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Arsenal set for £20m boost to transfer kitty with Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar top of list after Martinez sale

ARSENAL are set for a vital boost to their transfer kitty with the sale of Emiliano Martinez.

With the goalkeeper heading to Aston Villa for £20million, the Gunners will sign up replacement Runar Alex Runarsson for just £1.5m.

The 25-year-old Dijon stopper is understood to have a medical in place ahead of signing a five-year deal.

Such a big profit margin will help in Mikel Arteta’s efforts to land another midfielder with Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey and Lyon’s Houssem Aouar top of his list.

The Gunners are looking to get even more fringe players off their books to fund any deals before the October 5 deadline.

 

Sokratis, Lucas Torreira, Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers and Sead Kolasinac are all up for sale.

The North Londoners are also willing to listen to offers for Alexandre Lacazette and Matteo Guendouzi.

SunSport understands Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Rob Holding were two considered up-for-grabs.

But Arteta has had a change-of-heart over the pair, and wants to keep them after impressing in pre-season.

Mohamed Elneny was also surplus to requirements, but put in a solid display in a 3-0 win at Fulham this weekend.

Meanwhile, incoming keeper Runarsson will become their new No2 behind Bernd Leno, and is expected to play in cup competitions and the Europa League.

The Gunners saw Runarsson as a cheap option, with Matt Macey set to stay as third-choice goalkeeper.

 

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