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Deadline day exits more likely than signings

Posted on August 09, 2018 by David Nugent

It seems that it is far more likely that there will exits from Arsenal rather than signings on transfer deadline day of the 2018 summer window. There has been talk of the Gunners signing Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele, mainly on a loan deal. However, it seems that the deal is unlikely to happen, with just a few hours left until the deadline of 5 PM.

Players who could leave

Arsenal has plenty of players who are considered surplus to requirements. Spanish striker Lucas Perez has signed for West Ham for a fee of around £5million. The 29-year-old struggled for first-team football since his 2016 arrival from Deportivo La Coruna.

The likes of Danny Welbeck, David Ospina, Carl Jenkinson and Joel Campbell are all currently being linked with deadline moves.

The latter pair has spent the majority of the last few seasons out on loan, so could once again leave before the transfer window shuts. Neither are likely to feature much in the first team if they stay in north London.

Welbeck in in the final year of his contract at the Emirates Stadium so could leave as a free agent next summer, if he stays beyond the next two transfer windows. The likes of Southampton, Everton and Newcastle have all been linked with moves for the England international.

Colombian number one David Ospina future in north London seems to be in constant doubt. However, the former Nice goalkeeper is now third-choice goalkeeper at the north London club after the arrival of Bernd Leno.

It would not be a major surprise if either player left late in the transfer window. Both players have a lot to offer clubs in the top leagues, even if they not first-choice players at Arsenal.

A decent transfer window for the Gunners

In reality, Arsenal were never going to spend a fortune, so the Gunners were not going to bring in world-class players. However, in the likes of Leno, Torreira and Sokratis, the north London club have strengthened in weak positions.

The bigger effect on the squad than any new arrivals could be from the change of boss. The arrival of Unai Emery as the boss could see a different style of play on it, while it has already created a more positive atmosphere off the pitch.

The Gunners main aim will be a return to the top-four. However, the bookies have Arsenal at odds of 2/1 to clinch a Champions League spot this season. The squad has been improved, but it remains to be seen if the summer arrivals can make the Gunners competitive again in the Premier League this season.

Will there be any transfer activity at Arsenal on deadline day?

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