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Arsenal To Do Battle With Man United For €17m-rated Defensive Target

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Arsenal are reportedly facing a huge transfer battle in their bid to sign a veteran defender when the transfer window reopens in the New Year.

According to a report from the Daily Star, the Gunners want to boost their defensive options in the upcoming transfer window with the signing of Juventus centre back Mehdi Benatia.

The report also revealed that Arsenal will have to contend with Premier League rivals Manchester United who are also interested in the Moroccan international defender.

The 31-year-old recently captained Morocco to this summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.

He was his country’s captain as the North Africans failed to progress beyond the group stage of the competition.

Morocco finished bottom of Group B behind Iran, Portugal and group leaders Spain.

He returned from the tournament in Russia to his club to find out that the Italians have welcomed the return of defender Leonardo Bonucci from AC Milan after just one season with the seven-time European champions.

Benatia has found first team opportunities hard to come by since his return thereby prompting talks of a transfer.

He had earlier replaced Bonucci in a €17m deal from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2017 only for the Italian to last just one season at AC Milan.

A transfer fee of £13m would be enough to secure his signing from Juventus.

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Club Legend Slams Arsenal Over ‘Disastrous’ Statement On Transfers

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Former Arsenal right-back Lee Dixon has berated the hierarchy at the club following the admission that the Gunners won’t be able to make permanent signings in the current January transfer window.

The Arsenal legend spoke about the North London club and transfers on BBC Radio 5 Live as monitored by the Daily Express.

The footballer turned pundit said that the Gunners’ stance on permanent signings is a disastrous statement to make to the Arsenal fans.

Gunners boss Unai Emery admitted earlier this month that the club won’t be able to sign players permanently this month.

The Spaniard said that Arsenal can only sign players on loan in the current January transfer window and that there are no funds to secure the permanent transfer of players.

Without any signings, Unai Emery and his players were able to claw their way back into the race for the top four on the Premier League table with a big win over London rivals Chelsea.

Arsenal defeated the Blues 2-0 courtesy two first half goals from Alexander Lacazette and team captain Laurent Koscielny.

It was the 10th goal scored by French international striker Lacazette in all competitions this term.

On Koscielny’s part, it was his first goal since his return from a long-term injury problem.

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Denis Suarez Fuels Arsenal Transfer Rumours

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Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez has dropped a major hint about a possible transfer to Premier League giants Arsenal in the current transfer window.

The one-cap Spanish international star liked several Arsenal-related posts on social media after the Gunners’ big win over Chelsea in their London Derby clash in the Premier League.

This development, monitored by the Daily Express, has heightened transfer rumours that Denis Suarez will sign for the Gunners before the end of the January transfer window.

Arsenal breathed life into their top four challenge in the top flight of English football following a 2-0 victory over Chelsea with first-half goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny.

The win ensured that the Gunners close the gap on Chelsea in the race for next season’s Champions League.

Only the top four spots in the Premier League will guarantee a place in Europe’s premier competition next season.

Arsenal are now just three points Chelsea who occupy the fourth spot on the Premier League table and the Gunners fans would be hoping that a deal can be concluded for Denis Suarez.

Arsenal are said to be in talks with Barcelona over his transfer but nothing has been concluded with the Gunners only willing to sign the 25-year-old on loan.

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Unai Emery Provides Transfer Update For Denis Suarez

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery has hinted that the Gunners are closing in on a transfer for Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez.

Spanish tactician Unai Emery provided a transfer update on the potential signing of Denis Suarez and other targets during his post-match press conference on Saturday night after the Chelsea game in the Premier League.

Arsenal boosted their top four hopes and qualification for next season’s Champions League with a well deserved win in their London Derby clash with the Blues.

Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny scored in the first half to give the Gunners a crucial win.

Afterwards, former Almeria and Valencia manager Unai Emery revealed that senior club officials are working on different possibilities to sign players including Denis Suarez despite the lack of funds for new additions in the January transfer window.

Unai Emery was responding to a question about the transfer of Denis Suarez.

One-cap Spanish international star Denis Suarez is targeting an exit from Barcelona after failing to secure a spot in the team under manager Ernesto Valverde.

