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Another week of Champions League games comes to an end. Remember when Arsenal were a part of Europe’s elite? Good times, weren’t they?

Liverpool and Tottenham crashed out of the competition but have both of our rivals helped convince Arsenal to splash the big bucks on two players who were responsible for their respective sides’ heroics?

Dayot Upamecano:

Was there ever a doubt about this 21-year-old French defensive rock? Upamecano was fantastic against Tottenham where he showed the world why he is one of the world’s best young central defenders.

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The Frenchman completed 100% of his dribbles while maintaining an impressive 86% passing accuracy. He made six tackles, five clearances and won 10 out of his 15 overall duels in what was an incredible performance in the Champions League. (SofaScore)

Upamecano will cost about £52 million in the summer (Kicker) and there is no reason why we shouldn’t go for him. William Saliba and him at the helm would sort out our defence for the best part of the next decade.

Thomas Partey:

What a player the Ghanian is. Partey was everywhere against Liverpool and was incredibly calm under possession, even when under pressure.

The Atleti midfielder played the whole 120 minutes against the Reds and won 10 of his 15 overall duels. In the entire two hours, he made four tackles, four interceptions, four clearances, blocked two shots and was dribbled past just twice. (SofaScore)

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The Telegraph claim that Arsenal are interested in Partey who has a £45 million release clause. The Ghanian would be a phenomenal signing for us and he would provide us with some much-needed steel in front of our backline.

Our view:

Arsenal will need to make it into the Champions League to generate the funds needed for players of this quality. A combined sum of about £100 million for these two alone is humungous but in today’s market, it could well prove to be a bargain very soon.

Mikel Arteta has to rally his troops to go on an incredible run in the final few games of the season. Eight points separate us and fourth-placed Chelsea. It certainly is difficult but with the way this season has been, anything is possible.

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