There is a positive vibe around Arsenal at the minute with Mikel Arteta finally seeing the fruits of his labour.
Recent years have been hard going for the Gunners, who have not finished in the top four since the 2015/16 season, while the last two campaigns have seen them finish eighth.
Arteta has been Gunners boss since December 2019 and has been shown patience by the club’s owners.
The north London club have a firm grasp on fourth place this season, leading rivals Tottenham by three points with a game in hand.
Not only have their top four chances significantly increased, the way Arsenal have been playing will be particularly pleasing to fans.
A core of exciting, young players like Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Odegaard gives hope of a bright future.
The Gunners are by no means the finished article, though, and there is plenty of work in the transfer market to be done in the summer.
Arteta is in desperate need of a new striker to spearhead his attack with options severely depleted.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Barcelona and the move has been a rare case of working out well for both parties.
Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are both out of contract in the summer too.
It is therefore unsurprising that the Gunners have been linked to several names already that could fill that void.
Marcus Rashford is said to be a target for Arteta amid the forward’s frustrations at Old Trafford.
He has struggled to nail down a regular starting place at Manchester United of late and the Red Devils’ resolve could be tested.
Rashford has previously spoken about his desire to play as a centre-forward and he may be afforded that opportunity in north London.
Arsenal are also understood to have had a long-standing interest in Everton frontman Dominic Calvert-Lewin and he would likely be another target.
Reports in The Sun claim the Toffees are ready to cash in on the striker, with a £60million asking price.
Midfield replacements could also be on the cards for Arsenal too with the club linked with a move for Leicester’s Youri Tielemans.
The Foxes are said to have slashed their £60million asking price down to £35million with the Belgium star out of contract in 2023.
Here at talkSPORT.com, we’ve taken a look at how the Gunners could line-up with the trio in their side.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin would lead the line in the absence of Lacazette, who looks set to leave for free.
Arteta would be spoilt for choice in terms of attacking midfielders if Rashford signs with Odegaard, Martinelli, Saka and Smith Rowe all already vying for places in the team.
Martinelli has been preferred on the left lately, while Saka has been sensational on the right.
Rashford has primarily played on the left for United and could replace Martinelli, or could also play as the central striker.
Tielemans would partner Thomas Partey in midfield at the expense of Granit Xhaka, while the defence has looked solid this season.
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