Real Madrid fire sale could present Arsenal with opportunity to secure Mesut Ozil’s successor

The Mikel Arteta experiment at Arsenal has gone well so far with the club set for a Wembley final and a solid, if not spectacular, finish in the Premier League.

The potential of Arteta’s team has, however, buoyed fans and they know that with a few well-executed additions they could see a sharp improvement next season.

The news via Marca that Real Madrid are planning to raise €180million through player sales should be a timely boost for the Gunners, with Dani Ceballos’ future still unclear.

With that in mind, here are the players the Gunners could target from Los Blancos this summer.

Dani Ceballos

The talented midfielder is already at the club, so this shouldn’t be a hard sell.

Ceballos has had an interesting time at Arsenal and was said to want to terminate his loan as recently as January. Thankfully he stayed and we’re now starting to see what a player he is.

The fact Real Madrid have upped his asking price to a reported £32million is a disappointment, but if Arsenal can hold firm, they should be able to meet in the middle.

There’s no denying Arsenal need to galvanise their options in the middle of the park, and given how well Ceballos works in Arteta’s system it makes sense to go for him.

Martin Odegaard

A player that first rose to prominence as a 15-year-old with Stromsgodset, Odegaard has flourished this season while on loan at Real Sociedad.

Real Madrid have the option to extend that deal by another year but a tempting offer from Arsenal could convince them to reconsider.

A talented creator that can also dribble past defenders with ease, Odegaard’s versatility makes him an interesting player to consider and his skillset would suggest he could potentially replace Mesut Ozil as Arsenal’s creator-in-chief.

He would likely serve as a facilitator for Arsenal’s attack and could also be used in a deeper-role depending on Arteta’s demands.

Oscar Rodriguez

Although Rodriguez was relegated with loan side Leganes this season, he was one of the few bright spots for the club during their campaign.

Having only recently turned 22-years-old, there is talk in Spain that Villarreal are targeting him as a replacement for Santi Cazorla, and it’s easy to see why after a strong season in which he scored nine goals in 30 games.

A specialist from free-kicks – the best in Europe according to the data – his ability to score from distance could add a different dimension to Arsenal’s midfield options.

A player with clear potential and room to grow, there’s talk that Real Madrid want €20million to let him go this summer.

That could look like a bargain in a few years with the right coaching from Arteta and regular game time in a better side than Leganes.

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