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Summer Transfer: The best 11 Of Premier League Transfers – 2

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Sokratis Papasathoupolous

We have listed the goalkeeper who will occupy the starting spot in our top 11 players who moved to the Premier League this summer.

We have also talked on the right-back position. The articles continue below as we list the centre-backs

CB: Sokratis Papastathopoulous (Arsenal)

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery replaced Wenger in May and he wasted no time to get down to business.

The Spanish tactician captured Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Borussia Dortmund for just £16m and the experienced player has brought more stability to the club’s defence.

CB: Alfie Mawson (Fulham)

The youngster was awesome for Swansea throughout last season but it was unfortunate that the Swans were relegated to the Championship.

Alfie Mawson, 20, joined Premier League new boy this summer. The England international will surely be part of the players who determines how long the Cottagers would remain in the country’s top flight League by the end of next season.

Other players that could have been in this position include Fabian Balbuena (West Ham), Jannick Vestergaard (Southampton), Ben Gibson (Burnley), Yerry Mina (Everton).

LB : Diego Rico (Bournemouth)

The last defender in the list is nobody but Diego Rico. The 25-year-old joined the Cherries despite interest from Borussia Dortmund and Spanish side Leganes.

He chose to play for the Eddie Howe’s team because he believes he suits the manager’s tactical discipline.

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Former Arsenal player was the star of the show after scoring three goals

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Former Arsenal forward Serge Gnabry was the star of the show after he scored three goals as Germany came from a goal down to thrash Northern Ireland 6-1 at home in their final qualifier for Euro 2020.

Germany had already qualified for the tournament billed to take place in 12 cities across Europe next summer and the win over Northern Ireland ensured that they finished Group C as group winners.

They didn’t have it their way after going behind to a Michael Smith strike in the first ten minutes.

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Serge Gnabry produced a smart finish to equalize for the Germans twelve minutes after the seventh minute opener from the hosts.

His Bayern Munich teammate Leon Goretzka scored two minutes before the interval to give Germany a 2-1 lead.

Serge Gnabry added two more goals in the second half in addition to further goals from the aforementioned Leon Goretzka and Julian Brandt.

The ex-Arsenal forward was able to score his first hattrick for his country before being replaced by Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Nadeim Amiri for the last ten minutes.

Gnabry now has 13 goals in 13 appearances for Germany with the treble against the Irish team.

It is his second hattrick of the season having scored a treble for his club during the 7-2 mauling of hosts Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League.

 

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Arsenal Managerial Target On Three-man Shortlist At Tottenham

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RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann has been linked with the managerial job at Arsenal in recent weeks and the latest reports coming out of the British media claim that Tottenham Hotspur are also interested in the young German tactician.

Julian Nagelsmann impressed a great deal while he was the TSG Hoffenheim manager before his appointment at RB Leipzig this summer.

The German tactician is widely regarded as one of the best young managers in European football.

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Julian Nagelsmann has continued his good works at RB Leipzig this season after leading them to second spot on the league table in the German top flight behind leaders Borussia Moenchengladbach.

According to the Daily Mail, Julian Nagelsmann is on a three-man managerial shortlist at Tottenham Hotspur as the North London club tries to replace manager Mauricio Pochettino who has struggled to achieve results this season.

Apart from Julian Nagelsmann, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti are also on the shortlist.

Mauricio Pochettino is under pressure at Tottenham Hotspur after three league wins only from the 12 matches played in the current Premier League campaign.

Tottenham Hotspur are languishing in 14th position on the league table with 14 points from the 12 games played.

 

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Euro 2020: Arsenal Outcast Scores

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Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka was one of the goalscorers for Switzerland as they booked their spot at Euro 2020 with an emphatic victory at the home of Gibraltar.

Switzerland needed to beat their hosts to ensure qualification for the European Championships next year and that was what happened as they won 6-1 in the Group D clash.

It was their final game in the group as they finished Group D leaders as a result of the big win over Gibraltar.

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Granit Xhaka scored the final of the game for his second goal of the qualifiers.

FC Basel midfielder Charles Itten was the star of the show for Switzerland after he scored two goals on either side of the halftime interval.

He had earlier emerged as the matchwinner in the penultimate game of the qualifiers for Switzerland last week.

I then came off the bench in the second half to score the only goal of the game during the 1-0 home win over Georgia on Friday night.

He has now scored three goals in his last two games for his country.

Apart from Charles Itten and Granit Xhaka, Loris Benito, Ruben Vargas and Christian Fassnacht were all on target for Switzerland.

Granit Xhaka is out of the Arsenal team at the moment after his altercation with fans last month.

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Arsenal Set To Sign Spain-based Defender

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North London giants Arsenal have reportedly turned their attention to Villarreal defender Pau Torres in their quest to find a permanent solution to their defensive woes.

According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal manager Unai Emery wants to make a move for Pau Torres to ease the defensive issues in his team.

Pau Torres has a £43m release clause in his Villarreal contract and the Gunners will have to pay it before they sign the recently capped Spanish international.

