Arsenal are not expected to make any major signings before the 11pm transfer deadline on Friday, according to manager Mikel Arteta.
The Gunners have spent in excess of £200million on three players this summer including club-record signing Declan Rice and are working on a number of outgoings before the deadline.
With the clock ticking down, let’s delve into the state of play for the Gunners and some notable moves involving key players.
Rob Holding to Crystal Palace (£4m): Holding appears to be on the verge of a new chapter in his career, with a £4 million switch to Crystal Palace in the works.
Holding’s departure marks a calculated move by Mikel Arteta and the Arsenal hierarchy, as they look to streamline their defensive options ahead of the 2023/24 campaign. The move is expected to provide Holding with more consistent playing time and help Palace solidify their backline.
Cedric Soares: uncertain The Portuguese right-back is wanted by a number of European clubs but his departure has yet to materialise.
Cedric’s versatility and experience could still prove valuable to Arteta’s squad, and the club may opt to retain him as cover for various positions. However, with the transfer deadline looming, there remains the possibility he could still leave on loan.
Sambi Lokonga: loan move to Luton Town: In a bid to offer valuable first-team experience to the Belgian international Arsenal have sanctioned a loan move for the 23-year-old to Luton Town for the entirety of the upcoming season.
The loan spell at Luton Town provides Lokonga with a chance to gain invaluable experience following his previous spell with Crystal Palace.
Arthur Okonkwo: loan move to Wrexham Young Arsenal goalkeeper Okonkwo has secured a loan move to EFL new boys Wrexham for the 2023/24 season. The 21-year-old shot-stopper, highly regarded within the Arsenal youth ranks, is eager to gain regular senior minutes to accelerate his development.