The summer transfer window is upon us as we all know, which means to a series of entertaining rumours as speculation runs rampant over the future of players up and down the country. Arsenal are not immune to such speculation, and in fact, they probably experience it more than most – as everyone knows just how key it’s going to be for them to bounce back after a poor end to the 2018/19 campaign.
Arsenal should, and we should stress the word should, be one of the busiest teams in Europe during the upcoming summer transfer window. Their season fell apart during the last few months, and as such, they need to re-group and really think about who they want to come in and who they want to go out at the club. It’s not going to be easy to pick and choose what’s going to happen, but these are the kind of tasks that managers like Unai Emery need to make.
Different players have different things that they like to do in their spare time, and we should all learn to appreciate whatever it is they enjoy doing. Playing football for a living doesn’t exactly sound like something which should be particularly difficult, especially given the finances involved, but it can be a stressful environment. One error or mistake can lead to a great deal of scrutiny, and there’s no real way of ignoring that.
According to the Express, Arsenal are the latest Premier League club to show an interest in Crystal Palace’s highly-rated young right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
The 21-year-old has been one of the Eagles most consistent players this season, nailing down a starring role and producing a number of impressive displays for Roy Hodgson’s team. His performances have led to reported interest from the biggest clubs in England.
Youngster in-demand this summer
The reality is that Wan-Bissaka is now one of the most highly-rated young defenders in the Premier League. His performances have led to inevitable interest from the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and now reportedly Arsenal.
According to the father and agent of Manchester United star Antonio Valencia, Arsenal are a summer option for the Ecuadorian this summer. Luis Valencia has revealed that his son will definitely leave the Red Devils in the summer when his contract in Manchester expires.
Valencia has many summer options
Valencia senior told Ecuadorian El Universo: “He definitely will not continue in Manchester. He wants a change in the air and the club is not going to renew him either. Like everything in life, everything comes to an end.”
There are many world class players that currently reside in Arsenal’s first team, and it doesn’t exactly feel like that’s some kind of groundbreaking statement. The Gunners may not be considered one of the best teams in Europe but they’re certainly a top side in their own right, and we’d defend that point of view against just about anyone. Of course, the team is nothing without the players themselves, and Arsenal have many that they can rely on to consistently put in top level performances.
Hector Bellerin is often considered to be a polarising figure in the world of football, and most of the time it’s because of his fashion sense – which sounds utterly ridiculous. In truth the Spaniard is one of the most intriguing young full backs in the game today, and we don’t say that lightly. At the age of 23 it feels like he’s still got a lot of room left to grow and a lot of time in which to do so, although his recent injury certainly served as a bit of a setback for his carer trajectory.
Hector Bellerin has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, Arsenal have officially confirmed.
The Spaniard went off the pitch in the 72nd minute of Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday, and was replaced by Mohamed Elneny, which prompted a positional and formational shift across the line-up. Having gone down under absolutely no contact at all, it was immediately clear it would be very bad news for the player, as such injuries often turn out to be the worst case scenario. The omens unfortunately proved to be correct.
Arsenal are waiting on news of the severity of the injury picked up by Hector Bellerin in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Chelsea. The full-back went down holding his knee and the fears are that the injury is a serious one that will sideline him until at least the end of the season.
Bellerin is due to have a scan which will tell the north London club more about the injury and how long he will be sidelined. The 23-year-old had only just returned to the team after injury.
In Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off, Arsenal travels to the London Stadium to face West Ham, as the Gunners look to move into the top four of the table.
The home side has enjoyed a topsy-turvy first season under veteran boss Manuel Pellegrini. The Hammers are currently tenth in the table in the group of teams all battling to be the best of the rest below the top six.
The Irons have not been in great form of late, as they have won just once in their last four outings, suffering two defeats in the process. Last time out in the Premier League, Brighton held the Hammers to a 2-2 draw at the London Stadium.