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Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ramsey update, Pepe open to move, Chelsea deal, Dembele latest
Arsenal expecting a busy transfer windowUnai Emery needs at least one centre back after being hit by injuriesAaron Ramsey and Mesut Oil’s futures still uncertainEmery is considering recalling Fallum Chambers from Fulham and Reiss Nelson from Hoffenheim Arsenal transfer news LIVE updates Nicolas Pepe ready to move Arsenal target Nicolas Pepe is ready for a ‘beautiful’ move away from Lille. The winger has been linked with a move following Danny Welbeck’s injury and is keen to make the move. "For me, that's for sure. As the president has already said, my desire is to finish the season at Lille. "I am under contract until 2022. My idea is to end this season in Lille and then, why not, leave for somewhere in Europe. It would be beautiful."  Aaron Ramsey latest Aaron Ramsey is keen on joining Juventus in the summer. Ramsey is out of contract in the summer and will leave for free unless he agrees a transfer in January. However Juve are keen to land him at the end of the season and are likely to sign him then rather than this month. Ramsey has been in and out of Emery’s side this term as talk over a new deal ended earlier in the campaign. Gary Cahill signing Arsenal boss Unai Emery says the club have not spoken about signing Chelsea defender Gary Cahill. Emery was asked about Arsenal's plans in this month's transfer window and if there was any interest in Cahill following their 4-1 win over Fulham. And the Arsenal boss said: "We didn’t speak about him. He added: "It depends if the transfer market can help you - only if there are players who can help us in different positions. The club is looking to see."
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Arsenal news :  “Alaba to Arsenal is basically done” – Gunners handed massive boost to sign Bayern
Arsenal fans are collectively calling for David Alaba to join them this summer after Bayern Munich completed a club-record deal for Lucas Hernandez. Last week, Alaba admitted that he’s open to the idea of leaving Bayern and, in the candid interview, the 26-year-old left-back once again raised the fact that he’s a lifelong Arsenal fan. ‘I was [an Arsenal fan as a child]. When you’ve been an Arsenal fan as a kid you will be one your whole life in some way,’ he said. The Austrian, who has won a Champions League and seven Bundesliga titles with Bayern, has also made no secret of his desire to play in the one day. So when the German giants wrapped up a deal for Atletico Madrid left-back Hernandez on Wednesday, Gooners immediately began dreaming about the prospect of Alaba arriving in north London. Hernandez has long been linked with a move to the Allianz Arena and Bayern finally got their man for a club-record fee of €80million (£68m). The France World Cup-winner has signed a five-year contract with Niko Kovac’s side and will join up with his new team-mates ahead of the 2019/20 campaign. Hernandez, though, is not necessarily a straight replacement for Alaba as Bayern as both players are capable of playing in a number of positions. Alaba has played across the back four and is also comfortable in central midfield, while Hernandez has experience at centre-half as well as at left-back. However, this didn’t stop Arsenal supporters getting excited: @DatGuySheeks: 80 million for Hernandez !? Mmhmm Bayern. That means Alaba to Arsenal is basically done. @ArsenalsVoice: Does this open the door for us to sign ‘Arsenal Fan’ David Alaba. @GunnerLDN3: Alaba now that Bayern have got hernandez? would love him at Arsenal. can also play cm.
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Arsenal news :  Napoli ace sends five-word message to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after Europa League
Aubameyang scored twice in Arsenal’s 3-0 second-leg win against Rennes on Thursday evening to secure the Gunners’ place in the last eight of the competition. The giants were handed one of the toughest ties possible when they were paired with Serie A giants Napoli. But Malcuit, who briefly played alongside Aubameyang at Monaco, is pleased with the draw. “My friend Aubameyang, let's go!” he wrote on Twitter.  Aubameyang also welcomed the draw. “Good morning!! What a draw!! Let’s go to Napoli and face my friends,” he tweeted. The exchange of messages comes as:Arsenal fear Monchi will join SevillaAntonio Valencia’s agent suggested the Man Utd ace could join ArsenalAlex Iwobi was slammed by fans  Meanwhile, Sead Kolasinac has admitted Arsenal cannot afford another sloppy display in the first leg of their quarter-final tie against Napoli. The Gunners suffered a 3-1 defeat against Rennes in the last round before a convincing win at home in the second leg ensured their place in the draw. “It’s always very difficult when you lose the first game,” Kolasinac said. “We are aware of that, it’s not something we want to do of course. It is something we are going to work on in the next round.  “Of course, the key will be to start better than we have in these last two ties. “We didn’t put ourselves in a good position at the end of that first leg. Having said that, I think that away goal was crucial for us. “It was difficult for us because we had to play with 10 men for about 50 minutes of that first game as well. “We made it difficult, but we knew how strong we are at home and we deservedly went through tonight.”
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How Arsenal's starting XI could look after the January transfer window
New Arsenal boss Unai Emery splashed a moderate amount of cash in his very first transfer window in charge of the north London club.  Emery made a few select signings in the summer; Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi and Bernd Leno among others - not household names, but players who have all had a positive influence on the first team.  It's unclear how much money the Spaniard will have to spend in January, but both he and Arsenal's head of recruitment Sven Mislintat will have some targets in mind.   Studying this current Arsenal team, as well as looking at some of the names the club have been linked to, as reported by the Mirror's Chief Football Writer John Cross, we've created a possible starting XI for 2019.  Emery has chopped and changed his formation at Arsenal, but we believe a 4-2-3-1 suits both his style and the current crop at the club.  This often changes to a 4-2-2-2 (wide), as demonstrated below, but it's pretty much the same thing, changing depending on whether Arsenal are attacking or defending.  In goal Emery has found his No.1 in Leno, and we don't suspect he'll make many changes to his defence seen as Laurent Koscielny is on his way back from injury.  However, the left-back position is one the Spaniard could strengthen, what with Nacho Monreal getting on in age and Sead Kolasinac being out of favour.  Liverpool's Alberto Moreno, who has lost his place in the Reds first team following the emergence of Andy Robertson, is one such player the Gunners could sign.  Moreno played under Emery at Sevilla and was absolutely electric. It could be a match made in heaven for both parties.  Like Leno, summer signing Torreira looks to be a mainstay in this Gunners team, although he will be rotated with the likes of Guendouzi and co.  Next to him generally stands Granit Xhaka, who has shown signs of improvement under Emery this season.  But one man who could sign for the Gunners is Ever Banega.  Despite being 30, and significantly older than most of Emery's other signings at Arsenal, Banega shared a father-son relationship with the Gunners boss at Sevilla.  What's more, Banega ticks the boxes of what Emery is looking for to replace the departing Aaron Ramsey, who could be off in January.  Up top our Arsenal team looks a lot like it does now. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexander Lacazette and Mesut Ozil are all safe in their positions.  The Gunners could do with another winger however, and one man on their whishlist is Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele.  The France international, who is currently unsettled in Spain, was discovered by Mislintat at Dortmund and appears ready for a new challenge.  Arsenal house a number of Frenchman so Dembele would be right at home should he decided to join the north London club, but his £100million valuation may provide a stumbling block for Arsenal.
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Neymar sends message to Arsenal fans
Paris Saint-Germain's record signing and Brazil captain Neymar is confident that his former boss will achieve great things with Arsenal.  Unai Emery left PSG at the end of the 2017/18 season and is now Arsenal manager, replacing Arsene Wenger after 22 years at the helm.  Emery has begun to impose his style of play at Arsenal. The Gunners have started the season fairly well and are currently fifth in the table.  Neymar played under Emery for a season at PSG and has high hopes for the Spaniard as he aims to make his mark in the Premier League.  "Now it's easy to say because Arsenal are playing really great football," he said.  "They are coming from a great run in recent matches and everybody knows he's a really great coach," he told a news conference on Thursday, ahead of Brazil's friendly against Uruguay at the Emirates.  "We know about their quality and I was really happy to work with him because he's a really hard working guy. He really wanted to coach us and really wanted to study about football.  "I think he will bring good things for Arsenal, which is a really huge and important club here in England. I wish him luck."  Once the international break is over, Arsenal take on Bournemouth as they aim to get back to winning ways after three consecutive league draws.  That is followed by a Europa League match against Vorskla, a competition that Emery has had huge success in after winning it three years in a row while with Sevilla.
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Arsenal news :  Welbeck replacement: Arsenal agree bid for attacker with 16 goals and 10 assists
Arsenal are prepared to offer €16m for Wesley Moraes while Club Brugge want €20m according to report from Belgium. Earlier this month it was claimed that Arsenal are looking at signing Wesley to replace Danny Welbeck whom some outlets believe will be allowed to leave in the summer. Welbeck is out of contract in the summer and, while there has been some suggestion the club might offer him a new deal, no offer has been forthcoming as he recovers from his third serious injury since signing for Arsenal from Manchester United. Speaking recently, Unai Emery said of Welbeck, “He’s progressing very well. “He is working and starting to touch the ball and to work on the pitch. His progress with such a big injury is going very well. It’s difficult for him to play matches this season but he is progressing very well and maybe the doctor will tell us he can come train with us in the last weeks of this season. “After, his individual thing is to speak with the club [about his future]. The Sun, via Calciomercato, claimed that the Gunners are keen on bringing in Club Brugges’ forward, Wesley, a player the club were linked with ahead of the January window and as far back as last summer. Now, LaLazio are reporting that Arsenal are getting close to making an offer even though it seems to fall short of what Wesley’s club want. They claim their information comes from the Belgian press, although they don’t link or name their source. A 22-year-old centre-forward, Wesley has 10 goals and nine assists in 28 Jupiler pro games this season with 16 and 10 in 41 across all competitions. He is under contract until 2023.
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Confirmed: Arsenal complete ‘successful’ transfer talks for 1st January signing
Arsenal held a meeting with Yannick Carrasco’s agent last week, with a departure from Chinese club Dalian Yifang looking ‘increasingly likely’, according to reports. French outlet Foot Mercato (via GFFN) report that Arsenal held a meeting with Carrasco’s representatives on Tuesday, which apparently went very well. At this stage, it seems increasingly likely that the Belgian will leave China, and a bid for the winger is seemingly now ‘imminent’. Meanwhile, La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schira reports that Dalian Yifang are already looking for a replacement for Carrasco, by trying to bring in Dimitri Payet of Olympique Marseille.
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Arsenal news: Barcelona make contact over January transfer
Suarez has played just eight minutes in La Liga this season with Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde jettisoning the 24-year-old from his plans. The central midfielder spent two years at Manchester City in his adolescence but never made a senior appearance for the club. Suarez did enough to garner Barcelona’s interest, however, and impressed in the B team before being loaned out to Sevilla, where a certain Unai Emery coached the diminutive creative midfielder. The Catalan club sold Suarez to Villarreal in 2015 with a buy-back clause £3.1m, which they exercised after 11 months. But Suarez is once more finding himself strained of playing time, and The Independent have reported that the midfielder was offered to several clubs for a cut-price fee. One of those clubs was Arsenal, who could secure the wantaway midfielder for a reported £14million. Emery could be tempted to accept Barcelona’s overtures, but central midfield is not a priority for the Spanish coach. The Gunners signed Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira in the position during the summer and there are no fresh injury concerns about the position ahead of the jam-packed festive fixtures. Central defence is a likelier area in which Arsenal will strengthen, with Konstantinos Mavropanos and Shkodran Mustafi expected to recover just before the window, while Rob Holding’s return date is unknown after a knee injury. Speaking this week, Emery said: “If we can take one player to help us at centre-back, I think it's a good option. "A transfer is not easy and the possibility with Calum [Chambers, on loan to Fulham] is maybe one option, but I don't know if we can do that.” Arsenal director of football Raul Sanllehi revealed his uneasy outlook on the January transfer window. “I’m not a strong believer of the winter window,” he told BBC Sport in October. “Normally it’s used for emergency cases when things are not going the way you planned in the summer window.”
