Footy Extras

Chelsea No.5 star emerges as shock transfer target for Arsenal

Arsenal are targeting Chelsea star Jorginho as a potential alternative to Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey, according to reports.

Partey has been one of the Gunners’ top targets for the summer window but the club have been unable to reach an agreement with Los Rojiblancos.

Arsenal have already offered Matteo Guendouzi plus €25m (£22.7m) for Partey but Atletico have rejected that offer and will only sell if the midfielder’s €50 million (£45.5m) release clause is met.

According to Sky Sports, Mikel Arteta’s side are now looking at alternatives and the Italo-Brazilian is on the Gunners’ shortlist.

The 28-year-old was linked with a transfer away from Stamford Bridge at the end of last campaign after he was left on the bench by Frank Lampard for four consecutive matches.

But the Italy international has started both of Chelsea’s PL fixtures this season and scored a penalty in the 3-1 win against Brighton last week.

Jorginho then missed his spot-kick on Sunday as the Blues were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

The club have plenty of competition for places in midfield but Frank Lampard is expected to trim his roster before the window closes on October 5.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley have attracted interest from West Ham and Aston Villa, who are interested in loan deals.

Arsenal, meantime, are also targeting Lyon’s Houssem Aouar and have also offered Matteo to the French club in exchange for the midfielder.

But Les Gones’ management rejected the proposal and are demanding €60 million (£54.7m) for the 22-year-old.

Arsenal star pinpoints manager and fans as main factors behind contract extension

Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says manager Mikel Arteta and the passion of the club’s fans convinced him to pen a new long-term deal at the Emirates.

The 31-year-old star finally put an end to the speculation about his future earlier this month by signing a fresh three-year deal in north London, worth a reported £300,000 per week.

Arsenal’s chances of keeping Aubameyang appeared bleak before Mikel took over and the Gabon international was already exploring his variants with 18 months left on his previous deal at the club.

However, Mikel has transformed Arsenal’s fortunes and Aubameyang has been a crucial part of that with the Spaniard building his attacking philosophy around the ex-Dortmund striker.

Aubameyang admits Mikel played a key part in convincing him to commit to the club, while the forward says the ‘love’ from supporters also proved vital.

‘Two things persuaded me to stay,’ said Pierre-Emerick.

‘The first thing was Mikel Arteta, because since he came in he brings a lot of positivity & a new philosophy for us.

I think that was important because it matched my game & I feel that I can improve with him.

‘I think this was the key factor & as well, the love that I receive from the fans & the whole club.

Everyone is treating me very, very good, so I feel at home & that’s why I’m staying’.

Mikel made keeping the striker one of his main priorities when he replaced his compatriot Unai Emery as manager last December but few felt he’d succeed.

However, after impressive victories versus Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United in the run-in last campaign, Arsenal finished the term as FA Cup winners and followed it up with a win against Jurgen Klopp’s side in the Community Shield.

Brazil great thinks new Arsenal players ‘came to win the Premier League’

Brazil legend Cafu believes new Arsenal players Gabriel and Willian have joined the Gunners with the intention of winning the PL and they have a chance to do just that.

Gabriel arrived from Ligue 1 side Lille and Willian from city rivals Chelsea as part of manager Mikel Arteta’s significant overhaul of the roster this summer, which is still ongoing with the transfer market closing on 5 October.

Things have started brilliantly for the new arrivals, with the Gunners winning both their first two PL matches of the season and progressing to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup with a win over Leicester on Wednesday.

The target for Arteta’s side this campaign will be to regain a spot in the PL top four and return to the Champions League, but Cafu thinks his Brazilian compatriots will be aiming higher than that.

The club may have only finished eighth in the table last term, but Cafu believes they should be targeting the title thanks to their new acquisitions.

‘Two great players, I am a fan of both Gabriel and Willian,’ he told via the Sun.

‘Willian already stood out in the Brazilian team, in the games he played and stood out at Chelsea.

‘Gabriel stood out and continues to impress. I think they are two players who really will perform very well at Arsenal.

‘They are players who came, not only to add value, they came to win the Premier League.’

Mikel Arteta’s side have a tough task to extend their unbeaten record this campaign on Monday night as they travel to take on the PL champions, Liverpool, at Anfield.

Ex-Gunner wanted to see £35m Man Utd signing at Arsenal

Arsenal icon Ian Wright has questioned Manchester United’s decision to land Donny van de Beek and feels he’d have been better suited to a club such as the north London outfit.

United have endured a difficult transfer market, failing to land top target Jadon Sancho from Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund, with the club’s only new arrival coming in the form of £35 million recruit Van de Beek from Eredivisie outfit Ajax.

The move did draw some puzzled looks, however, with the all-around Dutch midfielder preferring to play an attacking, box-to-box role in midfield – taking up roles already occupied by Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.

Wright feels the Red Devils have much more pressing needs to bolster other areas of the team and is worried Donny does not quite fit into the starting XI, instead believing he’d have been perfect elsewhere.

‘Donny van de Beek, he’s someone that I wish someone more like Arsenal could have taken,’ said the ex-Gunners striker on The Kelly & Wrighty Show.

‘When you look at Pogba, what he’s doing, and you look at Bruno Fernandes – that is Donny van de Beek’s position.

‘So people are thinking they’re going to see Van de Beek [sitting] with Pogba and Fernandes, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

‘Because as much as he can play there, that’s not his preferred position to play.

‘So again, spend the money, yeah he’s a great player and yes take him, but you’ve still got to look for the players that you know are going to improve your team.’

