With several weeks of the transfer window left to run, transfer reports and rumours are still coming thick. Let’s look at what is being said about the Gunners.
Emiliano Martinez to join Aston Villa
When Bernd Leno picked up an injury in the unexpected defeat away to Brighton and Hove Albion last season, Emiliano Martinez stepped in and did a wonderful job between the posts. He was so good that some suggested that head coach Mikel Arteta should have given serious consideration to making him his number one choice ahead of Leno, but that was never likely to happen.
Nonetheless, a goalkeeper of Martinez’s quality certainly deserves to be playing every week, and it seems the club won’t stand in his way. According to multiple reports, Arsenal have accepted a bid of up to £20 million for his services from Aston Villa, and according to TalkSPORT, they’re already looking at Iceland international Runar Alex Runarsson, currently at Dijon, as a possible replacement. They were initially considering a swoop for Brentford’s David Raya, but the fee of over £10m the Championship side would demand was deemed too much.
Lacazette welcomes competition
One who won’t be leaving the Emirates is Alexandre Lacazette.
It has been claimed by some outlets that the striker would be allowed to leave if Pierre-Emerick signs a new contract, which is apparently all but done. He was linked with several clubs, Atletico Madrid among them. However, as quoted by TalkSPORT, Lacazette is aware that Aubameyang will score ‘a lot of goals’, and he pointed out his own obligation to do the best he can to stay in the starting XI amid mounting competition, which he believes is good for the team.
Arsenal bid for Odsonne Edouard
Talking about the competition in the attacking ranks getting tougher, transfer guru Ian McGarry says the Gunners are currently in talks with Celtic over a potential move for Odsonne Edouard. Apparently, an initial bid of around £15m was rejected, and a second one of £20m, potentially rising to £22.5m through add-ons, has been made.
The 22-year-old has already scored five goals in five matches in all competitions this season for the Scottish champions.