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(Photos) How Arsenal could line-up next season with Willian, Philippe Coutinho and James Rodriguez part of new-look Arteta XI



MIKEL ARTETA is planning a major summer overhaul at Arsenal and his starting XI could look very different next season.

The Gunners have most recently been linked with South American trio James Rodriguez, Philippe Coutinho and Willian.

And if they land all three stars, the Gunners’ attack would intimidate most Premier League defences.

Arteta’s FA Cup win in his debut managerial campaign has encouraged the owners to back the boss this summer as he looks to transform his side into top four challengers once again.

But the North Londoners’ transfer activity is under intense scrutiny after football fans across the land hammered the club for their decision to make 55 staff redundant.

Former Chelsea star Willian has reportedly agreed a three-year deal on wages of £100k-a-week.

And the Gunners’ pursuit of ex-Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho on loan is said to be at an advanced stage, with Barcelona desperate to raise funds.

SunSport reported last week how the Gunners were in negotiations with the Blaugrana about a season-long loan, with the two clubs to share the burden of paying the Brazilian’s wages.

In holding midfield, Atletico Madrid’s Ghanaian star Thomas Partey has also been a long time target of Arteta’s as he looks to get his team ready to play his favoured 4-3-3 system.

But it emerged today the North Londoners will have to pay the full £45million release clause if they want to land the 27-year-old.

Real Madrid outcast James Rodriguez is also on the Gunners transfer wishlist.

The club are said to be “desperate” to sign the Colombian ahead of Atletico and Paris Saint-Germain with his Los Blancos career finished.

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