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Big-money signing, Edu Cashing in as 6 players set for sale, Houssem Aouar transfer deadline in firm statement.

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Much of the work Arsenal could get done this summer was completed early in the window. What is left is set to be the biggest investments the Gunners make and perhaps the most decisive signing (or two) of Mikel Arteta’s early tenure.

Willian arrived on a free transfer from Chelsea and a further season of Dani Ceballos’ services have been secured, Arsenal committing to paying the entirety of his wages so as to convince Real Madrid to let him join the club.

So far the only signings for a fee Arsenal have made have been Gabriel Magalhaes, who cost £25million from Lille, and £1million back-up goalkeeper Alex Runarsson.

The majority of that outlay was covered by the sale of Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa at £20million with a further £3million from Leeds for young striker Sam Greenwood boosting the coffers.

There is work to be done on the sales front, at least partly for practical reasons as well as to fund further signings. As things stand Arsenal have 19 non-homegrown players in their squad and can only register 17 when the transfer window closes. To make room for one new midfielder three players must depart.

Cashing in

Work is being done there. Lucas Torreira has attracted interest from Atletico Madrid and Torino but both want loan deals for the Uruguayan. Arsenal would only consider such deals if they came with a guaranteed commitment to purchase the player in a subsequent window.

Lyon chief hands Arsenal Houssem Aouar transfer deadline in firm statement

Arsenal have been given their clearest message yet in regard to their pursuit of Houssem Aouar with Lyon setting a date for all their outgoing business to be complete.

Speaking to Telefoot La Chaine Du Foo t, club president Jean-Michel Aulas stated that any current players who have not left Lyon by Friday [October 2] will be remaining at the club.

Considering the transfer deadline is not until next Monday [October 5], this ultimatum gives the Gunners three less days to finalise a deal for the 22-year-old.

Arsenal pursuit of Aouar has, however, picked up pace in recent days with Aulas himself acknowledging their interest in the midfielder.

Granit Xhaka told Arsenal teammates after taking the lead against Liverpool

Granit Xhaka could tell that Arsenal’s opening goal against Liverpool came against the run of play.

That is according to beIN Sports Matt Critchley, who revealed what Xhaka said to his teammates after Alexandre Lacazette had taken advantage of Andy Robertson’s mistake to turn the ball into the net.

“They actually get a little bit fortunate, Arsenal, they play it down the line, there’s a ricochet. It’s a calculated risk, but the pass from Xhaka is fantastic and then they’re in at Liverpool – and you can do that if you beat the press – but it doesn’t happen so often.

“Then Liverpool don’t cover themselves in glory, especially Andy Robertson, who completely miscues it.

“Lacazette does the same, probably a little bit of fortune, but puts them 1-0 up.”

Alexandre Lacazette: A very frustrating night for the 29-year-old as despite scoring the opener, he could have put the Gunners into a very strong position heading into the closing stages. Although he was offside for his chipped effort that was saved, he had to take the chance that Ceballos created for him minutes later. Not at any point did he look like finishing and the disappointment could be seen in his reaction to being substituted. It was a harsh lesson for Lacazette to take but one that proved crucial in the outcome of the game. 5

 

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