Latest Arsenal transfer: Arteta ‘losing patience’ with £72m ace as Kieran Tierney’s backup is targeted

Arsenal face another busy summer transfer window. Mikel Arteta’s side spent £140million last time out, more than any other Premier League side.

Now the north Londoners are looking to build on a promising season that ultimately ended in disappointment as local rivals Tottenham Hotspur guided them to a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League. The Gunners remain linked with a number of high profile players while technical director Edu scans the market for players who will improve Arteta’s roster.

In this sense, football.london takes a look at the latest transfer rumors circulating at Emirates Stadium.

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interest of Zinchenko

Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Manchester City frontman Gabriel Jesus of late and the Brazil international isn’t the only City player on the club’s radar, according to The Daily Mail. They claim that versatile squad player Olexandr Zinchenko has piqued the interest of the Gunners, who reportedly see the Ukraine international as a potential midfield option.

Arteta’s side have looked easy in the middle of the park throughout the 2021/22 season and the signing of a Premier League proven talent who can also be a substitute for left-back Kieran Tierney makes a lot of sense.

Pepe exit?

Nicolas Pepe has struggled for consistency since signing for a club-record £72million fee in the summer of 2019. The Ivorian international fell into the pecking order with youngsters Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe all favored on flanks during the 2021/22 season.

Now French outlet Foot Mercato have reported that the Gunners have lost patience with the 26-year-old and have even offered him to Ligue 1 champions PSG. Pepe has just over two years left on his current deal in north London and recently found a new agent ahead of the summer window.

Hicky alternative

Bologna full-back Aaron Hickey is another player who has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates in recent weeks as Arsenal look to bolster their full-back options. Now The Sun have reported that the club are keen on Inter Milan full-back Federico Dimarco.

The Italian struggled for regular time with the Nerazzurri last season but impressed when he got the minutes, recording an impressive 0.33 xA (expected assists) per 90 minutes in Serie A, according to fbref. Martin Odegaard, by comparison, finished highest in that category for the Gunners last season with .22 x A per 90.

Still, the aforementioned report claims Inter want £20m for Dimarco, a sum the north London side are unlikely to pay as he would likely play second fiddle to Tierney if he were to sign for Arteta’s men.

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