A new era has begun at Arsenal following the dismissal of manager Unai Emery and the appointment of club legend Freddie Ljungberg as his replacement albeit on a temporary basis.
Freddie Ljungberg is expected to make his bow as the Arsenal manager when they travel to face league newcomers Norwich City in one of the Premier League Matchweek 14 games scheduled to take place on Sunday.
The dismissal of Unai Emery was inevitable after results nosedived with the Gunners winless in the last seven games in all competitions including the disappointing 2-1 defeat at home to German side Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League.
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That Europa League game turned out to be his last game in charge of Arsenal after 18 months with the team following his appointment last summer as the man to replace the big shoes of legendary manager Arsene Wenger.
It is safe to say that Unai Emery has not lived up to expectations despite leading the Gunners to the Europa League final last season.
Arsenal were thrashed 4-1 by Chelsea in that final.
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Wolves Boss Approves Transfer For £25m Liverpool Midfielder
Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo has approved a move for Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain according to the Daily Mirror.
It was disclosed that Wolves are already in talks with Liverpool over the England international after Nuno Espirito Santo gave his approval.
Ex-Arsenal player Chamberlain has moved down the pecking order in the Liverpool midfield with the signing of Thiago Alcantara from German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
Thiago Alcantara was a major component of the Bayern Munich midfield as the Bavarian giants won an impressive treble.
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Liverpool have paid an initial fee of £20m for the Spanish international. The Reds could pay £7m more in add-ons.
With addition of Thiago Alcantara, Chamberlain will have to fight for three midfield spots only with seven others.
Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum, Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all vying for the three midfield spots at Liverpool this season.
With this stiff competition in mind, Chamberlain could move to Wolves after just two-and-a-half season at Anfield.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signed for Liverpool from Arsenal in a £25m transfer with add-ons taking the deal to the £40m.
Wolves have already done two businesses with Liverpool this summer in the shape of Diogo Jota and Ki-Jana Hoever. Chamberlain could be their third business together.
Tierney Key As Arteta Tells Arsenal Player His Time Is Up
Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac has been informed that he could leave the club before the transfer market closes next summer.
According to TeamTalk, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has told Sead Kolasinac that he can look for a new club following the emergence of Kieran Tierney.
Scottish international Kieran Tierney is the first choice left-back at Arsenal ahead of Sead Kolasinac.
Tierney suffered several injury problems at the start of his Arsenal career which started at the beginning of last season following the £25m transfer from Scottish champions Celtic.
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He was able to return to full fitness in time to play his part in the FA Cup title win of last season.
With Tierney established as the first choice Arsenal left-back, Mikel Arteta has given Sead Kolasinac the go ahead to leave in search of regular playing time.
Sead Kolasinac joined Arsenal from German Bundesliga side Schalke 04 on a free transfer.
The Bosnian left-back signed for the Gunners in 2017.
Kolasinac has been attracting interest from clubs in England, Italy and Germany with the Gunners ready to do a deal for just €10m (£9m).
German clubs Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke 04 are in the running alongside Italian Serie A capital club AS Roma and English side West Ham United.
Lyon eyeing AC Milan midfielder as Aouar’s replacement
French Ligue 1outfit Lyon might be preparing for life without Houssem Aouar as they are reported to be making a move for AC Milan midfielder Lucas Paqueta this summer transfer window.
English Premier League club Arsenal have been heavily linked with Houssem Aouar and they seem unwilling to give up on his chase despite the high fee that has been slammed on him.
Efforts by the North London outfit to reduce the burden of the £60 million tag by including Matteo Guendouzi plus cash in the deal has failed to yield any result but that has not discouraged manager Mikel Arteta from insisting on the deal.
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It was recently reported that the Gunners have agreed on personal terms with the player with respected transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano confirming that talks have been initiated between the two clubs over a possible deal.
With claims that Houssem Aouar is interested in a move to Arsenal and could be heading that direction, Lyon are already in talks with AC Milan to have Lucas Paqueta replace him.
Lucas Paqueta has struggled in AC Milan and might be handed the opportunity for another fresh start in French Ligue 1 with Lyon according to the reports making rounds.
Atletico Madrid reportedly call Arsenal midfielder, raises Partey hope
Sebas Giovanelli has reported that Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeon personally called Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira, informing him of his wish to bring him to Spain this summer transfer window.
It is reported that the Atletico Madrid manager is a big fan of the former Sampdoria midfielder and is interested in bringing him to play in the La Liga this season.
This has raised hopes that the La Liga outfit have resigned their fate in keeping Thomas Partey and will want to have a direct replacement with the Arsenal midfielder who is linked away from the Emirates Stadium.
