Arsenal transfer round-up: Gunners battle Premier League pair for Reading star

As Arsenal prepare for a big Premier League test away to Manchester City, the dust has finally settled following the club’s summer transfer business.

Thomas Partey’s arrival from Atletico Madrid was the headline deal, and the Ghanaian is expected to make his debut at the Etihad Stadium this afternoon. Gabriel and Willian, meanwhile, have both settled in well after joining from Lille and Chelsea respectively.

There was also plenty of discussion over potential departures and deals that weren’t quite pulled off, though, and that’s where some of our attention lies in today’s transfer round-up.

We’ve also got news on another teenage talent attracting the Gunners’ attention after a summer spent strengthening the academy ranks.

Gunners interested in Reading starlet

Arsenal have been looking at Reading teenager Michael Olise, but they aren’t the only Premier League club exploring the prospect of signing the 18-year-old.

The midfielder, who made his Royals debut during the 2018/19 campaign, is valued highly by the Championship side.

However, according to the Reading Chronicle, the Gunners – along with Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers – have been eyeing up a move for the youngster.

The report claims Reading have already knocked back two bids for the player, thought to be in excess of £5m.

Olise reached the milestone of 30 senior career appearances this term and has started all four games under Veljko Paunovic, whose team sits second in the league with maximum points from their opening four Championship games.

The French youth international, who spent time on the books of Chelsea and Manchester City before moving to the Madejski Stadium, struck his first senior goal this season in a win over Barnsley.

Martinez rejected new Arsenal contract

Emi Martinez was one of Arsenal’s standout performers over June and July, so his summer move to Aston Villa came as a disappointment to some.

However, the goalkeeper has revealed he wasn’t forced out by the Gunners, and was actually offered a new deal by the club before opting to move on.

“[Arteta] didn’t know who was going to be number one. And, faced with that doubt after winning two titles, I decided to leave the club after so many years,” Martinez told AS (via Football365 )

“It was my decision. Arteta wanted to retain me. He even offered me a new contract and, for that, I was super grateful to him and to the club. But my decision had already been made.”

After making 23 appearances during his final campaign in north London, more than in any other season in his career, the Argentine has played in all three games for his new club as they have enjoyed a perfect start to 2020/21.

Gunners ‘price ceiling’ put paid to Aouar deal

Arsenal’s failure to complete a deal for Houssem Aouar was down to the club’s refusal to be held to ransom on the fee, according to reports from France.

The Gunners had at least one bid for the French midfielder rejected by Lyon, and ultimately made Partey their only deadline day signing.

According to Le10Sport (via Sport Witness ), Arsenal had a clear roadmap for the 22-year-old, which involved a price above which they were not willing to go.

Aouar is still a Lyon player and has played four times for the club in Ligue 1 this season as well as making his senior debut for France.

OL are expected to face renewed interest in the midfielder in 2021, especially if he continues to produce the level of performance which led Lyon to last season’s Champions League semi-finals, with Juventus understood to be monitoring him this season.

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