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Arsenal transfer news: Ever Banega agent in London as Unai Emery DEMANDS signing
The star’s agent is currently in London and could be negotiating a deal for the 30-year-old. Arsenal manager Unai Emery is a big fan of Banega after working with him at Sevilla. And now Spanish outlet La Sexta claim his agent is in London and could be working on a deal to seal a move to the Premier League. **PREDICT FIVE RESULTS AND WIN £25,000 - FREE TO PLAY HERE** Banega is currently in Buenos Aires as he enjoys the La Liga winter break with some sunshine. The midfielder would be able to move for a bargain €20m (£18m) due to a release clause in his contract. Arsenal were linked with the 30-year-old last summer when Emery took the reins following the departure of Arsene Wenger. But the Gunners ended up signing Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi to improve their instead. Argentine journalist Roberto Martinez claims Banega is ‘close’ to sealing a switch to the Emirates. “Ever Banega, close to leaving Sevilla to go to Arsenal by express request of Unai Emery, the coach who always extracted the best of him as a player,” he tweeted.  “The winter market in Europe envisages shocking movements.” Banega is currently contracted to Sevilla until 2020. One player who could be on his way out of Arsenal is Aaron Ramsey though as his contract expires at the end of the season. And Juventus legend Andrea Pirlo wants to see the Welshman at is former side. “Ramsey is a great purchase,” he said on Sky Sport Italia. “Juventus are preparing another excellent deal. “He is a strong player and could do very well.” Arsenal return to Premier League action on Saturday when they travel to Anfield to take on leaders Liverpool (5.30pm).
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Arsenal finally agree to complete stunning January deal for Cristian Pavon
Arsenal have returned for Boca Juniors’ Cristian Pavon, and they’re ‘serious’ about signing the winger in January, according to the media in Argentina. Luis Fregossi of Boca radio station Mundo Boca Radio claims Arsenal have come for Pavon and “this time they seem to be serious”. He adds that the Gunners want the winger in the January transfer window, and Boca have reportedly asked for €40m (£35.9m) as a transfer fee. Football.London reported last month that initial talks have already taken place between Boca Juniors and Arsenal over the potential for a deal. Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi is reportedly a ‘big admirer’ of the forward, who is believed to have a £44.5m release clause with his current club. It seems the Argentinian side would be willing to negotiate a deal for slightly less than the clause though. Ever since the links to Pavon first emerged, it’s always been clear that Boca Juniors would only consider sellxing once their Copa Libertadores run had come to an end. That happened last weekend, as Boca lost to River Plate in the final.The Copa Libertadores runs from March to November, whilst the Argentine league runs from August to May, so there’s some overlap whichever way you look at Pavon’s stats. To keep it simple, since August 2017 the winger has 11 goals and 19 assists in 47 club appearances. Pavon also has a couple of assists for Argentina since making his debut in November 2017. The winger is yet to fully break into the starting lineup, with three starts and eight substitute appearances since then, but he’s certainly a regular in the squad when fit. A top dribbler and chance creator, Pavon could certainly add something to Arsenal in wide areas. We’ll see if the club’s transfer team make a move in January.
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Arsenal news :  Arsenal team news vs Everton: Predicted line up – Three face fitness tests, Ozil dec
Arsenal have a number of injury concerns ahead of their meeting with Everton at Goodison Park. Unai Emery’s side picked up a valuable victory against Newcastle on Monday night and are now looking to consolidate their hold on fourth place. The Gunners are currently well-placed in their pursuit of Champions League football, sitting a point behind Tottenham in third and holding a game in hand over their immediate rivals. However, Arsenal need to make that extra match count and head into their clash with the Toffees waiting on the availability of Aaron Ramsey, Laurent Koscielny and Granit Xhaka. Ramsey suffered cramp against the Magpies but avoided any more serious injury and should be in contention to feature this weekend. Koscielny is also likely to start, having withdrawn from the matchday squad ahead of the 2-0 win over Newcastle due to a bruised foot. Xhaka missed out on Monday due to a tight groin and could well be rested by Emery with a Europa League quarter-final against Napoli on the horizon. Meanwhile, Sokratis Papastathopoulos is one booking away from a two-match suspension so could be left out in favour of Nacho Monreal in a back three.  The Greek international only needs to make it past one more week before the threshold for another ban moves up from 10 to 15 yellow cards. Lucas Torreira is set to serve the final match of his three-game suspension and Hector Bellerin, Danny Welbeck and Rob Holding remain long-term absentees. Emery also has a decision to make regarding Mesut Ozil, with the German having impressed last time out against Newcastle. Ozil has often not been trusted against high-intensity, particularly away from home, but has made a strong case for his inclusion here. Arsenal predicted line-up vs Everton –  (5-3-2): Leno; Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Kolasinac; Xhaka, Guendouzi, Ozil; Lacazette, Aubameyang
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Sampdoria’s response to Arsenal fans’ love for Lucas Torreira is simply brilliant
Lucas Torreira is making a strong case to be recognised as the signing of the season four months into his Arsenal career.  The Uruguayan has been nothing short of a revelation in the Gunners’ midfield following his £26.5 million transfer from Sampdoria last summer.  He capped off his remarkable start to life in the Premier League with his goal for his new club against Tottenham of all opponents at the Emirates.  Torreira has since been on a hot streak of sorts in the final third, assisting Shkodran Mustafi’s opener against Manchester United before his late bicycle kick secured Arsenal’s 1-0 victory over Huddersfield on Saturday.  For a defensive midfielder by trade, it’s very tidy work indeed.  It’s no surprise the 22-year-old has quickly become a favourite among his new fans, with the likes of Ian Wright hailing him as the recruit they’ve been yearning for.  “[Torreira is] the guy we have been looking for in the past three or four seasons,” the legendary striker told BBC Sport, per the Mirror.  “Arsenal supporters wanted to know when are we going to sign a defensive midfielder. We have got the guy we needed.  “He was magnificent [against Tottenham]. The way he plays, he is everywhere on the pitch. He gets into positions where he can get into people.”  As such, the Gunners faithful haven’t been shy about expressing their gratitude to Sampdoria for selling them a player who looks capable of anchoring their midfield for years to come.  It’s difficult to criticise their enthusiasm, especially when comparatively big-money signings so often fail to pay dividends in the modern transfer market.  However, Sampdoria’s English Twitter account has seen fit to take action in response to the constant adoration of their former star.  Check out their hilarious plan to give Arsenal fans somewhere to vent…  “Note to all @Arsenal fans: please don't clog up our match tweets today thanking us for @LTorreira34. We're going to set up a dedicated 'Thanks for #Torreira' email address where you can send us all your thank you messages. Watch this space…”  Hats off to Sampdoria; that’s how social media should be done.  Torreira’s dynamism will be crucial for the remainder of the busy December period, which continues with a visit from Qarabag in the Europa League on Thursday followed by a trip to Southampton next weekend.
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Unai Emery makes huge January transfer statement following Welbeck’s long term injury
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed that Danny Welbeck’s injury will not force the club to sign a new forward in January, according to ESPN. Welbeck suffered a horrific ankle injury on Thursday night in the Europa league clash against Sporting Lisbon after landing awkwardly at the end of a contested header. He was stretchered off the pitch in an oxygen mask and rushed to the hospital for treatment, and while the club are yet to receive final reports from scans, it is feared that his season is over, with many including Emery afraid that he might have suffered a broken ankle. Should the prognosis be correct, Arsenal are left with no senior backup for strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, and they have been expected to dip into the transfer market to sign a replacement. There has been a lot of speculations that the Gunners would move for Lille winger Nicolas Pepe as a replacement. But Emery has now ruled out possible January signings and insist that he would rather look for a solution internally. That solution could very likely be young striker Eddie Nketiah according to him.“The first [choice] is to look inside, and we have one striker also who is working well with the under-23s and is improving also, Eddie Nketiah, and he could have chances,” Emery said. “But I think it’s early for speaking about the possibility [of making signings] in January. Nketiah has been scoring for fun for the youth sides over the years and made his first team breakthrough last season. However, he is yet to make an appearance this season, but has scored six times in seven appearances for the U23s and has made the bench for the first team on a number of occasions. He is now expected to get more first team chances in the coming weeks to lay a stake for a regular first team role. There is also the option of recalling Reiss Nelson from loan in January. The youngster scored his sixth Bundesliga goal for Hoffenheim at the weekend and now averages a goal every 51 minutes leading to calls for his recall. However, Emery ruled out a January recall before the game against Lisbon. “At the moment we don’t speak about that,” Emery said then. “With Reiss, we are very happy with him at the moment. We follow him every match. We are thinking about how he can help us in the future.“It is our idea with him [to let him get regular playing time in Germany]. He can take responsibility, minutes and confidence in a team where he can play more. Then the objective is to come back with us and grow with this experience.“.With Welbeck’s injury, we’d now wait to see if the manager will change his mind on recalling the youngster.
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Arsenal news :  Who Unai Emery was watching on scouting mission this weekend
With Arsenal without a game over the weekend, Gunners boss Unai Emery took himself back to former club Valencia.  Emery coached Los Che for four years between 2008 and 2012.  And he was back at his old stomping ground on Saturday to see his former club in action against surprise package Getafe.  The Madrid club have enjoyed a stellar campaign and, miraculously, find themselves in Champions League contention.  In Valencia, they held their more illustrious hosts to a goalless draw on Sunday, keeping them fourth and two points clear of fifth place.  Much of the success of Jose Bordalas' side has been underpinned by their defence, which has conceded just 24 times in La Liga so far this term.  To put that into context, only Atletico Madrid and Valencia have conceded less.   According to AS in Spain, Emery's visit wasn't merely to check up on his old club - potential Europa League opponents for this current club.  Instead, Emery was keeping tabs on a member of the Getafe back line.  A key man in defence for the relative minnows this season has been Togo international Djene Dakonam.  Signed by Getafe in 2017 from Belgian side Sint-Truidense for just over £2million, Djene has impressed in the two seasons since.  Such has been his growth this term, he has captained the side on occasions and now Getafe are pointing interested clubs towards his €35million release clause.   Getafe president Angel Torres was reportedly contacted by Arsenal about the player last summer.  It appears that interest, at a time when they are looking to strengthen and continue rebuilding, remains.   Arsenal have conceded 39 times in the this term; only Manchester United in the top seven have conceded more.
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Barca star Dembele's asking price revealed
Ousmane Dembele has been issued an ultimatum by Barcelona, reports in Spain have claimed.  The forward, who arrived at the Nou Camp last summer for €105million (£93.4m), is failing to impress the club's chiefs.  It has been widely reported that the 21-year-old's attitude and personality is the source of the problem, with the France star showing a lack of maturity.   Dembele was recently warned by the club to stop socialising so much. After calling in sick for training at 11am, the club doctor was sent round to his house.  However, the doctor found nothing unusual with the player's health and was shocked to see several young people at his property still asleep at midday.   Now in his second season at the club, Sport report that Barcelona have issued the talented individual with an ultimatum: drop the bad habits and understand what it means to play for the club or forget making it to the top.  The Spanish publication add that while a January move would not happen, a transfer next summer is a possibility.  However, any club interested in recruiting Dembele would have to stump up €100m (£89m).   In the Premier League, both Arsenal and Liverpool have been linked with the Frenchman.  Jurgen Klopp is familiar with the striker and has previously indicated he would be interested in working with him.   Incredibly, Dembele rented Klopp's home in Germany in 2017 and trashed it.  According to Bild, bin bags were thrown across the front garden, while clothing and furniture had not been looked after.  The Liverpool boss was reportedly left furious.
