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Done Deal: Arsenal Target Secures Loan Transfer

Amuda Segun

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Alphonse Areola

Fulham have announced the loan signing of Alphonse Areola from French champions Paris Saint Germain (PSG) for this season.

Areola, 27, was strongly linked with a transfer to Premier League giants Arsenal before the Fulham move was officially announced. He was linked with the Gunners on loan as a possible replacement for Arsenal shot stopper Emiliano Martinez who has been attracting interest from Aston Villa.

Chelsea were also interested in the goalkeeper who was part of the World Cup winning squad for France during the 2018 tournament in Russia.

The Blues want a new shot stopper and it seems like they have narrowed their search to Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy with club president Nicholas Holveck confirming that talks have begun between both teams.

Alphonse Areola came through the PSG Academy before making his first outing for the club during the 2012/13 season. He was sent on loan to clubs like Lens and Bastia in his native France as well as Spanish La Liga side Villarreal.

He was the first choice shot stopper at PSG for two seasons until the arrival of Costa Rican international goalkeeper Keylor Navas from Real Madrid at the start of last season with him moving in the other direction.

Areola made just nine appearances for Real Madrid last season.

 

I am Segun Amuda , Journalist at Thewistle.com. You can also find my articles here on topics related to Football. Outside Blogging, I have a keen interest in watching English Premier League Games. For any queries or issues related to articles on our website, kindly get in touch.

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Nicolas Pepe is told he risks getting Mesut Ozil treatment

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Ivory Coast star Nicolas Pepe was impressive in Arsenal’s 3-0 win against Dundalk on Thursday night but he has been warned by former player Martin Keown that he risks getting the same treatment as Mesut Ozil if he does not get better with his consistency.

Mesut Ozil has been left out of Arsenal squad for all major competitions this season and that means he would be forced to leave with the January transfer window being considered to save his career.

The attitude and performance of the former Real Madrid playmaker are cited as the reason why manager Mikel Arteta continued to snub him from games before deciding to leave him out of the team after he refused to improve.

Martin Keown, reacting to Nicolas Pepe’s goal and performance in the Europa League game said “These are the moments from Pepe that we were expecting when he first arrived.”

He lamented that the fans are yet to see enough of the former Lille player, adding that his best must be seen more often to be able to seal his place in the team.

Martin Keown noted that Mikel Arteta might have claimed to fail Mesut Ozil but such an excuse cannot be given of the Ivory Coast star because he has been given the opportunity but he has to get the best for himself.

“We’ve all talked about Ozil not being around and the manager saying he failed the player. What about Pepe now? We’re moving onto the next generation. How do you get the best from him, and is he getting the best for himself?”

However, manager Mikel Arteta has promised to help Nicolas Pepe and guide him towards consistency of performance.

The Spanish boss is encouraged by the fact that Nicolas Pepe is willing and he has hinted on helping him to be at his best every week.

The Ivory Coast international scored five league goals in his first season in England, against the 22 he scored in his final season with Lille.

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Mikel Arteta says what will happen at Old Trafford

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After securing a 3-0 win in the Europa League against Dundalk on Thursday, Mikel Arteta has stated that his team will go to Old Trafford at the weekend to win the game.

Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock, and Nicolas Pepe were all on target for the Gunners in the easy win to give the club a perfect record in the Europa League this season.

The North London outfit will now face a crucial Premier League game against the Red Devils on Sunday with the hope of continuing their winning streak. The Gunners have lost their last two league games against Man City and Leicester City and cannot afford another this weekend.

Mikel Arteta, who spoke after the Europa League game, urged his players to turn their attention to the weekend trip to Old Trafford against an unbeaten Man United team for the last four matches.

“After losing the way we lost against Leicester, it was painful at home and took us a few days to digest that defeat.

“But you have to react straight away with a win with this type of attitude and let’s get ready

“We go to Old Trafford and we try to win against them” he concluded.

Mikel Arteta hailed his team for the easy win on Thursday night, stating that ir was made easy with discipline and seriousness noting that any opponent can cause damage if they aren’t 100 percent.

However, the North London outfit cannot boast of that record of wins against Man United at the Old Trafford but with the new system and attitude under the Spanish boss, much more can be expected from the game.

The North London outfit will seek to regain their respect from the Red Devils and that makes it a game to look forward to with the Gunners now having the presence of Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalhaes in the team.

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Ian Wright reveals why Arsenal might lose against Man United

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Arsenal legend Ian Wright has expressed fears that the Gunners will suffer a defeat against Man United if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fails to score and other players are not available to help out.

The North London outfit will travel to the Old Trafford at the weekend for an all-important game to rescue their season after suffering defeats in their last two games against Man City and Leicester City respectively.

Mikel Arteta’s men were able to deliver another win in the Europa League and will only hope to continue with that form when they face Man United at the weekend.

However, Arsenal have been struggling with goalscoring as the Gabon international kept firing blank in their last few games, and has no one to help out.

Ian Wright hinted that the opponents are already aware of the impact of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal on Arsenal’s season and they are doing well to stop him from scoring. He cited Man City game as an example, stressing that Pep Guardiola assigned Kyle Walker to stick with the Arsenal forward to stop him from operating and that helped to defeat the Mikel Arteta’s team.

The Gunners legend therefore warns that the Spanish boss risks another defeat at the weekend if he fails to find another option for goal scoring should the former Borussia Dortmund striker fails to find the back of the net.

Ian Wright therefore insist that the North London outfit needs a creative player of Houssem Aouar’s quality in the team, noting that such a player will give options to the team and help them out in difficult times as this.

Arsenal have lost their last two games in the Premier League by a goal margin and failed to score in those games which means they are not doing badly defensively and need to be more creative to be able to score.

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