Dutchman offered advice with Arsenal keen, Stopper ‘very close’ to signing up with Arsenal, Campbell excited about impending Arsenal deal, Henry makes EK claim
Stopper close to Arsenal deal, Campbell issues Smith-Rowe statement, Henry makes Daniek EK claim and Arsenal target offered transfer advice in Arsenal roundup…
Highly-Exciting stopper Ovie Ejeheri is close to agreeing his first professional contract with Arsenal.
Mikel Arteta has one of the best academies in world football and the Gunners fans are constantly seeing that brilliant young talent brought into the first team on a regular basis.
And with the club looking to make sure that they keep the trend of bringing young talents through, Ejeheri is a player that they are not keen on letting leave in the next couple of transfer windows.
The young goalkeeper, who recently turned 18, is in advanced talks over a new long-term deal and is among a number of youth players the Gunners are keen to tie down, having recently given a new long-term contract to striker Folarin Balogun.
Ejeheri, who has been at Arsenal for 10 years, remains in the midst of a three-way struggle for his international services between England, Nigeria and Uganda. But the FA are keen not to lose out on his promise and called him up to their goalkeeper training camps last year.
Ejeheri has been impressing down in the youth ranks at Arsenal over the last few seasons and it has been very easy to see just why the club are very keen to get his signed up to his first professional contract.
There has been a few clubs also looking at his potential so the news that he is very close to agreeing that contract will delight many Arsenal fans, who follow the academy players just as much as the first team.
This is great news for the lad, but he needs to work hard to get a chance in that first team
Ryan Gravenberch has been urged by his father to spend at least one more season at Ajax, as reports grow that Arsenal are interested.
The talented teenager has seen his stock skyrocket across Europe after enjoying a meteoric rise to prominence – one that has made him an Eredivisie title winner and senior Netherlands international.
Arsenal have one of the best academies in world football and are constantly on the look-out for the best young talent in the game, and according to the latest reports in the media, they have been very impressed by the quality that the young man has shown.
Gravenberch’s father, Ryan Snr, has told Ajax Showtime as transfer rumours rage around his son: “He has to take that last step at Ajax. He just has to and he hasn’t done that yet.
“I want him to fully mature at Ajax, so as far as I’m concerned he will just stay at Ajax.
“He has only played one full season now and that was of course quite good, but next season he will have to play even better.
“Then, despite his age, he really must be one of the key players, especially if he plays in the European Championship [with the Netherlands].
“Next season, he will not get away with it in the dressing room if he plays poorly several games in a row.
“I really think he should take a step at Ajax first. He has to climb in the hierarchy and stand up more for himself within the squad.
“I’m not going to push him to do that, that makes no sense to Ryan. But he also realises that. He also thinks it is best for him to stay at Ajax.”
The big clubs will be very hard to turn down for the lad, but for right now, he does not need to leave and he should stay put
Kevin Campbell has admitted that he is excited to see Emil Smith-Rowe sign up to a new contract with the Arsenal.
Smith-Rowe has been a sensation in that Arsenal shirt this season and has full established himself as a player that is valuable to that first-team and that could help the club get back to the very top of the game.
The youngster is contracted to the Gunners until 2023 and there has been some talk that the club are struggling to open talks and get him signed up to a new contract, which of course, has led to speculation in the media that a few clubs in the Premier League are interested in a possible deal.
However, with the season coming towards a close, Arteta recently confirmed that the Arsenal are in talks with the players agents about a nice big new contract that he has earned after a brilliant season.
And Campbell praised the midfielder for his contributions and says he deserves a new deal: “Smith Rowe is the only one of the youngsters left that we need to sign,” he told Football Insider.
“Martinelli, Saka and Balogun have all signed. We just need Smith Rowe to put pen to paper and then we are in business.
“He definitely deserves a new deal after what he’s done this season. To get him tied down would be fantastic. He has proven himself this season. He is a great player.
“It would be perfect if we could get him on a long-term contract. Those four players are going to be massively influential at Arsenal in the coming years. I cannot think of many clubs that have four better youngsters.”
Thierry Henry has claimed that Spotify owner Daniel Ek has “reached out” to the Kroenke family to present an offer to buy Arsenal.
After the fiasco of the Europa League a few weeks ago, Gunners fans have been calling for the Kroenke family to sell the club and leave, something they have so far failed to do.
But Ek, who is backed by Henry, along with fellow club legends Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp, are confident in being successful with the bid of around £1.8 billion, expected to be officially made by the end of the week.
And Henry, speaking on Monday Night Football, said Ek will not give up on his bid to take over Arsenal regardless of the Kroenkes’ stance that the club is not for sale.
“I know a lot of people wanted to hear about [the takeover],” Henry told Sky Sports on Monday Night Football. “It is true. Daniel is an Arsenal fan, he didn’t say it for any publicity. He is an Arsenal fan for a very long time.
“He already – I’ll give you something – reached out [to the Kroenkes] and already said himself that he had collected the funds to make sure that he can put in a good bid.
“They now need to listen. A lot of people have been screaming that they want the owner out. We are trying to offer a solution involving the fans and getting the DNA of the club back.
“There needs to be a discussion, but he reached out.
He added: “I think it is going to be long and not easy – if it does ever happen. One thing that I want to reiterate is that Daniel will not move away, he will be there waiting to see if they want to sell.
“That is going to take a very long time, we know what we want to do, but first and foremost we need to make sure that we can take over, if they are listening.”
Henry says Ek’s priority is to re-establish Arsenal’s identity by handing power back to the supporters and reintroducing people who know the club’s traditions to the board.
Arsenal’s all-time leading scorer also discussed potentially using a “golden-share” scheme, which could give supporter groups the power to reject board decisions.
“He approached us, we listened to him,” Henry added.
“When we knew first and foremost that he wanted to involve the fans, we actually met the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust and told them what we wanted to do.
“We want to bring them back on board, being part of the meetings, knowing what’s happening because you need to put the DNA back into the club.
“But he wants to reinject the Arsenal DNA, the identity that for me is long gone. You don’t have Arsenal people there among the board that can show the right direction.”