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Arsenal fans offered new transfer update with busy summer expected

Arsenal sporting director Edu has highlighted the need for a patient and considered approach when it comes to the club’s summer transfers, giving valuable insight into how the process is unfolding.

The Gunners are set to make a splash in the market after agonizingly missing out on the Premier League title to Manchester City on the final day of the season last weekend.

Arsenal spent more than £200m in a considerable splurge during last summer’s window after collapsing painfully in the title race in 2022/23, including a record fee of £105million to bring in influential England midfielder Declan Rice from West Ham.

They also spent £65m to sign Kai Havertz from Chelsea and a further £34m on Jurrien Timber from Ajax, loaning Brentford goalkeeper David Raya for an initial £3m on a deal which includes the option of a permanent £27m transfer this summer.

Transfer plans: Arsenal sporting director Edu and manager Mikel Arteta to work together on new signings (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Transfer plans: Arsenal sporting director Edu and manager Mikel Arteta to work together on new signings (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Transfer plans: Arsenal sporting director Edu and manager Mikel Arteta to work together on new signings (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal have not made a single signing during what has been a very quiet January transfer window in the Premier League, but are expected to significantly strengthen their squad in the coming weeks and months after co-owner Josh Kroenke recently swore no one at the club would do it. stand still in their quest to finally overhaul City after suffering title heartbreak in successive campaigns.

As well as triggering the deal to sign Raya full-time and also recruiting another goalkeeper to cover the likely departure of Aaron Ramsdale, Arsenal are notably planning to invest in a new striker this summer amid links with Benjamin Sesko , Alexandre Isak and Nico Williams.

Further improvements in defense and midfield are also sought, with Amadou Onana, Bruno Guimaraes and Martin Zubimendi all monitored alongside Jorrel Hato. Many departures from Arsenal are also expected this summer, with Albert Sambi Lokonga, Kieran Tierney and Nuno Tavares potentially set to leave and Thomas Partey, Eddie Nketiah, Emile Smith Rowe and Reiss Nelson all facing uncertain futures while Jakub Kiwior is also attracting interest from Serie A.

Mohamed Elneny and Cédric Soares are leaving on free transfers.

Some Arsenal fans may feel that time is running out when it comes to launching such a crucial and potentially thorough overhaul in time for the start of next season, although sporting director Edu insists the club must be patient when dealing with new recruits, as they work through a detailed process that has already been going on for several months.

“You can’t sign for the sake of signing,” he said recently in an interview with Brazilian newspaper Estadao. “This must be a process that takes weeks and weeks.

“On my table I have reports of over 180 pages on a player. It’s really detailed. Physical, technical, mental profile – if you have Premier League experience, if you are able to adapt. He has everything.

“We analyze our gaps, where we can improve, where we can invest and from there we go in search of that new name.

“What I’m going to do now, we’ve been discussing it since January. This is not my decision nor Mikel’s. This comes from a whole group.