Luiz talks about impressive new signing, Arsenal target wants Premier League move, Arsenal told to keep £200,000-a-week star, Ceballos is no coward
Guys here is a roundup of our top Arsenal news, gossip and transfer stories over the past few days from icfootballnews.com
Arsenal defender David Luiz has been talking with his pals in Brazil over the arrival of Pablo Mari.
Arsenal ended months and months and months of speculation at the backend of the January transfer window by ordering the deal to bring Mari to the club, so that Arteta can help get this dodgy back-line sorted out.
Mari will hope to be in contention to make his debut when the Gunners play host to Newcastle after the winter break and the Spaniard took part in training for the first time earlier this week, after the Gunners players flew out to Dubai on last week.
And Luiz has opened up and admitted that he is delighted to see the defender arrive during the January transfer window, he told the sun:“He’s a great player. It was a pleasure for me seeing Pablo doing really well in Brazil. I hope he can help us.
“He did amazing under Jorge Jesus, a coach I know very well, he’s my friend and one of the top coaches in the world.
“I speak with Jorge every week, he’s really my friend. He told me to welcome him [Mari] in the best way because he is ready to play.”
Long-term Arsenal target Dayot Upamecano is dreaming of a move to the Premier League, according to reports.
There has been alot of transfer speculation over the last few months since Spanish boss MIKEL Arteta arrived at the club and replaced Unai Emery as coach, with many reports linking the former Manchester City coach with a number of signings over the coming windows.
He managed to secure transfer deals for Pablo Mari and Cedrik Spares during the winter transfer window, but is widely expected to spend some serious money when the summer transfer window opens up and add a few more top-class signings to his squad.
And one player that has long been on the radar of Arsenal is that of Upamencano, who is easily regarded as one of the finest centre-backs in Europe right now after impressing season after season with German out RB Leipzig over the past few years.
Now it seems that Arsenal could close a deal to sign the defender at the end of the season as German publication Bild, calim the 21-year-old views the English top-flight as his “dream destination”, and is keen to make a mega money move to the Premier League in the summer.
The France Under-21 star has just 18 months left to run on his contract with the Bundesliga side, and it is believed that the German side will accept a fee of around £40 million from a Premier League club, with the likes of Tottenham and Manchester United also on the radar of the talent.
Arsenal hero Paul Merson has urged his former club not to sell star man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the end of the season.
The feeling in the media is that Aubameyang is not happy with the direction of the club, as he had hoped the club would be challenging for the Premier League title and playing Champions League football on a yearly basis, which has not happened.
But there is also a feeing that the Arsenal will do all they can to try and secure a new contract with their star man by offering him the kind of deal that he simply cannot refuse, must like the one Mesut Ozil signed just a few seasons ago.
Publicly, Aubameyang has maintained he is content with life at Arsenal but with talks over a contract extension having stalled Barcelona are likely to test the waters again come the summer
it has been suggested in some quarters that Arteta should offload the 30-year-old and place his faith in Gabriel Martinelli, the £6million teenage revelation who has scored 10 first-team goals this term despite only making 13 starts across all competitions.
Yet Arsenal hero Merson, who spent over a decade as a player for the club, thinks Arteta should instead keep Aubameyang an extra year – even if it means losing him without them recouping a fee for their most valuable asset.
And that’s because he believes Martinelli is not prepared to be the main source of goals for a Champions League-chasing team.
Merson wrote in his a SKY SPORTS column: “I thought Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be about 31, 32 when he left, and if I was Arsenal I’d keep him in the summer.
“I’d keep him and say, you know what, give him what you can next year and get us into the Champions League and you can go for free. It’s hard to buy goals, and he’s a natural scorer.
“Gabriel Martinelli could be a top player and I like him, but if I keep Aubameyang I’ve got 15-20 goals, and that’s some doing.
“To ask Martinelli to come in and do that, you couldn’t ask that. We think these players are 22 or 23, but at 18 to do it in this league, I’m a big fan of his, it’s just all
Dani Ceballos claims he stayed at Arsenal to repay their faith and prove he is no “coward” – as he revealed his pride at fans having their own song for him.
After months and month and months of transfer speculation during the summer transfer window, the Gunners finally managed to finalise a try-before-they officially buy deal for the Spaniard, as Emery was desperate to add another midfielder to the side after Aaron Ramsey departed the club.
The Spaniard made an immediate impact on the Gunners side and got many fans excited about his ability on the ball, especially as they have been crying out for a player like him since Cesc Fabregas left the club.
But reports have emerged saying Ceballos wants to return to parent club Real Madrid as he was frustrated by the lack of game time over the last few weeks after failing to break back into the ARSENAL side after picking up an injury
The on-loan Spain midfielder hinted at an early return to Real Madrid last month with a cryptic Instagram post – but now insists he will become an “important” Gunners’ player after shaking off injuries.
Ceballos told Spain’s Marca newspaper: “Arsenal bet on me and I can’t let them down.”
The 23-year-old is particularly keen to shine to help him secure a spot at Euro 2020, and despite failing to earn a regular Gunners’ place so far, as well as seeing his main admirer Unai Emery depart, he claimed Mikel Arteta is perfect for the boss job.
With Arsenal tenth, Ceballos said: “Yes, it is true that he has arrived in a difficult situation but mentally he is a coach I think Arsenal needs right now.
“Since I came back I have been working with him just two weeks and now is when I have to show him that I am fit to play in Arsenal. After the break I will be important.”