It is expected to be a long summer for Premier League club Arsenal who have lined up a summer rebuild that will see them let go of a couple of players and have also planned to sign their replacements. However, they are in a very precarious situation at the moment and will find it very hard to attract their first-choice transfer targets this summer because they have missed the chance to participate in the UEFA Champions League next season.
Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has revealed that he still thinks about his failed Arsenal transfer two seasons ago and wishes that the move had happened. The Ivory Coast international attacker was very close to joining the Gunners in the last two summer transfer windows only for the move to break down toward the closure of the window.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has reportedly given a confirmation that London club Arsenal will be handling some transfer businesses when the summer transfer window opens for business in a few months. Mikel Arteta has been reported to be highly interested in adding some firepower to his squad ahead of assembling a side that will try to do better next season, and there seems to now be a confirmation that he will engage in some business activities in the window.
Two Everton players have been confirmed as sure absentees for the Arsenal game in the Premier League later this week. Hosts Arsenal take on Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Friday night with either teams hoping to get the win that would take them closer to the leading pack in the chase for European football next season.
The Toffees will have to navigate the league encounter against the North London giants without the duo of Abdoulaye Doucoure and Jean-Philippe Gbamin.
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that he’s almost back to full complement of his team after four players returned to full training in time for the trip to face Arsenal on Friday night.
Ancelotti told reporters in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Arsenal game at the Emirates Stadium that the quartet of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Fabian Delph, Bernard and Yerry Mina are available for selection ahead of the Arsenal game.
In what will come as one of the most surprising transfer rumours in the summer, it looks as though London club Arsenal will be readily willing to listen to offers for want-away striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabonese striker has been out of form for the majority of this campaign and is also reportedly not settled at the club, leading to reports claiming that he may not be an Arsenal player when Arsenal play their first fixture of the next season.
Aubameyang has come under huge criticism from pundits this season after failing to replicate his fine form of last season while he has also sparked debate among fans who believe he should no longer start games for the club. French striker Alexandre Lacazette has started the Gunners’ last few games during which Aubameyang was relegated to the substitutes’ bench, adding even more fuel to the speculations linking him away from the club.
Arsenal will have a job in their hands in their bid to keep defender Pablo Mari at the club with the central defensive star attracting interest from a couple of clubs across Europe. The Spanish La Liga outfit are in the market and on the hunt for a defender who will be a direct replacement for Pau Torres who has been linked with an exit from the club.
Pau Torres has had his name among transfer rumors in the last two years and the situation does not look like it will change anytime soon given that clubs are still monitoring his situation at Villarreal and plotting a move as well.
Arsenal have set an unwanted record in the Premier League after they were beaten by league leaders Manchester City on Sunday. The Gunners conceded inside two minutes to a Raheem Sterling header and that proved to be enough for Manchester City to win the game by a lone goal thereby maintaining their good record over Arsenal in the competition. With the 1-0 defeat at home to Manchester City, Arsenal have not set a record of four successive home defeats to a single team in the Premier League era.
The Gunners have lost their last four home games to Manchester City in the Premier League to make it eight defeats in a row in the competition against the same opponents. As a matter of fact, the eight-game losing run against Manchester City equals the record for Arsenal since league football started in England over a century ago. The record was set against Leeds United in the 70s between 1973 and 1976.The Gunners have not beaten Manchester in any of their last 11 meetings in the league. In that time, Arsenal have beaten them twice in the FA Cup semi-final.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed that the future of striker Alexandre Lacazette will be decided only in the summer, as no contract talks are being held at the moment. The Frenchman’s contract with Arsenal runs out in the summer and the club has had a lot of experiences when it comes to leading players leave on a free due to the failure to agree terms with a new contract. It appears that history seems to be repeating with Alexandre Lacazette, who will be able to discuss terms with a foreign club.
The striker has been one of the top scorers for Arsenal this season. He has managed nine goals in 19 appearances, as the gunners have been able to soften the blow of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being unavailable for a decent part of the campaign. After recently agreeing to a new contract,Aubameyang has been hit by a number of injury problems and he has only scored five goals in all competitions this season.
Newcastle United have been boosted with the news that two of their defensive-minded players will return to the squad for the FA Cup third round tie at Arsenal over the weekend. The Magpies have a tough fixture on their hands after they were drawn with FA Cup holders Arsenal in the third round. The two teams will battle it out for a spot in the fourth round at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening.
Ahead of the Arsenal game, Newcastle United have club skipper Jamaal Lascelles back in training after recovering from Covid-19 and he’s expected to take his place at the heart of the Newcastle United defence.