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Who else is reportedly on Arsenal’s wishlist before the transfer window slams shut?

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While Arsenal might have eventually missed out on a Champions League return back in May, the Gunners have really come flying out of the traps this time around.

Laying down another marker over the weekend as they breezed their way to a 3-0 romp away at Premier League returners Bournemouth, Arteta’s youngsters have won each of their opening three top-flight contests.

Enjoying what has been a stellar summer in north London and watching the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko make an immediate boost since arriving at the Emirates, Arsenal have gained plenty of early-season praise.

However, despite already splashing the cash this summer, it has been reported that Arteta is not done there.

Along with The Athletic stating on Monday that Arsenal are planning a late swoop for Wolves’ Pedro Neto, we have taken a look at a few other stars who have been linked with a move to the capital.

Youri Tielemans – Leicester

While it might appear that Wesley Fofana could be on his way to Chelsea for a potential club-record fee this month, the ex-St. Etienne man is not the only Leicester star who might be on the move.

Having to settle for a place on the bench as the Foxes were hit with a 2-1 loss at home against Southampton last weekend, Youri Tielemans’ future at the King Power still remains up in the air.

Now in the final year of his contract at the former Premier League champions, the 25-year-old has long been reported as one of Arteta’s key targets over the past 12 months.

Not willing to sign a new deal with Brendan Rodgers’ side, The Sun reported on Saturday that Arsenal still remain keen on striking a late deal for Leicester’s midfield talisman before the window slams shut.

Likewise, with the Foxes valuing Tielemans in the region of £25million, Football London have suggested that the Gunners will once again open talks this week.

Yeremy Pino – Villarreal

With The Athletic reporting last week that Nicolas Pépé could be on his way to Nice on a season-long loan, it has been no secret that Arteta is keen on adding to his attacking options before September 1st.

Although Arsenal might be one of a number of teams who are interested in PSV’s Cody Gakpo, it appears that another of Europe’s emerging young talents is on Arteta’s wishlist.

Helping Villarreal reach the semi-finals of last season’s Champions League, Yeremy Pino has only continued to impress since bursting onto the scene at the Estadio de la Cerámica.

Already earning four senior caps with Spain’s senior squad, the 19-year-old has been linked with a string of European heavyweights, including Real Madrid and AC Milan.

However, with it believed that the Yellow Submarine could be willing to part ways with Pino if they receive an acceptable offer, The Mirror suggested on Sunday that Villarreal’s homegrown starlet would be open to a potential move to north London this summer.

Arthur Melo – Juventus

Although it might have been continuously suggested that Tielemans is Arsenal’s number one midfield target before the window slams shut, Arteta does have other options on his list.

With Italian giants Juventus making it clear that Arthur Melo will be allowed to leave Turin on either a permanent or loan basis this summer, The Daily Express reported over the weekend that the Gunners are once again interested in striking a potential deal.

Although it might have appeared earlier in the month that the 26-year-old was on his way to Spanish side Valencia, the one-time Barcelona man still remains in the wilderness and seeking a new challenge.

Heavily linked with a move to north London back in January, it has been suggested in Italy that Melo would jump at the chance to join Arteta’s revolution before the window slams shut.

Despite facing potential rival interest from both West Ham and Newcastle, Arsenal will believe this is a deal they can complete with relative ease.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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