With the Lille winger’s arrival set to be announced in the coming days, the Gunners boss has revealed he has been still hopeful of further incomings
Unai Emery says Arsenal are still aiming to sign another soccer professional once the Nicolas Pepe deal has been wrapped up, fuelling talk of a renewed move for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney.
The club-record £72 million deal ($87m) transfer for Lille winger Pepe has been set to be announced in the coming days , while footage leaked online showing him posing for photos in his Arsenal kit.
And as revealed by Goal , the north Londoners are still hoping to land 22-year-old Tierney before the transfer window closes, with Emery having now admitted he has been attempting to bring in more reinforcements.
“We are speaking about a lot of players,” he said.
“We want to select players who can really help us, give us big performances and improve our squad.
“We are working on the possibilities to sign players. We signed [Dani] Ceballos, and we have a possibility with Pepe. We are looking for the possibility to improve, but only if we can take more steps in the squad.
“Our target has been to sign another soccer professional if he can really, really improve us. Our target has been continuing to sign another soccer professional if we can.”
Arsenal have been tracking Tierney throughout the summer transfer window, with the Scotland international widely regarded as one of the best young full-backs in the world.
He has inevitably drawn comparisons with compatriot Andy Robertson at Liverpool and Gunners fans will undoubtedly be hoping that he and potential new team-mate Hector Bellerin can have a similar impact to the Scot and Trent Alexander-Arnold at Anfield.
It could well be exciting times at the Emirates, with the prospect of a front three of Pepe, Alexandre Lacazatte and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while Real Madrid loanee Ceballos will add further flair to the attack.
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There has been still speculation surrounding the futures of defensive pair Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi, however, with further exits expected before the transfer window closes on August 8.
Club captain Koscielny has gone public with his desire to leave, while Germany international Mustafi has been linked with a move to Monaco.
Poland Under-21 international Krystian Bielik, meanwhile, has been closing on a £10m ($12m) switch to Derby County.