Arsene Wenger 99% confident of sealing big transfers

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Arsene Wenger can finally see an optimistic end on the horizon of this summer's transfer window.

It was beginning to look like the Arsenal boss would enter September without signing a striker who could go straight into the first team - a position of priority since last season ended in May.

But with less than a week to go, Wenger has finally said the words Gunners fans have been praying for all summer.

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Lucas Perez is widely expected to join from Deportivo La Coruna in Spain for roughly £17 million while developments are also being made in their efforts to bring Shkodran Mustafi to the Emirates Stadium.

And when Wenger was asked about the progress of the prospective deals, his relief was clear to see.

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Speaking to the press before the Gunners' trip to Watford on Saturday, he said: "We are working on the deals but we are not close enough to announce today. Will we sign anyone before the window closes? I'm 99% confident.

“Honestly, I expected it to be easier than ever but it looks like it will be harder than ever. It will be frenetic in the next three days."

Some fans had started to lose patience with the club's inactivity and tough start to the Premier League campaign and Wenger hopes he will win back the support once Perez and Mustafi sign on the dotted line.

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He added: “I’m happy when our supporters are happy but my focus is on strengthening the squad in the right way.”

Of the two transfers, the Perez deal is closest to completion as he is expected to undergo a medical at the club on Friday.

Talks are ongoing between Valencia and Arsenal officials regarding German international Mustafi.

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However, the Spanish side are closing in on the signing of Brazilian centre-back Sidnei and could be preparing for Mustafi's departure.

Even if Perez's move is confirmed on Friday, it is extremely unlikely he will feature too prominently - if at all - during Saturday's game against the Hornets.

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