Four Arsenal transfers Mikel Arteta and Edu could still complete before deadline

The duo at the top of the Arsenal hierarchy appear to have a lot of work still to do with just two weeks of the window left as they look to bolster their playing squad

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Arsenal started their 2021/22 Premier League campaign in the worst possible fashion after they were on the wrong end of a 2-0 score-line at the hands of a newly-promoted Brentford side who convincingly dispatched of the Gunners.

The pitchforks appear to be out already for manager Mikel Arteta after match-week one, with a sizeable section of the Arsenal faithful growing louder in their discontent at the way the Spaniard regularly sets his side up to play.

The defeat at the Brentford Community Stadium on Friday night not only highlighted just how far Arsenal are currently off the pace, it exhibited exactly what the Gunners need – the performance bereft of any creativity or flare, Arsenal were robotic in their build-up play.

Often immediately looking to use Kieran Tierney on the left flank, Arsenal seem hell-bent against the idea of using the middle channel of the pitch to create chances for themselves, despite Emile Smith Rowe’s best efforts.

With that being said, here are four transfers Arteta could still look to make before the window shuts at the end of the month alongside technical director Edu.

Martin Odegaard

Martin Odegaard impressed during his five-month loan stint at Arsenal


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The 22-year-old is the only name on this list who already has experience playing in a Gunners shirt, after Odegaard spent the latter half of last term on loan at the Emirates from parent club Real Madrid.

The Norway captain impressed during his short stint in North London, establishing himself as one of the superior creators in the side, even bagging a goal against Tottenham in the North London Derby – a sure fire way to endear yourself to the Arsenal faithful.

Arteta is thought to be a huge fan of Odegaard, who has been described as a natural born leader, a quality that seems to have abandoned the current Arsenal dressing room.

Odegaard returned to Madrid over the summer for pre-season, but is clearly out of favour after failing to be registered for their La Liga squad and having his squad number taken away.

It has been reported that anywhere around the £40m-£45m mark could be enough to tempt the Madrid hierachy, those at Arsenal are thought to be confident a deal for Odegaard will be completed by the time the window closes.

James Maddison

Maddison has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal all summer


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It is pretty much a given that Arsenal would only sign one of Maddison or Odegaard, rather than both, and though the Norwegian international appears to be the favourite, a move for the Leicester star is not entirely off the cards.

Arteta is rumoured to be a long-term admirer of the Foxes’ midfielder, though the Gunners have balked at their asking price of £70m.

Recent reports have claimed Arsenal were willing to offer a number of their current crop as part of a ‘cash plus player’ deal, including Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Eddie Nketiah, but Leicester have stood firm in their asking price – £70m or no deal.

Though Maddison would cost significantly more than Odegaard, it could be a price worth paying given he offers something Arsenal simply don’t have in goals from midfield.

Last term, Arsenal scored three goals in the Premier League from midfield, with Odegaard, Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny all bagging one each, while Thomas Partey and Dani Ceballos failed to get on the scoresheet at all.

Aaron Ramsdale

Aaron Ramsdale is pushing for a move to Arsenal (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

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One of the more controversial potential arrivals Arsenal would have overseen in a long-time given fan opinion would suggest the majority of the Gunners are overwhelmingly against the idea of moving for Ramsdale.

This stems from the asking price of his current club, Sheffield United, who value the goalkeeper at around £25-£30m – a lot to pay for a shot-stopper who would arrive in North London as Bernd Leno’s deputy.

A deal was thought to be close between the two clubs before a shock collapse saw the move fail to materialise.

However, Ramsdale is rumoured to be desperate to get his proposed move to the Gunners back on track following its apparent collapse and is pushing for an exit from Bramall Lane.

The 23-year-old has suffered successive relegations with Bournemouth and Sheffield United respectively.

Philippe Coutinho

Coutinho has been offered to a number of Premier League sides, including Arsenal

As exhibited by the names touted with a move to the Emirates, Arteta’s most pressing concern is a creative midfielder, amid the Gunners’ void of any real creativity through the middle of the park.

Despite being of an older age profile, Coutinho does have previous Premier League experience and put in some stellar displays while at Liverpool.

Barcelona are keen to shift the Brazilian off the wage books, with his £105m move not panning out the way the Camp Nou hierarchy had planned.

Coutinho has been offered to the Gunners as part of a swap deal that would see current Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang head in the other direction.

Aubameyang’s form for the Gunners has dipped remarkably since he penned a new three-year deal with the side back in the summer of 2020.

The Arsenal skipper scored just ten Premier League goals last season – less than half of his tally from the previous campaign – and an exchange involving Coutinho could be worth considering.

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