Its Thursday morning, the Premier League season kicks off this Saturday but ours officially starts on Sunday with a game against Liverpool at the Emirates. To say Wenger is yet to bolster his attack and defence leaves a lot to be desired.
The signing of Granit Xhaka earlier in the summer meant our transfer window started on a good note. Sadly, it has been as good as that, in terms of the signing of first team players.
With the apparent need of a quality centre-back, thetimes reports this morning that Arsenal are close to sealing a deal for their long-term target Shkodran Mustafi – Wenger wants the deal done before the game against Liverpool but apparently, the player will not be ready for Arsenal’s opener.
However, there’s a report now that the German tough-tackler has agreed to join Arsenal.
— Marc Behrenbeck (@Sky_Marc) August 11, 2016
Valencia club sources are briefing that there have been no talks with Arsenal over Shkodran Mustafi in last few days.
— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) August 11, 2016
Mustafi has been in the transfer radar of Arsenal but it appeared we were initially not interested in the tough tackler as a report claimed we did not table any offer for him. Nonetheless, the injury to Gabriel Paulista meant Arsenal are condemn to go all out for the player.
Arsenal are currently without any first team centre-back. Mertesacker and Paulista are currently sidelined with injuries while Koscielny is yet struggling for fitness.