For anybody who has seen Arsenal play in the last season or two, or even longer than that, it has been impossible not to perceive where the main problems lie, as well as the place where only a tweak or two would do just fine. Going forward, there is very little you could pinpoint as wrong, especially in the Premier League towards the end of the season with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on great form since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund.
According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal could pull out of the race to sign highly-rated Nice central midfielder Jean-Michael Seri. Premier League and London rivals Chelsea are now expected to make a move for Seri.
Seri has long been linked with a move to north London, as the central midfield roles have proven a problem position in recent years. For example, Switzerland international Granit Xhaka still has a lot to prove at the club.
Available for £35million this summer
According to the Standard’s report, Seri will be available for £35million this summer. It is fair to say his displays in Ligue One have not gone unnoticed.
In the last few seasons, Arsenal seems to be slipping more and more behind the teams occupying the Champions League spots. For two decades, the team from north London were ensconced in those top-four positions.
However, standards have slipped dramatically at Arsenal in recent years, while their rivals have improved, mostly down to spending big on quality players.
Arsenal not spending big this summer
Arsenal have not spent money in the same dramatic fashion as some of their rivals in recent years. When the Gunners have spent big in the transfer market it has produced mixed results, German centre-back Shkodran Mustafi being the perfect example of the bad and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the good.
While the Jack Wilshere saga has been dragging on for months on end, we get the feeling that it’ll be nothing compared to the slow progression of Aaron Ramsey’s contract ordeal. The Welshman has been spoken about in the press for weeks on end now, and according to Daily Telegraph, Arsenal manager Unai Emery is desperate to ensure that the 27-year-old remains at the club.
The rumour mill continues to run at full steam, with dozens of players being linked with a move to the Emirates. Some seem more realistic than others, but they’re making the headlines all the same – and Unai Emery is a big reason for that. The Spaniard has introduced a level of excitement which we haven’t seen all too often in recent times, and as we look ahead to the future, there are more than a few reasons to be optimistic.
Arsenal midfield playmaker Jack Wilshere is a summer transfer target for West Ham, according to the Daily Star. Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini is believed to be a big fan of Wilshere from his previous spell in the Premier League in charge of Manchester City.
Wilshere’s contract with the Gunners expires at the end of the month and the two parties are yet to agree on an extension. If an agreement is not reached, the midfielder could leave the Irons as a free agent, which means the north London club will receive no fee for the midfielder.
As reported by Metro, it seems as if Arsenal are interested in acquiring the services of Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen. The 29-year-old is considered to be a hot commodity with many English and European clubs sniffing around the Nou Camp to see if a move is possible, but as it turns out, it doesn’t seem like the Dutchman is overly keen on the idea of jumping ship.
Cillessen has been at the Spanish club for two years now since transferring from Ajax, and it’s no secret that he’s been playing second fiddle to Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Apparently, that’s a role he’s more than happy to remain in, and given the risk associated with jumping over to English football, some would argue that it makes a lot of sense.
According to a report in the Evening Standard, Alex Iwobi is excited about working with the newly appointed manager Unai Emery.
The sudden departure of Arsene Wenger after 22 years in charge came as a bit of a shock for the young Nigerian. The Frenchman represented a huge figure in his development. Iwobi has been with Arsenal since he was six, and to play for the Gunners’ first team now is a life-dream come true.
Now, with Wenger gone and Emery about to take charge, the attacker is keen to see what working with the Spaniard will be like.
While it’s too early to tell whether or not he’s going to be a success or a failure, Unai Emery certainly knows how to get the Arsenal faithful excited. In recent days we’ve spoken about his decision to try and go after Fabinho at the eleventh hour, and at the time, it seemed like a bit of a desperate move. We haven’t necessarily changed our view on that, but there has been more evidence to suggest that the Spaniard has a specific goal in mind and he’ll do anything to achieve it.
According to the Telegraph, Stan Kroenke has decided to make extra £20million available for transfers this summer.
It had been initially announced that the club’s transfer kitty would amount to £50million plus any income generated by player sales, but now that sum has gone up to £70million. A small increase, but a welcome one, nevertheless.
Money aside, the first signing of the Unai Emery era might come as a free transfer. The contract of Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner is about to expire and at Arsenal they believe the presence of the Switzerland captain would bring some much needed leadership qualities to the back line, as Laurent Koscielny remains unavailable at least until November. The team captain suffered knee ligament damage in the second leg of the Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid.