Date: 6th August 2019 at 11:00am
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Unai Emery wants to complete two signings before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

The Gunners have just agreed a fee to allow Laurent Koscielny to join Bordeaux for £4.6m.

The 33 year-old’s departure became inevitable once he refused to join his teammates for Arsenal’s pre-season tour of the USA.

He departs the club having made 353 appearances and scored 27 goals since joining from Lorient in the summer of 2010 for a fee of around £10m.

Emery was already in the market for a centre-half and it is now critical the Spaniard recruits a central-defender before the window slams shut.

Reports say the Gunners have retained interest in Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, for whom they have had two bids rejected, and also want a centre-back.

Arsenal are still in for Kieran Tierney

Arsenal had a £15m offer rebuffed for the 22 year-old with a follow-up approach of £25m also turned down because the offer was heavily reliant on add-ons.

Meanwhile, the north Londoners have also made enquiries about Juventus centre-half Daniele Rugani and RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano as they seek to strengthen in central defence.

The first game of the new season kicks off with a trip to Newcastle on Sunday (14:00 KO).