Arsenal have all-but missed out on the signing of Aaron Hickey this summer.
The Gunners were heavily linked with the Bologna star in recent months. Indeed, speculation in May suggested Arsenal were closing in on Hickey’s signing.
Calciomercato claimed at the time that the Gunners had won the race to sign the 20-year-old.
And now, it looks as though the Bees have beaten Arsenal to the player’s signature.
Fabrizio Romano took to Twitter to claim that the deal has been “confirmed” and an official statement is due “soon”.
Hickey has completed his medical tests with the West Londoners and has penned a five-year contract, he added.
Brentford have reportedly paid €22m (around £18.7m) including add-ons to Bologna.
Kieran Tierney is currently Mikel Arteta’s first-choice left-back at Arsenal.
Nuno Tavares is Tierney’s deputy, though he struggled at times last season.
Admittedly, left-back is not the highest priority for Arsenal.
However, given Tavares’ mixed maiden season at the Emirates, Arteta may well want more support in that position.
However, speculation linking Arsenal and Hickey cooled down over the past few weeks.
Brentford then emerged as potential suitors for the Scotland international.
Indeed, speculation in May suggested Arsenal were closing in on Hickey’s signing.