Arsenal looked destined to be heading towards another disappointing transfer window – that was until they accelerated into action over the past few days.
Despite reportedly only having a £40m war chest this summer, they have splashed out £27m on teenage defender William Saliba from Saint-Etienne, while they have also clinched a deal to bring Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos to the Emirates on a season-long loan.
And it looks set to get even better for Gunners fans, with Lille winger Nicolas Pepe reportedly set to join Unai Emery’s men for a club-record £72million.
So, who else do the Gunners continue to be linked with and how could they look when they line-up against Newcastle on the first day of the season?
In mind of Emery looking to get rid of Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi this summer, talkSPORT.com has drawn up Arsenal’s potential line-up for the start of the 2019/20 campaign.
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Arsenal have been strongly linked with a move for Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney as Emery looks to bolster his defensive options.
The Scotland international was on blistering form for the Hoops this season as they achieved a historic ‘Treble Treble’
However, Arsenal have already had a £15m bid knocked back by Parkhead chiefs, with the club reportedly looking for a bid in excess of £25m.
Celtic are open to the possibility of bringing in a defender or striker from the Emirates — but only if the price is right for Tierney.
The Europa League finalists are not the only side interested in the Scotland international though, with Serie A giants Napoli enquiring about his availability.
Recent reports in The Telegraph suggest Napoli are plotting to hijack the move for the 22-year-old in the coming days.
Arsenal pulled off a huge coup by securing a season-long loan deal for Real Madrid starlet Dani Ceballos.
The 22-year-old midfielder, who has been capped six times by Spain, will spend the 2019/20 campaign at the Emirates.
Ceballos is highly regarded at the Bernabeu and made 23 LaLiga appearances throughout the 2018/19 season.
But Zinedine Zidane was happy to sanction a temporary switch to Arsenal for the youngster, who helped Spain’s Under-21s to Euro 2019 success this summer.
It is understood Arsenal do not have an option to make the deal permanent.
Arsenal have reportedly reached an agreement with Lille to sign Nicolas Pepe for a club-record £72million.
The Ivory Coast winger, 24, could join the Gunners as early as this weekend after a breakthrough in talks between the two clubs.
The fee is set to be paid in instalments to fit Arsenal’s summer budget, which is understood to be just £40million.
Pepe would become the club’s fourth signing of the summer and seemingly signal an end to their pursuit of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.
The Eagles rejected a £40million bid from Arsenal for Zaha earlier this summer, with the Ivorian’s price tag set closer to £80million.
The Gunners pulled off quite the coup by landing the French youngster in a deal worth £27m.
Saliba, 18, turned down Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham to join the club on a long-term contract.
He won’t feature in our XI or Emery’s though as it appears he will return to Saint-Etienne on loan for the 2019/20 campaign.
Have a look at Arsenal’s possible line-up below…