The hardest deal is done as Arsenal secured Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on a three-year deal in a major boost to Mikel Arteta. It is unclear how much of an impact it will have on recruitment, but the Gabonese striker staying at Arsenal will surely attract the best talent in Europe to join the revolution at the Emirates.
There is money to spend, but Arteta appears to need to sell in addition to the funds handed down by the owners, with two big-money signings possible before the end of the transfer window.
Here are the latest transfer rumours, done deals and more surrounding the Emirates.
FORMER ARSENAL STRIKER SET TO JOIN MIDDLESBROUGH
Ex-Arsenal forward Chuba Akpom is on his way to Middlesbrough after a €3m deal was agreed with PAOK Thessaloniki, according to On Sports.
The 24-year-old came through the youth ranks at Arsenal and is now set to return to England after two years in Greece.
Akpom has scored 27 goals in 79 appearances for PAOK, who he signed for in 2018 having failed to make the cut with the Gunners.
Callum Rice-Coates16 September 2020 10:44
ARSENAL LEGEND PAYS TRIBUTE TO MARTINEZ
Emiliano Martinez’s Arsenal chapter may have come to an end, but he remains a popular figure at the club.
There were plenty of tributes to the goalkeeper when he wrote an emotional farewell to the club on Instagram before his Aston Villa move was confirmed.
The most notable of them was from Ian Wright, who responded: “We love you Emi. Always one of us.”
Callum Rice-Coates16 September 2020 10:27
VILLA CONFIRM MARTINEZ SIGNING
Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal.
The goalkeeper joins the club in a £20m deal having impressed with the Gunners towards the end of last season, following injury to Bernd Leno
The latter’s return meant Martinez was again second choice, but his performances have earned him a move elsewhere.
The Argentine leaves Arsenal after ten years at the club.
Callum Rice-Coates16 September 2020 10:13
ATLETICO TO OFFER TWO PLAYERS IN EXCHANGE FOR ARSENAL STRIKER
Atletico Madrid will offer Arsenal two players as part of a deal to sign Alexandre Lacazette, report Marca.
Los Rojiblancos are still determined to sign the Frenchman, who insisted he is happy where he is after scoring against Fulham last weekend.
But Atletico could look to tempt Arsenal with wingers Vitolo and Thomas Lemar.
It remains to be seen if such a deal would interest the Gunners.
Callum Rice-Coates16 September 2020 10:01
BUNDESLIGA SIDE TO OPEN TALKS WITH ARSENAL DEFENDER
Bayer Leverkusen are set to begin talks over a deal to sign Arsenal’s Sead Kolasinac, according to a report from Sport Bild.
The Gunners are open to offers for the defender, who has fallen down the pecking order under Mikel Arteta.
And he could be set for a return to Germany, with Leverkusen expected to meet Arsenal’s €10m asking price.
Kolasinac’s €9m a year salary at the Emirates could prove a stumbling block, but Leverkusen are reportedly confident a compromise can be reached.
Callum Rice-Coates16 September 2020 09:50
MARTINEZ GIVES EMOTIONAL FAREWELL
Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has taken to Instagram to say goodbye to Gunners fans ahead of his move to Aston Villa.
“Thank you Arsenal,” he said. “For me, I could not be happier to leave through the front door with the Arsenal fanbase supporting me and the club supporting me.
“I had 11 years at the club, and even if it was a hard road for me, and I suffered through my time at Arsenal, today I am happy and I tried to show young goalies how work pays off.
“When you work hard, you are not going to be happy the whole time, you are going to have frustration, bad times in life. “They all understood at Arsenal and they support me for my decision. The Arsenal fanbase were always there for me, I felt their love.
“Even when Bernd got injured this season, I received loads of messages like ‘we trust in you’, ‘you are our goalie’. That made me confident, made me win games and made me the keeper I am today. “
“They understood my story and they love the way I worked in the club. I am so glad to be part of the Arsenal family for 11 years.”
Callum Rice-Coates16 September 2020 09:35
WALCOTT AND IWOBI COULD BE SOLD BEFORE CLOSE OF WINDOW
Some transfer news indirectly related to Arsenal here. Plenty of Gunners fans will have continued to follow the progress of Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi, but it seems both could be surplus to requirements at Everton.
The Toffees, according to the Times, are looking to move on several players in an attempt to raise some funds after spending big on the likes of James Rodriguez and Allan this summer.
Walcott and Iwobi could be forced to find new clubs, having fallen out of favour under Carlo Ancelotti.
Callum Rice-Coates16 September 2020 09:22
LYON CHIEF RESPONDS TO AOUAR SPECULATION
Lyon sporting director Juninho has claimed the club have received no contact from Arsenal over a transfer for midfielder Houssem Aouar.
There is growing speculation that the Gunners are set to move for the Frenchman, but as yet there have been no bids.
“We have not received anything for Houssem, we have not received anything for Memphis,” said Juninho, also addressing Barcelona’s reported interest in Memphis Depay.
Callum Rice-Coates16 September 2020 09:09
EVERTON WANT OFFERS FOR TRIO
Theo Walcott, Alex Iwobi and Moise Kean are all up for sale at Everton this summer.
The Mirror reports that the Toffees will listen to offers for all three, who have no first-team role this season under Carlo Ancelotti, with Iwobi only joining from Arsenal last year and Kean doing the same from Juventus.
Gylfi Sigurdsson, Cenk Tosun and Bernard are also available, if there are any takers.
Karl Matchett16 September 2020 08:52
GOALKEEPER CLOSE TO SEALING MOVE
Runar Alex Runarsson should be an Arsenal player soon.
The Icelandic goalkeeper has undergone a medical, report DV, and he should join for around £1.5m from Dijon.
Runarsson looks set to be the replacement for Emiliano Martinez, who is set to join Aston Villa.
Karl Matchett16 September 2020 08:47