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Real, Barcelona and Leicester monitoring Matteo Guendouzi? 0

Posted on June 26, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

It has been a season rather loaded with controversies for Matteo Guendouzi. He was called out for a bout of poor behaviour at Arsenal’s training camp in Dubai in the winter, with head coach Mikel Arteta reportedly not impressed, and he put on a show of anger at the end of the Gunners’ defeat away to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.

Five minutes before the break, the Seagulls forward Neal Maupay rather thuggishly bumped into Bernd Leno as the Arsenal goalkeeper caught the ball near the edge of the box. He was probably trying to make the German either drop the ball or step over the line, but the result of the contact was that Leno lost his footing and landed awkwardly, getting injured in the process and having to make way for Emiliano Martinez.

Could Lyon’s Moussa Dembele replace Lacazette at Arsenal? 0

Posted on May 29, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

As another summer slowly creeps nearer, transfer rumours, mostly speculation of course, spread around by media outlets across Europe, are gradually overwhelming the screens of football fans. It’s one of the few things the Covid-19 pandemic hasn’t been able to put a stop to. Arsenal are a frequent subject, or rather target, of such stories.

In terms of potential departures, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the name mentioned the most, but the latest report – for the lack of a better (decent) word, suggest Alexandre Lacazette could be on his way out too. The story comes from Lacazette’s homeland of France, from L’Equipe.

Arsenal unwilling to meet Barcelona’s demands for Coutinho loan 0

Posted on May 28, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal have been named among the Premier League clubs who are unwilling to meet Barcelona’s demands over a proposed loan move for Philippe Coutinho.

As reported by ESPN, Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea have all been offered the chance to sign the Brazilian playmaker for the 2020/21 season after Bayern Munich allowed their option to buy him for €120 million expire. In the current circumstances, which nobody could have foreseen a year ago when the loan deal was agreed, the Bavarians obviously felt the fee to be far too high and refused to trigger the option.

Man United passed on Martinelli 0

Posted on March 02, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Gabriel Martinelli arrived to the Emirates last summer from Brazilian side Ituano, and since then, the 18-year-old has impressed whenever given the chance with his pace, tricky feet and the general threat he poses for the opposition in the final third. He’s racked up a total of 14 goal involvements – 10 goals and four assists, in 25 appearances across all competitions. At around £6 million, it’s fair to say he was a very smart acquisition.

However, in an interview with FourFourTwo, the youngster himself has revealed that he was very close to joining Manchester United instead.

Arsenal reopen Aubameyang talks 0

Posted on February 26, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal have reopened the talks over a new contract with the representatives of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to the Mirror.

The Gabonese is tied to the club until the summer of 2021, which means he will enter the final 12 months of the deal this summer if a new one isn’t signed by then. That could force Arsenal to seriously consider selling their arguably best player at the moment, and that is never good for a club’s image. There were talks over a new deal during the first half of the season, until reports came from Spain claiming the 31-year-old had put them on hold ahead of the winter transfer window, until he learned how serious Barcelona are about their intention to sign him.

Barcelona opted against Aubameyang move – Abidal 0

Posted on February 05, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been linked with Barcelona for several months now, and the Catalan club’s sporting director Eric Abidal admitted, as quoted by Eurosport, that they had indeed been considering a move for him but chose against it in the end.

The La Liga title holders may well be regretting their decision at the moment. The main reason they were in for a striker this winter was the injury of Luis Suarez, the former Liverpool man who may and may not be back in action again this season. Apart from Aubameyang, they were reportedly considering Timo Werner of RB Leipzig, but in the end they came closest to signing Rodrigo Moreno of Valencia. In the end, that attempt fell through as well and they had to settle for making the best of what they already had at their disposal.

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).

Aubameyang ‘postpones contract talks’ 0

Posted on November 21, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

According to a report by Sport, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has put the talks over a new contract with Arsenal on hold until he finds out how serious the reported interest in his services from Barcelona is.

Admittedly, the Spanish media are far from reliable when it comes to stories such as this one, so it has to be taken with a pinch of salt, but given the situation Arsenal seem to be in at the moment, it does unfortunately make some sense. There were always fears that unless the team improves as a unit and better results start coming soon, those members who do their job properly (and Aubameyang is certainly one of them) would start looking at other clubs.

Aubameyang targeted by Barcelona? 0

Posted on November 08, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has emerged as a potential target for Barcelona next summer, according to reports in Spain.

Luis Suarez, who almost joined Arsenal back in 2013 before he led Liverpool’s ultimately doomed title chase the following season and moved to Barcelona afterwards, has turned 32 and his form isn’t what it used to be. Injuries have also started creeping in on the controversial Uruguayan, and it seems the end of his bliss is very near. Naturally, they will be aware of that at the Catalan club, and various reports have been linking them with a host of strikers that would perhaps be able to replace him. They still haven’t signed such a player, and El Chiriguito now claim they have started looking at Aubemayang.

Coutinho seems unrealistic 0

Posted on August 05, 2019 by Harry Kettle

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.



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