Arsenal transfer news: The January transfer window will be an interesting (and important) one for the Gunners as Mikel Arteta’s side are clearly a strong contender for everything the Premier League has to offer.
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Having finished two points behind north London rivals Tottenham due to back-to-back defeats in Weeks 36 and 37 with UEFA Champions League qualification almost in the balance, Arsenal did not leave nothing to chance in this round. The Gunners are leading the Premier League and are showing no signs of slowing down.
Following the departures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Barcelona, January 2022) and Alexandre Lacazette (end of contract, this summer), Arteta continues to rejuvenate an already impressive attack that includes Gabriel Jesus, Bukayo Saka and captain Martin Odegaard .
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Below, we round up the latest deals, reports and rumours, and give our analysis on Arsenal’s transfer news, as Joe Prince-Wright (JPW), Nicholas Mendola (NM) and Andy Edwards (AE) guide you during the next few hectic months.
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January 3: Chelsea ready to pounce to seal Mudryk deal
Another day, another Mykhaylo Mudryk update, but this one doesn’t involve Arsenal. According to a report from The Sun’s Jack Rosser, Chelsea are set to land the talented Ukraine international as Arsenal are yet to agree a transfer fee with Shakhtar Donetsk. Mudryk, 21, is Arsenal’s main target in the January window, but Chelsea are certainly in need of new attacking talent as well and Shakhtar sporting director Darijo Srna is ready to hold talks with the blues this week This all feels very Willian and Luis Diaz esque. (JPW)
Exclusive: Chelsea are in talks with Shakhtar Donetsk over a deal for Mykhaylo Mudryk and could hijack Arsenal’s move.
Darijo Srna was expected in London to meet with the Blues this week.
More on @TheSunFootball coming soon. #CFC #AFC
— Jack Rosser (@JackRosser_) January 3, 2023
January 3 – Bid improved for Mudryk, but Chelsea balked
Another day, another update on Arsenal’s pursuit of Mykhaylo Mudryk. According to a report by Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal have submitted an offer of over $52.8 million to Shakhtar Donetsk. Many add-ons are also included in the offer. Romano adds that if Arsenal and Shakhtar can’t agree a deal, Chelsea are waiting in the wings to snap up the talented Ukraine international. Mudryk, 21, is Arsenal’s top target in the January window and given their recent recruitment success, looks likely to be another key part of Mikel Arteta’s puzzle. (JPW)
Arsenal’s second proposal for Mykhaylo Mudryk is close to 50 million euros fixed fee plus add-ons. Shakhtar is expected to make a decision, the clubs are in direct contact. ⚪️🔴🇺🇦 #AFC
In personal terms, it has never been a problem – Arsenal is the player’s priority. Chelsea to act if #AFC move collapses. pic.twitter.com/P0svkKIyyw
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 3, 2023
December 30: Shakhtar negotiate with Arsenal for the transfer of Mudryk
That sound you can hear is Arsenal fans rubbing their hands together in glee as Edu and Co. they aim to sign one of the best young wingers in Europe. According to Shakhtar Donetsk CEO Sergei Palkin, Arsenal are in talks with the Ukrainian club and negotiating a transfer fee. Arsenal reportedly received an offer of more than $66 million for Shakhtar. The Ukrainian giants are said to want close to $100 million. Speaking on Thursday, Palkin said: “Negotiations are continuing. We’re getting offers, but they’re not ones we’d like to see on our table. Now, literally in five minutes, I’m going to be on the phone with Arsenal. We’re open to negotiation, willing to exchange ideas and figures. If we agree, so be it. If we don’t, let it be another time.”
According to our UK partners at Sky Sports, there is “cautiously optimistic” that the deal can be completed as Mudryk’s representatives have already agreed personal terms and are now waiting for the two teams to agree a transfer fee . What would Mudryk wear? He fits Arsenal’s mold of being a young, hungry player who may be technically gifted but also has an incredible work rate. If he arrives, it could allow the likes of Saka and Martinelli to play in slightly different roles and adds real quality to their attacking rotation. As we’ve seen with Gabriel Jesus’ injury, this Arsenal squad is still very thin. But if Arsenal sign Mudryk, it makes a lot of sense and fits their identity as a club. Whenever Arsenal have come through a lot in recent seasons (Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel, Thomas Partey, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Aaron Ramsdale and Ben White are just a few examples) they have largely succeeded. (JPW)
December 27: Arsenal make a bid for Mykhailo Mudryk
Reports say Arsenal have approached Shakhtar Donetsk with a $67 million bid for in-demand striker Mykhailo Mudryk.
The Ukrainian club are said to want more than $100 million for the winger, who has eight caps for Ukraine and turns 22 on January 5.
Some reports have said the move is “imminent”, but Mudryk has been linked with Manchester City, among others. He has scored 10 times with eight assists in 18 games in all competitions this season.
