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Arsenal boss Unai Emery Transfer business complete

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Lucas Torreira

The situation alerted Arsenal with Sky Italia journalist Gianluza Di Marzio claiming earlier this month that the Gunners were in pole position to sign Gomes after Unai Emery had identified him as a summer target.

Emery said he would prefer to keep his talks with Wilshere private, but explained his unwillingness to assure the midfielder of a place in his starting line-up. "The conversation with Wilshere was a very good conversation".

Wilshere joined West Ham this week after turning down a new-contract offer at Arsenal, the club he spent 17 years at after joining the academy as a boy.

"It was a tactical, technical decision", said Emery.

The Welshman has just a year left on his contract and Emery added: "He has the ambition I want".

"I know this player is very important for the supporters, he grew up here with Arsenal".

But, Emery insisted his squad needs to be bursting at the seams with players willing to step up.

Wenger would have made the call in the past but, with chief executive Ivan Gazidis now working closely with head of recruitment Sven Mislintat and head of football relations Raul Sanllehi, Emery does not have the final say.

France youth worldwide Guendouzi is Emery's fifth signing and follows Switzerland full back Stephan Lichtsteiner, Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, German keeper Bernd Leno and Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira.

Emery was brought in as Wenger's replacement at The Emirates after the Frenchman opted to call time on his 22-year career at Arsenal at the end of last season. "I want to work with him". But will be open to new signings in case "a big opportunity" presents itself. We signed the players who we needed. I want to become part of the club's history and to achieve great things here.

"This [Ramsey's contract] is one question for the player, the club, but my opinion - I said to them - I think he is one important player for me".

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