Arsenal medical booked, update on Locatelli, Saka and Smith Rowe need help

Mikel Arteta, Edu and Arsenal’s recruitment team are working hard to strengthen the squad.

Ahead of the 2021/22 season getting underway in a few weeks, the Gunners need a host of new faces through the door.

News has emerged of Sergio Ramos snubbing a lucrative switch to north London in favour of PSG this summer.

But fortunately for Arsenal, they are making progress with other targets as some edge closer to arriving in the capital.

Ben White’s focus will be on England’s Euro 2020 final this Sunday before he addresses his future.

And in the meantime, Arsenal are hunting a number of other top players, with Daily Star Sport here to provide all the latest gossip.

Lokonga medical booked

Albert Sambi Lokonga is all set to sign for Arsenal very soon, with a £15m deal agreed for the midfielder.

The Anderlecht star will undergo a medical in Belgium before travelling to England, the London Evening Standard report.

Lokonga will then have to self-isolate before joining up with his new team-mates, but it won’t be long before he’s finally seen in a red shirt.

Will Arsenal be able to lure Manuel Locatelli to the club? Let us know what you think in the comments section.

Locatelli patience the key

Arsenal are trying to be clever in their pursuit of Italy and Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli.

Speaking on the Don Robbie podcast, Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano said: “I can confirm that Arsenal want Locatelli, they consider him a perfect player for Arsenal and the Premier League. But at the moment Arsenal have a smart strategy with Locatelli, the only one they can have in this situation.

“So they are waiting to see what happens with Juventus, because the player’s priority is Juventus. Locatelli wants to join Juventus, but he isn’t refusing Arsenal, he has the dream of playing Champions League football and joining Juventus because he is Italian.”

Petit demands big characters

Arsenal’s young talents need strong personalities to sign for the club this summer and support them in the dressing room this season.

Emmanuel Petit told Paddy Power: “Players like Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have shown some of those qualities but they’re young and inexperienced, it shouldn’t be their responsibility to take care of the team.

“They need the protection of other players and to improve year after year and to become the leaders of the team. But for the moment it’s too soon for them, they need experienced players around them.

“It doesn't matter how many quality players you have, if you don't create unity, and put spirit and soul into the team, you will never win anything. It's impossible.”

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