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Mikel Arteta faces triple Arsenal conundrum with Benjamin Sesko and Quilinschy Hartman transfers

Mikel Arteta
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After hitting elite levels of performance last season, you'd be fair to feel that Arsenal are on to something under Mikel Arteta. However, after falling short to Manchester City once again, a big transfer window awaits them.

football.london understands that the Gunners are looking to improve the depth across a number of areas within the squad this summer. The prospect of a marquee signing has been muted and names like Victor Osimhen are no longer linked.

David Raya's move from Brentford will be made permanent meaning attention will turn towards other positions. A new striker does seem to be next on Edu Gaspar's radar, as well as another attacker.

Benjamin Sesko is on the north Londoners' shortlist. According to The Mirror, the striker is favouring a move to the Emirates Stadium. football.london understands that Arsenal are pursuing a move for the Slovenian star and are hoping they can find room to negotiate down the reported £45m release clause in his contract.

The pursued interest in Sesko does mean that the likes of Ivan Toney and Aleksander Isak are no longer considered. What is being considered, however, is a move for highly-rated Feyenoord wing-back Quilindschy Hartman.

The 22-year-old has been linked with a move to Chelsea but The Telegraph have claimed scouts from Arsenal have been left impressed with his performances. As well as Ajax star Jorrel Hato, the Gunners are moving the wheels on a move for another full-back.

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What the possible signings of Sesko and Hartman imminent, it leaves an uncertainty around the future of a number of Arteta's players. Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah have both been tipped to leave the club this summer amid the Gunners' long-known pursuit of a new striker.

Jesus has been at the club for two years now and has never been a natural goalscorer. He does, however, has the ability to play in a variety of positions and can provide depth out wide. For Nketiah, his position at the club is in more doubt than before.

The academy graduate has previously been mentioned as subject of interest for Leicester City and Ipswich Town. Nketiah is a natural number nine but struggled for minutes last term. A permanent transfer is more probable for him.

At left-back, Oleksandr Zinchenko's situation is another tricky one. The versatile full-back lost his place to Takehiro Tomiyasu and Jakub Kiwior last season and Jurrien Timber's return from injury only places further doubt over his future.

The double signing of Sesko and Hartman could be the final push for Arsenal to finally cash-in on the three players in hope of them securing regular first-team minutes.