With Arsenal legend Martin Keown claiming Mesut Ozil has already 'mentally left' Arsenal, and the German's contract set to run out in June next year, it is looking increasingly likely that the soon to be 29-year-old will depart the Emirates sooner rather than later. The German's career in North London could be over as soon as January, with Internazionale and Manchester United both reportedly among those interested. The task for Arsene Wenger and the club hierarchy now is succession planning....
Thomas Lemar was on the verge of a £90m move to the Emirates on deadline day in the summer before Alexis Sanchez's failed move to City stopped the transfer in its tracks.
Often overshadowed by Kylian Mbappe last season, many saw Lemar as Monaco's brightest talent above the, now Paris Saint-Germain forward. Registering 11 goals and 14 assists, he was integral in Monaco's title winning side, as well as helping them to the Champions League semi-final.
With electrifying pace, supreme dribbling and a thunderous strike, he would certainly add another dimension to the way Arsenal play. Ozil's gradual build up play could be replaced by Lemar's quick, direct style.
Although still emerging as a young player, many in Germany see Leon Goretzka as their brightest talent. The 22-year-old is incredibly versatile and can operate anywhere in the midfield, but he is most dangerous in an attacking role.
Often likened to Ozil with his extraordinary vision and close control, Goretzka might just be the perfect replacement, and Wenger knows how to nurture emerging talent.
However, the Schalke midfielder has been closely linked with Barcelona and Manchester United, so Arsenal may face stiff competition if they wish to sign him.
The 25-year-old Swede helped an impressive Leipzig side reach the Champions League last season and was integral in doing so.
Registering 19 assists in the Bundesliga, there aren't many better like for like replacements for Ozil than Forsebrg. In fact, he had the best goals and assist per minute ratio of any player in Europe's top five leagues last season.
A winger by trade, Forsberg could easily slot into Wenger's preferred 3-4-2-1 formation as a playmaker operating behind the striker.
Expectations surrounding Nelson are high at the Emirates, and understandably so. It has been quite a while since Arsenal had a player come through their ranks that looks so obviously destined for the top.
The 17-year-old oozes confidence and is blessed with quick feet, tremendous pace and marvellous control, not to mention a ruthlessness in front of goal. Comparisons with a certain Arsenal great, who must not be named, are inevitable.
With impressive performances in Europe so far this season, particularly against BATE Borisov last time out, there is certainly a maturity in the way Nelson plays. With consistent game time careful nurturing, there may be no need for Arsenal to look elsewhere for a replacement.