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Arsenal transfer news: Unai Emery leads race for £9m Monaco star Youssef Ait Bennasser
Arsenal made waves in the transfer market last summer as Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Matteo Guendouzi and Stephan Lichtsteiner arrived to the Emirates. And while they have shown signs of improvement this season, there are plenty of areas where Emery still wants to strengthen. The Arsenal boss has admitted that financial constraints mean the club are only chasing loan deals during the January transfer window. And it seems the Gunners may be working on a move that would see them snap up Ait Bennasser now before securing his services on a permanent basis in the summer. Italian outlet Calcio Mercato claim Arsenal are currently showing the strongest interest in acquiring Ait Bennasser. This term the 22-year-old Morocco international has been one of few bright sparks for Monaco, who are coached by Arsenal legend Thierry Henry. And, with Emery an admirer since he was Sevilla gaffer, Ait Bennasser is on Arsenal’s wish list. Monaco could apparently sanction a loan deal for the former Nancy and Caen ace. And that agreement would bind whoever signs him to taking him on permanently at the end of the season. Serie A sides AC Milan and Genoa are said to have asked Monaco about Ait Bennasser as well. And Milan chief Leonardo was quoted a £9m (€10m) valuation for the France-born midfielder. Milan have other options in the form of Stefano Sensi and Alfred Duncan, both of whom play for Sassuolo. However, they could move for Ait Bennasser this month, which may force Arsenal’s hand. Arsenal might also launch a bid for Ait Bennasser if they lose Aaron Ramsey to Juventus. The Wales international is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with Juventus, who could offer Arsenal a fee to prise him away in January. Arsenal may then use that money to beat Milan and Genoa to Ait Bennasser, who was reportedly offered to Inter Milan in November.
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Arsenal news :  Arsenal team news vs Newcastle: Predicted line up – Emery gives Ramsey and Xhaka upd
Arsenal may have to shuffle their squad due to injuries when Newcastle visit the Emirates next week. The Gunners have a number of players unavailable due as they continue their pursuit of a top-four finish, with Lucas Torreira suspended after his straight red card against Tottenham. Meanwhile, Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka are among a host of injury doubts but Emery is hopeful the duo can recovery in time. Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Friday, the Gunners manager said: "We trained this morning and some players rested for giving them one day more to train with us tomorrow. “Aaron Ramsey, Dinos Mavropanos. I think they can be ready for Monday." Emery added: ”Xhaka also rested today, we’re going to wait tomorrow and Sunday but the first previews from the doctor is that he can progress to be ready for Monday." Nacho Monreal is also a slight doubt and is set to be assessed nearer to kick-off while Rob Holding, Danny Welbeck and Hector Bellerin remain long-term absentees. Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Sead Kolasinac should start as wing-backs while Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny will flank Sokratis Papastathopoulos.  Matteo Guendouzi is likely to come into central midfield and Mesut Ozil will hope to feature if Ramsey is not available. Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan will have to be content with spots on the bench if Emery opts to field two strikers in the form of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gunners have not played since securing their spot in the quarter-finals of the Europa League two weeks ago with a 3-0 victory over Rennes. Emery and his men have spent the international break enjoying a warm-weather training camp in Dubai, so the squad should be rested and raring to go against the Magpies.Arsenal predicted line-up vs Newcastle United –  (5-3-2): Leno; Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Sokratis, Koscielny, Kolasinac; Guendouzi, Xhaka, Ramsey; Lacazette, Aubameyang
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Arsenal agree to sign Leverkusen star winger Leon Bailey in January
Arsenal and Chelsea have both entered the race to sign Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey, according to reports on 101GreatGoals. The 21-year-old winger moved to the BayArena from Genk in January 2017 for a fee in the region of €20 million after impressing in both the Europa and domestic Belgian league that season. He impressed during his first full season with the club scoring 12 times and providing 6 assists in 34 appearances. His performances attracted the likes of Manchester United and Barcelona during the summer, but the Catalans were priced out of a move for him and bought Malcom instead. Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool were reported to also hold some level of interest in the Jamaican and they have now been handed a significant boost in their pursuit with news that he is considering his options after what has been a less than impressive season for him. So far this season the 21-year-old has made 9 appearances for Leverkusen, but only 5 have come as starts as he competes with Julian Brandt and Karim Bellarabi for a place in the attack. He is now seriously considering his future as a result according to a close source, ESPN gathered that it will ‘be considered whatever is in the best interest of the player and in this case it may not be to remain at Leverkusen under these circumstances. Leon is 21 now, with aspirations of being one of the world’s top players. He can’t do so from the bench in Leverkusen. .
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Arsenal news :  Arsenal squad revealed ahead of Everton clash as Emery ponders changes
Arsenal will hand late fitness tests to Laurent Koscielny and Granit Xhaka ahead of Sunday's fixture at Everton .  Koscielny and Xhaka have been struggling with respective foot and groin injuries but Aaron Ramsey is fit after a minor groin problem of his own.  Lucas Torreira remains suspended, Danny Welbeck is out with an ankle injury, and knee issues continue to sideline Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding.  Emery said: "Aaron trained normally and all the players are working.  "We are thinking game by game and we know seven matches, and five away, for us is a big challenge. We have confidence now but we know it is very difficult. It's a long way for the last matches.  "We hope we can take the next matches. Three points like Sunday with Everton is the most important because we know also the other teams are going to demand a lot of us.   "Everton won against Chelsea 2-0 and drew against Liverpool in their last matches at home."  Mesut Ozil, 30, is pushing to retain his place, having featured less for Emery in away fixtures.  "(Mesut) is working well and helping us. I am very happy with him," added Emery.  "The team has good effort and good spirit and each player is helping us with his quality. This is the spirit I want. They are doing that and Mesut is another."   Arsenal are currently level on points with fifth-place Chelsea, who face West Ham on Monday.   Provisional squad: Leno, Cech, Maitland-Niles, Lichtsteiner, Jenkinson, Mustafi, Koscielny, Mavropanos, Sokratis, Monreal, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Elneny, Iwobi, Mkhitaryan, Suarez, Ramsey, Ozil, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Nketiah.
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Arsenal news :  Ian Wright 'blames' two Arsenal players for Mesut Ozil's troubled spell under Unai E
That's according to legendary former Gunners striker Ian Wright. Boss Unai Emery has reintroduced Ozil to Arsenal's starting XI after freezing him out earlier in the season. The playmaker has started the last six games in all competitions as the north Londoners push to finish third in the . But Ozil's return of five goals and three assists is way down on the numbers he posted in previous campaigns.  And Wright's theory pins the blame on Arsenal's expensive frontline of Lacazette and Aubameyang not being on the same wavelength as the German. "He only needs to glimpse you, same as [Dennis] Bergkamp," the former England international said. "They only need to glimpse where you are and they will get the ball into you. "I believe some of the time the movement up the front is not good enough to really take full advantage of someone like Mesut Ozil."  Opening up about the player's exile from the team earlier in the season, Wright feels that Ozil is too good to not be involved for Arsenal. "I don't think that Mesut has learnt any lessons," he added. "I think that how he plays is how he will continue to play. "If you look at his stats and his running stats he runs back as much as anybody else. He does his fair share of that kind of stuff. "The way he plays he's too good a player to not be involved at all.  "Whatever people are saying about that he doesn't do it against the top six, I'm not interested. "Against teams like Newcastle and the rest he will do it and that's where you will pick points up. I'm satisfied with that." Arsenal face a tough challenge when they travel to Goodison Park tomorrow (2.05pm) to take on a resurgent Everton team. The Gunners have a poor away record in the top flight, having won just five times from 14 attempts on the road this season.
