With the imminent departure of Aaron Ramsey to Juventus moving ever closer, it seems Arsenal aren’t wasting any time in considering potential candidates to replace the Welshman – an energetic, hard-working, goal-scoring, creative midfielder. According to German outlet Bild, one of the names on the club’s radar is Kemir Demirbay of TSG Hoffenheim.
Today is the day when the future of Arsenal’s Europa League campaign is decided. The squad have travelled to Naples in order to take on Italian giants Napoli, in the kind of game that they were predicted by many to lose over two legs prior to the 2-0 triumph in the first leg. Of course, we all know that you can never be comfortable as a Gunners fan – especially seeing as this second leg is going to be taking place away from the comfort of the Emirates.
There are probably quite a few reasons for fans to be nervous heading into the game tonight, because there’s a lot at stake. At this moment in time Arsenal currently have two potential avenues back into the Champions League, and while you may think we sound like a broken record by bringing that up, let’s face it, that is the end goal here. All of the build-up and hype up to this point has been to get the Gunners back into Europe’s top club competition, and they’re so close now.
The Daily Mirror claims that Arsenal are interested in signing Mainz central midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin, who reportedly is rated in the £30million-bracket by his current employers. The Mirror claim that he would be an alternative to signing Barcelona star Samuel Umtiti. However, he has started just one league game this season at centre-back.
Who is Jean-Philippe Gbamin?
Gbamin is a 23-year-old Ivory Coast international, who is in his third season with Mainz after joining from French club Lens for a fee of around £4.5million. He has impressed in the Bundesliga with Mainz, which seems to be a breeding ground for players and coaches who go on to bigger things in European football.
Suarez loan fails
Arsenal are apparently unlikely to sanction a €20 million deal to make Denis Suarez a Gunner on a permanent basis this summer.
The midfielder, considered as a possible long-term replacement for the Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey, arrived to the club in January on loan from Barcelona. However, it appears he has thoroughly failed to impress manager Unai Emery, and as a consequence he has made only six appearances in an Arsenal shirt; all by coming in off the bench.
Now he has suffered a groin injury, and it remains to be seen if he’ll play again this season.
The summer transfer window is right around the corner, and yes, that does mean time is moving at a ridiculously quick pace – so deal with it. The nature of the transfer window means that there are going to be a series of reports and rumours floating around over the next few months, and for the most part, it’s pretty hard to tell which are legit and which aren’t until someone actually signs on the dotted line. Such is the nature of this crazy game, eh?
Regardless of what team you support or how much you despise the sides around you, at some point, everyone needs to take a minute to stop and admire the work of others. We aren’t saying that you need to go completely over the top with your praise or anything like that, because football fans are stubborn. However, there are rare instances in which you just can’t ignore the facts that are staring you right in the face.
On Thursday night, Arsenal visits Napoli’s San Paolo in the Europa League quarter-final second leg. The Gunners hold a 2-0 lead from the first leg at the Emirates Stadium.
Napoli’s recent form has been unconvincing at home and abroad. Carlo Ancelotti’s team ended a three-game winless run in all competitions by recording a 3-1 win at Chievo.
The home sides recent record in the Europa League is not great, as they have suffered defeats against Salzburg and of course Arsenal in the first leg. However, prior to the defeats, the Italian side had recorded four straight European victories.
According to the Mirror, Arsenal are considering the option of bringing Ismael Bennacer back to the club.
The club signed Bennacer from French club Arles-Avignon as an 18-year-old prospect back in 2015, with Arsene Wenger still in charge of the team. However, he failed to impress sufficiently in training and was given only one competitive first-team appearance, and that in the League Cup against Sheffield Wednesday.
The dust has settled on Monday Night Football, in a game that saw Arsenal walk away with a nice 1-0 win over Watford. It was a hard fought encounter to say the least with both teams giving it their all, but in the end, it was the Gunners who came away with the three points. It was an important three points, too, as it ensured that Unai Emery’s men were able to bounce straight back up into the top four – which is where they’ll hope to stay with just a handful of games remaining in the Premier League season.