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Arsenal signing Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr could spell trouble for three players

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Arsenal could be about to sign another Real Madrid star after Martin Odegaard. Reports in Spain have claimed the Gunners are interested in swooping for Vinicius Jr, who could be allowed to leave the Bernabeu as they dream of signing Kylian Mbappe. So Express Sport will now take a look at three names who could be impacted by any potential arrival.

Bakuyo Saka

Arsenal have seen the best of Bakuyo Saka on the right wing.

He started at left-back in their 1-0 FA Cup defeat to Southampton on Saturday but wasn’t his usual bright self as Mikel Arteta’s side slipped to defeat.

So if Arsenal did sign Vinicius, they’d risk Saka being demoted.

Given he’s been the best thing about their campaign so far, that would definitely be a gamble.

Vinicius’ best form for Real Madrid has come on the left of Zinedine Zidane’s attack, so that’s something for the Gunners to ponder, though Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a guaranteed starter on that flank.

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Gabriel Martinelli

Arsenal saw Gabriel Martinelli misfire against Southampton on Saturday, with the Brazil international enduring a difficult day at the office.

While that’s the case, however, the Brazil international still has a bright future ahead of him.

Martinelli can play anywhere across Arsenal’s front three but the arrival of Vinicius could stunt his development, too.

And that’s something Arteta certainly won’t want.

However, that said, competition for places can’t hurt…

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Willian

Arsenal thought they were onto a winner when they signed Wilian on a free transfer from Chelsea last summer.

But they appear to have misjudged the forward, who is currently a shadow of his usual self.

Willian has been an abysmal signing for Arsenal, especially when you consider his dizzying wages of £220,000-a-week.

And Vinicius would definitely be an upgrade on his compatriot.

Not that that’s tricky at the current moment in time…

Arteta on transfers

Speaking after his side’s defeat to Southampton on Saturday, Arteta admitted Arsenal were looking to strengthen.

“We are looking in the market to see else what we can do,” he said.

“Obviously we moved some players, we are a little bit short in one or two positions.

“Let’s see what we can do.”

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