Arsenal news and transfers live: Deal announced, £20m fee agreed, Aouar decision, medical completed
Keep up to date with all the latest Arsenal transfer news, views and rumours in JoriPress' dedicated live deadline day blog
The Gunners have had a busy summer rebuild under Mikel Arteta and Edu, but more work could yet be done before the window closes tonight at 11pm.
Arsenal have signed five new players, coughing up more than £130million in the process, as Arteta has one eye on the future. Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Ben White, Aaron Ramsdale and Martin Odegaard have all joined the club.
Fans still want to see more incomings, however, with a right-back the key and also a striker and more creative options also having been heavily linked.
There are also likely to be outgoings, as well, with the only major departure garnering a fee being Joe Willock's move to Premier League rivals Newcastle United.
We will have all the updates throughout a busy day, so stick with the blog below.
Maitland-Niles' best role
Jamie Carragher shared thoughts on what's going on with Ainsley Maitland-Niles and outlined the five-time capped England international's best role in the Arsenal side.
I feel a little bit for him as all he wants to do is to play football. It looks like there’s no real future for him at Arsenal.
At the last minute, they’re blocking a move to Everton from what I can gather.
I read something this morning which said that he isn’t going to be training with the first-team now, maybe that was a punishment for the Instagram post.
But, sometimes players just want to go and play football. I don’t think he’s causing too much of a problem at Arsenal and they don’t want to use him.
They were using different players at full-back, I think they were using Cedric and Calum Chambers there.
Maitland-Niles can fill that position, whether he’s good enough for Arsenal; who knows, but if they want to use him then play him and if they don’t, let the lad go and play some football.
Stan Kroenke's biggest problem
The myth that Arsenal's American owner does not spend has been dispelled this summer with several deals completed and over £130m spent.
However, the profile of signings shows how far off the elite club has fallen.
Whilst the Gunners have bolstered their squad with Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Ben White, Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale, the question is have they improved enough from last season?
No bids for Elneny
There has been talk of interest in Mohamed Elneny from Turkey.
However, that is not the case at this point.
Although, things could change as the transfer window in Turkey remains open for another week.
Understand that, at this point, there have been no official bids for Mohamed Elneny.— Mark Mann-Bryans (@MarkyMBryans) August 31, 2021
Rumoured interest from Turkey, where the window doesn’t close for another week so could progress. But nothing yet.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles will be part of Mikel Arteta's plans this season.
It seemed the 24-year-old was set to be frozen out at Arsenal after his social media post on Monday, but following clear the air talks with the Spaniard today, all appears well.
What do you think of the Ainsley Maitland-Niles situation?
Has he been treated unfairly? Have your say below
Tomiyasu medical completed
Arsenal are just an announcement away from confirming their sixth signing of the summer transfer window.
Takehiro Tomiyasu has completed his medical and all that remains is the sight of him holding the Gunners shirt.
Reiss Nelson has delivered his verdict on joining Feyenoord on loan.
I'm looking forward to playing in this beautiful stadium. Feyenoord is a wonderful club and a great challenge for me.
I hope I can get the fans cheering soon.
Tomiyasu shirt number theory
What squad number could Takehiro Tomiyasu take after joining Arsenal?
Well, it would appear that his favoured option is no.14 having worn it at Bologna for the past three seasons for Japan at this summer's Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Howeber, at Arsenal, the incumbent No.14 is none other than captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Alternatively, Tomiyasu could take the No.2 shirt, which is widely regarded as the perfect squad number for a right-back.
That shirt number is expected to become vacant at some point today as football.london understands Hector Bellerin will join La Liga outfit Real Betis on loan for the 2021/22 season.
Four deals to be completed
In terms of incomings, £131million has been spent on Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Ben White, Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale.
Whilst all signs are pointing towards another deal being completed very soon.
But what's in store for the Gunners between now and the deadline?
Well, football.london takes you through the four transfers currently in play.
Lineker slams Arsenal
Former Spurs striker Gary Lineker has slammed Arsenal's treatment of Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Alexandre Lacazette to leave
football.london understands that Arsenal frontman Alexandre Lacazette has no plans to sign a new contract at the club.
The French forward's current deal has just ten months to run, meaning he can leave for free next summer.
What do you think of the Gunners' transfer window?
Let us know your thoughts below
Wilshere with Serie B side
Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is training with Serie B side Como as he is currently without a club.
The Hale End graduate admitted he would like to play abroad in a recent interview with The Athletic.
Houssem Aouar not joining
Arsenal will not be signing Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.
Arsenal are not interested in signing Houssem Aouar in these final hours. There are currently no talks with OL for Aouar. ???????????? #AFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 31, 2021
Arsenal are only focused on Tomiyasu deal to be announced [medical today] & outgoings, as Bellerin to Real Betis still to be resolved. #DeadlineDay
Willian's agent attacks club
Brazilian winger Willian's agent Kia Joorabchian has lamented Arsenal after his client terminated his contract at the Emirates Stadium.
