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Gabriel Jesus likely to leave Man City, Arsenal interested – David Ornstein 0

Posted on April 30, 2022 by Veselin Trajkovic

Reported Arsenal target Gabriel Jesus is likely to leave Manchester City this summer, according to David Ornstein of The Athletic.

We’ve come to know Ornstein as a figure of some credibility when to comes to Arsenal-related news, and if he continues to report about the club’s interest in the Brazilian forward, there must be a fair amount of truth there.

Arsenal agree principle deal for Ben White 0

Posted on July 17, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal have reached an agreement in principle with Brighton and Hove Albion over the proposed transfer of Ben White, according to David Ornstein of The Athletic. There was a similar report earlier this month, which came from footall.london, but now the claim has come from a much more reliable source in Ornstein and has been relayed by other outlets, including the likes of Sky Sports and the BBC, as well.

Journalists assess Arsenal sale likelihood 0

Posted on May 04, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the possibility of Stan and Josh Kroenke, in charge of the Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, selling Arsenal in the near future, particularly after the European Super League project fiasco and the fan protests that followed shortly.

Daniel Ek, co-founder of Spotify, apparently backed by former Arsenal stars Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Denis Bergkamp, caused quite a stir on the subject with his tweet suggesting he would be willing to buy Arsenal FC off the Kroenkes. However, The Athletic journalists David Ornstein and Matt Slater don’t believe that is likely to happen in the near future. The Kroenkes themselves have moved decisively to dismiss any notions of it, reiterating their committment to the club openly and promising a heavy investment in the squad this summer.

Arsenal already planning for next summer 0

Posted on November 16, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

It has been a significant summer this year in terms of incoming transfers at Arsenal. The Gunners obtained the services of defender Gabriel Magalhaes, defensive midfielder Thomas Partey, winger Willian and replaced the departed Emiliano Martinez with Runar Alex Runarsson as the number two goalkeeper. They also extended the loan of midfielder Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid by another year, as well as the contract of defender David Luiz, and turned the previous loan spells of defenders Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares into permanent ones. But perhaps the most impotant piece of business of all was captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signing a new contract. Arsenal reportedly made a late effort to bring in Houssem Aouar from Olympique Lyon, but that did not come through.

How much will Arsenal’s transfer business change with Sanllehi gone? 0

Posted on August 19, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

As you probably know by now, head of football Raul Sanllehi has left the club. And with the former Barcelona man being involved in so much of Arsenal’s dealings in the transfer market, The Athletic journalist David Ornstein has provided some insight into the changes expected in that aspect.

Not much is expected to change at first. Sanllehi has set things in motion when it comes to the dealings surrounding Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes, Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, as well as the talks about a new contract with captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The club will still pursue all those deals.

Ozil has no intention of leaving Arsenal this summer 0

Posted on August 13, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Mesut Ozil has once again confirmed his stance that he won’t be leaving Arsenal before his contract expires in 2021.

The last time the German attacking midfielder was given a game was back in March, when Arsenal beat West Ham by 1-0 at the Emirates in the Premier League. His place in the team has seemed lost from the earliest stages of the season, when Unai Emery, still at the helm back then, repeatedly claimed he was leaving Ozil out only for tactical reasons. He was given another chance to reclaim it when Mikel Arteta took over, but the fact that even the new coach hasn’t used him for such a long time points towards the player having no place in his plans. Overall, Ozil played a total of 23 games in 2019/20, scoring once and assisting three times.

Maitland-Niles intends to leave Arsenal 0

Posted on July 15, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has come through the ranks at the club’s academy, and apart from a season-long loan at Ipswich Town in 2015/16, he has been with Arsenal his entire football career so far. However, as exclusively revealed by David Ornstein of The Athletic, he has now decided that it is in his best interest to leave the club.

Looking at it from his own perspective, it’s hard to disagree. As Ornstein rightly points out, the 22-year-old is a winger by default used as a make-shift right-back for most of his senior career due to frequent injury absences of Hector Bellerin in previous seasons, and he has seen other academy graduates move past him on the development track.

Arsenal to step up Partey interest 0

Posted on July 01, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal have intensified their interest in signing Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid this summer, according to David Ornstein of The Athletic.

The 27-year old midfield powerhouse has played 42 times for Diego Simeone’s side in all competitions this season. He scored three goals and provided no more than one assist, but it’s hardly relevant for a player whose primary duty is to protect the back line by positioning himself directly in front of them and fight for every ball.

Arsenal set to lose another talented youngster 0

Posted on June 29, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal have a most dis-satisfactory record when it comes to seeing players they develop at youth levels blossom into proper first-team stars in the club shirt. Those of us who follow the Bundesliga have repeatedly been made aware of the quality of a certain Serge Gnabry, who is now terrorizing defences across the German top flight. The same, if to a lesser extent so far, can be said of Donyell Malen, currently at PSV Eindhoven and reportedly on the radars of a number of top European clubs. AC Milan midfielder Ismael Bennacer is another good example, as David Ornstein points out in his “Ornstein on Monday” column for The Athletic.

The Guendouzi issue 0

Posted on February 24, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

You’ve probably heard or read somewhere by now that there were some disciplinary issues with Matteo Guendouzi during Arsenal’s winter-break trip to Dubai, after which the midfielder was dropped for the Newcastle encounter.┬áIn his weekly column for The Athletic, David Ornstein has thrown some light on what happened there.

Apparently, Guendouzi was involved in a row with another player (whom Ornstein doesn’t name), after which manager Mikel Arteta spoke sharply to both culprits. However, it was Guendouzi who received a stronger reprimand, with Arteta perceiving him as the more guilty party.

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