As Ben White’s delayed holidays edge closer to concluding and his preparations as an Arsenal players edges closer to commencing, the club is already planning their next moves in the transfer market.
The Gunners have seen little action at the Emirates Stadium this transfer window, with only two departures (Matteo Guendouzi and Konstantinos Mavrapanos) and two arrivals in the shape of Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga been completed.
However, fans expect their team to shift the gear from first to second as the season edges closer with every passing day. Less than three weeks are left since newly-promoted Brentford will lock horn with the North London outfit for the season opener on 13th of August.
White looks to have already signed on the first few pieces of paper
Arsenal will pay £50m for Ben White, first part of paperworks signed today. Contract agreed until 2026, announcement after medicals once he’ll be back from holidays. ⚪️🔴 #AFC
Lokonga will be announced soon. Locatelli deal, not progressing yet.
📲 More: https://t.co/F0BAhNMy3F
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 17, 2021
A lot of business needs to be done and technical director Edu and manager Mikel Arteta seem to be working day and night to find solutions on the transfer front for the gunners.
As reported earlier in our column, if Hector Bellerin makes a permanent move to Inter Milan, Norwich City’s Max Aarons can be the fourth addition of the summer at the Emirates Stadium after Ben White.
Even though Cedric and Calum Chambers impressed last season, both are not seen as long-term options for the right-back slot.
Moving onto the heart of midfield, finding a partner for Thomas Partey at the centre of the park has been well documented in the past few months. Should Granit Xhaka switch England for Italy, the central defensive midfield position will become a necessity instead of a want.
On the other hand, the London outfit are also be believed to be “seriously” interested in Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham. However, any approach hinges on the club’s ability to offload Alexander Lacazette as well as Eddie Nketiah.
Arsenal look determined to replace Lacazette with Abraham
Mark Irwin: Arsenal want to offload Alexandre Lacazette in £15m transfer and push ahead with move for Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham https://t.co/NbjQ4ggPcU
— Osman 🎗 (@OsmanZtheGooner) July 23, 2021
Abraham is thought to be aware of Arsenal’s interest and would be open to making a move to the North side of the capital.
A boyhood Arsenal fan plus the chance to get more playing minutes might be enough to entice him away from Stamford Bridge, the home of current European Champions Chelsea.
The goalkeeping situation is also naturally under serious consideration. Runar Alex Runnarson’s horror show is set to draw curtains as he assesses his options to leave the Gunners, just one year after joining them.
There has been a huge excitement among Arsenal fans about the prospect of James Maddison joining their club
The name that has been linked to replace him has shocked majority of the Arsenal fanbase, as the supporters are perplexed by the idea of forking out more than 30 million on Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale, who is young but has been a part of two relegated Premier League teams in the past two years.
— Arsenal Fans Network (@Real_Arsedevils) July 23, 2021
The action is expected to reach its climax in August when domino pieces start tumbling down as clubs across Europe will certainly try to find the best deal possible. It’s not just the Gunners who are frustrated with how the transfer market is at right now, it’s a whole host of clubs in the continent.
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A lot of work still needs to be done. The Gunners definitely need 3-4 players on top of Tavares, Lokonga, and White if they are serious about challenging for the Champions League spots.
Failure to make fresh changes to the squad has led to Arsenal falling way below their normal standards in the recent campaigns. However, this summer provides an excellent chance to change the direction of the ship for its own good.
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