Arsenal Set To Secure Second Signing After Formal Talks – Reports

By on July 13, 2015

According to the Metro, Arsenal are hoping to wrap-up their second signing of the summer ‘within days’ after holding formal talks over a deal for Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam.

The Algerian international has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal in recent weeks amid rumours Nacho Monreal is set to head back to Spain this summer.

As I reported last week, Spanish outlet Marca ran a story on Friday suggesting that Monreal is expected to join Athletico Madrid and Arsene Wenger had supposedly identified Ghoulam as his replacement.

It appears the boss may now have stepped-up his interest as the Metro are citing reports coming from Le10 Sport who claim that we’ve been holding formal talks with the left-backs representatives and hope to conclude a deal over the ‘coming days’.

I’ve said all along that I’d be shocked if Monreal does leave this summer as he was excellent during the second half of last season and made the left-back spot his own after keeping Gibbsy out the team.

But he has just one year left on his contract and with no extension signed as yet, I suppose it’s not outside the realms of possibility that he’ll head back to Spain leaving us with a void to fill in defence.

The papers seem to think that Ghoulam is the man Arsene wants and it would be something of a coup if we do manage to secure his signature as he’s also been linked with the likes of Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid this summer.

He only joined Napoli last summer and enjoyed an excellent debut season in Serie A but it looks like he could be on the move already with a switch to the Emirates seemingly on the cards.

Marca claimed last week that we were hoping to do a deal at around €12m – which sounds like a great price for a 24-year-old coming into his peak years – but we’ll have to see how things develop over the coming days and weeks.


  1. Roland C Rozario

    July 13, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Should Montreal leave, Ghoulam will be a good choice!
    Bring in Lacazette and Arsenal will win trophies come next season.
    I live in Singapore and an Arsenal fan!
    Arsenal have arrived in Singapore and I will be at our spanking National Stadium to watch them play!

  2. bolaji

    July 13, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    please Wenger if u are not a racist now pls buy lacazetta is a beautiful player

  3. Olupot Justine Emmanuel

    July 13, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    I know wenger has never bought a player more than €40m but why doesnt he bring atleast one deep 6 player like Arturo Vidal other than Cocllin?

    • paul35mm

      July 15, 2015 at 2:25 am

      Arsene Wenger signed Mesut Ozil for £42.5 m and Alexis Sanchez for £35 m, both more than 40m euros. Can’t see Vidal, he’s too much like Wilshire & Ramsey. Ghoulam makes sense if Monreal is leaving, but is he? Lars Bender or William Carvalho would be better than Vidal for Arsenal, but Lacazette would be great to see.

  4. Kyalimpa Noble

    July 13, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Wenger is flimpant in both sides in pitch&in spendg where do you think trephies wil come from! iregret why ichoose to be agunner.may be in future after wenger retires!

  5. mulagwe kato

    July 14, 2015 at 4:54 am

    please wenger yu see good player and yu leave them just like when they want ,please we need to this trophy this season

  6. Epie Enongene

    July 14, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    the signing of CECH is a good thing for arsenal but without a strong holding midfielder and a reinforcement in defense, i’m afraid the premiere league will slip off our hands this year again

  7. Oluwabunmi John

    July 14, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Pls Wenger get us Cavalho,Lacazsett, Draxler n Benzema.Do not allow Ospina to go

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