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Arsenal are in the midst of a busy summer transfer window as they look to end their six-year UEFA Champions League hiatus.

The Gunners have wasted no time in the market, already adding Brazilian youngster Marquinhos, American goalkeeper Matt Turner and Portuguese midfielder Fabio Vieira to their ranks, with forward Gabriel Jesus also appearing to be close to a £45million move. And according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the business won’t be stopping there.

Writing on his Instagram, Romano said: “Arsenal will announce Gabriel (Jesus) as third signing after Matt Turner and Fábio Vieira… and then it’s absolutely not over yet.” Leeds United winger Raphinha has been mooted as a potential target, with Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez also said to be on technical director Edu’s radar.

Meanwhile, has also previously reported Arsenal’s interest in Leicester City central midfielder Youri Tielemans, who has just 12 months remaining on his contract at the King Power Stadium. Now, takes a look at how Mikel Arteta’s side could line up on the opening day of the Premier League season if they managed to sign all of Raphinha, Martinez and Tielemans.

Despite a shaky end to the season, Aaron Ramsdale enjoyed an excellent debut campaign in north London. The England international was a huge upgrade on predecessor Bernd Leno when it came to distribution, consistently beating the opposition press with pin-point passes into central midfield.

The aforementioned Turner will likely play second fiddle to Ramsdale this term, with Leno appearing set to leave the Gunners in the coming months.

Arsenal’s back four picked itself last season when everybody was fit. Ben White and Gabriel Magalhaes formed a solid partnership in the centre of defence whilst both Takehiro Tomiyasu and Kieran Tierney performed admirably at fullback before sustaining injuries in the latter stages of the campaign.

However, French starlet William Saliba is set to return to Arteta’s squad after enjoying an excellent season on loan with Marseille that saw him crowned Ligue 1’s youth player of the year. The 21-year-old will challenge both White and Gabriel for a spot at centre-back but he could also potentially be deployed at right-back, in a similar role to Tomiyasu.

The Japanese international would often tuck inside during the build-up phase, essentially operating as a third centre-half to allow Tierney to roam further forward down the left flank. Argentine international Martinez can play as a centre-back, left-back and even as a holding midfielder but he may be eased into action if Gabriel, Tierney and Partey are all fully fit.

Ghana international is one of the first names on the teamsheet and more-or-less a guaranteed starting at no.6. Ahead of him, playmaker Odegaard will likely be utilised as a free-roaming number eight.

Last season, that midfield three was joined by Swiss maestro Granit Xhaka but the left-sided no.8 role could suit Tielemans more, which is likely why Arteta has been interested in the former Anderlecht man this summer.

Hale End academy graduate Bukayo Saka played all 38 Premier League matches last term and he has now won the club’s player of the year award in back-to-back campaigns, illustrating his importance to the team. And he could potentially be joined by two Brazilians when the Gunners line up against Crystal Palace in just over five weeks’ time.

Jesus is close to sealing a move to the Emirates Stadium whilst the north Londoners are also reportedly keen to bring Raphinha to the club in the near future. The talented wideman netted 11 league goals last season and he could add some much-needed goal threat to Arteta’s side if he can be prised away from Elland Road.

The transfer window is beginning to heat up and it would appear Arsenal are ready to battle it out for some big-name players as the temperature rises.

With Fabio Vieira already secured, Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus looks likely to be next through the door. Beyond him, Leeds United’s Raphinha and Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez are other names in the frame.

The bullishness of the recruitment team will delight Arsenal supporters and it means excitement is beginning to build again ahead of the new season, when there will be an enterprising team to watch and European football back at the Emirates Stadium.

While one of the most exciting aspects of signing Gabriel Jesus for Arsenal supporters is his versatility, it’s anticipated he will lead the line at the Emirates Stadium when he arrives at the club in the coming days.

The Brazilian often played wide for Manchester City – manager Pep Guardiola preferred Sergio Aguero and then frequently an attacking midfielder at the point of the attack – and is used there in the main for the national team too.

