Report: Arsenal identify two Premier League attacking midfielders as Xhaka replacements

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In a bid to fill the void left by Granit Xhaka’s potential departure to Bayer Leverkusen, Arsenal have set their sights on two Premier League proven players as potential replacements.

 The Gunners are reportedly interested in Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan and Chelsea’s Mason Mount. While both players would demand significant wages given the competition for their signatures, they possess the skill and experience necessary to bolster Arsenal’s midfield.

Ilkay Gundogan, aged 32, has been a crucial figure in Manchester City’s midfield since joining the club in 2016. Known for his composure, vision, and ability to control the game from the centre of the park, Gundogan has consistently showcased his talent in the Premier League and played a big part in sealing the league title for City this and last season. His experience at the highest level would be invaluable for Arsenal as they seek to reinforce their midfield.

On the other hand, Mason Mount, aged 24, represents a younger, promising talent in English football. The Chelsea midfielder has enjoyed a rapid rise to prominence but has stalled amongst the chaos at Chelsea in recent years. Mount’s technical ability, versatility, and eye for goal make him an exciting prospect for any club. Arteta, recognising his potential, seemingly views him as a more long-term replacement for Xhaka. 

Links to both players have been made from many sources, but the latest has come from the reliable David Ornstein of The Athletic

Both players would undoubtedly demand significant financial investment from Arsenal. In Gundogan’s case, although he would arrive without a transfer fee, his experience and quality would command a substantial contract. At 32 years old, he brings a wealth of knowledge and maturity to the table, which could greatly benefit Arsenal’s younger players. But the size and length of the contract he desires could be critical to any deal. 

While Granit Xhaka’s departure is a blow to Arsenal, the club’s pursuit of Ilkay Gundogan and Mason Mount demonstrates their ambition to rebuild and strengthen their squad. Arsenal recognises the need for Premier League proven players who can make an immediate impact, and both Gundogan and Mount fit the bill.

Securing the services of either player would undoubtedly come at a cost, but the potential rewards could be significant for Arsenal. With the right signings, the Gunners could revitalise their midfield and position themselves as serious contenders in both domestic and European competitions.

As the transfer window approaches, Arsenal fans eagerly await further developments in their club’s pursuit of these two Premier League stars. The arrival of Declan Rice is also being heavily mooted. He appears likely to compete with Jorginho and Thomas Partey for the holding midfield position.

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