Arsenal remain in the dark as to the size of the funds to be made available for incoming transfers this summer, and much of it is expected to depend on whether the Gunners manage to secure Champions League football for next season. The chances of that task being accomplished through Premier League placement are practically non-existent, even if the possibility isn’t yet mathematically ruled out. At this point, the likeliest route towards UEFA’s elite club competition is through winning the Europa League, where Arsenal will be facing Villarreal in Spain in the semifinals, which will see the first leg being played this Thursday.
The January transfer window is officially open and thus begins the month-long speculation surrounding just about every player in world football. That’ll especially be the case in the Premier League because, as we know, it is so often regarded as the very best division across Europe – and potentially even the entire sport.
The next few weeks are going to be really important for so many clubs but we feel as if that’s especially the case for Arsenal. After a dreadful run of form back at the start of December, they finally seem to be putting the right pieces in place for another run at the top six. You could argue that may even be pushed up to the top four, but we wouldn’t suggest getting ahead of yourselves.
Sead Kolasinac is closing in on a temporary return to Schalke 04, according to Sky Sports. The Bosnian left-back has already arrived in Germany ahead of the proposed move, and the Bundesliga side are confident it will be completed soon.
Kolasinac joined the Gunners in the summer of 2017 as a free agent, after his contract with Schalke expired. He had spent five years as a first-team member there, having arrived from Suttgart at the age of 18 and spent a year with Schalke’s U-19 side. He made a total of 123 appearances across all competitions in those five years, scoring four times and assisting his teammates on 13 occasions.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta hopes he will be able to count on Kieran Tierney for the Manchester City showdown this weekend. The boss is set to lead the team against his former employers on Saturday in a game which will be a part of the fifth round of the 2020/21 Premier League campaign.
While on international duty with Scotland, Southampton midfielder Stuart Armstrong tested positive for Covid-19. Tierney, along with Celtic midfielder Cyrus Christie and two members of Scotland’s backroom staff, have been identified as the ones to have had close contact with Armstrong the most, and have therefore been requested to undergo a 14-day self-isolation by the Lothian Health Protection Team.
Lucas Torreira is now very close to completing a loan move to Atletico Madrid, according to The Athletic. It has also been confirmed by Goal.com Arsenal correspondent Charles Watts. The Uruguay international will join Diego Simeone’s team for the remainder of the 2020/21 season, with Atletico having the option to make the deal permanent at the end of that period.
The deal hasn’t been agreed in every detail yet, nor has Torreira’s medical been scheduled, but the parties involved in the talks are close to reaching the agreement.
Arsenal are currently in talks with Bayer Levekusen over a potential sale of Sead Kolasinac, according to Sky in Germany. The Bosnia and Herzegovina international was born in Germany and is believed to be keen on returning there for family reasons.
Apparently, Leverkusen are stepping up their interest in signing the left-back who has fallen down the pecking order behind Kieran Tierney and Ainsley Maitland-Niles. For a while last season, even 19-year-old winger Bukayo Saka was picked ahead of him on the defensive flank. Though Mikel Arteta has been known to use Kolasinac as part of the back three since adopting that system, it rarely worked the way the boss would have wanted it to.
Kolasinac in Leverkusen talks
After goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who left to join Aston Villa, Sead Kolasinac could be the next senior player to leave the Emirates in this transfer window. According to PA Sport, the Bosnian left back is currently in talks with Bayer Leverkusen about a proposed return to Germany.
Kolasinac gradually lost his place on the left defensive flank to Kieran Tierney, and though Mikel Arteta has utilized him in a back three, some howling mistakes clearly indicated that he can’t be a long-term solution there either.
Jordi Osei-Tutu has left Arsenal to join Cardiff City on a season-long loan, both clubs have confirmed.
The 21-year-old is a highly versatile player, but, as he put it himself in an interview with Cardiff’s official website, he feels most comfortable wide on the right, whether as a classic fullback or in a more advanced wing-back role. Arsenal already have players like Hector Bellerin and Cedric Soares playing there, and Osei-Tutu’s temporary move away from the Emirates as he strives to get some first-team action under his belt seems wise.
Mikel Arteta has indeed instilled a new sense of team play since he stepped into the Emirates dugout, there can be no doubt about that. However, the defeat in the North-London Derby on Sunday has highlighted the same problems the Gunners have been struggling with for a very long time.
Arteta has indeed increased Arsenal’s ability to control games. The high possession percentage from the Derby (62%) backs that up, albeit with a slight reservation given that Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho rarely ever cared about his teams seeing more of the ball. But once again it mostly comes down to individual mistakes.
Arsenal are set to resume the Premier League season when they take on Newcastle United at the Emirates on Sunday, following the winter break which reportedly did the team a lot of good. Be that as it may, head coach Mikel Arteta spoke to the press ahead of the game and provided some updates on the situation with injured players.
Left-back Kieran Tierney, who hurt his shoulder by falling awkwardly in the West Ham clash back in December, has been ruled out and will likely need a few weeks more. It was confirmed that he was back in training in Dubai, but it was restricted to strictly non-contact work which obviously means his shoulder is still too sensitive for him to play.