Arsene Wenger to bring in two new faces to improve failing Emirates Stadium boss.
Arsenal are set to sign Brazilian international left-back Andre Santos from Fenerbahce for £6.2m, BBC Sport understands.
The 28-year-old from Sao Paulo was bought by the Turkish club in 2009 from Corinthians in his homeland.
After Sunday’s 8-2 defeat by Manchester United, manager Arsene Wenger said he was chasing new players before the transfer window closes on 31 August.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
Now is probably the right time to sign Fenerbahce players, the Turkish giants are embroiled in a match-fixing row and have asked to be relegated from the top tier as a result. Arsene Wenger has also reported completed the deal to sign Monaco striker Park Chu-Young in a deal said to cost the North London club around £8m. The South Korean captain was set to complete a move to Lille but Arsenal moved in to snap up the 26 year old.
Wenger clearly needed to bring in a left back after selling Gael Clichy to Man City and then seeing Kieran Gibbs and make-shift replacement Bacary Sagna suffer with injuries which left the club having to use Armand Traore against Man United, and the Frenchman floundered and is set to move to QPR this week.
Andre Santos is an experienced full back who has spent that last couple of seasons in Turkey and at 28 would have jumped at the chance of a move to the Premier League. The former Corinthians man is a national team regular having notched up 22 caps since his debut back in 2009.
Arsenal have lost Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas but it seems that repairing the club’s defence comes ahead of bringing in replacements for the two attacking midfielders.
Park Chu-Young is seen as a replacement for Nicklas Bendtner, who is himself a squad player who rarely saw first team action over the past 18 months. The former FC Seoul forward finished top scorer at Monaco last term but that didn’t prevent the principality based side being relegated to the second tier of French football.
Wenger is expected to make more signings before the transfer window slams shut having brought in Ivory Coast striker Gervinho and teenagers Carl Jenkinson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain earlier in the summer.