How Arsenal could line up after January transfer window amid Asensio, Adams and Vlahovic links

Arsenal have been linked with a number of players since the summer transfer window closed, a window which saw the Gunners splash out big time to improve the squad.

Defender Ben White took the biggest chunk of their spending, setting the club back £50million to land him from Brighton after an impressive season on the south coast.

Elsewhere, Martin Odegaard made his loan switch from Real Madrid a permanent one, whilst goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale made the move to London from relegated Sheffield United.

Right-back Takehiro Tomiyasu was heavily linked with a switch to north London rivals Tottenham, but instead opted for Arsenal on deadline day.

Midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga and left-back Nuno Tavares also joined the squad before the window shut.

After a stuttering start, Mikel Arteta’s new arrivals have made an impact as they currently sit fifth in the Premier League.

However, with the Africa Cup of Nations in the new year, Arsenal could lose four key players to international duty during the season. This, mixed with some contracts running down and the desire for the Gunners to continue competing, may force Edu to dip into the January transfer market.

Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic has been touted with a big-money move to the Emirates Stadium, though the 21-year-old has been linked with several other clubs across Europe and may not be on Arsenal’s radar at this time.

Vlahovic is a promising young striker, who could in time phase out Aubameyang from the side but also provide cover for Alexandre Lacazette, whose contract runs out at the end of the season – should the Gunners’ stance change.

Real Madrid star Marco Asensio has also been linked with a switch to the Premier League with the Gunners or rivals Liverpool.

Asensio offers versatility, able to play anywhere across the front three and behind the striker. With his contract expiring in 2023 and currently earning a lack of minutes in La Liga, he could come as a bargain.