It’s the transfer deadline day and Arsenal are expected to be busy on the final day of the 2016 summer transfer window.
The Gunners may not sign any new player today but star midfielder Jack Wilshere is likely to leave the club on loan.
Here, we’re bringing you all the major Arsenal transfer news in the form of live blog / commentary covering the final few hours of the 2016 summer transfer window.
ARSENAL TRANSFER NEWS: LIVE!
9:30 am: The Gunners have enjoyed a brilliant transfer window (probably their best in many years), but they are unlikely to add any new players today.
Here are all the signings made by Arsenal this summer:
Granit Xhaka (23) Borussia M’glagbach – £38.25m
Takuma Asano (21) Sanf. Hiroshima – £3.4m
Rob Holding (20) Bolton – £2.55m
Mathieu Debuchy (30) Bordeaux – End of loan
Shkodran Mustafi (24) Valencia – Undisclosed
Lucas Perez (27) Deportivo La Coruna – Undisclosed
However, there could be a few players moving out on loan, and one of them could be England midfielder Jack Wilshere.
Wilshere has been at the club throughout his career but recurrent injuries have hampered his progress in recent years. Arsenal are choc-a-bloc with world class midfielders at the moment, and Arsene Wenger cannot guarantee him regular starting berth.
He needs to play regularly again and the best possible scenario for him is to move elsewhere. According to reports from Sky Sports, Premier League clubs Bournemouth and Crystal Palace are looking to sign him on loan.
“The latest information I have is that Jack Wilshere’s five team shortlist is down to two. Last night we were told Wilshere was considering season-long loan deals from five clubs with three from the Premier League – Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and Watford – and two from Portugal, Sporting Lisbon and Benfica.
“We understand Wilshere will be choosing between Crystal Palace and Bournemouth. Wilshere had meetings with both clubs yesterday and informed them he would inform them of his decision at some point this morning. So it does seem inevitable that Wilshere will be leaving the on loan.”
9:40 am: Debuchy to leave?
According to reports from French newspaper L’Equipe, Spanish club Espanyol have made an approach to sign Debuchy on loan.
We will keep an eye on that as well.
10:34 am: Serge Gnabry to join Werder Bremen
According to Sky Sources, Arsenal and Werder Bremen are locked in negotiation over the permanent transfer of Serge Gnabry.
Gnabry has one year on his current contract and has no intentions of signing a new deal. Arsenal, likewise, are not keen to hand him a new contract as well.
11.33 am: Serie A giants AS Roma want Jack Wilshere
Seria A giants Roma are making a significant effort to sign Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, who is likely to leave the club on loan today. Should he move to Roma, the England midfielder will be reunited with his former teammate Wojciech Szczesny (on loan from Arsenal).
15:33 pm: AC Milan lodge late bid to sign Jack Wilshere
A new twist in the tale! Serie A giants AC Milan have lodged a late bid to sign Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere. Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and AS Roma are also interested in signing the England midfielder on loan.
16:00 pm: Serge Gnabry joins Werder Bremen
German midfielder Serge Gnabry has joined Werder Bremen on a permanent move from Arsenal. He has completed his medical. Here’s a picture of him holding the Bremen shirt after completing the move.
17:30 pm: Jack Wilshere heading to Bournemouth on loan
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is reportedly travelling to Bournemouth to complete a season-long loan later in the day, according to Sky Sports.
Wilshere appeared to have a straight choice between Crystal Palace and Bournemouth as his destination but the situation became complex with Serie A giants Roma and AC Milan registering an interest in the player on Wednesday.
Wilshere and his representatives met Palace boss Alan Pardew on Tuesday afternoon and Cherries manager Eddie Howe in the evening in London where he told them he would inform the respective clubs of his decision on Wednesday morning.
The England midfielder now appears to have decided that he wants to play under Howe.
20:00 pm : Jack Wilshere joins Bournemouth on loan
England midfielder Jack Wilshere has joined AFC Bournemouth on a season-long loan from Arsenal.
— Soccerlens (@soccerlens) August 31, 2016
It has been a very good transfer window for the Gunners. They have addressed their weaknesses and have signed a midfielder, a striker and two very good defenders.
Furthermore, Arsenal have allowed talented young players like Jack Wilshere and Calum Chambers to leave on loan and get regular games under their belt.
The transfer blog ends here. Thank you, everyone, for reading the blog.