Arsenal were extremely keen on signing Houssem Aouar from Olympique Lyon before the international transfer window slammed shut early this month, by all accounts, including a few hints from the player himself. In the end nothing happened on that front, and with all we’ve seen and read, it seems very likely that Arsenal simply couldn’t afford to present Lyon with an acceptable offer after being obliged to trigger the release clause of Thomas Partey. They had to choose, and Partey was probably seen as the greater of the two needs at this particular moment.
According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Juventus are determined to keep hold of defender Merih Demiral and have big plans for his future, amid interest from clubs around Europe with Arsenal leading the chase.
The Gunners secured the services of Pablo Mari for the rest of the season, and should the Spaniard pass his half-season audition, he should remain at the Emirates permanently when the loan expires. Nonetheless, it seems the club are looking to further boost Mikel Arteta’s options at the back by signing young quality players, players who would be able to stick around for a very long time.
Following a period of tension between him and the Arsenal supporters, Granit Xhaka appears to have had enough. The incident that happened in that infamous home draw against Crystal Palace has been thoroughly discussed on countless occasions, and there hardly seems any need to go into it again. Suffices to say that it has left an unpleasant tang in the air at the club, and Xhaka, having been stripped of captaincy in the aftermath, was always quietly expected to move towards the exit door.
When Alexis Sanchez made the jump over from Arsenal to Manchester United, there wasn’t all too much of a ‘shock factor’ that came alongside that. Most of us were expecting to see him make the jump, and to be honest, I think a lot of Gunners fans are happy for him. The guy had to put up with a lot during his last year or two at the Emirates, and he deserved a move to a club that would (logically speaking) give him more chances to succeed.
One of my colleagues earlier reported that Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has signed a pre-contract agreement to join Juventus for a reported staggering £400,000 per-week. If the reports are truthful, then the Italian giants are welcome to have at that wage packet.
Another mess from the Arsenal hierarchy
I have to say that I have mixed feelings about Aaron Ramsey leaving Arsenal this summer. The fact that he is leaving the north London side for no fee is a really poor piece of business from the club.
Aaron Ramsey has today signed a pre-contract agreement with Juventus which will see him join the Italian giants once his contract with Arsenal expires in the summer, multiple sources have reported.
Even before this piece of information broke out, a move away from the Emirates looked almost certain, ever since Arsenal pulled out of the negotiations over a new deal and withdrew the offer that was on the table. As of yet, no club official (or anyone from Ramsey’s camp for that matter) has come out with a statement as to why the talks fell through. Of course, with the public bereft of anything substantial, a large number of media outlets came forth with conclusions of their own, mostly spinning around the assumption that the Welshman demanded wages in the region of that of Mesut Ozil, by far the highest paid player in the squad.
Spanish football expert journalist Guillem Balague claims the transfer of Denis Suarez from Barcelona to Arsenal will not be happening this month. The midfielder has apparently decided to stay at Camp Nou after the two clubs failed to agree on all aspects of the deal.
According to Balague, Barcelona demanded a clause to be inserted into the deal, one that would force Arsenal to make the deal permanent in the summer and pay a fee amounting to somewhere in between €20 million and €25 million. Arsenal refused the Catalans’ wish and the deal has seemingly gone down the drain, at least as far as this transfer window is concerned.
According to the Daily Express, Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has signed a pre-contract agreement to join Italian giants Juventus. The news will come as no surprise to anybody, as the move has been mooted for the past month or so.
Arsenal were reportedly attempting to sell the midfielder to the Bianconeri in the January transfer window to claw some money back for the midfielder. However, that was always an unlikely prospect.
Ramsey such a frustrating player
I have to admit I find Aaron Ramsey such a frustrating player to watch. The Wales international has undoubted talent and can be such an influential player. However, he has a tendency to be inconsistent.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery is looking to offload German playmaker Mesut Ozil to raise funds for new signings according to the Daily Mirror. Ozil has not played for the Gunners since Boxing Day and reportedly, the former Germany international is out-of-favour with Emery.
Long-running stories of Ozil exit
Since the summer arrival of Unai Emery as Arsenal boss, there have been almost constant stories about the attacking midfielder not being his type of player.
According to the Mirror, Arsenal could allow midfielder Aaron Ramsey to join new club Juventus in the January transfer window for a fee of £18million. The Welshman is out of contract in north London and has reportedly already agreed on terms of a deal with the Bianconeri to join as a free agent in the summer. However, Arsenal are reported to be willing to let the midfielder go early. However, he will not leave on the cheap.
Arsenal needs the money
Arsenal boss Unai Emery has recently stated that the Gunners have no money to make permanent signings, so any signing this month will only be on temporary deals. This is definitely not what Gunners fans will have wanted to hear.