However, at Arsenal he’ll likely be the number nine in more than one sense, with the departure of Alexandre Lacazette leaving the quintessential centre-forward shirt available for Jesus to snap up.

While he emerged as Arsenal’s standout attacker last season, Bukayo Saka may not be guaranteed minutes in north London next term.

The England international typically operated on the right of midfield in 2021-22, a position where Jesus thrived for City and fellow Brazilian Raphinha – another reported transfer target for the Gunners – plays his football.

Saka may be adored at Arsenal, but he’s yet to agree a contract extension and his current terms expire in the summer of 2024. The likes of Manchester City and Liverpool have been linked with a possible move.

With the Gunners getting busy in the transfer market and signing high-class attacking options, the youngster moving on may not be as catastrophic a proposition now as it may have been a couple of years earlier.

In addition to their attacking options, the Gunners also appear intent on strengthening their depth at the back.

In addition to Ben White, Gabriel and the returning William Saliba – he was on loan at Marseille last term – Arteta is said to want to sign Ajax’s Martinez. The 24-year-old is reportedly being tracked by a number of clubs, although Arsenal have had a £29 million offer turned down.

It’s been suggested the Gunners have returned with another bid though and that package is still being discussed by the decision-makers at Ajax.

Ajax have already sold Sebastian Haller and Ryan Gravenberch this summer, meaning they are under no pressure to cash in on the Argentina international.

Arsenal have been busy in the early stages of this summer’s transfer window, signing three players in a matter of weeks. And they look set to make that four after Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus completed his medical after being spotted in North London.

However, disappointingly the Gunners look like they will miss out on signing Leeds winger Raphinha after Chelsea worked quickly to agree a £55m fee with the club for the winger. Arteta’s side have already had a bid rejected for the former Rennes star recently and it remains to be seen if they are willing to enter a bidding war with their London rivals.

Despite Vieira’s £34million move from Porto, Arteta has remains interested to strengthen his midfield further with another addition. But his side are likely to have to turn their attention away from RC Lens as Cheick Doucoure is on the cusp of securing his £18million move to Crystal Palace – with a five-year deal for the Malian in the works.

Argentinien news outlet TyC Sport, via The Peoples Person, have reported that Manchester United have matched Arsenal’s bid for Lisandro Martinez.

The Gunners have submitted a bid of £34million for the Ajax defender, which is £9m shy of what the Eredivisie outfit are asking for. And after agreeing deals for Frenkie De Jong and Tyrell Malacia, United have turned their attention to reuniting Martinez with Erik ten Hag.

It remains to be seen whether Ajax reject both offers and spark a bidding war between the two clubs, or if Arsenal will benefit from being the first in line for the 24-year-old

Paris Saint-Germain have struck a deal with Sassuola striker Gianluca Scamacca, according to Get French Football News.

The Italian forward has been linked with the Gunners on several occassions so far this summer, with his 16 goals in 36 Serie A appearances catching the attention of several top sides. However, PSG have stolen the initiative in the race to sign the Italian.

Given that Gabriel Jesus played as a winger at Manchester City, signing another centre is not out of the question for Arsenal.

Despite Lisandro Martinez being a central defender by nature, the Ajax star is an attractive coup for any manager due to his versatility along the backline – being able to play as a left-back.

Arsenal are currently waiting to hear if they have been successful in their pursuit of the Argentina international after submitting a second bid for him – in the region of £35m – with Mikel Arteta keen to strengthen his defence further.

Manchester United are also interested in Martinez, with Erik ten Hag keen to reunite with his former player, but they have turned their attention to Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia in the short-term. Lyon looked set to land the 22-year-old earlier this summer, but the Red Devils have hijacked the move. They will then turn their attention to Martinez once that deal is over the line, says The Times, meaning that Arsenal could work quickly to ensure that they sign the defender before that happens.

Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus has completed his medical in North London ahead of his £45m move to Arsenal, says Fabrizio Romano.

The Brazil international is expected to join the club on a five-year deal and be Mikel Arteta’s long-awaited no.9, having strengthened all other areas of the pitch since he became Gunners boss. All paperwork regarding Jesus is reportedly signed, meaning it is a matter of time before Arsenal announce their fourt signing of this summer.

Chelsea have stolen the advantage in the race to secure the signature of Leeds’ Raphinha this summer.

According to The Telegraph, Thomas Tuchel’s side have seen a bid of £55million accepted by The Whites for the Brazilian and are now hoping to agree personal terms with the player. Arsenal have already had a bid rejected by Leeds this summer for Raphinha but it was well-documented that they would step up their pursuit this week.

Given how quickly Chelsea managed to come to an agreement with Leeds, it remains to be seen if Arsenal can attempt to match their offer and persuade the former Rennes star to head to the Emirates Stadium. Of course, Newcastle and Barcelona are also keeping tabs on the forward and they may make their approach sooner rather than later too.

Hello and welcome to another day of Arsenal transfer news…

It looks like it should be a busy one, with Gabriel Jesus on the brink of joining the north Londoners and numerous clubs battling it out for Raphinha.

Stick with us and we’ll bring you all the news and rumours as they drop.

Andros Townsend has commented on the ‘unfortunate’ signing of Gabriel Jesus, as Arsenal have finally agreed a deal to sign the Manchester City striker.

Townsend may now be at Everton, but the former Tottenham winger still shares the rivalry with the Gunners from his time in north London.

Speaking on talkSport on Monday, Townsend said: “Great signing, Jesus. I know he has had stick in the past, people saying he has never scored 20 goals or 15 goals in a Premier League season, but he has never been the main man at City, he has had to play second fiddle to Aguero, who has obviously been one of the best players in the world.

“Unfortunately, now we are going to see him go to Arsenal and be the main man to score the goals that his quality allows him to do.”

Djed Spence was linked with Arsenal earlier this summer, though the club have prioritised strenthening their strikeforce.

However, if the Gunners remain interested in the English right wing-back then they may have the opportunity to hijack Tottenham’s move for the Middlesbrough defender. Spurs have still not put an offer on the table despite Spence’s willingness to make the move to North London.

And Football League World claim that there is still a chance that there could be a ‘twist’ for the defender. Nottingham Forest are also keen to sign their former loanee.

Manchester United are ready to enter the Youri Tielemans transfer battle after Arsenal stalled on a deal.

Leicester are resigned to losing the Belgian, who could be available for as little as £25million after turning down a new contract at the club.

Arsenal had been the frontrunners for his signature but have since cooled their interest while other deals are being pursued. The Gunners are on the verge of purchasing Gabriel Jesus.

And that has allowed United to push ahead with their own plans to sign Tielemans and The Times have reported that Erik ten Hag is a huge fan of the player. Frenkie de Jong looks set to join the Red Devils but another midfielder is eyed to partner him and Tielemans could be the answer.

“Wow, very nice,” Matt Turner said when seeing his new strip for the first time.

The American will become Arsenal’s back-up goalkeeper for next season, as Bernd Leno continues to be linked with a move away.

Arsenal are set to blow last summer’s spending spree out of the water as Mikel Arteta continues to be heavily backed in the transfer window.

The Gunners were the Premier League ’s top spenders 12 months ago, bringing in six players at a total outlay of around £150million. Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, Martin Odegaard and Takehiro Tomiyasu all made instant impressions on the first team, whilst Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares showed promising signs for the future.

It was a concerted effort from the Emirates brain-trust of Edu and Arteta, to not only freshen up the playing squad, but do so in a way to ensure long-term success.

All six arrivals were 23 or under at the time of their arrival and with an average age of 25.2, the 2021/22 vintage were the second youngest side in the top flight. And it was perhaps the exuberance of youth that refused to let a dreadful start dictate the terms of their campaign, having lost the opening three games of the season without scoring.

