Defender tells Arsenal he wants Prem move, Arteta £72m Pepe puzzle, One of games best announces love for Arsenal, Arteta planning for summer spree
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Arsenal target Gabriel has admitted that he is interested in a move to the Premier League.
Arsenal may have not done the transfer business that many fans would have liked to see during the January window as Mikel Arteta was not given the funds to bring in some top-class players that would improve the side help get the Spaniards side back inside the Champions League next season.
However, there is some speculation in the media that Arteta will be handed the kind of funds he needs ti improve the side in the summer, and bring in a couple new defenders, a midfielder and maybe a new striker, with Gabriel reportedly on the shopping list.
The Lille defender’s performances in Ligue 1 have attracted plenty of interest from other high bidders in Europe over the past few seasons, and considering the Gunners still need to improve the summer transfer window, he has now put Arteta on alert for a possible deal.
Gabriel told TELEFOOT when asked about a move to Arsenal: “Maybe I don’t know, but I would love to play in the Premier League.”
Lille, however, won’t let the 22-year-old go on the cheap and that is why the have slapped a £30million price tag on him.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has a £72million conundrum called Nicolas Pepe – and he’s trying to work out that puzzle.
After having a breakthrough season last year for Lille, Pepe managed to secure himself a massive £72 million move to the Emirates as Gunners boss Unai Emery felt he needed to bolster his already impressive attack with another winger.
But despite some classy glimpses of what is to come from the young man, Pepe has so far failed to fulfil the potential that many Arsenal fans had hoped after the club broke the club record to acquire his services ahead of Bayern Munich, as he is really struggling to adapt to the Premier League.
Last season he hit 35 in 68 starts for Lille and many believed he would come in and become a real star for the club, and although he hasnt hit the heights just yet, Arteta has opened up and admitted that he is trying to work out how to get the very best out of Pepe.
Gunners chief Arteta told the club website: “First of all he needs the right structure behind him to be able to provide the moments of quality and winning games, whether it’s assists, goals, dribbles or whatever it is.
“Afterwards he needs to have a much clearer picture of the things that are happening on the pitch, why they are happening and how he can solve them. I think he’s in the process of doing that.
“He hasn’t played 12 or 15 games in a row, which is a massive thing for a player in those positions which are more difficult on the pitch to make an impact in games, he needs to earn that with his performances.
“He was in France and was one of the biggest stars in the league. He made an incredible year.
“He comes here and a lot of people didn’t even know him and you paid that price tag. So for him to put his brain into this picture and solve all this is not easy. And he’s a really young player.”
Bayern Munich defender David Alaba has dropped a transfer hint, amid speculation that Arsenal are lining up a big summer move to try and complete a deal.
Mikel Arteta knows that he needs to improve the side if he wants to get back inside the top four and then push on to challenge for a Premier League title and Champions League crown.
And one area of concern for the Gunners is the defence, as it is not good enough to challenge the big boys in Europe, so Arteta is reportedly keen to sort that issues out with the possible signing of Alaba, who is regarded as one of the best left-backs in the game right now.
Alaba has 18 months left on his current deal with the German giants, but there has been a few issues with his contract talks and speculation has risen over the past few months that he is seeking a way out of the club after ten years of service with Bayer.
And with the transfer window still a few months away, Alaba has spoken about a possible move to the Premier League, and has also admitted that he can imagine himself playing somehwere else other than the Bundesliga, telling THE TIMES: “We’ll see,”
“I know the Premier League very well because I followed it a lot when I was younger.
“I supported Arsenal. Patrick Vieira was one of my favourite players. At the moment I don’t think too much about it, but I can imagine playing somewhere else.”
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admits he has already started planning for the summer transfer window.
The Gunners have struggled for victories in recent weeks, with four consecutive draws in the Premier League leaving them 10 points off the top four and a spot in the Champions League looking unlikely.
Arteta managed to secure some late transfer deals during the January transfer window, bringing in both Cedrik Soares and Pablo Mari, who will add a bit more stability to that dodgy back-line, meaning that Arteta can focus on other areas of the pitch when the summer transfer window opens up.
And despite the fact that the summer transfer window is still a few months away, Arteta has opened up and admitted that he has already begun the process of looking to sign a few players and get this Arsenal side back challenging for more than a top four spot on a yearly basis.
He told the Sun: “Absolutely, we have to plan. We need to know the direction we want to have and to do that we need to bear in mind different scenarios.
“With that in mind I have to tell the club what we need, where we think we can improve and where we want to aim, and if we all want to aim for the same things then we put a plan together to try to execute it and make the process as short as possible.”
Arteta has alot of work to do to even get the Arsenal back inside the top four spot this season with the squad that he has, and then keeping his biggest players when the transfer window opens up will also be a struggle.
But if he can manage that and then add a few top-class players to the side, then it could be a very exciting season for the Arsenal next year as fans saw what the Arteta effect can do against Newcastle at the weekend, when the Gunners walked away 4-0 winners.