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The problems behind Ben White and Granit Xhaka transfer delays as Edu reveals

So far this transfer window has been far from ideal for Mikel Arteta.

By his own admission the Spaniard would have preferred to have secured many more of his signings by this point.

“That’s always the idea because it allows you time to work with the players, to adapt,” he told the press when asked if he wanted Arsenal to get their business done early this summer.

And yet three weeks into the market reopening for player acquisition the Gunners have completed a grand total of zero incoming signings, while just one senior player – Dinos Mavropanos – has left the club.

This could all change very soon though.

Arsenal have always been aware that the Euros were going to make some of their deals trickier this summer and pre-season plans have been made with this in mind.

The player would like to come to the Emirates and there are a few details that need to be ironed out between the Gunners and Brighton but it is unlikely that anything will be finalised until the 23-year-old is done representing England this summer.

Given the Three Lions relatively favourable draw for the latter stages of the competition, that could still be a few weeks away yet.

The same goes for Granit Xhaka whose stay at the Euros was unexpectedly extended by Switzerland’s shock victory over France in the Round of 16.

 

football.london understands that the player has agreed personal terms with Roma and his heart set on linking up with Jose Mourinho despite interest from Juventus. Again though the 28-year-old’s continued international commitments mean the deal is being dragged on slightly longer than would be ideal.

Deals for players who aren’t involved in tournaments with their countries this summer are proving more simple to get done and it is for this reason that the signings of Benfica’s Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga are expected to be finalised relatively soon.

Fans are understandably concerned over Arsenal’s lack of activity given the massive amount the club need to get done in this transfer window, but it is highly likely that things will start to kick into gear once the international tournaments near their end

Players are expected back for pre-season on July 8th with the Gunners’ first warm-up fixture taking place against Hibernian on the 13th. In an ideal world the club would like to have finalised as many deals as possible so that the new recruits are able to work with Arteta on the training ground and acclimatise to his tactical demands.

These expected arrivals do not mean that Edu’s work is by any means done this window though.

Arsenal are still in the market for a more experienced central midfielder particularly once Xhaka’s exit is secured while a right back and creative midfielder are also on the agenda.

The club are also exploring the possibility of bringing in a homegrown goalkeeper as back up to Bernd Leno, with Runar Alex Runarsson available to leave.

Sheffield United’s Aaron Ramsdale is among the names to have been linked, but he like White is still away with England at the Euros.

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However, Leno is open to a move away from the Emirates this summer football.london understands and if that does go ahead then Andre Onana is someone the Gunners are still keeping an eye on despite not submitting a formal bid for the Cameroon stopper.

 

As for outgoing it is not so much a question of Arsenal being unable to obtain any of their targets this summer without selling players, but if the Gunners are to complete as much business as they would like then there is an understanding that some will have to leave.

It is well known that Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac are available for transfer while Hale Enders Eddie Nketiah and Ainsley Maitland-Niles could also leave.

 

 

 

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