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5 incredible things we noticed about Torreira's heatmap vs Spurs
He comes from Uruguay and he's only five foot high but Lucas Torreira is quickly becoming one of Arsenal fans' favourite players.  There's just something about the midfielder, whose natural tenacity meant he was born to play in the Premier League, and his 'bite' - something that, arguably, the Gunners haven't had since the days of Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit - that meant he was destined to play for Arsenal.  It's because he wears the shirt with pride and always gives 100 per cent that Arsenal fans have taken to him.  And his man of the match display in the North London Derby, as well as his first goal coming against Spurs, has only raised his stock among Gunners supporters.  Like the Arsenal fans, we were highly impressed by Torreira's performance on Sunday afternoon, and decided to take a look at his heatmap to see what it revealed about his game.  Here's five things we noticed. 1. He works very hard all over the pitch  We start with the obvious point.  Before the game anyone who has ever seen the Uruguayan on a football pitch knows that he gives his all for the cause on a regular basis.  As this was a derby against Spurs, and his very first in Arsenal red, the midfielder was always going to be the man to rattle the opposition on Sunday.  His heatmap makes for interesting reading however as it clearly shows how much of a presence he was in the middle for Arsenal and how much he dominated the game. 2. He holds his position well and shows discipline  Tenacity is held in high regard in the English game.  Crowds love 'terrier types' who chase down every ball and come off the pitch gasping for air after leaving everything on it.  But running for running sake, especially in the Premier League, isn't advisble. Each year teams get fitter and pressing football appears to become more intense.  It's therefore interesting to see that Torreira's heatmap showcases his intelligence.  As aforesaid it proves he is very hardworking, but it also shows he doesn't work hard for the sake of it.  For large spells the midfielder kept his position in a holding right-sided role, demonstrating his discipline and proving to his boss Unai Emery that he can be trusted to do exactly what's asked of him. 3. He gets forward when necessary  While the midfielder's heatmap shows he spent a lot of time in a holding role, there is a big section that shows how he bombed forward too.  What's impressive though is that he did it when necessary - or when safe and/or appropriate to do so.  Torreira and Granit Xhaka were both set up to do the donkey work behind an attacking front three initially comprised of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Alex Iwobi.  But when space opened up in front of him Torreira demonstrated his confidence to get forward and bridge the gap between midfield and attack. 4. He's prepared to put a shift in in strange places  Another large section of colour from the heat map interestingly shows Torreira filling in at right-back.  This mak
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Medical booked at Arsenal as Yannick Carrasco emerges as Perisic alternative
Arsenal are still looking to bring in one other player before Thursday night's deadline day to add to the imminent arrival of Denis Suarez from Barcelona.  Suarez is due to arrive at London Colney on Wednesday to finalise his loan move from the Camp Nou, with a medical scheduled for later in the afternoon.  The Barcelona winger will put pen to paper on a loan deal until the end of the season, with Arsenal having an option to buy the 25-year-old on a permanent basis at the end of the season.  Speaking about what Suarez will bring to his squad, Unai Emery said: "We need wingers. A player like Suarez, I know him. He played with me in Sevilla. His quality is this."  Arsenal will pay Barcelona around £2 million to loan Suarez for the remainder of the campaign, with the Gunners then able to buy him on a permanent basis for around £18m in the summer.  Barcelona finally sanctioned the deal on Tuesday after the midfielder agreed to extend his contract until 2021, thus protecting his market value should he return to the Catalan giants at the end of the season.  Arsenal meanwhile have not given up hope of adding a second new addition to the squad before Thursday night's 11pm deadline, although getting a deal done this late will be diffiuclt.  Talks with Inter Milan over Ivan Perisic have ground to a halt, with the Serie A side currently holding firm with their insistence that any deal must be a permanent one.  Christopher Nkunku remains a target and Paris Saint Germain could still be open to letting the 21-year-old move to the Emirates on loan, but only if they manage to bring in another midfielder themselves.  "There is a real interest from Arsenal, but the discussions are quite complicated," said Nkunku's agent Jose-Karl Pierre-Fanfan on Tuesday. "There are restrictions from Arsenal’s side, they cannot do a transfer in the middle of the season.  "It is still being discussed with PSG, things could still happen in the next 48 hours, but as I said, the fact that I am here [in France] means that it does not look good."  PSG have already signed Leonardo Paredes and the Ligue 1 giants are attempting to prise Idrissa Gueye away from Everton, but so far the Merseyside outfit are refusing to do business for the Senegalese star.  That all leaves a move for Nkunku unlikely this month and Arsenal are looking at Yannick Carrasco as a possible late alternative.  The Belgium winger, who currently plays in China for Dalian Yifang, wants to return to Europe and he was offered to Arsenal amongst others at the start of the window.  At the time the Gunners focused their attentions elsewhere, but they could now look to get a deal done - although they face the same problem as they did in their move for Perisic, with Dalian Yifang wanting a permanent deal rather than a loan.  Speaking about the prospect of adding further additions to his squad before Thursday night, Emery said: "If a player can come here to help us, he will come.  "The club is working on that. But my idea
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Arsenal news LIVE: Unai Emery picks January signing; £70m release clause, Man Utd snub
Arsenal news LIVE updates: All the latest news and gossip from the Emirates Monday 15, OctoberArsenal are keen to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas ParteyUnai Emery faces competition from his former club PSGThe Gunners turned Man Utd down on Aaron Ramsey last summerAaron Ramsey will miss Wales' fixture against Ireland tomorrowWanted: Thomas Partey Arsenal are keen to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey but Unai Emery faces competition from his former club, according to reports in the Ghanaian’s home country. Gunners boss Emery is said to be a keen admirer of La Liga star Partey, having watched him during his three years in charge at Sevilla. And Ghanasoccernet claim the Spaniard could make a move as early as the January transfer window. Paris Saint-Germain - Emery’s former club - are also reported to be interested in the 25-year-old, who has a £70million release clause in his contract. The Ligue 1 giants have injury problems and were recently forced to play centre-back Marquinhos in midfield. And while Arsenal have options in the middle of the park, Emery is understood to be keen on bolstering his ranks.Man Utd failed bid Unai Emery turned Manchester United down on Aaron Ramsey last summer, it has been claimed. The midfielder’s current contract at the Emirates Stadium expires at the end of the season and, as of yet, a renewal is yet to be reached. Ramsey has insisted he will stay at Arsenal until the summer at least, where both United and Chelsea are expected to jostle for his signature. The Mirror claim United wanted to sign Ramsey in the summer, but Emery, wanting to keep his Arsenal squad together, politely turned the Red Devils down. United’s enquiry was said to be ‘discreet’. And Arsenal, who were reluctant to lose Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United in January, ultimately opted against angering their own supporters by the loss of another key player.Absent Ramsey Aaron Ramsey will miss Wales' Nations League fixture against Ireland tomorrow for family reasons. Ramsey captained Wales during the second half of their 4-1 friendly defeat to Spain at the Principality Stadium last Thursday but has joined Gareth Bale in withdrawing from the squad that will travel to Dublin. Swansea winger Daniel James has been called up from the under-21s as a replacement for the Arsenal midfielder. The Welsh FA said in a tweet: "Daniel James has been called up to the senior team from the under 21's this morning. Aaron Ramsey will no longer travel with the squad to Dublin due to family reasons." Ramsey was allowed to miss Arsenal's Europa League tie against Qarabag in Azerbaijan two weeks ago to stay in London with his wife who is pregnant with twins.
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Arsenal transfer news: Starting XI after January window – New defence, Banega in, Ozil out
Arsenal are faced with an host of injury issues ahead of January and are expected to use the transfer window to strengthen their depleted squad. The Gunners are currently without Rob Holding and Konstantinos Mavropanos while Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal have only just returned from injury. **PREDICT FIVE RESULTS AND WIN £25,000 - FREE TO PLAY HERE** Hector Bellerin is also out with a calf problem while Danny Welbeck and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are long-term absentees. Promising youngster Emile Smith Rowe is another who is sidelined while Mesut Ozil was unavailable against Liverpool and appears to be heading for the exit. Manager Unai Emery prefers a five-man defence but is short of personal and was forced to field Granit Xhaka as an emergency centre-back against Southampton earlier this month. Several short-term defensive targets have been touted including Eric Bailly, although the Ivorian may be less willing to move following Jose Mourinho’s departure from Manchester United. Real Valladolid ace Fernando Calero is an alternative while Chelsea veteran Gary Cahill represents another option, with the 33-year-old playing just 21 minutes in the Premier League so far this season. Emery has previously claimed Arsenal will not be able to strengthen in January after a busy summer window, although loan deals could be a solution. He said: "It is not easy. But I don't believe I would [buy] in this transfer window because it's not a very big possibility with the players. "The club is working only if some player can help us with a high level or better than within for us. "It is not a good situation for transfers in January but we are going to look and the club is working. But also we are in a [good] way.” Meanwhile, speculation surrounding Mesut Ozil’s future continues to build after Emery refused to answer questions about the German’s future after he was left out of the Carabao Cup quarter-final defeat to Tottenham. Ozil is the highest-paid player at the club but has found opportunities limited since suffering a back injury last month, with Arsenal said to be willing to listen to offers. Elsewhere, Aaron Ramsey is out of contract in the summer and could move on for a fee next month. Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega has been identified as a natural replacement and has a relatively modest release clause of £18million. The Argentinian’s agent has reportedly travelled to London in an attempt to thrash out a deal, with Banega having worked with Emery at Valencia and Sevilla.Arsenal predicted line-up after the January transfer window (3-4-2-1): Leno; Mustafi, Sokratis, Cahill; Bellerin, Torreira, Xhaka, Monreal; Banega, Aubameyang; Lacazette
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Done Deal ? – Kingsley Coman pictured in an Arsenal shirt – “Arsenal have offered €50m”
Please Subscribe and Enjoy More Seeing a club still active in the transfer window after five signings shows it is not over until the window finally get shut. This has been the case of Arsenal so far this window. The Gunners have completed five signings this summer in Stephan Litchesteiner, Sokratis Pappstathopoulous, Bernd Leno, Lucas Torreira, and Matteo. Reports now coming from France are claiming the North London giants are one of interested suitors in Bayern Munich’s winger Kingsley Coman this summer. The report went further adding that the Gunners have lodge a bid of around €50million to secure his signing this summer while the player himself is believe keen on joining Arsenal. Although, base on the club’s financial perspective, the reported €50million according to reports from France seems a little unlikely to happen given that Arsenal do not have enough transfer budget left to play around with this summer. It’s the consistency at which the report keeps making rounds that makes one wonder if a move is really on the horizon and with Coman showing some glimpses of interest in the club, one just have to wait and see how things unfold this summer. Coman is an exceptionally talented player who has all the ingredients to succeed at the Emirates. And with Franck Ribery becoming older, there is every chance that he will become a crucial member of the Bayern Munich squad in the near future and also, he will play in the Champions League this season. Leaving an opportunity to play in the Champions League for Europa League looks bleak but the window works in some surprising ways which has also many other players switching UCL for Europa in likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan leaving Borussia Dortmund for Manchester United, Paul Pogba leaving Juventus for Manchester United and Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaving Paris Saint-Germain for Manchester United. Coman, however, had added some fuel to this rumours via his social media account. The Frenchman took to Instagram to like a photo that linked him with a move to the Gunners. .
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Arsenal news :  Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and girlfriend Alysha Behague go shopping
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang took a break from Arsenal's top-four challenge to go on a shopping trip with his girlfriend Alysha Behague.  The pair travelled to Sloane Street in Knightsbrige, London, to visit Gucci's flagship store.The 29-year-old striker is known for his sharpshooting in front of goal but is also not one to shy away from wearing flamboyant apparel. The Gabon stard up to that reputation by wearing a vibrant jacket covered in a red and green pattern.The couple visited the store before the Arsenal forward took time to sign autographs for waiting supporters. They have been together since Pierre-Emerick played for Saint-Etienne in France and have two sons together, Cyrus and Pierre Jr.Aubameyang joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018 after spending five years in the Bundesliga.He arrived in England with the burden of becoming the Gunners record transfer - signing for £56million - but he has so far proved his worth, chipping in with 22 goals in all competitions this season. Arsenal are currently fourth in the and are ahead of Chelsea by virtue of a better goal difference, although they have played a game fewer.
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Latest Arsenal transfer rumours: Winger 'approves' of move & £35m bid
Arsenal are through to the fourth round of the FA Cup, the round of 32 in the Europa League and are still in contention for a top four place in the Premier League.  Head coach Unai Emery has spoken about the areas of the team he wishes to reinforce in the January transfer window to remain competitive across all three flanks.  It won't be easy for the Gunners. With a little over half a season already played, injury problems are beginning to bite while the future of Aaron Ramsey seems to lie away from the Emirates.  Juventus remain the leaders in the race to sign the Welshman. Meanwhile, Arsenal have been linked with a number of potential successors, most notably Denis Suarez.  However, Emery sees the midfielder as a potential option out wide, according to his comments after the 3-0 win over Blackpool in the FA Cup.  The Barcelona player spent time under the Spaniard on loan.  "He was playing as a left or right winger for Sevilla when he was with me," said the Arsenal head coach.  Ernesto Valverde pulled the playmaker from his match day squad ahead of facing Getafe in La Liga on Sunday night, a move that seemed to leave a number of fans on both sides convinced that the player would soon be on his way to London.  According to the latest gossip, there would be a few twists and turns yet.  Here is are latest Arsenal transfer rumours. Denis Suarez transfer news   The Mirror report that Barcelona are intent on playing hard ball over the midfielder's departure.  It is claimed that a deal worth around £20milion has already been discussed but now the Catalans have had a change of heart.  Raul Sanllehi used to negotiate deals for the La Liga club and is now a director at the Emirates. He will surely know whether this is all part of their strategy to get the best price out the Premier League side.  Barcelona's hopes of driving up the price may not work if the player is not on board.   Local journalist Helena Condis Edo has said that Suarez has no interest in any other options and has already spoken to Emery about joining the Gunners. Arsenal transfer rumours   Belgium star 'gives his approval' to move   Yannick Carrasco is believed to have 'given his approval' to a move to Arsenal, according to Sky Sport Italia (via Football Italia ).  The Belgian international is currently playing for Dalian Yifang in China but he's currently seeking a move elsewhere.  Amid interest from AC Milan and Manchester United, the ex-Atletico Madrid man is keen on securing a move to the Premier League.   £35m bid turned down  Reports from Italy claim that the Gunners have had a £35million bid for Roma's Cengiz Under turned down.  The Turkish international has made a big impression in Serie A over the past two seasons and a number of Europe's top clubs have been linked with the winger.   However, Corriere dello Sport suggest Arsenal are set to "retire" from the race to sign Under.  Bayern Munich and Chelsea have dropped their interest in the player due to Roma's £45m va
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Alexis Sanchez tells former Arsenal teammate he regrets Manchester United move and is furious with J
Alexis Sanchez regrets his decision to ditch Arsenal for Manchester United and is furious with Jose Mourinho.  The Chile international forced his exit from the Emirates in January after threatening to wind down his contract and United beat eventual champions Manchester City to his signature after agreeing an eye-watering £500,000-a-week deal.  Sanchez has been unable to reproduce his best form since his switch to Old Trafford, however, scoring just three times in 23 appearances and was dropped for Saturday’s defeat at West Ham.  Reports on Sunday claimed Mourinho had given the 29-year-old a dressing down in training earlier in the week and Sanchez was said to have been left stunned by his manager’s decision to omit him from the matchday squad.  The Daily Mirror report Sanchez held a lengthy conversation with his former Arsenal teammate Lucas Perez, who joined the Hammers in the summer, in the London Stadium tunnel and now feels he joined the wrong club.  Sanchez caused disharmony during the latter period of his Arsenal career, falling out with and criticising his teammates and he was said to have left nothing to the imagination with his antics on Saturday after learning of Mourinho’s decision.  ‘For many months people are asking for Martial, Martial, Martial,’ said Mourinho after the match, explaining his decision to axe Sanchez and hand the France international a rare Premier League start.  ‘For many months people are saying Alexis Sanchez is not playing well enough. So this week was time to agree and to say, let’s give a chance to Martial and let’s leave Alexis out.’
