Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar latest as Gunners target David Raya – plus Premier League updates

With the mot important deal of Arsenal’s summer completed following the contract extension for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mikel Arteta can give his full attentions towards the club’s hunt for a new midfielder.

Although Lyon say there have been no official bids for French international Houssem Aouar, Arsenal are understood to be open towards further player departures in order to fund a £55m move, though interest also remains in Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey – who has been the Spaniard’s top target throughout the summer.

With interest also emerging in Brentford goalkeeper David Raya as a replacement for Emiliano Martinez – who has completed his £20m move to Aston Villa – here are the latest transfer rumours, done deals and more surrounding the Emirates.

SEAMAN BELIEVES GUNNERS CAN MAKE TOP FOUR

Arsenal legend David Seaman believes his old side can finish in the top four of the Premier League this season.

Seaman was interviewed by Talksport, and states that Mikel Arteta’s side can break into the top four this season. 

“The end of last season was good. The start of this season has been great,” he said. “I think realistically we are looking at top four. 

“I think that will be a great season. We still need a couple of players. We are still looking for a strong holding midfield player. That Patrick Vieira or Yaya Toure type.” 

Arsenal last finished in the top four in the 2015-16 season, when they finished second.

BARCA MADE AUBAMEYANG APPROACH

Barcelona made a concerted effort to prize Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang away from the club before signing a new contract extension, according to a report.

Sky Sports states that the La Liga giants made an approach for the 31-year-old striker during this transfer window.

However, Aubameyang was convinced to stay in north London by boss Mikel Arteta, and signed a three-year extension to his contract this week.

Sky Sports also believes that Internazionale were also interested in signing Aubameyang.

The striker scored 22 goals last season for The Gunners.

RUNARSSON TO UNDERGO ARSENAL MEDICAL TODAY

Runar Alex Runarsson is set to undergo his medical with Arsenal today ahead of his £1.5m move from French outfit Dijon, according to a report.

The Telegraph states that a deal has been agreed between the two sides, and the goalkeeper looks set to join The Gunners.

Runarsson is seen as a replacement for Emiliano Martinez, who joined Aston Villa this week for £20m.

GUNNERS MAKE AOUAR BID

Arsenal have reportedly tabled an offer for Lyon star Houssem Aouar, according to a report in France.   

Aouar emerged as one of the stars of Lyon’s run to the Champions League semi final last season, and the 22-year-old has attracted a lot of attention across Europe.   

The Gunners have seemingly jumped to the front of the queue to sign the midfielder, and French outlet Telefoot Chaine state that Arsenal have made a move to bring Aouar to England.  

A bid of £36.5m has been tabled according to the report.  

Juventus and Manchester City had been linked with Aouar in the summer, but it seems Arsenal are now the clear favourites to sign the player. 

THURSDAY’S TRANSFER NEWS

Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s Arsenal transfer news live blog, where we’ll keep on top of all the latest comings and goings at the Emirates right up until the 5 October deadline.

The Gunners continue to be linked with a move for a new midfielder, with Lyon’s Houssem Aouar and Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey the most likely arrivals as Mikel Arteta hunts for a statement signing this summer.

But for that to happen, Arsenal need to sell. Following the £20m departure of Emiliano Martinez, more departures are expected to help raise funds as Arteta is happy to trim the club’s bloated squad.

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