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4-2-3-1 with Thomas Partey in midfield – three ways Arsenal could line up next season

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It looks set to be an eventful summer for Arsenal, with Mikel Arteta assessing how to take the club further forward after their FA Cup success.

Arteta will be looking to strengthen his squad in the transfer market as he aims to address some of the longstanding issues with the Arsenal side.

Here are three different ways that Arsenal could line up under Arteta next season. 

Mikel Arteta is looking to strengthen his squad and could have various options next season

Mikel Arteta is looking to strengthen his squad and could have various options next season

Option 1 – Best case scenario – 4-2-3-1

The arrival of Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid would massive improve Arsenal's midfield

The arrival of Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid would massive improve Arsenal’s midfield

If Arsenal are able to secure all of their main transfer targets and keep captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang then they could line up something like this.

The arrival of Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid would bolster their midfield, while Sevilla centre-back Diego Carlos could slot in alongside William Saliba, who is available following his loan spell at Saint-Etienne.

If Philippe Coutinho was to join Arsenal he would help provide some much-needed creativity

If Philippe Coutinho was to join Arsenal he would help provide some much-needed creativity

Chelsea winger Willian, who could be available for free, is another target for Arsenal

Chelsea winger Willian, who could be available for free, is another target for Arsenal

Further forward, Philippe Coutinho could provide Arsenal with some much-needed creativity if he joins from Barcelona. Willian, who could be available on a free transfer, would provide a useful wide option, while Dani Ceballos may join on loan again from Real Madrid. 

The partnership of Partey and Ceballos could provide Arsenal with the perfect blend of defensive steel and creative flair. 

Bernd Leno, meanwhile, will be aiming to reclaim his place in goal after recovering from injury.

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Option 2 – Focus on defence – 3-4-3

William Saliba, available after his loan at Saint-Etienne, could slot in well in a back three

William Saliba, available after his loan at Saint-Etienne, could slot in well in a back three

Arteta has deployed a three-man defence on numerous occasions in recent weeks, including for the FA Cup final success against Chelsea. 

Such a formation can help Arsenal become more resilient at the back while enabling them to make an impact on the counter-attack.

Even if they weren’t able to bring in any of their preferred transfer targets and lost Aubameyang, they could still field a team of some quality using this formation.

In this scenario, Saliba would slot into a back three, while talented youngster Bukayo Saka would join the attack and would also be able to help out the defence when required.

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Option 3 – Bellerin and Lacazette leave – 4-4-2

Eddie Nketiah could support Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in attack in a 4-4-2 formation

Eddie Nketiah could support Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in attack in a 4-4-2 formation

If Arsenal keep Aubameyang they could experiment with a 4-4-2 formation, which could see the Gabon international supported by the lively Eddie Nketiah in the eventuality that Alexandre Lacazette leaves.

This would be a very attack-minded system, with Pepe and Saka joining in with the attack while Coutinho would look to play precise passes with regularity. Playing Coutinho in this formation, though, would place a lot of defensive responsibility on the shoulders of Granit Xhaka. 

Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez will also hope to be involved after concluding the season in impressive form. 

If Hector Bellerin departs then Cedric Soares could get a run in the team at right-back.  

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Harry Redknapp urges former club Tottenham to now sign Luka Modric

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Harry Redknapp has urged former club Tottenham to now make a move for Luka Modric as they prepare to finalise Gareth Bale‘s sensational return to the club.

Bale is expected to complete a return to north London imminently on a season-long loan deal worth over £13million.

But Redknapp believes his former club should go one step further and bring another ex-player back to the club, insisting Luka Modric could add another dimension to Jose Mourinho‘s midfield.

Harry Redknapp has urged former club Tottenham to now sign Luka Modric this summer

Harry Redknapp has urged former club Tottenham to now sign Luka Modric this summer

Harry Redknapp has urged former club Tottenham to now sign Luka Modric this summer

Redknapp believes the Croatian would add another dimension to Jose Mourinho's midfield

Redknapp believes the Croatian would add another dimension to Jose Mourinho's midfield

Redknapp believes the Croatian would add another dimension to Jose Mourinho’s midfield

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The move would see Modric reunited with Gareth Bale (L) who is close to completing a loan to Spurs

Speaking on Stats Perform News, Redknapp said: ‘I’d go and see if I could get Luka Modric back. Take the pair of them, Bale and Modric.

‘That would be a great coup. Luka is still a fantastic player. That would be amazing.

‘I still feel they need somebody there; they’ve got the forward players, but they need somebody to supply the bullets.

‘That’s where someone like Luka Modric can play killer passes, into great movement up front. They lack a player like that.’

Modric played for Spurs between 2008 and 2012, establishing himself as one of the best midfielders in the world before leaving for the Bernabeu.

Real signed him for around £30m and he has gone on to win the Champions League on four occasions, as well as LaLiga twice.

He is out of contract next summer and it remains to be seen how willing the Spanish giants will be to offer him new terms, given Modric has just turned 35.

