Striker admits Arsenal perfect step, Partey warned ahead of possible Arsenal move, Auba advised and Pepe waste of money?
Arsenal perfect for Weghorst, Partey warned, Aubameyang advised, Pepe waste of money in Arsenal news roundup..
Wout Weghorst says a move to Arsenal would be a “perfect” next step in his career, as links to the Gunners continue.
Despite being the most important player at the Emirates right now, there has been a lot of transfer speculation in the media suggesting that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be packing his bags at the end of the season and moving on in search of adding some silverware to the cabinet.
It is believed that the likes of Barcelona are ready to jump in and offer him a way to La Liga, while Manchester United are also keen, despite the fact that Arsenal are still in deep talks with the Gabon hitman about signing a massive £300,000-a-week contract, which is what he is reportedly demanding.
And that has led to all sorts of speculation about new strikers arriving at the club, with a number of the game biggest forwards linked with a move, and now Weghorst is added to that list.
The 27-year-old Wolfsburg striker has a contract with the Bundesliga club that doesn’t expire until 2023, but reports on the BILD website has claimed that the German side would allow him to leave the club in the summer if the likes of Arsenal pay that £32 million asking price.
The Dutch striker enjoyed an impressive season in the Bundesliga, scoring 16 goals in a side which finished seventh in the table and only the likes of robert Lewandowski and Timo Werner have scored more than him in the German League.
Responding to Arsenal’s reported interest, Weghorst said on the Metro: ‘That would be nice, wouldn’t it. That would be a good thing, of course that fits in the perfect picture.’
‘This is a very boring answer, but you really shouldn’t be asking me about that. I would say call them up,’ he added when asked if he had been in contact with any potential suitors.
‘In the end, of course, I also made a clear career plan, mapped out a plan. But you always have to see how it goes.’
Tim Sherwood feels Arsenal wasted their money on Nicolas Pepe last summer, when they have Bukayo Saka in their ranks.
After months and months of transfer speculation, Arsenal decided that they wanted to break the clubs record and bring in the exciting Pepe, who had an amazing break-through season over in the French League.
However, Pepe has failed to find his feet at the Emirates this season, and The 25 year old has scored just five league goals for the season in 27 appearances, with many in the media claiming that he has been a waste of money.
But Sherwood is so impressed with Saka, that he feels Pepe should not have been bought in the first place, especially as the youngsters has made such an impact on this Arsenal side and the rest of the Premier League.
‘I think he’s got the game-time because of his versatility,’ Sherwood told Premier League Productions of Saka. ‘When he saw Pepe come through the door he must’ve thought, “How am I ever going to play?”
‘But let me tell you there’s not £70 million’s difference between that kid Saka and Pepe, nowhere near.
‘In fact they should’ve saved their money and just developed that young boy. ‘They’ve got a manager now who wants to look at their academy, look how many are coming off the bench, [Joe] Willock, [Ainsley] Maitland-Niles, so many of these kids. ‘Just like Chelsea have done. The kids are there at all these clubs, just give them the chance to play.’
‘He’s very neat when he gets in the opponents’ box whether it’s to produce an assist or finish a move,’ continued the former Tottenham boss.
‘I think the move was really good as well, he was in the right spot at the right moment. A very important goal.
‘In the first half he struggled in some moments, he started to understand it better after 20 minutes I think.
‘He scored a really good goal but what I liked about him was when things aren’t going for him the way he keeps trying and trying instead of putting his head down and being disappointed.’
Thomas Partey shouldn’t join Arsenal because he is a Champions League player, according to former Ghana international Derek Boateng.
There has been alot of transfer speculation in the media over the past few months that Partey is the number one transfer target for Arsenal, that he is the man that Mikel Arteta believes could improve this Arsenal midfield.
However, Boateng does not believe that Emirates Stadium would be a good fit for his fellow countryman, given the fact that the Gunners are likely to miss out on a place in Europe’s elite competition for a fourth successive year.
When asked to weigh in on speculation surrounding Partey’s future, Boateng told Joy FM: “He needs to be at a place where he will be happy, respected and get a lot of playing time.
“You can make all the money you want but if the coach doesn’t play you, you won’t be happy.
“I will not advise him to move to Arsenal right now because he is a Champions League player and with the look of the Arsenal team right now, they are not ready with the kind of players they have and some are going to move.
“They are playing very well but you can see the inexperience hurting them and with the way the Premier League is going right now, it is going to be really tough.
“If he wants to move, he has to move to a team that plays in the Champions League otherwise he will lose everything.”
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang needs to be made aware of Arsenal’s transfer plans before committing to a new contract, says Sol Campbell.
Aubameyang has been in the transfer headlines for months now with many Arsenal fans fed up with all the will he or wont he sign with the club reports, which has been distracting from their top four chase.
But Campbell believes Aubameyang needs assurances from the Gunners regarding their ambition before putting pen to paper, with the 31-year-old looking to challenge for more major silverware before hanging up his boots.
“He’s got to settle down and have a conversation with the manager and he needs to have a clear understanding of what they’re looking to spend, who they’re trying to get in,” former Arsenal defender Campbell told Stadium Astro.
“It’s going to come down to trust, can he trust the club to say, ‘right we are looking for x, y and z, we’re going to bring two or three players in’ and I think they’ll push us on to really challenge for the top four, or really you never know [with] the Premiership.
“He needs to sit down with his people and have a serious conversation about where the club is going in the next two or three years, because he hasn’t got five years, six years to say let’s see how it goes, he needs almost instant success now.”
Campbell added: “Sometimes you need to spend a lot of money, but, sometimes you get really lucky and have a lucky, fantastic year. You’ve got to say Leicester, they just kept on going, it does happen.
“I think he [Mikel Arteta] is trustworthy, there’s no doubt, he [Aubameyang] has to decide himself where he wants to go in his heart and soul and spirit.
“Where does he feel that, ‘If I can do it here I’ll just stay here I’ll give it a go, I believe they’re going to get two or three players in and I’ll believe in them.’
“That’s what it comes down to, no one’s got a crystal ball, it doesn’t matter, you can spend £150-200 million, it doesn’t bring you any trophies.
“It can probably help the profile of the players around you, but not necessarily end up winning something.
“Sometimes you’ve got to trust yourself, your own instinct and hope it matches up with the hierarchy.”
Campbell is right and Auba needs to know that his ambitions will be met by the Arsenal, and not just promises being made.
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