Arsenal are now in a great position after building momentum on the pitch with Mikel Arteta’s ideas, with the Spaniard instilling newfound harmony in the group. The results have been incredible with a big win over Fulham in the Premier League season opener backing up FA Cup final and Community Shield victories.
The Spaniard wants more talent though, especially in midfield, with funds short and sales likely to help him land his No 1 target: Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid. The attack now has incredible depth, with Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe on the bench against Fulham as new signing Willian lined up with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
There is more to come before the deadline, both in and out: Emi Martinez will join Aston Villa, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac also have uncertain futures. Houssem Aouar continues to be linked, with the Lyon star likely the dream signing at this stage.
ARSENAL JOIN MOVE TO BRING EL SHAARAWY BACK TO EUROPE
Stephan El Shaarawy is set to move back to Europe from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua, reports Gianluca Di Marzio.
The former AC Milan and Roma star is just 27 and looking to secure a loan move to January, motivated by logistics surrounding the necessary quarantine period due to Covid-19.
Italy play in October and November, so a loan deal will suit everybody involved, and Arsenal are in the race alongside: Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
Jack Rathborn15 September 2020 07:51
ARSENAL OPEN TO TORREIRA LOAN
He reports interest in the Uruguayan from Fiorentina and Torino, and suggests Arsenal would be open to selling Torreira in order to free up space for a new midfielder.
Arsenal are interested in Thomas Partey but are yet to achieve a breakthrough in negotiations.
Alex Jennings14 September 2020 17:25
As internet whispers abound about a secretive photoshoot spotted at the Emirates, club photographer Stuart MacFarlane provides hungry fans with the snap they’ve been desperate for.
Alex Jennings14 September 2020 17:08
ARSENAL’S CHARITABLE TARGET
Arsenal are reportedly looking at Dijon’s Runar Alex Runarsson as a cut-price replacement for Emiliano Martinez.
Runarsson comes recommended by Inaki Cana, Arsenal’s goalkeeping coach, who worked with the 25-year-old at Nordsjaelland.
Cana must have been satisfied with Runarsson’s character, and the Iceland international seems a charitable soul.
He is one of just 160 male and female players and managers from across the sport to have signed up to Juan Mata’s Common Goal initiative.
The charity asks footballers to pledge at least one percent of their earnings to a collective fund supporting football-related charities globally.
Alex Jennings14 September 2020 16:13
KOLASINAC MOVE QUASHED
David Ornstein reported that West Ham were looking into signing Sead Kolasinac this morning, but Nick Ames of The Guardian has said it’s unlikely the transfer will take place.
Ames tweeted that Kolasinac, 27, knows he is a back-up but “wants to fight for his spot”. Kolasinac’s wages, reported to be at least £100,000 a week, could prove a stumbling block even if Arsenal were keen to facilitate the transfer.
Alex Jennings14 September 2020 15:24
CHOUIAR ON THE RADAR
Arsenal have been repeatedly linked with a move for Mounir Chouiar and the 21-year-old was left out of Dijon’s matchday squad for their loss against Brest yesterday.
It sounds like they will have to fend off interest from a variety of Premier League clubs to land the starlet though, with Wolves and Leeds listed as monitoring his situation.
Alex Jennings14 September 2020 15:11
ARSENAL TRANSFER NEWS ROUND-UP
Jack Rathborn14 September 2020 15:03
OZIL NOW LONGEST SERVING PLAYER
Mesut Ozil will become Arsenal’s longest-serving senior player when Emiliano Martinez completes his imminent transfer to Aston Villa.
Ozil joined the Gunners for £42.5 million in September 2013, one year after Martinez made his competitive debut in the League Cup.
Although Hector Bellerin, Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles have all been associated with the club for longer, Ozil made his professional debut for Arsenal before any other member of the current squad.
The 31-year-old has made 254 appearances in all competitions since joining, scoring 44 goals.
He has become a peripheral member of the squad in recent years, and his £350,000 a week contract has one more year to run.
Alex Jennings14 September 2020 15:02
TORINO MOVE WOULD SEE TORREIRA REUNITE WITH GIAMPAOLO
The strongly reported interest in Lucas Torreira from Torino is given more credence by their manager, Marco Giampaolo.
Giampaolo managed Torreira at Sampdoria, where the Uruguayan played the best football of his career to date. When Giampaolo took the AC Milan job last summer there were a spate of reports linking Torreira with the Rossoneri.
Torreira played 36 games in Serie A in his last season at Sampdoria under Giampaolo, who was appointed by Torino in August. He did not make the matchday squad for Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Fulham on Saturday.
Alex Jennings14 September 2020 14:11
IZZO SALE COULD FUND TORREIRA TRANSFER
Earlier we reported that multiple Italian outlets are claiming Torino have agreed a £22 million fee for Lucas Torreira, split between an initial loan fee and obligation to buy.
Should Izzo’s transfer happen it would certainly provide Torino the funds to sign Torreira, although it does mean the latter move might have to wait for the former to be completed.
Alex Jennings14 September 2020 13:40