Two defeats in their final three Premier League games of 2021/22 meant Arsenal fell short of Champions League qualification, and it remains to be seen how much dropping down to the Europa League will cost them in the transfer market.
That hasn’t kept the Gunners from being one of the busiest teams in the summer transfer window.
The forward position will be one of the most intriguing to watch after Alexandre Lacazette departed and Eddie Nketiah agreed to a new contract. The statement signing of Gabriel Jesus for £45 million from Manchester City was finally confirmed on July 4.
Manager Mikel Arteta signed a new contract during the final weeks of the season and is busy reinforcing his squad in a bid to ensure the progress that earned them fifth spot is not lost in 2022/23.
The Sporting News is rounding up the key updates — all day, every day — below.
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Nicolas Pepe is said to be in talks with Nice over the prospect of a loan return to Ligue 1.
The winger became Arsenal’s record signing when he joined from Lille for £72m/$85m in 2019, but he has struggled for consistent form in England.
Pepe was left out of the squad for the Premier League match with Bournemouth on August 20 and, according to The Athletic, he is in discussions over a temporary move back to France.
Arsenal brass have reportedly been “all in” on sanctioning a move for 25-year-old Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans, who has just one year remaining on his Foxes contract and will not be extending. But even though Man United are now also entering the mix, the player wants Arsenal per CBS’s Ben Jacobs (below).
Leicester paid £39.2 million (€46m / $49.5m) to AS Monaco for him in 2019 and according to GOAL’s Chris Watts, the required fee for Tielemans will be around £25 million (€29.4m / $31.6m), a steal for a midfielder of his quality and prime age.
Youri Tielemans update. Still no formal offers made.
Tielemans wants to join Arsenal and Edu still in touch with his agent. Arsenal have agreed terms, and worked on the deal for a year, but have never placed an official bid.
UPDATE (Aug 20): Tielemans was left out of Leicester’s squad for their 2-1 home defeat to Southampton on August 20. Manager Brendan Rodgers said on the midfielder and Chelsea target Wesley Fofana, who was also left out, after the match: “There’s a few offers for some players nowhere near the valuation the club would want to sell. None of them are for sale but I know how the game works. There’s a few weeks to go. I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
UPDATE (Aug 2): According to Jacobs, Leicester City have not yet received an official bid for Tielemans, but they expect one to come soon. Jacobs speculates that an Arsenal bid is “very possible” with Manchester United “still interested.”
Arsenal have agreed to sell goalkeeper Bernd Leno to Fulham, according to Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth.
A deal between the two clubs seemed unlikely a few weeks ago but the Gunners have now opted to sell the German as part of a deal reportedly worth £8 million.
Leno still needs to pass a medical and agree personal terms before the move is completed.
The 30-year-old made just seven first-team appearances for Arsenal last season with Aaron Ramsdale now Mikel Arteta’s first choice.
UPDATE (Aug 2): Fulham completed the signing of Leno on August 2 for a reported fee of £8m/$9.5m.
With the Gunners doing big business this summer to bring on Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko from Man City, there is still more work to be done.
A host of rumors on July 25 suggested that Arsenal are heavily interested in PSV winger Cody Gakpo. The 23-year-old has seven caps for the Netherlands, scoring two international goals. He is a PSV youth product, making 134 appearances for the senior side with 42 goals and 33 assists.
Dutch outlet VI was the first to suggest the links back in March, and they recently suggested the interest has been renewed this summer. However, with a PSV contract through the summer of 2026, it would take a large fee to pry him from the Eredivisie side. The report also suggests that PSV will do no outgoing transfer business until after a Champions League qualifier against Monaco on August 2, meaning there would only be three days to complete a deal before the deadline slams shut.
According to Portuguese publication Jornal de Noticias (passed on by The Express) on July 9, the Gunners are expected to submit a bid for Benfica full-back Alejandro Grimaldo worth £5.9 million ($7.2m / €6.8m) which the Primeira Liga club is thought likely to accept. His Benfica contract expires next summer, last signing a four-year extension in 2019.
