Whatever happens in the next two games, it’s clear that Mikel Arteta and Edu have a busy summer ahead gearing up the club for European action (of some sort) next season.
There have been whispers of interest in Bologna’s left-back Aaron Hickey and contact has seemingly been made with the representatives of Gabriel Jesus. But what else is brewing?
In Brazil, Globo reckon the Gunners are closing in on a deal for another striker – Sao Paulo’s Marquinhos.
A promising talent, the 19-year-old already has 41 senior appearances to his name, however, a contract issue has complicated his future at his current club.
Marquinhos signed a five-year deal with Sao Paulo when he turned 16, which, while acceptable under Brazilian law, contravenes Fifa’s own rules which state players aren’t allowed to commit for more than three years at that age.
Instead of mounting a legal battle to retain the player for the remaining two years – likely to be futile given the way similar cases have gone – Sao Paulo are open to cashing in as soon as the transfer window opens.
They accept they won’t get his true market value but they’ll get something, which ultimately is better than nothing. (Someone should point this out to Arsenal!)
Edu seems aware of the Marquinhos opportunity and the local press thinks we’re leading the chase.
Having perused Google images, the lad seems a big fan of the ‘pew pew’ double guns goal celebration, which is reason enough for us to get down the Armoury and have his name printed on a shirt.