"I think Willian did the right thing, he went for the project and the project wasn’t there,” Joorabchian told Talksport. “
"Unfortunately, I’d have to say, which player has moved to Arsenal that has not been a disaster in the last couple of years? That one I speak as a fan.
“I don’t think this is about Willian. I think something has gone wrong [at Arsenal] and this is just one piece of the puzzle.
“Nobody blames [Mikel] Arteta, we all want Arteta to do well. Even as fans, they might be disgruntled at the moment but they want the best for the football club. Willian wants all the success for Arteta and this Arsenal team.”
#Arsenal are in talks over deal that sees Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson move to Belgian club OH Leuven ???????? ???????? (busy day at Arsenal)— Mike McGrath (@mcgrathmike) August 31, 2021
The 26-year-old joined the north Londoners last summer but looked extremely out of his depth last term before Australian veteran Mathew Ryan was brought in on a short-term loan.
Tomiyasu fee agreed
Sky Italia are reporting that Arsenal have agreed a £19.75million fee with Bologna for Takehiro Tomiyasu.
football.london understands that the Japanese defender will be undergoing a medical today in Italy ahead of the proposed move.
Double medical booked
JoriPress understands that Japanese international Takehiro Tomiyasu is to undergo a medical in Italy today ahead of his proposed move to Arsenal.
Furthermore, Spanish right-back Hector Bellerin will be departing the north London club as he is set to have his medical in Seville on Tuesday afternoon before completing a move to La Liga side Real Betis, JoriPress understands.
JoriPress can confirm that Arsenal are in 'advanced talks' for Tomiyasu as the Gunners hope to complete a transfer before the window shuts tonight..
Arsenal are interested in signing Bologna defender Takehrio Tomiyasu, according to The Athletic.
The report claims that the Gunners are working on a deal to bring the Japanese international, who can play as a right-back or as a centre-half, to the Emirates Stadium in the coming hour
Maitland Niles update
Arsenal wantaway Ainsley Maitland-Niles has reportedly been sent to train with the reserves.
Arsenal transfers Q and A
football.london's Arsenal writers Chris Wheatley and Kaya Kaynak are on hand to answer your Arsenal deadline day questions.
Tune in below.
Wolves to beat Arsenal to signing
Wolves look set to beat Arsenal to sign Lille midfielder Renato Sanches, according to Sky Sports.
The Gunners have been credited with holding an interest in the Portuguese midfielder but various reports claim that Wolves are closing in on signing him on a season-long loan.
Brazilian winger Willian has sent a message to Arsenal fans after leaving the club on Monday night.
"I would like to thank Arsenal for the opportunity they have given to me and for the warm welcome received by everybody at the club", his Instagram post read.
"Unfortunately things on the pitch didn’t go the way we had all planned and hoped, I received a lot of criticism especially from some members of the press that I had come here for financial reasons…
"I hope with my actions today explain to those people and they now understand that was not the case. I hope it teaches some people that they should not be so quick to pass judgement and creat(e) bad environments to make themselves important even though I accept that’s part of the game."
Transfer guru Dharmesh Sheth has told Sky Sports News that Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles will likely be staying at the Emirates Stadium today.
The Hale End graduate has garnered interest from Everton in recent days but the Gunners' have reportedly blocked a move and are keen to keep him in north London.
Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin appears to be on his way to Spanish outfit Real Betis, football.london understands.
Eddie Nketiah looks set to stay at Arsenal despite having just ten months remaining on his contract with the club.
The English frontman had garnered interest from Crystal Palace but a deal seems to have stalled after the Eagles were unwilling to meet the Gunners' demands for the 22-year-old, according to The Athletic.
Conte's new role
Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has committed to a new role as a pundit on Sky Italia.
Conte has been linked with the Arsenal job as a number of the Gunners' faithful have called for him to come in and succeed Mikel Arteta in the managerial dugout.
However, his decision to do go into pundits suggests he doesn't see himself coaching at the minute.
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Hector Bellerin on his way to Spain?
Yet to feature for Mikel Arteta's side this season, Bellerin may have missed out on a chance to say goodbye to fans.
According to football.london's Chris Wheatley, the right-back is nearing a move to Real Betis.
"My first shirt was Betis because my father was a fan of the Verdiblanco team. It was difficult for me to support another club."
Arsenal fans map out Eduardo Camavinga's path to Arsenal after teenager looks set to join Real Madrid
It hasn't been the best start to the season for Arsenal fans and news that Camavinga opted to join Real Madrid wasn't exactly what fans wanted to hear first thing on Tuesday.
However, some supporters believe that in the long-term, this could end up being a good thing for the Gunners.