Although it is believed to have been completed already, the transfer for the big defender is not expected to be announced until next month, but it would appear to confirm the Gunners' intention to become a major force within the Premier League once again.
Arsenal have been handed a boost by news that Aaron Ramsey is ready to commit his future to the north London club, according to reports in the British media.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery has continued to strengthen his squad with the signing of Greece worldwide Sokratis Papastathopoulos, according to The Telegraph.
Paddy Jackson Seals Move To French Top 14
Perpignan sports director Christian Lanta said on the club's website that Jackson would bring experience to the side. Former Ulster and Ireland fly-half Paddy Jackson has signed a two-year deal with French top 14 club Perpignan .
Midfield is a big priority for Arsenal this summer with contract talks with Aaron Ramsey taking precedence.
The Wales international's current contract expires next summer and Gunners boss Emery is keen to secure his long-term future, with the view to building his team around the midfielder.
Santi Cazorla and Per Mertesacker's departures from Arsenal have been confirmed following the publication of the club's retained list. Injury-plagued Cazorla will return to Villarreal in a bid to regain fitness while World Cup victor Mertesacker has retired.
Arsenal are willing to offer lucrative terms to a player who registered 20 goals and assists combined in all competitions last season, given the likely cost and difficulty of finding a suitable replacement.