Mikel Arteta can field dream Arsenal line-up if Stan Kroenke sanctions £260m double deal

Mikel Arteta will want to win a trophy at Arsenal next season.

The Gunners took Manchester City to the final day of the Premier League season but ultimately finished two points behind Pep Guardiola's side. They also reached the quarter-final stages of the Champions League before being knocked out by Bayern Munich, were beaten by Liverpool in the FA Cup third round and lost to West Ham in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

One way of improving is by dipping into the transfer market. understands that Edu and Arteta have already identified a number of potential targets, with the front line thought to be a priority for the north Londoners.

"That's the ideal scenario," Arteta said when asked if Arsenal were hopeful of getting their business done at the start of the window. "Every club wants that, we want that as coaches and for the players especially.

"Then for the team and for the environment. When you do that something clicks there and it’s really important because it starts to give you momentum."

One of the players Arsenal are interested in is Alexander Isak. The Newcastle striker scored 25 goals in 40 appearances across all competitions during the 2023/24 campaign - his most prolific season to date.

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That form has led many to link the Sweden international to Arsenal, and understands that the 24-year-old is a target for the Gunners. One hurdle which Edu and Arteta must overcome, however, is the price.

According to The Telegraph Newcastle are not contemplating a sale this summer and Eddie Howe considers the former Real Sociedad forward as integral to their future plans. Newcastle have 'laughed' at reports suggesting a £90million offer would be accepted, with club chiefs instead insisting a bid of £180million is needed to prize Isak away from St James' Park.

Another player linked with a move to north London this summer is Isak's teammate, Bruno Guimaraes. The midfielder is reportedly also on the radar of Manchester City and PSG following his eye-catching performances for the Magpies last term.

Again, Guimaraes is not a player Newcastle want to sell, with reports suggesting a bid in excess of £80million is needed before Newcastle chiefs even consider a sale. So, if Arsenal were to go for both players in the upcoming transfer window, they would need to cough up £260million.

Now, it's unknown if owner Stan Kroenke will be keen to spend that much on two players, especially when it's accepted that money may be better spent on a handful of players instead of one or two marquee signings. Still, a double deal is possible and below is what Arsenal's dream line-up would look like if Edu were able to secure the signings of Isak and Guimaraes.

Best Arsenal line-up with Isak and Guimaraes: Raya; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Timber; Rice, Guimaraes, Odegaard; Saka, Isak, Martinelli.