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Edu facing £106.5m missed opportunity after top-four Arsenal rivals fail in January pursuits

Beyond the poor results, however, the frustrations have only grown with a lack of incoming business in the January transfer window. Maitland-Niles, Folarin Balogun, Sead Kolasinac, Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers have all left in loan and permanent deals.

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Furthermore, their rivals have also not strengthened at present. Tottenham look the most likely with Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur expected to arrive from Juventus. Yet, both players are not significant upgrades on the existing options for Antonio Conte.

Whereas Manchester United, West Ham and Chelsea have all so far decided to stick with their current crop of players.

Chelsea looked active to try and bring in cover for the injured Ben Chilwell, however, were unsuccessful in attempting to agree on a break in Emerson’s loan deal with Lyon.

All these factors combined make Arsenal’s own lack of business all the more frustrating. The opportunity to take the team to the top four could be slipping away.

Arsenal will travel to United, Spurs and West Ham’s grounds in the second half of the season and the additions that could have been signed would have given them a far greater opportunity to steal all three points.

The Gunners’ away record has been the weaker point of their campaign.

The two deals currently being linked are Alexander Isak from Real Sociedad who has a €90 million (£75m) release clause and Douglas Luiz of Aston Villa, valued at £31.5 million according to Transfermarkt, although a move for the Brazilian would likely require a higher offer.

Isak remains a deal that Arsenal have much more control over considering the associated release clause in the striker’s contract, yet it would be a significant investment for a player who is yet to show potential at the figures linked to him.

Although, the difference that the Swede could make in helping the Gunners qualify for the Champions League may offset the extra expense. Still, the risk remains.

With less than 48 hours remaining in the window, Arsenal supporters remain hopeful, as do their rivals who will be keen for Edu to hold off at least for now.

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