Having spent £22m on a player, no one expects you to bench such player for the first four games of the season, considering the fact that your No1 goalie isn’t not doing too good.
Surprisingly, that is the condition Arsenal manager Unai Emery finds himself as he is yet to use Bernd Leno in any of the game played so far.
Though Petr Cech —who is considered as the Gunners first choice goalkeeper — hasn’t been wonderful for the Gunners this season, Unai Emery believes in his ability to lead the team to many trophies.
To the Former Bayern Leverkusen goaltender, the wait for his competitive debut is becoming too long, but, former Arsenal player Martin Keown believes the goalie might need to wait the more.
According to Keown in a Q&A segment with the Daily Mail, Leno might fail in his mission to become the Gunners first choice as long as the Czech international remains in the team.
Keown believes Cech’s experience and point-blank saves are enough to bench the German, who is relatively inexperienced when it comes to Premier League.
He, however, advised the 26-year-old goaltender to find his way into Germany national team, so as to convince Unai Emery that he deserves to be given a chance to prove himself.
In two weeks time, Gunners travel to Ukranian side Vorskla for their first Europa League fixture and Leno is expected to be in goal.
Another Liverpool star agrees on Barcelona move
The Latest report have revealed the Merseyside outfit Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno has agreed on a move to the Spanish La Liga where he would be joining Barcelona at the end of the season.
There is no doubt that Alberto Moreno is having his last days at the Anfield as he is no longer considered as a major part of the team after dropping in the pecking order with manager Jurgen Klopp favouring Robertson ahead of him.
It was earlier claimed that the star player will be heading to the Italian Serie A outfit to join Lazio as he was reported to be in Rome at the start of the international break to finalize initial talks for a deal.
Alberto Moreno had made efforts to leave the Merseyside outfit in the last January winter transfer window but a deal failed to work through with the club insisting on his stay but there are suggestions that he would no longer be stopped from moving away.
It is, therefore, claimed that he is free to hold talks with potential suitors which has already been done with Barcelona as claimed. He is reported to have agreed on a two-year deal but the fee that would be paid to the Reds team remains unknown.
26-year-old Arsenal Target Set To Sign New Barcelona Contract
Arsenal might have missed out on one of their transfer targets following the news that Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno is closing in on a move to Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona.
The news of his impending move to Barcelona was confirmed by Spanish news portal Sport.
It was revealed that the Spaniard will sign a contract with Barcelona in the coming weeks.
The Barcelona transfer is a welcomed move for Alberto Moreno who has endured a largely frustrating spell on Merseyside for the past two seasons following the emergence of Andy Robertson as the first choice left-back at the club.
Scottish national team skipper Robertson is now regarded as one of the best left-backs in the Premier League.
Alberto Moreno signed for Liverpool from Spanish club Sevilla in the summer of 2014 shortly after he led the Spaniards to the first of their three successive Europa League titles.
He was the first choice left-back at the club until the aforementioned Robertson joined Liverpool at the start of last season shortly after suffering relegation with Hull City.
Moreno, 26, has a few months left on his Liverpool contract at the moment and he’s free to move as a free agent upon the expiration of his contract with the Reds.
19-Year-Old Arsenal Target Not Focused On Future
Ajax Amsterdam defender Matthijs De Ligt has revealed that his focus is not on his future despite the widespread transfer reports linking him with a move away from his club.
Matthijs De Ligt has been a revelation for the first team since he came through the famed Ajax Amsterdam Academy.
The Dutch international is regarded as one of the hottest properties on the European football scene.
De Ligt told media outlet Esportes Interativo that his focus is on Ajax Amsterdam rather than the reports surrounding where he’ll be playing his future next season.
The 19-year-old been linked with a move to Premier League giants Arsenal as well as other major European clubs like French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG), Spanish champions Barcelona, German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich and Premier League champions Manchester City.
Ajax Amsterdam defender De Ligt set a record last year after he became the youngest captain in the history of the club at the age of 18.
The Ajax skipper is focused on matters on the pitch with the Dutch giants still with a chance of winning the league title.
