It has been a significant summer this year in terms of incoming transfers at Arsenal. The Gunners obtained the services of defender Gabriel Magalhaes, defensive midfielder Thomas Partey, winger Willian and replaced the departed Emiliano Martinez with Runar Alex Runarsson as the number two goalkeeper. They also extended the loan of midfielder Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid by another year, as well as the contract of defender David Luiz, and turned the previous loan spells of defenders Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares into permanent ones. But perhaps the most impotant piece of business of all was captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signing a new contract. Arsenal reportedly made a late effort to bring in Houssem Aouar from Olympique Lyon, but that did not come through.
And according to David Ornstein of The Athletic, the plans for the 2021 summer transfer window are already being made, with the focus being on replacing those set to depart.
The club failed to offload Mesut Ozit, but the outcast German will be out of contract at the end of the season and it’s fairly certain that he won’t be offered a new one. The deals of defenders Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Shkodran Mustafi and David Luiz are also set to expire. Apart from replacements for these players, Arsenal will be looking to sign a creative attacking midfielder, which is just as understandable given the Aouar failure. Whether the Lyon man will again be targeted remains to be seen, though Ornstein doesn’t believe the interest in the 22-year-old Frenchman is likely to go away. He also mentioned the recent links with RB Salzburg’s Dominik Szoboszlai, but he apparently doesn’t have any information on that one.
Speaking in his latest #AskOrnstein video, the respected journalist said that it would likely be a player who prefers to operate on the right side of midfield, given that the squad is well-stocked with those capable of performing on the left.