North London giants Arsenal are sweating over a new deal for two of their most important players.
According to Goal correspondent Charles Watts, Arsenal have been unsuccessful in their quest to sign both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to respective new contracts.
Lacazette has less than three years on his current contract at Arsenal, while strike partner Aubameyang has less than two years on his present Arsenal deal.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal from German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund for a then club-record deal.
Borussia Dortmund received £57m for that transfer.
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Alexandre Lacazette had been the club-record transfer some six months earlier.
The two players have been the key men scoring the goals for Arsenal especially Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gabonese international was the joint topscorer in the Premier League last season with 22 goals.
He finished as the leading goalscorer alongside the Liverpool duo of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his 50th goal for the Gunners at the weekend during the disappointing Premier League draw at home to Midlands club.
It took him 78 games to reach that landmark for the North London giants.
He has scored eight league goals this season thus making him the fourth leading goalscorer in the Premier League.
Arsenal Finally Send Scouts To Watch Premier League Defender
North London giants Arsenal have sent scouts to watch Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu in action for his country Turkey during their latest Euro 2020 qualifiers.
According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal scouts were in attendance during the Euro 2020 qualifier between hosts Turkey and Iceland in Group H.
Caglar Soyuncu helped Turkey keep a clean sheet in a goalless draw at home to Iceland.
The result was enough to take Turkey through to the tournament proper next summer.
Caglar Soyuncu was on for the entire duration of the game.
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The Turkish defender has been able to form a solid centre back partnership with Jonny Evans at the soul of the Leicester City defence and he has attracted the interest of Arsenal.
His partnership with Northern Ireland international Evans has propelled Leicester City to second spot on the league table with the Foxes eight points off league leaders Liverpool in the race for the Premier League title.
Earlier reports had said that the Gunners want to spend as much as £60m on Caglar Soyuncu.
He has been one of the best centre back in the Premier League this season and he has been able to step up as the replacement for Harry Maguire at Leicester City after the England international left for Manchester United this summer.
Euro 2020: Ex-Arsenal Star On Target In Spain Rout
Former Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has scored his first goal for Spain in four years after he was on target during the 7-0 thumping of Malta in what was their last home as far as the Euro 2020 qualifiers are concerned.
The Villarreal midfielder has made a miraculous return to the pitch in the last one year as he was able to defeat the Achilles injury that threatened to end his career abruptly.
Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata scored the first goal of the game for Spain before Cazorla added a second goal on 41 minutes to give his team a 2-0 lead at the halftime interval.
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The second half saw Spain score five goals to make it a dominant scoreline.
The likes of Gerard Moreno, Dani Olmo, Jesus Navas, Pablo Sarabia and Pau Torres were all on the scoresheet.
Santi Cazorla played 53 minutes of the game before he was replaced by Borussia Dortmund striker Paco Alcacer.
The petite midfielder spent six years at Arsenal following his move from Spanish club Malaga in 2012.
He was a key player for the Gunners before injury struck towards the end of his Arsenal career.
Santi Cazorla left Arsenal at the end of his contract last summer before returning to former club Villarreal.
Arsenal Player Returns To Action After Club Woes
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka was back in action for the first time since the fans faceoff at the Emirates Stadium but it was in the colours of his country Switzerland.
Granit Xhaka played the entire duration of the game as Switzerland took a big step towards qualifying for Euro 2020 with a priceless win over Georgia at home in Group D.
Switzerland beat Gerogia 1-0 at home courtesy the goal from second half substitute Cedric Itten.
The FC Basel of Switzerland midfielder scored the lone goal on 77 minutes almost immediately after he replaced West Ham United striker Alban Ajeti.
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The win ensured that Switzerland are up to one place and into second position on the table with 14 points ahead of the Republic of Ireland (12 points) and behind group leaders Denmark (15 points).
A win over hosts Gibraltar in their last group match billed for Monday will definitely guarantee a place in the tournament proper next year.
Granit Xhaka has not played for Arsenal since his rant towards the club fans during the Premier League game at home to London rivals Crystal Palace.
The Swiss international was stripped off his captaincy duties at Arsenal by manager Unai Emery.
He missed the Wolverhampton Wanderers, Liverpool, Vitoria Guimares and Leicester City games.
Manchester United In A Four-club Race For €66m-rated Player
Manchester United, Arsenal, Wolves and Manchester City are expected to battle it out for the services of Benfica’s center-back Ruben Dias in the coming transfer window.
The four Premier League sides have not been too consistent with their performances at the back this season and they are all linked with the 22-year-old star player.
Though the Red Devils have obviously improved their attacking display since the return of Anthony Martial but the defensive unit has left so much to be desired despite the addition of Harry Maguire to the team prior to the beginning of the campaign.
