Xhaka leading candidate to replace Koscielny as Arsenal captain

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The Gunners were favourites to land the 18-year-old's signature until a late swoop from Spurs threw their plans into turmoil.

William Saliba now plays for Ligue 1 side St Etienne and during the 2018-19 season the centre-back managed to play in only 16 league games for the French side.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has insisted that the club are working tirelessly to make some huge signings this summer, as he looks to relax the concerns of frustrated fans.

So the acquisition of William Saliba might be a good move from Unai Emery and his think thank but the club will not be reaping its benefits anytime soon.

It has been a quiet transfer window so far for Arsenal, who have been linked with moves for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, Saint-Etienne teenager William Saliba and Real Madrid's Dani Ceballos.

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We are doing a lot of meetings with the club, with Edu, with Raul [Sanllehi] and also with Josh and Stan Kroenke on Monday in Denver.

That's a timely defensive boost for Unai Emery, who is now without his captain Laurent Koscielny and has not yet landed a new centre half with just weeks to go until the new season.

EPL sides Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are believed to be after the Brazil fullback, but reports suggest he is most interested in joining the Gunners.

"Our target is to achieve three, four players to really improve our team and squad now", Emery said. We are being very, very demanding and first speaking about the possibility to sign very expensive players. "But every time it is someone who will improve the squad".

The Spaniard, who saw his side kick-off their pre-season tour to the United States with a 3-0 win against Colorado Rapids, said: "We need players with big performances".

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