How Will Arsenal Line up After the January Transfer Window Shake Up?

Arsene Wenger is facing the prospect of one of the biggest shake-ups in Arsenal's attacking line-up in recent years with Alexis Sanchez heading out of the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal is seeking replacements for Sanchez, who is expected to join Manchester United, as Wenger looks to climb back up the Premier League table.

And the North London club wants to help the loss of the 29-year-old Chilean by bringing in two replacements. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the Armenian forward, is expected to be involved in the deal with Manchester United as part of a swap plus cash exchange.

Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also believed to be a leading target for Arsenal, with Wenger saying on Thursday (January 18) that the forward would "fit in" at Arsenal.

That was met with anger by Dortmund, with the club's sporting director Michael Zorc describing Wenger's comments as "disrespectful."

"There is no contact on our part with Arsenal," Zorc said, as quoted by the BBC. "Arsene Wenger certainly has enough currently to deal with the performance of his own players."

But a potential move to the Emirates looks likely, with Aubameyang, valued at £60 million, set to miss Dortmund's game against Hertha Berlin on Friday because he is "not fully focused."

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Arsene Wenger at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, England, January 14. Wenger is in need of replacements should Alexis Sanchez leave Arsenal. Clive Rose/Getty

So, with plenty of incomings and outgoings expected at Arsenal before the transfer window closes on January 31, what will Wenger's forward line look like by the time they face Everton on February 3?

In the final game of last season, Arsenal, incidentally at home to Everton, played a front three of Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and Ozil, with Aaron Ramsey playing in behind.

This time when the Toffees travel to the Emirates Stadium, Ozil is likely to be the only remaining member of that attack—and there is still time for him to depart, of course.

Alexandre Lacazette, the French striker signed from Lyon in the summer for a club record £46.5 million, is likely to continue as Arsenal's main striker, at the point of the attack.

The 26-year-old has struggled to bring his prolific form—he scored 36 goals in 44 appearances last season—across the channel. But he continues to be a threat and is settling in at the Emirates.

Ozil would remain in his free-flowing number 10 position, operating behind Lacazette, but with two new teammates either side of him. Wenger may look to use Mkhitaryan as a wing-back, but his attacking talent may also see him used on the right side of the Arsenal attack.

That would see Aubameyang fit in on the left side. The 28-year-old Gabon forward will, Arsenal hope, bring his goalscoring ability, cutting in from the wing. He has 21 goals so far this season for Dortmund and six in his last six games.

Arsenal needs their replacements to settle in quickly as they currently sit sixth in the Premier League table and eight points off fourth-place Chelsea.