Mikel Arteta is ready to begin making changes at Arsenal as he looks to move the club up the table and challenging for major honours again.
The Spanish coach has instigated a number of smart tactical tweaks since arriving at the Emirates, but it has now time for the transfer market to aid his cause.
Arteta has already told the Emirates board that investment is needed if they want to close on the Premier League’s two stand out sides.
But no one is quite sure how much he will have to spend, but that hasn’t stopped the rumour mill, and with that in mind, here are the latest Arsenal transfer rumours.
Arsenal target ‘ready to join’
Thomas Partey is “ready” to join Arsenal, according to Graham Hunter.
Partey, 27, has been a target for Arteta for some time and is believed to be available for around £45million from Atletico Madrid. A release clause means the Spanish club have little way of stopping the move.
Atletico midfielder Partey has strongly been linked with a move to Arsenal ahead of the transfer window opening.
Speaking to Bet365, Hunter claimed that Partey would be the perfect signing for the Gunners.
“Mikel Arteta will want to work with youth-team players but until Per Mertesacker, who is in charge of the academy and I’ve got complete faith in to start a conveyor belt of hard, tough, well-trained, skilled footballers coming through, until that point they need to add quality,” he said.
“If I was to look around immediately I’d buy a bargain-basement Luka Jovic from Real Madrid, I’d buy Thomas Partey from Atletico and Partey is ready to come to Arsenal, and Dayot Upamecano from Leipzig would be a perfect reinforcement at the back.”
Aubameyang edging towards new Arsenal deal
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is reportedly nearing a new deal at Arsenal.
The former Borussia Dortmund striker has been in fine form for the Gunners this season and notched 19 league goals in 30 games for the club. That has seen focus turn to his new contract, and according to ESPN there is ‘growing confidence’ that a breakthrough can be found.
The outlet reports that Aubameyang wants a three-year deal on £250,000 per-week to stay at the Emirates, which is a sizable commitment for a player that is 31-years-old. This comes just days after the club agreed a new long-term deal with Bukayo Saka.
Guendouzi nearing Arsenal exit with cash or player swap deal likely
Matteo Guendouzi’s time at Arsenal could be nearing an end as the club chases a cash or player swap deal.
The Frenchman has found himself on the wrong side of Arteta and has been absent from the matchday squad for Arsenal’s last two games. Now The Athletics’ David Ornstein has claimed the club will sell the player if they can find a suitable cash or player swap deal.
It is said that Arteta has been left unimpressed by Guendouzi’s attitude, and that means the club are now ready to cash in on the player they signed from FC Lorient in Ligue 2.