£26 million star has bright Arsenal future, Klopp on possible Arsenal deal, Gunners close in on Argentine signing, Gunners fasn release statement
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has refused to talk about recent speculation regarding Xherdan Shaqiri’s long-term future at Anfield, amid Arsenal speculation.
Arsenal have been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons over the past few months as much speculation in the media have suggested a number of top players have become unhappy, and that Unai Emery could be on the way out if results do not improve over the next few weeks.
But there has also bee some speculation in the media which has suggested that Emery may be able to get some funds in the January window and add to his squad, especially if he wants to save his job and get the Gunners back inside the top four spots.
And there has been some shock news in the media suggesting that Shaqiri has become very unhappy with his lack of game time at Anfield, and is reportedly ready to seek a possible move away from the Reds during the Winter window.
And although he did confirm the Swiss playmaker would not be leaving the club this season, Klopp has refused to talk completely about the future of Shaqiri.
“Why should I talk about something that’s outside? We spoke earlier, he wasn’t playing as much as he wanted to,” said the German in his pre-match press conference ahead of his side’s trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday.
“Speculation is speculation. Completely fine here. Of course he has a future here.”
Lucas Torreira has been told he has a “big future” at Arsenal as head coach Unai Emery reveals he held private sessions with the midfielder.
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 so far this season the 23-year old has struggled to kick on after his great first season and has only managed to start three Premier League fixtures under the guidance of Unai Emery, with suggestion she is not happy with life in the English game.
According to RECENT REPORTS, the current uncertainty over his place in the team, coupled with Arsenal’s poor form, could see Torreira leave the club, and the 23-year-old is aware of interest from AC Milan and has already made it clear to Arsenal that he wants them to consider any offers.
Torreira has started just four of Arsenal’s 12 Premier League fixtures this season, but despite all the speculation, Emery has claimed that the little midfielder has a bright future at the Arsenal.
“He is a good player for us, he has very big commitment and very good behaviour,” Emery said.
“He has a very big future here but he must think that he needs to improve, learn in some situations to help us to do better.
“He played well last year but this year he’s not being consistent. My challenge to him is to improve, to do better with some tactical issues on the pitch and above all be consistent.”
Jamie Redknapp has given Arsenal hope of securing a deal for Mauricio Pochettino.
Arsenal are on a dismal run of form, winning just one of their last eights games in all competitions, and even that was a nervy 3-2 victory over Vitoria in the Europa League.
And the result at the weekend against Southampton, in which the Gunners were lucky to get a 2-2 draw against the Saints, has led to a lot of speculation in the media over the past few days which have suggested that Emery is heading closer and closer towards the exit signs at the Emirates.
Recent reports have claimed Arsenal have begun the process of searching for replacements for Emery, although the board would prefer to hold off on making any decision until the summer.
But the reports goes on to say that Members of Arsenal’s board are fans of Pochettino and he is ‘well liked’ by key figures at the club.
Some pundits have questioned whether Pochettino would join Arsenal due to his links with Tottenham but Redknapp does not think this would stand in his way.
‘If I was a decision maker at Arsenal, I’d go for Mauricio Pochettino in a heartbeat,’ the former Tottenham and England star told the Daily Mail.
‘I’m not sure I believe Poch would let his time with Tottenham stop him from taking over.
‘Maybe the reason Spurs decided to go for Jose Mourinho so suddenly was they felt they could not hang around, because their north London rivals might be searching for a new boss soon.
‘Unai Emery is under big, big pressure. I have some sympathy for him but he looks a beaten man.’
Arsenal fan groups have united to issue a statement accusing owner Stan Kroenke of “rudderless” leadership and leaving the club “floating aimlessly”.
The Gunners have won just two of their last 11 Premier League matches under Emery and were held to a 2-2 draw by relegation-battlers Southampton on Saturday.
And that has led to a lot of speculation in the media suggesting that Emery has been given a limited number of games to save his job at the Emirates, with some reports in the media suggesting that the Gunners hierarchy are keen to hire former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Emery has been given public backing by the Arsenal hierarchy, but is under mounting pressure to improve the team’s performances, and the fan statement reiterated their concerns about an “alarming and desperate state of things on and off the pitch that need urgent action”.
It read: “We have been told to ‘get excited’ and to support the team. As Arsenal supporters we have done both.
“There exist many issues raised in our first statement that remain unaddressed by the club. While these matters have not gone away, it is the overall alarming and desperate state of things on and off the pitch that need urgent action and take precedence amongst our concerns.
“Until the club and especially the senior management structure is running efficiently, effectively and ambitiously, then few other issues can or will be satisfactorily resolved.
“The early optimism of summer, around what appeared to be good business and positive signings, has given way to renewed concerns about the club’s overall direction and the leadership of the owner. It feels like the club is rudderless and floating aimlessly, unsure of its destination.”
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