Arsenal fans have had little joy during this summer transfer window and their woes continue after Scottish League champions Celtic rejected the London club’s improved £25 million ($31m) bid for defender Kieran Tierney.

Scotland international Tierney has emerged as Unai Emery’s primary target at left-back, with the Premier League outfit having already seen a £15m ($19m) offer rejected outrightly. The Gunners have seen a second offer for the Scotland international knocked back as frustrations grow at the lack of new faces in north London with the start of the Premier League season drawing nearer.

According to Goal, the Scottish giants also known as The Bhoys have again turned down a bid from Arsenal, with the current Scotti champions unhappy with the structure of the deal, which includes a number of add-ons and clauses so as to reach the eventual £25m fee. Arsenal are expected to return with a third and improved offer in the coming days as their wait for a first senior signing of the summer transfer window goes on.

While they have brought in youngster Gabriel Martinelli, the Gunners have been frustrated elsewhere in the market as they aim to improve on a fifth-place finish in the Premier League last season. The club are still hopeful of securing a move for Saint-Etienne centre-back William Saliba, despite Tottenham’s late bid.

Talks have continued over the weekend, but Arsenal remain hopeful they have already done enough to convince the player to move to the Emirates. They also retain an interest in signing Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, though the Eagles’ reluctance to shift on their asking price could force the Gunners to look elsewhere for attacking reinforcements.

The Europa League finalists are currently in the USA preparing for the first of four games during their pre-season tour. Arsenal will play MLS side Colorado Rapids on Sunday before playing three International Champions Cup fixtures against Real Madrid, Fiorentina and Bayern Munich.

The club’s new technical director, Edu, is with the squad in Los Angeles – as is the head of football Raul Sanllehi – as they look to continue transfer negotiations from across the Atlantic.

Tierney’s potential arrival could see Nacho Monreal forced out of Unai Emery’s starting line-up next season, though the Spaniard has hit back at claims he could be sold this summer. Speaking on Sunday, he said: “I belong at Arsenal. I still have a contract. My idea is to stay here. It’s a great club and I feel really comfortable playing for Arsenal. My idea is to continue playing here.”

Arsenal begin their Premier League season on the 11th of August with a trip to St. James’ Park where they will take on The Magpies of Newcastle before a home fixture against Burnley. The Gunners would play Premier League runners-up Liverpool in their third fixture of the season.

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