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.
season that promised so much, delivered almost nothing but finally delivered something. The season started for Arsenal on a promising note after the Gunners splashed the cash in the transfer market on talented left back from the Scottish League, Kieran Tierney and smashed their transfer record to bring in exciting Ivorian winger, Nicholas Pepe from Lille. It looked like the Gunners were finally not just ready to finish in the top 4 but to also engage in a tussle for the title.
There was little or no excuse for their Spanish manager, Unai Emery, he was expected to do better after his first season where he “narrowly” missed a top 4 finish and got to the Europa league final. It was believed that with adequate signings, he could do better. Arsenal are not known to be heavy spenders in the market but the hierarchy did their best to bolster the squad with the additions of Pepe, Tierney and Luiz.
The first half of the season was a disaster, strings of draws and expected losses in the Premier League and Capital One Cup brought Emery’s reign to an abrupt end and Ljungberg did not fare any better in interim capacity. In came Arteta to face a monstrous challenge of redeeming things; bring Arsenal up the table, take the goal difference from negative to positive and make Europe.
Definitely, winning a title was not part of the script handed to Arteta. Who would have thought that the Gunners that were low on confidence on and off the pitch could go all the way in the oldest trophy in England? Arteta hit the ground running, got the players thinking straight again, desire restored and competition for places returned. Arsenal’s league form was far from convincing and the jury was out for Arteta after Arsenal were bundled out of the Europa League by little fancied Olympiakos. Arteta kept his focus and it seems it has paid off.
Arsenal might have finished 8th in the league, the lowest position since like forever but a record 14th FA Cup win has put a wool on that wound and breathe some life into a campaign that was considered dead, buried and never to be exhumed.
With the FA Cup win, Arsenal are back in Europe and have access to some more funds which would help Arteta in his rebuilding process. The Arsenal project is far from perfect but knowing what to do is key in completing the project. The win would go a long way in not only positively impacting the finances of the club but also convincing the biggest name in the team, the FA Cup hero, Pierre Emeric Aubamenyang to stay.
Besides financial expectations which is touted to be 250,000 pounds weekly wage demands, the Gabonese lethal forward wants to see ambition on the pitch. Arsenal have shown that by winning the FA Cup trophy. They not only have a cup in the bag, they also have a ticket to the dine at the table of top clubs. Europe is a big deal whether Champions League or Europa League.
Arsenal are champions of a major trophy and deserve to celebrate but they must not gloss over the fact that the team still needs strengthening. This is the time to delve into the market and get the needed signings. The signs are good but the right things must be done. Wenger was the past, Emery was a distraction but Arteta looks the future and with the right players, it might just be a bright one.
The men of Mikel Arteta have come out top at the expense of Pep Guardiola for the first time in few years and in the process broken the Manchester City record of 22 marches unbeaten in cups competition.
Arsenal under Arteta has shown great promise, though, it stand in the 9th position on the Premier League table at the moment without any hope of Champions League football next season, but the signs of the future is great.
Thrashing Manchester City 2 : 0 is not a small fit considering that it is one of the hope of Man City of winning major trophy this season. And now even though, Arsenal season is not as good as desired, but it still may hopefully ends well a silverware.
The outcome of Chelsea vs. Manchester United second Semi Final today will complete the match up for the Emirate Cup (FA Cup) Final to be decided in August.
The win coming immediately after Arsenal dusting the English Champion, Liverpool on Wednesday in similar passion, coming from behind to win the game 2 : 1 is a clear statement of intend on the part of Arsenal of what to expect next season.
The tactical superiority is fully responsible, as Mikel Arteta come with a game plan and in the end executed the game plan to perfection against Liverpool and Manchester City.
Concern over the future of players like Aubameyang, Lacazette leaving Arsenal for Champions League football elsewhere is likely to die off, as the team is obviously on the right direction. With transfer market ahead of us all Arteta needs are couple of option in attack and defence, especially the defensive midfield to support young promising players like; Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Reiss Nelson, Maitland-Niles and a world class holding and commanding playmaker to stand for Mesut Ozil who obviously has seen his better days in the Emirate to build a formidable team next season.