£54m star could still stay at French club despite serious Arsenal interest

Lyon key figure Jean-Michel Aulas warned midfielder Houssem Aouar not to get his hopes up over a transfer to Arsenal, insisting the Gunners don’t have the funds to get the deal over the line.

Houssem is thought to be one of Mikel Arteta’s top summer targets as he aims to bolster his Arsenal midfield.

Les Gones are demanding £54 million for the 22-year-old star, however, which could prove to be a stumbling block.

The Gunners are desperately trying to trim down their roster to raise funds to bring new recruits to the club but time is running out before the end of the transfer market.

And Aulas publicly suggested that Houssem should be preparing to remain at the club this season.

Asked if Aouar will stay at Lyon, Aulas replied: ‘Financially, Arsenal are like everyone else (in a tricky spot).

‘And Houssem could say to himself that the best thing would be to stay with us.’

The north Londoners are not thought to be the only club keen on landing the Frenchman.

It’s been reported that a mystery UCL club reached out to express their interest in landing the central midfielder.

Juventus and Bayern Munich are among the sides who have been linked with him in the past.

Meantime, Atletico Madrid are allegedly becoming increasingly confident of sealing a loan deal for Arsenal star Lucas Torreira before the transfer deadline at the start of October.

A return to Serie A, potentially with Torino, has been mentioned as a possibility, but Los Rojiblancos have seemingly emerged as the frontrunners to sign the energetic midfielder.

According to Sky Sports News, Diego Simeone’s outfit are expecting to reach an agreement with the north Londoners over a loan deal, although the two sides are still discussing the finer details.

Arsenal ready to ship 20-year-old winger out on loan

Arsenal have made youngster Reiss Nelson available on loan, according to the latest reports.

The 20-year-old hasn’t yet featured for Arsenal this campaign and has been left out of Mikel Arteta’s matchday rosters for the Premier League wins over Fulham and West Ham United.

Nelson started just seven Premier League matches last season and the winger now faces increased competition for a place in his side’s attack following the arrival of Willian.

According to The Athletic, the Gunners will allow Nelson to leave on a temporary deal in order to secure more game time this season. Speaking about the forward’s future last week, Arteta said:

‘I think they all realise the competition we have in forward positions. I’ve already spoken with Reiss about it and I really like the way he’s training.

‘I think we both agree about how much he’s improved in the last few months and he’s going to carry on pushing himself and the rest of the team.

‘He needs to be ready because in football, unfortunately, or fortunately, things don’t take three months to change, it can take three minutes and you have to be ready when that opportunity comes.’

Meantime, Arsenal’s hopes of landing Houssem Aouar from Lyon this summer have allegedly been hampered by rival interest from an unnamed UCL club.

Aouar is said to be one of Arsenal’s top targets for the remainder of the transfer market as manager Mikel Arteta attempts to strengthen his midfield ranks.

However, Lyon’s £54 million asking price is proving to be a major hurdle in negotiations, particularly as the Ligue 1 side are unwilling to accept Matteo Guendouzi as part of the deal.

The Gunners’ chances of signing the 22-year-old now appear to have been hit further, with The Telegraph claiming that an unnamed Champions League club have entered the race for his signature and have made an offer to Lyon.

Arsenal line up dynamic Roma midfielder as cheaper option

According to a report from Football London, Arsenal have decided they will swoop for AS Roma’s Amadou Diawara if they fail to sign their top targets.

The Gunners have done well in the transfer window so far, but Mikel Arteta is looking to bring in more stars before the window closes.

Strengthening the central midfield is a priority for the Arsenal chief, and their top two targets – Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey – are well known.

Arteta wants to land either or both of them, but getting the deal over the line is proving to be problematic for Arsenal.

Both Lyon and Atletico Madrid have set a massive asking price for the midfield pair, and Arsenal are struggling to meet their demands.

Unless the club offload some of their fringe players, Arteta will not be able to raise funds to lure their prime targets.

Arsenal have been mentioned with a host of midfielders this summer, but it seems the Gunners manager has earmarked Diawara as a potential option.

The 23-year-old former Napoli star is a combative midfielder and he is known for making good tackles.

Amadou is a solid defensive midfielder and he’d be a fantastic signing for the Premier League giants.

He made 31 appearances for I Giallorossi during the 2019-20 term, contributing one goal and one assist in the process.

Roma are reportedly demanding a sum in the region of £27 million and he looks like a cheaper variant than both Partey and Aouar.

Atletico hatch plan to finally bring outgoing Arsenal star to Spain

Sport Witness carried a report from a Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, who explained that Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira wants to sign for Atletico Madrid.

It was also stated the north Londoners are not making it easy for the La Liga outfit to sign the midfielder because of their reluctance to allow the Ghana international Thomas Partey to join the north London heavyweights.

Mikel Arteta’s side are keen on the midfielder, but Atletico have been referring to his €50 million exit clause.

Mundo Deportivo reports that Torreira is an old obsession for the club as their scouts watched him closely on numerous times while he was in Italy.

The report also covers Los Rojiblancos’ failed efforts to sign the 24-year-old South American before he joined Arsenal from Sampdoria back in 2018.

Diego Simeone’s side can make another effort to land the Gunners player this summer, but the club must obviously cut ties with one of their own players before making an effort to land Torreira.

It’s claimed that Hector Herrera is the chosen one to depart and FC Porto are interested to take him back.

The other midfielder who could leave is Thomas Partey, and according to Mundo, the star could be part of the operation to bring Lucas to Atletico.

Arsenal are unwilling to accept Atletico’s current conditions, which is a loan deal with a purchase option.

The possibility of Partey, with Arsenal presumably then sending Lucas plus cash, could work for Arteta.