Arsenal’s recruitment drive is set to continue this week with the arrivals of both Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.
The deal for Uruguayan defensive midfielder Torreira has been completed for some time, with the delay being Arsenal awaiting the end of the World Cup to announce the deal.
One of the stars of Uruguay’s World Cup campaign, 22 year old Torreira has massively impressed at the tournament.
The signing will be seen as a bit of a coup for Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi as interest would have gone through the roof after his World Cup performances.
Expected to join the soon-to-be former Sampdoria midfielder at Arsenal is 19 year old Mattéo Guendouzi from Lorient for £7m.
The French youth international broke into the Lorient side last season.
The likes of Torreira and Guendouzi are the sort of talents Sven Mislintat was bought to Arsenal to uncover.
Both are young, gifted players who had very little reputation before being linked with Arsenal.
Mislintat’s first few recruits added quality and experienced to the top end of the squad – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
This summer has seen the policy of signing experience continue with Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno and Sokratis joining the club. Torreira and Guendouzi show a shift to younger players.
Mislintat clearly identifies a lack of leadership and experience at the back; and a need to recruit young players in the middle of the park.
After chasing Yacine Adli, clearly a teenage central midfielder with some size to him was on Arsenal’s shopping list. Guendouzi is that man.
Whilst it is not expected that Guendouzi will compete for a first team place straight away, he will train with the senior squad and get game time in the Europa League and League Cup.
It is unlikely that Torreira and Guendouzi will be the end of Arsenal’s new player recruitment.