Arsenal have made a late move to sign Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid before tonight’s transfer deadline, according to Goal.
The Ghana international – who has a release clause of £45 million (€50m/$58m) – has been a priority target for the Gunners all summer.
Discussions with Atletico have taken place during the past few months, with Arsenal hoping to land the midfielder for a fee less than his release clause, but Atletico have consistently stated that the only way Partey will be leaving this summer is if that clause is activated.
Arsenal have previously indicated that the release is too high, but Goal has been told that stance has now changed and Arsenal are willing to meet the clause and have indicated such to La Liga, who hold the player’s registration.
Arsenal fans were very delighted with the unique performance of Dani Ceballos as many said he is really a joy to watch, especially in the second half of Arsenal Premier League home game with Sheffield United at the Emirates Stadium today.
Ceballos performance was very impressive despite been quiet in the early minutes of the game, he easily won balls from the opposition and always tries to find Bukayo Saka with good through balls, he also seemed to be the man at the heart of the arsenal play and his absence was felt after he was substituted.
Arsenal was apparently over relying on him to play out from the back, control the game tempo and play effective finals third passes to the front three, which is far too much responsibility for one central midfielder, but yet he still proved to be the best player on the pitch.
Dani Ceballos starts against Sheffield United: He made 92% pass accuracy, 82 accurate passes, 2 key passes, 3 long balls, 3 dribbles, 1 foul won, 2 interceptions, and 4 duels won.
The 2020/21 UEFA Champions League group stage draw has been made in Geneva, with the pick of the matches including Bayern vs Atlético Madrid, Paris vs Manchester United and a Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi encounter between Juventus and Barcelona.
2020/21 UEFA Champions League Group Stage
Group A: Bayern, Atlético Madrid, Salzburg, Lokomotiv Moskva. Group B: Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Internazionale, Mönchengladbach. Group C: Porto, Manchester City, Olympiacos, Marseille. Group D: Liverpool, Ajax, Atalanta, Midtjylland. Group E: Sevilla, Chelsea, Krasnodar, Rennes. Group F: Zenit, Dortmund, Lazio, Club Brugge. Group G: Juventus, Barcelona, Dynamo Kyiv, Ferencváros. Group H: Paris, Manchester United, Leipzig, İstanbul Başakşehir.
Road to Istanbul
Group stage Matchday 1: 20/21 October Matchday 2: 27/28 October Matchday 3: 03/04 November Matchday 4: 24/25 November Matchday 5: 01/02 December Matchday 6: 08/09 December
Round of 16 Draw: 14 December First legs: 16/17 & 23/24 February Second legs: 9/10 & 16/17 March
Quarter-finals Draw: 19 March First legs: 6/7 April Second legs: 13/14 April
Semi-finals Draw: 19 March First legs: 27/28 April Second legs: 4/5 May
Final Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadı, Istanbul: 29th May, 2021.
Daily Watch Press has gathered from reports making the rounds that Mikel Arteta led Arsenal have submitted a new offer for Lyon’s playmaker Houssem Aouar and the deal is close to matching the player’s asking price.
The gunners are in the market for a modern day central attacking midfielder as Mesut Ozil doesn’t seem to feature in the managers plans for the future.
Houssem has also been on the radar of Juventus and Manchester city although none of the clubs decided to pursue their interests in the player further.
Lyon had earlier on rebuffed a player plus cash offer from arsenal for the France international and were holding for only an outright cash deal.
Arsenal are now said to have submitted a new bid for the player who is rumoured to be interested on the move to north London this summer.
The new bid is alleged to be very close to matching the demands set by the Michel Aulas owned club and a response from the Ligue 1 side is imminent for the deal to go through.
Goalkeeper Alex Runarsson has joined us on a four-year contract from French club Dijon.
The 25-year-old Iceland international (full name Runar Alex Runarsson) joined the Ligue 1 club in July 2018 and made 13 appearances for them in all competitions last season.
Alex started his career with KR Reykjavik in his home country. He went on to join FC Nordsjaelland in Denmark, where he made 62 appearances during a three-year spell, before moving to Dijon.
Technical director Edu said: “We’re very pleased to welcome Alex to our squad. We have been monitoring him for some time and from the analysis, he has strong attributes that we look for in a goalkeeper and as a person.”
Mikel Arteta added: “We want to create healthy competition for places and we look forward to seeing Alex bring further depth to the goalkeeping position.”
Alex will wear the number 13 shirt, but the transfer is still subject to the completion of regulatory processes.
The Icelandic goalkeeper grew up watching the likes of David Seaman and Jens Lehman, and now he has the chance to follow in their footsteps.
“I’m just extremely happy, extremely proud, it is a big day for me and my family. I can’t wait to get started!” he told Arsenal.com.
“It is one of the biggest clubs in the world – they’ve won the Premier League 13 times, the FA Cup 14 times, it is a huge club and obviously playing in the Premier League as well, it is a win-win situation.
“I know it is going to be a lot of hard work, but I am ready to do everything I can to get the most amount of minutes as possible.”
Runarsson worked with our goalkeeping coach, Inaki Cana, when they were both in Denmark and he says the Spaniard is a key factor in him making the move.
“Our relationship, since we got to know each other four years ago, has been very good,” he said. “We have always been in contact even though I was playing in France and he was coaching here in England.
“The fact that he is here, it is very important to me that I know somebody here and I know that he knows my qualities, and what I need to improve and what I can bring to the club. I think we will be a very good match, for the second time in my career!”
