Arsene Wenger has admitted that Arsenal are working on deals to sign Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi, but was a little less forthcoming about when they might be completed.
Nevertheless, the Arsenal manager confirming interest in actual, real life players is undoubtedly a positive development, and the squad looks like it’s going to receive the boost it needs in the very near future.
“We are working on the deals,” he said. “We are not close enough to announce to you today that they will sign for us.
“Will we sign anybody before the end of the transfer window? I am 99% confident.”
Pressed on whether he might be busy on deadline day, Wenger continued, “Today maybe I’m too optimistic, but I hope we will have done what we wanted before!”
With medicals booked for both players today though, unless something goes wrong there it seems we’ll be adding the two La Liga players to the squad, and all going well there should be announcements fairly soon.
It’s worth remembering though that Arsenal do not officially announce transfers until all the required paperwork between the two club is completed, and delays can come from the other side as well.
Having spent much of this summer in a state of stressed anxiety, our advice over both of these deals is to chill out and not give yourself an ulcer because it hasn’t been put on arsenal.com by midday today.