There is just over a month to go before Unai Emery gets his first chance to take his squad out into Premier League action when they kick off against champions Manchester City on Manchester City on Sunday 12th August.

However, before then, Emery has plenty of work to do in the transfer and on the training pitch with the most significant piece of transfer activity being the departure of Jack Wilshere to West Ham.

With this in mind, we take a look at three players linked to the Emirates ahead of the return of the Premier League.

Matteo Guendouzi – Lorient

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was fond of a young French midfielder and if reports are to be believed, so is Unai Emery.

19-year-old Matteo Guendouzi is the latest name linked to Arsenal and the Lorient youngster would be eager to move after his side failed to earn promotion back to Ligue 1 last season after relegation the previous campaign.

After representing France at U-20 level, Guendouzi would be one for the future but hardly likely to get fans overly excited when it is clear senior players are needed.

Lucas Torreira – Sampdoria

22-year-old Uruguayan midfielder Lucas Torreira is a name to excite fans a little more.

The Sampdoria man made it clear he was going to wait until after the World Cup before making a decision on his future but now his nation is out, decision time is looming.

Talks are rumoured to be at an advanced stage, but it appears there is still some work to do before a £26 million deal can be completed.

Steven N’Zonzi – Sevilla

Another midfielder, Sevilla’s Steven N’Zonzi is well known to Premier League fans after spells at Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City.

However, it is with Sevilla that the N’Zonzi has shined the brightest and his performances in Spain earned him a call-up to the French national side for the World Cup where he currently is now.

It is unlikely any deal will be done until after the World Cup but at 29, N’Zonzi may fancy one last big move and a chance to conquer the Premier League once and for all.



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