Arsenal to trigger clause and sign up Brazilian?, Arteta told Spaniard wants Arsenal move, Leboeuf leaves Gunners fans happy with Auba message
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Arsenal are ready to trigger the extension clause in ex-Chelsea centre-back David Luiz’s contract to keep him at the Emirates to 2021.
Luiz made the shock decision in the summer transfer window to leave Chelsea and make the shock move to the Emirates, with reports suggesting that he fell out with the new Blues boss Frank Lampard.
The Brazilian may not have helped the defensive issues this season, with the club conceding 51 goals, but the centre-back has emerged as a key figure in Mikel Arteta’s team, and the Spanish boss is keen to make sure that the future of Luiz is sorted out sooner rather than later.
The Daily Express have claimed that Arsenal are keen to wrap up a deal for the Brazilian and keep him at the Emirates until the end of 2021, as Arteta wants to keep this squad together and add a little bit more in the transfer windows.
Luiz admitted he struggled to cope with mixed emotions in the immediate aftermath of his £8million arrival last summer, telling the club website: “I decided to leave Chelsea before I talked to Arsenal but when they came in for me two days later I said ‘OK, let’s do it’.
“But for the first three days with Arsenal it was not easy for me to digest all the emotions because everyone knows my history and connection with Chelsea was so massive.
“I was already missing everyone at Chelsea and every text message I received was from people saying ‘come back, we are here for you’.
“Those made it difficult because the heart is the most important thing but after that I was able to move on in a professional way.
“I started to adapt and now I am so happy with Arsenal. I want to do big things here.”
Santi Cazorla wants to join Mikel Arteta on Arsenal’s coaching staff, according to Guillem Balague.
After six years with the club, Cazorla had become a cult hero at the Emirates as his work-rate, effort and pure ability won over every Gunners fan.
However, a serious injury in 2016 which threatened to wreck his playing career, forced him out of the club during the summer transfer window after failing to agree a new deal with Arsenal, meaning he never managed to give the fans a goodbye that he would have liked.
However, Balague has come out and claimed that Cazorla is interested in making the move back to the Arsenal and working as a coach in Mikel Arteta’s set-up, He was quoted on the Daily Express: “Going back to Arsenal with Arteta is something that I think he’ll consider as a coach. I asked him about it, he said yes.
“I tell you what – Arteta and Cazorla together, really good friends first of all but really good special minds of footba
It comes just a few weeks after he opened up and admitted that he would like to make a return to the Emirates in the coming years, admitting that he has unfinished business with the Gunners.
The Villarreal midfielder told BBC Sport: “It was frustrating to not be able to say goodbye to a club who treated me so well,” he told BBC Sport. It is something left in my career to say goodbye properly. I am eternally grateful to the club and the fans for the way they continue to treat me.”
Before adding: “If I’m honest I don’t know if I will coach.
“I am undecided what I want to do when I retire. Being a sporting director appeals to me more than coaching but I want to be involved in the game, whatever feels right for me at the time.
“I have no plans in the short term to go anywhere or play abroad but I would never shut those doors. I am focused on ending the season with Villarreal.”
Frank Leboeuf has urged Spanish giants Barcelona not to sign Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the summer window.
Despite the fact the Coronavirus is dominating all the headlines, and despite the fact the summer transfer window is a few months away, there has been alot of transfer speculation about the future of Aubameyang.
Some reports have suggested he will only sign a contract worth around £300,000-a-week, some reports have claimed that he has already made his mind up that he wants to leave, and some reports have claimed that Arsenal are lining up possible summer replacements, especially as Barcelona are keen on a £70 million deal.
Barcelona is targeting him as a replacement for the injured Luis Suarez, but France World Cup winner, Frank Leboeuf, doesn’t think Barcelona should be signing him, as he doesn’t think the attacker is of the quality that Barcelona should be chasing.
“I am very fond of Pierre-Emerick, and can you imagine I played with his father a long time ago. Pierre-Emerick wasn’t even born,” Leboeuf said on ESPN FC as quoted by the Express.
“I think he is a fantastic and great football player, but when you talk about Barcelona you talk about top, top notch players. Pierre-Emerick is a star, he is a fantastic captain sometimes for the Gunners but he’s not what you expect [at Barcelona].
“He’s not [Kylian] Mbappe, he’s not even [Erling Braut] Haaland, even if he’s a surprise and he needs confirmation [of how good he will be].
“But you know the players we talk about every day, week in, week out, who makes something fantastic week in, week out and Pierre-Emerick is not from that level.
“He’s not that far but I think he’s not there. So it would be a surprise for me [if he joined Barcelona].”
Look, The Longer that Aubameyang does not sign a new contract the longer all this speculation will dominate the headlines, but one thing is for certain and that is fans will be hoping that a deal can be reached as he is far too important to leave.
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