The transfer window closes in just under a month and Arsenal are beginning to make moves.

With Koscielny refusing to go on the club’s pre-season tour to the United States, Emery may need to find a replacement as well as pressing ahead with his original to overhaul the defense.

A leaky defense cost the Gunners oh so dearly in the race for a top four spot last season as they conceded 12 more than Chelsea as well as Tottenham Hotspur and missed out by a solitary point.

Arsenals coach Emery would like to sign a left-back and central defender this summer.

Links to centre-backs have been consistent in recent weeks, with William Saliba’s name doing the rounds of late, the pursuit of the French Centre-back has proved more dramatic than Arsenal fans would have hoped when the club’s interest first emerged.

Although it seems that the saga is now close to drawing to a positive close for Emery and Arsenal fans.

Reports in France claimed the Gunners had agreed a five-year deal with Saliba and Saint Étienne are willing to do a deal worth €30m but on the one condition that the teenager is loaned back to the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard for the 2019/2020 campaign.

It seems that Arsenal are willing to meet that condition, which is somewhat surprising given the Gunners’ need for immediate defensive reinforcements is extremely high.

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