It’s taken Arsenal quite a while to get active in the transfer market once again after the earlier purchases of Granit Xhaka, Rob Holding and Takuma Asano.
Unsuccessful forays for the likes of Jamie Vardy, Alexandre Lacazette and Mauro Icardi have left the Arsenal faithful in fits of rage. That anger towards manager Arsene Wenger was compounded by the Gunner’s poor start to the season, with just one point after two Premier League games.
The pressure has prompted some late transfer activity, and according to the stupendously placed David Ornstein of the BBC, Arsenal have agreed a deal with Deportivo La Coruna for striker Lucas Perez to the tune of £17m.
The reaction to both likely acquirements was comprised largely of positivity, especially regarding Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi.
Perez won't be a certain starter but it does mean Alexis will play on the wing which is great news.
— Wengerball (@Henryesque) August 25, 2016
Though Ornstein wasn’t quite as conclusive regarding long-term defensive target Shkodran Mustafi, claiming that Arsenal are close to agreeing a £35m deal, Jeremy Wilson of the Telegraph has just confirmed that the offer has been accepted.
Arsenal have had bids accepted today for Mustafi (£35m) as well as Perez (£17m). Total spending on fees this window is now close to £100m
— Jeremy Wilson (@JWTelegraph) August 25, 2016
Waking up as an Arsenal fan this morning VS After hearing the Mustafi rumors – pic.twitter.com/1wlIYczopI
— – (@ClassyWazza) August 25, 2016
Cech – Monreal Mustafi Kos Bellerin. Probably the strongest back 5 we've had in a decade.
— Jack Martinelli (@jackAFCmartin) August 25, 2016
In Xhaka & Mustafi we've signed two international quality players who will improve us. Perez? Not 1st choice but could be a gem. #afc
— AFCAMDEN (@AFCAMDEN) August 25, 2016
no Fucking way.. We need atleast 1 marquee signing.. Maybe Aguero or Griezmann for a top 4 finish
— Vïn (@HeroicMesut) August 25, 2016
35m seems way too much
— Varun (@AFCKaiser) August 25, 2016
Still unprepared for season start, signings reactive and won't bring back five lost points. Though they are needed alright
— Donnacha Curtin (@Le_Dooner) August 25, 2016
Arsenal are next in action on Saturday, as they take on Watford away at Vicarage Road.