Arsenal are on the verge of completing a deal for Borussia Dortmund defender, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who will become their first signing of the post-Arsene Wenger era.
The 29-year-old is thought to be available for a fee in the region of £15million, after failing to agree terms over a new contract at the Bundesliga club.
The Gunners are in the market for at least one centre-back this summer.
Their head of recruitment Sven Mislintat and head of football relations, Raul Sanllehi, are ready to lead an overhaul of the squad.
Arteta, who is currently an assistant coach at Manchester City, is believed to be in advanced negotiations with the North London side.