With the signing of Lucas Torreira, Arsenal will finish their senior team recruitment however they also want to bring in a youth player before the window closes.
According to David Ornstein, Arsenal will not be adding any more players to the first team beyond a player identified as ‘one for the future’.
The club did seem to be looking hard for a wide player, but it appears like they are going to stick with internal solutions for that area now.
Arsenal hope to complete Lucas Torreira deal next week. Agreed with Sampdoria & 22yo. Medical + signing imminent – depends if he flies straight from #WorldCup to London or via #URU Finishes 1st team recruitment but a younger player for future also likely before window shuts #AFC pic.twitter.com/LHkXid7Rda
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) July 6, 2018
There is, of course, the small matter of outgoings.
Arsenal went into this transfer window with a budget of £50m. That seemed low and we all expected that the club would have to sell a number of players to make up any shortfall.
As it stands, with approximately £61.2m spent on player recruitment (including Torreira’s fee), Arsenal only need to generate £11.2m in player sales. They can do that easily with the sale of David Ospina (£5m), Carl Jenkinson (£3m) and Joel Campbell (£3m).
It makes the lack of work done in the transfer window by the Arsene Wenger regime seem even more frustrating.
How long were we told that there was no value in the market, no players available within our budget that would improve the squad?
How often did we cry out for a new goalkeeper, a new central defender and an actual defensive midfielder?
And here we are, in one Unai Emery/Sven Mislintat window, getting them all for the cost of £50m and two players nobody cares about.