There are so many question marks still surrounding Arsenal and who they’re going to sign and when they’re going to sign them. With just a matter of days remaining in the summer transfer window, though, it feels like the time for talk is kind of over. It’s all about action now, because if the Gunners can’t resolve some of their defensive issues before the game against Newcastle, then we could have some problems on our hands.
One of the players that has been most heavily linked with Arsenal, for both good and bad reasons, in the last few years is Luis Suarez. The former Liverpool star was not only a pain to play against during his time at Anfield, but he was also linked with the possibility of a switch to the Emirates at one stage. Of course, due to the £1 ordeal that caused a great deal of embarrassment on both sides, it never quite came to fruition.
According to talkSPORT, Arsenal veteran French centre-back Laurent Koscielny could exit the club this summer. The 33-year-old has just a year left on his contract and reportedly the Gunners could sell the defender if he does not sign a new deal this summer.
The same report also claims that the Gunners could target Barcelona’s French centre-back Samuel Umtiti as his compatriot’s replacement.
Koscielny’s future in doubt
When Koscielny is fit the experienced centre-back is Arsenal best defender. However, there have been doubts over the Frenchman’s future at the club since last summer, when he was reportedly considering his future.
The days have started to tick by in the aftermath of Arsenal’s Premier League season coming to an end, and while the Europa League final is still to come, it’s been interesting to look back and reflect on the campaign. There were highs and there were probably even more lows, but along the way, we’ve been able to pick up on a few really entertaining ‘points’ if you will.
According to the Daily Express, Arsenal look set to miss out on signing Barcelona flop Malcom this summer, with the winger now expected to join north London rivals Tottenham instead.
The Express story claims that the youngster has chosen to join Spurs ahead of the Gunners this summer. If he does join Tottenham, he will be their first signing since Lucas Moura joined from PSG in the January transfer window of 2018.
Malcom has struggled to nail down at a starting spot with the Blaugrana, who are looking to revamp their squad this summer after more Champions League disappointment.
Arsenal are into the UEFA Europa League final, and while it may not exactly be the Champions League, it’s nice to say that the club can get excited about a match of this magnitude again. Despite the fact they can still mathematically get back into the Champions League via the top four, let’s be honest, it would take a miracle for that to happen on the final day. With that being the case, it’s going to be full steam ahead for the Gunners as they prepare for a big night in the club’s recent history in Baku.
Barcelona are still looking for a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan, who tore up the Premier League defences in 2013/14 with Liverpool with 31 goals to his name but had no problem celebrating scoring against them earlier this week, is 32 years old now, and though he is still a remarkable player, the Catalans must prepare for the future without him. The same applies to their superstar captain, Lionel Messi.
Barcelona tried to bring in Luka Jović. The Serbian youngster has been on fire this season for Eintracht Frankfurt on loan from Benfica, a move that has recently been made permanent. However, the deal stalled and fell through apparently, and Real Madrid now reportedly have a deal in place to snap the 21-year-old striker up.
Arsenal’s Barcelona loanee Denis Suarez has confirmed that a groin injury will mean that he will not play again for the Gunners this season. It will also most probably mean that the midfielder will not play for Arsenal again.
Struggled to make an impact at Arsenal
Suarez has struggled to make an impact in north London since a January loan switch from Barcelona. Reportedly the Spaniard has cost the Gunners £3.2million in wages and signing-on fee, yet never started for the club. In fact, he has made just over an hour’s worth of football in the Premier League for Arsenal.
According to ESPN, Arsenal are interested in signing Barcelona playmaker Andre Gomes this summer. The Portuguese international has revived his career on-loan at Everton this season. The Toffees are confident of sealing a permanent deal for the midfielder.
However, both Arsenal and are also Tottenham are also reportedly monitoring Gomes situation. Barcelona are believed to be looking for around £26million for the talented star. Gunners head coach Unai Emery and director of football operations Raul Sanllehi are reported to be big fans of the Portuguese midfielder.
A few days ago, reports in Spain spoke about Arsenal’s interest in Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti. The narrative of that one, coming from Mundo Deportivo, was that Umiti has lost his place in the team following a long injury layoff to Clement Lenglet, and with the club ready to step up their pursuit for Matthijs de Ligt (who was also linked with Arsenal once upon a time), it doesn’t seem like the France international and 2018 World Cup winner will be getting the spot beside Gerard Pique back any time soon.
His predicament has, naturally, sparked interest from around Europe, and Arsenal have been named as one of them.