Denis Suarez has played just 17 minutes of Spanish La Liga football this season with the majority of his playing time coming in the cup competitions (Champions League and Spanish Copa Del Rey).

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Club Legend Calls For Arsenal To Support Unai Emery With New Players

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Arsenal legend Martin Keown has called on the club to back manager Unai Emery by splashing the cash on new players to improve the squad.

Former Gunners defender Keown made this known while he was doing his punditry work on BT Sport as monitored by the Daily Mail.

Martin Keown was impressed with Unai Emery and the way that his Arsenal team saw off top four rivals Chelsea in their Premier League clash on Saturday evening.

The Gunners were able to boost their top four hopes with a 2-0 win over the Blues courtesy goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny.

Both Arsenal goals came during the first half of the London Derby clash.

In his post-match reaction to the Chelsea game, Martin Keown said that the Arsenal manager (Unai Emery) is worth his weight in gold and that senior club officials should back him with new players.

He further questioned why Arsenal will let Aaron Ramsey leave the club following the failure to offer him a new deal.

The Welshman is expected to join Italian champions Juventus having already done his medical some days ago.

Recent reports claim that the former Cardiff City player has signed a pre-contract agreement with the Italians.

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Arsenal News: Rio Ferdinand Questions Lack Of Transfer Activity

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Premier League legend Rio Ferdinand has questioned the lack of transfer activity at Arsenal in the current January transfer window.

The former Manchester United defender criticised Arsenal and their transfer dealings while he was doing his punditry work at BT Sport via the Daily Express.

Rio Ferdinand is certain that the Arsenal squad is crying out for new players and he’s shocked by the admission from club officials that only loan signings will be made this month.

Arsenal fans have joined various football pundits in criticising the club after it was revealed that the Gunners don’t have funds for permanent transfers in the current transfer window.

In one of his pre-match press conferences this month, Gunners boss Unai Emery confirmed that Arsenal won’t be able to sign players permanently in the current transfer window.

Arsenal could still sign players with various media reports claiming that the Gunners are close to signing Denis Suarez from Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona.

The Daily Mirror claim that Arsenal are hoping they can agree on a loan deal worth £1.7m for him to join the club for the remainder of the season with the option of making the transfer a permanent one for £17.5m in the summer.

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Why we lost to Arsenal, Sarri

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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has given a hint on why his side suffered a humiliating 2-0 defeat in the hands of the North London outfit Arsenal on Saturday evening

The West London side were not only defeated but were outplayed by Arsenal which is the reason why the Italian boss lashes out on the players as he puts the blame on them.

It has been an inconsistent performance by the West London side since their defeat to Tottenham which ended their 18 games unbeaten run and that has to be corrected by the former Napoli manager.

However, he stated that he lost because some of the players in his team seem difficult to motivate as he noted that he had made efforts to do that after their defeat to the other North London side Tottenham but that has not worked yet with the defeat.

Meanwhile, the Blues boss is ready to take a part of the blame because his side failed to show up completely against the Gunners team.

However, the game between both sides have been reduced to three points which leave the race for a top-four finish very open and more competitive especially with United coming from behind.

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Arsenal 2 : 0 Chelsea – Three talking points from the game

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The Gunners returned to winning ways as they thrashed Chelsea 2-0 to the Emirates stadium in one of Saturday’s Premier League game.

The Blues had defeated Arsenal in Emery’s first game of the season, Maurizio Sarri’s side narrowly overcame the Gunners’ challenge 2-1 at Stamford Bridge last year.

However, yesterday’s game was totally different from the previous fixture in August 2018 as the North London club dominated the Blues for the most part of the game.

Emery’s men deservedly took the lead in the 14th minute when Lacazette powered a beautiful shot past Kepa Arrizabalaga who was busy all through the clash.

The home side doubled their lead after 25 minutes when Laurent Koscielny scored with his shoulder.

The Blues were made to chase the game before half time and they couldn’t find the back of the net throughout the mouthwatering and entertaining game.

Here are the top three talking points from the game.

There’s more to Ozil’s omission than Emery’s ‘tactical reason’

It has been long I saw Ozil play a full match. It’s either he was subbed out or he was subbed in by Emery.

