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David Luiz’s Shirt Number At Arsenal Confirmed

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Arsenal made one of the controversial signings of the summer following the David Luiz transfer on deadline day.

David Luiz moved from Chelsea to London rivals Arsenal on the final day of this summer’s Premier League transfer window.

His transfer was confirmed on Thursday night and he has penned a two-year deal at Arsenal until the end of next season.

The 32-year-old will wear the number 23 jersey as confirmed by the club shortly after his transfer was confirmed.

Arsenal paid £8m for the transfer to happen in their quest to sign a new centre back before the transfer window shut.

David Luiz recently signed a new two-year deal at Chelsea with his previous contract scheduled to end this summer but his fresh contract terms with the Blues didn’t stop him from moving to Arsenal after he was relegated to fourth choice centre back.

New Chelsea manager Frank Lampard relegated him to fourth choice during preseason with the likes of Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen and the injured Antonio Rudiger ahead of him in the pecking order.

David Luiz has reunited with Arsenal manager Unai Emery in North London having worked together with the Spanish tactician during their time at French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG).

Segun is a regular contributor to Thewistle and has worked at several publications, including BEIn and talkSport.

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Arsenal Decision On Boateng Revealed

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Arsenal are reportedly pushing to sign Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng on loan before the end of this January transfer window.

According to the Daily Star, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta wants to sign a defender on loan before the winter transfer window ends this month and German international Jerome Boateng is the main target.

Arteta had previously said that the Gunners will most likely operate in the loan plus free transfer market this month and that’s exactly what’s happening with Jerome Boateng who has made just nine starts for Bayern Munich in the league this season as the Bavarian giants start to prepare for life without him in their team.

He has been a mainstay of the Bayern Munich defense for the majority of the last decade and was crucial to the German national team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil which they won by beating Argentina 1-0 after extra time in the final.

Arsenal are a center-back short as a result of the serious knee injury to Calum Chambers and Jerome Boateng could be the man to replace him.

The aforementioned report said that the Gunners will spend big on a central defender in the summer with a £50m transfer for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano in the works.

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What Laryvin Kurzawa Said About Arsenal Transfer?

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Paris Saint Germain (PSG) defender Laryvin Kurzawa has fuelled the transfer rumors of a move to Arsenal with his social media activity.

The French international announced that he has joined Sports Agency ‘the Sports Invest in the UK’ via his official Twitter account.

The latest development has increased speculation of a free transfer move to Arsenal in the summer.

His PSG contract expires in the summer and France Football claimed that the left-back already has an agreement in place to join the Gunners.

Earlier reports had said that PSG demanded small money from Arsenal for the player to move to the Emirates Stadium this month since he has six months to run on his present deal.

Kurzawa, 27, could be the first signing under new manager Mikel Arteta who has spent just one month in his new job.

Mikel Arteta was named the Gunners manager in December 2019 having been player at the club for five years until his retirement in 2016.

He has overseen two wins, three draws and one defeats since his appointment as the Gunners boss last month including the record of just one win in five Premier League games.

Arteta and Arsenal had three draws and one defeats within that league period.

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Arsenal Sent Laryvin Kurzawa Warnings

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Former Arsenal midfielder Gilles Grimandi has advised the North London outfit to flee away from a possible agreement with Paris Saint Germain (PSG) defender Laryvin Kurzawa.

In his latest interview as monitored by the Daily Star, Arsenal legend Gilles Grimandi warned the Gunners from signing Kurzawa as the French left-back lacks the fight and hunger to succeed in a tough league like the Premier League in England.

France Football had earlier said that the Gunners have agreed a free transfer move for Laryvin Kurzawa and that he’ll link up with the Premier League giants in the summer when his PSG contract expires.

Arsenal are desperate to strengthen their team in defence and they have turned to Kurzawa who is not the first choice left-back at PSG though club manager Thomas Tuchel said that the Frenchman has improved in recent games.

It was initially thought that the player will move from PSG to Arsenal for a small fee this month since he has six months left on his current deal at the Parc des Princes.

Arsenal have two left-back options in Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac but they have been injury-prone to date thus forcing Arteta to play young winger Bukayo Saka in the position in recent times.

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EPL: Arsenal Confirm Starting Lineup vs Sheffield United

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Arsenal are a more organised team under new manager Mikel Arteta though it must be pointed out that the Spaniard has been a little unlucky with the number of points accrued from the games played under his short tenure at the club.

The Gunners have won one, drawn two and lost one of the four games played under Mikel Arteta in the Premier League and many football fans would agree that Arsenal deserve more points with their performances in those games.

Arteta and his players face a difficult challenge in Sheffield United at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening in what’s their latest league game this season.

Sheffield United have been the surprise team of this season and they are four points and four places better off than the Gunners ahead of the meeting of the two teams.

