The Gunners are yet to make any new signing even as the 2020 January transfer window nears its end. However, with the news making the round it now looks as though the long awaited wait for some fresh pair of legs will be over in a couple of days.
According to report from Football London, Arsenal are close to announcing the signing of Flamengo defender Pablo Mari. Arsenal, a fan-favorite at Betway sports betting, have been linked with a number of defenders such as Bruno Guimaraes and Layvin Kurzawa.
Mari is odds-on favourite to Arsenal and this is even more glaring as the 26-year-old was spotted at the Heathrow airport from Brazil whereupon he is expected to put pen to paper once all the modalities are put in place.
Fresh report can confirm that Arsenal are close to sealing a loan deal for the defender with an option to make the deal permanent at the end of his six months stay.
Other sources claim that the deal is on the verge of collapse as Arsenal are still weighing their options in the market and this could see Pablo schedule his flight back to Brazil in a couple of hours if the deal hits snag.
It remains to be seen if Pablo is the defender which Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta really needs. However, it is quite certain that he is an upgrade to the likes of Shkodran Mustafi and David Luiz who have conceded 34 goals in 24 games thus far in the English Premier League this season.
Another player tipped by Betway to join Arsenal is Atletico winger Thomas Lemar. It is reported that Arsenal are in talks with Atletico over a possible permanent deal for the pacy forward.
It is reported that Arsenal are close to agreeing a deal worth $40 million for the winger in a bid to bolster their attack which has struggled to score goals this term.
It has also been reported by the Spanish media that Lemar has been left out of the squad to face Leganes ahead of a potential move to England. It is further reported that Lemar transfer to the Emirates stadium is likely to be sealed this week.
Lemar has failed to impress his bosses at Atletico ever since his big money move to Spain in the summer of 2018. He has struggled to replicate his Monaco form which saw the Spanish club dole out €60 million for his signature.
It remains to be seen if Arsenal could pay over $40 million for another attacker despite paying well over €62 million for Nicolas Pepe in the summer of 2019.
The Arsenal attack looks good at the moment and it would be uneconomical for the club to splash such amount of money on an attack that boasts of the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Pepe in their squad.
Arsenal are currently 10th on the EPL log – 10 points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea, hence it is quite pertinent that they recruit new players into their squad before push turns to shove in the latter half of the 2019/2020 Premier League season.