Arsenal close in on Partey after call, Gunners praised for signing, Auba claim made and Arteta on Laca talks

Simeone makes Torreira call, Auba claim made, Arteta on Lacazette talks and Willian impact praised in Arsenal news roundup…

Graeme Souness has praised the impact Willian has had on Arsenal since joining the club as a free agent, and that he still has alot to offer the club

After months, and months, and months, AND MONTHS, of transfer speculation regarding the future of Willian, the Brazilian decided that staying in London was the best option for him to make and he agreed a three-year deal with the Arsenal.

It has been seen as a great bit of business by the Arsenal board as he is one of the best attackers in the Premier League, and he has already had an impact in the Arsenal side as they have made it two wins out of two in the League.

And after making the move across London, Souness has praised the impact Willian has had on Arsenal since his arrival at the club just a few months ago, Souness said Sky Sports: “Even at 32, he’s still got so much to offer.

“Chelsea have that policy for over 30s, but I personally would’ve kept him. Great signing for Arsenal.

“They’ll get a couple of great years out of him.”

Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang won’t come close to Thierry Henry and Ian Wright’s goal tally at Arsenal, but can become a legend at the club.

Aubameyang ended months of transfer speculation last week when he finally agreed a new thrre-year contract at the Emirates, which will make him one of the highest paid players in the Premier League.

The 31-year-old has fired in 72 goals in 111 games for the Gunners and is on course to catch Wright’s 185, while Arsenal skipper Henry is the club’s all-time top scorer with 228 goals to his name.

However, despite his impressive goal ratio for Arsenal, Keown does not believe that Auba will be able to catch the two legend of Arsenal’s goal tallies, but does believe that he could become a legend at the club.

Keown told talkSPORT: “Aubameyang loves playing there and he wants to be a legend in the future, so why not?

“He’s 31 years of age and he’s turned down Barcelona by the way to stay there. I think that tells you how much he loves the football club and what he’s looking to achieve.

“If they win the Premier League in the next three years then he certainly will become a legend if he plays a major part in that.

“You look at the goals record that he’s got and he can’t get near [Thierry] Henry and I’m not even sure he can catch Ian Wright. But he wants to follow in their footsteps.”

Arsenal are yet to begin contract talks with Alexandre Lacazette, manager Mikel Arteta confirmed at the weekend.

Arsenal have been linked with a move to try and sign Thomas Partey all summer as he is a very high target for boss Mikel Arteta, but his asking price of £43 million has so far been a problem for the club.

However, A cash-plus-player offer could sweeten the deal for Atletico, with the Liga giants in the market for a new frontman and have been linked with a move for Lacazette the whole summer window.

But the Frenchman is keen to stay at the club and fight for his place in the Arsenal side, and has been hoping that talks over a new contract at the club would be opened this summer to end all speculation, but it hasnt.

And Arteta has confirmed that there have been no talks for the 29-year-old to renew his deal at Arsenal, and there are not any plans in the near future to discuss a new contract for the French striker.

“At the moment, we haven’t started any negotiations,” he said on the SUN. “We have a lot of things still to do in this market and at the moment we are focusing on those things.

“He’s a player I’m really happy with. I think we’ve shown him a lot of faith since I arrived here.

“But we cannot start any speculation. We know that any player who is under two years of their contract is always going to be talked about.”

Speaking after Arsenal’s 3-0 against Fulham last week, Lacazette stressed he was happy at the Emirates and is determined to help fire the club to success this season.

“I am really happy. It’s only the press that says I’m not happy,” he told the club’s website.

“From the beginning I’ve said I am happy at Arsenal and I want to play and win titles. We won a title last month so I am happy with Arsenal.

“I want to help the team to be on top, I know it’s my job. It’s not for me to [just] play and do the link-ups so I will try and do my best this season.

“Every day we work a lot to try and earn a place in the top four. I don’t know if we are ready, but we’ll try to.”

Atletico Madrid are reportedly eyeing a move for Lucas Torreira, which could open the door for Arsenal to finally sign Thomas Partey.

Torreira completed a £26million move from Sampdoria to Arsenal last summer and the 23-year-old had a promising debut season in north London, making 50 appearances in all competitions.

But lasts season the 23-year old has struggled to kick on after his great first season and has only recently managed to force himself into the plans of Mikel Arteta.

Torreira has constantly showed his desire to leave the Arsenal, and that has started rumours once again that a number of clubs are interested in taking him away from the club this transfer window.

And with Arsenal seeking to raise funds in order to sign their top target Thomas Partey, he could be the man that helps Arsenal finally secure a deal for the £43 million rated midfielder by October.

According to Sebas Giovanelli, Madrid boss Diego Simeone has personally called Torreira and told him he wants to bring him to Spain, which would mean that the Spaniards would eb open to the idea of a player-plus-cash deal for Partey.

Partey is just the type of star Arsenal need in the centre of the pitch and so with that being said, lets see if the reports are true about Torreira possibly leaving the club for a move to Madrid.

This would be a deal that works out for both clubs and the players, as all seem interested in making moves this summer.

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