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Arsenal can still land transfer advantage over Man City with dream Rodrygo scenario possible

Real Madrid winger Rodryo
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Arsenal are once again attempting to overturn Manchester City at the top of the Premier League. For the past two seasons, Mikel Arteta's men have fallen agonisingly short of winning a first title in 20 years, and the task to overthrow them doesn't get any easier.

City managed to make it four in a row when they pipped the Gunners to the post in May but after some big summer deals and yet more improvement on the pitch, Arteta was able to push Pep Guardiola even further. They now have the challenge of going one step more and reaching the summit themselves.

It promises to be a big summer in this sense for both camps. Arsenal are aiming to make the most of their positive momentum while City yet again look to go where nobody has ever been before. It makes for another transfer window of key decisions.

Here, football.london has taken a look at what City have been up to so far and the impact it might have on Arsenal.

De Bruyne exit

Kevin De Bruyne has admitted that it could soon be time for him to leave Manchester City. Speaking to Dutch publication HLN, he said, "I still have one year left on my contract, so I have to think about what could happen.

"My eldest is now eight years old and knows nothing but England. He also asks how long I will play for City. Once the moment comes, we will have to deal with it in a certain way."

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An exit for the Belgian would be a significant blow to City after he managed four goals and ten assists from just 18 appearances last season. He has been linked with a move to Saudi Arabia.

"At my age you have to be open to everything," he continued. "You're talking about incredible amounts of money in what may be the end of my career. Sometimes you have to think about that.

"Then you have to think about what that could mean next. But at the moment I haven't had to think about that yet." He finished: "If I play there for two years, I will be able to earn an incredible amount of money. Before that I had to play football for 15 years. I may not even reach that amount yet."

football.london says: De Bruyne may have his injury issues and is not necessarily the main man at City anymore, but Guardiola and his side are stronger with his presence than without. For Arsenal, it would be a big boost to their chances of winning the Premier League if they are to be up against a De Bruyne-less City.

That he had such a huge impact on the team despite missing most of the first half of the season is evidence of the quality he still has. Only two players managed more assists across the division, for example, despite him playing over 800 minutes less than those level or above him in this metric, and most had more than double his minutes.

Foden has taken up the mantle and there are quality players throughout, but De Bruyne is inevitable. He adds the killer touch in tight games, he cuts through opponents often at will. There is no doubting that Arsenal would be justified in celebrating a potential sale, should it come to it.

Alvarez also out?

De Bruyne isn't the only one who has been linked with a move away though. Julian Alvarez is also said to be attracting attention, this time from Spain.

The Argentine is reportedly a top target for Atletico Madrid after they moved on from Girona's Artem Dovbyk. It is suggested in Marca that even though Diego Simeone's side cannot compete financially with City, they are looking to try and take advantage of any possible opportunity and have started their attempts to bring Alvarez.

Madrid, it is written, will try and sway Alvarez not with finances but game time and the chance to make himself the main man. It is also theorised that Kylian Mbappe's arrival at Real Madrid could force Rodrygo out of the door and toward City, therefore adding yet more competition for Alvarez.

football.london says: Look, everything about this feels unlikely. Alvarez may not be the star at City but he still played more minutes than Jeremy Doku, Mateo Kovacic, Bernardo Silva, and all but four of the squad this season in the Premier League. Only Phil Foden and Erling Haaland scored more than him.

Alvarez is the perfect player for Guardiola. He is plug-and-play, offers versatility to drop deep and has deputised in Haaland's absence incredibly well. At 24 there is no real rush for him to leave just yet.

For Arsenal, though, they will be wishing this gets over the line. City with Haaland have sometimes looked a tad one-dimensional in a way that they don't with Alarez. Having a backup and rotational option as good as the Argentine is a bit of a cheat code.

What is for certain is that City so far don't look like they're about to strengthen significantly. That could leave the door open for Arsenal.