Arsenal Transfer Odds: Who Will The Gunners Sign This Summer?
Arsenal have made an excellent start to the season and betting sites believe they are looking to strengthen their squad further before the month is out.
Mikel Arteta has already brought Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Fabio Vieira, Matt Turner and Marquinhos to the Emirates Stadium this window.
Jesus and Zinchenko (both acquired from Manchester City) have made fantastic starts to their careers in north London, helping Arsenal to victories over Crystal Palace (2-0) and Leicester City (4-2).
Arteta is largely satisfied with the squad at his disposal, but he has not ruled out adding to it before the market shuts on September 1.
“We are still hoping to do something else if the market allows,” Arteta said on the eve of the new season, since then Arsenal have not yet signed any more players.
“You have seen some movement in the last few days as well. We want to get the perfect balance and the plan we wanted from the beginning. Whether we accomplish that or not is another story.”
So, which players might be on their way to the red and white half of north London? Let’s take a look.
Tielemans Tops Midfield Wish List
Central midfield seems to be the area that Arsenal are most keen to bolster. Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka form Arteta’s first-choice duo, with Albert Sambi Lokonga, Mohamed Elneny and Maitland-Niles in reserve.
There is a big drop in quality from Partey and Xhaka to the reserve options, so it is clear why Arsenal might want to bring in another engine-room operator.
Youri Tielemans, a long-standing target, is available at Evens to join the club before the window ends.
The Belgian is thought to be keen on a move and the fact his contract expires in 2023 should help Arsenal. But with Leicester struggling to sign players, they will be loath to lose a regular starter.
Ruben Neves is priced at 4/1, but he is now wearing the captain’s armband at Wolverhampton Wanderers and remains an integral part of their team.
Lucas Paqueta of Lyon seems to have slipped down Arsenal’s wish list, with UK bookmakers now expecting him to stay put, and Moises Caicedo is likely to remain a Brighton & Hove Albion player despite supposed interest from Arsenal and Manchester United.
Calvert-Lewin Unlikely To Be A Target
Dominic Calvert-Lewin is still available at 9/2 to join Arsenal, which feels like way too short a price.
There are no indications that Arteta is looking to sign another striker. Jesus will start whenever he is fit this season; the Brazil international has played extremely well in both of his first two games, and he was unfortunate not to net a hat-trick against Leicester last time out.
Eddie Nketiah is a decent back-up and he signed a new contract earlier this summer, that surely would not have done without assurances over minutes.
Moreover, Everton are not in a position to sell Calvert-Lewin and he is now injured as it stands.
They are already short of strikers and will be heavily reliant on the England international for goals this season, when he returns from his knee problem.
Lang And Pino Potential Wide Forward Targets
If Arsenal do look to strengthen their attack, it is likely to be with wide players.
Cody Gakpo is still thought to be on the club’s radar, although he will probably remain with PSV if the Dutch outfit qualify for the Champions League.
Noa Lang is a 5/1 shot on football betting sites of ending up at Arsenal on September 2.
At 23, the Club Brugge winger is ready to take the next step in his career, and transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has revealed that he could be available for as little as £16.8m.
Yeremy Pino of Villarreal has also emerged as a potential target, with the Yellow Submarine open to a sale for the right price.
But neither Allan Saint-Maximin (11/2) nor Jarrod Bowen (11/1) look like they are on their way to the Emirates.
Defence Settled Despite Fiorentina Rumours
Last week, it was reported in Italy that Arsenal had seen a bid for Fiorentina centre-back Nikola Milenkovic turned down.
The Gunners may well have been scouting defenders earlier in the window, but there are few rumours regarding that position right now.
That is in large part due to the emergence of William Saliba. Signed in 2019, the Frenchman is finally getting opportunities at Arsenal after multiple loan spells - and he looks right at home in the heart of their backline.
Milenkovic can also play at right-back, and that may be where Arteta envisaged him operating at the Emirates.
Ben White is filling in on that side for now, and with Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Cedric Soares able to play in that role, signing another right-back is unlikely to be a priority.
Hector Bellerin looks to be on his way out, but Arteta could pull the plug on any exit deal if he feels he needs further cover in that position and that’s why betting apps are not pricing a move for Milenkovic right now.
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