Arsenal are reportedly set to complete the signing of Polish midfielder Krystian Bielik this week.
According to the Daily Mail, the Legia Warsaw midfielder, who has already confirmed his desire to join the Gunners is said to be close to completing a move despite last minute interest from Bundesliga club Hamburg.
Arsenal had their opening bids rejected by the Polish club, as they are looking for cash up front in the deal. The player is hopeful that the two clubs reach an agreement at the earliest.
Arsene Wenger is a big admirer of the midfielder and is keen to wrap up his signing sooner rather than later and is ready to offer around £3.5m to wrap up the deal this week.
Bielik, who is a defensive midfielder, is believed to go straight into the Arsenal first-team, but his signing will not appease fans as they want an experienced defensive midfielder, who will protect the back four and give the Gunners' offensive players the license to play their game.
The report claims that the FA Cup holders have sent officials to continue discussions on Tuesday, as they look to beat off competition from the German clubs.
Bielik has put in some impressive performances this season, and that has seen him feature five times for the senior Legia team and feature twice for the Poland U16 team.
Meanwhile, Theo Walcott believes that it was Arsenal's great start that took them took victory against Stoke City on Sunday. The Gunners completed a convincing 3-0 victory over the Potters in a game that also saw the return of Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey, which the former Southampton winger feels is a big boost to the team.
"I'm not quite sharp enough yet but that will come. I'm just happy to be back and it's the same with Mesut [Ozil] as well," Walcott said, as quoted on Arsenal's official site.
"From the start of the game we were on the front foot and that's what the boss said to us. He wanted us to have a very positive start and we didn't give them any rest at all and started like a house on fire."
"It gives a boost to the whole squad when players who've been out long-term are coming back. It lifts everyone's spirit," the Three Lions forward added.