Arsenal defender TakehiroTomiyasu is a big doubt for the Gunners ahead of their Premier League encounter with defending champions Manchester City on New Year’s Day. The two teams will take on each other in the first game of next year andJapan international Tomiyasu could miss out due to Covid-19.
Tomiyasu was a major absentee from Arsenal training on Wednesday as Covid-19 status is still unclear. He had sustained a muscle injury during the recent Premier League clash at Leeds United but he’s thought to have recovered from that injury. The Japanese utility defender went off injured during the second half of the Leeds game and he had to be replaced by Portuguese player Cedric Soares.
Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah has turned down the latest contract offer from the club as his existing contract draws to an end. The England Under-21s player has now rejected several offers of a new contract extension at the club. Sky Sports reported that the 22-year-old attacker is not necessarily motivated by finance and that his decision is mainly due to the lack of playing time.
Nketiah has an Arsenal contract that runs until the end of this season and he can sign a pre-contract with any team outside England as from New Year’s Day.
Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has been rewarded for the good start to his career in North London after the England national team invitee was named as part of an eight-man nominees’ list for the Premier League Player of the Month Award as far as October 2021 is concerned.
Ramsdale was one of the eight players who made the list released on Thursday. The ex-Bournemouth shot stopper has been in very good form for the Gunners since they paid an initial fee of around £24m to sign him from English Championship outfit Sheffield United. Arsenal might need to pay as much as £30m for Ramsdale depending on add-ons.
Arsenal skipper Pierre-EmerickAubameyang has a very good home form in the Premier League this season. The Gabonese striker made it four goals in four starts at the Emirates Stadium in the league this term with one of the goals to help the Gunners end their poor record against Aston Villa.
The Gunners had lost their last three games against Villa in the league before the two teams met for the first time this season and Aubameyang was on target as hosts Arsenal saw off Villa via a 3-1 scoreline.
German shot stopper Bernd Leno has been made available for sale ahead of the January transfer window after losing his place as the first choice Arsenal goalkeeper to summer signing Aaron Ramsdale. This is according to the report from Eurosport which stated that the Gunners are keen to sell the 29-year-old goalkeeper who would have one year left on his Arsenal contract next summer.
Leno has been the first choice Arsenal goalkeeper for the past few seasons but his place became threatened when the Gunners paid an initial fee of £24m to sign England national team shot stopper Ramsdale from Sheffield United who were relegated from the Premier League last season.
As the end of the summer transfer window approached, it continues to look highly unlikely that Arsenal will be signing any more players. The Gunners have already signed five players this summer and were also able to convince their prized asset Emile Smith-Rowe to put pen to paper on a new contract which will see him continue his career at the north London club for years to come but Arsenal fans still think that’s not enough. Arsenal have signed Sambi Lokonga, Nuno Tavares, Ben White, Aaron Ramsdale, and Martin Odegaard all in this summer as they try to prove to their fans that they are now set to please them and add some firepower to their squad.
/>However, the Gunners faithful believe that while those players are young and have prospects, they are not up to the quality the club need to be able to fight for titles this season. Odegaard spent last season on loan at Arsenal from Real Madrid but has made a permanent return this time after he was told that he does not have a guaranteed starting spot at the Santiago Bernabeu this season. His arrival at the Emirates Stadium was initially hailed by Arsenal fans but after seeing the transfer businesses being done by other clubs, they have now claimed that the Gunners should have fine more.
It was reported some days ago that English Premier League side Arsenal were interested in signing a striker and that they had set their sights on striking a deal with Italian Serie A giants Inter Milan for the signing of their forward Lautaro Martinez. The Argentina international striker has been linked with an exit from the San Siro amid reports that the club are currently in a financial crisis and need to sell players to raise funds and avoid going into liquidation. The Italian Serie A Champions have already sanctioned the sale of star striker Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea and were also said to be willing to listen to offers for Martinez but that seems to have changed
Inter Milan CEO Beppe Marotta has revealed that he expects Martinez to sign a new contract extension at the club despite reports strongly suggesting otherwise. Martinez and Lukaku formed a great strike partnership last season for Inter as they went on to fire the club to a first Serie A title in so many years. However, they will be playing for different clubs this season as Lukaku has already all but sealed his transfer to England; a return to Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal have made Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale their number one target this summer in their bid to sign a goalkeeper and they have been told to pay £32m for him. English publication The Times revealed that the Gunners have been quoted £32m as the transfer fee required to prise the shot stopper away from his club.
The Gunners are reluctant to pay the said fee for Ramsdale who only moved to Sheffield United last summer. The Blades paid £18.5m to secure his transfer from Bournemouth shortly after they suffered demotion from the English top flight.
Newcastle United have continued to push forward in their attempts to convince Arsenal in letting go of their youngster Joe Willock this summer. The 21-year-old spent last season at St James’ Park and had an excellent campaign as he was in the form of his life for the Tyneside club. Willock was in such great form that he ended the last Premier League season by scoring in seven consecutive games, setting a record, and also doing so while playing most of the games coming on as a second-half substitute.
Newcastle fancy the player a lot and have promised him a lot of game time if he signs for them, something Arsenal may not be able to promise him at the moment. Although Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has vowed to put a lot of faith and belief in younger players at the club, it is still a huge doubt that Willock will have an in portent role to play at the Emirates Stadium next season and it is also one of the huge factors that are going to influence the 21-year-old’s decision in the coming days.
The highly anticipated Tokyo Olympics has continued to draw nearer gradually and the participating countries have already started preparing for the tournament by sending call-plus and invitations to the players they want to represent them at the 2020 edition of the tournament which will hold later this year. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics was originally scheduled to hold last year but was moved to this year following the huge impact made by the outburst of the coronavirus pandemic especially during the beginning of last year.
Alongside Brazil, France has been one of the countries to have been working tentatively to make sure that a list of the players they want to have at the Olympics is ready very soon and according to reports, Arsenal’s French defender William Saliba is set to miss the Olympics as his club want him to report for pre-season duties later this month. Saliva was signed by Mikel Arteta for Arsenal last summer but was loaned out to get some minutes under his belt as he was not able to cement his position as a regular starter at the club since completing his transfer to the Emirates Stadium.