Arsenal close in on World Cup winner deal, Kanu announces Gunners transfer mistake, Emery gets boost in chase to sign £25 million winger
Here is a roundup of the latest Arsenal news from icfootballnews.
Nwankwo Kanu has questioned his Arsenal’s decision to let Alex Iwobi leave for Everton during the transfer window
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 LuizDavid 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, and Kanu believes this connection to the Gunners means Unai Emery should have kept hold of the midfielder.
‘I would say they made a mistake, 100 per cent, Why they let him go, I don’t know,’ Kanu told Goal.
‘He’s a boy who, in and out, is Arsenal. He always wanted to do his best for the club. He loves the club, but not only that he can play football.
‘What he brings week in, week out, the fans need to appreciate that.
‘I think he is still young and those are the type of people you want in the team, people who grew up here, who knows everything about the club and wants to die for the club.
‘He was one of them, so for us to lose him and to let him go, was a shock. I couldn’t really believe we did it, but that’s football.’
Reports have claimed Arsenal target Mario Gotze could be on the move this January, after contract talks with Borussia Dortmund broke down.
There is no doubt in the media that Gunners boss Unai Emery needs to delve into his transfer kitty over the next few months and land some fresh faces, especially in midfield with the departures of Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.Henrikh Mkhitaryan.Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
And despite not fulfilling his potential over the years, there has been some speculation in the media that they may be tempted by a move for German International Gotze during the January transfer window.
Gotze, the 2014 World Cup winner, has never fulfilled the potential he showed as a youngster, though he enjoyed a relatively prolific season with Borussia Dortmund, scoring seven goals and creating a further seven.
The 27-year-old’s contract expires at the end of next season, and reports on WELT have claimed that talks over a new deal with Borussia Dortmund have broken down and stalled, meaning that the likes of Arsenal have been boosted in their chase for the German.
Gotze recently opened the door to a possible transfer deal after admitting that he’s open to leaving the Bundesliga.
“I am now going into my 10th Bundesliga season, so it’s logical foreign countries sometimes play a role in your thoughts,” Gotze told Bild.
“As a footballer, you have the privilege of being able to work in almost every country in the world.”
Fresh reports have claimed Arsenal may make a January move to try and sign long-term target Yannnick Carrasco.
The former Atletico Madrid star caused controversy over 12 months ago when he decided to join Dalian Yifang alongside teammate Nicolas Gaitan in big-money moves, but he desperately keen on a making a big money move back to Europe at the end of the season, with the Gunners keen.
The Gunners are known to be keen and were believed to have been close on finalising a deal for the Belgian during the summer window and reports even suggested that Carrasco , who formerly played for Monaco and Atletico Madrid, was even negotiating personal terms about a possible move.
But the Gunners ended up backing out of a transfer deal and ultimately decided to splash the cash and land the services of Nicolas Pepe for a club record £72 million, with the winger impressing with 23-goals last season in the French leagues.
However, Arsenal could revive their interest in Carrasco during the January window, claims the SUN.
The Belgian’s future at Dalian Yifang is in doubt with the Chinese Super League club linked with Napoli forward Dries Mertens, and the interest in Mertens could present Arsenal with a second opportunity to sign Carrasco for around £20 million.
Carrasco is a decent player that should be playing in Europe and not China, but Arsenal need a few world class players if they are to challenge for more than just a Champions League spot over the coming seasons.