Arsenal face a massive summer transfer window following a desperately disappointing campaign.
The Gunners lost European qualification for the first time in 25 seasons after finishing eighth in the Premier League, while their Europa League run was painfully concluded in the semi-finals at the hands of their former manager Unai Emery and the Villarreal.
There is now heavy pressure on boss Mikel Arteta to make a serious challenge for a spot in the top four next season, although that remains unlikely without a strong revenue window.
While it is unlikely that most of the activity will take place until the European Championships are over, the club faces a few crucial weeks to form their squad.
Mirror Football has gathered all the latest news on the Arsenal transfer.
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Arsenal’s move for Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga is said to be getting closer to the player reportedly undergoing medical examinations prior to a transfer.
Belgian journalist Sven Claes says the player is doing tests before joining his new Gunners teammates in a pre-season retreat in Scotland, with a deal worth € 14 million plus another € 3 million in add-on.
HLN, as quoted by Sport Witness, says the player is expected to sign a five-year contract with the North London club as it looks set to be the first summer arrival in the Emirates.
The 21-year-old, of Congolese origin, made 69 first-team appearances at Anderlecht, scoring three goals last season.
The gunners make Aouar’s decision
There are new reports that Arsenal are pursuing their interest in Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar this summer following frustrated attempts last year.
Football.london says the Gunners have an active interest in a deal, which follows a similar report in ESPN outlining Arsenal’s intentions to sign Aouar, but that report warned player sales were needed earlier.
It is said that a deal would be feasible in the region of € 25 million (£ 21.4 million) would be enough to induce the Ligue 1 club to sell their midfielder.
Arsenal had considerable interest in signing the Frenchman last summer, but no deal has materialized and his price tag has now dropped significantly over the past 12 months.
It is suggested that Paris Saint-Germian and Atletico Madrid are also interested in a deal that could complicate matters.
Arsenal first team promotion
Arsenal have confirmed that young goalkeeper Arthur Okwonko has signed a long-term contract with the club and promoted to the first team.
The 19-year-old impressed with the Under 23 at Premier League 2 level and was included in the day’s squads and training sessions with the first team.
Okwonko – who first joined the club more than ten years ago – will wear the number 33 jersey for the club next season.
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Okonkwo has been limited to the Under 18 level for England and is poised for a bright future.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said: “We welcome Arthur to the first team. We are so happy that another player from the academy has gone through our system at the club.
“Along with Arthur’s enormous talent and hard work, we thank our colleagues at the Academy for developing Arthur over the past few years to get to this point, they are doing a great job with player development here and they should be really proud.
“Arthur will now join us every single day in training, where we can’t wait to see him continue to develop and improve his goalkeeper. I know all of our fans will join me in congratulating Arthur on this positive step in his career. “