Arsenal was expected to be busy in this year's transfer window after finishing second in the league last season, losing the title to Manchester City despite being at the top for more than 200 days. In Arsenal Transfer News we take a look at the the amazing business they've been able to conduct in the first week of July with new recruitments and contract extensions.
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Arsenal's plan in this year's transfer window was to increase the squad depth because of which they suffered last season and strengthen the side in the areas they lacked in. With Havertz's addition to the team, they've already strengthen their attacking positions and now they've shifted their focus on buying defensive players who are physically strong.
As confirmed by multiple journalists, West Ham have agreed to sell their captain, Declan Rice to Arsenal for £105m. The guaranteed amount was accepted a week ago by the Hammers but there were still complications regarding the payment structure, which seems to be sorted now as both the clubs have worked it out.
Arteta and Edu were said to have worked relentlessly to bring the English midfielder at the Emirates and the management is now scheduling a medical to officially sign Declan Rice as an Arsenal player. He has become the most expensive transfer Arsenal have ever made and also the most expensive Englishman ever.
The signing of the Dutch defender has also been made on the same day as Rice's according to Arsenal's Transfer News. Arsenal have signed Timber for a mere 39.5m which is said to be a bargain in this year's transfer market.
The injury of William Saliba last season was a turning point for Arsenal in the title race as stated by many pundits. So it was absolutely necessary for Arsenal to buy a right footed central defender who can steer the ship in Saliba's absence. Looks like they've found the perfect player for that role in the name of Jurrien Timber.
With Gabriel Martinelli, Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and many more player's contract already extended, it's time for some more player in whom the club has shown absolute trust in.
It's already very clear to the readers from the last paragraph that how important William Saliba actually is to this Arsenal side. The French defender was the heartbeat of Arsenal's defence last season and as stated earlier, his injury cost them the league.
Despite interest from Europe's biggest clubs, Arsenal have been able to pen Saliba down. Saliba has signed a new four-year deal, with the option to extend by a further 12 months. His current deal had been due to expire next summer, but the fresh terms mean he is set to extend his stay in north London until at least 2027.
The Arsenal Academy product is set to expand his say until 2027 after signing new contract for the club despite interest from AC Milan and Brighton. Nelson has mostly come on as a substitute last season but with qualifying for the Champions League this year, he's expected to start more in the Premier League.
It is thought in Arsenal Transfer News that Mikel Arteta played a key role in negotiations to convince the 23-year-old to stay after his previous deal expired on June 30th. Nelson's highlight of the season was that goal from outside of the box against Bournemouth which got Arsenal the 90+7 minute victory.
Ethan Nwaneri's decision to stay at the club is a huge positive for the club after Chelsea and Manchester City attempted to lure him away. The midfielder became Arsenal's youngest-ever player when he made his debut at just 15 years and 181 days old during the closing stages of last season's 3-0 win away at Brentford.
It's claimed that the Gunners have made him the highest-earning academy player in the club's history and that he'll sign a professional contract when he turns 17 in March 2024.Arsenal have also confirmed that with Ethan Nwaneri, 13 youngsters have signed scholarship terms with the club.
Arsenal is expected to make more signings despite spending over 200m before the pre season. They're also trying to off load some players for the right price and increase their sales and balance the books.