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Arsenal manager Unai Emery has earned a lot of plaudits for being able to strengthen some of the obvious weaknesses in the Gunners squad that scuppered their campaign last season. The North London club were tipped to win the Europa League but for their shambolic defending and their quest to finish in the first quartet of the Premier league table never saw the light of the day, after they finished in 5th place.

Although, they are not among the favourites for the title this season, Arsenal have looked promising since the start of this campaign, thanks to the signing of David Luiz, Dani Ceballos and Nicolas Pepe. Arsenal signed five players this summer including William Saliba, and Gabriel Martinelli but the aforementioned trio have steadily staked a claim in the first team of Emery.

Luiz have come in as a direct replacement for Laurent Koscielny, who forced his way out of Arsenal in the summer. The former Chelsea and PSG centre-half have committed some blunders, particularly in the Liverpool game but his leadership trait have stabilised the Gunners to an extent. He communicates with his teammates, perhaps, a change in partnership with him and Rob Holding or Shkodran Mustafi will make the the back-line a tad solid.

One and off the pitch, Ceballos has been highly impressive. He was found cheering his teammate while we were two goals down against Tottenham. The Spanish playmaker exudes confidence and energy, and we have not missed Aaron Ramsey because of him. Meanwhile, Emery has sought for a potent and mesmeric winger, and he’s found one in Pepe. The Ivorian winger is yet to find the back of the net for Arsenal but he’s looked a tough baggage for opponents.

One position Arsenal must strengthen in January

You can be playing the best online slots games in minutes and still perfectly predicts the number one position Arsenal must stenghten.

With various options in the midfield and defence, Arsenal are somewhat limited in options on the wing. Emery has had to play Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the left flank,  a position that does not bring out the best in him. Lacazette does better with holding up play but Aubameyang is more clinical, which leaves the manager with the headache of tinkering his selection.

Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi fitted on the left flank for Arsenal but both players have left albeit Mkhi on loan. While Gabriel Martinelli and Reiss Nelson can play there as well, methinks they are not good enough. Emery must be looking at signing a winger in the mould of Zaha that can operate at the same frequency with Pepe on the left flank and have one of his super strikers on the bench as a potent option.

 

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Arsenal in last-minute rush deal for AS Roma midfielder

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English Premier League club Arsenal are also in a last-minute rush to complete a deal for a midfielder before the summer transfer window ends on October 3.

The Mikel Arteta team have already secured the signature of Willian from Chelsea and Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille while two other players have been made permanent as they were on loan at the club.

The Attention has since been shifted to the search for a midfielder and the Gunners have been linked with the signature of Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey and Lyon star Houssem Aouar but they are yet to snap of the signature of any of the two.

The asking price has been the challenge for the Gunners to secure the service of any of the midfield targets and that could force them into considering other options.

Italian publication ll Messaggero, cited by Daily Star reports that the North London outfit are now considering the signature of AS Roma midfielder Amadou Diawara and will involve Lucas Torreira in the deal.

It is understood that £19 million will be enough to convince AS Roma to release the 23-year-old and the said fee will not be paid completely with the involvement of Lucas Torreira in the deal.

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Who should Arsenal sign? Houssem Aouar or Thomas Partey

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Arsenal have been heavily linked with the signature of two midfielders in this summer transfer window with the hope that they will conclude at least one of the deals before October 5.

Although it has been difficult for the Gunners as Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey both have high price tags on their head by French Ligue 1 Lyon and Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid and it has been difficult for Arsenal to meet.

Atletico Madrid are requesting the sum of £45 million as the release clause for the Ghanaian international while Lyon have also insisted on £50 million for Houssem Aouar and earlier bids have been rejected but the Gunners are believed to be preparing an improved bid for the Ligue 1 player.

Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn in his opinion claims that it is a positive thing for Arsenal to be linked with players like Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey but noted that they must sell some of the existing midfielders in the team to create space.

He, therefore, prefers the signing of Thomas Partey ahead of Houssem Aouar, noting that the Atletico Madrid midfielder is quick, solid, and powerful without the ball as much as on it.

He added that the ability of Partey to take the ball in tight situations and go past the opposing midfield players will open space in and around the opponent’s defence for goals to be scored.

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Arsenal Reach Agreement With Lyon As Houssem Aouar Arrives In London For Medicals

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According to sources close to Arsenal Central, the Gunners have reached an agreement with Lyon over their player, Houssem Aouar.

It was also revealed that the player is in London for his medicals.

The latest news would be a welcomed development for Arsenal who have seen several bids turned down by Lyon for Houssem Aouar.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has targeted the French junior international as his major target in the transfer window having been aware of his quality during his days as the Manchester City assistant manager.

Arteta was in the dugout in place of the suspended Pep Guardiola when Houssem Aouar and Lyon outclassed Manchester City in a Champions League clash that ended in a 2-1 win for the French team.

Lyon initially placed a €60m price tag on Aouar on the back of his impressive outings in last season’s Champions League but they have been forced to lower their valuation due to the lack of genuine interest in him.

Only the Gunners have followed up their interest with bids for the 22-year-old playmaker.

Others like Juventus, Manchester City and Real Madrid were also interested in him.

Arteta’s team has struggled for creativity in the middle of the park this season and Houssem Aouar could be the man to fix this problem.

