On Saturday, Arsenal will close out their 2019/20 season almost a year after it started.
After enduring their worst Premier League finish in 25 years and with the chance of no European football for the first time since Arsene Wenger arrived in north London, it has been a torrid year for the club.
Nevertheless, after moving on from Unai Emery and bringing in Mikel Arteta midway through the campaign, the Gunners hope that their former captain can now conduct a successful rebuild from the dugout.
Such hope is predicated on their ability to add talent to a weak squad. And there are a number of swirling rumours of potential departures and arrivals as a crucial FA Cup final against Chelsea looms.
Here is the Arsenal transfer round-up.
Aubameyang future depends on FA Cup final
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future might be dependent on the result of Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea.
Having finished eighth in the Premier League, Arsenal must win the FA Cup final to secure a Europa League place for next season.
The Gunners’ budget depends greatly on having European football. With their finances already stretched, missing out would be catastrophic to the team’s capabilities in the transfer market – including the prospect of signing their top goalscorer to a new deal.
Mikel Arteta has made his feelings clear on the matter. He wants to keep Aubameyang. But winning the FA Cup final and securing European football may be necessary to doing that.
From both sides, European football is needed. Aubameyang wants to compete in Europe and may look to leave the club without it, while Arsenal need the added revenue the Europa League provides to be able to afford their club captain. Saturday’s FA Cup final, then, is crucial.
Gunners face competition from United for Magalhaes
Gabriel Magalhaes has attracted interest from five different clubs, including Arsenal and two Premier League sides.
Those Premier League sides includes:Manchester United, who are keen to add elite quality at the position to partner £80million man Harry Maguire, and Everton, who were very close to signing Gabriel in a £20m deal earlier this year, with the Brazilian even having visited their training ground before lockdown.
Arsenal are also eager to sign a centre-back. William Saliba will arrive after his year-long loan at Saint-Etienne, but the Gunners are on the lookout for a long-term partner for the Frenchman to solve their defensive issues.
Gabriel has performed well for Lille this season, but to sign the 22-year-old, Arsenal will first will have to offload several of their ageing, under-performing defenders, including Sokratis.
French champions Paris Saint-Germain and Italian side Napoli also monitoring Gabriel’s situation closely.
The Coutinho problem
On Wednesday, as reported by a source known to NobleSports, the sources journalist reported that Arsenal are ‘best placed’ this summer to sign Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich.
First, NobleSports reported that Coutinho is Arsenal’s ‘dream’ signing, before Mundo Deportivo added that while the Gunners are the frontrunners, the price is a major problem.
Barcelona want to recoup as much of their initial investment in Coutinho as possible and ‘only want money’ this summer. They are reportedly looking for as much as €80m.
Such a price will be difficult for Arsenal to meet, who are more likely to sign Coutinho on a loan agreement or swap deal.