North London giants Arsenal have been linked with a move for Olympique Lyon forward Bertrand Traore ahead of the January transfer window.
The 23-year-old has churned out series of impressive performances for his French Ligue 1 side since he joined from Chelsea last summer.
His displays have attracted a lot of attention from other European clubs, including Arsenal.
The £16.2m-rated Burkina Faso international Traore would be a fantastic addition to Unai Emery’s side.
He can play as a striker or on the wings (left and right).
Bertrand Traore came through the ranks at Auxerre before joining the Chelsea youth team setup in 2013.
He made his debut for the first team in September 2015 but failed to nail down a starting spot at Chelsea.
During his time at Stamford Bridge, Traore was sent out on loan twice to Dutch clubs Vitesse Arnhem and Ajax Amsterdam.
He left the club for France last summer after Lyon and Chelsea agreed to an initial fee of €10m (£8.8m) for his services.
His contract runs until the summer of 2022 and Arsenal will need to pay more than the amount the French Ligue 1 club paid for him.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery is in search of players to boost his squad during the January transfer window and Bertrand Traore represents a quality option for the Spanish tactician.
Poor Away Form Continues For Arsenal At Wolves
North London giants Arsenal produced another shocking away performance in the Premier League after they were beaten by Wolverhampton Wanderers in their league clash at the Molineux.
The Gunners had won just six of their previous 16 away games in the Premier League and they needed at least one point against Wolves to regain fourth spot from Chelsea who had gone into the top four with a 2-2 draw at home to Burnley.
Arsenal started the game on the front foot against their hosts but struggled to create chances despite having the larger percentage of the possession early on in the game.
Wolves went on to take the lead through Portuguese international midfielder Ruben Neves from a freekick outside the box after Jonny was brought down by Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal.
Arsenal collapsed after the 26th minute strike from the aforementioned Neves.
Jonny was having an influential game for the hosts after he setup fellow wing back Matt Doherty for the second goal of the game via an header.
Diogo Jota added a third goal for Wolves on the stroke of the halftime interval as the hosts scored three goals in 19 minutes against the Gunners.
Arsenal pulled one back in the second half through a Sokratis Papasthathopoulos header but it was just mere consolation for the Gunners.
Arsenal Boss Upbeat On Top-four Race Despite Wolves Setback
Arsenal manager Unai Emery is upbeat about the chances of a top-four finish at the end of the current Premier League season.
The Gunners boss is not giving up a place in the top four of the Premier League despite a second successive league defeat at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday night.
During his post-match press conference after the game, Unai Emery preferred to focus on the collective rather than pinning the blame for the goals conceded against Wolves on individuals.
Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno was at fault for two of the goals as Wolves beat Arsenal for the first time in 40 years via a 3-1 win at the Molineux.
The Gunners have now lost seven games away from home in the Premier League this season as their wretched form on the road is showing no signs of ending.
Ruben Neves gave Wolves the lead in the 29th minute from a freekick before Matt Doherty added a second goal for the Midlands club.
Diogo wrapped up a 3-0 scoreline for the home side at the halftime interval.
Arsenal conceded those three goals within the space of 19 first-half minutes.
Gunners defender Sokratis Papasthathopoulos pulled one back in the last ten minutes but it was too late to rescue Arsenal from the claws of defeat.
Arsenal Players Miss Out On PFA Team List
Arsenal players have missed out on the PFA Team of the Year for the 2018/19 season which will end in the next two weeks.
The North Londoners have been average this season especially away from home and it’s not surprising that none of the players made the list unveiled on Thursday morning.
One notable exclusion from the list is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who has scored 19 goals for Arsenal in the league this season.
The Gabonese international star found the back of the net for his 19th goal at the weekend during the home defeat to Crystal Palace.
Aubameyang scored one of the goals for the Gunners who were beaten 3-2 by the Eagles.
He missed the disappointing 3-1 away loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday night after a small procedure was done on his sinus.
Arsenal have had a disappointing season by the high standards expected from a club as big as the North London giants though they can still qualify for Champions League football next season.
