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Why Arsenal’s trip to the USA could prompt major progression in transfers this week

The club’s tour of the US begins this week as their pre-season schedule gets underway.

The Gunners fly out on Thursday with the team’s first fixture of the 2019/20 calendar coming next Tuesday against Colorado Rapids.

But fans are desperate to see progress made with regards to new signings in the meantime.

And the trip to the States is seen as the perfect opportunity for Arsenal to speed up some deals.

Currently, a centre-half, a left-back and a winger are Unai Emery’s top priorities.

The likes of William Saliba, Kieran Tierney, Wilfried Zaha and Ryan Fraser are being pursued.

And according to Football London, there is optimism Arsenal’s hierarchy can make greater progress once they are together in person in the US.

With Gunners chiefs all in the same place at the same time, they will be able to thrash out the specifics of certain deals face-to-face.

Unai Emery's Arsenal fly to the US on Thursday

Unai Emery’s Arsenal fly to the US on Thursday (Pic: GETTY)

“Arsenal’s current recruitment structure is somewhat of a mess”

Arsenal’s current recruitment structure is somewhat of a mess with two of their leading figures not formally in place right now.

In terms of the club’s head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat’s interim replacement Francis Cagigao will take on the job permanently.

However, that not been officially confirmed yet despite Mislintat having stepped down in February.

Meanwhile, ex-Arsenal midfielder Edu is expected to be announced as the club’s technical director.


Edu is set to arrive at Arsenal soon after Brazil won the Copa America (Pic: GETTY)

But he is still the general coordinator of the Brazil national side and has been juggling that job as well as contacting soon-to-be colleagues at Arsenal.

Brazil have now won the Copa America, meaning Edu should be free to focus solely on Arsenal moving forward now.

Football London add Edu has recently been discussing transfer strategies and his view on players in the squad.

And he should now be able to help push transfers forward, with Arsenal also needing to offload some fringe players.

Arsenal have so far signed just 18-year-old forward Gabriel Martinelli – a recommendation from Edu – for £5m from Ituano.

More important arrivals are needed still with Arsenal making slow progress over seemingly straightforward deals for £25m-rated Celtic left-back Tierney and £20m Bournemouth winger Fraser.

There is encouragement surrounding one deal, though, as Saliba is set to be signed for £25m. 

But Saint-Etienne will ultimately keep the teenage centre-half in France for the 2019/20 campaign.

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