Arsenal FC News: Arteta ready to sign £108m star, Gunners told new signing to be a Premier League, New signing the next Varane, Ozil on way out?
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strong>Fresh reports have again claimed that Arsenal are interested in signing ANtoine Griezmann from Barcelona in the summer.
Griezmann was one of the most om-demand players of the transfer window last summer, with a whole host of clubs linked with a possible move for the Frenchman, but in the end, it was Barcelona who completed a massive £108 million move to complete the deal.
The Frenchman has been hit and miss for the Spaniards this season as he copes with life at the Camp Nou, but now Spanish outlet AS suggest the club are looking to save money as they come under strain during these unprecedented times.
And the reports suggest Big money signing Griezmann could be put up for sale to raise capital after failing to impress Barcelona bosses since arriving from the Spanish capital in July, and managing resources is key for the club and they may look to ship former Real Sociedad star Griezmann out on loan to get him off the wage bill.
Now, According to Spanish source Sport, the Gunners could make a move for the Barcelona star this summer if he is put up for sale, especially as there is alot of speculation in the media regarding the long-term future of German ace Mesut Ozil.
Arsenal fans have been told that new signing William Saliba could be the new Raphael Varane, according to his former coach.
Arsenal beat off a number of top clubs last summer to acquire the services of Saliba, who is rated very highly across Europe, but they decided that he was not quite ready to make the move to the Emirates this season, and decided to let him stay at St-Etienne for another year.
However, there is a massive feeling that he will be a big part of the plans at Arsenal next season under the guidance of Mikel Arteta, especially as there is big rumours in the media all suggesting that Arsenal are keen to sign a few defenders to solidify that dodgy back-line they have.
The Frenchman, 18, has proved his potential after making 17 appearances for the Ligue 1 side this season, and Fabio Frasconi told the Saint-Etienne website: “William will go far, very far. He reminds me of Raphael Varane.
“As a kid, he was already above the lot, technically clean, comfortable with the ball.
“I had positioned him at the centre forward position.
“Evolving then in central defence would not have allowed him, in my opinion, to progress.
“I feel enormous pride when I see him playing at this level, with this composure, this maturity, this accuracy, this sense of anticipation and this application.”
**Do you have something to say about your club? Send us an article for discussion!**said: “Pepe is a very talented player. He is very quick and a good finisher.
“Already he has done well in part.
“Maybe not as much as he could but I see the potential and he will become one of the biggest stars in the Premier League.”
Ex-Gunners star Andrey Arshavin has claimed Mesut Ozil is stalling Arsenal and questioned if he has a future under Mikel Arteta.
Mesut Ozil is one of the Gunners biggest players and one of the best number tens in world football, when he is on top form. But he has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons over the past 12 months as his performances in an Arsenal shirt have not matched the wages he was given under Arsene Wenger.
And that has led to a lot of transfer speculation in the media over the past few weeks that he could actually leave the club, despite claims from the German himself that he will be seeing out his contract at the Emirates, meaning that the Gunners will need to find an adequate replacement for the German star.
But his numbers have not been that impressive this season, with just one goal and three assists to his name this campaign, and many Arsenal fans have been hoping that he will actually leave the club for pastures news, especially as they want a big-time replacement signed.
However, Ozil’s agent is adamant,ACCORDING TO RECENT REPORTS ON THE SUN, he will not be sold this summer, and he claims the World Cup winner remains as committed as ever to helping Arsenal achieve their goals of getting back into that Champions League and challenging for titles in the coming season
However, retired Arshavin, 38, told 888 Sport: “As a player, of course, I respect him. Mesut is a world-class player,”
“But for me personally he slows down the game. I would prefer to use another player. Mikel, as we can see, is the opposite and plays him a lot.
“He has improved his game at Arsenal but still, in the future, I do not see him there.”
Look, We have said it before and we will SAY IT AGAIN! the time has come for Arsenal to cash in on the German and use the money made to buy an adequate replacement that wull not take the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
He is done in the Premier League and Arsenal should force him out of the club, especially as those massive wages are taking up space for possible signings.