Ajax are also in the quarterfinals of the Champions League where they will face Italian champions Juventus for a place in the last four of the competition.
Tottenham Eyeing Cut-Price Summer Deal For Arsenal Target
North London giants Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly eyeing a cut-price deal for Inter Milan winger this summer.
This is according to the report from Italian transfer news TuttoMercatoWeb which claimed that the Italian Serie A giants want to sell the Croatian international player.
Ivan Perisic came close to signing for Arsenal during the January transfer window but the Gunners were unable to reach an agreement with Inter Milan for the player.
Inter Milan were only interested in a permanent deal for the Croatian winger while Arsenal wanted a loan transfer with the option to make it permanent at the end of his loan spell in North London.
Perisic is a long-term target for Manchester United whom he nearly joined in 2017 before Inter Milan increased his price tag out of the reach of the Red Devils.
The aforementioned revealed that Inter Milan are willing to let Perisic join Tottenham Hotspur for a cut-price deal of £21m which is a significant decrease from the previous asking price of £30m.
Ivan Perisic has not had the best of seasons at Inter Milan this season having failed to the superb performances he churned out for the Croatian national team during last summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.
He was a major part of the Croatia squad that finished the tournament in second place.
Arsenal In Surprise Move For 29-Year-Old Man Utd Midfielder
North London giants Arsenal are surprisingly interested in a move for Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera ahead of the resumption of the transfer window this summer.
This is according to reports coming out of the British media.
MailOnline revealed that Arsenal are the latest club to be linked with a free transfer move for Spanish international Ander Herrera.
The 29-year-old has three months left on his present contract at Old Trafford.
Arsenal are in the market for a new midfielder with Aaron Ramsey expected to leave the club this summer and Ander Herrera could be the man to replace the Welsh international in North London.
Ramsey has put pen to paper on a pre-contract agreement with Italian champions Juventus whom he will join upon the expiration of his contract with the Gunners.
Juventus have given Aaron Ramsey a four-year contract worth £400,000 per week this making him the highest earner amongst British footballers.
Like what’s obtainable with Ander Herrera at Manchester United, Aaron Ramsey also has three months left on his Arsenal deal.
Ramsey will halt his eleven-year relationship with the Gunners this summer and Ander Herrera could replace him in the Arsenal team.
Apart from Arsenal, Athletic Bilbao (his former club) and Paris Saint Germain (PSG) are also interested in Ander Herrera.
Arsenal Target Delighted With Monchi Return To Sevilla
Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega has expressed his delight at the return of Monchi to the club earlier this month after a two-year spell in Italy.
Monchi recently returned to the Spanish La Liga club to take up his sporting director role.
He turned down the overtures of North London giants Arsenal to return to Sevilla upon his exit from Italian Serie A giants AS Roma.
In an interview with the official website of Sevilla, Argentine international Banega was delighted with the return of Monchi to the club.
Ever Banega could have left Sevilla before the return of Monchi with Arsenal interested in his signature during the January transfer window but he decided to stay in Spain especially after the Gunners could only offer a loan move.
Ex-Sevilla goalkeeper Monchi finished his playing career at the Andalusian outfit in 1999 before taking up the sporting director role a year later.
During a 17-year period with Monchi, Sevilla enjoyed the best spell in their history with five UEFA Cup/Europa League titles.
He left the club for AS Roma in 2017 citing the need for a new challenge only for him to return to the Spanish La Liga club after things didn’t turn out the way he wanted in Italy.
Arsenal Scout Italian Midfielder In Win Over Finland
Arsenal scouts were reportedly in attendance to watch Nicolo Barella in action during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying match between Italy and Finland.
Nicolo Barella plays his club football for Italian Serie A club Cagliari at the moment.
According to the report from popular transfer news portal Metro, Arsenal are interested in a move for Nicolo Barella ahead of this summer’s transfer window and they sent scouts to watch him play for the Italian national team against Finland.
