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Arsenal are set to continue their quest to bolster their attacking options at the Emirates Stadium as they seek a deal to sign Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Asensio. The Gunners have already made a plethora of signings this summer.
Mikel Arteta’s side got off to the worst possible start on day one of the Premier League campaign as they traveled to newly promoted Brentford.
Arsenal seemed devoid of ideas in West London and the team struggled to create chances as they were held at bay by the Brentford defense.
With desperately needed reinforcements, Arsenal announced the signings of Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale ahead of this weekend’s round of matches.
Odegaard impressed on loan at the Emirates last season and joined the club permanently to provide Arteta with much-needed creativity in the midfield.
And Arsenal could be set to attack Los Blancos again as they pursue a deal to land midfielder Asensio.
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The Spaniard joined Real in 2015 from Mallorca, where he made 56 La Liga 2 appearances as a teenager.
He was immediately loaned to Espanyol and impressed in his only season at the club, accumulating four goals and 13 assists in 34 La Liga games.
Asensio returned to Madrid ahead of the 2016/17 season and has become a regular at Real.
He went on to score 37 goals in 194 games for the Spanish giants – scoring the fourth goal in the 2017 Champions League final as his side beat Juventus to lift the trophy.
The midfielder, who made 26 appearances for Spain, was also part of the Real squad that beat Liverpool in the 2018 final.
Asensio has never quite reached the heights his talent deserves, but a move to England could breathe new life into the player and help Arsenal resolve their attacking dilemma.
If Arteta landed Asensio, he would become the club’s sixth signing of the summer.
Ahead of this week’s double signing announcement, center-back Ben White arrived from Brighton last month on a £ 50million contract, while the Gunners also hosted the midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga and left-back Nuno Tavares at the club.