Arsenal superstar Mesut Ozil is currently heavily linked with a move to Spanish giants Barcelona ahead of the coming winter transfer window in January.
The Catalan giants, according to Sports Mole, was to bring in the ex-German international to the Camp Nou on a loan deal during the winter transfer window with the option to make it permanent next summer as the brief-loan deal ends.
The reports further claim that the Spanish giants want to land the Arsenal playmaker to replace France International Ousmane Dembele, who has lost his favour from head coach Ernesto Valverde.
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The World Cup winner has been in and out of the Catalan’s squad, since his arrival at the club from Borussia Dortmund, due to his lack of discipline and the Barcelona manager has had enough of it.
The Spanish giants are now willing to sell him to make funds for the signing of Mesut Ozil as a replacement for him in the Camp Nou.
And just like Dembele, Ozil has also been in and out of the Arsenal’s team since the beginning of the season having run out of favour in the eyes of head coach Unai Emery, who is formerly reported to be a big admirer of Dembele.
Ozil was only able to register 24 appearances for the Gunners last season but looks like his games will keep on reducing, as he has only started just one Premier League games this season so far.
EPL: Arsenal in search of a goalkeeper
The injury of Bernd Leno could force North London outfit, Arsenal into the search for a new goalkeeper as the club can only boast of Emi Martinez.
Emiliano Martinez got the opportunity he has been waiting for in gold as he gave an impressive performance in the absence of Bernd Leno especially in the restart of the Premier League.
Most importantly is the fact that Emi Martinez helped the Gunners to win their 14th FA Cup title to earn a place in the Europa League next season but that has not stopped Arsenal from searching for a new goalkeeper, according to reports.
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It is claimed that the North London outfit will move in for a backup goalkeeper to ensure their safety in the course of the coming season.
Dejan Iliev and Matt Macey have both been identified as the best options as a backup gaolkeeper with the North London club hoping to seal a deal for any of one that is available in the summer transfer window.
However, it is expected that Bernd Leno will return to take his place as the first-choice goalkeeper as e is rated as part of the top five goalkeepers in the English Premier League.
EPL: Lyon still waiting for Arsenal’s Aouar bid
North London club, Arsenal are reported to be in the chase of French Ligue 1 outfit Lyon star Houssem Aouar in this summer transfer window but of course, they are yet to submit a bid for him.
Houssem Aouar has impressed with the Ligue 1 club and has attracted interest from a number of clubs but the Gunners are being tipped to snap him up this summer window.
However, it is claimed that the North London club is yet to make any bid for the star player as Lyon are still waiting for offers from interested suitors.
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French outlet L’Equipe reports that the bid for Houssem Aouar has now been left very open to all interested suitors as Lyon are forced to part ways with him to be able to cushion the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the club.
English Premier League club, Man City are reported to be the only major contestants for Houssem Aouar with Pep Guardiola also making efforts to work with the 22-year-old after his side played against Lyon in the Champions League last season.
Howbeit, the Gunners will be ready to meet with the £54 million asking price if they wish to have Houssem Aouar at the Emirates Stadium next season.
EPL: Arsenal set to face goalkeeping crisis
English Premier League club, Arsenal might be thrown into a goalkeeping crisis as Emiliano Martinez could dump the club in the summer transfer window.
The Argentina international came into the scene as the first-choice at the Emirates Stadium after Bernd Leno picked up an injury against Brighton in the Premier League encounter.
Emiliano Martinez in his short stint at the first-choice goalkeeper was impressive that it was difficult to notice the absence of Bernd Leno as he helped the Gunners to secure their 14th FA Cup title against Chelsea.
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However, Emiliano Martinez has told the Arsenal board to assure him of a first-choice role or have him leave the club as he will not be willing to remain as a second choice if Bernd Leno returns.
This means the Gunners will be short of goalkeeping options should the Argentina international leave the club as getting a goalkeeper with such quality will be very difficult.
He stated that he has already shown the club that he can play and he would like to return for next season’s campaign with the assurance that he will be given the chance to do so.
Emiliano Martinez added that his target is to win the first-choice role as well as emerge as the first choice for the Argentina national team.
EPL: Gunners legend have a say as Willian’s arsenal move gets more real
The speculated move of Brazilian international winger, Willian from Chelsea to Arsenal is now looking like it would happen with the latest developments in the news.
Chelsea’s boss, Frank Lampard is the first to raise the dust when he stated that Willian’s reported exit does not mean anything as he only shares a good relationship with Willian as a former teammate and now a manager.
According to him, the club will move on if the Brazilian should leave, recalling how the Blues team did not fall with the exit of Eden Hazard.
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Frank Lampard’s statement has been interpreted as “giving up” on keeping Willian as he has made some efforts to have the club agree on new terms with the Brazilian.
