Striker hits headlines, Arsenal told midfielder to make January move, £80m star opens door to possible deal, Emery told to sign Arsenal a leader
Here is the roundup of the latest Arsenal news from icfootballnews.com
Fresh reports have claimed that Barcelona are lining up an ambitious move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as he considers his future at the Emirates.
Signed by legendary boss Arsene Wenger just before he quit the club, Aubameyang has fast become a real folk hero at the Emirates and impressed in his first full season in the Premier League by netting an impressive 31-goals for the Gunners last season.
His impressive performances and goals could not help the club get back inside the top four or pick up some silverware, but with boss Unai Emery doing some great transfer business, the Gunners side looks more of a threat then they did 12 months ago.
Since joining from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018, Aubameyang has scored 50 goals for the club, and the Gunners are desperate to end all speculation that the striker could be interested in a move to the likes of Real Madrid or even a lucrative switch to China.
The Gabonese striker is contracted to Arsenal until 2021 but the club are hoping to get him to commit his future beyond then by offering him a bonus if they finish in the top-four this season, with recent reports suggesting Arsenal are unable to offer Aubameyang a basic package that would match top-earner Mesut Ozil’s wages but will include lucrative incentives in any potential deal, which will be close to the £300,000-a-week mark.
However, Spanish TV show El Chiringuito claim the Catalan giants are prepared to offer the Gabon international a route away from north London, as Arsenal are yet to live up to what they promised Aubameyang when he joined them with challenging for Premier League glory a long way off, despite the talk of a big time contract on the table.
The report goes on to say The striker is keeping his options open to see how the season pans out for the Gunners, while Unai Emery’s future is also likely to prove pivotal.
Arsenal hero Perry Groves has claimed Granit Xhaka will surely be sold in the January transfer window.
Xhaka’s substitution during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace was greeted by sarcastic cheers and the Gunners captain responded by throwing his arms in the air and cupping his ears and the 27-year-old was then seen mouthing ‘f*** off’ at the home fans before he removed his shirt and stormed down the tunnel.
And his actions during that game has not led to a lot of speculation in the media about whom could be the next captain at the club, as his actions was that not of a man that should be leading this side, and with not many leaders at the Emirates, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has now been named Captain of the club.
Now Groves, who spent six years at Arsenal during the late 80s and early 90s, thinks there is no way back for Xhaka and insisted the midfielder needs to leave the club in the January window,
“I think his time at Arsenal is over,” Groves told talkSPORT.
“I believe they’ll come to an agreement [in January]
“On a personal level and a human level he’s in a really bad way. It’s really hurt him.”
Kai Havertz has opened the door to a possible transfer to the likes of Arsenal.
Now we all know that there is a lot of transfer speculation in the media suggesting that Mesut Ozil could be leaving the club at the end of the season as he wants to depart the club and possibly head back to Juventus or even make a move to Real Madrid.
And that has led to a lot of transfer speculation in the media about whom could come in and be the ideal replacement for the German, with reports in the media suggesting that Havertz is on the shopping list of Unai Emery.
The 20-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough season in the Bundesliga in 2018/19, scoring 17 goals in 34 appearances, and has been a regular in Joachim Low’s Germany squads ever since. He’s scored two goals in nine appearances in Germany’s top flight this season and his performances have also alerted some of the biggest clubs in the game right now.
Reports in the media have claimed it will cost a fortune for the likes of Arsenal to complete a deal, with a fee of £80million likely to be required to prise him away from the German giants, and Havertz has admitted he will be considering his own future next summer, with a transfer potentially on the cards.
‘I think I’ve picked up enough international experience at Leverkusen,’ he told Marca.
‘I know the rhythm of these international matches and I’m confident that I can go abroad at any moment and play at clubs outside of Germany. ‘For the moment, I want to have a good season. Afterwards, we’ll see.’
ARSENAL TOLD TO SIGN LEADER!
Unai Emery has been told to delve into his transfer kitty and land Arsenal a leader in the coming transfer windows.
Look despite all the transfer speculation and rumours over the summer window that Emery was going to be backed in his chase to land some world class signings, The Gunners once again wasted their money on signing players that are the future, and that are past their best.
And inability to spend the big money on leader-type-players has started to cost the side dearly in the early stages of the season, as Granit Xhaka was this week stripped of the Arsenal captaincy following the incident in the 2-2 Premier League draw with Crystal Palace last month.
But former Liverpool ace Danny Mills says it is clear there are not enough leaders in the squad and reckons that must be solved in the transfer market, telling the TalkSport website: “They don’t have the right characters and I think they’re scrambling around at the moment and that’s why maybe they went to the players in the first place [to choose the captain] because [Unai] Emery looked around and thought ‘I don’t have one.
“Maybe he should have bought one, maybe that should have been part of his remit. We’ve all known that they’re lacking a holding-midfield player and they’ve been lacking centre-halves for some time.
“They’re ideal captains, they’re going to play week in, week out.
“Look at what Virgil van Dijk is – at Liverpool he would be the ideal captain wouldn’t he? If it wasn’t [James] Milner or [Jordan] Henderson, whoever it would be.
“He’s going to play, he’s clearly a leader, he’s organising things, all those types of things.
“That’s probably Arsenal’s downfall, they haven’t brought in the players that they needed and one of those was probably a captain-type figure.”
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