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The Three Latest Names Arsenal are linked With

Former PSG Coach Unai Emery has had a week to settle into life at the Emirates and as he prepares for his first transfer window at the helm, it appears either he or those above him have a large wishlist.

Three players in particular appear to have a chance of heading to North London for the start of the season but who are they and are they any good?

Stefan Lichtsteiner – Out of Contract

34-year-old Lichtsteiner would certainly raise the average age at the Gunners somewhat but would also prove some steel across the back line.

Over 200 league appearances for Juventus is testament to his unwavering ability and coupled with 98 caps for Switzerland, would bring a raft of experience that is lacking after Per Mertesacker hung up his boots to take over the Arsenal academy side.

Obviously not a signing for the long term, Lichtsteiner would be a useful addition to the squad and one more than capable of holding his own.

He would also come with the added bonus of being a free transfer after his contract with the Old Lady was not renewed this summer.

Emil Forsberg – RB Leipzig

Swede Forsberg first priority will be representing Sweden at this years World Cup but when he returns from Russia, he will have a decision to make with Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Juventus reportedly trying to prise the winger away from current side RB Leipzig.

The 26-year-old will not come cheap with sources claiming Leipzig want £47 million for the winger but Forsberg has been a key player in Leipzig’s rapid rise to the big time.

This has been highlighted by being named Swedish midfielder of the year in 2014, 2015 and 2017 and only adds weight to the hefty price tag for a player who is yet to land a European elite club.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos – Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund’s six-foot centre-back has reportedly all but agreed to join the Gunners in a deal expected to be around the £16 million mark.

The 29-year-old is one of many defenders linked with the club, but the deal looks set to be completed in the next few days.

Hailing from Greece, Papastathopoulos has spent the last seven years playing in the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen and Borussia Dortmund and has made over 70 appearances for the Greek national team.

Depsite not quite being the World Class signing most Gunners fans were hoping for the signing would add some steel into a weak defence and would partner the potential signing of Stefan Lichtsteiner nicely (if not spectacularly).


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