In fact, it’s been a while he featured in Arsenal kit and Emery keeps providing ‘tactical reasons’ for the player’s regular omission.

In a game that’s as classic as Saturday’s fixture, every Arsenal fans would expect the German star to be in the starting lineup so as to create more chances with his creativity.

But the former Real Madrid playmaker was surprisingly left out of the starting XI which further suggested that there are off-field crises between the player and the Spanish tactician.

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Arsenal vs Chelsea – Three talking points

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The Blues were defeated by Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, thanks to goals from Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny.

However, here are the concluding part of the top three talking points that emerged during the encounter.

Morata’s switch to Madrid is imminent after another omission

Alvaro Morata’s move away from Stamford Bridge dominated transfer podcasts during the week as it is believed he could be heading back to La Liga later in the month.

Many rumour mongers revealed Maurizio Sarri has reached an agreement with AC Milan for Gonzalo Higuain who will serve as Morata’s short-term replacement for the rest of the campaign.

Despite being in top and perfect condition prior to Saturday’s fixture, Sarri decided to leave the striker out of his travelling squad which means the Spaniard is partially out of Stamford Bridge.

Next week will decide whether the 26-year-old is set for Atletico Madrid’s move or not.

Unai Emery’s substitutions must improve

Emery’s substitution has left so much to be desired since the start of the season and Saturday wasn’t exempted.

The Spanish manager surprisingly subbed out lively Alexandre Lacazette for Alex Iwobi in the 67th minute, a decision that didn’t go well with the Gunners fans who voiced their displeasure against the ex-Sevilla manager.

Lacazette scored the first goal of the night and he troubled the Blues defence throughout the day, he deserves to full-time action.

Saturday wasn’t Aubameyang’s day as he was quiet all through the night. The Gabonese ought to have been taken off for Iwobi, not Lacazette.

Irrespective of the Result, Arsenal remain in the fifth position with 44 points but they are now three points behind Chelsea in the race for Champions League spot next season

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Ex-Premier League Midfielder Slams Arsenal For Big Transfer Mistake

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Former Premier League midfielder Jack Collison has berated North London giants Arsenal for a costly transfer mistake.

The ex-West Ham United player slammed the Gunners for letting Aaron Ramsey leave the club.

Aaron Ramsey is all but a Juventus player after he signed a pre-contract agreement with the Old Lady having already undergone his medical ahead of a free transfer move this summer.

It was revealed that an official announcement is expected next month.

Ramsey is leaving Arsenal after senior club officials withdrew their offer of a new contract in September.

The Welshman is the longest serving player in the Arsenal squad with over a decade at the Emirates Stadium.

While speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live via the Daily Express, footballer turned pundit Jack Collison questioned why Arsenal will let a quality player like Ramsey leave the club before narrating how the huge salary handed to star player Mesut Ozil has come back to haunt the club in a big way.

2014 World Cup winner Ozil put pen to paper on a three-year contract worth £350,000 on a weekly basis last February to make him the highest paid earner in the history of the club.

Ramsey asked for a big salary increment as a result and that led to the withdrawal of the Gunners contract offer with the club citing footballing and financial reasons for the decision.

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Napoli Join Race To Sign Germany-based Arsenal Target

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Italian Serie A giants Napoli are the latest club to show an interest in Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez.

The 27-year-old has been the subject of transfer interest from several European clubs following his recent struggles with the Bavarian giants.

Italian news portal Calciomercato revealed the interest of Napoli in the Colombian international star.

It was revealed that Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti wants to reunite with James Rodriguez whom he worked with while he was the Real Madrid manager.

Italian tactician Ancelotti was the Real Madrid manager when James Rodriguez signed for the Los Merengues in a big money transfer worth £63m from French Ligue 1 giants AS Monaco shortly after the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil.

James Rodriguez is on a two-year loan deal at Bayern Munich from Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid having joined them before the start of last season with the Bavarian giants paying £11.5m for the loan with the option to sign the player permanently for just £37m.

Napoli can sign him for £37m if Bayern Munich fail to take up the above stated payment option or he could cost the Italians more money if the German champions decide to activate the aforementioned option.

Arsenal have been linked with a £3m payment for the remaining six months on his loan deal at Bayern but the player is set to stay at the Allianz Arena.

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