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Lokonga undergoes medical ahead of Arsenal move as club make Aouar decision

Arsenal face a massive summer transfer window following on from a desperately underwhelming campaign.

The Gunners missed out on European qualification for the first time in 25 seasons after finishing eighth in the Premier League, while their Europa League run was painfully ended at the semi-final stage at the hands of their former boss Unai Emery and Villarreal.

There is now major pressure on boss Mikel Arteta to make a serious challenge for a top four spot next season although this remains unlikely without a strong window of incomings.

Whilst the majority of the business is unlikely to be conducted until the conclusion of the European Championships, the club face a crucial few weeks to shape their squad.

Mirror Football has rounded up all the latest Arsenal transfer news.

Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga is set to sign for Arsenal

Lokonga undergoes Arsenal medical

Arsenal’s move for Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga is said to be edging closer at the player is reportedly undergoing medicals ahead of a transfer.

Belgian journalist Sven Claes claims that the player is taking the tests ahead of joining his new Gunners teammates in a pre-season training camp in Scotland, in a deal worth €14million plus a further €3million in add-ons.

HLN, as cited by Sport Witness say that the player is set to pen a five-year contract at the North London club as he looks set to be the first summer arrival at the Emirates.

The 21-year-old, who is of Congolese descent, has amassed 69 first team appearances at Anderlecht – scoring three goals last season.

Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar could finally join Arsenal this summer
Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar could finally join Arsenal this summer

Gunners make Aouar decision

There are fresh reports that Arsenal are pursuing their interest in Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar this summer following their thwarted attempts last year.

Football.london say that the Gunners hold an active interest in a deal, which follows up on a similar report in ESPN outlining Arsenal’s intentions to sign Aouar, but that report warned that player sales were necessary first.

It is claimed that a deal would be feasible in the region of €25million (£21.4million) would be enough to tempt the Ligue 1 club into selling their midfielder.

Arsenal held a notable interest in signing the Frenchman last summer but no deal materialised, and his price tag has now notable dropped in the last 12 months.

There are suggestions that both Paris Saint-Germian and Atletico Madrid are also interested in a deal which could complicate matters.

Arsenal first-team promotion

Arsenal have confirmed that teenage goalkeeper Arthur Okwonko has signed a long-term contract at the club and promoted to the first-team squad.

The 19-year-old has been impressing with the Under-23 side at Premier League 2 level and has been included in matchday squads and training sessions with the first-team.

Okwonko – who first joined the club over a decade ago – will wear the number 33 shirt for the club next season.

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Okonkwo has been capped up to Under-18 level for England and is tipped for a bright future.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has said: “We welcome Arthur to the first-team squad. We are so happy another academy player has come through our system at the club.

“Together with Arthur’s huge talent and hard work, we thank our colleagues at the academy for developing Arthur in recent years to get to this stage, they are doing great work with the players’ development here and should be really proud.

“Arthur will now join us every single day in training, where we look forward to watching him continue to develop and improve his goalkeeping. I know all our fans will join me in congratulating Arthur on this positive step in his career.”


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