Young French striker Lys Moussett scored the only goal of the game in the reverse fixture.

Arsenal have several injury worries in the defence with the likes of Sead Kolasinac and Lucas Torreira doubtful for the game.

Arsenal XI vs Sheffield United (4-3-3): Bernd Leno; Ainsley Maitland-Niles, David Luiz, Sokratis Papasthathopoulos, Bukayo Saka; Lucas Torreira, Mesut Ozil, Granit Xhaka; Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel Martinelli and Nicholas Pepe.

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Arsenal Reach Agreement To Sign Star Player

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Arsenal have reportedly reached an agreement to sign Paris Saint Germain (PSG) defender Laryvin Kurzawa.

This is according to the publication via France Football which disclosed that the Gunners have agreed a deal for the French international left-back to join them in the summer.

Laryvin Kurzawa has six months left on his PSG contract meaning that he’ll become a free agent this summer thus allowing him to join Arsenal on a free transfer at the end of this campaign.

Earlier reports had claimed that the Gunners will sign the former AS Monaco player in this January transfer window.

Respected British journalist David Ornstein talked about negotiations between Arsenal and the French player.

Arsenal have a lot of defensive injuries at the moment and new manager Mikel Arteta has talked about the need to strengthen his squad on the defensive front.

Calum Chambers is a versatile defender but the England international won’t play for Arsenal again after he underwent knee surgery at the end of last month.

He has been ruled out till next season as a result of his knee injury.

Apart from Calum Chambers, fellow defenders Sead Kolasinac, Kieran Tierney, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin have all had various injury issues this season.

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Dayot Upamecano Transfer Message To Arsenal

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Premier League giants Arsenal have been buoyed by the transfer message delivered on their major transfer target Dayot Upamecano who is on the payroll of German Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.

Arsenal have made French junior international Dayot Upamecano their number one defensive target as they bid to strengthen their defence in 2020 and the RB Leipzig sporting director Markus Krosche has delivered a big transfer message on the player.

According to him via his latest interview as monitored by the Daily Star, RB Leipzig are braced up for incoming bids for the player from clubs like Arsenal.

Markus Krosche further said that it’s expected since Dayot Upamecano is widely regarded as one of the best centre backs in the German top flight.

Dayot Upamecano has 18 months left on his RB Leipzig deal at the moment and that has given him the command in what happens to his future.

RB Leipzig will have to sell him this summer or risk losing him for free when his contract expires in 2021 since the player has turned down offers of a new contract from the German Bundesliga outfit.

Dayot Upamecano has been instrumental to the run of RB Leipzig to the top of the table.

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Thomas Lemar Finally Makes Transfer Decision

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Atletico Madrid winger Thomas Lemar has made a decision on his future in the Spanish league finally according to the newest reports coming out of his native France.

Thomas Lemar has struggled for form at Atletico Madrid since he joined the Spanish La Liga giants at the start of the 2018/19 season and that led to the transfer rumours of him moving away from the Spaniards with the likes of Arsenal, Lyon and Tottenham Hotspur interested in him.

Recent reports even talked about the possibility of a swap deal involving Thomas Lemar and Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette.

French international Lacazette came close to signing for Atletico Madrid before his move to Arsenal from Lyon and he would have signed for the Rojiblancos if not for the FIFA transfer ban imposed on them in the summer of 2017.

It was not really surprising that Lacazette was linked with an Atletico Madrid transfer again in a swap deal that will see Lemar join the Gunners but that won’t be possible after the former AS Monaco man made a decision on his future at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid.

According to Le10Sport from France, Thomas Lemar has decided to stay at Atletico Madrid who paid £51m to sign him from AS Monaco in 2018.

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Arteta Willing To Sanction £90,000-a-week Sale At Arsenal

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Shkrodan Mustafi

According to The Sun, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has told defender Shkodran Mustafi that he won’t stand in his way if the German wants to leave the Gunners in this window.

Mustafi earns £90,000 per week at Arsenal and he has just 18 months left on his contract.

The Arsenal centre back is reportedly willing to leave the club this month in search of regular football and Mikel Arteta has given his blessing for him to move away from the North London outfit.

Mikel Arteta has made his position known on a potential Mustafi exit despite the lack of centre back options at his disposal mainly due to injuries and loan deals.

Apart from Mustafi, Arsenal have just three centre back options namely Sokratis Papasthathopoulos, David Luiz and Rob Holding.

Calum Chambers has been the best centre back at Arsenal this season but the England international won’t play again until next season after his knee surgery last month.

He sustained the injury during the home game against Chelsea in December 2019.

Another centre back options Kostantinos Mavropanos has joined Nurnberg in the German Bundesliga II on loan for the rest of this campaign.

Turkish giants Galatasaray are the obvious transfer options for Mustafi in his quest to leave Arsenal.

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