Italian tells fans Arsenal will be signing Bellerin replacement, In-demand Seria A star issues transfer statement and Arteta reacts after dramatic draw
Romano claims Bellerin leaving, Arteta responds after Arsenal draw and Hakimi issues transfer statement in Arsenal roundup…
Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Hector Bellerin will be leaving Arsenal this summer with another right-back coming in in his place.
Bellerin has been that has been at Arsenal for many seasons now and is one player that fans have both become frustrated with and happy to see back in the squad on a weekly basis playing the game he loves.
He was once electric, sharp, fast. And he was professional, dedicated, familiar and one of their own. He looked destined to be a top player, if not world-class, and that right-Back slot has been his to lose for many seasons now.
But after the speculation linking him with Barcelona, the countless injuries that he has picked up over the years and the fact that he is no longer the player he once was, Arsenal have a serious question to ask themselves over the next transfer window.
Now ESPN (via Fichajes) recently claimed that only the Italian side remained keen on a deal, while Fabrizio Romano has today claimed that the defender will be leaving this summer.
Bellerin is a player that is coming towards the end of his top level playing days, and although he is a good player to have in the squad, now is the time that Arsenal make their move for someone like Tariq Lamptey.
On too many occasions have the Gunners missed out on players because they have moved too slow, so with all the interest in the Brighton man, they need to make sure that they are one of the first to offer him a contract.
We believe it is time for Arsenal to move on from Bellerin, would Fans accept Lamptey as his replacement?
In-demand Arsenal target Achraf Hakimi has addresses the transfer rumours circulating the media that he is on the transfer radar of a number of clubs.
The Morocco international impressed massively during the two seasons he spent at Borussia Dortmund while on loan from Real Madrid between 2018 and 2020.
Impressive standards have been maintained at Inter since his move from the Bundesliga, with six goals and five assists recorded, allowing his valuation to rise further over the past 12-18 months.
Premier League suitors are said to be mulling over big-money raids but freeing Hakimi from a contract that is due to run until 2025 will not be easy, or cheap, and Arsenal know that they will have a battle on their hands to try and get a transfer deal done.
However, Discussing his past, present and future, Hakimi told La Repubblica: “The team that attracted me the most was Inter and I saw it as a growth project.
“I am honoured to be one of the testimonials for the new club logo. I like it, as it looks to the future, a future we can build together.
“I hope to stay at this club for a long time, I’m very happy.”
Look, Hakimi is a very good defender and it is very easy to see just why Arsenal are very much interested in a transfer deal. So the fact that he has no desire to leave the Italians will come as a massive blow to the club.
They do have other options that they could sign, But Arsenal have named him their top target and this will be a huge transfer blow to the club, as we just said.
Eddie Nketiah scored a dramatic late equaliser as Arsenal rescued a 1-1 draw against struggling Fulham on Sunday afternoon.
Fulham defended resolutely against the Gunners and were hoping for one chance to fall their way, and it did midway through the second half when Gabriel Magalhaes brought down Mario Lemina inside the penalty area. The incident survived a VAR review for offside and Josh Maja stepped up to emphatically convert the penalty
However, after repelling nearly everything the Gunners threw at them with a superb defensive performance, Fulham buckled in the final stages of seven minutes of injury-time, Nketiah poking home from close range to rescue a 1-1 draw.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was quoted on the BBC: “We started really well, controlling the game and creating chances, scoring a goal that was disallowed, in a very disappointing way, we kept going and didn’t allow any shots on target and suddenly we concede a penalty and the game changes completely.
Watch Nketiah score a dramatic equaliser for the Gunners
“We took risks in the right way, we could have scored three or four, we totally deserved to win the match but put ourselves in a difficult position.
“We have to just focus on the boys playing away in Europe and arriving here with the desire to go all the way to the 97th, 98th minute.”
Arsenal fans will not be happy to see this performance from the Gunners, they were very lucky to get a point today.