But he made 40 appearances for Zinedine Zidane last season, hinting he is still very much a part of his plans and it would take a huge fee to lure him back to Spurs. 

Modric played for Spurs between 2008 and 2012 before leaving for Real Madrid for £30m

Modric played for Spurs between 2008 and 2012 before leaving for Real Madrid for £30m

Modric played for Spurs between 2008 and 2012 before leaving for Real Madrid for £30m

Bale was filmed arriving at Real Madrid's training ground early on Thursday morning as he said his goodbyes to team-mates before completing his move to Spurs

Bale was filmed arriving at Real Madrid's training ground early on Thursday morning as he said his goodbyes to team-mates before completing his move to Spurs

Bale was filmed arriving at Real Madrid’s training ground early on Thursday morning as he said his goodbyes to team-mates before completing his move to Spurs

Sportsmail revealed on Thursday that Bale had sealed a season-long loan return to Tottenham.

He will have medical tests in Madrid on Friday before flying to London in the next 24 hours to ratify the move. A few minor formalities were completed on Thursday and all that is left is for Bale to arrive and sign.

Boss Jose Mourinho refused to be drawn on the Bale deal after Thursday night’s Europa League victory against Lokomotiv Plovdiv in Bulgaria.

‘I can’t comment,’ he said. ‘I don’t comment on something that I don’t know. For me, at this moment, until Gareth Bale is a Tottenham player I still think and respect the fact that he is a Real Madrid player. I am not going to comment on a Real Madrid player.’

Tottenham have also sealed their £27million swoop for left back Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid. He completed his medical on Thursday, which could open the door for Ryan Sessegnon to leave on loan. 

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Naomi Osaka is OUT of the French Open due to lingering hamstring issue

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Reigning US Open champion Naomi Osaka has pulled out of the French Open after suffering a hamstring injury.

The Japanese player won her second New York major on the weekend and had been scheduled to appear at the tournament beginning on September 27 in Paris.

In a statement posted to Twitter, the 22-year-old said: ‘I won’t be able to play at the French Open.

‘These two tournaments came too close to each other for me.’

Reigning US Open champion Naomi Osaka is out of the French Open with a hamstring injury

Reigning US Open champion Naomi Osaka is out of the French Open with a hamstring injury

Reigning US Open champion Naomi Osaka is out of the French Open with a hamstring injury

The world number three’s left hamstring was wrapped in tape when she beat Victoria Azarenka in the final in New York.

The announcement came just hours after the French Tennis Federation reduced the number of fans that will be allowed to attend the French Open due to the worsening coronavirus situation in the country.

The FFT announced earlier this month that 11,500 spectators a day would be admitted under strict conditions, but that has now been reduced to 5,000 as cases of Covid-19 continue to rise.

Conditions for the players are even more stringent than at Flushing Meadows, where there were no spectators.

They must stay in one of two tournament hotels – players in New York had the choice of staying in private accommodation – while they will only be allowed on site at Roland Garros on the days when they are playing matches.

The Japanese player won her second New York major last weekend, beating Victoria Azarenka

The Japanese player won her second New York major last weekend, beating Victoria Azarenka

The Japanese player won her second New York major last weekend, beating Victoria Azarenka

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Lee Westwood finishes opening round two shots off the lead at the US Open as English contingent make a slow start

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LEE WESTWOOD showed he is still not finished with the Majors as a three under par 67 made him the only member of the 13-strong English invasion force to break 70.

Westwood, 47, has clocked up a record nine top three finishes in Major championships without winning one.

Lee Westwood finished the opening round at Winged Foot by holing a 12 footer for his opening birdie

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Lee Westwood finished the opening round at Winged Foot by holing a 12 footer for his opening birdieCredit: AP:Associated Press

But he showed he can still win at the top level earlier this year with victory in one of the European Tour’s biggest events, the Abu Dhabi Championship.

Westy finished the opening round at Winged Foot by holing a 12 footer for his opening birdie, and said he felt he had ‘tamed the beast’.

He explained: “I know the scores are a bit lower than you might expect at a US Open, but it’s certainly not because the course is easier than we’ve been led to believe.

“I’m really pleased with that start.

“That was a good round of golf, very solid in every aspect of the game.

“The course is gettable at the moment, if you hit enough fairways.

“But if you start wandering into the rough it is an absolute beast. So I don’t think the USGA need to toughen it up.” 

Matthew Wallace is the next best placed Englishman, after a level par 70 that featured five birdies and the same number of bogeys.

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Paul Waring, making only his second US Open appearance at the age of 35, battled hard for a one over par 71.

But Tommy Fleetwood, who was being tipped by many shrewd pundits to go one better than his US Open runner-up runner-up finish two years ago, fluffed his lines.

He opened with a disappointing 74 – the same score as two other English golfers in the top twenty of the world rankings, Tyrrell Hatton and Matthew Fizpatrick.

Lee Westwood reflects on ‘a good week’ after winning Abu Dhabi Championship

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