Arsenal have been instantly rewarded for their shrewd work in the transfer market this summer with Mikel Arteta’s men very much the Premier League’s early pacesetters.
And ahead of tonight’s 11pm transfer deadline, there may be even more additions to come. The Gunners reportedly remain in the market for a number of players as they seek to build upon their scintillating start to the season.
Having fired blanks in the January transfer market, the north Londoners came flying out of the blocks this summer and have since moved to add five new faces to their squad.
In addition to completing deals for Marquinhos, Fabio Vieira and Matt Turner, Arsenal secured their top transfer target in Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City in a £45million deal.
The Brazilian’s former City team-mate Oleksandr Zinchenko has since been acquired and the quintet have seamlessly embedded into Arteta’s evolving and now eye-catching squad.
With Arsenal having made no secret of their desire to add a winger to their ranks this summer and a number of midfield injuries having left the Emirates outfit somewhat short of options in the centre of the park, there’s a growing sense that the Gunners could be set for a busy transfer deadline day.
With that in mind, Express Sport takes a closer look at four players they may look to sign before the summer window slams shut.
With Manchester United having cooled their interest in Cody Gakpo having reached an agreement to sign Ajax attacker Antony instead, it appears the PSV Eindhoven winger is up for grabs. Arsenal are understood to be just one of his many Premier League suitors and a move to English shores before the window shuts appears increasingly likely.
Gakpo could well be the man to fill the vacancy in the Gunners’ attack, but the north Londoners will need to act fast to capture the 21-year-old who struck 10 goals last term and already has four this time around.
Both Leeds and Southampton are understood to be pushing to secure the Dutchman, with the Saints thought to be leading the race for his services heading into the final few hours of the window.
Arsenal’s need for midfield reinforcements has also seen them explore a deal to land Palmeiras prospect Danilo. According to Goal, the Gunners have submitted a £20m bid for the 21-year-old, who has been a mainstay in the Brazilian side’s first-team ever since seizing his opportunity back in 2019.
However, it is thought the north Londoners will need to up that offer if they are to land the starlet before the transfer window closes come 11pm on Thursday night.
At such a young age, Danilo already has a wealth of experience under his belt having amassed 128 appearances and been called up to the Brazil squad for their international friendlies in June.
Arsenal should have little trouble in convincing the Selecao starlet to join given the Gunners already possess an ever-expanding raft of Brazilian players and transfer chief Edu carries great influence with a number of contacts back in his homeland.