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EPL: Unai Emery Third Favourite To Lose Job

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery is the third favourite to lose his job as a Premier League boss.

This is according to thesackrace which revealed that Unai Emery has 4/1 odds to lose his managerial job at Arsenal.

Unai Emery is said to be the third favourite to get the sack behind Southampton manager Ralph Hassenhuttl and Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Both Ralph Hassenhuttl and Mauricio Pochettino have 5/2 odds.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery is under serious pressure to hold on to his job ahead of the league game against Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Incidentally, Southampton boss Ralph Hassenhuttl is also under serious pressure before the game.

Unai Emery and his Arsenal players have not won a league game since last month.

Arsenal beat Bournemouth 1-0 at home shortly before the international break in October with summer signing David Luiz getting the only goal of the game.

Since the Bournemouth game, Arsenal have gone four matches without a victory.

The Gunners have drawn two games and lost two games from the last four in the Premier League.

The poor league run has seen Arsenal drop further below in the race for Champions League football.

The Gunners are eight points adrift of the top four places.

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

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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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Layvin Kurzawa

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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Arsenal Move For €25m Midfielder In Doubt

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Frank Kessie

The widely reported move for AC Milan midfielder Frank Kessie is in serious doubt for Premier League outfit Arsenal according to Sky Sports Italia after the Gunners were put off by the asking price for the 23-year-old midfielder.

Frank Kessie has been at AC Milan since the summer of 2017 when he joined the Rossoneri from fellow Italian top flight club Atalanta in 2017.

The Ivorian international is available for a transfer away from AC Milan this month and Arsenal have been mooted as his likely destination.

It was revealed by the above mentioned publication that Arsenal have made an enquiry for Frank Kessie and were quoted £22m (€25m) for him.

That asking price has put off Arsenal for a transfer for the former Atalanta player.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is keen to boost his squad in both defence and midfield though his transfer focus is shifting towards his defence due to the several injuries to his players.

The likes of Calum Chambers, Hector Bellerin and Kieran Tierney are long-term injury absentees for Mikel Arteta and Arsenal.

One of the defenders linked with a transfer to Arsenal is Laryvin Kurzawa who is on the payroll of French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG).

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Arsenal In Battle To Sign £22m Centre Back

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Arsenal face an uphill battle to sign Getafe defender Djene Dakonam with several clubs interested in a deal for him during this January winter window.

This is according to The Sun which revealed in one of its publications that the Gunners are in contention with as many as five clubs for the Getafe player.

North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Bournemouth, Everton, AS Monaco and fellow London club Crystal Palace are all in the mix to sign the Togolese international player alongside Arsenal.

Djene Dakonam has been one of the best defenders in the Spanish La Liga over the last two seasons.

The 28-year-old was named in the Team of the Year for each of the last two seasons.

French giants AS Monaco have already made a £12.8m bid for Djene Dakonam but Spanish club Gefate are not ready to do a deal unless they receive a £22m offer for him.

Djene Dakonam and Getafe have one of the best defensive records in the league this season with 20 goals conceded in just 19 games which is three goals lesser than league leaders Barcelona who have conceded 23 goals this season.

Arsenal have several injury problems defensively and Djene Dakonam could ease those defensive worries.

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Arsenal Pull Out Of Race To Sign French Midfielder

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Arsenal have reportedly pulled out of the race to sign Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare according to the publication via the Daily Mirror.

It was revealed that the Gunners no longer have an interest in the French midfielder who has played for various France youth teams but he’s yet to make his senior debut for the two-time world champions.

Arsenal alongside the Spanish La Liga duo of Valencia and Real Madrid have all decided not to pursue a move for the highly rated Boubakary Soumare who will be 21 in February.

He has played 23 games for Lille in all competitions since the start of this campaign and this tally includes six Champions League matches.

The above mentioned publication also said that with the trio of Valencia, Real Madrid and Arsenal out of the transfer equation, Boubakary Soumare has to choose between Manchester United or Chelsea for his next club.

Manchester United are closing in on the signing of another midfielder Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon and they could make it two midfielders in this window with Soumare who won’t decide on his future until the end of this month.

The player will wait until after the PSG game on January 26 to decide his next club.

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