Mikel Arteta isn't as good as he used to be. Whether it's due to age, injuries or his midfield partners, the Spaniard seems to be becoming less positively influential. Most notably losing pace over the last year, it's time to think about a replacement for the Barça youth product. Mikel looks most comfortable when partnered with Aaron Ramsey, but his play under pressure when isolated and his lack of engine could become a problem for an Arsenal side that wants to challenge for trophies in years to come. Borussia Dortmund's İlkay Gündoğan has been mentioned in the past, but his injuries and links to Real Madrid plus an undoubtedly huge price tag make him a seemingly unattainable target.
A player that hasn't been mentioned as Arteta's heir and Aaron Ramsey's future other half in the centre of midfield, is Daley Blind.