Wednesday’s Arsenal transfer rumours: Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Lucas Torreira

We round up the latest Arsenal transfer rumours on Wednesday, May 30.

With two weeks until the World Cup begins, Arsenal still hope to sign Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Caglar Soyuncu before the tournament, according to the Mirror.

Unai Emery is looking to make his mark at the Emirates with the defence appearing to be the first area due for an overhaul.

Arsenal are reportedly weighing up a deal for Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira, CalcioMercato reports.

Everton are also said to be tracking the 22-year-old, who is part of Uruguay’s World Cup squad, and has a reported €25m (£21.8m) release clause.

The Sun also reports that Emery’s backroom shake-up could mean the end of the road for Arsenal legends Steve Bould and Jens Lehmann.

He has been given the go-ahead to appoint five of his closest ally’s to his coaching staff, meaning Arsene Wenger’s former aides could leave the club.

Olivier Giroud has also credited his move from Arsenal to Chelsea with reviving his form in time for the World Cup.

“I had to impose myself at Chelsea,” he told the London Evening Standard. “I’ve always been lucky enough to have made the right decisions, if I can say that. I’ve always felt that I’ve had good fortune in that way.

“It’s not just about making the right choice. You have to make your mark too. I had the chance to do that and I’m very happy. It’s a development in my career in terms of my club.

“I feel very good there and it was definitely a new challenge that was needed for my development, for the rest of my career, and also for the World Cup.”

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