Arsenal transfer roundup: Martinez replacement identified as forward targeted

Mikel Arteta and Arsenal enjoyed a fantastic start to the season with a 3-0 win against London rivals Fulham.

There was a goal-scoring debut for new defender Gabriel, while Willian showed his creativity in the final third and almost added a goal to things when he clipped the post with a free-kick.

Arteta will no doubt be proud of how quickly his team seemed to gel, with their fast-flowing attacking football something that won them plaudits at the weekend.

The Gunners are still in the market to further improve their squad ahead of the deadline in October, and Arteta is not finished doing deals. That may see a handful of players depart the Emirates in order to facilitate new faces and further shape the squad in the image that Arteta wishes.

Arsenal reach agreement over midfielder’s exit

Lucas Torreira is nearing the exit door at Arsenal, with a move to Torino edging closer according to Calciomercato.

The Uruguayan joined Arsenal from Sampdoria and made fleeting appearances towards the end of last season. His fate appeared sealed at the weekend when he was left out of the squad to face Fulham, with a return to Serie A now almost guaranteed.

The report states that Torino and Arsenal have reached an agreement for the sale of the player, with the Italian outfit looking to pay in instalments.

It is believed the Gunners will receive €24million (£22m) for the midfielder, with the report stating there remain only a few details to rectify – although it does not clarify what those details are.

Torino will finance the deal by selling Armando Izzo to Serie A giants Roma.

Arsenal rivalling Milan for attacker

Arsenal are interested in signing Stephan El Shaarawy, according to il Corriere dello Sport (via MilanLive).

The Gunners are facing competition from Milan for the player’s signature, with the Italian keen to return to Europe after an extended spell in China with Shanghai Shenhua.

He spent five years at the San Siro with Milan, playing 102 games and registering 27 goals and 13 assists.

The paper states that PSG, Roma and Juventus have shown an interest in loaning El Shaarawy until January 2021 when the Chinese season resumes, with Arsenal and Milan now joining the hunt for his signature.

El Shaarawy can play up front or as a winger.

Arsenal eye Icelandic replacement for Martinez

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New signings Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes both hit the ground running against Fulham but Mikel Arteta is still on the lookout for new signings.

Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar and Brentford keeper David Raya are two of the names on their radar.

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Arsenal are targeting Runar Alex Runarsson as a replacement for Emiliano Martinez, according to reports.

Runarsson, 25, began his career in his homeland at KR Reykjavik before joining Nordsjaelland in 2014.

It was in Denmark that he began working with Inaki Cana, who is now on the staff at Arsenal. The two went their separate ways, and Runarsson moved to Ligue 1 in 2018 when he joined Dijon.

The Gunners are close to sealing the sale of Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa for £20million, and they have identified Runarsson as the ideal replacement.

He has been capped at senior international level by Iceland and spent the majority of last season on the bench for Dijon.

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