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Arteta’s “next priority” according to Fabrizio Romano that Arsenal “blocked major player exit” to European powerhouses

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Takehiro Tomiyasu was reportedly ‘barred’ by Arsenal from leaving the Premier League powerhouses during the most recent summer transfer window.

After missing out on winning the Premier League in 2022–2023 by a slim margin, the Gunners made moves to bolster their roster during the summer transfer window.

Declan Rice, David Raya, Kai Havertz, and Jurrien Timber cost more than £200 million to sign; however, they were able to recover some of the cost by selling Folarin Balogun, Granit Xhaka, and Matt Turner./winorlose

A few other Arsenal players were connected to other moves; Serie A team Juventus was keeping an eye on Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalhaes.

Furthermore, Tomiyasu might have departed Arsenal in the summer, claims Fabrizio Romano.

Tomiyasu was limited to just six Premier League starts in the previous season, and this season he has been in and out of the squad.

Romano also knows that, following the recent signings of upgraded contracts by William Saliba, Bukayo Saka (who has already generated 22 opportunities in the Premier League this season), Martin Odegaard, and Ben White, “Arsenal’s next priority for a new contract will be Ben White.”

“I mentioned recently that Arsenal’s next priority for a new contract, after renewing the likes of Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and William Saliba in the last few months, will be Ben White,” Romano told Caught Offside.

“Some fans have been asking me for updates but at the moment talks are still ongoing, let’s see when we have final steps of the negotiation.

“Takehiro Tomiyasu is another player earning praise for his recent performances and although I don’t currently have any information on the possibility of a new contract soon, Arsenal are very happy with his performances.

“I can also reveal that Inter Milan wanted Tomiyasu in July but Arsenal said no; Mikel Arteta and Edu wanted to keep him and it was clearly a successful decision, he’s really appreciated at the club and is really showing his value and versatility at the moment.”

Regarding £105m summer signing Declan Rice, Romano revealed Arsenal are pleased with how the England international has settled in during the early months of this season.

“Arsenal believe their club record fee for Declan Rice has been well invested – the England midfielder has settled down well and Mikel Arteta’s also very happy with him,” Romano added.

“Another top performance against Sevilla this week, with Rice continuing to influence the big games.”/WINORLOSE/

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