Arsenal could make a move for highly-rated Hertha Berlin defender Marvin Plattenhardt when the transfer window reopens in few weeks time.
The Gunners have had defensive issues this season especially at left-back and manager Unai Emery is keen to address the situation.
Marvin Plattenhardt has emerged as one of the best left-backs on the German Bundesliga scene since he joined Hertha Berlin in the summer of 2014.
The 26-year-old rose through the ranks at fellow German side Nurnberg before signing for Hertha Berlin.
He has scored seven goals and 20 assists in 133 appearances for the club in all competitions.
Marvin Plattenhardt was part of the Germany squad that failed to impress at the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.
Germany were the defending champions only for the four-time world champions to crash out in the group stage of the tournament.
The Germans surprised finished bottom of Group F behind South Korea, Mexico and leaders Sweden.
Plattenhardt would almost certainly provide a lasting solution to the problematic left-back position at Arsenal.
Gunners boss Unai Emery has used six players in the left-back position this season and this is as a result of respective hamstring injuries to first-choice left-backs Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac.
17-Goal Attacker Focused On Lille Despite Arsenal Transfer Rumours
Lille winger Nicolas Pepe is maintaining his focus on the French Ligue 1 club despite transfer rumours linking him with several major European clubs including Arsenal.
The in-form Pepe has been in superb form for the better part of the last two seasons and his quality has not gone unnoticed with the big boys of European football.
Apart from the Gunners, German champions Bayern Munich, Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona and Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur are also interested in the Ivorian international player.
He spoke to Canal+ about his future and the aforementioned transfer rumours.
The 23-year-old revealed that his focus is to continue playing well for Lille before adding that his representatives are in charge of transfer issues.
Nicolas Pepe scored 14 goals for Lille in the last campaign as the former French champions escaped relegation from the top flight.
The Ivorian attacker has scored 17 goals and provided eight assists in the French Ligue 1 this season.
His goals have propelled Lille to one of the Champions League places.
Lille are in second position on the French Ligue 1 table at the moment.
Lille owner Gerard Lopez has already warned his potential suitors that they will have to pay at least €50m to sign him this summer.
Ex-Arsenal Attacker Targets Silverware At Man United
Former Arsenal player Alexis Sanchez has disclosed that his target at Manchester United is to win silverware with the club.
Alexis Sanchez became a Manchester United player in January 2018 after joining the Red Devils from Arsenal in a swap deal involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Sanchez and Mkhitaryan basically swapped clubs during the winter transfer window of last season.
Since his transfer to Manchester United, Alexis Sanchez has endured a frustrating time at the club.
The former Barcelona and Udinese player talked about his Manchester United career in a chat with Inside United as he revealed that he wants to win trophies at Old Trafford.
In addition, Alexis Sanchez said that he wants to make Manchester United fans happy and that he was distraught after the FA Cup final loss to Chelsea last season.
Sanchez and Manchester United enjoyed a good run to the FA Cup final before they were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea.
Eden Hazard scored the only goal of the game from the spot after the Belgian international player was fouled by Phil Jones in the box.
Alexis Sanchez has scored just five goals in 41 appearances in all competitions since his transfer and he’s presently recovering from a knee injury sustained during the 3-2 home win over Southampton last month.
£43m Arsenal Target Confirms Lyon Interest
Lille forward Nicolas Pepe is one of the most sought-after young players on the European football stage having attracted the interest of several clubs in the continent.
Major European clubs including Arsenal are keen to sign the Ivorian international player.
The 23-year-old has been in sensational form for Lille since the start of this campaign.
He has scored 18 goals and also provided 11 assists in 32 games in all competitions.
Nicolas Pepe has been speaking about his long-term future at Lille amidst the intense transfer rumours linking him with a move away from the club.
In a chat with Canal+, Pepe confirmed that he could have left Lille for fellow French club Lyon last summer but he opted to stay at his current club due to the promise he made to manager Christopher Galtier.
Lille are expected to cash in on Nicolas Pepe when the transfer window reopens in the summer with clubs like Arsenal and German champions Bayern Munich keen on his signature.
