Towards the end of the January transfer window, Unai Emery was frantically trying to add an attacking midfielder to his Arsenal squad.
Ivan Perisic and Yannick Carrasco were both targets for Arsenal but these two moves fell through, The Telegraph reports.
According to this report by The Telegraph, Arsenal were put off by Inter Milan’s demand that Perisic’s arrival would be an obligation to buy, rather than an option to buy. And Carrasco’s move collapsed over Dalian Yifang’s loan fee demands.
As well as missing out on an attacking midfielder, Arsenal also let one go on deadline day.
Youngster Emile Smith Rowe was loaned out to Red Bull Leipzig, joining fellow Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson in the Bundesliga.
Nelson has already been extremely impressive in Germany, scoring six goals in 16 games (of which five have been starts) for Hoffenheim.
The 19-year-old is getting valuable playing time under his belt in a competitive league and could return to Arsenal ready for first-team action.
Arsenal will be hoping Smith Rowe can replicate that success when he gets going at RB Leipzig.
The 18-year-old winger is already impressing in Arsenal’s first-team when he gets the opportunity, scoring three goals in five starts.
If Smith Rowe and Nelson can continue to develop in the Bundesliga, they could be first-team ready next season, saving Arsenal millions in their quest for a new attacking midfielder.