Mikel Arteta's summer plan at Arsenal to make a creative midfielder a top priority has placed the likes of Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaha in danger.
The Gunners are fighting to land a spot in the top six, let alone the top four, this season after a disaster campaign to date.
However, the Emirates outfit went for another former player when they hired Arteta to become manager.
And though the results have yet to come, there has been a distinct change in mood in north London.
Arsenal have won just one Premier League game with Arteta in charge and find themselves 10th in the table.
And Arteta is looking to implement some huge changes at the Emirates in the summer with three transfers, according to the Daily Mail.
They report that a centre-back, a box-to-box midfielder and a creative midfielder are all on his shopping list.
But the last one gives Ozil and Xhaka a problem, who are seen as the playmaker-types at Arsenal.
Ozil plays further up the pitch while Xhaka has usually dictated from a deeper position but a new arrival places their futures in doubt.
Neither have been particularly impressive since Arteta arrived, despite the Spaniard insisting that the two are key players.
Arsenal had a relatively quiet transfer window in January, though they did make two signings.
Cedric Soares arrived on loan from Southampton to provide back-up to Hector Bellerin.
While Pablo Mari also joined on a temporary basis from Flamengo to bolster their defence, which has looked shaky in recent times.
Meanwhile, the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang remains up in the air with the former Borussia Dortmund striker eyeing a move to remain in European competitions.
The Gabon international was linked with a move to Barcelona and sporting director Eric Abidal said: "I know Aubameyang.
"He is important and, in his team, he is decisive. It is logical that, in the summer, a "nine" will come.
"We know that Luis Suarez will come back strong (from a knee injury), but you have to bring a top player in the summer.
"There is a list with players like Olivier Giroud, Fernando Llorente or Aubameyang but we decided not to sign someone in January."