Grimaldo, a former Spain youth international, moved to Benfica in 2016 after being plucked from the Barcelona academy. He has been a regular starter at left-back since 2017, making 246 appearances for the Portuguese club, scoring 19 goals and assisting 50 more.
UPDATE (July 10): A day after reporting the initial link to Arsenal, Jornal de Noticias stated that Grimaldo struggled in his first pre-season appearance for Benfica, with the fans whistling his every touch, believing that he has asked to leave the club.
Gabriel Jesus, FW: The crown jewel of Arsenal’s transfer window, Gabriel Jesus arrives from Man City to lead the Gunners’ attack. It’s an exciting move for the club as the Arsenal attack looked stunted following the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
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Fabio Vieira, MF: Arsenal acquired the 22-year-old Porto youth product who made 76 senior appearances, scoring 10 goals and assisting 18 others. The deal features another £4.2 million (€5m / $5.4m) in add-ons.
Eddie Nketiah, FW: Arsenal confirmed on June 18 that the striker signed a new contract through the summer of 2027 after the expiration of his previous deal. The 22 year old will don Thierry Henry’s No. 14 shirt.
Marquinhos, FW: The Gunners acquired the 19-year-old Sao Paulo forward for a relatively modest fee, penning him to a five-year contract. He is reported to be a potential loan candidate for his first season unless he impresses in their preseason tour of the USA.
Matt Turner, GK: While the transfer was announced in February, Turner played his last MLS match on June 19. In classic new-Gunner fashion, Turner was caught on camera refusing to sign a shirt for a fan wearing a Tottenham jersey.
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Oleksandr Zinchenko, MF: Zinchenko enjoyed a highly successful time at City, even if his role at the club was largely a versatile back-up. It is his multi-faceted style of play that could make him so useful to Arsenal, with proficiency at left-back and defensive midfield.
Alexandre Lacazette: The Frenchman departed at the expiration of his Arsenal contract and rejoined former club Lyon. He scored 71 goals in 206 appearances across all competitions for the Gunners since joining them in 2017.
Matteo Guendouzi: Another Frenchman makes a permanent move to France after his loan deal with Marseille results in a deal for €10 million.
Arthur Okonkwo: The academy product was promoted to Arsenal’s first-team last season but will spend the coming season on loan in with Crewew Alexandra in League Two.
Below is the updated Arsenal first-team squad. New additions during the summer 2022 window are noted in bold:
Bernd Leno, Aaron Ramsdale, Matt Turner.
Defenders (9): Cedric, Gabriel, Rob Holding, Pablo Mari, William Saliba,
Nuno Tavares, Kieran Tierney, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White
Midfielders (10): Mohamed Elneny, Alberto Lokonga, Martin Odegaard, Thomas Partey, Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Lucas Torreira, Fabio Vieira, Granit Xhaka, Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Folarin Balogun, Marquinhos, Gabriel Martinelli, Eddie Nketiah, Nicolas Pepe, Gabriel Jesus.
The current Arsenal projected first-choice starting lineup, when completely healthy, currently looks like:
Arsenal projected starting XI (formation): Ramsdale (GK) — Tierney, Gabriel, White, Tomiyasu — Partey, Xhaka — Smith Rowe, Odegaard, Saka — Jesus.
Arsenal back-ups: Turner (GK), Holding (CB), Mari (CB), Saliba (CB), Cedric (RB), El Neny (CM), Lokonga (CM), Vieira (CAM), Martinelli (LW), Pepe (RW), Marquinhos (RW).
GK = goalkeeper; CB = center back; LB = left back; RB = right back; CM = central midfielder; CAM = central attacking midfielder; RM = right midfielder; CF = center forward; LW = left wing; RW = right wing
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