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Premier League transfer news: Deals to be announced TODAY? Chelsea, Liverpool included
Premier League transfers are beginning to filter through as the January window enters its second week. Chelsea remain the biggest spenders in the top flight following their £58million swoop for Dortmund star Christian Pulisic. Liverpool have shifted two of their fringe stars out of the club including Dominic Solanke on a permanent £19m switch to Bournemouth. Right-back Nathaniel Clyne has also been allowed to swap Anfield for the Vitality Stadium, though his move is a loan deal. Manchester United are yet to enter the market under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer while Chelsea appear more concerned with trimming their squad down than adding to it. Express Sport rounds up some of the biggest deals that could go through in the early stages of the January transfer window.Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea to Monaco) The Spanish star waved goodbye to Stamford Bridge this weekend as he prepares to sign on the dotted line at Monaco where he will be reunited with former Arsenal team-mate, now Monaco boss, Thierry Henry.Stefano Okaka (Watford to Udinese) The former Anderlecht star has failed to make an impact on the Premier League during two seasons at Watford and will imminently join Serie A side Udinese on loan.Gary Cahill (Chelsea to Fulham) Following Fabregas through the exit door will be veteran centre-back Cahill. He was left out of the FA Cup side to face Nottingham Forest while Fulham are preparing to send Timothy Fosu-Mensah back to Man Utd to make room for Cahill's loan signing.Divock Origi (Liverpool to Fulham) The Merseyside derby appears to have put forgotten man Origi back on the map. He is closing in on a £15m switch to reinforce Fulham's forward line though West Ham are also interested.Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal to Juventus) The Welshman will be the subject of much debate over the course of this month. His contract expires at the end of the season, but in reality, Arsenal are likely to sell him in January to raise funds. A deal could take place any time.
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Gunners to sign star for six months - Latest Arsenal transfer rumours
January gets ever nearer and the transfer rumours concerning Arsenal seem to grow and grow.  Ever Banega is dominating the headlines but there seems like there could be comings and goings all across the pitch next month as Unai Emery looks to form the Gunners into a mould of his own.  It seems that Raul Sanllehi is working hard on one particular deal, while Sevilla might already process of arranging their Banega replacement.  The Gunners glovesmen could also see a new face among their ranks while they could also see a departure.  While some rumours often leave the mind boggling there is little doubt Emery will be thinking of how to bolster is squad given season-ending injuries to Danny Welbeck and Rob Holding, and the fact that Aaron Ramsey's move away comes ever closer. Ever Banega transfer rumours  Reports concerning the reunion of Emery and Banega certainly seem to be gathering some steam. The midfielder's release clause of £18m has been well documented while Lasexta report that the Sevilla star's agent is already in London to discuss the move.  Argentinian publication Ole now suggests that Raul Sanllehi will not take no for an answer from his target and is adamant about acquiring his target despite Sevilla's attempts to tempt Banega into a new deal.  It seems that the Andalusian side have already identified a potential replacement in Javier Pastore however, according to Eldesmarque . Pastore shares an agent with his compatriot and the outlet believes that Sevilla are exploring the option after the midfielder has fallen down the pecking order in Rome.  However, Pastore is thought to be a favourite of Roma's Director of Football Monchi, who was even interested in the player when he was employed by Sevilla. Though, perhaps the connection could open some doors. Aaron Ramsey transfer rumours  Juventus continue to emerge as the firm favourites to land the Welshman's signature. Rai Sport's Cyrus Venerato has went so far as to claim Ramsey will be a Juventus player.  He said: "Aaron Ramsey will be a Juventus player, Paratici beat Milan, Inter, PSG, Barcelona and Bayern, Ramsey said yes in an Emre Can-style operation, and Emery's arrival at Arsenal did not convince him a few weeks ago, a four-year offer of 8 million plus bonuses plus a one-year option was proposed, Khedira will leave in the summer - Isco, Pogba, De Ligt, Manolas and Todibo are the goals for the future."  The news follows Andrea Pirlo suggesting his former club were already preparing an offer and giving his approval.  "Ramsey would be a great buy," the Italian legend said. "Juventus are preparing to pull off another excellent deal. He’s a good player and he could do very well." Arsenal transfer rumours  Gary Cahill  News Mondo believe that the Chelsea defender is now destined for Arsenal. It is certainly a position Emery will be looking to strengthen give Rob Holding's injury and the outlet reckons that the 33-year-old will join the Gunners for six months rather than sign for AC
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Barcelona news: Ousmane Dembele puts Arsenal and Liverpool on alert with transfer demand
The 21-year-old netted a crucial equaliser for the Catalans as they drew 1-1 with Atletico Madrid on Saturday. Dembele cost Barcelona £135.5m when he signed from Borussia Dortmund in August 2017. But the fourth most expensive player in history remains unsettled in Spain. According to Goal, the World Cup winner has asked the club to let him leave when the transfer window opens in January. The sale of Dembele could help Barcelona fund a move to bring Neymar back to the Camp Nou. The winger’s attitude has been called into question in recent weeks as he was left out of the squad in the defeat to Real Betis. Ernesto Valverde recently said of his player: "I have not lost patience with him, he has a special talent and we have to help him.” Gerard Pique also added: "We have to help him so that he realises that football is a 24 hour day job." Liverpool have been linked with an £85million move for the player while Arsenal are keen to add a wide player to their squad at the nearest opportunity. France boss Didier Deschamps recently told the press that Dembele must improve his attitude. "I haven't talk with the staff of Barcelona because I don't interfere in the daily business of clubs," he told reporters. "It's their responsibility and it's up to them to manage their players, on and off the field. "Ousmane has been with us for a while. That's his usual trick to be late, but in his defence, I'm sure he'll say: 'I'm not the only one.' "Whether at a big club like Barcelona, in the French national team or elsewhere, he has to pay attention to that. "It's part of the life and requirements of a professional footballer. "He must improve to prevent it from becoming negative. These are situations that can be repeated. The sooner he understands that, the better for everyone."
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Arsenal fans loved what Stephan Lichtsteiner was seen doing on touchline v Liverpool
Throughout Arsenal’s 11-match winning run, doubters were saying “wait until they play a good side.”  Well, Arsenal did just that on Saturday evening in the form of Liverpool - and they passed the test.  While the Gunners have now drawn their last two Premier League matches, they’ve probably gained just as many positives in their draws with Crystal Palace and Liverpool recently than their 11 wins in a row.  Unai Emery’s side fought back from a goal down to earn a point at the Emirates against unbeaten Liverpool - and they even had the chances to win the game.  While a draw at home isn’t a groundbreaking result, you just got the impression it was the sort of match Arsenal would have lost in previous years.  The fans inside the stadium never gave up and the attitude from the players was noticeable - even those that didn’t play.  Stephen Lichtsteiner was an unused substitute but that didn’t mean he just sat on the bench for 90 minutes.  Instead, Arsenal fans have noticed he was out of the technical area, handing out water bottles and even gave a coat to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when he was substituted. ARSENAL FANS LOVED IT  That’s the sort of experienced leader Arsenal knew they were signing in the form of Lichtsteiner.  The 34-year-old was never going to challenge Hector Bellerin for the right-back slot but Emery brought him in due to his wealth of experience.  After snapping him up on a free transfer, Emery admitted that it was the Swiss international’s “experience” and “leadership” that appealed to him.  “Stephan brings huge experience and leadership to our squad,” said Emery.  “He’s a player with great quality with a very positive and determined attitude.  “Stephan will improve us on and off the pitch.”  And with those two small gestures against Liverpool, Lichtsteiner showed Arsenal fans exactly why he was brought to the club.  Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms
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Arsenal transfer news: How starting XI may look after January – Defensive cover, Ozil gone
Arsenal are dealing with an injury crisis ahead of the January transfer window and are expected to strengthen with some new signings next month. Manager Unai Emery is currently without Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding and Konstantinos Mavropanos while Laurent Koscielny has only just returned to full fitness. **PREDICT FIVE RESULTS AND WIN £25,000 - FREE TO PLAY HERE** Hector Bellerin and Sead Kolasinac are also struggling with knocks, leaving Arsenal struggling for personnel in their five-man defence. Suspensions to both Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos ahead of last week’s clash with Southampton forced Granit Xhaka to be deployed at centre-back. Mustafi is nearing a return to action but Holding is out for the rest of the campaign with knee ligament damage, meaning Emery could move for a short-term replacement. Eric Bailly had been touted as one option after falling out of favour under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. However, the departure of the Portuguese boss could see a change in fortune for the Old Trafford star and potentially puts the brakes on any move to the Emirates. Real Valladolid ace Fernando Calero is an alternative while Chelsea veteran Gary Cahill represents another option, with the 33-year-old playing just 21 minutes in the Premier League so far this season. Emery has claimed that Arsenal may not be able to strengthen in January after a busy summer window, although loan deals could be a short-term solution. He said: "It is not easy. But I don't believe I would [buy] in this transfer window because it's not a very big possibility with the players. "The club is working only if some player can help us with a high level or better than within for us. "It is not a good situation for transfers in January but we are going to look and the club is working. But also we are in a [good] way.” Meanwhile, speculation surrounding Mesut Ozil’s future continues to build after Emery refused to answer questions about the German’s future after he was left out of the Carabao Cup quarter-final defeat to Tottenham in midweek. Ozil is the highest-paid player at the club but has found opportunities limited since suffering a back injury last month, with Arsenal said to be willing to listen to offers. When asked why he left Ozil out against Spurs, Emery said: “[It was] a tactical decision. “I thought the players today who were with us were for us the best for this match.” Aaron Ramsey is out of contract in the summer and could move on for a fee next month, although the Welshman continues to prove his importance to the side this season. Arsenal are well-stocked in attack with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette impressing. However, midfielders Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are failing to deliver consistent results. Roma prospect Cengiz Under has been linked as a possible target to bolster Emery’s options going forward, although a deal in January is highly unlikely.Arsenal predicted line-up after the January transfer window (3-4-2-1):
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Arsenal news: Dembele approach made, Emery confident of Barcelona transfer for ONE reason
Dembele, 21, has been tipped to leave Barcelona, despite only joining the Spanish giants in the summer of 2017. Barca have reportedly told the France international to grow up - otherwise he’ll be sold either in January or next summer. And according to Spanish newspaper Sport, Arsenal have enquired about Dembele’s availability. They say the Gunners’ approach has been backed by Arsenal boss Emery.  Emery is a big admirer of Dembele and the Gunners manager believes the Barcelona ace would be open to heading to the Emirates. Sport add that Emery’s ace up his sleeve is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Arsenal talisman and Dembele, who are close friends, played together during their time at Borussia Dortmund. And Emery feels Aubameyang’s relationship with Dembele could persuade the winger to head to north London.  Sport also say Arsenal’s relationship with Barca is also key. Former Barca sporting director Raul Sanllehi now works for Arsenal and the two clubs see each other in a good light. Ernesto Valverde could now sell Dembele in the January transfer window. Arsenal face stiff competition for the France star, however. Liverpool are also in the running for Dembele, with Jurgen Klopp an admirer of the Barca ace. Reports last week claimed Klopp is readying a club-record £80m bid for Dembele in hope of tempting Barca to sell. Dembele has impressed under Valverde this time out, with the attacker chipping in with six goals in all competitions. Arsenal are back in action on Sunday afternoon, with the Gunners facing Bournemouth in the Premier League.
