For those of you who don’t know who Richard Keys is, he’s the fella who was involved in the sexism scandal with Andy Gray a few years back – and since then, he’s proven himself to be about as uninspiring and out of the loop as you could ever hope to be. Alas, his recent comments on Twitter have caused quite a commotion as he took it upon himself to criticise Arsenal legend Thierry Henry for not being present at Arsene Wenger’s final home game in charge of the club.
Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique and current Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri are the favourites to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, according to Sky Sports.
Wenger enjoyed a good send-off in his last home game of the season on Sunday, as the Gunners hammered Burnley. The clubs hierarchy has no doubt made moves behind the scenes to seek a quality replacement for Wenger.
Both winners at the top level
Enrique and Allegri are both proven winners at the top level of football. Barcelona won virtually every club trophy under Enrique, while Juventus have continued to dominate Serie A under Allegri. The Bianconeri also always do well in the Champions League.
According to Sky Sports, Arsenal and England forward Theo Walcott has completed a medical and agreed personal with Everton ahead of a £20million move to Merseyside.
Former club Southampton were also reportedly interested in signing the winger. However, it seems that the 28-year-old will be plying his trade on Merseyside in the near future.
Surplus to requirements at Arsenal
There is no question that Walcott is surplus to requirements at Arsenal. The fact that he has failed to start a Premier League game this season illustrates that perfectly. He was a regular in the cup competitions in Arsene Wenger’s fringe teams.
Arsenal have reportedly been on the trail of Dortmund striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang for the past few years. The national and international media have informed us in the past that the Gunners were set to sign the striker on a number of occasions.
However, it seems that the Gunners are optimistic about signing the striker this month, according to Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague. He told Sky Sports: “It’s clear that Arsenal are in conversations with the player (Aubameyang) and Borussia Dortmund.
“They think they’ve convinced the player to join Arsenal, but of course there’s still a big obstacle to beat, which is: Borussia Dortmund.
The likes of Sky Sports are reporting that Manchester United are close to signing Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez in a deal worth £35million. However, there is also the possibility of the Red Devils using Armenian playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan as part of the deal.
The Armenian international playmaker would be a good addition to the Gunners squad, especially as the club from north London could have lost Sanchez on a free in the summer.
Mkhitaryan out of favour at United
Mkhitaryan has fallen out of favour at Manchester United. The playmaker struggled to make an impression last season in his debut campaign with the Red Devils after his big money move in the summer of 2016.
According to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, the Gunners current situation with a number of players contracts expiring in 12 months’ time is ‘an ideal situation’.
Players including Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and Santi Cazorla are all in the last 12 months of their deals with the north London club.
Obviously, the most well-publicised player on that list is Sanchez, who Wenger insists is staying at the club despite doubts over his future. The Chilean and Ozil have both turned down offers of lucrative new contracts in north London.
‘An ideal situation’
It seems the stories about Alexis Sanchez will just not go away at the moment. The latest story reported by Sky Sports suggests that French club PSG are set to bid around £35million for the Chilean star.
Sanchez’s future at Arsenal has been in doubt for some time, as the 28-year-old has just 12 months left on his contract with the north London club.
A number of British media outlets are also reporting that the French club are set to sign Barcelona and Brazil forward Neymar in a deal worth £195million this summer.
Wenger has stated Sanchez will not leave this summer
Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs was a player that looked to have so much promise when he first broke into the Gunners first-team. However, a mixture of injury problems and a loss of form saw him struggle for first team last season.
There are now doubts over the England international’s future at the club after he was omitted from the Gunners squad for their preseason tour of Australia and China.
According to Sky Sports, West Brom have seen a £10million bid for the full-back rejected. It seems that he is more highly-rated elsewhere than in north London.
According to Arsenal’s Germany international playmaker Mesut Ozil, it is the wrong time to talk about his contract situation. Instead, the German wants to concentrate on the Gunners quest for a top-four finish this season.
Arsenal all that’s important
Talking ahead of Monday’s visit to Middlesbrough Ozil told Sky Sports: “I think at the moment it would be wrong to really think about that, to go ahead and look at that.
“At the moment the team we’re having a more difficult spell and at this stage, I’m not important and no other player is important. What’s important is the club.
According to Sky Sports, Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi has agreed to personal terms with Arsenal, but no fee has been agreed. Is that not tapping up?
Anyway, Sky are usually one of the most reliable sources of information when it comes to player deals. Hopefully, there is some truth in the story, but we shall see.
Arsene to offer some magic beans and a mars bar
If agreeing on a fee is down to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger this deal will not get done. The 24-year-old is reportedly rated in the £30million bracket by Los Ches. The veteran French boss is unlikely to pay anywhere near amount of money for a centre-back.