Arsenal made a late move for one of their transfer targets but missed out on his signature, according to Sky Sports.

The Gunners displayed a last-minute interest in signing Monaco midfielder Fabinho, but the Brazilian star joined their Premier League rivals Liverpool on Monday evening for a fee believed to be in the region of £39 million.

New Arsenal boss Unai Emery is said to have been a huge admirer of the defensive minded star and would have seen plenty of him in his time in charge of Paris Saint Germain, where he actually tried to sign him.

He is believed to have gone in again for the 24-year-old, who made a big impression for Monaco over the past three seasons, playing a key role in their Ligue 1 success in that time and their subsequent run to the semi-final of the Champions League.

By the time Arsenal had made their intentions clear to attempt to sign the Brazil international he had already committed to join Liverpool, where he will officially make the move on July 1.

Despite his performances for Monaco, Fabinho has missed out on representing his country at the World Cup next month, so it might be that the lure of Champions League football and the potential to play on the biggest stage was behind his move to join the Reds over the Gunners.

Arsenal fans will be encouraged that their new boss is seeking additions in the engine room. They have not really had a defensive stability or a structure in defence for a while, and if they are to become a leading light in the Premier League again that will need to change.

The likes of Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka have all played the role of the holding midfielder in recent times, but all they have done is expose a weak back line.

One concern, and indeed an acknowledgement of where the Gunners are at the present time, would be that players are choosing other top flight clubs over them. They will need that to change if they are to get back to where many of their followers believe they belong.


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