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The shirt numbers available to Denis Suarez and Yannick Carrasco at Arsenal
Denis Suarez has finally become an Arsenal player after Barcelona confirmed a loan deal for the Spaniard.  Though Barcelona have deleted an article on their website officially confirming the move Suarez has completed his medical and both clubs have agreed terms. The deal is de facto done.  Barca had wanted the move to be compulsory come the summer as they didn't want him to return from a loan spell with only 12 months remaining on his current contract. However, the ex-Villarreal man has extended his deal at the Nou Camp by a further year and will now head to the capital.  He might not be the only new addition in the final hours of the transfer window, with optimism building that Yannick Carrasco will arrive from Dalian Yifang on a loan deal.    The addition of Suarez and Carrasco will certainly go down well with fans and many will no doubt get their names on the back of an Arsenal top.  So what number could they wear during his loan spell?  Suarez won't be able to wear the No.6 shirt as he does at Barcelona, while No.17 and No.18 that he wore at Sevilla and Villarreal are also taken. Read More Denis Suarez to Arsenal    Here are the numbers currently available to the 25-year-old.  No.3  The No.3 shirt at Arsenal is currently vacant following Kieran Gibbs' move to West Brom.  With the Gunners unlikely to bring in a new left-back given they have Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac at their disposal, a new defensive signing could well elect to take on the shirt.  Ashley Cole, Nigel Winterburn and Bacary Sagna have previously worn the shirt for the club.  No.13  Currently free after David Ospina joined Napoli on a season long loan spell and there's rumours he won't be returning.    Usually a squad number reserved for a goalkeeper, although Alexander Hleb did wear it during his time in north London.  No.21  Another vacant number as a result of a loan deal. Calum Chambers is spending the season at London rivals Fulham, and recent reports suggest he won't be recalled to solve Emery's defensive crisis.  No.22  With Jeff Reine-Adelaide leaving on a permanent basis this summer, the No.22 shirt is now vacant.  It's not a shirt number which has been in use all that often since Gael Clichy's departure in 2011 as Francis Coquelin wore it for one season before Yaya Sanogo took it on from 2013 until 2017.  Given the history, it would be understandable if a potential new arrival passed up on this squad number.  No.24  Previously worn by Hector Bellerin, the No.24 shirt is available after the Spaniard elected to take on the No.2 top following Mathieu Debuchy's return to Ligue 1.  It could have been Bernd Leno's new squad number this season, especially as goalkeepers John Lukic, Richard Wright, Rami Shaaban, Manuel Almunia and Vito Mannone have previously worn the number during their time at the club.  But he opted for No.19 instead.  No.26  This has become vacant in the past week following Emiliano Martinez's loan move to Reading.    The likes of Nicklas Bend
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Arsenal players arrive at their hotel ahead of Manchester City clash
Arsenal arrived at their hotel on Saturday evening ahead of their Premier League clash with Manchester City on Sunday. Their journey from London up to Manchester came after a day of training, as they prepare for a tough test against the reigning league champions.Arsenal are coming off the back of a 2-1 win over Cardiff City, and will be hoping to replicate Newcastle's surprise win over City on Tuesday.  Strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette were among those pictured arriving at the hotel after they had taken a private jet up north.Also arriving at the hotel was Mesut Ozil, who hasn't played a full 90 minutes for the team since a 3-1 win over Burnley on December 22. He recently turned down a loan deal with PSG, who are looking for a short-term replacement for the injured Neymar.Arsenal manager Unai Emery arrived with his suitcase, and was also carrying a suit in a Cavallaro Napoli bag, one of Arsenal's commercial partners. Earlier in the day, Arsenal were training at their St. Albans base as they prepared for Manchester City.Sunday's match is an important one for Arsenal, who are three points behind Chelsea in the race for top four.Chelsea managed an emphatic 5-0 win over Huddersfield on Saturday, so also currently have a superior goal difference. Arsenal will be hoping to overcome City, who were leapfrogged by Tottenham on Saturday, in order to close the gap.Despite the big game looming, Arsenal's players still appeared to be enjoying themselves, as Lacazette posed for the cameras during the training session.A large group of players pointed and made fun of Arsenal fitness coach Julen Masach as he did press-ups in front of them.Arsenal had a battling win over Cardiff, so will be looking to improve if they're going to overcome City. Among those training was new man Denis Suarez, who they have signed on loan from Barcelona.
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Arsenal transfer news: Nine January deals that could happen – Ramsey out, Man Utd ace in
Arsenal have enjoyed an impressive start to life under Unai Emery and are currently on a 16-match unbeaten run in all competitions. The Gunners are fifth in the Premier League and have flourished after serious investment during the summer transfer window. However, there is still room to strengthen in key areas while a couple of players could be heading for the exit in the new year. Express Sport has rounded up some of the most likely transfers that could take place during the January window – but which deals will actually happen? OUT – Aaron Ramsey The Welsh midfielder will not be receiving a contract extension at the Emirates and is available for free in the summer. Recent reports suggest Bayern Munich are leading the race for Ramsey and could sign a pre-contract agreement with the 27-year-old. The German giants have an advantage over Premier League clubs who are unable to approach the want-away star until the end of the current campaign. Paris Saint-Germain are also interested while The Mirror claim Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Juventus, Lazio and Real Madrid are all keeping tabs on Ramsey. OUT – Carl Jenkinson Plagued by injuries in recent years and survived Unai Emery’s summer cull when he suffered another just before the transfer window shut. Jenkinson made his return to action against Blackpool in the Carabaco Cup before playing against Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League earlier this month. However, the 26-year-old has only managed 27 league appearances for Arsenal since arriving in 2011 and a loan move in January would not be surprising. A failed spell at Birmingham last year will not have enhanced his reputation, so suitors are likely to be thin on the ground. IN – Nicolo Barella (Cagliari) The 21-year-old has impressed with Cagliari and has already broken into Roberto Mancini’s Italy side. Barella has attracted interest from Chelsea, AC Milan and Roma already, but many see him as an ideal replacement for Ramsey. IN – Eric Bailly (Manchester United) Defensive reinforcements are required at the Emirates with the Gunners managing just two clean sheets all season. Bailly is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford and is reportedly disgruntled by Jose Mourinho’s treatment. Arsenal have even gone so far as to make enquires about the Ivorian’s availability as they seek more stability in defence. IN – Daniele Rugani (Juventus) Chelsea are leading the race for the Italian’s signature, with Rugani already learning English in anticipation of a move. However, Arsenal are seriously monitoring the Juventus centre-back who would add extra depth to their squad and compete for a first-team spot. IN – Nicholas Pepe (Lille) A serious injury to Danny Welbeck has left the Gunners short in attack so a move for Lille winger Pepe could be resurrected. A summer approach was initially on the cards but Welbeck’s strife could spark the club into action sooner. Transfer expert Guillem Balague claims Arsenal have already made a move but Lille are holding
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Emery gets ruthless, Ramsey's contract message & Iwobi proves a point - Arsenal talking points
Please Subscribe and Enjoy More Emery shows his ruthless side.He may have suffered a second successive defeat, but Unai Emery showed he is not afraid to make some big calls from the touchline. The spotlight is currently falling on Arsenal’s head coach after he failed to pick up a single point in his first two games in charge - with high profile figures like Gary Lineker quick to point out that Arsene Wenger had never had such a bad start to a season. That is of course a ridiculous comparison, as Wenger never had to face the reigning champions and current FA Cup holders during the opening two matches of the campaign during any of the 22 years he was in charge. So Emery needs to just focus on what he has been doing, with Arsenal now heading into a period where you would hope they can start picking up a significant number of points. What was interesting at Stamford Bridge was the substitutions made my Emery. He replaced Granit Xhaka at half-time, replacing him with Lucas Torreira, then brought on Aaron Ramsey in place of Mesut Ozil. Xhaka was also hauled off during the Manchester City game and Emery is already showing he has a ruthless side, no matter how big a name the player is. It’s something Arsene Wenger was often criticised for, but Emery does not seem to be a boss who is afraid to make a big call, if he thinks it’s the right one. Iwobi proves a point The reaction on social media when Alex Iwobi was named in the starting XI spoke volumes about how the young attacker is viewed. Iwobi has been singled out for criticism long before Unai Emery arrived, with many hoping that Arsene Wenger's departure would see the new man move away from playing the Nigeria international. But instead, Iwobi has been handed a new contract and at Stamford Bridge he was brought into the starting XI in place of Aaron Ramsey as Emery opted for a formation change. Iwobi played out on the left hand side and he gave Arsenal a real threat down that flank with a performance that proved a point in terms of what he can offer when on his game. Iwobi was direct, he was full of intensity and he caused Chelsea problems every time he got on the ball, setting up the first goal and scoring the second himself. Iwobi is a player of huge potential. He has the attributes to be a top player if he can be coached and nurtured correctly. This was an example of the talent he possesses. Guendouzi catches the eye again.A stat flashed up at half-time that Matteo Guendouzi had finished the opening 45 minutes with a pass completion rate of 100 per cent - and that wasn’t even a surprise. The young French midfielder has been a revelation since arriving in the summer from Lorient and he showed what a talent he is once again with a fine performance at the Bridge. The way the teenager has settled into this side has been a joy to watch. Yes he is raw and will make mistakes, but his attitude alone makes him stand out above all his teammates at the moment. The determination, the will to win, the quality when in possession. Guendouzi
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How Raul Sanllehi is already ripping up Arsenal's contract and transfer methods
When he officially took up his role at Arsenal in February, even Raul Sanllehi couldn’t have imagined that in just over half a year he would have effectively been handed the keys to the Emirates.  But with Ivan Gazidis deciding the time was right to move to AC Milan, Sanllehi has taken over as ‘head of football’ at Arsenal and has become the most powerful UK-based figure at the club.  Along with managing director Vinai Venkatesham, he now runs things in north London, making all the big decisions when it comes to contracts, finances and transfers.  “Although I joined Arsenal just months ago, I’ve felt embraced by this great club and part of its family from the first day,” said Sanllehi, following confirmation of his new role in September. “I will do everything possible to maintain our strong values which will be as fundamental to our future as they have been in our past.  “I sincerely thank Arsenal’s board for their trust in us and thank Ivan for bringing me to this great club, and for consistently supporting me every day, in every way. It's with overwhelming pride and utmost excitement that I face this new opportunity.”  Sanllehi arrived at Arsenal with a wealth of experience following just under a decade as director of football at Barcelona and there is genuine excitement within the club at the direction he could take Arsenal.  The Spaniard is known within the game as someone who gets things done. That’s why he was so well thought of at Barcelona and perhaps while he lasted so long at the Camp Nou during a time when there were so many major changes behind the scenes.  After Joan Laporta left his role as president in 2010 and was replaced by Sandro Rosell, Sanllehi remained in place, just as he did when Josep Maria Bartomeu arrived in 2014 following Rossell’s resignation.  Sanllehi first moved moved to the Catalan giants in 2007 having spent five years at Nike - where he built an extensive list of contacts around the globe, especially in south America.  He was promoted to director of football in 2008 and during his time at the Camp Nou he was the man who got the deals done. He played a significant in role in the hugely complicated deal that took Neymar to Spain, flying to Brazil to negotiate personally with the player and his father.  Sanllehi, who speaks fluent English, is also seen as having been key in the deal that saw Alexis Sanchez sign for Barcelona from Udinese in 2011.  Arsenal have long been known as a club who struggle to close out deals, whether it’s signing new players or agreeing new contracts with those already at the club.  The days of the north London giants being thought of as significant movers and shakers in European football ended when David Dein left. Gazidis’ arrival and subsequent stay coincided with a period where Arsenal consistently missed out on potential transfer targets and saw their best players leave.  Just last season Alexis Sachez was sold having let his contract all but expire and the club has found itself
