The transfer window is still ongoing despite the Premier League season set to start – and Arsenal still have plenty of work to do.
With a month left until the transfer window shuts, plenty of Premier League clubs still have a bit of work left to do in the transfer market.
There are always some who prefer to get all their business done early, and
Arsenal have moved to wrap up some of their deals before the big kickoff this month.
Gabriel and Willian have already arrived, while Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares have committed their long-term futures to the club after initially joining on loan last season.
There’s more to do, though, and here’s what we can look forward to from an Arsenal point of view.
Arsenal’s interest in Thomas Partey has dominated the summer, but the midfielder is still an Atletico Madrid player for the time being.
They know how much the Ghanaian will cost, and the challenge now is freeing up funds.
He’s not the only midfield target, though, and there is also a desire to add creativity in the middle of the park.
Hossem Aouar is the man about whom the most noise is being made here, and the Lyon man would represent a real coup if Arsenal are able to land him among reported interest from Champions League clubs.
Willian adds depth and creativity in a supporting role, while Arsenal will hope Nicolas Pepe can kick on in his second season, but another attacking midfielder wouldn’t go amiss.
Philippe Coutinho was linked earlier in the summer, but the arrival of Ronald Koeman as Barcelona manager has changed the situation there.
The latest name to be added to the list is West Ham’s Felipe Anderson, though there’s one other option – Mesut Ozil could find a way back into Arteta’s plans after weeks on the sidelines.
Arsenal have more central defenders than they need, and we can expect at least one of them to move on.
Sokratis is the leading candidate, while Rob Holding has also been linked with a loan departure, but we can expect at least one exit.
Additionally, Arsenal are likely to want to offload one or more fringe midfielders to free up funds, with Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira appearing to be the most likely.
Alexandre Lacazette is another who could fetch a reasonable fee, though talk of an exit for the Frenchman has gone cold of late.
Still, the former Lyon man would need replacing if he does go, and there has been a fair bit of noise around Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard in that regard.
There is a fair bit of interest in Edouard from around the Premier League, if reports are to be believed, though one would imagine Arsenal are among the more appealing destinations of those mooted.
There has been interest in goalkeeper Emi Martinez and right-back Hector Bellerin, even if Arteta would likely prefer to keep hold of both players.
Martinez’s contract situation is the most pressing concern, though PSG’s gaze hasn’t strayed far from Bellerin in recent weeks.
Plan A might be to keep hold of both, but if either moves on they will need replacing, though Arsenal may decide the presence of Cedric Soares and Ainsley Maitland-Niles means any funds received for Bellerin can be invested elsewhere in the squad.
On the goalkeeper front, while Matt Macey has extended his deal until 2021, one would imagine Arsenal aren’t desperate to have the Englishman as the only backup to Bernd Leno, so a Martinez departure would prompt a new arrival.