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.
According to multiple reports, LA Galaxy are considering making an attempt to sign Mesut Ozil from Arsenal ahead of the 2021 MLS season.
The German has been a much-debated topic in every Arsenal-related conversation for a long time; probably too long now. Since he signed his three-and-a-half year contract back in January 2018, his performances were questionable at best, and his time at the club is without a doubt coming to a close. Manager Mikel Arteta has left him out of the squad for the Premier League and the Europa League, sending a very clear message that Ozil has no place in his plans at all.
The Mesut Ozil situation continues to draw much attention when it comes to Arsenal. Manager Mikel Arteta made the decision to leave the experienced German out of his Premier League and Europa League squads, and while some believe it to have been a mistake, others make a strong case against a team relying on a classic No.10 as the main creativity source in the game today.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insists his conscience is clear after he made the call to leave Mesut Ozil out of the squad for the Europa League and the Premier League this season.
The German is contracted to the club until the end of 2020/21, but he hasn’t played a competitive match since the three-month break caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in the spring of this year. It was reported widely that the club were extremely keen to get his wages of £350,000 per week off their bill this summer, but Ozil made it clear that he had no intention of leaving before his contract expires. Some suggested that the decision to freeze the 32-year-old out after the break came as a result of his refusal to take a pay cut with the rest of the squad as the club’s finances suffered a blow at the time, but Arteta says that wasn’t the case.
Having been left out of the squad for both the Premier League and the Europa League this season, Mesut Ozil has broken his silence to address the Arsenal supporters.
The German attacking midfielder signed a new contract in 2018, set to keep him at the club until the summer of 2021 on £350,000 per week in wages, and he has hardly justified the faith he was shown since then. He had issues with Unai Emery who indicated on more than one occasion that Ozil didn’t fit his tactical ideas, and the troubles continued under Mikel Arteta. Upon his arrival, the former Manchester City assistant manager initially reinstated the 31-year-old’s role in the team, but it all changed after the long break in football caused by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Ozil hasn’t played a competitive game for Arsenal since, and the team has been looking very good without his help.
Arsenal were obviously very interested in signing Houssem Aouar from Olympique Lyon this summer, and it’s easy to see the reasons for it. The 22-year-old attacking midfielder boasts considerable work-rate and tremendous skill, and would likely provide the team with additional creative sparks, helping the already formidable forward line shine even more.
Two bids for his services have been submitted and rejected by the Ligue 1 side during the summer transfer window, and Aouar stayed in Lyon. As he revealed to French outlet Telefoot (via the Mirror), he doesn’t mind staying there for another season; he is happy in the city and the club he calls his own. He also likes working with sporting director Juninho Pernambucano, with whom he spoke several times about a proposed departure which so far hasn’t come to pass.
Arsenal’s squad seems certain to look much different in 2020/21 than it did in the previous season. The club have already acquired the services of winger Willian from Chelsea, and the presence of the experienced Brazilian will add another dimension to the Gunners’ attack. The signing of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille has also been completed, and the 22-year-old is expected to represent the future of the team’s back line. There are things, as well, which won’t change. One of them is Dani Ceballos, who has returned for another season-long loan from Real Madrid.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to sign a new contract with Arsenal, according to multiple sources.
Aubameyang’s future was pretty much up in the air for a long time. His current deal expires in 2021, which means it has entered its final 12 months. The club have been keen to keep him for years to come, but they were reportedly willing to contemplate a sale if he doesn’t renew his commitment in order to avoid losing him for free. It has also been reported that the Gabonese forward wanted assurances on the club’s ambitions to compete for major honors before he makes his decision.
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.
Having knocked holders Manchester City out of the FA Cup in the semifinals mere days after beating newly crowned champions Liverpool in the Premier League, Arsenal have come within a step of lifting a major trophy – something not many would have expected at most points during the 2019/20 season. Coach Mikel Arteta seems to have instilled a fresh amount of self-belief into the team, as well as found a way to help players lift their individual performances to another level.