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Arsenal striker search: Jesus, Abraham, Nunez 0

Posted on April 26, 2022 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal are looking to sign two strikers this summer, according to numerous sources, with Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah both set to leave as free agents at the end of the season. The club haven’t replaced Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who joined Barcelona in January, and of the players set to remain at the club, the most senior option to spearhead the attack would be 20-year-old Folarin Balogun. With all due respect to Flo’s obvious talents, it’s a grim prospect and the club surely won’t allow it come to that.

Gunners set two strikers and midfielder as summer priority 0

Posted on March 09, 2022 by Veselin Trajkovic

Like any other club serious about being competitive at top level, Arsenal are already preparing for the summer transfer window and drafting potential targets according to the assessments of what the squad needs to become stronger. According to the Evening Standard, the Gunners have set signing two strikers and a midfielder as their top priority, with a left-sided centre-back and a right back slightly lower on the wish list.

CONFIRMED: Arsenal sign Nuno Tavares 0

Posted on July 10, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal have completed and confirmed the signing of Nuno Tavares from Benfica on a long-term contract.

Having risen through the ranks of Benfica’s academy, the 21-year-old spent a season with the ‘B’ side at the Portuguese club before earning his place in the first-team squad in 2019. Overall, the young left-back played 41 matches in all competitions for Benfica under his belt, 25 of which came in 2020-21.

The deal which has seen his move to the Emirates sealed, according to Fabrizio Romano, is set to cost Arsenal an initial amount of €8 million, with add-ons devised to take the total amount a bit higher than that.

Transfer rumours: Bellerin, Smith Rowe, Tavares 0

Posted on June 28, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

The transfer market is looking very lively for practically every club in the world at the moment. Arsenal are no exception of course, particularly given their needs in that aspect and the squad investments so eagerly anticipated since the Kroenkes promised to back manager Mikel Arteta this summer.

The latest rumours on that front involve Hector Bellerin and Emile Smith Rowe, as well as Benfica left-back Nuno Tavares.

Aubameyang talks about huge win over Benfica 0

Posted on February 27, 2021 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal may have done it the hard way, but they did just about manage to edge past Benfica and confirm their spot in the UEFA Europa League’s Round of 16. Bukayo Saka was pinpointed as the leading man who got Mikel Arteta’s side over the finish line, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the one who was able to stick the ball in the back of the net on two separate occasions.

He spoke with the media after the game about the win and said how his nerves were doing knowing that Arsenal needed a goal if they wanted to avoid being dumped out of the competition.

Arteta reacts to dramatic win over Benfica 0

Posted on February 26, 2021 by Harry Kettle

In a game that seemed to go back and forth more times than we can count, Arsenal were able to overcome the odds and beat Benfica to progress into the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League. Aubameyang and Tierney got the goals with Bukayo Saka also putting in a great shift at the Emirates, and now, Arsenal can look ahead to a potential run deep into the competition.

After the game, manager Mikel Arteta spoke about the victory and what it could end up meaning for the club this season.

Arteta shows excitement heading into Benfica showdown 0

Posted on February 25, 2021 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal face a really big test tonight as they lock horns with Benfica for a place in the UEFA Europa League’s Round of 16. Nobody is quite sure which direction this game is going to go, especially after the 1-1 draw in the first leg, but the Gunners should definitely be feeling confident about their chances of progressing into the next round.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta knows how important it could be for the club to make a run late in the competition, and he spoke about that and so much more with the media recently.

Arsenal vs Benfica – Preview 0

Posted on February 24, 2021 by Harry Kettle

After the first leg ended in a 1-1 stalemate, Arsenal are set to go to war with Benfica once again in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League tie this week. The Gunners know that things are on a knife-edge after they were unable to fully get the upperhand on their Portuguese opponents last week, but they should also know they’ve more than got enough in their locker to progress into the Round of 16.

Today, we’re going to give our thoughts on the contest and where we see Arsenal going from here in the competition.

Saka’s thoughts on Benfica draw 0

Posted on February 20, 2021 by Harry Kettle

While Arsenal never really seemed to be in full control of their UEFA Europa League game against Benfica, they definitely had moments in the game where they seemed to be at the races – and Bukayo Saka was at the heart of that. The youngster put in another solid performance, even getting a goal to show for his efforts that helped the Gunners leave Rome with a 1-1 draw.

After the game, Saka spoke with the media and appeared to be in a visibly frustrated mood – which isn’t hard to understand.

Arteta reflects on Benfica draw 0

Posted on February 19, 2021 by Harry Kettle

It was a night of frustration for manager Mikel Arteta and Arsenal, because while they didn’t lose to Benfica in the first leg of their Europa League Round of 32 tie, they were never really able to get out ahead of their Portuguese counterparts in what proved to be a bit of a stalemate.

The game is finely poised at 1-1 heading into the second leg with Arsenal still viewed as the slender favourites to progress, but you can bet Arteta had some mixed feelings as his attention now turns back to the Premier League.

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