However, Arsenal legend, Paul Merson backs the move for Willian as he stated that despite the age, football is all about now, and right now, the player is a great one.
According to him, it is unbelievable that the West London outfit will let a player with such quality leave the club, stressing that Willian will be an unbelievable signing for Arsenal.
It is, therefore, claimed that the Brazilian winger will earn about £100,000 per week at the Emirates Stadium and he will be at the club for three years, the terms that were not granted him by Chelsea.
EPL: Why Arsenal’s expected transfer deals might not happen
A SunSports reporter, Mark Irwin has claimed that North London outfit Arsenal are poised to sign three players, including Thomas Partey, Gabriel Magalhaes, and Dani Ceballos this summer transfer window.
The report also claims that the Gunners will be spending £100 million to be able to achieve this transfer feat as they are hoping to cash in from the sale of Lucas Torreira, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Matteo Guendouzi, Mohamed Elneny, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Shkodran Mustafi this summer window.
However, the North London outfit are not sure of snapping two of their three main targets following the latest reports coming from their camps at Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid for Thomas Partey and Dani Ceballos respectively.
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Atletico Madrid club president, Enrique Cerezo in an interview with TeleMadrid expressed confidence that the Ghana international midfielder will not be leaving the club this term, which means an agreement has not been reached with Arsenal on a deal.
He added that Thomas Partey can still be a key part of the club in the coming season despite claims that the player seeks a move away from the Spanish La Liga.
Also, the future of Dani Ceballos is yet to be decided as Real Madrid are yet to confirm his exit from the club because an option of a buy was not included in his loan deal which means both clubs have to begin fresh talks.
Lyon waiting for Arsenal offer, expects others to show up
The latest reports making round has revealed that North London outfit Arsenal are very keen on the signature of French Ligue 1 outfit, Lyon midfielder, Houssem Aouar this term.
Some journalists close to the North London outfit have confirmed Arsenal’s interest in the midfielder and the possibility of signing him up this summer transfer window.
Houssem Aouar is one of the hottest players in the transfer window after his impressive performance for Lyon in the French Ligue 1 this season. There is no doubt about his quality to make a good career in the English Premier League.
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Meanwhile, French outlet L’Equipe reports that the French Ligue 1 outfit is waiting for an offer for Houssem Aouar as they consider cashing in on him. The report also adds that Lyon will not take less than £54 million for the highly-rated 21-year-old.
However, it was clearly stated in the report that the North London club is not alone in the chase of the player as Man City’s Pep Guardiola is also embroiled in a transfer tussle.
Pep Guardiola already saw Houssem Aouar and confirmed his quality when his team faced Lyon last season in the Champions League and singled him out for praise. He will be facing competition from Real Madrid and Juventus for the midfielder.
EPL: Former Arsenal, United player joins coaching crew
A former Arsenal and Man United player Robin Van Persie has returned to coaching as he is now part of the crew at Feyenoord.
Robin Van Persie is known to be loved at the Emirates Stadium and the Old Trafford for his impact when he was at the clubs. He is expected to now impact his knowledge on the younger players after his retirement at 37.
It would be recalled that he retired as a Feyenoord player last summer after winning 102 Holland caps and an earlier 11 years in the English Premier League.
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However, he claimed to have been called by Feyenoord manager Advocaat Dick and he could not say no to former Rangers, Sunderland, and Dutch national team coach.
Robin Van Persie told the Feyenoord website that his role at the club is not an official one and could just be a striker coach to help the strikers in the club.
Although he is unsure if he would love to do the job of a coach from this very experience, he would definitely figure it out or quit before the start of the nest season campaign.
Robin Van Persie has been more prominent with pundit jobs since his retirement and seems to love it by the day.
Arsenal’s interest in Rodriguez reignited
Arsenal have continued to be linked with a move for out-of-favour Real Madrid star James Rodriguez and there are suggestions that a deal could be sealed this summer transfer window.
The Gunners interest was reported by SunSport’s Dave Fraser when he stated that Arsenal want to seal a deal for the player, adding that manager Mikel Arteta is hoping to have a summer overhaul which includes sales of players and incomings.
Already, Brazilian international, Philippe Coutinho has been mentioned as one of the players to join the club as well as Willian from West London outfit but more are still being expected like the James Rodriguez speculation.
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However, Dave Fraser claims Arsenal’s bid for James Rodriguez would be a big mistake for the club if they are successful as he stated that the system of play, involving the 4-3-3, 3-4-3, and the 5-2-3 formations only accommodates two central midfielders and one holding midfielder which makes no room for the Real Madrid star.
According to him, this is the reason why Germany international, Mesut Ozil has been left redundant in the team, stressing that there could be a repeat with James Rodriguez.
He further laments that Mesut Ozil is paid £350,000 a week to sit on the bench and that could also happen with James Rodriguez if he joins.