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The center-back made his debut for the Spanish national team during the recent Euro 2020 qualifier at home to Malta.

He came on as a substitute for team captain Sergio Ramos as Spain ran riot against Malta in their penultimate Euro 2020 qualifier in Group E.

Pau Torres scored two minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute for Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos.

Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata and Villarreal teammate Santi Cazorla scored in the first half to give Spain a 2-0 lead at the halftime interval before Pau Torres added a third goal on 62 minutes.

Paris Saint Germain (PSG) attacker Pablo Sarabia added a fourth goal before the trio of Dani Olmo, Gerard Moreno and Jesus Navas got on the scoresheet to give Spain a comprehensive 7-0 victory.

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EPL: Unai Emery Third Favourite To Lose Job

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery is the third favourite to lose his job as a Premier League boss.

This is according to thesackrace which revealed that Unai Emery has 4/1 odds to lose his managerial job at Arsenal.

Unai Emery is said to be the third favourite to get the sack behind Southampton manager Ralph Hassenhuttl and Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino.

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Both Ralph Hassenhuttl and Mauricio Pochettino have 5/2 odds.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery is under serious pressure to hold on to his job ahead of the league game against Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Incidentally, Southampton boss Ralph Hassenhuttl is also under serious pressure before the game.

Unai Emery and his Arsenal players have not won a league game since last month.

Arsenal beat Bournemouth 1-0 at home shortly before the international break in October with summer signing David Luiz getting the only goal of the game.

Since the Bournemouth game, Arsenal have gone four matches without a victory.

The Gunners have drawn two games and lost two games from the last four in the Premier League.

The poor league run has seen Arsenal drop further below in the race for Champions League football.

The Gunners are eight points adrift of the top four places.

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Underfire Unai Emery Slammed For Two Major Mistakes At Arsenal

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Spanish tactician Unai Emery has been berated for the two major mistakes made at Arsenal since he replaced Arsene Wenger as their manager.

Unai Emery was appointed the Arsenal manager at the start of last season after the end of the lengthy Arsene Wenger era at the club.

Arsene Wenger spent almost 22 years at Arsenal before his exit last summer.

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Former Arsenal defender Matthew Upson was highly critical of Unai Emery and his performance as the Gunners’ boss while he was on BBC Radio 5 Live.

According to him, Arsenal manager Unai Emery had made two major mistakes since replacing Frenchman Wenger.

The first mistake is spending a club-record  £72m on Ivorian international winger Nicholas Pepe when the money could have been spent on a quality centre back to fix the glaring defensive issues at Arsenal.

Arsenal signed Brazilian defender David Luiz from Chelsea for just £8m this summer but the ageing centre back has not been able to do the job of fixing the defence which has already conceded 17 goals in just 12 Premier League games.

The Gunners also signed young French centre back William Saliba from Ligue 1 outfit Saint Etienne this summer and was immediately loaned back to the French club.

William Saliba is expected back at Arsenal next summer.

The second mistake made by Unai Emery according to Matthew Upson is that the Spaniard tried to change the Arsenal style within a short space of time.

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Arsenal Plotting January Move For Juventus Centre Back

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Premier League giants Arsenal are reportedly keen on a move for Juventus defender Merih Demirel ahead of the January transfer window.

This is according to the latest reports coming out of the media in Italy.

Merih Demirel became a Juventus player in the summer following his transfer from fellow Italian top flight club Sassuolo.

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The Turkish international center-back is in his first season at Juventus but that has not stopped the interest of Arsenal who want to sign him during the winter transfer market in January according to the specific report from the stables of Italian media outlet Tuttosport.

Arsenal scouts were in attendance as Merih Demirel helped Turkey to secure their place at Euro 2020 with a goalless draw at home to Iceland on Thursday night.

He also played for Turkey as they rounded off their Euro 2020 qualifiers with a 2-0 win at the home of Andorra on Sunday night.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery is targeting the additions of new defenders to his squad to solve his defensive issues.

The Gunners have conceded 17 goals in just 12 league games this season and they have just two clean sheets to show for their troubles.

Arsenal are in sixth position with 17 points only.

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The Duration Given To Unai Emery To Save His Job Revealed

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery is a man under pressure after the underwhelming start to the season.

Several Arsenal fans have called for him to be sacked as the team continues to struggle in the Premier League but it seems like the Gunners Faithfuls won’t get their wish immediately at least.

According to The Sun, senior Arsenal officials have given Unai Emery one month to turn things around or face the sack.

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Arsenal are on a five-match winless run in all competitions ahead of their next game, a Premier League match at home to struggling Southampton who are in the bottom three on the league table.

The Gunners are winless in their last four games in the Premier League ahead of the Southampton game with just two points to show for their troubles from the maximum twelve points possible.

The poor run of form has seen them drop to sixth spot on the league table and are now eight points adrift of the top four places which guarantee Champions League football for next season.

Arsenal appointed Unai Emery as their new manager last summer on the back of the exit of legendary manager Arsene Wenger who left the post with one year left on his then contract.

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