Arsenal have had a forgettable season till date in the English Premier League and that’s down to a number of reasons to be discussed much later.
Gunners faithfuls were optimistic for this season as at last summer especially after some exciting signings but the optimism barely lasted for two months as they had to endure boring football under Unai Emery.
The type of football under Unai Emery was not helped by several poor results and that ultimately led to the dismissal of the Gunners boss in November 2019.
Arsenal fans had been excited with the signings of young French centre back William Saliba and Nicholas Pepe who was one of the top two players in the French Ligue 1 last season.
William Saliba was signed from Saint Etienne in a £27m deal and was immediately sent back on loan for the whole of this season, while club-record signing Pepe was a £72m acquisition from Lille, another French top flight side.
Pepe has not lived up to the reputation he built in French football in his first season at Arsenal but fans are still hopeful that the Ivorian international would still be a hit in North London.
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Here are three reasons why the Gunners have struggled this season.
1. Defensive Errors
Arsenal have a lot of error-prone defenders from Shkrodan Mustafi to Sokratis Papasthathopoulos to last summer’s signing David Luiz who has conceded the most penalties (3) in the Premier League this season.
The Arsenal defenders have improved since Mikel Arteta became the new manager in December 2019.
2. Lack Of Consistent Goalscorers
The Gunners have lacked players who score goals consistently in the Premier League this season.
Club skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been the only regular source of goals for Arsenal this season and that has affected results.
3. Poor Administrative Decisions
Several Arsenal fans have pointed accusing fingers at the Arsenal directors especially Raul Sanllehi for failing to end the Unai Emery era on time.
The appointment of Mikel Arteta earlier than the December 2019 date could have saved Arsenal’s season. Arsenal didn’t sack Unai Emery until November 2019.
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.
Lyon President Makes A Sly Dig At Arsenal Over Top Target Aouar
Lyon supremo Jean Michel Aulas is a man popular for making verbal assaults on teams and individuals in the footballing world and it seems like North London giants Arsenal Arsenal are his latest victim.
The Lyon president has aimed a sly dig at the Gunners over their pursuit of club skipper Houssem Aouar.
Journalist Chris Wheatley asked Jean Michel Aulas about the reported Arsenal move for Houssem Aouar and his response was controversial as expected.
According to the 71-year-old football administrator, Arsenal can’t afford the player as he warned that Houssem Aouar will cost a lot of money as he’s their best player at Lyon.
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Houssem Aouar, 22, was linked with clubs like Italian champions Juventus, Spanish La Liga side Real Madrid and Arsenal at the start of this transfer window but it seems like the Gunners are the only team in the race to sign him at the moment.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is said to be a big fan of the former French junior international.
Arteta and Arsenal won’t be able to sign the player if Lyon fail to change their stance on his asking price set at €60m.
Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey is another midfielder being chased by Arsenal in this transfer period.
Transfer News: Arteta Confirms Search For New Goalkeeper Is Priority
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed that the club is in the market for a new goalkeeper following the exit of Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa.
Arteta made this known in a chat with reporters during his pre-match press conference for the West Ham United game.
Emiliano Martinez was the second choice goalkeeper at Arsenal last season. The Argentine goalkeeper got his chance to impress in the Gunners goal following the injury to first choice Bernd Leno and he seized that opportunity.
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The 28-year-old wanted assurances over a first team spot in the team but Mikel Arteta was not able to guarantee him that number one spot thus prompting the shot-stopper to sign for Aston Villa in a £20m deal.
Arsenal have been linked with Brentford goalkeeper David Raya and Dijon shot-stopper Runar Alex Runarsson as potential replacements for Martinez.
The Gunners could even sign the two goalkeepers if former third-choice goalkeeper Matt Macey leaves the club.
Macey, 26, is the back-up to first choice goalkeeper Bernd Leno at the moment but that could change with the signing of a new goalkeeper thus pushing him closer to the Emirates Stadium door.
He was on the bench for the opening game of the new league season, a 3-0 away win over newcomers Fulham.