Former Premier League club Sunderland have received a big transfer blow after the North London giants Arsenal blocked their move for one of the midfielders on the Gunners’ payroll.
The Black Cats were hoping to sign Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock possible on loan until the end of this season to boost their Championship promotion hopes.
Sunderland suffered relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2017/18 season before making it two in two seasons by dropping down to League One at the end of the last campaign.
The club has been in the top three spots on the League One table for some time and Northeast outfit would like to improve the squad for the second half of this season as they try to secure promotion at the end of the season.
Joe Willock would have been a good addition to the Gunners squad but Football London claim that Arsenal have told clubs that their players are not available for sale or for loan deals.
Willock, 19, has been in impressive form for both the Arsenal junior and senior teams this season.
He was on target twice in the FA Cup third round victory over League One side Blackpool.
The England U20 international netted a first-half brace before Super Eagles star Alex Iwobi completed the 3-0 win.
Arsenal Defender Targets Regular First Team Football
Arsenal defender Stephan Lichtsteiner has revealed that his focus is to play regular football ahead of the 2020 European Championship.
The 35-year-old has not seen much football at Arsenal for the past one month but the Swiss international star insists that he’s happy at the club.
Stephan Lichtsteiner went on to hint that he could leave the club in search of regular football.
The former Juventus right-back talked about Arsenal and the need for regular football in a chat with media portal Neue Zurcher Zeitung.
Stephan Lichtsteiner became an Arsenal player last summer after joining on a free transfer.
The Swiss international right-back signed for the Gunners as a free agent shortly after the expiration of his contract at Italian Serie A champions Juventus.
He was the first signing of the Unai Emery era at Arsenal.
Unai Emery was appointed the Arsenal manager at the start of the season as a replacement for long-serving boss Arsene Wenger who had resigned at the end of last season despite the fact that he had one year left on his then contract.
Stephan Lichtsteiner has already started the discussions over an extension to the one-year contract he signed at the club upon the request of Unai Emery but the defender could still leave the club in search of regular football.
Arsenal Target On Song In Win Over Russia
Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans was one of the best players on the pitch as he helped his Belgium team to a 3-1 victory over Russia.
Belgium entertained Russia in what was the first game of their qualifiers ahead of the 2020 edition of the European Championship.
The Belgians secured a relatively straightforward win over Russia though they suffered a small scare in the first half the quality of players like the aforementioned Tielemans and Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard was too much for the Russians.
Youri Tielemans showed why Premier League sides like Manchester United and Arsenal wanted to sign him on loan during the January transfer window before he ended up at Leicester City.
The 21-year-old gave Belgium the lead in the 14th minute before the Russians levelled proceedings two minutes later after Denis Cheryshev pounced on an error from Red Devils goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Eden Hazard gave the Belgians the lead again from the spot on the stroke of halftime after he was fouled in the box before the Chelsea star wrapped up the win for his side.
In the other group I games played on Wednesday night, Cyprus thrashed San Marino 5-0, while Kazakhstan stunned Scotland via a 3-0 win.
Arsenal Loanee Inspired By Hudson-Odoi Impact At Chelsea
Arsenal forward Reiss Nelson has lauded the impact of Callum Hudson-Odoi at Chelsea since he broke into the first team at Stamford Bridge last year.
According to Reiss Nelson, he has been inspired by his meteoric rise at Chelsea.
Reiss Nelson has also been turning heads at German Bundesliga club TSG Hoffenheim whom he joined on a season-long deal last summer.
He spoke about Callum Hudson-Odoi in a chat with Sky Sports News.
Reiss Nelson has scored six goals for TSG Hoffenheim since his loan transfer to the German club at the start of the season.
Earlier reports claim that the German club wants to sign him permanently but the Gunners are not interested in a deal for him.
Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reiss Nelson were England teammates at junior level but the Chelsea winger has graduated to the senior level.