Arsenal, on the other hand, have failed to keep a clean sheet in their previous four games in all competitions, and they have failed to record a single victory during the four matches in review.
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Under-fire Unai Emery hopes to improve his team’s defensive record in the second half of the season by luring the defender to the Emirates Stadium in January but he faces huge competition from Manchester City.
Injury-plagued Manchester City are without impressive Aymeric Laporte due to injury, which has caused some problems to the Cityzen’s defence.
However, according to Portuguese media source, O Jogo (via Sport Witness), Pep Guardiola has set his sights on the defender and he is in pole position for the €66m-rated star player.
Wolves are also in the mix as Nuno Espirito is certain about is chances of beating all suitors to his compatriot’s signature in January.
European Trio Keen On January Swoop For Arsenal Star
Three European sides are reportedly keen on a January swoop for Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka.
This is according to the report from the Daily Mail which claimed that three clubs want to rescue Granit Xhaka from his nightmare at North London giants Arsenal.
The three European sides are German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, Premier League outfit Newcastle United and seven-time European champions AC Milan.
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka was named the club captain earlier this year after the votes from the players as conducted by manager Unai Emery.
The Swiss international had been acting as the club’s skipper since the exit of Laurent Koscielny in the summer before his appointment was confirmed in September.
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His reign as the permanent Arsenal captain didn’t last long before Unai Emery removed him from the role on the back of his conduct towards the club’s fans during a recent league game.
Granit Xhaka used expletives against the fans while he was being subbed off for young Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka during the Premier League game at home to fellow London side Crystal Palace.
The incident overshadowed the game which ended in a 2-2 draw.
Xhaka has missed the last four games in all competitions for the Gunners as a result of the incident.
Newcastle United Swoop In To Sign Arsenal Outcast
Premier League outfit Newcastle United are eyeing a loan swoop for Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka during the January transfer window.
According to The Times, the Magpies want to launch an ambitious loan bid for Swiss international Granit Xhaka.
The Arsenal midfielder was recently stripped off his role as skipper after his faceoff with the fans during the London Derby clash with Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
The £35m signing from German Bundesliga side Borussia Moenchengladbach walked off the pitch to a chorus of boos from Arsenal fans following his reaction to being substituted on the hour mark for young winger Bukayo Saka while the Gunners were searching for the winning goal with the scoreline at 2-2.
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The Premier League clash ended in a 2-2 draw.
Granit Xhaka issued an apology for his actions four days later and has been left out of the Arsenal squad for the last four games.
The Swiss international vice-captain has missed the games against Liverpool, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Vitoria Guimares and Leicester City.
Widespread reports claimed that the Swiss midfielder is considering a move away from the club and a loan transfer to Newcastle United could be the route out of Arsenal for the former FC Basel star.
Arsenal Board In Disarray Over Potential Appointment Of Club Legend
The Arsenal board is in disarray following the disagreement over the potential appointment of a former player.
This is according to the report from the Daily Mirror which revealed that the Arsenal board members are divided over the possible appointment of club legend David O’Leary.
Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick wants to welcome David O’Leary into the board in a football advisory role but that move was met by resistance from the head of football operations Raul Sanllehi who believes that the recently appointed technical director Edu is already handling a similar post.
David O’Leary is the record appearance maker for Arsenal after he spent 19 years at the club.
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In addition, David O’Leary is an ambassador for the club and he’s seen in the majority of the Arsenal home games.
Arsenal are a club in crisis with manager Unai Emery also facing a lot of pressure after the underwhelming start to the new league season in the English top flight.
The Gunners have made their worst start in the league for the first time in almost four decades after a return of just 17 points from the first 12 Premier League games.
The slow start has led Arsenal to a disappointing 6th position after 12 games.
Manchester United To Compete With Arsenal And Liverpool For 7-goal Striker
Manchester United are impressed with West Brom youngster Jovan Malcolm following his goalscoring exploits for the Baggies U18 side which have seen him scored seven goals in the five matches.
The highlight of his performance so far was when he scored four goals against Liverpool in one of the U18 Premier League fixtures.
It is believed that the highly-rated youngster is attracting Solskjaer’s attention but the Red Devils will need to contend with the Gunners for his services.
According to reports via The Mirror, the Gunners are keeping close tabs on the youngster as they look to upgrade their academy this summer.
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Liverpool are also in the race to sign the player as he caught the club’s attention after scoring four goals against the young Reds.
The Merseyside club haven’t been enjoying much success when it comes to their youth teams but they hope things will change this season.
However, West Brom are reportedly doing everything possible to retain the 16-year-old beyond this campaign as they hope to give him some first-team actions next season if they return back to the country’s topflight League.
As it stands, none of the interested clubs has made an official approach towards signing the youngster, but that could change as soon as the January transfer window commences.