As the summer transfer window comes to an end and the twenty teams involved in the Premier League get ready to kickstart their season, it’s always fun to take a quick look back at what went down in the summer transfer window. Of course, some clubs were able to fare better than others but overall, most teams got what they wanted and the majority are heading into the season in a stronger position than they were back at the end of last season.
According to the BBC, Arsenal defender Calum Chambers is set to join London rivals Fulham on a season-long loan deal. The report suggests that the player just needs to agree on personal terms with Cottagers before completing the move.
The 23-year-old has only recently signed a contract extension in north London. However, it seems that he is moving to Craven Cottage for more regular first team football this season.
Pushed down the pecking order by new arrivals
The summer arrivals of Swiss international defender Stephan Lichtsteiner and Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has seen Chambers fall down the pecking order at the north London.
Reportedly, Arsenal target Ivorian midfielder Jean Michael Seri has completed a shock move to Premier League new boys Fulham from Nice for a fee reported to be in the region of £18million.
Seri had been continually linked with a move to both Arsenal and Chelsea. Both London giants were linked with £35million bids for the midfielder last summer. However, the midfielder has now joined Fulham for a much smaller fee than mooted in the past.
Arsenal must be happy with their midfield options
It seems that Arsenal are satisfied with their midfield options. The Gunners already had the likes of Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed Elneny available to new boss Unai Emery before the summer transfer window opened.
It’s time to take yet another trip down memory lane, and while this one is certainly dramatic, it won’t bring back the fondest of memories for Arsenal fans. Seven years ago today, the Gunners drew 2-2 with Fulham in a game which ensured that they would be finishing in fourth position to conclude their Premier League campaign. While some may see that as a positive, especially considering how the last few years have gone for them, it was still a disappointing result as they were unable to jump into the top three which would’ve given them an automatic passage into the UEFA Champions League for the following season.
It’s time for us to take yet another trip down memory lane, and it’s certainly a positive journey this time around. On this day in 2010, the Gunners tore through Fulham on their way to confirming that St Totteringham’s Day would be going ahead as they secured 3rd spot in the Premier League above their bitter rivals. It was a long and difficult season, but in the end, they managed to get the job done.
Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom could be set for a January move away from the North London club, according to reports.
The 21-year-old is close to returning to action following a back injury he suffered back in September, but the Mirror reports that Arsene Wenger is contemplating an option to send his striker out on loan in order to help him gain valuable first-team experience.
Akpom has made only one senior appearance for the Gunners this term, taking part in Arsenal’s 4-0 League Cup win over Nottingham Forest and is likely to find it hard to break into the first-team fold.
The Telegraph has learned that Fulham youngster Patrick Roberts is being linked with a summer switch to the Emirates. Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing the talented attacker and could step up their interest at the end of the season.
While the Gunners desperately need to reinforce the squad if they are to challenge for honours next season, club official are clearly thinking about future as well, as witnessed by their interest in the Fulham starlet.
Club scouts have been alerted of the player’s potential a while back and they have been impressed with his recent performances. According to The Telegraph, Arsenal are seriously thinking about recruiting the talented forward in the summer.
Arsenal’s last-gasp 2-2 draw with Swansea yesterday was not only a disappointing result, the draw all but ends the Gunners hopes of winning the Premier League title this season. The bigger worry now is that the side from north London could even lose out on fourth place and a Champions League spot.
Arsenal’s next two games are a home clash against in-form Manchester City and then a visit to another in-form side Everton, who are looking to replace the Gunners in the top four. Those two games look like tough fixtures for anybody at the moment, never mind an Arsenal side looking like the lack confidence.
Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata is reportedly close to signing for Arsenal, according to respected pundit Guillem Balague.
‘Morata has agreed to join Arsenal IF, I repeat IF, I insist IF, clubs agree fee. He will push for Madrid to accept Arsenal’s offer.’ – he said on Twitter.
The young Spaniard has been linked with a move to Arsenal all season, but no progress has been made on the initial interest shown from the Gunners.
Morata, 21, has scored three goals in 13 league appearances this season for the senior side. He bagged an impressive 12 goals in 18 last campaign for the reserve outfit in the second division.
As one of my colleagues wrote earlier, Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny made his 100th appearance for the Gunners in the 2-0 win over Fulham at the weekend.
The Poland international kept his 30th clean sheet for the Gunners against the Cottagers, which is not a bad record considering the Gunners have been less than solid at the back in previous seasons.
This season has seen a change in fortunes for Arsenal at the back. The Gunners have the best defensive record in the Premier League, conceding just 19 goals in their 22 top-flight outings this season.