The 18-year-old was called up to the England national team for the first time by manager Gareth Southgate earlier this week.
He’s in the England squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Montenegro.
Callum Hudson-Odoi and England will face Czech Republic at home on Friday before facing Montenegro away from home three days later.
Young Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi has made 16 appearances for the Blues in all competitions this season.
Arsenal Fan Alaba Wants Premier League Transfer
Bayern Munich defender David Alaba has talked up the possibility of moving to a major club in the Premier League.
Arsenal fan Alaba spoke about the Premier League in a chat with popular German newspaper Sport Bild as he also revealed that a move to Spanish La Liga giants like Barcelona and Real Madrid is possible.
David Alaba has been a key player for German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich for the better part of the last decade.
The Nigerian-born Austrian international left-back has made 335 appearances for the Bavarian giants and he would be hoping to add more when the international break is over.
Bayern Munich will resume their league campaign against Freiburg on the 30th of March before they face Heidenheim in the last eight of the German Cup.
David Alaba and Bayern Munich are only fighting for major honours on two fronts after they were knocked out of the Champions League by Premier League giants Liverpool.
The Reds secured a quarterfinal spot in the competition via a 3-1 aggregate win over the Bavarian giants in their last 16 tie.
Both sides played out a goalless draw in the first leg at Anfield before Sadio Mane scored a brace in the second leg in Germany to give Liverpool a 3-1 win.
Arsenal Face Barcelona Threat For La Liga Defender
North London giants Arsenal will have to fend off the threat from Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona in their quest to sign one of the best defenders in the Spanish top flight this season.
Getafe defender Djene Dakonam has been in superb form for his Madrid-based club this season.
His performances for Getafe has not gone unnoticed with the best teams in Europe.
Dakonam and Getafe are having a fantastic season with the club punching above their weight in the Spanish La Liga this term.
Getafe are in fourth position on the Spanish La Liga table and they are on course to play Champions League next season.
Major European clubs Arsenal and Barcelona are said to be keen on signing Djene Dakonam.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery was at the Mestalla to run the rule over the Togolese centre back as he helped Getafe to a battling goalless draw against hosts Valencia.
Unai Emery and Arsenal have made the signing of a new centre back top priority ahead of this summer’s transfer window.
The Arsenal defence has been largely unconvincing in the Premier League this term with just six clean sheets in 30 games and Unai Emery wants to boost that area of the team ahead of next season.
Bayern Plotting £69m Summer Move For 17-Goal Arsenal Target
German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are eyeing a big money move for Lille winger Nicolas Pepe according to widespread reports in the media.
Ivorian international Pepe is one of the best young players in European football following his form for French Ligue 1 club Lille.
Several European clubs including North London giants Arsenal are interested in the in-form Pepe.
According to a specific report from BeIN Sports, Bayern Munich are ready to spend as much as £69m on Pepe.
It was revealed that Bayern Munich are backed by Sportswear manufacturing giants Adidas in their quest to sign the aforementioned Pepe.
The proposed transfer would make the Ligue 1 star the most expensive player in the history of Bayern Munich.
He would eclipse the €40m that the Bavarian giants paid to sign French World Cup winner Corentin Tolisso from Lyon.
Lille owner recently revealed that it would take £43m to prise Pepe away from the club.
Nicolas Pepe bursted onto the scene in the last campaign when he scored 14 goals to help Lille escape relegation at the end of last season.
The 23-year-old has scored 17 goals and also provided eight assists for Lille this season with the club in the Champions League places at the moment.
£30m Asking Price Slapped On Arsenal Target Benrahma
Premier League giants Arsenal will have to spend a lot of money to prise one of their transfer targets away from his club.
Brentford winger Said Benrahma has been in very good form for his English Championship club this term and his quality has not gone unnoticed with the best teams in the Premier League and outside the top flight of English football.