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Reports have listed Lucas Torreira alongside Sokratis Papa, Matteo Guendouzi, Sead Kolasinac as the players that will be leaving the North London club this season.
Diego Simeone’s interest in Lucas Torreira might force Atletico Madrid into accepting Arsenal’s bid for Thomas Partey with reports that the player is now interested in a move to England.
It has been a very busy transfer window for the Gunners and it promises to produce more new signings with manager Mikel Arteta hinting that there could be some deals before the summer window is shut.
All of these will also not happen without having some departures at the club in the coming weeks.
Arsenal now boast of suitors for Chambers
There has been a loud silence on the future of Calum Chambers at Arsenal despite claims that he would be leaving the club in this summer transfer window.
Calum Chambers has gone down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium, especially with the arrival of Gabriel Magalhaes and William Saliba which leaves him with little chance of playing time at the club on a regular basis.
Now it is being reported that several clubs are interested in his service, giving Arsenal the benefit of cashing in to be able to sanction other deals before the transfer window ends.
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Teamtalk reports that the North London club are willing to let Calum Chambers go and they are hoping to recoup a fee close to £12 million from his sale.
Leeds United are the latest to indicate interests in the signature of the Arsenal defender and they will have to battle Fulham, West Ham United, and Newcastle to land him.
Calum Chambers is not the only player expected to leave the club, a number of names, including Sokratis Papa, Sead Kolasinac, and Matteo Guendouzi are all reported to be nearing the exit door while more new faces are still expected in the Mikel Arteta team.
Arsenal to earn £1.1 million from former player’s sale
English Premier League outfit Arsenal will have the opportunity of earning the sum of £1.1 million from the sale of their former player Chuba Akpom as entailed in his contract while leaving the Emirates Stadium.
It is reported that the 24-year-old will pitch tent with Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium for a fee of £2.75 million in the coming days.
The Gunners had a clause his contract that has them earn 40% of his fee in the move, according to 101 Great Goals and that is already happening with the player set to dump Greece outfit PAOK after spending two years with the club.
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In his two-year spell with the Greece outfit, the former Arsenal player was able to net 18 goals in 79 matches, giving him and that chapter might be coming to an end this summer window.
Meanwhile, Chuba Akpom is one of the young players in Arsenal that showed great prospects under former manager Arsene Wenger but failed to live it. He was made to leave the club as he could not break into the first team.
The North London outfit is not only known for the development of players, it is also known for giving young players the opportunity to express themselves.
Chris Davison reveals why Arsenal should not be linked with this player
There is hardly any transfer window that English Premier League outfit Arsenal are not being linked with the signature of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha and this summer window is not an exemption.
Football journalist Raphael Boucher had claimed that the Gunners could be preparing a deal for the Crystal Palace forward in a swap deal with another former player.
Chris Davison had to respond to the speculation when he appeared on The Chronicles of a Gooner Podcast with his opinion that a deal for will not happen this time.
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According to him, the Gunners have a number of wingers in the team and might not need anymore because of the already existing competition in the team.
He stressed that Wilfried Zaha might not fit in the Mikel Arteta team again with the presence of Willian, Bukayo Saha, and Nicolas Pepe. He is also valued at £39.6 million which the Gunners might not pay.
Howbeit, the focus for the North London outfit is now on a midfielder as they are reportedly in talks for the signature of Houssem Aouar but a number of players are expected to leave the Emirates Stadium to be able to create room for more signings.
Report: Lyon Identify Houssem Aouar Replacement As Preparations For Exit Start
French Ligue 1 giants Lyon have identified a potential replacement for club skipper Houssem Aouar as he continues to be linked with a move away from the Champions League semi-finalists.
According to L’Equipe, Lyon want to sign Lucas Paqueta from Italian Serie A giants AC Milan and he could be a direct replacement for Aouar.
Lucas Paqueta has not had the best of times at the San Siro since joining the seven-time European champions last summer and he could be on the move after just one season.
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Lyon skipper Houssem Aouar is attracting keen interest from Arsenal as confirmed by journalist Fabrizio Romano.
According to him, Lyon want €60m for Houssem Aouar but the Gunners are yet to meet their financial valuation of the player.
Arsenal offered young midfielder Matteo Guendouzi plus cash for Houssem Aouar earlier in this transfer window and the offer was rejected by Lyon. Sporting director Juninho Pernambucano confirmed the Gunners’ offer.
Houssem Aouar is ready to play in the Premier League for Arsenal and Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is said to be a big fan of the player but his team will need to sell a few players to raise the funds for the transfer of the Lyon playmaker.