Recently, Lille owner Gerard Lopez confirmed that the player is attracting the interest of Premier League clubs before adding that it will take at least £43m to prise him away from the club.
Apart from Arsenal and Bayern Munich, French giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Liverpool have also been linked with the young winger.
Arsenal Loanee Cleared After Head Injury Scare
Napoli goalkeeper David Ospina has been cleared by doctors after he sustained what looked like a head injury during an Italian Serie A game at the weekend.
The Colombian shot-stopper is on a season-long loan deal at Napoli from North London giants Arsenal and he suffered the aforementioned injury during Napoli’s home clash with Udinese.
He initially suffered a brutal collision with Udinese attacker Ignacio Pussetto before the Colombian national team goalkeeper collapsed towards the first half of the Serie A game.
Ospina was treated on the pitch after the collision with Argentine striker Pussetto.
The Arsenal loanee was taken to hospital on Sunday and he has been released after doctors cleared him as confirmed by Napoli.
David Ospina has played 21 games for Napoli since he joined the club from Arsenal on a temporary deal until the end of the season.
The former Nice player requested for a loan transfer from Arsenal at the start of this season after the Gunners signed a new goalkeeper.
Arsenal signed Bernd Leno from German Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen in a deal worth £22m.
The signing of Leno pushed David Ospina to the third position on the goalkeeper’s pecking order at Arsenal behind Bernd Leno and ex-Czech Republic international star Petr Cech.
Man Utd Plot Loan Exit For 23-Year-Old Arsenal Target
Three-time European champions Manchester United are reportedly plotting a loan transfer out of the club for Red Devils midfielder Andreas Pereira.
According to the publication from The Sun, Manchester United are ready to let Andreas Pereira leave the club on loan if he signs a new four-year contract to commit his long-term future to the Red Devils.
Andreas Pereira, 23, was linked with a move to Arsenal before and during the January transfer window but those transfer rumours have cooled down in recent weeks.
Apart from the Gunners, the Belgium-born Brazilian international was also touted as a possible transfer addition for West London giants Chelsea, West Ham United and Spanish club Valencia.
Andreas Pereira initially had few months left on his Manchester United contract before the club activated the additional year clause in the contract to take him till 2020.
Manchester United want to tie him down to a long-term deal at the club.
Andreas Pereira has figured heavily in the Manchester United team more than ever under the guidance of interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
He scored his first goal for the club during the comeback win over struggling outfit Southampton last month.
Andreas Pereira started the second half fightback by scoring the equaliser for Manchester United who had to overturn a 1-0 deficit to beat the Saints 3-2 in their Premier League clash in February.
Arsenal Eyeing Summer Move For In-form Monaco Loanee
Premier League giants Arsenal are plotting a summer move for AS Monaco attacker Gelson Martins according to reports emanating from the media in Portugal.
Popular Portuguese newspaper A Bola claim that the Gunners want to sign the in-form Gelson Martins when the transfer window reopens this summer.
The Portuguese international player was at Sporting Lisbon until he joined Spanish La Liga club Atletico Madrid at the start of this season.
Gelson Martins was part of the 23-man squad that represented Portugal at the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.
The European champions didn’t have the best of tournaments after they were knocked out of the competition at the last 16 stage via a 2-1 defeat to South American nation Uruguay.
Paris Saint Germain (PSG) striker Edinson Cavani was the hero for Uruguay with his two goals against Gelson Martins and his Portuguese teammates.
Shortly after the World Cup in Russia, Gelson Martins cancelled his then contract at Sporting Lisbon before joining Spanish giants Atletico Madrid.
His transfer to Atletico Madrid is being investigated by world’s football governing body, FIFA.
Gelson Martins didn’t have the best of starts at Atletico Madrid and that prompted him to leave the club for French club AS Monaco on loan.
He has been in good form for Monaco since his loan transfer to the club.
The Portuguese winger has scored three goals in his first seven games for Monaco.
Why Chelsea is to blame for Arsenal’s ‘difficult’ situation
Arsenal are now left with no choice than to play their second leg of the Europa League quarter-finals at Naples, away from home, according to Sky Sports pundit and former Man City right-back Danny Mills.
