Arsenal were heavily linked with Arthur Melo and reportedly tried hard to sign him from Juventus back in January this year. They failed back then, but James McNicholas mentions in his report for The Athletic that the Gunners were offered the chance to “reignite their interest” in the summer, but declined. The 26-year-old Brazilian ended up joining Liverpool on a season-long loan with an option to buy, and he might yet prove an important acquisition for the Merseysiders, given their woeful luck with injuries in the middle of the park.
There have been plenty of reports over the last couple of months about Arsenal being interested in signing Youri Tielemans from Leicester City. However, despite some rather reliable journalists claiming the Belgium international was indeed on the radar of the club at one point, the stories gradually lost pace and practically died out in the end.
As Arsenal played their way to the 4-2 win over the Foxes at the Emirates on Saturday, there has been some chanting from the home supporters in the direction of Tielemans, who started the match and made way for Dennis Praet in the 63rd minute. It inspired transfer specialist Dean Jones to hit up his connections at the club and find out if there was anything worth reporting on that front.
After two sets of games in the Premier League this season there are only two clubs that still have a 100% record: Manchester City and Arsenal.
The Gunners had two potentially tricky games in the form of Crystal Palace away and Leicester at home to deal with but after getting past the Eagles, they managed to do the same thing to the Foxes with an enthralling 4-2 success at the Emirates.
After the full time whistle had blown, Mikel Arteta spoke with the media about the victory and where they go from here.
Arsenal are set to face Leicester City at the Emirates in a few hours, and there have been some positive developments at the Colney training ground this week. Fabio Vieira, Kieran Tierney, Emile Smith Rowe and Tahekiro Tomiyasu have all joined first-team training and some of them will be in contention to feature against the Foxes.
Speaking to the press on Friday, manager Mikel Arteta spoke at length about Vieira and his willingness to adapt to the demands of the game in the Premier League as soon as possible.
All eyes were on Arsenal last Friday night as they kickstarted the new Premier League season in style with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace. Obviously, as the featured game to ring in a new campaign, there was always going to be a lot of eyes on the Gunners – as is going to be the case a lot between now and May.
This weekend, though, the spotlight won’t be shining quite as brightly as Arsenal head to the Emirates for the first time this season to play Leicester City.
Arsenal have completed four signings so far this summer. The latest one was arguably the most important one, as Gabriel Jesus made his way over from Manchester City to ease the obvious problems regarding the central attacking role. The arrival of the Brazilian striker followed those of winger Marquinhos, midfielder Fabio Vieira and goalkeeper Matt Turner, but the club are yet to strengthen their defensive ranks apart from the return of William Saliba from Olympique Marseille loan, as well as to add a top-level central midfielder to help organizing play from deep.
According to John Percy of The Telegraph, manager Mikel Arteta is trying to get the club to make a £25 million opening bid for the services of Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans. Leicester are, however, likely to ask for significantly more than that amount, with manager Brendan Rodgers set to reinvest the money in new signings.
The 25-year-old midfielder is about to enter the final 12 months of contract with Leicester, and he has reportedly decided against signing a new deal, having his heart set on taking the next step in his career. Arteta has apparently put Tielemans at the top of his summer wish list after performing a series of background checks on him. Arsenal’s head of UK scouting James Ellis was at the King Power Stadium on Sunday, watching on as Leicester beat Southampton by 4-1.
According to David Ornstein of The Athletic, Arsenal have opened talks with Mohamed Elneny over a new contract and are seriously interested in signing Youri Tielemans from Leicester City this summer. If these plans both prove fruitful, the Gunners should have a really respectable midfield setup, one worthy of a team playing in the Champions League.
That, however, is the obvious condition for Tielemans to consider moving to the Emirates, and Arsenal are one win away from securing that fourth place after beating Leeds United on Sunday, while Tottenham Hotspur played out a draw at Anfield against Liverpool a day before. That is providing, of course, that win comes at the home of the arch-rivals in the North London Derby on Thursday.
Arsenal fans can be forgiven for feeling pessimistic on a fairly regular basis as a result of what they’ve had to endure in recent years, but this time around, we do think it’s fair for them to start to dream. A return to Champions League football has been something they’ve gone after for a long time and after beating Leicester 2-0 over the weekend, they’re well-positioned now as the favourites to claim fourth spot – and potentially even push for third.
Mikel Arteta spoke with the media after a triumphant afternoon for the Gunners.
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Like any other club serious about being competitive at top level, Arsenal are already preparing for the summer transfer window and drafting potential targets according to the assessments of what the squad needs to become stronger. According to the Evening Standard, the Gunners have set signing two strikers and a midfielder as their top priority, with a left-sided centre-back and a right back slightly lower on the wish list.