The Gunners are one point off London rivals Chelsea in fourth place and the final Champions League spot with three league games left to play.
Arsenal can also qualify for Champions League football via the Europa League route with the Gunners facing a two-legged semifinal tie with Spanish club Valencia.
No Mustafi Apology Needed After Shocking Palace Display
Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has revealed that there’s no apology needed from Gunners teammates Shkrodan Mustafi after his poor display against fellow London club Crystal Palace at the weekend.
Mustafi had a stinker as Arsenal were surprisingly beaten at home by the Eagles in their Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium.
Bernd Leno spoke to Goal reporters about his Arsenal teammate as he revealed that German international Mustafi doesn’t need to apologize for his mistakes against the Eagles on Sunday.
The German shot-stopper went on to say that the Arsenal dressing room was quiet after the stunning defeat to Crystal Palace before revealing that Gunners boss Unai Emery was quick to lift the players by shifting their focus to the next battle, the away league game at Wolves.
Shkrodan Mustafi and Bernd Leno are international teammates with the German national team but the two players had a little clash after the second goal scored by Wilfried Zaha.
Mesut Ozil had canceled out the first half Crystal Palace lead from Christian Benteke at that stage.
Mustafi was culpable in the second Palace goal scored by Zaha before James McArthur added a third goal for the visitors.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled one back for the Gunners but it was too little too late for the hosts who fell to a first defeat at the Emirates Stadium since August.
Arsenal In Three-Way Fight For £75m-rated Zaha
Three-time Premier League winners Arsenal face threat from the top flight of English football in their quest to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha this summer.
This is according to a publication from the Daily Star.
It was revealed that Arsenal, North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United are all interested in a move for the aforementioned Zaha.
Crystal Palace want £75m for their prized asset but the interested clubs are not willing to pay that much for him.
In his recent interview this month, Zaha revealed that he wants to play Champions League football again.
The Ivorian international player was on the payroll of Premier League giants Manchester United before he returned to Crystal Palace permanently in 2015.
Zaha signed for Manchester United from Crystal Palace in January 2013 in a transfer that was the last one conducted under the managerial era of Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Crystal Palace winger struggled to make a positive impact at Manchester United before he returned to Selhurst Park.
Arsenal witnessed what Zaha can do first hand during the London Derby clash with Crystal Palace.
Zaha was one of the goalscorers as Crystal Palace stunned the Gunners 3-2 at the Emirates Stadium to dent the North London giants’ quest to qualify for Champions League football via a top-four finish in the league.
Betting Preview: Wolves vs Arsenal: Draw Likely Outcome
North London giants Arsenal have a fantastic chance to make a big statement as regards finishing in the top-four of the Premier League table this season when they travel to the Midlands to take on Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Gunners would be hoping to bounce back from their surprising defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace who ended their 17-game unbeaten run at home.
It was the North Londoners’ first home loss in the Premier League since the opening day defeat to champions Manchester City.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery was beaten 2-0 by the Citizens on the opening day of the season in what was the Spanish tactician’s first game in charge of the Gunners.
The Crystal Palace defeat has not really hurt Arsenal in the scheme of things for top four on the Premier League table due to the poor results recorded by rivals like Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Manchester United.
The Gunners won’t find it easy at Wolves who have been a thorn in the flesh of the top teams this season including Arsenal.
However, Wolves have recorded just five points from the last five league games.
Both sides played 1-1 in the first meeting between the two sides at the Emirates Stadium earlier this season and a draw is likely to be the outcome at the odds of 3.40 according to SportPesa.
A win for Wolves is at the odds of 2.90 while Arsenal are slight favourites at the odds of 2.50 as confirmed by SportPesa.
Arsenal Boss Reiterates Support For Underfire Mustafi
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has reiterated his support for underfire defender Shkrodan Mustafi who has been heavily criticised by fans after the shock home loss to fellow London club Crystal Palace at the weekend.
Spanish tactician Emery leapt to the defence of Mustafi again during his pre-match press conference on Tuesday ahead of the all-important Premier League clash at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday night.
