Arsenal may have fired members of their recruiting department recently, but they are well on their way to completing their summer rebuild.
Just over three weeks after the start of the new Premier League campaign, they have two new stars set to impress and a third possibly on the way.
Joining the Gunners in the next few days could well be Lille sensation Gabriel, although it looks like Napoli are ready to fight as hard as they can for his signing.
Adding him would put manager Mikel Arteta on track to sign a whole new backbone for the FA Cup winners.
Such an overhaul was necessary given some of the club’s struggles last season, which almost saw them miss European football which could have had dire consequences.
Instead, a new deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in sight, Willian has arrived on a free transfer and prodigy William Saliba has joined his new teammates.
Expenses are inevitable, a bloated defense should at least lose Sokratis Papastathopoulos with another likely exit as well.
Matteo Guendouzi will be sold after being sidelined by Arteta following several moments of poor discipline, culminating in the strangulation of Brighton ace Neal Maupay after a 2-1 loss to the Seagulls.
The sale should also allow another signing with a central midfielder who is expected to be signed to replace Dani Ceballos if they cannot land the Spaniard who shone towards the end of the last campaign.
But what will the Gunners look like if they manage to get Gabriel, whom Total Football Analysis has compared to Kalidou Koulibaly, in the coming days? talkSPORT.com takes a look.
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What Arsenal could look like with Gabriel, William Saliba and Willian
It looks like Arteta is incredibly keen to use the new signing Willian as a No.10, leading us to speculate that this formation is most likely for the Gunners.
This means that two locations for the central rear are available. Gabriel is expected to take one, although Arsenal are competing in four competitions he will tour with David Luiz, William Saliba and Rob Holding, while reports suggest Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi could be sold to balance the books.
In this XI, Saliba is starting but there is a good chance that he will have time to adapt and be the first choice for cup-only competitions.
Lucas Torreira for the moment would partner Granit Xhaka but a Dani Ceballos replacement like Thomas Partey would surely be preferred.
If we factor in the Gunners’ final lineup for the season, as well as Willian’s signing, we’ve got a pretty good idea of how they’ll look.
Gabriel would be among the last three alongside David Luiz and his newcomer companion Saliba.
Willian and Pepe would operate as the larger No.10 behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who would move up to a leading role.
Xhaka and Torreira are the steel to allow full-backs Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin to advance and support in wide areas.