Balague has official message for Arteta about possible £52 million summer signing, Arsenal in contact ti sign Chelsea target, Arteta told to sign this Premier League hitman
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Arsenal have been told to replace star man Piere-Emerick Aubameyang with Burnley hitman Chris Wood.
Aubameyang has scored 20 goals in 32 appearances this season but Arsenal are still ninth in the table and look set to miss out on European football, which has led to alot of speculation in the media that he may seek a way out of the Emirates.
Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona have all been linked with making a move for Aubameyang at the end of the season, as the Gunners are now braced for his exit and would seemingly accept around £70 million to let him leave and use the funds to find an adequate replacement.
And despite all the big players linked with a move to London, football analyst Matt Scott thinks Mikel Arteta should consider signing Burnley’s £15million hitman Wood, who has netted 11 goals across all competitions this campaign, as he could be the new Olivier Giroud.
“If Arsenal do lose Aubameyang or Lacazette, then Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Martinelli, great as they look, are still too raw at the age they are to be leading the line for a club like Arsenal,” Scott told talkSPORT.
“So they are going to have to look at another centre forward and, believe it or not, I believe it should be Chris Wood!
“People are not going to like it, but I’ll tell you why I think so.
“It’s my view that Arsenal are missing Olivier Giroud. He always gave them another way of playing. In his prime he was very, very good for Arsenal and since he’s come back into the Chelsea team this season he’s been terrific.
“Giroud’s minutes-per-goal ratio in his last few seasons at Arsenal was unbelievably good, he’s a real finisher and I think you’ve got one in Chris Wood at Burnley as well.
“The first thing you have to say about Arsenal generally is they are absolutely the worst team in the air in the whole Premier League. It’s astonishing how bad they are.
“Shkodran Mustafi apart, they are all absolute flowers when the ball is fizzed in.
“It’s fair to say Nketiah has showed a bit of early promise in heading the ball, but he’s only 5ft 9in so you can’t really expect him to be the target man I think Arsenal need to add that other option.
“Wood is an absolute identikit to Giroud, in football terms. He’s not necessarily the quickest, but I think he’s quicker than Giroud.
“He’s got a chance conversion rate of 1 in every 4.8 [chances], and when you compare that to 1 in every 6.5 for Lacazette, he’s a finisher.
“And that, of course, is also him playing for Burnley and not with the creative players there are in the Arsenal team.
“I think you can’t scoff at what a good goalscorer Chris Wood is.”
Guillem Balague has told Arsenal that Barcelona are serious contenders one of their top targets Dayot Upamecano.
Now Look, There has been so much speculation and rumours in the media over the past few weeks about whom Mikel Arteta will sign in the summer, to sort his dodgy back-line out, to improve that midfield area, and a possible replacement to come in and possibly replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is destined to leave the club.
But there has also ben constant rumours that Arsenal are interested, maybe even desperate, to sign up the impressive Upamecano, who is easily regarded as one of the finest young centre-backs in the game having helped RB become a very exciting, and entertaining to watch.
It is believed that Arsenal will make a summer move, it is believed that Arsenal will offer £52 million, and it is also believed that RB will say HELL no, ‘we want more’ as they rate the talent very highly, but still, Arsenal will make a move anyways.
Arsenal is, however, not the only team that wants to sign him and Balague has claimed that Barcelona is serious about signing a new defender: “Upamecano, top player, there was talk about him two years ago and he will be wanted by many, many teams,” Balague said per FOOTBALL LONDON
“Barcelona want a centre-back, a midfielder, a winger perhaps and a striker.
“They’re going for that, depending on what happens with [Martin] Braithwaite of course.
“I don’t think Lautaro Martinez and Neymar can come at the same time, they just don’t have the finances, it’s as simple as that, even though they will try and get rid of eight or nine players in the summer yet again.
“So it won’t be easy to get both, perhaps even impossible.”
Reports have claimed Arsenal have made contact in a bid to sign Chelsea target Philippe Coutinho in the summer.
Coutinho made a name for himself at Liverpool as one of the best creative midfielders in the game and Barcelona were determined to acquire his services as the long-term replacement for Andreas Iniesta.
However, his move to the Camp Nou has not gone down as well as many had hoped and after the arrival of Antoine Griezmann, he has fallen well down the pecking order, meaning that he was shipped out o Bayern Munich on a loan basis.
The former Liverpool man has impressed in patches with the Bundesliga champions, having an hand in over 20 goals this season for the dominant German Champions, but according there is a feeling that Bayern may not take up the opportunity to sign Coutinho on a permanent basis, meaning Chelsea could swoop in for a possible deal.
Spanish media claims Frank Lampard has already held talks with the player and his club Barcelona over a Premier League return this summer, as he looks to add some superstar players to his side.
But now the THE METRO WEBSITE have claimed that Arsenal have made contact with Barcelona about a possible deal for the Brazilian star, as Mikel Arteta eyes up potential signings.
Arteta knows that he needs to add some big players to the side in order to get back into the habit of winning titles and knowing just the type of player that Coutinho would be a special kind of signing for the club.
However, with the club unable to complete transfer deals early on, there is more of a chance that they will not miss out on the player that actually signing him.
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