Emery sends defiant message, Arsenal told to sign leader and solve issues, Legend admits midfielder was keen to sign Arsenal deal

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Unai Emery has been told to delve into his transfer kitty and land Arsenal a leader in the coming transfer windows.

Look despite all the transfer speculation and rumours over the summer window that Emery was going to be backed in his chase to land some world class signings, The Gunners once again wasted their money on signing players that are the future, and that are past their best.

And inability to spend the big money on leader-type-players has started to cost the side dearly in the early stages of the season, as Granit Xhaka was this week stripped of the Arsenal captaincy following the incident in the 2-2 Premier League draw with Crystal Palace last month.

But former Liverpool ace Danny Mills says it is clear there are not enough leaders in the squad and reckons that must be solved in the transfer market, telling the TalkSport website: “They don’t have the right characters and I think they’re scrambling around at the moment and that’s why maybe they went to the players in the first place [to choose the captain] because [Unai] Emery looked around and thought ‘I don’t have one.

“Maybe he should have bought one, maybe that should have been part of his remit. We’ve all known that they’re lacking a holding-midfield player and they’ve been lacking centre-halves for some time.

“They’re ideal captains, they’re going to play week in, week out.

“Look at what Virgil van Dijk is – at Liverpool he would be the ideal captain wouldn’t he? If it wasn’t [James] Milner or [Jordan] Henderson, whoever it would be.

“He’s going to play, he’s clearly a leader, he’s organising things, all those types of things.

“That’s probably Arsenal’s downfall, they haven’t brought in the players that they needed and one of those was probably a captain-type figure.”


Unai Emery issued a defiant response when asked about the possibility of being replaced as Arsenal boss by Jose Mourinho.

There has been some reports in the media over the past few days which have claimed that Arsenal may be seeking out a possible move for former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, with The Times claiming that Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi and for former Chelsea and Manchester United manager have recently shared talks over a meal, and that the Portuguese impressed with his plans.

It follows some pretty poor results for Emery which has showed Gunners fans that they have not progressed under the Spaniard since his move to the Emirates, with many actually believing that he taking the club in the wrong direction with the kind of signings and tactics he ha been playing.

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The Gunners denied suggestions over the weekend that Mourinho had dined with Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi as pressure continues to build on Emery, and when he was asked about the Mourinho links and the fan criticism aimed at him following recent performances, Emery simply replied on the TalkSport website: “I am the coach.”

The idea that Emery could be sacked an immediately replaced by a man that does not have the same ideas as the Arsenal hierarchy, and certainly does not play the kind of football that fans have been used to seeing, is a crazy suggestion.

But Mourinho has been spotted at the Emirates on a number of occasions over the past few weeks and if reports are true and he has had dinner with Sanllehi, well this could be a very smart move by the Gunners.


Arsene Wenger has claimed that Aaron Ramsey did not want to leave Arsenal during the summer window, and was keen on a new deal.

Coming towards the end of his contract at the Emirates last season, there was a lot of transfer speculation in the media about whether or not Ramsey was going to stay or go, as it seemed that he was not willing to sign a new contract at the Emirates.

And in the end, Italian Champions Juventus swooped in and reportedly offered him around £350,000-a-week to make a move to Seria A and seek a fresh start, something that the Welshman could not simply turn down, despite the reports suggesting that he was keen on staying.

And Wenger says he tried everything to get the midfielder to stay, claiming Ramsey was happy to remain with the north London club until the contract U-turn took place, he told BeIn Sports: “In the end I met him once, he wanted to stay at Arsenal.

“They had an agreement and the club came back on that, from what I understood.

“I tried a long time to extend his contract but sometimes you have influences of agents as well.

“Every case is different and you have to understand in decision makings always who is influential – or not – when you make transfers.

“What I know from him, he was keen to stay.”

When quizzed on whether Juventus is a good fit for Ramsey, Wenger said bluntly: “If he plays.

“Like Ruud [Gullit] says, you have to win but as well when you’re 27 or 28, that’s your best years as a football player.

“If you don’t play from 27-32 that’s difficult to swallow. You can be patient at 21, 22, 23… you’re in and out. Once you get to 27 you have to play.”


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