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Mikel Arteta makes shock triple transfer decision as Arsenal get brutal update on dream target

Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal, reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Everton FC at Emirates Stadium on May 19, 2024 in London, England.
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Mikel Arteta is already making some big Arsenal transfer decisions with the summer window not open until next month. The Gunners moved early for a number of key targets in the trading period 12 months ago and Arteta will be hoping to do similar over the next few weeks despite the obvious stumbling block in the European championships.

"That's the ideal scenario," he said when asked if Arsenal were hopeful of getting their business done at the start of the window. "Every club wants that, we want that as coaches and for the players especially. Then for the team and for the environment. When you do that something clicks there and it’s really important because it starts to give you momentum."

With that admission in mind, the Gunners boss looks to have set in motion his summer transfer plan with a triple decision already being made.

Newcastle duo Bruno Guimaraes and Alexander Isak are targets for the north Londoners but actually signing either will be a significant challenge with a new update on the latter reducing those already slim chances. So, with that in mind, football.london has taken a look at the big Arsenal transfer stories and given them a fresh perspective.

Two positions eyed amid major exit

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano was on hand to provide the latest on Arsenal's summer transfer plans with three major claims made.

“They have several players lined up," he revealed to JD Football. "There is a good chance they will bring in a new midfielder — Thomas [Partey] will leave, Jorginho has extended, but I also think they want to sign a new left-back.”

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Partey leaving this summer has been expected for some time but the two positional decisions could be considered a shock given links to numerous strikers.

football.london says: "The updates on Partey and thus a new midfielder being signed are hardly surprising, but talk of a new left-back joining is something rather unexpected. Links to Fenerbahce defender Ferdi Kadioglu now make complete sense especially given his versatility to play both flanks.

"Such a decision being made in January would have made more sense due to Jurrien Timber's injury however he is now back fit and Arsenal's options at full-back are thus bolstered. Therefore, confirmation of Arsenal's interest in that area suggests one player may depart with it likely to be Oleksandr Zinchenko."

Brutal Isak update

Arsenal have been shown the absolute best of Newcastle's Isak over the last few months. The Gunners have been linked to the Sweden international in the past and this summer, given the Magpies' fragile financial situation, could finally be the time to act.

The ludicrous asking price from Tyneside could make any potential negotiations difficult but Arsenal may feel they can get a deal done. However, the latest update from transfer expert Fabrizio Romano suggests otherwise. “They still need a proper number nine," he admitted.

"Sesko is a name in the list, Viktor Gyokeres has been fantastic this season in Portugal. The dream target could be Alexander Isak at Newcastle, but I don’t think he’s going to leave the club.”

football.london says: "Signing Isak would certainly be Arsenal's equivalent to Manchester City's move for Erling Haaland. Such a marquee transfer would almost definitely take Arteta's project at Emirates Stadium to the next level and potentially see them secure a Premier League title down the line.

"Unfortunately, as the Gunners discovered with the Declan Rice saga, to make such a move everything needs to line up perfectly and with the 24-year-old appearing happy at St James' Park, Arsenal may have to look elsewhere for their next statement summer signing."