Arsenal head coach not closing the door on promising Frenchman

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has thrown a lifeline to Matteo Guendouzi regarding his future at the club by insisting ‘bumps’ are inevitable in any professional career.

The Frenchman was dropped from Arsenal’s squad for their 2-0 win over Southampton last weekend after Guendouzi grabbed Brighton forward Neal Maupay by the throat in a 2-1 defeat the previous weekend.

Matteo escaped a ban for his actions but it is another incident in a growing list of misdemeanours that have angered Mikel.

That’s led to speculation that Matteo could leave the club this summer with reports stating that Arteta is ready to cash in on the Frenchman.

However, Mikel appears to extended an olive branch to Matteo by reminding him of the qualities that convinced the board to sign him and insisting that no player’s career is entirely smooth.

‘When Arsenal picked him to come here it because of the qualities he has. When you’re developing you have some bumps like any other players.’ said Mikel.

After back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Brighton, Arsenal have recorded consecutive wins over Southampton and Sheffield United.

The north Londoners are outsiders to finish in UEFA Champions League places but the head coach is refusing to give up and wants UEFA Europa League spot at a minimum.

In other news, Arsenal have handed boost as Manchester United are allegedly hoping to part ways with Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira should they seal a deal for Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish this summer.

Lingard, who is understood to be valued at £20m by the Red Devils, is supposedly a transfer target for the north London outfit.

Arsenal centre-back intervenes in Thiago Silva transfer pursuit

Arsenal are interested in landing Thiago Silva on a free transfer and fellow countryman David Luiz is acting as an intermediary between his former team-mate and the club, reports say.

The Brazilian pair played alongside each other in defence at Paris Saint-Germain before David decided to return to the Premier League.

David has just been handed a fresh deal at Arsenal and Le 10 Sport claim the centre-half is pushing for the Gunners to snap up Silva.

Thiago will leave PSG at the end of the 2019/20 term after signing a short-term contract so he can play in the Coupe de la Ligue and Coupe de France finals and the rest of the Champions League.

The Gunners are on the hunt for bargain deals in the next transfer market having been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Gunners are desperate to bolster a woefully underperforming defence and Mikel Arteta has contacted Silva about joining his project at the club.

Luiz put Arteta in touch with Silva and is poised for his international team-mate to join him in London.

A new contract for David garnered a mixed reaction from Arsenal supporters, but the former AC Milan star is regarded as one of the most experienced centre-backs in the world.

At 35, he’d only be a short-term solution as he enters the final years of his playing career.

Thiago is also attracting interest from Everton, where Carlo Ancelotti is in charge.

Ancelotti brought in Silva for PSG in 2012 and he would be a huge signing for the Toffees, who are hoping their Italian tactician can spearhead a rejuvenation of the club.

Arsenal turn their attention to Wolfsburg No.9 Wout Weghorst

Arsenal are reportedly already lining up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s successor this summer and have reportedly identified Wolfsburg forward Wout Weghorst as a potential target.

The Gabonese star has just 12 months remaining on his current contract at the Emirates and is yet to commit his future to the club.

Alexandre Lacazette’s future is also up in the balance with the Frenchman’s contract due to expire in June of 2022.

And according to Bild, Arsenal scouts have been scouring Europe for forward variants and identified Weghorst as a target.

The 27-year-old star has been a consistent source of goals throughout his professional career in the Netherlands and now Germany with Wolfsburg.

Weghorst finished this campaign as the Bundesliga’s fourth-highest scorer on 16 goals, only behind Jadon Sancho, Timo Werner and Robert Lewandowski.

The report states that Newcastle United are also keen on the striker and Wolfsburg could let him go for a sum of around €35 million (£32m).

As Pierre-Emerick weighs up whether to remain at the club or not, Gunners icon Emmanuel Petit has advised the 31-year old to depart from the Emirates for the good of his career.

‘If I was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, I would leave Arsenal,’ Emmanuel told Paddy Power.

‘There is some quality in this team but when you arrive at the club nowadays you want to do great things.

‘But, come on guys, Arsenal is not the same any more. It’s becoming an average club.

‘I feel so sorry for the fans and all the people who love the club. I feel sorry for the former players that try to uphold the Arsenal reputation.

‘But I don’t feel sorry for the players – I think 75 per cent of them at the club at the moment don’t deserve to wear that shirt. They should look at themselves in the mirror and show some pride.’