Finally the announcement will come tomorrow; Arsenal have signed Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez.

It brings an end to weeks of waiting for Arsene Wenger to strengthen his squad after another transfer window of frustration.

His top target Jamie Vardy snubbed a move to the Emirates to stay at Leicester while Riyad Mahrez too has indicated he doesn’t want to leave.

At the back, Wenger has had to rely on rookie signing Rob Holding to start the Prem season due to a defensive injury crisis.

The £35m deal capture of Valencia centre-back Mustafi will ease those problems, though.

He has already undergone a medical and is poised to make his debut against Southampton on September 10.

The Germany international, 24, will be joined at the Emirates by Lucas Perez.

Arsenal have activated the Spain forward’s £17.1m release clause, forcing Deportivo to sell.

He too has passed his medical after flying into London last week.

The 27-year-old will host a press conference today to say goodbye to the Deportvo fans.

Mustafi, meanwhile, revealed yesterday how Germany team-mate Mesut Ozil helped convince him to join.

He said: “I did not see Per for a long time because he quit international football but I talked to Mesut.

“He told me everything I wanted to know. Everything was positive, so I was convinced very fast. It did not take much.

“I have always loved Arsenal, I like how they play here, it is not typical English.

“The game here is more like in Spain and with the German national team, keeping the ball on the grass, so it was easy to convince me.”

The double arrival takes Arsenal’s summer spending close to £90m.

Arsene Wenger confirmed on Saturday the deals were on the brink of completion.

He said: “I think they should both go through. They have both had medicals and we just have to finish the paper work.

“It looks like it will be announced next week.”

That announcement is now expected to come tomorrow.

 

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