Arsenal

Done deal, Pedro Neto price, Yeremy Pino twist, Asensio wanted

There is still plenty of transfer speculation involving Arsenal with just eight days of the transfer window remaining. Youri Tielemans is still the main topic of discussion as the Gunners look to strengthen the team before the end of the market.

Pedro Neto continues to be linked with a move to north London, with Fabrizio Romano updating that the Portuguese player is interested in the offer but have also shown interest in Moussa Diaby and Wilfried Zaha should a potential deal not go through.

Outgoings at the club are starting to ramp up with Nicolas Pepe’s move to OGC Nice and Ainsley Maitland-Niles edges closer to completing a season-long loan to Southampton.

Arsenal have had the perfect start to the 2022/23 campaign, winning all of their opening three Premier League fixtures – the only team in the division to do so. That leaves the North Londoners sitting pretty at the top of the table, with newly-promoted Fulham up next this weekend.

With that being said, keep the blog locked and loaded as we bring you all the latest transfer news from the Emirates.

Fixture changes

It’s the Europa League for Arsenal to look forward to next season and with it could perhaps be their most realistic chance to finally end this long absence from European football’s elite club competition.

Of course, the reward for the winner from the next Europa League final – which will take place in Budapest at the Puskas Arena on May 31, 2023 – is a guaranteed a place in the Champions League group phase for the 2023/24 campaign regardless of where they finish in their domestic league.

Arsenal have reached one Europa League final, two semi-finals and knocked out at the round of 32 stage since the 2017/18 season, but not one of Arsene Wenger, Unai Emery and Mikel Arteta have been able to get their hands on the trophy. So will it be fifth time lucky for the north London outfit?

Europa League draw

Arsenal await their 2022/23 UEFA Europa League group opponents, with the draw set to take place tomorrow at lunchtime (Friday).

Having finished in 5th position in the Premier League last season, the Gunners will be joined by Manchester United from England.

Eintracht Frankfurt were last season’s victors after a strong campaign, seeing off Rangers in the final via a penalty shootout victory.

Rangers secured their spot in the UEFA Champions League, having seen off PSV Eindhoven yesterday evening, with fellow Scottish side Hearts and Irish side Shamrock Rovers looking to turn around their deficits to qualify for the Europa League group stages.

New Champions League format

Another UEFA Champions League group stage draw will pass by with Arsenal not involved.

Going into the final three games of last season, the Gunners were on course to end their five-year absence from European football’s elite club competition but defeats away at Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United ultimately proved costly as they missed out on a top-four finish by two points.

But it wasn’t all doom and gloom as there are plenty of positives to take from Arsenal being back in the Europa League season following a full season without any European football whatsoever – the first time the club had experienced such a feat in over two decades.

Marco Asensio

Arsenal took a setback in the summer transfer market after being snubbed by Raphinha following a very successful start to the window. Mikel Arteta has been on the hunt for a winger and it seemed that the Brazilian would have been the perfect acquisition.

However, the former Leeds United winger decided to join Barcelona meaning it is important that Edu searches for alternatives, as Arsenal cannot be left weak in the attacking positions. It seems that Edu has potentially identified Marco Asensio as a potential option.

The Gunners are not the only side to register Premier League interest though, as according to Spanish news outlet AS, Liverpool have also submitted an offer for the Spaniard. Edu has shown so far to be proactive in this window with the signings of Fabio Vieira and Marquinhos, and he will need to follow this model in the pursuit for a winger in this window.

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