Gunners Tuesday! Umtiti green light given by Emery, Ozil causing tension, Wilson wants big move, Zaha update in Arsenal news and gossip
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Arsenal boss Unai Emery has praised Barcelona star Samuel Umtiti amid speculation that the Gunners are looking to seal a £60 million transfer deal in the summer.
Umtiti signed for Barcelona way back in 2016 and has become an integral part of the Spaniards side over the past few seasons, but there has been a lot of speculation that he could be sold to help finance a move for Ajax superstar defender Matthijs De Ligt, as the Dutchman is one of the most highly-regarded defenders in world football and has a number of top clubs chasing a possible deal, but it is believed that he would prefer a move to the Spanish Champions rather than a move to the Premier League or PSG.
And that has led to recent speculation that Barcelona are willing to let Umtiti leave in the summer transfer window and will demand around £60 million for his services, as they will use the funds to complete the deal for De Ligt.
However, Spanish website Marca claimed that Umtiti has no intention of leaving Barcelona at the end of the season and wants to win back his place in the starting line-up, believing he can oust Clement Lenglet from the team once he has fully recovered from his knee injury and prove that Barca do not need to spend as much as £75m on De Ligt.
But Emery has opened the door back-up to a potential summer deal after praising the Frenchman, and ultimately hinting that a possible deal could happen in the summer window.
‘He’s a very good player,’ Emery told RMC Sport.
‘I’ve always had French players in my teams. At Valencia, Sevilla, PSG and here at Arsenal. ‘I’ve always been able to count on those players.’ (Read more)
Former Gunner Jeremy Aliadiere has claimed that Mesut Ozil may be causing tension in the dressing room because of his sky high wages at Arsenal.
Ozil is one of the Gunners biggest players and one of the best number tens in world football, when he is on top form. But he has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons over the past 12 months as his performances in an Arsenal shirt have not matched the wages he was given under Arsene Wenger.
It was no secret that Ozil was almost out-of-contract last February before Arsenal gave in and offered him a massive £350,000-a-week deal, especially as they literally just let Alexis Sanchez leave for Manchester United and did not want to lose another big named player.
But since then his performances have been inconsistent and he has been heavily criticised for his work-rate, even being dropped by current boss Unai Emery for the big games of the premier League season, with many ultimately claiming that he could be sold in the summer.
And, given the wage he is on, Aliadiere believes this may be causing an issue in the Arsenal changing room.
“Knowing that he’s not going to those big games, you think ‘why am I not getting this’,” Aliadiere said.
“They’re there every single game grafting. On paper, he’s the biggest player they’ve got.
“But you look at Ozil and think ‘I want the same’. They’re going to the big games and trying. Sometimes it can create a bit of tension in the dressing room.” (Read more)
Arsenal transfer target Callum Wilson has admitted he would like to play at the highest level amid speculation over his long-term future at Bournemouth.
Despite having two of the best forwards currently in the Premier League in the shapes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, Gunners boss Unai Emery is still eyeing up another striker to come in and keep the duo on their feet.
The pair have been in sparkling form and are two of the main reasons why they are still in the hunt for a top four spot, and a possible Europa League title as they have netted an impressive 37-goals between them in all competitions this season, to make them two of the most deadly forwards in Europe.
And one name that has been talked about as a possible transfer target for Emery is that of Wilson, who has been very impressive for Bournemouth this season and even earned himself a call-up to the England National squad earlier this season, as well as transfer talk that Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was keen on a possible transfer deal.
And amid speculation surrounding his future, he has now come out and admitted that he has ambitions to play at the very highest level of the game, but will just focus on helping Bournemouth finish as high as possible in the League this season.
“Every player wants to play as high as they can,” the 27-year-old told Sky Sports.
“The Champions League – all the big games – are something all players want to play in, myself included.
“But first foremost I have to focus on the current season at Bournemouth, where I am still under contract.” (Read more)
Long-term Arsenal target Wilfried Zaha has told chasing clubs that his future is with Crystal Palace, despite all the transfer speculation surrounding his future.
Gunners boss Unai Emery is expected to go big in the coming transfer window and try to acquire players that would improve his squad in key areas of the pitch, with a new right-back and winger high up on his shopping list.
Aaron Wan-Bassika is one of the most highly-rated full-backs in the Premier League and has been courted by a number of clubs in England after some impressive performances for Palace, while Zaha has successfully rebuilt his career and has become a creative force over the past few seasons after leaving United.
And the Gunners had been alerted to possible summer deals for the pair after Roy Hodgson admitted that they will consider selling the duo if the right price is offered during the summer transfer window, with reports suggesting it would take £40 million for Wan Bassika and around £55 million for Zaha.
However, the Ivory Coast international says he is committed to Crystal Palace, telling the Sky Sports website: “My future is at Palace. I am at Palace, I am not thinking about anything [else]. I’m just playing my football and I will just see what the future holds for me.” (Read more)