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.
Arsenal have acted fast in their pursuit of a new goalkeeper following the departure of Emi Martinez to Aston Villa.
Runar Alex Runarsson emerged as the main target, and the Icelandic stopper has now signed from Dijon.
The 25-year-old joined the French club from Nordsjaelland in 2018, and has played five times for his country.
Runarsson was not in Dijon’s matchday squad for their weekend game, a 1-0 defeat at Strasbourg.
Now he’s a Gunner!
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 Arsenal attempting to raise funds to meet the asking price, but reports in Spain over the last few days suggested Atletico’s interest in Arsenal man Lucas Torreira could help bring the fee down.
However, according to the Star, they are only interested in a loan move for the Uruguay international and have no desire to see him included in a part-exchange deal for Partey.
Atletico Madrid don’t want Lucas Torreira included as a makeweight for Thomas Partey
Torreira, who joined Arsenal from Sampdoria in 2018, has made 63 league appearances for the Gunners has fallen out-of-favour under Arteta.
The return of Mohamed Elneny following a spell out on loan has pushed him further down the midfield pecking order, and he was not in the 18-man squad for Saturday’s victory over West Ham.