There are less than 4 weeks left for transfer deadline day.
The last 2 weeks have been exhausting to say the least. There is no certainty at all in terms of what is going to happen. It will be interesting to see whom we keep and part ways with.
Regarding incomings, there are currently 2 hot names - Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar. Of course, we haven't heard too much lately, but with tier 1 sources like Ornstein and Fabrizio reporting on this interest, we have to keep a close eye.
A goalkeeper, should Emi leave or a centre forward, if Lacazette leaves will also be one to watch out for in my opinion.
Of course, who we bring in is going to be closely influenced by the outgoings, let's have a closer look at these:
1. Emi Martinez: With just 2 years left on his contract, Arsenal need to make a decision on Emi. I'm sure the club would like to keep him, but the player has been so outspoken to get playing time. Concrete interest from Aston Villa as reported by The Athletic.
2. Hector Bellerin: There were reports of a bid made by PSG from both Ornstein and Telegraph. Fabrizio Romano said that he expects another bid from PSG and that Tuchel and Leonardo like him. With Ainsley Maitland Niles now reportedly set to stay, I think Hector could well be on his way out, much as I don't want this to be the case.
3. Rob Holding: David Ornstein reported that his loan move to Newcastle was close, but since then Arsenal have delayed a decision. Adrian Kajumba, who I personally feel is reliable reported that he has taken his chance to impress Arteta. It may well have something to do with the defender we are going to look at next.
4. Sokratis: So many concrete links - from Di Marzio, Fabrizio Romano and other Naples outlets. Aurelio De Laurentiis, Napoli's chairman has also been open in admitting his interest in the player. It seems to be a question of whether we have to sell him for free or get a fee. Would love the latter, but hopefully we can ship him out, one way or another.
5. Matteo Guendouzi: Well documented by L'Equipe that he was offered in an exchange deal for Aouar. Today he has put out a tweet saying 'Now let’s go back to work, Arsenal'. Do we read a lot into this? I don't think so. When Arsenal want to sell a player and the player wants to go out, as was the case earlier, getting a good fee would prove to be much more difficult. Today, Juninho has said Lyon aren't looking at a player of his profile. This could be one that drags on.
6. Lucas Torreira: The reported interest comes from Torino and Fiorentina. And it only seems a matter of time before we sell him. But again, like many of the others we may not get the fee we want.
7. Alexandre Lacazette: A player who can generate us good value and also someone who may not be a guaranteed starter. Ornstein stated in the past that Arsenal might be open to selling him. There have been links with Juventus and Atletico Madrid. Laca is a good player, but has 2 years left on his contract. We need to make a decision. Would I extend? Personally wouldn't. I think Martinelli and Nketiah are both going to be incredible at center forward.
8. Mohamed Elneny: I always wondered why we were never able to get even a small fee for him. He's not top quality, but decent enough to play for a midtable side to keep the play ticking. Will that come this year? Besiktas' manager has openly said that it will be financially difficult even to loan. Personally I'd just keep him as a squad option if we cannot sell. Elneny's not on that high a wage either.
9. Sead Kolasinac: There has been concrete reports from Germany - the player would like to go back even if it means him taking a pay-cut. He's on a huge wage too, so that can only help us.
Other mentions: Shkodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers. We haven't heard much on either of any real note. Will obviously be difficult to sell Chambers considering his injury and Mustafi, who is entering the last year of his contract.
Its incredible that there are at least 9-11 first team players that could all potentially leave. We have a huge squad of 34, so we absolutely must sell, even more so when you consider we will need proper upgrades in midfield.
I think we can get the sales done, but in certain instances we may have to compromise on the price and just be okay with having wages off the bill. Until then, I expect many of these to keep dragging on. Cannot wait for the start of the season on Saturday. COYG!