Boss opens up on transfer after Arsenal complete deal, Gunners meet next boss, Emery opens up on poissible exit talk
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ARSENAL RESPOND TO MOURINHO SPECULATION.
Arsenal have come out and responded to speculation that they have held a meeting with Jose Mourinho.
Arsenal are going through a tough phase under new boss Unai Emery after he succeeded Gunners legend Arsene Wenger, and the pressure on the Spaniards head is already starting to mount after some dodgy performances from his side over the past few weeks.
And with continued scrutiny of Emery’s results and tactics, speculation over who could replace him if Arsenal wield the axe has led to former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Mourinho being linked to the post.
The special one has been out of job since being axed by United last season and there has been speculation in the media suggesting that the likes of Real Madrid are eager to tempt him back into management with a move back to the Bernabeu, there has also been interest from China about a possible deal.
However, after being spotted at the last couple of Arsenal, games, reports on The Times have claimed that Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi and for former Chelsea and Manchester United manager have recently shared talks over a meal, and that the Portuguese impressed with his plans.
The 56-year-old gave his thoughts over the currently playing squad at the Emirates earlier in the season, and they suggest that he wouldn’t mind working with Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicholas Pepe.
“I think they are very good players and normally they should be on the pitch all three together,” he told Sky Sports. I think Aubameyang probably he likes to play in the middle because he feels if he’s in the middle he can score more goals.
“But maybe he can score as many goals playing on the left.”
However, Sky Sports News understand such a meeting did not take place and the pair have not had a conversation for years.
PUEL HAS SALIBA ARSENAL REGRET
Claude Puel, recently appointed as Saint-Etienne manager, has admitted that he is not happy that William Saliba I heading to Arsenal.
Breaking into Saint-Etienne’s first-team in September, Saliba had an outstanding debut season in France and caught the attentions of the Premier League’s elite with his performances, with reports both Manchester United and Tottenham were keen on a transfer deal.
Gunners boss Unai Emery was been keeping close tabs on Saliba’s progress transfer speculation, and in the end the Gunners boss decided that he had seen enough to spend close to £30 million on the young defender, as he looked to improve his squad in a number of areas on the pitch.
The 18-year-old has missed the first seven games of the French Ligue 1 season with an injury but ARSENAL have been impressed with the defenders physicality, but there is a few concerns before he is ready to make that move to Arsenal and be a big part player under Emery.
But after being appointed boss of St Etienne, Pule has come out and admits that he regrets that the Ligue one side have already agreed to let Saliba sign for the Gunners, telling the l’Equipe website: “Rather than buying a ready-made player, I’d rather we buy him to develop him and help him grow,”
“It’s hard to accept that we sell our best player, a young kid, to help fill the coffers. When you have to sell your gems to round up the budget and then do short term deals to fill in the gaps, you’re being reactionary.”
Once again Arsenal fans have been left frustrated at the Gunners transfer dealings and considering Emery needs a better back-line, Saliba should have been brought to the club this summer, not next year.
EMERY BRUSHES OFF EXIT TALK
Gunners boss Unai Emery has tried to brush off talk that he could be heading for the Arsenal exit signs.
The Gunners drew 1-1 at the Emirates after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener was cancelled out by Raul Jimenez, with pressure now on the head of the Spaniard with Arsenal’s poor performances raising doubts about the Spaniard’s future at the helm as a number of fans have called for his dismissal.
There has been some reports in the media over the past few days which have claimed that Arsenal may be seeking out a possible move for former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, with The Times claiming that Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi and for former Chelsea and Manchester United manager have recently shared talks over a meal, and that the Portuguese impressed with his plans.
But being the fighting man that he is, the former Sevilla boss wouldn’t address any speculation about his position at Arsenal during the post-match press conference.
When asked about his future at the club, Emery simply said on the Daily Express website : “I am very demanding myself and I feel my responsibility to work every time to come back with a better result in the next matches.
“We speak about how we can improve and take the positives and also be calm with the players to achieve the best performance individually and collectively.”
The idea that Emery could be sacked an immediately replaced by a man that does not have the same ideas as the Arsenal hierarchy, and certainly does not play the kind of football that fans have been used to seeing, is a crazy suggestion.
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