Arsenal are interested in signing Moussa Diaby from Bayer Leverkusen this summer, according to SportBild, though the German outlet adds that the Gunners are not the only club in the Premier League keeping an eye on the situation surrounding the winger. Reports elsewhere have mentioned Newcastle as a club with several months’ worth of interest in the winger.
Arsenal have offered a new contract to Eddie Nketiah, according to multiple sources. It came as a bit of surprise for many who expected, or still expect, the 22-year-old striker to leave the Emirates this summer.
James McNicholas explains for The Athletic the club’s reasoning as rather straightforward. Having seen what a loan spell has done for Joe Willock, who exploded onto the scene while on loan with Newcastle in the second half of 2020-21 and is being heavily pursued by the Magpies now, they believe a similar scenario could be possible for Nketiah as well. Their aim is, therefore, to tie him down with a new deal and ship him out on loan for 2021-22, in the hope of a prominent role elsewhere increasing his market value for next summer, together with a contract binding him to Arsenal for four or five years.
RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen are currently leading the race for the signature of Folarin Balogun when his contract with Arsenal expires in the summer, according to the latest report on that front by the Mirror.
Arsenal have been trying to get the youngster to recommit his future and stay at the Emirates, seeing him as a player for the future, and manager Mikel Arteta recently expressed some optimism about it, but it seems Balogun has no intention of waiting any longer for regular first-team opportunities. He hasn’t played a single Premier League game so far, featuring only in the Europa League and the Carabao Cup this term. He’s scored twice in four appearances in the European competition, and only played in the 1-4 cup defeat to Manchester City back in December. Instead, he has mostly played for the Under-23 side, scoring seven goals and assisting twice in the Premier League 2.
Arsenal are among the clubs currently monitoring Bayer Leverkusen’s Leon Bailey, according to the Daily Mail.
For those who don’t follow the Bundesliga too closely or simply don’t watch Leverkusen very often, Bailey is a 23-year-old winger from Jamaica, an eight-time international for his country, currently valued by Transfermarkt at €29.5 million (just under £27m). Having passed through the youth ranks at the Phoenix Academy in Jamaica, Anif Jugend in Austria and AS Trencin in Slovakia, the first club he played for at senior level was Belgian side Genk, which he joined in the summer of 2015 for around £1m.
Arsenal are currently in talks with Bayer Levekusen over a potential sale of Sead Kolasinac, according to Sky in Germany. The Bosnia and Herzegovina international was born in Germany and is believed to be keen on returning there for family reasons.
Apparently, Leverkusen are stepping up their interest in signing the left-back who has fallen down the pecking order behind Kieran Tierney and Ainsley Maitland-Niles. For a while last season, even 19-year-old winger Bukayo Saka was picked ahead of him on the defensive flank. Though Mikel Arteta has been known to use Kolasinac as part of the back three since adopting that system, it rarely worked the way the boss would have wanted it to.
With Arsenal likely to go through some changes in the squad following the arrival of Mikel Arteta at the helm, reports have started linking the club with various players ahead of the January transfer window.
One of the louder names, at least when the Premier League is concerned, is certainly Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester. Mirror claim Arsenal are very interested in his services. A proper defensive midfield specialist, boasting great positional awareness and superb tackling accuracy, the 25-year-old is among those most responsible that the Foxes are where they are at the moment – second only to Liverpool in the league. Lucas Torreira was brought in by Unai Emery in the summer of 2018 to fill that position, but the Uruguay international can arguably be said to have failed to make the position his own. What’s more, he has been occasionally deployed further up the pitch, as well as linked with departure from the club.
When German goalkeeper Bernd Leno first arrived at Arsenal from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer, there were question marks over whether he was good enough to be the Gunners long-term number one. The person that seemed to question his ability most was Arsenal boss Unai Emery, who seemed reluctant to start him ahead of veteran Petr Cech.
However, the summer signing now seems to have won over his boss and the majority of Arsenal fans too. Leno has started the last 21 Premier League games after replacing Cech at Watford as a substitute. He has not looked back since.
It’s always fun to take a trip down memory lane – especially when it comes to Arsenal. This club has had such a bizarre history that sometimes, it’s fun to look back on what’s been and gone in years gone by. There have been highs and there have quite clearly been lows, but along the way, the club’s loyal fans have been able to stick by the Gunners’ side through thick and thin. That, in itself, is a testament to them.
Arsenal signed Germany international goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen for a fee of £22million. The 26-year-old was expected to replace veteran stopper Petr Cech as the Gunners first choice at the start of the season. Instead, the German has started the Gunners three Premier League games on the substitute’s bench.
Convinced he made the right decision
Leno is convinced that he made the right decision to join the Gunners this summer. He told Sport Bild: “I am convinced that my change was the right decision,”
“I’m not crazy. It may take a few weeks or months, but my time here will come.”
As seen on Twitter, Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech took a shot at the Bayer Leverkusen English Twitter account for a joke they made in regards to Bernd Leno. The German club seemed to indicate that they want to see Leno, who is their former goalkeeper, performing for the Gunners after his multi-million pound move to the Emirates. Alas, Cech took exception to this, citing that it showcased a lack of professionalism on Leverkusen’s behalf.