Every second counts down until the end of the transfer window, and Arsenal still has things to do. Edu and Mikel Arteta were under a lot of time pressure, but now they also have to replace players who got hurt. This has made the team’s needs even clearer.
Mohamed Elneny hurt his hamstring during the game with Fulham, and football.london knows that he will get a scan to find out how bad the injury is. The result is likely to change Arsenal’s plans to bring in new players, but nothing will be decided quickly.
Before this news, the wide forward role was being looked at as the most important position.
The Athletic said that the club’s main goal was to sign Wolves’ Pedro Neto. But the deal isn’t likely to happen because the transfer fee being asked for him is too high.
football.london talked to Alex Dicken, a senior football writer for BirminghamLive, to find out how likely it was that Neto would move to Arsenal.
Alex said: “I think it would be a lot more than £35 million, which is what I’ve heard. Neto has five years left on his contract, so Wolves would likely want more than £50 million for him. Wolves are very strong because they just got more than £30 million for Morgan Gibbs-White.”
Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace is also one of the names on the list. Reports say that the Gunners are interested in the Ivory Coast player, who would give them the Premier League experience that Arteta wants in his new players.
Mykhaylo Mudryk, a Ukrainian international and rising young star, is the third choice. Ben Jacobs says that the two clubs have already started to talk about a price for the Shakhtar Donetsk player, who is said to cost more than £20 million.
In order to find out what Arsenal fans thought, football.london reached out to them on Twitter.
Over 2500 of our followers who like Arsenal answered a poll about the three options and gave rough estimates of how much they might cost.
Even though the Premier League options were appealing, Mudryk got 40.6% of the votes, making him the player most people wanted to see sign with the club. It’s interesting that Neto, who was the most valuable player, got the lowest score, 27.6%.
Zaha’s age may have hurt him, since he only got 31.8% of the vote while Mudryk, who was younger, got a lot more. Spotrac says that the wages would add up to £130,000 per week, which is a lot more than what the Ukrainian would cost the club.
Mudryk is a player who has done well at youth, senior, and international levels for Ukraine and Shakhtar. Many of the best clubs in England and across Europe have been keeping an eye on him. Even though any deal would have risks because the player would have to learn how to play the English game, the Gunners need to find competition and backup for Bukayo Saka because Nicolas Pepe’s loan to Nice left them open.