Arsenal (Gunners), certainly has a rich tradition when it comes to club honor, trophy success and great managers such as Arsene Wenger.
They are also the first team in the English Football history to finish an entire season without losing a single game and this occurred sixteen years ago, that is in the 2003/2004 season to be exactly. And that achievement gave them the nickname “The Invincibles” .
Its been sixteen years since then, and we’re not expecting such to take place at least anytime soon, all Arsenal enthusiasts can just sit back, cross their fingers and hope for a great campaign under boss Mikel Arteta, who should have also made this list had it been stretched a little more, he is Arsenal’s 34th all time leading goal score with 15 goals; Not bad considering he was more of a holding midfielder.
Now here are Arsenal’s All Time 20 Top Goal Scorers in ascending order:-
1. Thierry Henry
Thierry Daniel Henry, the French World Cup winner singed for Arsenal for £11 Million in 1999 from Juventus and stay with Arsenal from 1999-2007 and also came back on loan for a short spell in 2012.
2. Ian Wright
Ian Wright, the English striker signed for Arsenal in September 1991 for £2.5m from Crystal Palace and stay from 1990- July 1998.
3. Robin Van Persie
Robin Van Persie, the Dutch striker joined Arsenal from Feyenoord in 2004 for £2.75 Million. He stayed with Arsenal between 2004-2012.
4. Dennis Bergkamp
Dennis Bergkamp, the Dutchman joined Arsenal from Inter Milan in 1995 and stayed with Arsenal from 1995-2006.
5. Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud, the French Ligue 1 winner with Montpellier joined Arsenal in 2012 and stayed with Arsenal from 2012-2018.
6. Theo Walcott
Theo Walcott, the English striker signed for Arsenal in 2006 from Southampton for £5 Million and stayed with Arsenal between 2006-2018.
7. Robert Pires
Robert Pires, the French Midfielder joined Arsenal for £6 Million in 2000 from Olympique de Marseille and stayed with Arsenal between 2000-2006.
8. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, the Gabon striker joined Arsenal for £56 Million (€64 million) from Borussia Dortmund in 2018 to Date.
9. Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez, the Chilean striker joined Arsenal from Barcelona in 2014 and stayed with Arsenal between 2014-2018.
10. Fredrik Ljungberg
Fredrik Ljungberg, the Sweden International Midfielder, joined Arsenal from Halmstad in 1998 and played for Arsenal between 1998-2007.
11. Emmanuel Adebayor
Emmanuel Adebayor, the Togolese striker of Nigerian decent signed for Arsenal from Monaco in 2006 and stayed between 2006-2009.
12. Aaron Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey, the Welsh Midfielder moved to Arsenal in 2008 in a £5 Million deal from Cardiff City and stayed at Arsenal between 2008-2019.
13. Alexandre Lacazette
Alexandre Lacazette, the French International signed for Arsenal in 2017 from Olympique Lyon and stayed in Arsenal between 2017-Date.
14. Francesc Fabregas
Francesc Fabregas, the Spanish Midfielder joined the Arsenal Academy from Barcelona, La Masia in 2003 and stayed at Arsenal between 2003-2011.
15. Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil the German playmaker, joined Arsenal in September 2013 in a £42m move from Real Madrid and stayed at Arsenal between 2013-Date.
16. Sylvain Wiltord
Sylvain Wiltord, the French Midfielder joined Arsenal 2000 from Bordeaux and stayed in Arsenal between 2000-2004.
17. Nwankwo Kanu
Nwankwo Kanu, the Nigerian striker joined Arsenal in 1999 from Inter Milan and stayed in Arsenal between 1999-2004.
18. Patrick Vieira
Patrick Vieira, the French Midfielder joined Arsenal from A C Milan for a fee of £3.5 Million in 1996 and stayed at Arsenal between 1996-2005.
19. Paul Merson
Paul Merson, the English striker started his footballing career Arsenal. After making his debut for Arsenal in the 1986/87 Season he had a loan spell with Brentford in 1987. And stayed at Arsenal between 1985-1997.
20. Santi Cazorla
Santi Cazorla, the Spanish Midfielder joined Arsenal in 2012 from Málaga for a fee of £10 Million due to financial difficulties considering he signed for Malaga a Season before for £21 Million from Villarreal. And stayed with Arsenal between 2012-2018.
The list started off with one of Arsenal’s greatest player ever, and ended with a man who did remarkably well, in his time at the Emirates with the gunners.
Arsenal have been making tremendous progress in the transfer market, they have so far brought in three players without losing any of their top players but all that has reportedly changed now as Aston Villa have snapped up one of their highly rated star.
The Villians have been in search of a goalkeeper and Arsenal’s Emiliano Martinez has been their top target, latest reports suggest the player is now an Aston Villa player after the deal was confirmed by –Fabrizio Romano.
The 27 year old shot stopper was absent as Arsenal began their 2020/21 campaign with a win 3:0 win against Fulham, it was later reported that he was absent because of his ongoing medical at Aston Villa, Arsenal valued the player at £20m and Aston Villa have reportedly matched the players valuation as a bid of £16m offer plus £4m in add ons.
After selling Emiliano Martinez Arsenal are looking to sell some players and make new additions to their squad.
Atletico Madrid are refusing to negotiate Thomas Partey release clause of £50m the Spanish club are determined to keep the player but they will only sell if Arsenal match the £50m release clause.
Houssem Aouar is another Arsenal target but Olympic Lyon are still turning down any swap deals Arsenal have offered but they are willing to sell for £60m.
Fabrizio Romano has also confirmed that Arsenal have extended the contract of their club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.