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Arsenal in defender talks with Shakhtar 0

Posted on January 23, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal are reportedly in talks with Shakhtar Donetsk over the possibility of signing Mykola Matviyenko.

If you’ve been following Shakhtar lately, or at least seen them in the Champions League clashes they had with Manchester City this season, you probably know who this player is and have some general idea of what can be expected of him. Matviyenko is a defender, 23 years old, preferring to use his left foot on the ball and to play in the heart of the back line, though he is also fully capable of playing on either defensive flank. Standing 6′ tall, he is quite good in the air while boasting decent pace and skill with the ball on the ground too.

Atletico Madrid looking at Lacazette? 0

Posted on January 20, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

According to Sky Sports, Atletico Madrid are considering a swoop for Alexandre Lacazette.

The Spanish club have been without the services of Diego Costa for quite a while now, and the former Chelsea striker is set to be out for further two months. His injury has effectively left head coach Diego Simeone with Alvaro Morata as the only option for the position furthest up the pitch, and he plans to counter the problem by dipping into the transfer market this month.

Aubameyang, O’Driscoll, Stones – A news roundup 0

Posted on January 15, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Let’s take a short look at what has been going on in the last day or two that involves Arsenal.

Aubameyang red card appeal denied

As you probably know, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was sent off in the 1-1 draw away to Crystal Palace on Saturday as VAR overruled the initial decision of referee Paul Tierney and turned his yellow card into red for a rather reckless tackle on Max Meyer which forced the Palace winger out of the game. In case you still haven’t seen it, or you want to take another look to make up your mind about it, you can do so here.

Mavropanos joins Nurnberg on loan 0

Posted on January 13, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Konstantinos Mavropanos has joined Bundesliga II side Nurnberg on loan, Arsenal have confirmed.

The defender started his football journey with Apollon Smyrnis, but he only played for their youth sides before moving to PAS Giannina in January 2016. The Gunners signed him two years later for a fee of around £2 million, as a prospect for the future. However, injuries have severely hampered his progress in North London and in the two years that have passed since, he has only made eight first-team appearances in all competitions – seven in the Premier League and one in the Europa League. The 22-year-old Greek has suffered groin injuries on three different occasions, the last time being for the first two months of this season.

Arsenal linked with Lille youngster 0

Posted on January 08, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal are one of the clubs said to be monitoring Boubakary Soumare of Lille, according to Sky Sports.

The young midfielder, France U-21 international, has so far made 23 appearances this season for his club, 17 in Ligue 1 and six in the Champions League. With his imposing 6’2″ frame he is very strong physically, but he also boasts terrific skill on the ball. The combination makes him very capable of keeping the ball under pressure in the middle of the park, as well as dribbling past opponents and taking the ball into the opposition half in a blink of an eye. He also has an eye for a pass.

Boateng or Upamecano? 1

Posted on January 07, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

As the January transfer window slowly unfolds, Arsenal have been linked heavily with two players who could potentially boost the back line of the team. One of them is RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano, young (21), talented, perceived by most as an old fashion centre-back – a player who ‘loves to defend’ as they say.

Adding such a player to the ranks probably wouldn’t solve much straight away. Every player who changes clubs, let alone leagues, needs time to adapt, to absorb the teachings and the tactical demands of the new coaching team. Experienced players usually get the hang of these issues much quicker than younger ones, and to expect a 21-year-old to come in and notably improve a defence that has been looking frail (to put it mildly) for years would seem a folly.

Transfers: Arsenal step up Boateng interest; Arteta adamant Aubameyang isn’t leaving 0

Posted on January 06, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Recent reports credited Arsenal with Bayern Munich’s out-of-favour defender Jerome Boateng. It’s certainly a rumour that makes sense, given Arsenal’s need for a quality centre-back after serious knee injury ruled Calum Chambers out for the rest of the season.

When asked about it, Bayern interim head coach Hansi Flick said he maintains regular contact with the 31-year-old former Germany international, and that departure hasn’t been discussed between them. But on the other hand, Sky Sports believe the Bavarians would be willing to part with the player for as little as €15 million (£12.8m).

Arsenal interested in Jerome Boateng 0

Posted on January 03, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

According to Sky Sports, Arsenal are interested in signing Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng this winter.

The 31-year-old has been with the Bavarian club for so long – since the summer of 2011 – that not many now even remember that he actually played 24 times for Manchester City during the previous 12 months, 16 of those in the Premier League. But during his time in Munich, he amassed over 300 appearances for the Bundesliga champions, helping them win seven consecutive league titles, four DFB-Pokal trophies and the 2013 international treble – Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. He also has 76 caps and the 2014 World Cup with Germany to his name. Primarily a centre-back, of course, he is also quite capable of playing on defensive flanks.

Arsenal linked with Upamecano, Guimaraes 0

Posted on December 31, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

The January transfer window opens on New Year’s Day (Wednesday), and like every other club anywhere, Arsenal are preparing for a trip to the market. Whether they’ll end up selling or buying anything, or spend the month ‘just looking’, remains to be seen.

Arteta wants Rabiot as Xhaka agrees Hertha deal 0

Posted on December 27, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Following a period of tension between him and the Arsenal supporters, Granit Xhaka appears to have had enough. The incident that happened in that infamous home draw against Crystal Palace has been thoroughly discussed on countless occasions, and there hardly seems any need to go into it again. Suffices to say that it has left an unpleasant tang in the air at the club, and Xhaka, having been stripped of captaincy in the aftermath, was always quietly expected to move towards the exit door.

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