The Gunners had hoped to attract enough signings when they saw a surprise loan move for Real Madrid star Eduardo Camavinga but that move already looks to be drawing to a close.
Arsenal fans may have feared the worst in regards to their January transfer window when their pursuit of Mykhaylo Mudryk was hijacked by rivals Chelsea.
However, Mikel Arteta confirmed there is a plan B waiting in the wings in the form of Leandro Trossard, who has since signed a long-term contract at the Emirates after falling out with Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi. Due to how quickly Arsenal completed a deal, the Belgium international could now feature in Sunday’s showdown with Manchester United at the Emirates.
Some Gunners supporters may think Trossard’s arrival spells the end of Arsenal’s transfer deal this month, but Arteta has scored once more since then and there could be more to come.
Mirror Football has identified three transfer talking points surrounding league leaders Arsenal on Sunday, 22 January.
London bound new player
Few expected Arsenal to sign Poland international Jakub Kiwior, but out of nowhere reports have surfaced that the Gunners have completed a £21m move for the Spezia star.
The 22-year-old has been seen arriving for his flight to London ahead of the Gunners’ medical which is expected to take place on Saturday, before Kiwior is likely to attend Arsenal’s meeting with United in north London on Sunday.
However, those who have been keeping tabs on stalwart Spezia insist he has all the necessary ingredients to make it to the top, boasting the ball quality that Arteta demands of all his centre-backs as well as the ability to play as a defensive midfielder.
Arsenal suffered Camavinga’s blow
Reports emerged on Friday night that the Arsenal hierarchy were planning a surprise loan move for Real Madrid sensation Eduardo Camavinga, but less than 24 hours later those hopes were dashed.
The Gunners’ joy was quelled by an update from Camavinga’s agent Josh Barnett, who told journalist Fabrizio Romano his client was not going anywhere.
“Not true. Of course every club in the world wants him, but he is very happy at Real Madrid and Real Madrid is very happy with Camavinga,” explained Barnett.
Chelsea are another team rumored to be keeping tabs on Camavinga’s situation with the Frenchman finding regular first-team football hard to come by in the Spanish capital but he seems happy to try and play his way into Carlo Ancelotti’s plans.
Arteta’s three reasons for signing Trossard
The Arsenal boss spoke about the Belgian after confirming his arrival and outlined some of the traits that make Trossard so desirable from a Gunners perspective.
After admitting the 28-year-old is someone the club have been keeping tabs on for some time, Arteta highlighted three positives Trossard are proud of that inspired Arsenal’s pursuit.
“It is great work from everyone at the club to complete the signing of Leandro,” he explained. “He is a versatile player with high technical ability, intelligence and a wealth of experience in the Premier League and at international level.