Arsenal have seemingly been beaten to the punch with regards to the announcement of their two new summer signings with the German FA getting there first.
It’s all-but been confirmed by various British media outlets that the Gunners will bring in Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi and Deportivo La Coruna forward Lucas Perez ahead of the transfer deadline.
However, all that is missing still is an announcement from the Premier League giants confirming that the transfers are completed and the duo are now in fact Arsenal players.
As reported on their official website, the German FA have decided that they’ll be the first to reveal the news after claiming that the ‘transfer of world champion Mustafi is in the bag’ as well as Perez being a new arrival too.
The post even includes a quote from Wenger: “We bought two players, Mustafi and Perez. We will integrate them into the team, it was a lot of hard work, there are no plans for further transfers.”
It’s understood that Mustafi will be unveiled as an Arsenal player on Tuesday with paperwork and the bank holiday in England causing the delay, and it’s likely to be a similar story for Perez too.
Given the injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel, it was imperative that Wenger acted and brought in a new defender, and he has now seemingly finally landed his preferred target.
Meanwhile, Mustafi’s arrival has already had a knock-on effect, after it was confirmed by Sky Sports on Twitter that Calum Chambers has joined Middlesbrough on loan for the rest of the season.
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Some may question the sense in that move as Arsenal are still a little light in that area of the pitch with Rob Holding now likely to become the back-up option off the bench while Mertesacker and Gabriel continue their respective recoveries.
Nevertheless, the move will give Chambers the chance to play regular football and continue his development, with a view of potentially becoming a starter for Arsenal in the future.