According to the publication from TeamTalk, Brentford has slapped the asking price of £30m on one of their prized assets in a bid to ward off the interest of Arsenal and other interested clubs.
Premier League clubs Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace have registered their interest in the exciting Algerian winger.
Non-Premier League sides like Italian Serie A giants AC Milan and German Bundesliga title contenders Borussia Dortmund are also keen on a possible summer transfer for the Algerian international.
Brentford paid just £5m to secure the signing of Said Benrahma from French Ligue 1 club Nice at the start of this season and the Algerian has lived up to expectations after netting nine goals in 23 games for his London club this term.
He has also provided 13 assists in those games.
Arsenal will have to fend off stiff competition to sign the highly rated winger.
The Chelsea star who inspires Arsenal teenager revealed
North London outfit Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson has pointed to Callum Hudson-Odoi as the Chelsea player who inspires him.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has seen only a few appearances in the Chelsea team but that did not stop his call-up to the England senior national team under manager Gareth Southgate.
Reiss Nelson is currently on a loan deal with the German Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim and has shown good quality which is already catching attention from a number of teams but there is no way the North London outfit will want to part ways with him.
The Arsenal teenager stated that he has played against Callum Hudson-Odoi in the youth league, noting that they are friends and have gotten along with each other for a long time.
He stressed that Callum Hudson-Odoi has been inspiring as he always makes a player push harder for a bigger level, noting that his call-up to the senior national team is another big inspiration for him.
However, there are suggestions that the North London outfit could ask Reiss Nelson to return to the Emirates Stadium as he has shown he is ripe enough to compete at a bigger stage and in a big side like Arsenal.
Arsenal Target Berates Sacked Solari For THIS Reason
Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas has launched a scathing attack on former manager Santiago Solari for the lack of opportunities handed to him while he was in charge of the team.
Keylor Navas told Spanish media outlet Cadena COPE that he won’t have been given any chance to play under Solari no matter what he did.
Under Santiago Solari, the Costa Rican international shot-stopper was confined to the bench with Thibaut Courtois being made the club’s first choice goalkeeper.
Keylor Navas was the undisputed number one goalkeeper at Real Madrid until Thibaut Courtois signed for the club last summer.
Belgian international Courtois joined Real Madrid from Chelsea in a £35m deal with Mateo Kovacic joining Chelsea on a season-long loan until this summer.
Keylor Navas was strongly linked with a move to Arsenal during the January transfer window as a result of his struggles for game time under Santiago Solari.
The 32-year-old didn’t leave the club and his fortunes have turned for the better after he was reinstated into the starting XI by new manager Zinedine Zidane.
French football legend Zidane was reappointed last week following the dismissal of Solari who paid the price for some poor results.
Keylor Navas was the first choice goalkeeper as Real Madrid won three successive Champions League titles under Zidane between 2016 and 2018.
Arsenal Star Slams Loan Cancellation Rumours In Cryptic Way
Arsenal midfielder Denis Suarez has slammed transfer reports claiming that the Gunners won’t make his loan deal permanent this summer in a cryptic way.
One-cap Spanish international Denis Suarez is on a short-term loan at Arsenal from Barcelona having joined the Gunners during the winter transfer window.
Arsenal have the option to make his loan deal permanent this summer but reports in the British media claim that the Gunners won’t exercise that option.
According to the publication from The Sun, Arsenal will turn their attention to other transfer targets rather than spend at least £18m to sign Denis Suarez to a permanent contract at the club.
Denis Suarez took to his official Instagram account to debunk the aforementioned reports as he posted a picture of him in training with a shut up emoji.
The Spaniard is yet to start a game for Arsenal since his loan move to North London in January.
He’s presently behind the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil and Alex Iwobi. To this effect, he has been restricted to only a handful of appearances from the substitute bench.
Denis Suarez joined Arsenal mainly because of Gunners boss Unai Emery whom he played for while the Spanish tactician was the Sevilla manager.
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