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Arsenal team news vs Tottenham: Predicted line up – Defensive crisis, Emery selection hint
Arsenal have several injury issues ahead of their Carabao Cup clash with north London rivals Tottenham. Unai Emery’s men host Spurs in the quarter-finals, having met less than three weeks ago in a ferocious Premier League encounter that ended 4-2 to the Gunners. The winner of tonight’s match will join Manchester City and Burton Albion in the semi-finals, but Arsenal are struggling to field a full strength side with up to eight players potentially sidelined. Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Emery said: “Our first idea is that we play with the best players that we can use tomorrow in this derby. “The opposition is very big and it’s demanding a big performance from us tomorrow. “We can use some young players because we think with a big performance, they can help us win tomorrow.” Rob Holding and Danny Welbeck are both long-term absentees while Konstantinos Mavropanos and Emile Smith Rowe are also ruled out. Meanwhile, Hector Bellerin is doubtful having sustained a calf injury against Southampton while Sead Kolasinac and Ainsley Maitland-Niles face late fitness assessments. Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi are both available again after missing the clash with Saints due to suspension, but the German is also struggling for fitness following a hamstring issue. While Emery has suggested youngsters could feature against Spurs, veterans such as Petr Cech and Stephan Lichtsteiner are most likely to come into the starting XI if changes are made. Cech should deputise for Leno in goal and Lichtsteiner is a direct replacement for Bellerin while Laurent Koscielny is expected to continue at centre-back. Lucas Torreira and Granit Xhaka face competition from Matteo Guendouzi and Mohamed Elneny in midfield while Aaron Ramsey is set to support Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in attack.Arsenal predicted line-up vs Tottenham Hotspur – Carabao Cup (3-4-1-2): Cech; Mustafi, Sokratis, Koscielny; Lichtsteiner, Torreira, Xhaka, Monreal; Ramsey; Lacazette, Aubameyang
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Meet the £17.8m Arsenal target tipped to replace Aaron Ramsey
Arsenal's head of recruitment Sven Mislintat is known for unearthing diamonds.  To his name the German has the likes of Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, Shinji Kagawa and Ousmane Dembele, who he discovered during his time at Borussia Dortmund.  So far in north London he has identified Matteo Guendouzi, who the Gunners signed for a measly £8million and has so far proven to be an absolute steal.  The next man apparently on Mislintat's radar is Pablo Fornals.  The 22-year-old Spanish midfielder is currently on Villarreal's books where he has been quietly growing into a potentially world-class operator since 2017.  Here's everything you need to know about the little-known Fornals.   What sort of player is Fornals?  One word: direct. It might sound obvious knowing where the opposition goal is but midfield players who get the ball forward quickly aren't that easy to come by.  The trend of playing possession-based football, which swept the nation a few years ago, resulted, at times, in some overly slow methodical spells.  Today a counter-press style reins supreme in the Premier League and in order to be successful utilising it you need direct players.  Liverpool have Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane who are masters at this while at Manchester City the likes of Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva get the ball up the pitch at speed.  Arsenal have quick players, of course, but a man who can carry the ball forward - bridging the gap between defence and attack - is something they're crying out for.  Fornals may just be this man. The midfielder is happy to get his hands dirty and track back, but it's when he brings the ball forward that he really comes alive.  For Villarreal he plays down the middle, pulling the strings and picking out strikers, but he does at times drift out both left and right to put crosses in the box.  He's perhaps more energetic than Aaron Ramsey, but like the Welshman, who thinks on his feet by moving into the open spaces, adapts well to changes in play. Would he slot straight into the first team?  Yes and no. While Fornals is a gifted player he is only 22 and it's highly unlikely Unai Emery would stick him straight into the first team and call it a day.  Emery has some catching up to do with the likes of Man City and Liverpool, but he's certainly making some baby steps in the right direction.  Both Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp rotate their squads each week to allow certain individuals time to rest.    Top four Premier League teams are expected to compete on a number of fronts, and big squads are required to do this.  Fornals will be rotated in the same way as Guendouzi, and Lucas Torreira for that matter, but he'll definitely get opportunities. What are his best attributes?  Fornal is an intelligent player and therefore shouldn't take too long to adapt to the Premier League.  He's not overly quick but his acceleration off the line and his reactions are second to none, meaning he responds well to changes in play.    With th
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Arsenal transfer news: Unai Emery has proven Arsene Wenger was NOT to blame - Andy Cole
That is the opinion of former Arsenal youth product and legendary Manchester United striker Andy Cole. Emery made the revelation last week that he would not be able to make any permanent signings in the January transfer window. The Spanish head coach revealed Arsenal are only able to bring in players on loan deals. Former Arsenal manager Wenger was often criticised during the latter years of his time at the club for his lack of spending in the transfer market. But Cole reckons recent developments at the Emirates show the blame cannot be laid at Arsene Wenger’s door. “From the outside looking in, I’m saying to myself now that all the Arsenal fans at the back end of last season were saying ‘Wenger, he’s got to go, got to go’,” Cole said on Sky Sports. “Now looking at it, can you really say now it was all down to Wenger, if you can only bring in loans now? Where’s all the money gone? “Being football people, you’ve got to look at it logically. “Once one manager goes, of course you’re going to leave players there on big contracts or players might be running down contracts, or whatever. “But you’ve got to make a decision. You know that the January transfer window opens in January. “You can’t come out and say ‘we can only get loanees’. “We’re not talking about a Championship team here, we’re talking about one of the biggest teams in the world. “They’ve got money for the summer but not in January. “What if you’re pushing to try and win the league? “You’re supposed to be pushing to try and get a Champions League spot for next season. “There’s no money, how are you going to get there?”
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Santi Cazorla makes emotional promise to Arsenal fans ahead of Villarreal vs Rangers clash
Former Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla feels that he still has unfinished business with the club after missing almost two years of football through injury. The Spaniard, who missed nearly two years of action through a series of operations and career-threatening injuries, does not “attach any blame” to the Gunners after a distressing end to his Arsenal career, and has vowed to return and say goodbye properly to the fans in north London. Since October 2016, Cazorla ’s time on the pitch has been halted by an Achilles problem that almost bought his playing career and his ability to walk to an end. Cazorla missed 668 days of his career because of the injury and after 11 operations, one of which included the development of gangrene, he returned to football with Spanish side, Villarreal. He told BBC Sport that the injury first stemmed during an international friendly for Spain against Chile in September 2013. At the time, he believed that it was just an ankle sprain, but in October 2016 during a Champions League match against Ludogorets Razgrad, he felt that he "just could not carry on". His first of 11 surgeries would take place two months later and doctors even told the 33-year-old that he should be “satisfied” just to be able to walk again and not face the prospect of losing his leg. Fortunately for Cazorla, he has returned to competitive football after almost two years on the treatment table. After making his competitive return for Villarreal, which came against Real Sociedad in a 2-1 La Liga defeat last month, Cazorla could make his return to the Europa League this evening when face Steven Gerrard’s Rangers; his first competitive game in Europe since that night against Ludogorets that changed his life. Ahead of the game, he spoke about his injury troubles, how grateful he was to Arsenal for their support to him and how he still has unfinished business with the club. "It's not the usual sort of injury that you get in football, where bacteria is working away and eating away eight centimetres of your tendon”, said Cazorla. For me it was just an ankle sprain. There were loads of moments where I was on the point of saying 'I don't have the strength to carry on'. But the people by my side made me change my mind because they believed I would play again. "Arsene [Wenger] said he'd never seen an injury like it, and my doctor in Spain said he's never had a case where two different bacterias eat away at eight to 10 centimetres of an Achilles tendon. "If the bacteria had been identified and contained from day one, not even half the things would have happened that did eventually happen. But I've been left with a feeling of unfinished business because I'd always said that if I ever had to leave [Arsenal] I would say my goodbyes in front of the fans, because they have always treated me incredibly well. .
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Why Alexandre Lacazette has turned down France call up revealed
Alexandre Lacazette has rejected a call-up to the France squad.   The Arsenal striker was initially left out of Didier Deschamps’ 23-man squad for the matches with Holland and Uruguay, announced last Thursday.   But he was called up on Monday afternoon as a replacement for injured Manchester United forward Anthony Martial.  However, just two hours later, the 27-year-old informed Les Bleus chiefs that he would not be joining up with the squad.  It’s understood that Lacazette has a minor injury complaint that he does not wish to aggravate, and after discussions between medical officials from Arsenal and France, it was agreed that he will not join up with Deschamps’ squad.   "This decision was taken after an exchange between Dr. Franck Le Gall and his counterparts at Arsenal," a statement on Twitter read on Monday.  Alassane Plea, the Borussia Monchengladbach forward who has scored eight goals in 11 Bundesliga appearances this season, has been called up instead.  Lacazette hasn’t featured for his country since scoring twice against Germany last November, thus missing out on their World Cup success in Russia.  But Deschamps had called him up on numerous occasions prior to the summer, something the France boss alluded to earlier today.  "He was called up regularly for us, even though he was not part of the 23-man group for the World Cup.  "But he has been rather good for his club, and his scoring statistics are of a very good level. With the French team he has already done some interesting things, and some other less interesting things."  Lacazette has scored six times in 14 games for the Gunners thus far this season.  Benjamin Mendy has also been withdrawn from the squad due to a knee injury. He has been replaced by Ferland Mendy.   France squad: Areola, Lloris, Mandanda; Digne, Pavard, Sidibe, Kimpembe, Rami, Varane, Mendy, Sakho; Kante, Nzonzi, Matuidi, Sissoko, Ndombele; Dembele, Griezmann, Thauvin, Fekir, Plea, Giroud, Mbappe.