Arsenal travel to Wolves hoping to take all the points at stake to boost their top-four hopes.
Unai Emery described Mustafi as a very good player while he was speaking with reporters as he cited that the German World Cup winner was the best player in the last league game before the Palace setback at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday evening.
Mustafi and Arsenal kept their first away clean sheet of the season in the 1-0 win at Watford last week Monday just before the Palace game at the weekend.
Former Valencia defender Mustafi was at fault for some of the goals scored by Crystal Palace as Arsenal lost 3-2 to the Eagles who compounded the Gunners’ tricky quest for a top-four finish.
Mustafi faced the wrath of Arsenal fans after the game with some going as far as threatening his family for the player’s mistakes.
Club Legend Tipped For Manager’s Job At Arsenal
The immediate past Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is certain that former Gunners midfielder Patrick Vieira has the required qualities to take charge of the North London club in the future.
Wenger talked up Patrick Vieira as the future Arsenal manager in an interview with French media outlet Canal Football Club.
The seven-time FA Cup winner has been impressed with the impact of Vieira in management.
Patrick Vieira took his first job at Manchester City where he was named as the youth team manager.
He then moved to New York City in the Major League Soccer (MLS) before being named the manager of French Ligue 1 side OGC Nice.
He has had a very good first season at Nice who are in eighth spot with 48 points after 33 French Ligue 1 games this season.
Nice are still in contention for European football for next season with five league games left to play.
Patrick Vieira became a legend at Arsenal after he helped the club to three league titles and he was the Gunners skipper as they went unbeaten throughout the 2003/04 season.
He left Arsenal for Italian champions Juventus in the summer of 2015 shortly after he helped the Gunners to win the FA Cup at the expense of rivals Manchester United.
Arsenal Need A Summer Clearout – Club Legend
Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has revealed that the Gunners need a transfer overhaul ahead of this summer’s transfer window.
The Arsenal legend talked about his former club and transfers while he was doing his punditry work with British radio TalkSport.
According to him, Manchester United are not the only major Premier League club in need of transfer revamp.
Ray Parlour said that Arsenal also need to rebuild their squad when this summer’s transfer window comes calling.
Arsenal suffered their first home league defeat of the season since the opening day of this Premier League campaign at the weekend.
The Gunners were beaten 3-2 by South London club Crystal Palace and the defeat was significant in the push for a top-four spot at the end of the season.
The defeat raised a lot of questions about the strength of the players outside the Arsenal first team.
Players like Mohamed ElNeny, Shkrodan Mustafi, Kostantinos Mavropanos and Carl Jenkinson were found wanting during the Crystal Palace game.
Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke gave his team a first half lead before Gunners playmaker Mesut Ozil equalised for the home side very early in the second half.
Wilfried Zaha and James McArthur added a second and third goal for the visitors before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled one back for Arsenal in the last 13 minutes to setup a grandstand finish but Crystal Palace held on for the maximum points.
Crystal Palace Trio Rewarded After Stunning Arsenal Win
Three Crystal Palace players have been rewarded for their part in the 3-2 drubbing handed out to Arsenal in their Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday evening.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Scott Dann and Wilfried Zaha were all rewarded with various spots on the team of the week lost for Matchweek 35 in the Premier League.
The three players were named on the list compiled by Goal.
The three players were instrumental to the Eagles’ away win over Arsenal who are chasing a top-four place on the Premier League table at the end of this season.
A top-four spot is the minimum guarantee for Champions League football next season though the Gunners can still secure their target via the Europa League.
They have to win the Europa League to seal Champions League football next season.
They face a two-legged semifinal clash with Spanish La Liga giants Valencia in the coming weeks.
Apart from Wan-Bissaka, Dann and Zaha, two Everton players also made the list after the 4-0 home defeat handed out to Manchester United.
Everton players Lucas Digne and Gylfi Sigurdsson were also named on the list.
Other recipients include Sergio Rico (Fulham), Conor Coady and Joao Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool), Gerard Deulofeu (Watford) and Ayoze Perez (Newcastle United).
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