It is claimed that under a number circumstances, the North London outfit are supposed to play the first leg away before playing the second one home because they were drawn out of the hat after the Italian Serie A outfit but that will not happen in this case.
This is because the West London outfit Chelsea were drawn away for the first leg with Slavia Prague and are expected to play at home at the Stamford Bridge for the second leg.
However, because of the rule that clubs from the same city cannot play at home at the same time, one of the teams have to be sacrificed and the Gunners were the victim.
The Sky Sports pundit is of the opinion that the development puts Arsenal in a difficult situation as it would have been best for them to begin away so that they can comfortably seal qualification at home.
He noted that playing the second leg away at the San Paolo Stadium is a big disadvantage for Arsenal because of the atmosphere the Napoli home ground is known for.
Arsenal Face Spanish Opposition For 4-Goal Leverkusen Star
One-time Champions League finalists Arsenal will have to fend off the interest of two Spanish clubs in the bid to sign highly-rated Bayern Leverkusen forward Julian Brandt.
The interest of the Spanish clubs was revealed by popular German newspaper Sport Bild.
It was revealed that the Spanish La Liga duo of Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are keeping tabs on the situation of Julian Brandt.
The German international has previously been linked with a move to Arsenal but the Gunners interest in the player appeared to have waned in recent months.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has been saddled with the responsibility of rebuilding the European champions following his reappointment last week and Julian Brandt could be an option for him.
Brandt has scored four goals and provided a whopping ten assists for Bayer Leverkusen in 25 Bundesliga appearances this term.
French football legend Zidane returned to Real Madrid as their manager earlier this month having resigned from the job last summer.
Real Madrid have already sacked two coaches for poor performance and Zidane’s appointment makes it the third for the Los Merengues.
Zidane began his second managerial spell with a much needed 2-0 win over Celta Vigo courtesy goals from Isco and Gareth Bale.
Arsenal To Reignite Interest In La Liga Defender
Premier League giants Arsenal will revive their interest in Getafe defender Djene Dakonam in their bid to sign a new centre back ahead of next season.
This is according to the publication from trusted Spanish newspaper which claimed that the Gunners are ready to reignite their interest in the 27-year-old centre back.
Djene Dakonam has previously been linked with a move to North London especially during the winter transfer window but the defender opted to stay with Getafe.
Transfer rumours about him and Arsenal have soared in the last few hours after Gunners boss Unai Emery was in attendance as his Getafe target played out an impressive goalless draw at the home of Valencia.
Djene Dakonam was impressive at the Mestalla as they came away with a point that was enough to preserve their place in the top four of the Spanish La Liga table alongside leaders Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid and at the expense of more illustrious opponents like Sevilla, Deportivo Alaves and Valencia.
Arsenal have made the signing of a new centre back their top priority ahead of this summer’s transfer window.
Apart from the centre back position, the Gunners also want to strengthen the left-back and right-wing positions.
Atletico Win Free Transfer Race To Sign Arsenal Target
Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid have won the race to sign FC Porto midfielder Hector Herrera according to reports emanating from the media in Spain.
Trusted Spanish newspaper AS claim that the Rojiblancos have won the free transfer race to sign the Mexican international player.
Hector Herrera is expected to leave Portuguese champions, FC Porto, this summer when his current deal at the club expires.
He has scored six goals in 38 appearances for FC Porto this season in all competitions.
North London giants Arsenal and Italian Serie A club AC Milan were also in the running for Hector Herrera but it seems like Atletico Madrid have won the race to sign him.
Hector Herrera was part of the Mexico team that shocked then world champions Germany at last summer’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.
Mexico finished second in Group F behind leaders Sweden and ahead of both South Korea and bottom team Germany before they were beaten by fellow American national Brazil in the last 16.
It was revealed that Atletico Madrid have offered Hector Herrera a five-year deal.
The Mexican midfielder would have been a good replacement for Aaron Ramsey at Arsenal.
Ramsey will leave Arsenal this summer upon the expiration of his contract.
The 28-year-old will join Italian Serie A champions Juventus this summer.
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