Juventus will sell midfielder to Arsenal, Wright orders Gunners get deal done, De Jong Premier League message
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Reports have claimed Juventus will sell Adrien Rabiot to Arsenal, if they meet his asking price.
After months and months and months of speculation in the media, the Gunners finally decided to ditch the idea that Unai Emery is the man to lead the club into a new era and finally decided to let the Spaniard leave just a few weeks ago.
And that has led to the appointment of Arteta, the club legend that has been working next to the best boss in the game right now, Pep Guardiola, who is not happy about losing his right-hand man to the Gunners this week.
The window, Arteta’s first as Arsenal boss, is now open, and big changes are expected to the squad he inherited from Unai Emery, with a number of top players now linked with a move to the Emirates.
Rabiot is yet to nail down a regular place in Juventus’ side, but managed back-to-back 90 minutes in Serie A for the first time this season in wins over Udinese and Sampdoria.
Sport Mediaset claim Rabiot’s inconsistent form at Juventus means the club would consider any offers that between £21m and £25m
Arteta recently remained vague when discussing possible deals in the January transfer window.
“We had many other conversations,” said the Spaniard. “We have a meeting soon and some ideas but we have to put them together.”
Gunners hero Ian Wright has demanded that Arsenal sell Shkodran Mustafi during the January window.
Arsenal have been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons this season with a number of poor performances from the players leading to the sacking of Unai Emery, and a possible relegation battle.
And it has mainly been the back-line that has caused the most issues for the Arsenal, as they simply cannot keep a clean-sheet, which has angered more sections of the Arsenal fans, especially after the loss to Chelsea at the weekend.
The Blues came from behind to beat Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon, as Jorginho netted the equaliser after Bernd Leno’s howler before Tammy Abraham scored the winner in north London.
The striker turned Arsenal defender Mustafi and slammed home to complete the comeback for Frank Lampard’s men, and Arsenal fans have taken to social media to slam the German defender, claiming Mikel Arteta must sell Mustafi in January.
Now Arsenal’s first defeat under Mikel Arteta has prompted Wright to urge the Spaniard to sell Mustafi, he told the BBC: “Tammy [Abraham] was fantastic,”
“People give him stick for it but his hold up play when holding off David Luiz and Mustafi was great.
“He had them on a piece of string. He would then drive into the box. Once they got him going his link-up play was great.
“In the first half, he was isolated but in the second period, he did everything he could to do the link-up play. He worked really hard and they worked hard.
“Mustafi should have gone in and stopped the play ahead of Tammy’s goal. Arsenal gave Tammy way too much space after I thought that Willian had gone too wide.
“You have got someone like Arteta coming in there is nothing you can do to coach defenders of that experience. Those [Luiz and Mustafi] are the types of players he has to look to move on.”
Frenkie De Jong appears to slightly regret his lucrative move to Barcelona and has left Arsenal on alert for a possible future deal.
The former Ajax midfielder had offers from Arsenal and Manchester City to move to the Premier League during the summer transfer window, but chose to join the LaLiga champions in a deal worth over £60 million.
The Gunners were seeking to add the Dutch International to their squad as they sought to sign a world class holding midfielder, and reports suggested that the Netherlands international initially wanted to follow in the footsteps of Marc Overmars in playing for Arsenal after leaving Ajax, but as we said, Barcelona eventually came calling.
De Jong has since settled well into life at the Nou Camp, but he admitted in an interview with The Mirror that the Premier League is superior to La Liga.
He said: “I used to think that La Liga was the strongest football league in the world. You could see their dominance in European Cup competitions.
“The Spanish clubs always progressed a long way and often grabbed the main trophies, the Champions League and Europa League.
“But the Premier League has gained power over the last few years.
“When it comes to pure skills, La Liga is better. But because of the sheer intensity, the English competition is at a slightly higher level.”
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