Emery’s Ramsey plan, £80m duo transfer message sent, £75m star confirms talks, Ozil ripped by Arsenal legend Petit
Here is a roundup of the latest Arsenal news and gossip.
Unai Emery has hinted that he wants youth to replace the departed Aaron Ramsey at Arsenal.
After months of speculation and rumours, Ramsey could not agree a new deal at the Emirates as the Gunners were not prepared to offer him the kind of deal he was seeking and he has agreed to make a smart move to sign with Italian giants Juventus.
Juventus beat off a number of clubs to sign the Welshman, with some reports suggesting that they have offered Ramsey around £350,000-a-week to leave the Premier League for Seria A.
And that has led to speculation in the media about whom could come in an replace the Welshman, with a whole host of top-class midfielders from around Europe linked with a move to the Emirates.
But Emery praised the impact of Joe Willock, who made his first Premier league start of the season in Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Burnley today, as well as Eddie Nketiah who scored the Gunners’ third, and thinks that it’s the young players currently in the Arsenal set-up that can fill the gap left by Ramsey.
He said: “We need to use young players like Ramsey who played here when he was young. Every player can take chances and use these chances to improve with us.
“Willock and Nketiah played the 90 minutes, they used this time to help us with a good match. It’s our responsibility to give them chances but find the best performance as a team.
“Young players need opportunities to be with us in training.” (Read More)
Roy Hodgson urged Crystal Palace to secure the futures of Arsenal targets Wilfried Zaha and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Zaha has been in spectacular form for Palace this season and is now regarded as one of the most dangerous and creative wingers in the Premier League, with his performances catching the eye of Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.
Reports have suggested that all four clubs are prepared to splash the cash at the end of the season and tempt Palace into selling, especially after the winger admitted that he is keen to test himself at the very highest level of the game.
And Wan-Bassika has also been linked with a move to Arsenal, as Unai Emery is keen to reinforce his back-line during the transfer window and add some more depth t the right-back area, especially as Hector Bellerin has been a bit injury-plagued over the last few seasons.
But after seeing Zaha and Wan-bassika put in another star performances at the weekend, Hodgson has told the Palace board to sign the duo up to new deals, aswell as complete a permanent deal for on-loan Chelsea ace Michy Batshuayi.
Batshuayi has scored six times in 13 appearances since his arrival on loan from Chelsea, and Hodgson said of the 25-year-old on Sky Sports news: “If Michy Batshuayi was going to be available, either on loan or buy him, I would be very happy with that.
“My coaching staff would be happy, the other players would be happy and I know Michy himself would be very happy.
“Nobody at the club is anxious to see any of those players (Batshuayi, Zaha or Wan-Bissaka) leave; in fact quite the reverse. That’s why we’ve committed them to long-term contracts.
“Batshuayi is a different case, he’s on loan. That’s not in our hands. I do know he has been happy with us here. It’s been pretty obvious we appreciate him.”
Manchester United and Arsenal target Matthijs De Ligt has revealed he has talks to leave the Dutch giants, with the Premier League an option for him.
After helping Ajax reach the Champions League semi-final, beating the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus in the process, De Ligt has become one of the most sought after defenders in the game.
The 19-year old has shown great leadership, ability and is a physical specimen already, with the likes of Barcelona, Arsenal and Manchester United all hoping to try and get a deal done.
Gunners boss Unai Emery may have one of the best attacks in the game, but his back-line has some serious issues and he needs a top-class defender like De Ligt to come in and protect Bernd Leno.
United are also in the market for a new defender having failed to get back inside the top four because of the clubs defensive issues, and are reportedly ready to meet the £75 million Ajax currently value De Ligt at.
De Ligt’s team-mate Frenkie de Jong has already agreed to join Barcelona at the end of the season for an initial fee of £65m, and now the powerful Dutchman has revealed he has held talks to leave the club.
Asked if he’d made his last appearance for the club, de Ligt replied on the Sky Sports website: ‘I don’t know yet. ‘There have been conversations, but there is still no agreement.’ (Read More)
Emmanuel Petit has claimed Mesut Ozil ‘a dead player on the pitch’ as he tells Arsenal they need a summer overhaul in the transfer window.
Ozil has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons this season and has been dropped by Unai Emery on a number of occasions, with many believing the World Cup winner does not fit the style of play of the former Sevilla and PSG boss.
And of course that has led to speculation that Emery will sanction the sale of Ozil at the end of the season and use the funds to land a few world class additions, that are more suited to the new style of play at the Emirates.
And after seeing Ozil put in a number of poor performances this season, Petit has singled out Ozil for the strongest criticism, labelling the attacking midfielder “a dead player on the pitch”.
“There are so many players at Arsenal who need to leave the club this summer,” he told Paddy Power.
“It’s been too long since we’ve seen them compete for the title, and the only way they’ll do it is with an improved squad.
“But, they must continue with Emery, he is not the issue. The fact he reached a European final is big, as is the fact he’s done it with most of the players who are leftovers from the management of Arsene Wenger.
“The board just need to give him the power; he can’t continue next season with the same group of players.
“For example, what is going on with Mesut Ozil? He looks like a dead player on the pitch, a ghost. He’s lost in translation. It’s time now for Emery to turn the page
“For me the pressure is on Arsenal to earn a Champions League place for next season. If they don’t beat Chelsea in Baku, this year will have been a failure.
“It’s fine to have an occasional bad season and end up in the Europa League, but Arsenal have been struggling to fight for the Champions League places for a while – they need to return to the level they were at before.
“I’m not really convinced by the football Chelsea are playing, but they’re doing well and have qualified for the Champions League again.”