There’s been plenty of change at Arsenal this summer. Arsene Wenger has departed after 22 years at the helm, with former PSG manager Unai Emery replacing him. There have also been more changes behind the scenes in the coaching staff, while there have been a number of incomings, including Bayer Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira and Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
It’s unknown whether more players will arrive at the Emirates this summer, but they’ve made moves at the end of the transfer window before. Here are five more who could sign for the red half of North London this summer.
It’s hard to remember, but Arsenal signed a left back for free last summer in Sead Kolasinac. The problem was though that as Arsenal started to struggle, Kolasinac ended up either benched or played out of position. There are rumours that Nacho Monreal is set to depart Arsenal this summer and the Gunners might offer Luke Shaw a way out of Old Trafford. It would seem very unlikely, but stranger things have happened.
Odds on joining Arsenal this summer: 18/1
Ousmane Dembele had a frustrating first season at the Camp Nou. He was out for four months through injury shortly after joining, while he struggled for form in the second half of the season. He rarely featured for France in Russia, but there’ll be no shortage of interest if he is unwanted in Barcelona. The stumbling block might be the fee, with Barca expected to be listening to offers around the £100 million mark.
Odds on joining Arsenal this summer: 8/1
N’Zonzi was linked with Arsenal while he was still playing for Stoke and the mere concept of a player from the Potters joining the Gunners was ridiculous. However, after a few years playing for Sevilla, N’Zonzi is now a French international and won this summer’s tournament in Russia. Arsenal have needed defensive steel for years and he’s long been tipped to be the man to fill the void. N’Zonzi joining Arsenal is the most likely to happen from this list, especially as he’s worked with Unai Emery in the past.
Odds on joining Arsenal this summer: Evens
A few years ago, Lascelles would have been exactly the kind of player that Arsenal would sign. However, he’s far more experienced than any of the young defenders they’ve signed recently and he’s also a proven Premier League talent. He’s one of Newcastle’s prized assets and is also their captain, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t part with him if the money was right.
Odds on joining Arsenal this summer: 28/1
Gelson Martins is one of the high-profile players who’s time at Sporting Lisbon has come to an end and he’s wanted by a whole host of clubs across Europe. Wolves are favourites to sign him, which shows how wide the Portuguese influence has spread in the west Midlands, but Arsenal will no doubt be interested in a young winger with some talent. He scored 13 goals for Sporting in all competitions last season, while he recently made his Portugal debut against Morocco.
Odds on joining Arsenal this summer: 14/1