Gabriel Jesus has been officially announced as Arsenal’s fourth new signing of the window, but Mikel Arteta does not appear content with stopping his summer spending spree yet
Gabriel Jesus was unveiled as Arsenal’s new number nine on Monday after weeks of speculation that he would be joining the North London side from Manchester City. However, the 25-year-old is unlikely to be the last signing of the summer for the Gunners.
Mikel Arteta is expected to continue his spending spree by adding squad depth to both his defence and midfield. Ajax central defender Lisandro Martinez appears to have become the club’s top target at the back, though Manchester United are also thought to be keen, though the club have already seen two bids rejected for the defender.
Despite the arrival of Vieira, signing another midfielder is also a priority at the Emirates Stadium. Leicester City star Youri Tielemans has been linked with a move to Arsenal for several seasons, and the Gunners have also apparently made a bid for Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
Taylor Foran has signed his first professional contract with the club.
The 18-year-old defender joined in May 2012 and has been rewarded for his progression so far.
The media in Brazil have been all over Gabriel Jesus’ move to Arsenal, with the star highly rated in the nation.
But it’s not filled everyone with joy, and one pundit on Band TV has called Arsenal a ‘small club’ as he questioned the move.
“I saw that Gabriel Jesus went to Arsenal. Small club. Small club. Portuguesa Santista are bigger than Arsenal. Arsenal have won what in the last five years?,” asked pundit Neto.
“Then Gabriel Jesus, who broke through at Palmeiras, five years at Manchester City, two years without scoring for the Brazilian national team, do you think he deserves to go to the World Cup? Or Gabigol? Who is good at ball? Who’s been scoring a lot of goals for five years?”
Arsenal are eyeing moves to get another couple of players signed before the transfer deadline, according to Paul Merson.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Gunners hero explained how he’d spoken to Edu over the weekend and revealed that the club wanted to get a few more players signed.
He said: “They are looking good. I saw Edu on Sunday, and they’ve bought well, they’ve bought well, they’re trying to get a couple more players in. I think top four is definitely the aim this season.”
Pushed on who they were looking at, Merson replied: “I can’t tell you that, he was talking to me in confidence!”
Mikel Arteta has included four wonderkids in his squad to travel to Germany for a mini pre-season training camp.
Arsenal will spend four days in Germany, and have apparently taken Charlie Patino, Reull Waters, Salah Oulad M’hand and Lino Sousa among a strong core of first-team players.
The Gunners will be staying at the Adidas HQ in Herzogenaurach, and will take on Nurnberg on Friday in a friendly match.
Arsenal icon Alan Smith has slammed the club for their previous transfer activity, branding the club a “mess” for the way they handled incoming signings.
The former midfielder was highly complimentary, however, of the £45million deal to sign Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City, saying: “The good thing about Arsenal’s recruitment now is that they are signing players without too much media fanfare. For example, we did hear about Jesus but when we did hear they were already quite far down the line in terms of securing his signature.”
He continued: ““That points to a department of the club that is really functioning well and it’s really encouraging that they have got that side of things working well because it was a bit of a mess a few years back. Now Edu and Arteta are on the same page, they agree what is needed and that relationship is vital.”
Arsenal appear to fighting a losing battle in their attempts to convince Lisandro Martinez to join them this summer.
According to De Telegraaf, Manchester United are set to ‘speed up’ their move for the Argentinian, who is keen to reunite with Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford.
The Gunners have seen two bids rejected for the 24-year-old and it could cost around £40m to sign the defender.
While that may put him out of the north London club’s reach, United are ready to splash the cash to mark the first signing of Ten Hag’s era, forcing Arsenal to look at other targets.
With Raphinha looking likely to sign for Barcelona or Chelsea this summer, though that’s not a foregone conclusion, attention at the Emirates Stadium will soon turn to alternatives.
One player that Arsenal have been linked with is Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio, who is available for €25million (£21.5m) this summer, according to TuttoMercatoWeb.
The Spain international is out of contract in 2023 and yet to pen a contract extension with Los Blancos, thus attracting the interest of several top sides. Liverpool are believed to be keeping tabs on Asensio’s situation as well, though it seems the Gunners need to acquire the services of the versatile playmaker more than Jurgen Klopp’s side, who signed Darwin Nunez earlier this summer.
Charles de Ketelaere impressed last season at Club Brugge with 14 goals and eight assists in 33 league appearances, capturing the attention of several top European sides.
The 21-year-old showed exceptional talent and potential in Belgium, and his performances have led to Arsenal targetting the versatile forward. De Ketelaere can play as a striker, on the wing though is usually deployed as a no.10.
The Gunners will have to battle it out with Lyon and AC Milan to secure the signature of the exciting prospect, according to Calciomercato though. Elsewhere, Leeds have also been cited as an interested party. It is believed that a figure in the region of £28million will be enough to convince Brugge to part ways with their forward.
Ex-Arsenal star Kevin Campbell does not believe that his former club will sell Bukayo Saka this summer, despite reports linking him with a move to Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.
The England international is out of contract in 2024 and the Gunners are keen to end their academy product’s stay beyond that point.
Asked about Saka moving elsewhere this summer, Campbell told Highbury Squad: “He is already under contract. These things are not just going to get done in a couple of months. These things could take six months, but Arsenal are not, trust me, they are not going to sell Saka in this window. No chance. No chance.”
Arsenal were linked with Feyenoord forward Luis Sinisterra earlier this summer, but he is edging closer to joining Leeds United.
