With the Basque midfielder not getting any younger, the north London club look set to bring in a replacement for the 32-year-old this summer, with these five players all possible new recruits ...
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Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich)
The word of late coming out of the Allianz Arena is that Martinez is far from happy with life at present with the Bundesliga champions, especially following the arrival of new head coach Pep Guardiola in Bavaria last summer.
And with the north Londoners armed with a massive transfer war chest, then manager Arsene Wenger should seriously think about trying to convince the 25-year-old to move to the Emirates for next season to replace his compatriot in the centre of the park for Arsenal next season.