As the summer transfer window comes to an end and the twenty teams involved in the Premier League get ready to kickstart their season, it’s always fun to take a quick look back at what went down in the summer transfer window. Of course, some clubs were able to fare better than others but overall, most teams got what they wanted and the majority are heading into the season in a stronger position than they were back at the end of last season.
According to Sky Sports, West Ham are interested in signing Arsenal’s Spanish striker Lucas Perez before Thursday transfer deadline. The 29-year-old could well seal a move away from north London in the next few days, especially as the player’s agent has confirmed interest from the Hammers.
Surplus to requirements at Arsenal
Lucas Perez is reportedly considered surplus to requirements at Arsenal. The forward spent last season on loan at Deportivo La Coruna, where he scored eight times in 35 appearances as Deportivo suffered relegation under Clarence Seedorf.
The long-running Jack Wilshere saga has finally come to an end, as the Englishman has signed on the dotted line for West Ham United. The Premier League outfit have been seeking Wilshere’s signature for a long time now, even going back to before his recent contract issues. When Unai Emery made it painfully obvious that Jack wouldn’t be featuring in his plans for the 2018/19 campaign he had no choice but to look elsewhere, and as it turns out, he didn’t need to look too far across London in order to find his new home.
Ever since Jack Wilshere confirmed that he was going to be leaving Arsenal Football Club in search of something new, many people have been left to wonder where on earth he’s going to end up next. The midfielder spent so much of his life on the books with the Gunners that the idea of him going somewhere else just feels a little bit wrong. Beyond that, however, the thought of him jumping across London to one of the club’s local rivals is absolutely sickening.
According to the Mirror, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is set to leave the Gunners on a free transfer after being told by Arsenal boss Unai Emery that he is unlikely to be a key player in his team.
Recent reports suggested that Wilshere was about to agree a new deal with the Gunners. However, it now seems he is ready to snub an offer from the north London club to leave as a free agent when his contract expires at the end of the month.
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.
In the first game since veteran boss Arsene Wenger announced he would leave the club in the summer, Arsenal recorded a 4-1 win over West Ham at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal had the first attempt on goal of the game on nine minutes, as centre-back Laurent Koscielny headed wide of goal from a Granit Xhaka corner kick.
At the other end of the pitch, Portuguese midfielder Joao Mario drew a smart save from David Ospina, while Marko Arnautovic also saw a shot on goal blocked by the Gunners defence.
On Sunday afternoon, Arsenal host West Ham at the Emirates Stadium, as the home look to build momentum ahead of Thursday night’s Europa League semi-final clash with Atletico Madrid.
The Gunners head into this clash on the back of the surprise news from Friday morning that veteran boss Arsene Wenger will step down as the clubs boss this summer.
Everybody connected with the club will be hoping that the team can finish the season in strong fashion. However, with the Europa League now the Gunners priority, the Premier League campaign is likely to take a back seat.
Arsenal were beaten by 2-1 at St. James’ Park last weekend, and as they prepare to take on West Ham on Sunday at the Emirates, manager Arsene Wenger provided a few updates.
The first point on the agenda was the fitness situation in the team. The manager revealed that goalkeeper David Ospina is back, Henrikh Mkhitaryan isn’t yet, and Jack Wilshere is a doubt due to an ankle issue. Aaron Ramsey is available despite the fact he hasn’t trained fully with the team.
Arsenal will reportedly listen to offers for midfielder Francis Coquelin in January with fellow Premier League side West Ham interested in signing the player who has fallen down the pecking order with the likes of Jack Wilshere, Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny all preferred to the Frenchman.
Arsenal’s last Premier League match ended in a 2-2 draw with Chelsea in what was one of the games of the season. There was no shortage of goals, big challenges and controversy, as the sides played out a superb advert for the Premier League.