According to the Express, a deal between the club is close to being finalised in a deal worth £22million – a record sale for the Eredivisie outfit.
Sinisterra scored 12 and assisted seven in 30 league appearances last season, and his electric pace and aggressive certainly caught the eye.
Italian transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed that it will be ‘complicated’ for Arsenal to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer. Reports have circulated that the Gunners have bid for the Serbia international.
Speaking on the Que Golazo podcast, Romano said: “I see some of these names mentioned. Milinkovic-Savic is always mentioned in the Italian press, but Lazio want €75-80million (£68.7million) for Milinkovic-Savic, so it is a really complicated one.
“I am sure that Tielemans is a good opportunity because he is out of contract next summer. He is not extending his Leicester contract, so this is why Arsenal are exploring that possibility more than Milinkovic-Savic today.”
Mikel Arteta has declared that he is “really happy” with the club’s signing of Gabriel Jesus after reuniting with the striker at Arsenal.
The Spaniard worked with the striker at Man City when he was Pep Guardiola’s assistant and gushed over the striker’s qualities as he links up with the Gunners and becomes their new number nine.
“I’m very excited. The club has done a tremendous job to recruit a player of this stature. I know Gabriel personally very well, and we all know him well from his time in the Premier League and being really successful here.
“This is a position that’s been on our radar for a long time now and we have managed to get a player that we all wanted, so I’m really happy.”
Arsenal have been handed another hammerblow as they look to miss out on another target, following the recent disappointment of Aaron Hickey and Raphinha previously.
But this time, the player isn’t going elsewhere. According to La Voix du Nord, Gunners midfield target Seko Fofana has decided he wants to remain at RC Lens next season despite Premier League interest. The Ligue 1 outfit are set to lose Cheick Doucoure to Crystal Palace, and Fofana is set to prevent his side from needing an entire midfield overhaul.
Fofana was one of the stars of the Ligue 1 last season and is being targeted by Arsenal and Newcastle this summer.
Lille have rejected a bid from West Ham for Lille midfielder Amadou Onano, according to reports.
According to The Athletic, the Hammers have seen an £19million bid for the 20-year-old turned away – which will be music to the ears of Arsenal. It is reported that the Gunners held talks with Onano’s representatives recently to gauge whether the young prospect is abailable this summer.
However, Lille are thought to have made it clear that their talented midfielder is not for sale.
Arsenal have made a bid for Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to reports in Italy.
The Gunners have already signed Fabio Vieira to improve their midfield options this summer, but are believed to be eager to continue strengthening.
And Corriere Dello Sport, via the Sun, claims Arsenal have made a bid for the 27-year-old, but have fallen short of Lazio’s £60m asking price.
Former Arsenal star Kevin Campbell has revealed that he is full of praise for Gunners director Edu for orchestrating the revamp of the club recently.
The overhaul of Mikel Arteta’s squad is complete after the manager was able to sign the final piece of the puzzle in Gabriel Jesus, meaning that any other additions to the squad will largely be seen as a bonus.
Speaking to Football Insider about Arsenal’s business, Campbell said: “Listen, there has been a lot of frustration around the Arsenal fan base. It is because the club haven’t performed at their best in recent years.
“People look at the recruitment guys, the likes of Edu and the manager. There has been a lot of flack flying about. If you ask the Arsenal fans now, they feel a lot better. What happened last summer, the business that got done, coupled with players like Jesus coming in, it is great.
“Jesus is a serious upgrade. He is coming from Man City, with four Premier League titles under his belt and we need him to be our main man at the top end of the pitch.”
Arsenal have reportedly agreed personal terms with Youri Tielemans, although the club are yet to submit an official bid for the Leicester City star.
The Belgium international has been tipped to leave this summer as his contract expires next summer and he is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal. Arsenal have been heavily linked with the midfielder, with a £25m bid reportedly in the pipeline.
And according to GiveMeSport, Tielemans has reached an agreement over personal terms with Arsenal after opening talks over a year ago. However, until Arsenal make a concrete offer, he will be staying with the Foxes.
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Gabriel Jesus has finally been announced in a hectic Monday at Arsenal, with a few youngsters departing the club also.
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Paris Saint Germain are reportedly closing in on the signing of Gianluca Scamacca, who was subject to a bid from Arsenal earlier this summer.
It seems Arsenal have moved on though, as since their initial bid they’ve signed Gabriel Jesus and handed Eddie Nketiah a new contract.
According to GOAL, the Ligue 1 champions are set to spend £36.5m on the 23-year-old.
Scamacca was keen to stay in Italy, and was linked with a move for Inter Milan, but the signing of Romelu Lukaku may have ended those hopes.
Mauro Bandeira has signed his first professional contract with the club, after becoming a key player in the youth academy.
The 18-year-old midfielder played 26 games for the U-18s last season, scoring two goals and picking up six assists.
“There’s no better feeling than signing this contract with my boyhood club,” Mauro told Arsenal Media.
“The atmosphere at the training ground is a place where you come to get better, everyone here supports us, so this is somewhere I want to be and grow as a player and a person.“
Both north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham have announced Brazilian signings in the last few days, with Gabriel Jesus heading to the Emirates while Richarlison will join Antonio Conte’s side.
Jesus cost the Gunners £45m, while Richarlison’s fee is closer to £60m, and it’s Arsenal who have done the better deal according to Dean Saunders.
The talkSPORT host said: “How much did they pay for him, about £45 million? And Richarlison cost £60 million. That’s a bargain.”