Having pulled-out of a deal to re-sign Aaron Ramsey, at least for the time being, manager Unai Emery faces the challenge of signing his own midfield replacement in 2019 - be that in January or next summer.
He has pointed to Liverpool and Manchester City as the two potential candidates for the title, not mentioning Chelsea despite keeping their second position place.
Last season Thomas Partey made over 50 appearances for Atletico Madrid, and coincidentally came up against Arsenal twice in the Europa League semi-final ties, which of course the La Liga club went on to win against Marseille in the final.
"Nine games, nine victories so I think they will finish in the top four, sure, 100 per cent".
Le'Veon Bell a no-show despite conflicting reports about his arrival
By rule, the Steelers and Bell must agree in writing as to the amount of Bell's compensation before he signs the tender. James Conner has played well in his place, establishing himself as a dual-threat weapon.
Wenger signed Ramsey from Cardiff City for £4.8 million in 2008 and the Wales global has gone on to make 242 Premier League appearances for Arsenal, as well as twice scoring the victor in the FA Cup Final.
The 25 year-old has one goal and one assist to his name so far this season. "But defensively, they are just not good enough".
He has transformed the team's tactical approach, making Arsenal harder to break down and giving them a more solid central platform that allows Granit Xhaka and others to focus on creativity.
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