Arsenal were active on deadline day, looking to secure a defensive midfielder because of injuries to Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny.
The latter is out for a few weeks, but Elneny looks set to be out for a while, leaving Arsenal very light in the midfield department during what is set to be a gruelling schedule in the build-up to the 2022 World Cup.
The man Arsenal were trying to sign was Douglas Luiz of Aston Villa, but after three late bids, the Gunners failed to land the Brazilian.
Before that, though, it appears Arsenal were also looking to strengthen their forward line, which makes sense given they allowed Nicolas Pepe to leave and are now light on the right-wing.
The player Arsenal were trying to sign was Ferran Torres of FC Barcelona.
According to El Nacional: “A few days before the closing of the transfer market, an unexpected offer arrived at Barça ‘s offices. Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal were willing to pay 30 million euros for Ferran Torres.”
Barcelona’s higher-ups were said to be open to the idea of selling the Spaniard. However, to the surprise of some, Xavi Hernandez saw Ferran as totally untransferable and a key piece, so he did not entertain the idea of losing him, especially as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was also leaving the club.