Arsenal’s transfer window has got off to a stellar start with three signings already in the bag and Gabriel Jesus just days away from becoming the fourth.

Once the Manchester City forward is secured, the Gunners are reportedly planning to turn their attentions to Leeds United winger Raphinha.Mikel Arteta’s men have already bid once for the Brazilian, but the Elland Road hierarchy are expected to hold out for at least £65million.

Many sections of the Arsenal faithful have questioned why the club seem willing to spend so much on the former Rennes wide-man when they already have one of the brightest young right-sided forwards in Bukayo Saka. The England international has been nothing short of a revelation since he was handed his Gunners debut by Arteta’s predecessor Unai Emery.

At times, the academy graduate has carried the club’s fortunes on his back at such a young age. Saka was voted Arsenal’s player of the season last term by the fans – his stock could barely be any higher. With that in mind, the Gunners may be viewing those facts through a slightly different lens.

Saka has two years left to run on his current deal, ensuring that while the club are hardly cornered into a position where they need to think about cashing in just yet, it will undoubtedly be a lingering question mark in the back of the mind of those in the boardroom.

Desite reports circulating that Arsenal are expected to up their pursuit of Leeds’ Raphinha this summer, they will have to fend off interest from another Premier League side now – Newcastle.

Tottenham and Chelsea also hold an interest in the Brazil international, and according to The Northern Echo, Newcastle have also held talks with Leeds about Raphinha. The Magpies are waiting to see how the situation regarding the winger unfolds before determining if they are going to table an offer for the former Rennes star.

Whether Raphinha will entertain offers from Newcastle remains to be seen, especially considering offers are expected from clubs already competing on the European stage.

Although reports have suggested that Arsenal have cooled their interest in Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans, the Gunners still appear to be in the market for a midfielder.

Mikel Arteta welcomed Fabio Vieira to the Emirates Stadium this summer, joining from FC Porto in a deal worth £35m. But Arteta is still keen to add depth to his midfield, with the Daily Mail reporting that the club are ‘keeping tabs’ on Seko Fofana.

Newcastle have also been linked with the Ivorian midfielder this summer, with RC Lens likely to demand £34m for his services. Though Arsenal may need to act quickly as the Ligue 1 side may not be willing to completely replace their midfield over the coming months, with Crystal Palace edging closer to a deal for Cheick Doucoure.

Jesus wasn’t any different to the standard teenager growing up in Brazil. He was very much in tune with the streets, and of course, like the rest of the nation, absolutely obsessed with football.

Kids continue to roam the streets while imitating their footballing icons, and they’re not short of those in Brazil. Due to the deep love for football in the country though, very few make it from Brazil. But as we have seen over the generations, the ones that do are world-class.

Before being given a youth contract at Palmerias in 2013, Jesus was pictured painting the streets of his neighbourhood, playing and having fun with the other children on what was a standard day for the Brazilian. Nine years on, he’s set to become Arsenal’s new no.9 as Arteta’s ‘process’ continues.

Former Tottenham star Jamie O’Hara hasn’t been too kind to Arsenal in the past, but the talkSport host has praised the Gunners for their capture of Gabriel Jesus.

“I think that is probably the best signing they have made since Arteta has come into the football club,” O’Hara said on talkSport.

“He is a top player, he was the player for Manchester City at the end of the season scoring goals. I think he is brilliant.

“He is only leaving Man City because they have signed Haaland. And, for me, that is a huge signing for Arsenal.”

Gabriel Jesus is expected to retain his no.9 shirt after switching from no.33 back in August 2018.

The Brazilian was rewarded with the number by Pep Guardiola, and conveniently Alexandre Lacazette vacated that locker a few weeks ago at Arsenal.

Eddie Nketiah was handed a new number, but opted to wear 14, leaving no.9 free for Jesus to claim.

Jesus has completed his medical at Arsenal, and it’s surely only a matter of time now.

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