Arsenal’s first signing of the summer transfer window appears to be wonderkid George Lewis.
At the beginning of the month, it was revealed that the Gunners were locked in talks to sign the young Norwegian winger following a successful trial period with the club.
Lewis has been a free agent after several seasons in Norway and had attracted interest from clubs in Portugal and elsewhere in Europe before catching the eye during a fortnight with the Gunners in March.
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Over the weekend it has been reported that Lewis has joined the north London outfit, but as of yet, there’s been no official confirmation.
However, some eagle-eyed Arsenal fans think a deal is already done.
As seen in the image below, Lewis has changed his Instagram profile image of him in what appears to be next season’s new Arsenal adidas home shirt.
Has Lewis just ‘confirmed’ he has joined Arsenal and thus becoming the first permanent signing of the Mikel Arteta era?
Capable of playing on either flank, it is understood, he is expected to join up with Steve Bould’s Under-23 side but Arsenal have already shown a willingness to promote their best and brightest swiftly, moving Gabriel Martinelli up to the first-team within two months of his arrival from Ituano.
With that said, Lewis isn’t the only youngster on Arsenal’s radar.
19-year-old midfielder Ismet Lushaku, who currently plays for Swedish outfit AFC Eskilstuna, has revealed that he was invited to train with the Gunners’ U23’s before Arteta tested positive for COVID-19.
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Arsenal’s interest in players in the Scandinavia region is likely down to John Jensen who returned to the club as a scout last summer and outlined his long-term vision.
“It is true that I have to work for Arsenal. On July 1, I started my job as head coach for the club in Scandinavia,” he said. “Initially, I need to find talents for the club’s academy, but in the long term, I hope to contribute with scouting players to the Premier League squad.
“After more than 20 years as a coach, I feel that I…