This coming Sunday starts the beginning of a new chapter for Arsenal football club, with Unai Emery becoming the club’s boss at the start of the summer, after Arsene Wenger’s 22-year love affair with the North London side came to an end.
The transfer window hasn’t been quiet either for the Gunners, with a fair few fresh faces joining the Emery revolution but will there be any more comings and goings today?
It’s an exciting time to be an Arsenal fan, and despite missing out on Champions League football for a second consecutive season, there’s much to look forward to in the coming campaign.
Here, we take a look at one potential arrival and departure Arsenal should prioritise on deadline day.
Potential arrival – Domagoj Vida
The Croatian World Cup hero would be a welcomed addition to the lacklustre Arsenal backline, a problem which Emery has highlighted as his side’s biggest weakness over the summer transfer window.
Emery has already invested in two defenders, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis Papastathopoulos. However, with Laurent Koscielny out of action until Christmas, another tried and tested centre-half wouldn’t go amiss.
Given Vida’s impressive World Cup outing, it would be a smart investment from Emery to acquire the Croatian’s services and the centre-back’s experience and know-how could prove to be pivotal during Koscielny’s absence.
Vida would set back the Gunners a potential 20 million euros – a small price to pay to sure up the shaky and inconsistent defence that has plagued the Gunners in recent seasons.
Potential departure – Danny Welbeck
With funds few and far between this summer, it might take an exit to free up some capital for Emery to play with today.
Something that Arsenal definitely don’t lack is strikers. In fact, they have an abundance of them and top class ones at that.
It’s hard to see England international Danny Welbeck getting anywhere near the pitch with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in front of him this season, and the Gunners should consider offloading him today.
ESPN state that Arsenal will listen to offers for Welbeck; considering the striker only has one year left on his contract at the Emirates Stadium it would be a very wise decision to get him out today, rather than losing him on a free next summer.
Welbeck’s departure would benefit both him and Arsenal; the England forward would get some much-needed game time, and Unai Emery would have some funds freed up to use before tonight’s deadline strikes.