Arsenal have had an excellent start to the Premier League season, sitting fairly top of the table after three wins in the season opener.
A strong start on the pitch was followed by a productive summer as Mikel Arteta continued to refine his squad after failing to qualify for the Champions League last season.
Gabriel Jesus has started his life well in London and has already scored two goals, while Oleksandr Zinchencko also seems to have settled in quickly.
The signs suggest that Arteta may not be done optimizing his playing group just yet, as there are still a handful of key goals linked with the club.
The most obvious of these is Leicester’s Youri Tielemans, who has been linked with Arsenal so many times throughout his career. The Belgium midfielder looks closer to a move than ever and was left on the bench by Brendan Rodgers for the Southampton defeat.
Tielemans is out of contract at the end of the season, which is said to have prompted Leicester to lower the price for the 25-year-old, raising Arsenal’s hopes of a deal.
Tielemans isn’t the only Midlands footballer to draw Arsenal’s attention. Wolves winger Pedro Neto signed a new deal in March until 2027 but is being linked with a move to London after impressing this year after returning from a serious knee injury.
Bruno Lage insisted no offer has been made for the player yet, suggesting he is not overly concerned by the rumours. “I heard that but nothing got through to us,” the Wolves manager said of Arsenal-Neto ties. “With the good players we have, it’s normal now. Nobody told me about any proposal.”
Neto’s future could depend on Arsenal being able to transfer Nicolas Pepe before the summer window closes. The Ivorian joined the club for a club record fee three years ago but is yet to impress at the Emirates Stadium and a rumored loan deal with Nice seems to make sense for a player who made just five league appearances last season.
A winger is unlikely to move on Bukayo Saka – Arteta is ‘very confident’ the England international will extend his contract, which runs until the end of the 2023/24 season.
If Pepe leaves, Arsenal could also sign Bayer Leverkusen over the prospect of Moussa Diaby signing. Callum Hudson-Odoi’s loan from Chelsea to the German club is expected to go through Fabrizio Romano hints he would still accept a big offer to convince Leverkusen to part ways with their French winger.
Ainsley Maitland Niles
Another Arsenal player who looks set to leave is Ainsley Maitland-Niles. The 24-year-old has been on loan for the second half of the last two seasons (to West Brom and most recently to Roma) but could leave for a season or make a permanent move.
A number of Premier League clubs are said to be intrigued by the versatile Englishman’s availability, including West Ham, Fulham and Bournemouth, while interest has also been reported from Europe.
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