Defender tells Emery he wants move, Arsenal told to sell trip, Legend makes Spurs claim, Arsenal sent message on incoming signing
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Arsenal transfer target Joachim Andersen believes it is ‘time to further his career’, amid speculation Unai Emery is keen on a deal.
Arsenal boss Emery only has limited transfer funds in the kitty to improve the side and bring in a number of players that could help the side get back inside the top four spots and back inside the Champions League.
And one player that has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates is that of Anderson, who has been making all the right headlines for Sampdoria this season.
The north London club are reported to have failed with a joint £44million bid for the Denmark international centre-half and his Sampdoria teammate Dennis Praet, but are expected to head back in over the next few months.
‘It could be time for me to further my career,’ he told Goal. ‘I have loved my time in Sampdoria – the fans, the president, the staff, the players, the city – but maybe it’s time to move on to develop further.
‘There are a number of interested clubs from Europe’s biggest leagues who are discussing with my agent and I’ll be making a decision shortly together with my family and my agent.
‘It’s very important to me that Sampdoria can also benefit from an eventual transfer. It’s not all about me. I have so much to thank this great club for. Without Sampdoria, I wouldn’t have had the opportunities I have had to this point.
‘I have dreams of playing in the biggest clubs in the world and the biggest leagues in the world – I’m lucky enough to already be playing in one of them
‘I think I have a pretty broad football education and I don’t see why I shouldn’t be able to adopt to most leagues – but I’m not saying it would be easy. ‘I have learned a lot. I grew up in Denmark and Holland playing with a lot of possession. When I came to Italy, I learned a new part of the defending game, which added a new layer to my football education.
‘But most importantly I haven’t forgotten how to play ball. That means I’m still comfortable in possession while I have developed as a defender.
‘My position is good and of course I’m pretty tall [193cm], which gives me an advantage in the air. I’m not going to tell you what I had to work on – let the strikers see if they can find out themselves!’
Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas believes the Gunners should raise funds this summer by selling Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Lucas Torreira.
Reports all over the media in the past few weeks have suggested that Gunners boss Unai Emery will only be handed a measly £45 million to splash on new players in the coming transfer window.
The Spaniard is expected to improve the squad enough to be challenging for the top-four spots and a number of trophies with funds that most big players cost these days.
But Nicolas has urged his former club to offload Ozil Mkhitaryan and Torreira to raise a number of funds.
The Uruguayan, who joined the Gunners from Sampdoria for £25m last summer, said this week that he would like to return to Italy soon, with some reports suggesting AC Milan are willing to splash close to £60 million to secure a deal.
Ozil has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons over the past 12 months and there is a feeling around the club that he could be sold if the right offer arrives.
And Mkhitaryan has been hit and miss at the Emirates since his move from Manchester United and although he can be brilliant at times, he is not the type of player that Emery likes to have in his squads.
He said on the TalkSport website: “Who can they get out of the door? If you can get the right offer for Mesut Ozil you’d sell.
“Mkhitaryan can go and you want to keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
“Torreira seems to be interested in going back to Italy. If you can get the right money: take it.”
Goalkeeper Yu Ziqian has warned Arsenal that Yannick Carrasco is a ‘lazy player’ amid talk he is close to a summer Emirates switch.
Arsenal are unable to splash the cash this transfer window with reports the Gunners are only prepared to offer Unai Emery around £45 million to spend on new players after they once again missed out on Champions League football.
But one player that has been heavily tipped to make that move to London is that of Carrasco, who has been plying his trade over in China for the last few seasons.
Carrasco has scored seven goals in ten matches this term as Dalian Yifang sit in the same position during the 2018 campaign as they did in the 2018 season.
But it’s Carrasco mentality which has been attacked by team-mate and goalkeeper Yu Ziqian, who says the player is ‘lazy’ and not committed to the cause. Furthermore, Carrasco has even been accused of getting deliberately booked to miss game-time.
“You’re a star and you play well, but you can’t win a game by yourself,” he explained on Chinese social media platform Weibo.
“When we played Shanghai Greenland Shenhua you deliberately got a fourth yellow card (in the season) and got a suspension to avoid playing Shanghai SIPG; and then you went back to Europe ahead of schedule.
“When we played Hebei China Fortune you told the club your plane was late. If you came back one day earlier, how could you be late?
“Now you are back, but you don’t even move in training. When we play training matches you just you just stand around the pitch, you do not attack and do not defend.
“The atmosphere of team training has been ruined. As a professional football player, training and games are as important as life.
“No matter how important a person is, he cannot override the team. I really hope we can say a nice goodbye to you just like we welcomed you at the beginning!”
Arsenal favourite Lauren says that Tottenham have overtaken the Gunners as north London’s top side.
Over the past few seasons Spurs have been transformed into one of the premier League’s most exciting teams to watch, with boss Mauricio Pochettino taking a lot of credit for how he has turned this side into a title challenging club.
Spurs have watched how Arsenal have struggled to compete with the rest of the Premier League as they fail to splash the kind of cash that would keep them challenging for that Premier League title, and keep them inside the Champions League spots.
Lauren was part of the famous invincibles side who tore up the domestic game after going unbeaten for the duration of the 2013-14 season, and at that point there was no question that the Reds were the dominant force.
But Lauren has said that the impact of Pochettino has takes Spurs above his former club in the pecking order.
Speaking to bwin , he said: “There’s no doubt that Tottenham are a better team than Arsenal at the moment – Unai Emery can change that, but it will take years.
“Tottenham finished above Arsenal this season and they have consistently been better for the past few years, they can thank Pochettinho for that.
“Tottenham did not get to the Champions League final by chance, they got there with a talented squad and excellent managerial skills from Pochettinho.
“We have to recognise that Tottenham are, for now, a better side than Arsenal. After seeing the football that Emery has got the Arsenal players playing, I have faith that Unai Emery can make Arsenal a better club than Tottenham again.
“Emery will need a few years to make the difference and really put his mark on Arsenal but I believe that he is the man to make the difference and the improvement will come step by step, with patience from the players, club and fans.”