Arsenal told £65m bargain leaving Barcelona, Keown has Aubameyang message, Herrera decision confirmed
Here is a roundup of the latest Arsenal news and gossip
Shaka Hislop has told the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool that Philippe Coutinho will be sold by Barcelona in the summer transfer window.
The Brazilian has not made the impact that many expected since his move from Liverpool, and reports in the Spanish press have claimed that he could be sold at the end of the season, especially after the Champions League semi-final loss to the Reds.
That has led to speculation that Arsenal boss Unai Emery may try and make an ambitious move to sign the Brazilian star at the end of the season, especially if they manage to get back inside the Champions League.
Emery knows he needs to add some more ‘world class’ players to his squad, and if he has the backing of the board, will look to complete deals for players like Coutinho.
Liverpool have also been linked with a shock move, as reports have suggested that Jurgen Klopp would be open to bringing the former star back, to add a bit more quality to his attack.
And now Hislop has admitted that Coutinho will be sold by Barcelona in the summer window.
Hislop said on the ESPN website:: “I’m going to say [it will be]: ‘Philippe it’s been nice but it’s just not worked out’.
“I thought Philippe Coutinho hit the ground running after that move from Liverpool to Barcelona. But then the injury and he never could seem to get back in stride with the rest of the Barcelona team.
“I think you’ve seen that over the last two games against Liverpool in particular. I thought he didn’t contribute anywhere near enough in a circumstance where you would expect a whole lot more going back to his former club.
“If I’m sitting in the Barcelona board, I’ve ran out of patience with Philippe Coutinho.” (Read More)
Gunners legend Martin Keown has compared Pierre-Emerick’s Europa League performances to legend Thierry Henry and Chelsea star Eden Hazard.
Aubameyang has really taken Europe by storm in an Arsenal shirt this season and has proven that Arsene Wenger was right to complete a £57 million deal just before he quit the club.
Aubameyang’s goals could not help the Arsenal reclaim a Premier League top spot, but his hat-trick in the 7-3 aggregate win over Valencia on Thursday night has a few legends excited about what is to come.
And Keown has compared the striker to Arsenal great Henry and he also says he reminded him of Chelsea star Hazard.
“This man, a special word for this man,” Keown said.
“He was cup-tied last year, he wasn’t able to take part in this competition. Boy did Arsenal miss him when you saw what he did here tonight.
“Outstanding, he was Eden Hazard-like at times running with the ball.
“They couldn’t get it off him. He became a top player for them tonight.
“I said he was the nearest thing to Henry that I’ve seen in an Arsenal shirt and he proved it.”
Long-term Arsenal target Ander Herrera has admitted that he will be leaving Manchester United at the end of the season.
Despite being an integral part of the United side over the past few seasons, Herrera could not come to an agreement with United over a new deal and has been free to speak to clubs about a possible move away since the January transfer window.
Arsenal have been linked with a move for the Spaniard, as Gunners boss Unai Emery is keen to improve his midfield and replace the departing Aaron Ramsey and was reportedly ready to try and take Herrera to the Emirates.
However, they could not convince Herrera to leave United for Arsenal and reports in the media have suggested that he has now agreed a move to sign for French giants PSG.
And after confirming he is leaving the club, Herrera has sent his goodbye message to United fans.
He was quoted on the Sky Sports news website: “There is red in my heart, I knew it from the first time I played here and in the moment that I started to wear it. A club with thousands of fans that respect and remember all the players who give everything.
“I felt special when I heard my name chanted. I felt proud when the fans decided I was part of this incredible history. Every time I represented this club, in every game, in wins and losses, even when I couldn’t help from the grass, I understood what this club means.
“I am going to remember each of the almost 200 matches that I have played with this jersey because playing for the greatest club in England has been a true honour. Thanks for these five amazing years!”