Arsenal can now complete four bargain transfers to save millions this summer

Mikel Arteta and Edu
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Arsenal have seldom signed players on free transfers since the arrival of Edu and Mikel Arteta at the club.

Willian was the last, with Cedric Soares also arriving the same summer from Southampton. While the former went south quickly, the player returning to Brazil barely 12 months into a three-year deal, Cedric only officially left the club on July 1 after becoming a backup right-back over recent seasons.

Arthur Okonkwo and Mohamed Elneny have also departed, with the former re-joining Wrexham permanently after impressing on loan. has highlighted four free agents that could be bargain additions for Arsenal.

Adrien Rabiot

Arsenal are reportedly interested in the out-of-contract Adrien Rabiot this summer and signing the midfielder could address their transfer priority without paying a fee. understands that adding another player in central areas is their first and foremost focus this summer.

The France international is the standout free agent still available this summer if the 29-year-old leaves Juventus. Rabiot would bring a wealth of Champions League experience to a squad lacking in that regard. Capable of playing as a defensive midfielder, and on the left, the former Paris Saint-Germain player would be a versatile addition to address an area of need.

Marek Rodak

After 11 years at Fulham, Marek Rodak has left the club this summer. Leeds United are linked with the Slovakia international. But Arsenal could move for the goalkeeper to back up for the expected-to-be-returning David Raya and allow Aaron Ramsdale to depart.

Rodak qualifies as homegrown after moving to Fulham at 16 and has spent the last two seasons as second-choice behind Bernd Leno. Staying in the capital and the Premier League could appeal for the 27-year-old. At that age, there is also the possibility of turning a profit on the player, as was the case last summer with Matt Turner.

Juan Miranda

The club would have to move quickly and hijack Juan Miranda's reported move to Bologna, but signing the left-back could be a smart bit of business if Arsenal can pull it off. At 24, the former Barcelona defender has already made over 150 senior appearances, primarily for Real Betis over the past four seasons.

Punting on the left back to fill the one spot in Arsenal's back four that no one has yet to nail down could allow additional funds to be spent further forwards. Miranda can also play centrally, standing at 6 ft 1, and is another versatile defensive addition in the mould of Jurrien Timber.

Guido Rodriguez

If Arsenal would prefer a more defensive midfielder to sit behind Declan Rice this coming season, the Guido Rodriguez could be that player. The Argentina international is currently at the Copa America and his departure from Real Betis was recently made official.

Barcelona have been linked with the 30-year-old, but now appear to have ended their interest for financial reasons. A staple of Argentina squads of the last half-decade, including their World Cup win 18 months ago, Rodriguez appears an ideal replacement for Elneny. Despite requiring ankle surgery earlier this year, the player has, aside from that, been injury-free in Spain.