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It’s an exciting time for Arsenal supporters. Early signs suggest Unai Emery is settling well into his position as head coach and has already overseen five new arrivals this summer.
Switzerland international Stephan Lichtsteiner was first to join as he completed a free transfer from Serie A giants Juventus, then Germany goalkeeper Bernd Leno was next to sign on the dotted line before a flurry of signings at the beginning of this month.
Starting with a £16m deal for Borussia Dortmund centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos, followed by Lucas Torreira’s £26.5m transfer from Sampdoria before French youngster Matteo Guendouzi completed the signings.
Whether the Gunners are done in the transfer market remains to be seen as Emery hinted that he hasn’t completely shut the door on more new arrivals.
“Normally, in my career the big clubs don’t close the [door] or the moment to sign a new player,” he said during a press conference at London Colney.
“Today, we are OK. Maybe we can bring in one if there’s a very good possibility for them to help us, but the club has done a great job of signing new players and I am happy.”
“We signed the players who we needed and only if one player is a big opportunity for us will we sign them.
“Normally, we are thinking about the young players, the possibility of them staying with us or going to play on loan at another team. We are also thinking about the players who were with us last year and whether we need them to stay with us.
“At the moment, I think the squad is complete. We will only sign another player if there is an opportunity to bring in that one player, or two players.
“We will only sign a player in the next month if he’s a big opportunity.”
s that player a new winger?
The majority of Arsenal fans to believe that the addition of a wide man would make it a very good summer transfer window and they’ve been linked with moves for the likes of Cristian Pavon, Lucas Vazquez, Gelson Martins among others.
Ousmane Dembele is another name.
The France international is already familiar with a couple of players in the Gunners squad having played with Sokratis and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Dortmund.
In response to the Greek defender’s Instagram post after making his unofficial Arsenal debut in the 8-0 pre-season win over Boreham Wood on Saturday, Dembele‘s comment has been rather intruging.
He said: “Grande Papa” which in translation reads “Big Papa” – a play on Sokratis Papastathopoulos‘ nickname, but is there more to this? Is Dembele hinting at wanting to be reunited with the centre-back at the Emirates this summer?