Merson slams Gunners, Balague has Suarez update, Sarr wanted by Emery in Arsenal Friday news and gossip
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Gunners legend Paul Merson has slammed Arsenal for letting an experienced player like Aaron Ramsey leave the club.
After over ten years and 350 appearances for the club, Arsenal and Ramsey have decided to part ways after failing to agree a new contract and he will now leave the club at the end of the season to join Italian Champions Juventus.
It is believed Juventus beat off the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Barcelona to the signature of Ramsey, and Merson has hit out at his former club and claimed his former club are stupid for allowing Ramsey to leave.
“It’s stupidity from Arsenal to allow someone of Ramsey’s quality to let their contract run down,” he told Sky Sports.
“It’s yet another player after Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott. Players’ contracts come to an end then they all leave on frees.
“In footballing terms, it’s criminal. It’s like buying an £80m house, waiting for the leasehold to run out and losing the house.
“Arsene Wenger sorted out his contract every year but seemed to forget everyone else’s!
“I wouldn’t mind if all these players were 35 years of age or older, but they are in the prime of their careers when they are playing their best football ever.”
Arsenal have told Rennes striker Ismaila Sarr they have a strong interest in signing him at the end of the season.
Arsenal have two of the best forwards in Europe right now in the shape of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who have been scoring goals for fun for Unai Emery this season and helping the club keep up their chance of getting back into the Champions League next season.
And with Emery losing Aaron Ramsey to Juventus and Danny Welbeck out of contract at the end of the season, there has been alot of speculation which has suggested that the Spanish boss is keen to add anotehr attacker to the squad in the coming transfer windows.
And Sarr, who has scored nine goals and provided six assists in all competitions this season, has been linked with a move to the Emirates over the past few months after impressing the Gunners scouting team with his goal-scoring ability and performances.
Now French publication Le10 sport has claimed Arsenal have told the Senegal International that they have strong interest in trying to get a deal done at the end of the season, as they are only looking for loan deals during this January transfer window.
Spanish football expert Guillem Balague claimed Denis Suarez is not a priority signing for Arsenal this January.
After months of speculation, reports in the media over the past few days suggested that it would be Arsenal who wins the race for Suarez after he reportedly decided he wants to leave the Spanish Champions after failing to make any sort of an impact on the starting line-up.
Reports have claimed that Emery is keen to link-up with the young Spaniard, after news broke that Aaron Ramsey is leaving the clunb to sign with Seria A Champions Juventus.
But the Gunners have a terrible defensive record this season having shipped 31 goals in 21 Premier League games, and Balague says the Emirates outfit would rather spend money on shoring up their backline rather than on Suarez.
“Denis Suarez wants to go to Arsenal or to stay at Barcelona,” he said on his YouTube channel.
“But there’s a problem with that. Barcelona want to get money for him.
“And Arsenal only want to take him on loan because they’ve got other priorities.
“While they do want a midfielder, Unai Emery wants centre-backs – one or two.
“So with that in mind, Denis Suarez is not a total priority.
“But he is desperate to leave Barca. He has offers from Napoli, Sevilla, Valencia, West Ham and Watford.
“But they all want him on loan. But Barcelona want a decision this week, as soon as possible.
“They will not accept a loan deal right now, unless there is an obligation to buy him at the end of it.”