First Arsenal transfer confirmed as Gunners face Houssem Aouar competition



Here are your Arsenal morning headlines for Sunday, July 11.

Tavares announced

Nuno Tavares was announced as Arsenal’s first signing of the summer, joining the Gunners for £7million from Portuguese giants Benfica, a shrewd piece of business from chief executive Edu Gaspar who identified the youngster as an ideal candidate to offer backup and competition to Kieran Tierney left-back.

The 21-year-old made 41 appearances for Benfica, including featuring against the north London side in last season’s Europa League defeat and will join Mikel Arteta’s side as Tierney’s deputy ahead of next season.

The young defender will wear the No.20 for Arsenal, which was previously worn by German international Shkodran Mustafi.

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Spurs join Aouar race

football.london understands that Arsenal are in the hunt for a creative midfielder this summer – having been linked to the likes of Leicester’s James Madison and former loanee Martin Odegaard of Real Madrid.

They have reportedly reignited their interest in Lyon play-making maestro Houssem Aouar, who could be available for just £20million this summer, half of what the French club had demanded just 12 months ago.

However, the Gunners’ local rivals Spurs are the latest side to be linked with a move for the 23-year-old,m as French outlet Le 10 Sport have claimed that the Lillywhites hold a keen interest in the Frenchman.

The summer window is officially open, and it’s going to be tough to keep up with the comings and goings in and out of the Emirates.

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Onana blow

The Gunners are in the market for a goalkeeper with excellent distribution skills – with Ajax shot-stopper Andre Onana reportedly on Arteta’s shortlist as the Spanish coach wants to sign a ‘keeper that can offer competition to current No.1 Bernd Leno.

Their pursuit for the Cameroon international, who is banned from playing until November because of a doping violation, has been dealt a blow by Ligue 1 outfit Lyon, who reportedly lead the race for his signature.

Some reports from France claim that Peter Bosz’s side lead the race for Onana as the 25-year-old wants a guaranteed starting spot in whatever side he goes to, something Arteta is unwilling to offer him at this moment in time.





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