Arsenal’s pre-season suffered a bit of a knock as they fell to Brentford in a 2-1 friendly defeat, in a game which many people didn’t even know was happening. The Gunners were coming off the back of an 8-0 demolition of Boreham Wood, and while we can’t take all too much from pre-season, it’s certainly interesting to see that they were turned over by a Championship side who aren’t even considered to be realistic promotion contenders this season.
According to the Daily Mail, former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a target for the Japanese FA to become the next national team boss.
The veteran boss left Arsenal earlier this summer after 22 years in charge of the Gunners. The Frenchman recently admitted that he might have stayed too long in the capital with the Gunners.
Linked with a number of moves
Since announcing that he was leaving Arsenal, Wenger has been linked with a number of high-profile jobs, including at European champions Real Madrid and big-spending French outfit PSG.
As we approach the conclusion of this Aaron Ramsey saga, with the midfielder reportedly being offered a new five-year deal, it’s interesting to consider where his head is at with everything. Logic would suggest that he’s in a pretty good place when it comes to his mindset, but if that was the case, wouldn’t he have signed the contract by now? There seems to be something else going on here, which seems to be a pretty frequent thing with Arsenal midfielders.
According to the Guardian, Arsenal boss Unai Emery is looking to sign Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman this summer to add pace to wide options. A reported asking price of £44million is likely to scupper any interest, though.
As we all know, reported Arsenal have had a limited budget to spend on new arrivals this summer and have already spent it on signing the likes of Bernd Leno, Sokratis and Lucas Torreira, while adding Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free.
According to a report from Sky Sports yesterday, Everton are in advanced talks to sign Bordeaux’s highly-rated young winger Malcom for an initial fee of around £30million-plus add-ons.
There have since been conflicting reports over the Toffees bid for the youngster. Some reports suggest that the Merseysiders are not interested, while others indicate that they could advance the deal with a meeting later today.
Malcom was linked with Arsenal
Last season the Brazilian starlet was linked with a big-money move to Arsenal. Reports France indicates that Bordeaux refused to sell the youngster in January, but told him that he could move this summer if the price is right.
According to Sky Sports, Chelsea are considering re-signing Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech this summer, as current Blues number one Thibaut Courtois looks set for a move to Real Madrid.
The move would seem a strange one, but Cech was only ousted from the Chelsea team due to Courtois being such a promising and highly-rated player.
Cech is a Chelsea hero
The veteran goalkeeper is a true Chelsea hero, having spent 11 years with the Blues before making a move across the capital to join Arsenal in 2015. While he has endured mixed fortunes in north London, Cech enjoyed an incredible career at Stamford Bridge.
According to the rumour mill, Everton Football Club are interested in acquiring the services of Danny Welbeck. The Englishman has certainly had an interesting journey throughout the course of his career after initially being positioned as the next big thing for Manchester United, only for things to not quite work out that way. Instead, he made the switch to Arsenal where he currently resides, and it’ll be interesting to see whether or not Unai Emery considers him to be a priority.
Recently, Arsenal welcomed a series of perceived ‘club legends’ back to the Emirates for a media day ahead of their upcoming game in September. The likes of Robert Pires, Ray Parlour and David Seaman were in attendance, all of whom could logically claim to be a ‘legend’ from within the ranks of Arsenal Football Club. One man who turned some heads with his appearance, however, was former striker Jeremie Aliadiere.
According to the Telegraph, Arsenal duo David Ospina and Danny Welbeck face uncertain futures at the north London club. The pair has yet to return from World Cup duty after representing Colombia and England respectively in Russia.
The pair have never convinced at Arsenal
Neither of the pair has ever convinced that they can retain their starting roles in the Gunners team. David Ospina was Petr Cech’s backup last season and was only really thrown in when the former Chelsea ‘keepers form suffered a wobble.
Calum Chambers hasn’t always necessarily had the easiest of roads at the Emirates, and despite being dubbed as a ‘youngster’, at 23 years of age, you could argue that he’s only a few years away from the prime of his career. Since arriving back in 2014 he’s made over 50 appearances for the club and has managed to enjoy a handful of effective showings in an Arsenal top, but unfortunately, the consistency has eluded him – until now, we hope.