Ever since reports claiming Dani Ceballos would leave Arsenal and return to Real Madrid when his loan deal expires, rumours linking the Gunners with what seems like every central midfielder out there have been popping up like mushrooms after rain. Rangers’ Glen Kamara has featured in many of them, and he’s recently been joined on the back pages by Yves Bissouma and Sander Berge.
Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell believes the Gunners should move to sign Yves Bissouma from Brighton and Hove Albion this summer, insisting the Seagulls midfielder would represent an upgrade on Granit Xhaka.
Campbell came through the ranks at the Arsenal Academy and earned first-team promotion in 1987. He had loan spells with Leyton Orient and Leicester City before returning to the club on the last day of 1989 to establish himself fully in the team. Throughout his time in North London, he made a total of 161 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners, scoring 40 goals. He left to join Nottingham Forest in the summer of 1994, and went on to play Turkish club Trabzonspor, Everton, West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff City. He retired from playing in 2007.
Arsenal have completed and confirmed the signing of Brighton and Hove goalkeeper Matt Ryan on loan for the remaining part of the season.
The 28-year-old Australia international arrives to the Emirates to boost the competition for the spot between the posts, although, in all honesty, he doesn’t look very likely to pose a serious threat to Bernd Leno in that respect. He is more likely to compete, and probably beat, Alex Runarsson for the place on the bench, with the Icelander not very impressive for the Gunners since his arrival.
According to the Mirror, Arsenal face a battle to keep hold of Hector Bellerin next summer.
The Spaniard joined the Arsenal academy from the youth ranks at Barcelona back in 2011. The presidential elections (along with the future of Lionel Messi, of course) are currently the main topic at the Catalan club, and it seems Joan Laporte, who is the favourite to land the top job, is keen on taking Bellerin back where he came from.
Brighton and Hove Albion are interested in signing Ainsley Maitland-Niles from Arsenal this summer, according to the Evening Standard.
As recently revealed by David Ornstein of The Athletic, the 22-year-old versatile wide man has decided his future development would be best served away from the Emirates and wants to leave the club, feeling that other academy graduates have overtaken him on the path of regular first-team members.
Having made a 14-minute cameo in the win against Premier League champions Liverpool and started the FA Cup semifinal against Manchester City last week, his appearance tally in all competitions in the Arsenal shirt stands at 98, mostly at right-back or right wing-back, with three goals and five assists. This season he has racked up 21 starts and 10 inclusions off the bench.
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.
After failing to beat Brighton and Hove Albion at the Emirates on Sunday, Arsenal’s chances of finishing inside the top four and qualifying for next season’s Champions League that way are gone.
There is still a mathematical possibility which says the Gunners need to beat Burnley at Turf Moor and Tottenham Hotspur need to lose at home to Everton. Neither of these conditions is impossible, but the results need to be such that they nullify an eight-goal advantage Spurs currently have in terms of goal-difference, and that, let’s face it, is extremely unlikely to happen.
Arsenal rounded up the first half of the Premier League season with a rather disappointing draw away to Brighton and Hove Albion in a game that saw the teams score a goal apiece.
Yes, it’s a disappointing result, given the difference in quality of the two teams and in the size and reputation of the two clubs. But the most disappointing thing about it is that the Gunners should actually be thankful that they were allowed to leave the Amex Stadium with a point.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan will miss the next six weeks of action with a broken metatarsal in his right foot, Arsenal have confirmed.
The injury of the Armenian is probably the last thing the team needs at the moment. Having suffered a defeat which ended their 22-game unbeaten run at the hands of Southampton and gone out of the Carabao Cup to arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur, the Gunners won the following game – Burnley at the Emirates, and they will be looking to get another run of positive results going as soon as possible.