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AST have forecast Arsenal’s 2019 summer transfer budget - fans cannot believe it
The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust is the official supporters' trust of Arsenal Football Club.  As well as Arsene Wenger leaving, things have changed drastically in the boardroom over the last few months.  In August, Stan Kroenke - the American billionaire - forced fans to sell their shares and took his ownership stake in the club to 100%.  Arsenal would typically hold an annual general meeting of shareholders but that event won't take place now that the club is wholly owned by Kroenke.  They would have also published their financial accounts for the year ending May 2018 ahead of an AGM - but they can now wait until 2019 to publish.  Meanwhile, accountants advising the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust have drawn up a projection of the accounts that are still yet to be published.  They're forecasting a "sizeable operating loss" due to an increased wage bill alongside the failure to qualify for the Champions League. 2019 summer transfer budget  The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust have also forecast next summer transfer budget - and it's dire news for loyal supporters.  As per The Telegraph: "The AST have forecast that, after all their spending in 2018, Arsenal will have a transfer budget next summer of around £40 million.  "The situation will then improve following new shirt sponsorship and kit deals that begin next year."  Arsenal fans on Twitter were not impressed at the £40m figure.  The Gunners were comfortably outspent by Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea this summer.  Despite that, Unai Emery has won nine consecutive games and Arsenal are just two points off the top of the table.  The Spanish coach will surely be hoping for a far bigger budget than £40m next summer.  In August, Arsenal legend Ian Wright voiced his serious doubts over Kroenke's sole ownership.  The BBC pundit said: "I can sum up the prospect of Stan Kroenke becoming the sole owner of Arsenal in two words - absolutely disastrous.  "And if, as seems highly likely, that does become the case, I genuinely fear the days of seeing the Gunners challenging for top honours on a regular basis may well have come and gone.  "The genuine worry - and it's a very, very real worry - is that now, more than ever before, it will be about getting money through Arsenal, not for them."  Sadly for Gooners everywhere, Wright may have hit the nail on the head.  Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms
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Hoffenheim boss has a warning for Arsenal fans over Reiss Nelson
Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann has a warning for Arsenal winger Reiss Nelson .  The teenager is on loan at the Bundesliga outfit for the season and has made an impressive start to life in Germany, scoring four goals in as many league games and featuring twice in the Champions League.  Having impressed during pre-season with the Gunners, many supporters were shocked that Unai Emery sanctioned a loan deal given the lack of natural wide players at his disposal right now.  Although, early signs suggest the decision is a good one.   Not only is Nelson gaining valuable first-team experience but he's giving Arsenal fans a glimpse of what he's capable of ahead of an expected return to the Emirates Stadium next summer.  With that said, Nagelsmann has called for calm surrounding the 18-year-old and wants the winger to avoid being stuck with the tag of a "one-hit wonder".   "Reiss has huge potential to develop,” Nagelsmann said before Hoffenheim’s 3-3 draw with Lyon, as reported by the Evening Standard . “He’s excellent one-on-one with a great drive towards the opposition goal. That’s why we loaned him.  “We must be mindful. Nelson’s scored four goals, two very important ones against Nuremberg, but he’s also had bad games.  “He needs to grow healthily. It’s like in music – one song puts bread on the table but only for a few weeks.  “It’s not about being a one-hit wonder, but about delivering good performances over a long period of time. Being the best over 15 years.  “He’s also had negative outliers with us. It’s about delivering the positive outliers consistently, showing those over and over again.  “Be careful when evaluating him. Let him grow in peace and don’t get into his head. It’s not easy to keep your feet on the ground at 18.” Keep up to date with the latest news, features and exclusives from football.london via the free football.london app for iPhone and Android . Available to download from the App Store and Google Play .
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What Raul Sanllehi told Arsenal fans which could explain Aaron Ramsey decision
Aaron Ramsey’s contract situation is the major talking point at Arsenal right now after talks over a new deal dramatically collapsed last month.  Negotiations have been ongoing for months between the club and Ramsey’s representative and an agreement was believed to be imminent.  As little as two weeks ago, but parties thought that Ramsey would sign a four-year deal, but Arsenal suddenly decided to withdraw the offer, effectively telling the Wales international he was free to leave.  Arsenal will now listen to offers for Ramsey in January, but the midfielder has confirmed he will wait until the summer and leave on what would be a very lucrative free transfer.  Why Arsenal have decided to withdraw the offer for Ramsey after all be securing the deal following months of negotiations remains unclear, with head coach Unai Emery consistently saying that the situation is between the club and the player.  But it could be that comments made by Raul Sanllehi at a recent meeting with the club’s main fan groups paint a bit of a telling picture.  The negotiations between Arsenal and Ramsey have been led by chief executive Ivan Gazidis along with contract negotiator Huss Fahmy.  But Gazidis announced last month that he was leaving Arsenal to join AC Milan, with Sanellehi being promoted from head of football relations to head of football.  That gives the former Barcelona director of football total power when it comes to transfer and contract dealings. So the timing of Arsenal’s decision to withdraw the offer for Ramsey is interesting.  Especially when you consider what Sanllehi said to supporters during the fans forum held before Arsenal’s recent victory over Everton in the Premier League.  Football.London has been told that Sanllehi spoke about him time at Barcelona, where he spent a decade as director of football before leaving for north London, and drew particular attention to the success the Catalan giants got from bringing academy products through to the first-team.  A huge part of Barcelona’s incredible success during the past two decades was led by products of the famous La Masia academy, with the likes of Lionel Messi, Andreas Iniesta, Xavi, Gerard Pique, Carlos Puyol, Pedro and Victor Valdes all coming through and becoming cub legends.  Sanllehi highlighted that success and said he wanted to try and replicate that at Arsenal and spoke passionately about how if a squad possessed four or five players who had progressed through the youth ranks, the passion and love they have for the club can feed through to the other players who have perhaps come in from elsewhere.  Those comments could suggest that he sees the likes of Emile Smith Rowe and Reiss Nelson as key to what Arsenal are going to do over the next few years.  Ramsey, for all his quality and experience, does not seem to suit the system that Emery is trying to instil at the Emirates, but Smith Rowe and Nelson do, which could explain the sudden change in thinking at Arsenal in regards to Ramsey’s
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Arsenal news: Alexis Sanchez shock return backed, January signing claim, Mesut Ozil offers
Alexis Sanchez return? Alexis Sanchez could be set for a shock return to Arsenal, the bookies reckon. Bookmakers Ladbrokes have slashed the odds on the Manchester United star heading back to the Emirates. Ladbrokes have cut their price to 5/1, from 14/1, making the Gunners among the favourites to sign the Chile international. Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Things haven't exactly gone according to plan for Sanchez at United and with the player reportedly wanting out, he could soon find himself back in North London." Patrik Schick deal off Arsenal will NOT sign Roma ace Patrik Schick, ESPN FC pundit Paul Mariner reckons. “No (he isn’t going to Arsenal),” Mariner said of Schick, who has been heavily linked with a move to the Gunners. “If he’s a Plan B type of a player, I can understand what Unai Emery’s trying to do. “You can see what he’s doing, he’s the understudy to [Edin] Dzeko at Roma. If they want the Plan B, Arsenal, then it makes sense. “But as far as the play going forward with that quick movement, that passing and moving and quick stuff, I just don’t see it. I’m going to say no.” Mesut Ozil offers Mesut Ozil rejected crazy offers from Asia to commit his long-term future to Arsenal, the German’s agent Dr Erkut Sogut claims. “We had some really big offers from Asia, there were some crazy offers. But for Mesut, money was by no means the biggest factor,” Sogut said of Ozil, who signed a contract extension until 2021 this year. “Money is definitely one important thing to consider, but people must remember that footballing ability is just one aspect of a contract negotiation. The commercial impact of a footballer is crucial nowadays. “Mesut has the biggest social media following of any player in the Premier League and I just read that his shirt numbers were the largest at the club. “At the end of the day, this is all information that has to be taken into consideration. “So, the commercial side is very big with a player like Mesut, who has played in different countries and was the No. 10 of the national team, where he won the World Cup. “His market is worldwide. The club makes money out of these players as well, but it came down to what was in his heart. “We were free to sign with other clubs and in the end Mesut loves the club. I put everything to him and he just said, ‘This is my home, I want to be here’.”
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The one word French media used to sum up Guendouzi's U21s debut
Matteo Guendouzi represented France's Under-21s for the first time on Thursday in their 2-2 draw with Croatia.  The fixture, contested between the two nations who featured in this summer's World Cup final, wasn't supposed to include the Arsenal man, who is currently still a part of the U20s set-up.   But due to Guendouzi's brilliant run of form with Arsenal - transforming from an £8million midfielder from LC Lorient to an indispensable member of the Gunners' first team - he was given the opportunity to show the world what he can do on a slightly bigger international stage.  All eyes were understandably on the player, whose profile has rapidly grown in stature since he left Ligue 2 behind for the Premier League.  And it's safe to say the 19-year-old made the most of his chance to shine - at least that's how the French media saw it.  Guendouzi featured in the middle of the park for France's youth team, known as Les Espoirs, and set about pulling the strings as he has done for the Gunners this season.   French news outlet L'Equipe reviewed the youngster's performance following the match, and had some very positive things to say about him.  And one word used to sum up his display pretty much describes the style of player Arsenal fans have come to know: boss.  A section of the report read: "Guendouzi gave the impression of being, at 19, the boss."  Following the fixture, the teenager thanked his team-mates for putting him at ease.  "At Arsenal, as with FC Lorient or with Les Espoirs, I will not change, my attitude on the pitch is like that, I always want to win," he said.  "My team-mates put me at ease, they made things easier today. I did not feel any particular pressure, I play as I know how to."
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'Germany needs Ozil': Arsene Wenger warns player, country and Arsenal
Mesut Ozil must end his international retirement and return to play for Germany – for the good of himself, his country and Arsenal.That is the view of Arsene Wenger, Ozil's former manager at the Emirates Stadium, who says his one-time favourite pupil cannot be at his best again unless he resumes playing international football.Ozil, who turned 30 on Monday, quit the team after the furore over his meeting with controversial Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan was compounded by a humiliating World Cup for Germany, for which the midfielder became a scapegoat.The fallout from Ozil's retirement has been bitter but Wenger, who left Arsenal after 22 years in charge in May, said that it is in both sides' interests to rebuild bridges.Germany's miserable form has continued without Ozil – defeats by Holland and France in the last week mean Joachim Low's fallen giants have now lost six of their last 10 games and face relegation in the Nations League. 'I believe that Germany needs Ozil,' Wenger told Bild. 'I hope that Low can convince him that he will come back. 'Ozil is a super football player, was not the worst in the World Cup. I did not like that he left the team.''Because a little bit of motivation disappears when you know that you do not have to be ready for the World Cup and European Championship.'I love it when the player is as good as possible. If he does not play on an international level, a bit is lost.'Wenger, meanwhile, gave a clear hint that he will be in a new job in 2019 – and that he could already have one lined up.Paris Saint-Germain are known to want him as their sporting director but the 68-year-old Frenchman suggested he could become an international manager, or even return to Japan, where he was in charge of Nagoya Grampus Eight before moving to Arsenal in 1996.'I think it will start again on 1 January,' said Wenger. 'I'm well rested, ready to work again.'There are associations, national teams; it could be also [in] Japan. Thanks to my 22 years at Arsenal, I have big experience on different levels. There are enquiries from all over the world.'
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