Ornestein opens up on Arsenal deal for Rabiot, as Torreira ‘wants to deal’ with Man United
BBC Sports pundit David Ornestein has claimed Arsenal are set to make a move to sign PSG star Adrien Rabiot.
With news that Aaron Ramsey is leaving the club to sign for Italian Champions Juventus at the end of the season after failing to agree a new contract with the club, Gunners boss Unai Emery is desperate to add another midfielder to fill the void of the Welshman.
And one target that has now been top of the shopping list is that of Rabiot, who is leaving PSG at the end of the season on a free after also failing to agree a new contract with the French giants, with reports he wanted more money than what the French Champions were prepared to offer.
And according to Ornestein, there is hope in London that Rabiot will be keen to link-up with his former boss.
I’m told Unai Emery likes experienced players, he likes to go with players he knows and trusts,” Ornstein said on Arsenal fan podcast Arsecast Extra.
“That certainly explains the Nkunku interest, who he played far more than Thomas Tuchel has this season.
“It explains the pursuit of Denis Suarez, who I know a number of people in the game have reservations about, not just at Arsenal.
“And also [it explains] the reported interest, once again, in Adrien Rabiot who Arsenal were keen on during Arsene Wenger’s time with his links to PSG and the French game.
“It seemed he’d be signing for Barcelona [on a free] but they’ve signed a player for that midfield position, Frenkie de Jong.
“There are credible reports that Arsenal will come back in for Rabiot.
“There are people within Arsenal who are very keen that they sign Rabiot, or at least make a concerted effort. He’s very highly admired.
“There are some complications, around him, particularly around the people you have to deal with and his salary demands. But that’s certainly one to keep an eye on.”
Meanwhile, Lucas Torriera has admitted they need to deal with the Manchester United problem if they want to qualify for the Champions League.
The Gunners have dropped to sixth after they slumped to a 3-1 defeat against an undeterred Manchester City side on Sunday and are struggling to keep in touch with the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham and now United.
After a poor start to the season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has transformed the United side and won nine of his opening ten matches as Old Trafford boss, and Torreira admits the Gunners have a real challenge on their hands in the race for the top four after their recent blip in form.
However, the midfielder insists his side “deserve” the chance to be competing in the Champions League.
“Just a few weeks ago, United were obviously behind us but it’s happened and it’s something we have to deal with,” Torreira told Sky Sports News.
“We obviously don’t want that form to happen again.
“As players, you always need to be fighting for an objective when you walk out onto the pitch and for us that means qualifying for the Champions League.
“We know it’s not going to be easy, that’s for sure, because we are up against some great teams such as Chelsea and Manchester United but we need to try and stand firm as a team and as a group and battle in every game.
“The squad is focused on qualifying for the Champions League because a big club like Arsenal deserves to be playing in that competition.”