With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s bumper new contract finally tied up, Arsenal can now focus on further additions to their first-team squad before the transfer window closes on October 5.
The club have been active in this window, adding Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille, Willian from Chelsea and re-signing Dani Ceballos on loan for another season from Real Madrid.
However, Mikel Arteta’s shopping is not done, with a midfielder high on his list of priorities.
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Arsenal continue to be linked with the likes of Lyon star Houssem Aouar, and Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey; but both players who would command a hefty fee to release them from their current deals.
Express Sport brings you a round-up of the latest Arsenal transfer rumours.
Arsenal duo urge Brazilian to make Premier League return
Former Chelsea star Oscar has revealed compatriots David Luiz and Willian attempted to persuade him to join Arsenal this summer.
The midfielder is still only 29 years old and has spent the last three-and-a-half years in China with Shanghai SIPG.
In an interview with Fox Sports Brasil, Oscar said: “They called me, they had to call me. Because we have good communication.
“Sometimes I talk to them. They said ‘come to Arsenal, come here.’”
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Oscar did acknowledge it would be difficult for him to make a European return, owing to the four years remaining on his Shanghai SIPG deal.
The goalkeeper, currently of French club Dijon, was explicitly scathing of Wenger in newly-surfaced 2011 tweets from the player’s official Twitter account.
However, he did not rule out the prospect of a link-up with his close friends and former teammates, stating, “I really want to go back to Europe.”
Goalkeeper preens social media ahead of Arsenal move
Iceland international Runar Alex Runarsson has been forced to delete tweets criticising former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ahead of a move to the Emirates.
Runarsson described the tactical innovator as “the dumbest man on the planet”, before using the hashtag “French f***”.
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It has hardly endeared him to Arsenal’s fiercely loyal support, but there are caveats to the dated outburst, one being that he was 16 years-old when the tweets were posted.
The 25-year-old is expected to replace Emiliano Martínez at Arsenal as the Argentine is set to complete a £20million transfer to Aston Villa.
Midfield shake-up following Aubameyang deal
Mikel Arteta will cut down his midfield options in the final month of the transfer window as he aims to bring in number one target Aouar.
The sealing of Aubameyang’s new contract has freed up Arteta’s and sporting director Edu’s time, which can now be devoted to securing their top targets.
Making way could be Lucas Torreira, report ESPN. The Uruguayan has found game time hard to come by under Arteta and the Spaniard feels he has alternatives who are capable of fulfilling the same duty as Uruguayan.
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