Nicolo Barella produced a fine display for Italy as they recorded their first win of the Euro 2020 qualifiers via a 2-0 win over Finland.
The watching Arsenal scouts would have been delighted with his performance in the Euro 2020 qualifier played on Saturday night.
Nicolo Barella gave Italy an early lead in the seventh minute before Juventus youngster Moise Kean added a second goal for the Italians in the 74th minute.
The win was enough to take Italy to joint top in Group J alongside 2004 champions Greece who also won 2-0 against Lichtenstein.
Arsenal are not the only club interested in the 22-year-old Barella.
The Italian Serie A duo of Napoli and Inter Milan are also interested in the young midfielder.
Recent reports claim that it would take at least £43m to prise him away from Cagliari.
Arsenal Face Premier League Competition For Ligue 1 Star
2006 Champions League finalists Arsenal will have to see off competition from two Premier League clubs in the bid to sign Guingamp attacker Marcus Thuram when the transfer window reopens in the summer.
This is according to the specific report from French media outlet Le 10 Sport which revealed that the three clubs are monitoring his situation at Guingamp who are battling to retain their status in the top flight of French football.
Marcus Thuram is the son of French football legend Lilian Thuram.
Lilian Thuram played with distinction for clubs like Italian Serie A giants Juventus and Spanish champions Barcelona.
He sealed his legendary status in French football when the ex-French right-back played a big role in the France team that won the 1998 World Cup tournament on home soil.
Lilian Thuram played his best game for France in the semifinals of that tournament.
He scored two goals as host France came from behind to beat Croatia 2-1 in their semifinal clash.
France went on to stun the then world champions Brazil 3-0 courtesy goals from Zinedine Zidane (2) and Emmanuel Petite.
Arsenal need a new forward/winger ahead of next season and Marcus Thuram could be an option for the Gunners who have to fight off the interest of rivals like Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.
Arsenal Plotting Free Transfer Move For 22-Year-Old Midfielder
Premier League giants Arsenal are plotting a free transfer move for one of the best players in the third tier of English football according to widespread reports emanating from the media in the United Kingdom.
The Daily Mirror claimed that the Gunners have an interest in Charlton Athletic midfielder Joe Aribo.
It was revealed that his contract will expire at the end of this season and that the player has already turned down the offer of an extension from the English League One club.
Charlton offered him half of his current wages for the new contract offered to him and it was understandably rejected by the young midfielder.
Joe Aribo is not only attracting interest from North London.
Portuguese giants Benfica and German Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt are also said to be keen on a free transfer move for him as confirmed by the aforementioned publication.
Joe Aribo has scored six goals and also provided two assists for Charlton Athletic in 26 League One appearances as the London club chase promotion to the English Championship at the end of this campaign.
He could be the unpopular choice to replace Aaron Ramsey at Arsenal though the Gunners will have to pay a compensation fee for him because of his age.
Ramsey is expected to leave Arsenal for Juventus on a free transfer this summer having already signed a pre-contract contract with the Old Lady.
Ferdinand Drums Up England Call-up For Arsenal Loanee
Manchester United legend believes that Arsenal winger Reiss Nelson is one of the players to make the step up from the England junior team to the senior team.
In a chat with The Sun, the former Manchester United defender revealed that the duo of Reiss Nelson and Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden will soon break into the England squad.
He was speaking on the back of the England debut handed to Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi against Czech Republic on Friday night.
Callum Hudson-Odoi impressed during a second half cameo having come on as a substitute for hat-trick hero Raheem Sterling.
The young Blues winger was involved in the fifth and last goal scored against Czech Republic.
Chelsea loanee Tomas Kalas put through his own net to wrap up a convincing 5-0 win for the hosts.
Manchester City star Raheem Sterling was the hero for the England team after his three goals against Czech Republic made him the first player to score three goals in a match for both club and country since Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer achieved the feat in 1999.
Arsenal player Reiss Nelson would be hoping to emulate the likes of Sterling and Hudson-Odoi by playing for England.
He’s presently on loan at German Bundesliga club TSG Hoffenheim until this summer.
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