Mudryk is an electric dribbler who plays primarily on the left side, where fellow 21-year-old Gabriel Martinelli has often starred alongside fellow 21-year-old Bukayo Saka on the right. Relatively older Gabriel Jesus, 25, has been the Gunners’ centre-forward opposite 23-year-old Eddie Nketiah. The club also has Reiss Nelson and Marquinhos in addition to the heavily injured Emile Smith-Rowe. Wow!
Shakhtar move from the Champions League to the Europa League playoffs, while Arsenal are eliminated from the playoffs in the round of 16. (NM)
Arsenal 2022-23 transfers and signings confirmed
Gabriel Jesus – Manchester City ($54.7 million)
Fabio Vieira – Porto ($42 million) – MORE
Oleksandr Zinchenko – Manchester City ($35.9 million)
Matt Turner – New England Revolution ($10.2 million) – MORE
Marquinhos – Sao Paulo ($3.5 million)
Matteo Guendouzi – Marseille ($10.8 million)
Alexandre Lacazette (end of contract)
Auston Trusty – Birmingham City (loan)
Bernd Leno – Fulham ($5 million)
Lucas Torreira – Galatasaray ($7.5 million)
Konstantinos Mavropanos – Stuttgart ($4.75 million)
Hector Bellerin – (end of contract)
Nuno Tavares – Marseille (loan)
Pablo Mari – Monza (loan)
Nicolas Pepe – Nice (loan)
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – Southampton (loan)
Runar Alex Runarsson – Alanyaspor (loan)
Arsenal shelve transfer news, rumours
JJuly 22: Oleksandr Zinchenko is unveiled as Arsenal’s new signing
After weeks of reports and speculation, and even confirmation from his former manager, Oleksandr Zinchenko is officially an Arsenal player. The Gunners announced the arrival of the 25-year-old left-back/midfielder on Friday, with the Ukraine international calling it a “childhood dream come true”. (AE)
💬 “First of all, I would like to say that this is a childhood dream come true.”
📺 Watch our first interview with our new signing now! 👇
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 22, 2022
July 4 – Gabriel Jesús to Arsenal signed, sealed and delivered
What a move for Arsenal. Gabriel Jesus, 25, has joined the Gunners for $54.7 million from Manchester City, and Mikel Arteta will be absolutely delighted with the deal. With the arrival of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez this summer, Jesus needed to move to get more minutes as he aims to start for Brazil at the World Cup in November. He has found the perfect place at Arsenal as they needed a new number one, his style of play and philosophy perfectly matches theirs, and he knows Arteta very well as the latter is Man City’s second manager. This transference works so well for everyone that it actually hurts. Now, if Jesus can get a little more clinical, this will be one of the bargains of the summer, but at least now we know that Jesus wants to play up front rather than on the right. (JPW)
💬 “I’m very happy to be here to help. I come to help, to learn as well and to try to do my best”
📺 Watch Gabriel Jesús’ first interview right here 👇
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 4, 2022
June 27 – Matt Turner completes his move to Arsenal
USMNT goalkeeper Matt Turner has completed his move to Arsenal and is in North London settling in at his new club. Turner will have a hard time usurping Aaron Ramsdale as Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper, but he should get plenty of minutes in the League Cup, FA Cup and Europa League this season. It will be intriguing to see how Turner fares early on at Arsenal, especially as they head to the US on a pre-season tour and he should play plenty of minutes for the Gunners as he gets to know his new teammates, coaches and settles in. the most . (JPW)
✈️ From New Jersey to North London…
Welcome home, Matty Turner ❤️
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) June 27, 2022
June 21: Arsenal sign Fabio Vieira
We have take off.
Arsenal have bought Fabio Vieira, unrelated to Patrick, for a fee of $42 million.
The Porto man just turned 21 at the end of May and racked up joint-second assists in Portugal last season despite playing less than 1,400 minutes.
What else will the Gunners get from Vieira, who can play as a left winger or second striker as well as an attacking midfielder? Click here for more information. (NM)
June 10: Young striker Marquinhos joined the Gunners for $3.7 million
Marquinhos, 19, will join Arsenal from São Paulo, according to The Guardian. Arsenal are said to have ‘won the race’ to sign the Brazilian forward, who will sign a five-year deal. Marquinhos is undoubtedly a player of the future after his breakthrough at Sao Paulo last season and has been selected by Brazil at under-17 level. As for a player in the here and now, this report claims that Gabriel Jesus remains Arsenal’s top target. If they can bring in Jesus, Arteta will be delighted as the Gunners’ young side continue to make headway as they fight for a top-four finish. (JPW)
June 9 – Alexandre Lacazette rejoins Lyon, which he left to sign for Arsenal
Alexandre Lacazette’s move to Arsenal was already confirmed, but now we know the 31-year-old French striker has rejoined Lyon on a free transfer. Lacazette spent seven seasons in the Lyon first team, scoring 129 goals in 275 appearances (all competitions) between 2010 and 2017, before leaving Ligue 1 to join Arsenal. He made 206 appearances for the Gunners and scored 71 goals in five seasons at the Emirates Stadium. (AE)