Suarez warning, Carragher transfer warning, Rabiot to replace Ozil, Wright on Suarez deal in Arsenal Sunday news and gossip
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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has told Unai Emery he will need to invest heavily in the summer transfer window.
After months of speculation and weeks of rumours, Arsenal only managed to sign Denis Suarez from Barcelona during the winter window, with the 25-year old Spaniard joining the Gunners on-loan until the end of the season.
However, many fans are not happy with the transfer busness of the club as they wanted to see more investment in the back-line, as many of the players have simply not been good enough this season and have looked well off the pace.
And Emery, who wanted two signings this January, has been told by Carragher that he needs to invest during the summer window, especially as the back-line is not up to scratch.
He told Sky Sports: ‘It hasn’t been a great window for Arsenal but Emery was quite transparent when he said they could only get loans.
‘I think the summer is when they will have to really invest. It’s touch-and-go whether they make top four and that will have an impact on what happens in the summer. Arsenal need a big summer window.
‘If you are looking at the defence you have to go back 12 months when Arsene Wenger was still there and there was a lot of money spent.
‘They lost Alexis Sanchez and got Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan when they were crying out for a centre-back.
‘They did spend decent money on Shkodran Mustafi a couple of years ago but it hasn’t really worked out.
‘The defenders they signed in the summer are not good enough for Arsenal and that’s why they continue to have problems defensively and will do until that changes.
‘They have a fantastic strikeforce but in the summer they greatly need defensive reinforcements.’
Fresh reports have claimed Arsenal are eyeing up bringing PSG midfielder star Adrien Rabiot to the Premier League at the end of the season.
Rabiot is one of the highly-rated midfielders in the french League and has a number of clubs, including Liverpool and Spurs, chasing him after learning that he is leaving the French giants after failing to agree a new contract wIth the club.
But now reports on the Sky Sports website have claimed Arsenal are looking at the possiblity of signing the Frenchman, especially as there are rumours circling in the media that the Gunners may decide to let Mesut Ozil leave the club.
Ozil, who is currently on a wage of around £300,000-a-week, has been frozen out of the team in recent games amid reports that Emery is unhappy with the midfielder’s work rate and attitude, and that has led to a lot of speculation that his future at the Emirates is over, with the likes of PSG, Juventus and Manchester United all long-term chasers of the German.
It is believed that Emery is a massive fan of Rabiot and would love to bring his former player to the squad in the summer, as he was unable to do much business during the January transfer window.
Former Gunners Perry Groves recently stated that Emery is fed up of Ozil and wil look to exchange him for the younger Rabiot.
“As a footballer I’m a big fan of Mesut Ozil’s, because sometimes when you watch him play for Arsenal – and it is sometimes – he does things that he makes look ridiculously easy,” he told talkSPORT host Jim White.
“But obviously Unai Emery now just doesn’t fancy him.
“He’s given Ozil so many chances – he made him one of his five captains, he’s played him in the ten role, he’s played him on the right of a three and behind the main striker.
“I think he’s just got fed up with him now.
“His work rate is questionable when Arsenal want to go and press, so he can’t do that, and against Chelsea he got the hook because he was ineffective.
“He had a niggling injury against Fulham, he had a virus, they had a reported bust up before the West Ham game where Emery was supposed to have told him in no uncertain terms that he is the manager and you’re going to play how I want you to play.
“Ozil is not being indulged anymore at Arsenal, because Arsene Wenger used to indulge him.”
Spanish football expect Sid Lowe is not convinced Arsenal midfielder Denis Suarez is the game-changing buy that many are expecting to see.
After months of speculation, Gunners boss Unai Emery finally managed to get a loan deal done for Suarez until the end of the season with the option of a permanent deal in the summer if certain terms are met.
Emery is delighted with the deal and belives that Suarez will be that game-changer that has been missing in recent weeks, especially since Mesut Ozil has struggled to get the kind of game time that he wants after reports suggested Emery has lost faith in the German world cup winner.
But Lowe has warned many associated with Arsenal that Suarez may not be the answer that Emery is looking for, telling the Daily Star: “Well I must admit I think a lot of this will depend on what’s around him rather than on Denis himself.
“I think Denis Suarez, when you watch him play, he’s a guy that will occasionally create something very, very nice out of not very much.
“But he’s fundamentally a player who fits well in a functioning team, who moves the ball well, who’s positionally and tactically very bright.
“His passing is good, he will occasionally as I say provide assists, occasionally score goals, but not a huge amount of them.
“So I think the doubt I have is whether Arsenal expect him to immediately go in and have a huge impact on everyone around him.
“I think he’s more likely to have an impact as a technical, continuity player, than necessarily a player that raises the level of the entire team.
“So I think a lot will depend on him, obviously, but I think a lot will depend also on how well he fits with those players around him in the rest of the midfield.”
Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes Denis Suarez will be a good signing for the club.
Suarez failed to get the game time that he wanted at Barcelona and became frustrated with his lack of chances in the first team, which led to alot of rumours that the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and even Chelsea could all make a move.
However, Unai Emery convined the Gunners board to bring Suarez in on-loan until the end of the season on a try-before-they buy kind of deal, despite the fact many fans wanted to see a new defender or two arrive during the winter window.
But one former player that is very happy with a deal is Wright, who believes that Suarez will become a good signing for the club.
“What I like about Suarez is he’s a capable and very good player,” he said on his Youtube channel.
“Unai knows him very well from their time at Sevilla and they won the Europa League together which is a good thing.
“I know he’s not played a lot for Barcelona, but he’s a player that the manager wants.
“When a manager wants you, that kind of gives you a lot of confidence.
“It’s what he wants, so you’re hoping that him playing in midfield, and he can play on the wing, diminutive, good skills, you’re hoping that he can come and make a difference in respect of creativity for us.
“Because that’s what we need.
“Because at the moment you feel if you can keep [Alexandre] Lacazette or [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang quiet, then I’m not sure where our goals are coming from.”