Impressing midfielder to be offered Arsenal contract, Gunners target asks to leave Madrid, Buendia not expecting Arsenal offer, And striker suits Arsenal ahead of possible switch
Smith-Rowe to get Arsenal contract, Buendia not expecting Arsenal offer, Odegaard asks for move and Ings suits Arsenal in Arsenal roundup…
Emiliano Buendia is not expecting Arsenal to make a late move for him in the January transfer window
With Mikel Arteta a man that knows he needs to add a bit more creativity to his midfield, there has been alot of rumours over the past few weeks which have suggested that he is lining up a move to try and sign Buendia
Buendia has seven goals and six assists so far this season, with Norwich sitting top of the Championship table at the halfway stage, four points clear of closest challengers Swansea City.
But whilst Buendia believes he should be playing in the Premier League, sources close to the player have told Goal that he remains fully focused on Norwich and their promotion push.
The Canaries are believed to value their playmaker at around £40 million ($55m), but remain adamant that they have no interest in doing business at this key stage of the season.
Speaking about Buendia this week, Norwich boss Daniel Farke said: “He is a proper team-mate, concentrated in the training sessions and the last game.
“He is absolutely happy and knows he has a coach and team-mates who want him to be successful and love him.
“Arsenal are one of the best clubs in this country and also Europe. But it makes no sense to have a move in January.”
Gabriel Agbonlahor has claimed that Danny Ings would suit Arsenal right now, although he has told the striker to stay put.
Since his move to the Saints from Liverpool, Ings has become one of the most deadly strikers in the Premier League and a real source of goals for the club, with his performances even making him a full England International.
Spurs are reportedly lining up a summer move for the striker as the Saints ponder what to do with their star man should he not want to sign a new deal, but even though Agbonlahor has told the striker to stay put, he has claimed that Ings would suit Arsenal right now
Speaking on talkSPORT Breakfast, former Aston Villa striker Agbonlahor said: ”It’s very tough, isn’t it? You see what happened at Liverpool with him. He didn’t get much game time.
“Southampton is a club he feels at home at and he’s playing football and getting into the England squad.
“Does he want to move now and play second choice to Harry Kane at Spurs that could cost him a place at the Euros?
“For me I’d stay where I am and try and come to an agreement with Southampton.
“He would suit Arsenal at the moment. You look at [Alexandre] Lacazette, he’s come into some decent form, but you put Ings into that Arsenal team at the moment he would definitely score goals.
“But Southampton fans might argue that Southampton might finish above Arsenal this season.
“He’s probably thinking to himself, I’m on fire here, I’m scoring week in week out and I’m one of the better strikers in the league, so this is my chance at 28 to get that massive deal and sign a four/five year deal.
“You want what your worth. If you’re speaking to other players and there earning a certain amount, he’ll be thinking I deserve the money – as much as I love it at Southampton if it’s his last big pay day he’s probably thinking I need to get it.”
Long-term Arsenal target Martin Odegaard has reportedly put Premier League clubs on red alert after telling Real Madrid he wants to leave.
The Norwegian ace is furious over his lack of minutes this term despite starring on loan at Real Sociedad last term, and he is fed up of having to sit on the bench ever week
And Spanish publication Marca have claimed Odegaard has told Zinedine Zidane he wants to leave the Bernabeu as soon as possible, and the reports suggests that could spark an epic transfer battle between England’s top clubs for one of world football’s top-rated playmakers.
Arsenal were heavily linked with a move for the young man well before he signed for Madrid a few years ago, and have been keeping a close eye on his situation at the Spanish giants, although their interest in the player has wavered over the past few transfer windows.
If the reports are true and Odegaard has told Madrid that he wants to leave the club, then why not make the move to the Premier League, there is alot of interest in the man. So even though Arsenal are linked, it would be a shock to see them make a move with all the talent they have in that area of the pitch.
But as we said, there are a number of clubs that are also interested and they will surely be put on alert, as they probably believe that they can be the club to help the talented midfielder reach his true potential in the game
Emil Smith-Rowe is expected to be handed a massive contract by Arsenal as Ian Wright claims players have been embarrassed by the emergence of the young man
The 20-year-old earns in the region of £15,000 a week but he is expected to be rewarded with a significant pay increase following his superb breakthrough at the Emirates.
Smith-Rowe has helped Mikel Arteta get back into the habit of winning at the Arsenal, and they are now firmly back in the hunt to challenge for a Top Four spot by the end of the current campaign.
Bukayo Saka committed his future to the club earlier this season, signing a new deal worth close to £40,000 a week and according to the Mail, Smith Rowe can expect a similar salary in the coming weeks.
It comes after legend Ian Wright claimed the clubs struggling first-team stars have been ’embarrassed’ by the resurgence of Emile Smith Rowe with Mikel Arteta now appearing to have turned the corner.
“I think there was a time when they came in it was embarrassing,” Wright told Premier League Productions.
“When they came in they brought that energy and enthusiasm and exuberance.
“We were seeing players who weren’t really at it for him. In the end he took a massive chance and brought those guys in and they’ve done it, Emile Smith Rowe in particular.
“Nobody was playing that role. Now he’s in a fantastic position because the youngsters have mobilised the senior players have to perform now.”
Smith-Rowe has been brilliant over the past few weeks, there is no doubt about that and he fully deserves to be paid alot more than he currently is, he is a top footballer and should be earning £40k a week