move for Gelson Martins.

The 23-year-old forward is currently on loan at Ligue 1 side Monaco from Atletico Madrid.

He has three goals and three assists in his first eight appearances for the club and his performances have caught the eye of Emirates talent-spotters.

Portuguese news outlet A Bola claim Arsenal remain interested in signing him after failing in a loan bid in January.

Martins preferred position is on the right-flank, but his versatility will appeal to Emery as he can also play on the left-wing or behind the striker.

Martins can play in all three positions across a front three

Djene Dakonam (Monaco)

Another player who Emery reportedly has his eye on is Togolese centre-back Djene Dakonam.

Dakonam, 27, has helped LaLiga side Getafe to an impressive season in the Spanish top-flight.

Getafe are fourth in the league and on the weekend Emery was in attendance as he once again contributed to a clean sheet with a hard fought 0-0 draw at Valencia.

It is believed Dakonam has a £31million release clause in his current deal – but the Gunners boss faces competition for the defender as Barca have also reportedly been watching him.

Dakonam has been impressive for Getafe this season

Gabriel Martinelli (Ituano)

Another player Arsenal have been linked with is Brazilian wonderkid Gabriel Martinelli.

The striker, 17, is currently plying his trade in his homeland and he has drawn attention from a whole host of clubs around Brazil for his performances up front for Sao Paulo-based side Ituano.

However, it is believed the Gunners have been following him the closest and will make a move for the starlet in the summer.

Martinelli’s clearly got talent as he has previously had trials with Barcelona and Manchester United – so Emery will have to seal a deal quickly to fend off interest from other clubs.

And at just 17 years old, he is unlikely to be slotted straight into the line-up and may be sent out on loan for more experience.

Martinelli is most likely to join Arsenal

How could the Gunners line-up?

Is this what Emery’s team could look like next season?

 

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