The always divisive Louis van Gaal is set to return to the world of football management after confirming that he’s received an offer he simply can’t refuse, as reported by Sky Sports. Now while that may seem a little bit vague and we probably shouldn’t be reading into it too much, it’s easier said than done – especially when it comes to Arsenal as the rumour mill continues to turn regarding who will replace Arsene Wenger as the club’s new manager.
According to talkSPORT, Arsenal could make a January swoop for former-Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez. The Mexican international has been in top form this season for German club Bayer Leverkusen, scoring 18 goals in his 21 appearances for the club.
Hernandez only joined Bayer in the summer for a reported fee of around £7.3million. The 27-year-old striker has proven a bargain after Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal discarded the diminutive star.
Hernandez prolific exploits for Bayer have raised the interest of a number of clubs, which reportedly include Arsenal, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger a believed admirer.
FA Cup holders Arsenal have been drawn against Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-finals. United made it through to the last eight with a 3-1 win at League One Preston North End last night, after Arsenal’s comfortable 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough on Sunday.
As I stated in my article yesterday, the last eight of the FA Cup is looking pretty weak. With Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool looking like the three teams most capable of winning the trophy.
Drawing either United or Liverpool was the most difficult draw that the Gunners could have been handed. Maybe I was tempting fate.
Ahead of Manchester United clash with Arsenal this weekend, manager Louis Van Gaal remains adamant that he did the right thing in selling Danny Welbeck to the Londoners this summer.
Welbeck is currently thriving for club and country playing as a centre-forward, with the 23-year-old having bagged a Champions League hat-trick last month, while scoring five goals in his last four Euro 2016 qualifiers with England.
“He takes all the benefit from playing every week. That was a question mark with Manchester United. He could have also played for Manchester United, but we have decided that he could go,” said Louis Van Gaal.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has moved to suggest that he is unlikely to make major changes to his starting line-up for the Arsenal game even if a number of first team players should be back in contention.
The Red Devils have encountered all sorts of selection issues in the opening exchanges, with the Dutch coach forced to play his footballers out of position as well as throw some youngsters into action much sooner than predicted.
This has been one of the reasons why United’s results have not been up to the standard, and the Old Trafford outfit now face a potentially tricky away game against fellow strugglers Arsenal.
According to the Daily Star, Arsenal are favourites to sign Dortmund and Germany star Mats Hummels. The Germany international has been linked with a move away from the German club for a while now, with both Arsenal and Manchester United believed to be interested in signing him.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is looking for a new centre-back to strengthen his defence. However, reports from Russia claim that the veteran Dutch boss has turned his attention to signing Zenit St Petersburg star Ezequiel Garay in January.
That means that Arsenal have now emerged as favourites to the highly-rated Mats Hummels when the transfer window re-opens.
According to the Daily Express, Arsenal is set to launch a £32million bid for German international centre-back Mats Hummels of Dortmund. The Gunners lack of defensive cover has been well-documented and it seems that they could view Hummels as a potential January solution.
Arsene Wenger’s side is facing a defensive crisis ahead of their visit to Hull on Saturday, a game which they are odds of 4/11 to win. Mathieu Debuchy is injured, Calum Chambers is suspended and French centre-back Laurent Koscielny is doubtful with an Achilles injury.
Arsenal’s 4-1 Champions League victory over Galatasaray could mark the arrival of Danny Welbeck as a Gunners player. The England international fired home his first ever career hat-trick against the Turkish side and looked very confident in front of goal.
The way that Welbeck took his goals in yesterday’s game has led to comparisons with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry. Maybe that is jumping the gun slightly, but there are some similarities between the pair.
According to the Mirror, Arsenal’s Belgium international defender Thomas Vermaelen could be set for a £10million move to Spanish giants Barcelona. There are big doubts over his Arsenal future.
Vermaelen is of course out of contract next summer and has reportedly decided not to enter discussions over a contract extension at the Emirates. That means that the Gunners have two options.
The north London side could hold on to the defender till next summer and lose him for nothing, or they could cash-in this summer and recoup £10million.
According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United are unwilling to pay Arsenal’s £12million asking price for Belgium international centre-back Thomas Vermaelen and have had a bid of £6million rejected by the Gunners.
The Gunners look prepared to allow the 28-year-old to leave this summer, as he is currently backup to first choice centre-back pairing of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker. Vermaelen endured a frustrating campaign as he made just seven Premier League starts, with three out those coming at left-back.
His contract has just one-year left to run and he would be a free agent next summer. However, it seems that the Gunners are unprepared to drop their asking price for the centre-back.