Ozil helped get Arsenal deal done, Exciting star opens up after agreeing deal, Stunning Aubameyang rumours, £35m star sends Arsenal message after move
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Joe Willock has admitted that he knew Arsenal was the club for him after he opened up about signing a new contract at the Emirates.
With a promising crop of academy graduates rising through the ranks at the Emirates Stadium the Gunners have placed an emphasis on youth over experience this summer as they look to secure a route back into the Premier League’s top four and a place in the Champions League.
And Willock, who made his debut in September 2017 in a League Cup game against Doncaster, started Arsenal’s first three Premier League games this season and his performances for the club have led to Unai Emeru nailing him down to a nice big contract.
He told the Arsenal websiteArsenal websiteArsenal website after signing a new deal: “To be at this club is amazing feeling and I’ve always wanted to play for the Arsenal first team. Now I’m doing that, since the age of four and a half, it’s always been my dream. And to sign a new contract today is a brilliant feeling for me and my family.
“As a young boy growing up through the academy, I’ve always wanted to play at the Emirates and play in front of the fans and stuff. So to do it, it’s only right in my heart and my mind to know that this is the right club for me. And to carry on my own future here is brilliant.
“I need to continue working hard and striving to play at my best. I feel like I can add more goals to my game and more assists and keep on affecting the game in the best way I can and helping us to win. So yeah, I feel like I can score more goals.
Arsenal star Mohamed Elneny has revealed that advice from Mesut Ozil helped get his transfer deal to Besiktas done in the summer window.
We all know that Gunners boss Unai emery was seeking to freshen up the squad during the summer transfer window and was keen to wrap up a number of transfer deals to help his side get back inside the top four spots, with some deals being completed and some not.
But one signing that he made, which ended up being a great decision, is bringing in Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid on a season long-loan, and the Spaniard walked straight into the Arsenal side, meaning the likes of Elneny had to seek a move away in order to get some regular game time.
The midfielder eventually joined the Turkish outfit on a season-long loan as he knew he would be well down the pecking order at the club, and he has now revealed that some advice from Gunners team-mate Ozil helped him make the decision to leave for the season.
“Mesut is an amazing man,” Elneny told Milliyet.
“He is a person that I really care about. We had wonderful moments together at Arsenal.
“Of course, I spoke with him before my decision to come to Besiktas. Mesut knows the country very well.
“He advised me to join Besiktas. After I completed my move to the club, I called him and invited him here.”
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Alex Iwobi feels like he has found a “new home” at Everton following his Deadline Day move from Arsenal.
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 Iwobi says he has settled in well to his new surroundings, but does not think there is much difference between Liverpool and London.
He told Soccer Saturday: “It’s so far, so good, I feel like I’ve got a new home and I’m really comfortable here. I got a few phone calls [about the deal] and spoke to my agent – it took about a day of talking to the manager and talking to Marcel Brands. It wasn’t really hard and I got convinced.
“I was very comfortable [at Arsenal] and I was on holiday so I didn’t think about any move. I got the call and thought about if this would be a better chance for me to improve myself as a player. I thought that this was a big opportunity and I shouldn’t turn it down. I’ve got no regrets about the decision. The ambition that Marco Silva has also persuaded me to come – the drive, what he wants to achieve and the way he saw me in his plans, I feel like I’m able to help him do that. Even in training, he’s always demanding, always trying to get the best out of us and it’s good for the team.
“I haven’t noticed much of a difference [between Liverpool and London] but the thing I struggle with is the accent here. When Duncan [Ferguson] was speaking to me at first, I had to listen and engage, and I wasn’t sure what he had said so I just agreed. It’s adapting to that but apart from that, it’s almost the same as being in London. So far, I’ve been treated really well. It’s a family club and everyone treats you like family. Even though it’s different to Arsenal, I’m enjoying it.”