Mikel Arteta remains perfect this season, as Arsenal defeated West Ham to make it two wins from two, but attention turns to the transfer market where he is eager to strengthen further.
Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar remain priorities, but the Gunners may need to sell or get creative to land their first choice players, who will come at a premium.
There is also plenty of dead wood in the eyes of the Spaniard to cut down on as he streamlines his squad ahead of what promises to be an exciting season for the Gunners.
GUENDOUZI NOT EYEING ARSENAL EXIT
Despite rumours, Matteo Guendouzi has not handed in a transfer request at Arsenal – that’s according to Goal, anyway.
It was first thought that French publication L’Equipe shared the news about Guendouzi following the midfielder’s apparent falling out with coach Mikel Arteta.
But that idea has been played down by Goal’s Arsenal correspondent Charles Watts, who says L’Equipe were simply reacting to false rumours circulating on social media.
Alex Pattle22 September 2020 18:36
ARSENAL DEALT CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BLOW
Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Houssem Aouar as they seek to raise the funds required to bring him to the Premier League.
According to The Telegraph, Aouar has been contacted by a club in the Champions League – something Arsenal cannot offer – who hope to secure a deal before the end of the window.
While the name of the Champions League side remains unknown the club has sounded out the 22-year-old to see if he would be interested in a move and are now preparing a late offer, with Lyon demanding a £54million asking price.
Juventus have been keeping tabs on the player and Bayern Munich could be in the market for a new midfielder after losing Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool.
Regardless Arsenal’s hopes of landing Aouar may be fading fast.
Michael Jones22 September 2020 17:06
LEEDS MAKING MOVE FOR CHAMBERS?
Leeds United have turned their attention to signing Calum Chambers on a season -long loan deal from Arsenal.
It’s a move that’s been welcomed by former Aston Villa and Scotland full-back, Alan Hutton, who thinks it will fill the gap left by Ben White.
He told Fottball Insider:
Michael Jones22 September 2020 16:14
MORATA MOVE RUINS THE PARTEY
Arsenal will have to stump up a cool £46 million to activate the release clause for Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid.
However, the Italian side have recently sold Alvaro Morata to Juventus which makes them less likely to part company with Partey.
Fabrizio Romano said: “About Partey, [Arsenal] have to pay [the release] clause or nothing – Atletico Madrid have this mentality.
“So, if you want Atletico Madrid players, you have to pay the clause, and Partey’s [is] €50 million.
“So, at the moment, there are no negotiations because Atletico Madrid told Arsenal ‘if you want the player, you have to pay’.
“But I think after selling Morata to Juventus, Atletico Madrid won’t sell any other top player, so we have to see what will happen with Thomas.”
Michael Jones22 September 2020 15:30
RUNARSSON INSPIRED BY ARSENAL GREATS
New goalkeeper signing Alex Runarsson says he wants to emulate the careers of David Seaman and Jens Lehmann and become a legend for the Gunners.
The Iceland goalkeeper completed his move to the Emirates on Monday, signing a four-year contract with the Premier League club.
The 25-year-old had spent two years at French side Dijon and will as back-up to first-choice goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
Runarsson supported Arsenal growing up and wants to emulate childhood heroes Seaman and Lehmann.
Michael Jones22 September 2020 14:56
PREMIER LEAGUE APPEAL TO ALLOW FANS TO RETURN
The Premier League has appealed to the government to allow fans back into stadiums as soon as possible after Boris Johnson announced new restrictive measures today that could last up to six months.
Michael Jones22 September 2020 14:22
MOYES TARGETS CHAMBERS
David Moyes’ West Ham have been desperately searching for a defender to bring in this summer. Their main target was James Tarkowski from Burnley but that ship seems to have sailed.
As does their interest in Arsenal’s Rob Holding but The Telegraph are reporting that West Ham are targeting another defender from the Emirares.
Calum Chambers has been capped by England and shown the versatility to play at centre-half and right-back, but the reported West Ham target has also been culpable in making costly mistakes in recent years.
The 25-year-old is unlikely to command a regular place in the Arsenal side this season and the Hammers could benefit by offering him regular football in East London.
The report suggests a potential loan deal could be on the cards, while a fee of £12 million is touted for a possible permanent transfer.
Michael Jones22 September 2020 14:01
GUENDOUZI DOESN’T WANT TRANSFER
Matteo Guendouzi has not handed in a transfer request at Arsenal, at least according to Goal.
It was initially thought to have been reported by French outlet L’Equipe this morning that Guendouzi had formally asked to leave the club after falling out of favour with Mikel Arteta.
However, that has been denied by Goal’s Arsenal correspondent Charles Watts, who claims L’Equipe were only reacting to untrue rumours on social media.
Michael Jones22 September 2020 13:41
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN
Lionel Messi almost joined Arsenal in 2003 when former teammate and friend, Cesc Fabregas, made the move to London:
Michael Jones22 September 2020 13:18
CHEAPER OPTION AVAILABLE FOR GUNNERS
Arsenal have been pursuing Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey to bolster their midifeld but the prices of those two players have kept the Gunners hesitant.
Unless the Gunners offload some of their fringe players, Arteta won’t be able to raise funds to lure their top targets.
So, according to reports from Football London they have decided on a cheaper alternative in AS Roma’s Amadou Diawara.
The 23-year-old is a solid defensive midfielder and Roma are reportedly demanding a fee in the region of £27 million, considerably less than Aouar and Partey.
Michael Jones22 September 2020 12:57
Independent football newsletter
The latest football headlines direct to your inbox twice a week
Send your news and stories to us email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and WhatsApp: +447747873668.
Before you go...
Democratic norms are being stress-tested all over the world, and the past few years have thrown up all kinds of questions we didn't know needed clarifying – how long is too long for a parliamentary prorogation? How far should politicians be allowed to intervene in court cases? To monitor these issues as closely as we have in the past we need your support, so please consider donating to The Climax News Room.