Winger Arsenal deal gets done, Chelsea get late midfielder deal done and Emery admits delight after Luiz deal
Here is a roundup of the latest Arsenal and Chelsea news from icfootballnews.
Gunners Boss Unai Emery has opened up and admitted his delight after seeing David Luiz arrive from Chelsea on transfer deadline day.
There was a lot of frustration and anger from many Gunners fans for most of the transfer window, as the business was just not getting done by the club. But Emery pulled it out the bag towards the back-end of the transfer window and nailed a number of decent signings.
Dani Ceballos arrived on loan from Real Madrid, William Saliba will be arriving next season after signing this summer, Nicolas Pepe signed for a club record £72 million fee, Kieran Tierney arrived on transfer deadline day for just £25 million and then Arsenal completed the signing of Luiz late on Thursday evening, very late.
It is believed that Luiz had asked to leave Chelsea for Arsenal after finding out that he would no longer be first choice at Stamford Bridge, and with Arsenal short at the back and lacking in quality, he has decided to make the move to the Emirates.
And Emery, who worked with Luiz during his time at PSG, has admitted his delight at seeing the Brazilian make the move to Stamford Bridge, telling the club website:”David has huge experience and I look forward to working with him again.
“He is a well known player and adds to our defensive strength.”
Danny Drinkwater has admitted his delight after leaving Chelsea for Burnley on a loan deal on deadline day.
Drinkwater, a Premier League winner with Leicester in 2016, did not play a single minute of competitive football for Chelsea last season, with former boss Maurizio Sarri believing that he was not good enough to be included in his side last season.
And that has led to speculation in the media which has suggested that Drinkwater would be allowed to leave the club this summer, with a host of Premier League clubs reportedly interested in trying to get a deal wrapped up, but no one seemed to make a firm move.
And the midfielder looked set to stay at the club and continue to stay on the Chelsea bench, as Frank Lampard was seemingly not interested in handing him a fresh chance at the club, despite admitting that everyone has a second chance this coming season.
But as the transfer window drew to a close, Burnley came calling and offered Drinkwater an escape route away from Chelsea and his nightmare few seasons with the club, something that Drinkwater is very happy with.
‘There’s no better way of describing it and I am looking forward to cracking on,’ he said on the club website.
‘It feels good to be home and now I just want to concentrate on my football.
‘From the people I’ve met so far, this feels like a nice family club with down to earth people and staff, and that helps. ‘When you are happy, that’s when you take it onto the field and play your best football.
Arsenal and Everton finally reached an agreement for winger Alex Iwobi, who completed a late transfer deal on deadline day.
There was a lot of speculation about whom Arsenal were signing on deadline day that most forgot that a few players were linked with a move away, especially since all the talk about the signing of David Luiz from Chelsea and Kieran Tierney from Celtic.
But one man that has departed the Emirates this summer is that of Iwobi, who was a firm fans favourite after establishing himself in the Arsenal side over the past few seasons, but was no longer needed at the Emirates.
The Gunners went and broke their club record transfer record by acquiring Nicolas Pepe for £72 million, meaning that Iwovi was well down the pecking order, and the Gunners have agreed to let the winger sign for Everton in a deal worth £35 million.
Everton’s late move for Iwobi came as they failed in their pursuit of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, but Toffees boss Marco Silva has insisted the Nigeria international had always been on his wishlist, telling the club website: “Alex was one of our main targets for this window and I believe he is a fantastic signing for Everton.
“He is a direct and skilful winger and attacking midfielder who always works very hard for his team.
“He is still young but already with a lot of top-level experience – 100 Premier League matches, more in Europe and many international games.”
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