Arsene Wenger says he’s expecting the final days of the transfer window to very busy, after what he deemed a ‘strange’ summer market.
The Gunners are on the cusp of signing Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi, to add to the previous arrivals of Granit Xhaka, Rob Holding and Takuma Asano, so it looks as if the inward business, at least, is done.
But the Arsenal manger reckons that as the deadline approaches, and with clubs still flush with cash, things could heat up, and once more had a little pop at how much even average players are costing in this current climate.
“It was a strange transfer market,” he said. “I expected it to be easier than ever but it was more difficult than ever.
“Not a lot has happened. It looks like when you meet other clubs and you have an English passport, you hit these prices which are very difficult to understand compared to the quality of the players.
“It looks like it will be frenetic for me in the last three days. Everybody has sat on their pounds until now. We know they will all splash out now.
“I expect the next three days to be very, very busy, so be on alert!”
It would be a surprise if anyone else came in, as Wenger spoke specifically about having just the right amount of players in the squad for Premier League rules, but some departures would not be a shock.
Calum Chambers is tipped for a spell on loan, following Joel Campbell’s move to Sporting Lisbon earlier in the week, while Chuba Akpom and Mathieu Debuchy could also leave before 11pm on Wednesday night.