Mikel Arteta’s first summer as Arsenal boss saw him add a number of first-team players to his squad, as well as tying down two key players to extended contracts.
Thomas Partey, Willian and Gabriel Magalhães were among Arteta’s additions, while the long-awaited prolongation to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s stay in north London was confirmed, some months after the club agreed a new contract with breakout star Bukayo Saka.
Now, with the international window shut, Arsenal ’s attention turns to the season ahead – although they may yet make further purchases from the EFL, which are permitted until October 16.
Here is the latest Arsenal transfer round-up on October 9.
Saliba could seal Championship loan
Teenage centre-back William Saliba was dealt the blow of being left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad this week and could therefore be on the move again.
The 19-year-old spent last season on loan at Saint-Étienne in France, but with his involvement at the Emirates Stadium this year set to be sporadic, Brentford are exploring the option of signing the youngster on loan, according to Goal.
Saliba arrived to much fanfare last summer as one of Ligue 1’s premium defensive talents. The £27million defender was in talks regarding another temporary spell at Saint-Étienne on deadline day but it appears he may now be staying in London – although perhaps not with Arsenal.
Arsenal move for Aouar failed over agent fee
Mikel Arteta’s search for a central midfielder this summer came to an end on deadline day as Thomas Partey joined the club for €50m. Up until that point Arsenal were also in the market for Houssem Aouar, but a deal failed to be agreed.
ESPN report that Arsenal’s inability to sign Aouar was due to a refusal to pay £10m in the form of an agent’s fee to Aouar’s brother Brahim, who acts as his representative.
Olympique Lyonnais midfielder Aouar is without European football this season, and will remain an OL player until January at the earliest. The 22-year-old recently made his France debut but a move to the Premier League will have to wait, despite his own reported desire to leave the Ligue 1 outfit.
Aouar has gone on record to state his happiness at remaining a Lyon player, amid reports that he is disappointed at a failed move to the Emirates Stadium.
“Disappointed? I am the opposite. I am at home, in the club that I love, with my friends and my family.”
MLS move ‘likely’ for Özil
Exiled Arsenal midfielder Mesut Özil finds himself at a crossroads with the club he has represented for seven years.
With nine months remaining on his current contract, and Mikel Arteta’s reluctance to field the former Germany international in any of his first-team fixtures, the club may explore the possibility of paying off the 31-year-old this January.
In doing so, Özil would be free to join any club, with a move to the United States ‘likely’ according to Mirror Sport. Özil has most recently been axed from the club’s 25-man Europa League squad this week, damaging any slim hopes he may have had of featuring in first-team action this season.
It is not clear which MLS clubs would be able to afford Özil’s £350,000-per-week wage package, but Arsenal are hoping to offload him sooner rather than later, in order to avoid paying him the £13m he is owed should he run down his contract.
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