Top Arsenal news of the week: Arsenal should sign £34m star, Leno wants exciting star to sign up, Arsenal close in on Brazilian after London message sent, Spaniard wants Emirates return
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Mikel Arteta needs to spend big money in the summer transfer window to overhaul his squad, and should try to bring James Rodriguez to the side.
Since Arteta’s first match in charge on Boxing Day, the Gunners have won just three of their nine games in all competitions with two of those coming in the FA Cup, and Finishing in the top four seems out of the question for Arsenal this season and Arteta will likely be already thinking about his summer transfers.
The Spaniard was not handed the kind of funds that he had hoped he would get during the January window and only managed to secure transfer deals for the likes of Pablo Mari and Cedrik Soares , who have been brought in to help improve the back-line.
And Arteta should now be focusing on trying to bring world class players to the side in the summer, with Rodriguez a great option for the club.
The Gunners were linked with a loan move for Real Madrid midfielder Rodriguez during the January transfer window, but the LaLiga club were thought to have preferred a permanent deal rather than a short-term fix.
Since returning from his loan spell with Bayern Munich, Rodriguez has struggled to establish his place in the Madrid team, and he has made just seven starts all season and has only one goal and one assist to his name.
The 28-year-old could look to move elsewhere in the summer to revive his career, meaning that the Arsenal may be able to secure a bargain £34 million deal for the attacker when the transfer window opens up.
Bernd Leno wants Bukayo Saka to stay at Arsenal ‘for a very long time’ after the teenager played a starring role in the Gunners’ 1-0 win over Olympiacos in the Europa League.
Saka, who broke into the Arsenal senior side last season under Unai Emery and made four appearances, has gone on and evolved this season with 25 appearances for the first team under his belt and has become an integral part of the Mikel Arteta set-up.
His performances have got many Arsenal fans excited about the prospect of him becoming one of the most exciting players in the Premier League, and there is big news in the media over the past few days which have suggested that he is very close to agreeing a massive new contract worth over £30,000-a-week to stay at the club.
The Gunners want to tie the 18-year-old to a lucrative new long-term contract to replace his current deal, and end the interest of Manchester United and Liverpool, and Leno has now come out and urged the youngster to put pen-to-paper and sign a new deal after another impressive performance against the Greek outfit.
Asked about the teenager after the game, Leno told BT Sport: ‘Bukayo is an outstanding player, hopefully he stays very long at Arsenal.
‘He is very important for us. I think today his cross was very good for Laca to score.
‘We’re happy now we’ve got the advantage and the away goal. At home we want to beat them again and go through to the next round.’
The young man recently come out and admitted that he will let others sort out his contract situation so he is able to focus on his football performances.
He said on the Daily Star: “I leave all that contract stuff to my agent and my parents. I’m just enjoying my football playing under the new coach, so we’ll see what happens.”
Former Arsenal hero Santo Cazorla has opened up and reiterated his desire to return to the Gunners one day.
After six years with the club, Cazorla had become a cult hero at the Emirates as his work-rate, effort and pure ability won over every Gunners fan.
However, a serious injury in 2016 which threatened to wreck his playing career, forced him out of the club during the summer transfer window after failing to agree a new deal with Arsenal, but he has opened up and admitted that he would like to make a return to the Emirates in the coming years, admitting that he has unfinished business with the Gunners.
The Villarreal midfielder told BBC Sport: “It was frustrating to not be able to say goodbye to a club who treated me so well,” he told BBC Sport. It is something left in my career to say goodbye properly. I am eternally grateful to the club and the fans for the way they continue to treat me.”
Before adding: “If I’m honest I don’t know if I will coach.
“I am undecided what I want to do when I retire. Being a sporting director appeals to me more than coaching but I want to be involved in the game, whatever feels right for me at the time.
“I have no plans in the short term to go anywhere or play abroad but I would never shut those doors. I am focused on ending the season with Villarreal.”
Willian has once again told Chelsea that he is hoping to stay in London beyond the end of the season, so should Arsenal make a move?
There has been talk that he could be leaving at the end of the season as reports in the media have suggested that Chelsea may not be willing to offer him a new contract because of his age, and may be willing to let him leave the club on a free transfer, with the likes of Juventus and Barcelona eyeing up a possible deal
But despite Hakim Ziyech’s impending arrival in the summer, recent reports have claimed the transfer will not impact Willian, and that Chelsea and the stars representatives are still in talks to try and agree a deal that would allow him to stay at the club for the next few years, but there is still some doubt that he could leave the club.
However, after passing his British Citizenship test, Willian has once again admitted that he wants to stay in London, which could mean that Arsenal may make a move to try and take him to the Emirates on a free deal in the summer.
It is no secret that Gunner boss Mikel Arteta is keen to add some experience and quality to his midfield, and has been a big fan of Willian for seasons now, and considering the fact that Willian would come one a free, it is right down the alley of the Arsenal hierarchu.
Willian told the Daily Mail: ‘If you ask my wife if she wants to leave London, she’ll say no.
‘My daughters feel the same way. Of course, Brazil is Brazil, right? It’s our home, our culture. We always feel good when we go there on holiday and see family and friends. But London is my second home.’
‘I recently passed a British citizenship test. Man, it was hard. It’s British history in a nutshell: the 1500s, the 1600s, wars, battles, great leaders, stuff like that.
‘Some questions are so difficult that not even some of my British friends knew the answers! I bought this handbook called Life in the UK Test, which covers everything in the exam. I don’t know how many hours I spent reading it. I also downloaded a phone app with mock tests.
‘As it turned out, I failed on my first two attempts, but got it on the third. I am now a British citizen! So London is where I want to stay. This is where I have my family, my church. I want my daughters to grow up here. Whenever I get back to the dressing room, I want to keep seeing their messages. I want to keep hearing their love and encouragement.’
Arsenal will be looking to add a few bargains to the side in the summer, and considering Willian is still a world class player that has a few years at the top, why not make a move?