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Arteta Approves €11m Exit For Arsenal Defender

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Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac is on the verge of returning to the German Bundesliga after Gunners boss Mikel Arteta approved his transfer.

German publication Sport Bild disclosed that the Arsenal left-back is on his way to Bayer Leverkusen after the German Bundesliga club agreed on an €11m deal for him.

The Bosnian player has been told by Arteta that he can leave the club in this transfer window.

Sead Kolasinac was initially linked with a move back to Germany because of family reasons before the player decided to stay and fight for a place in the first XI at Arsenal.

West Ham United, Bayer Leverkusen, AS Roma and former club Schalke 04 have all been linked with Sead Kolasinac and it looks like Leverkusen will be his next destination.

According to Bild, Leverkusen will pay €11m plus add-ons for the Gunners player and that the German club don’t have any problems with his hefty weekly salary.

Sead Kolasinac earns around £100,000 weekly at Arsenal plus £40,000 anytime he makes the matchday squad.

He signed for Arsenal on a free transfer in 2017 after his contract at Schalke 04 ran out.

Arsenal are trying to move on some players in the final days of the transfer window to accommodate new signings.

 

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Report: No Lazio Transfer For Arsenal Player

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Renowned transfer news guru Fabrizio Romano has debunked transfer reports that Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi is closing in on a move to Italian Serie A club Lazio.

Earlier reports had claimed that the Gunners centre back is in talks to join the Italians in the next few days.

Fabrizio Romano said that there’s no Lazio transfer for German international Mustafi at the moment.

The Gunners want to sign new players in the final days of this but they are cash strapped. They need to sell players to raise funds for new signings and Mustafi is said to be one of the Arsenal players on the transfer list at the Emirates Stadium.

Shkodran Mustafi is presently injured after the injury issue he picked up towards the end of the last Premier League campaign.

He’s expected to return to full training next month.

Mustafi faces a real battle for relevant in the Arsenal team after the Gunners signed some centre backs this summer.

The German has been pushed further down the centre back pecking order after the £25m signing of Gabriel from Lille.

Young centre back William Saliba is back at the Emirates Stadium after he completed the Saint Etienne loan spell that his transfer from Saint Etienne to Arsenal contained.

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Arsenal News: Diawara Emerges As target With Arsenal Considering Swap Deal

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Premier League giants Arsenal have identified AS Roma midfielder Amadou Diawara as the defensive midfield alternative to top target Thomas Partey.

This is according to Italian publication II Massaggero which revealed that the Gunners would turn to the Guinean international if they can’t sign Partey from Spanish La Liga side Atletico Madrid.

AS Roma are open to selling the 23-year-old and the capital club values him at £19m.

The Italians are also one of the clubs interested in Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira and the clubs could potentially work on a swap deal that would see the two players move in the opposite direction.

Other clubs interested in Lucas Torreira include Fiorentina, Torino and Atletico Madrid.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta wants to sign a new defensive midfielder in the last days of the current transfer market and Atletico Madrid player Thomas Partey is his top target for that position.

The Gunners have been told to pay the €50m release clause for Thomas Partey upfront by Atletico Madrid but they are low on cash according to reports.

Amadou Diawara is the alternative for Thomas Partey.

The AS Roma midfielder has spent one year in the Italian capital following his transfer from Napoli last summer.

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Man United Agree Shock Transfer For Arsenal Player

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Manchester United have agreed on a shock transfer for Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-Niles, according to reliable transfer news source Plettigoal.

It was revealed that the transfer is 80% done and that recently capped England international Ainsley Maitland-Niles will move to Arsenal in the next few days.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles made his debut for the Three Lions of England during the last international break earlier this month. He was a second-half substitute as the English team played out a goalless draw at the home of Denmark in the UEFA Nations League.

He was linked with a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers at the start of the present transfer window but the Gunners were not able to reach an agreement for him.

BBC Sport disclosed that Wolves made a bid of £20m including add-ons for the player but it was rejected by Arsenal.

The Gunners had made Ainsley Maitland-Niles available for a transfer as at then before they had a change of mind following his impressive performance in the Community Shield clash with Liverpool.

The aforementioned report said that Manchester United will pay €22m for his transfer to Arsenal plus add-ons.

He would be the second summer signing at Old Trafford after Donny Van De Beek.

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EPL: Arsenal’s move for Aouar to be confirmed on Friday

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English Premier League outfit Arsenal have been told that they should either sign Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar by Friday this week or miss out on the player this summer window.

There have been talks of the Gunners interest in Houssem Aouar for the past weeks but there have not been any headway in their bid. An initial bid of player plus cash was rejected by the French Ligue 1 outfit and that is where he satiation stands.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas had earlier admitted the interest of the North London outfit on the player but noted that they are far from the valuation of the player, hinting that the Houssem Aouar might not be allowed to leave.

Now it is reported that Jean-Michel Aulas has given Arsenal an ultimatum to sign Houssem Aouar by Friday or never again, when he spoke to Telefoot, stressing that he wants all Lyon’s summer business to be concluded by Friday.

This development, therefore means that the North London outfit will have to make it fast to get the young midfielder or face other targets in the market.

Meanwhile, manager Mikel Arteta has already predicted that it will be a very busy last summer transfer window week for his team and other clubs as a number of activities would be happening.

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