Arsenal picked up a big three points at the weekend, defeating West Ham United 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium thanks to Eddie Nketiah’s late goal after making hard work of their opponents.
The result makes it two wins from two in Mikel Arteta’s first full season in charge, though the he admitted his side were “a little bit lucky” at times during the win.
New signings Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes have featured in both games so far, and Arteta remains on the lookout for new additions before the transfer window closes on October 5.
We’ve got the latest on one deal which looks like being concluded before Arteta’s squad travels to Liverpool next Monday, and updates on two midfielders whose departure could help free up the funds the manager needs to strengthen key areas.
Goalkeeper completes medical ahead of Arsenal switch
Arsenal have acted fast in their pursuit of a new goalkeeper following the departure of Emi Martinez to Aston Villa.
Runar Alex Runarsson has emerged as the main target, and the Evening Standard reports that the Icelandic stopper has already completed a medical ahead of a switch from Dijon.
The 25-year-old joined the French club from Nordsjaelland in 2018, and has played five times for his country.
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New signings Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes both hit the ground running against Fulham but Mikel Arteta is still on the lookout for new signings. Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar and Brentford keeper David Raya are two of the names on their radar.
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Runarsson was not in Dijon’s matchday squad for their weekend game, a 1-0 defeat at Strasbourg, and has not featured for Stephane Jobard’s team in Ligue 1 this season.
The keeper could reportedly cost Arsenal as little as £1.5m, significantly less than the sum paid for Villa to take Martinez to Villa Park, ensuring Arteta still has funds to spend elsewhere.
Gunners dealt blow in Partey swap hopes
Arsenal’s financial situation has ensured they need to sell in order to add further reinforcements, but there was hope from some quarters that a part-exchange deal might be able to solve one of their more pressing issues.
Arsenal have been keen on Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey throughout the summer, with the fee the only obstacle.
Partey has a release clause in the region of £45m, with…