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Arsenal ‘complete’ two deadline day signings before Thomas Partey transfer announcement

Arsenal have reportedly signed two youngsters on transfer deadline day as they attempt to finalise a deal for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey. According to Chris Wheatley, Arsenal have completed deals for centre-back Omar Rekik and striker Nikolaj Duus Moller. Rekik is set to cost the Gunners around £900,000 and a fee for Moller is roughly £433,000.

Rekik, 18, has joined Arsenal from Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin.

The centre-back heads in the opposite direction to Matteo Guendouzi, who has joined Hertha on a season-long loan.

Dutchman Rekik first joined Hertha from Marseille in 2017 and is set to join up with the Gunners’ academy.

Meanwhile, Moller arrives at Arsenal from Swedish giants Malmo.

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The tall forward has been likened to Sweden legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic due to his ability on the ball despite his height.

Moller spent 18 months in Italy with Bologna before returning to Malmo in January 2020, the club he first joined when he was 12.

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The Swede, 18, is also set to join up with the Arsenal academy initially.

Arsenal are yet to officially announce the signing of the duo.

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The Gunners are also closing in on the signing of Ghana international Partey.

Arsenal have finally chosen to activate the £45m release clause in Partey’s Atletico contract.

The midfielder is now flying to England to complete his move to the Emirates.

Speaking after Sunday’s 2-1 win over Sheffield United, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insisted the club were working hard to strengthen the squad.

“Well I am confident we know exactly what we want to do, we are all trying our best to finalise the deals that we want, whether that is sending someone on loan or bringing someone in,” Arteta said.

“We have a complete connection and cohesion between Edu and myself, the board and the ownership, so let’s see what happens in the next 36 hours.

“I cannot discuss the players that we want but we recognise certain positions that we believe we are short in.

“First of all in numbers and then adding different qualities to complement each other and this is what we are trying to do.

“I think that I always try to be really honest and clear.

“Believe me that the ownership, the board, myself, are doing everything we can to maximise the resources we have to improve the team and to sustain and keep the players that are in this club to make this club successful.

“I have 100 per cent backing from them. It’s not just words, it’s reality.

“Whoever knows me, if it wasn’t like that I ouldn’t say it but I say it because I feel it and it’s true.”

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