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.
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.
As the 2020-21 Premier League season kicks off on Saturday, where Fulham hosted Arsenal in a 0:3 encounter for the curtain-raiser in a stadium unable to welcome fans and missing one of its four stands.
It represents great symbolism for the campaign ahead: Is anyone really ready to play football?
Half-baked transfer activity, a farce of a pre-season and an international break that interrupted vital preparation time would suggest no. Alas, we move on.
Football is a business that must continue, and as post-lockdown football in June taught us, it will only take a few matches for everyone to get back up to speed and things to feel pretty normal again. Heck, we might even get some fans in by Christmas.
All of these uncertainties make predicting the Premier League table and the winner for the campaign ahead even more impossible than usual, but have we ever shied away from a challenge? Absolutely not. So let’s give it a go!
20. West Bromwich Albion
The summer business has been solid and well thought through, but as so many promoted sides have found over the past few years, the step up in quality is serious.
It’s tough to have faith that West Brom’s collection of strikers (Charlie Austin, Kenneth Zohore and Callum Robinson) can score the goals that keep them up, while the first run of fixtures (Leicester City, Everton, Chelsea, Southampton, Burnley) is rough.
Once you get into a downward spiral in the Premier League, it’s hard to break out of.
Fulham have been promoted as a much more settled unit than in 2018, allowing them the chance at a much smoother summer of business. But like with West Brom, it feels like what they’ve done (at least so far) probably isn’t enough.
That could change in the weeks to come, but concerns over the attack’s potency and the defence’s ability to cope are fair. Captain Tom Cairney needs to shine much brighter than he did two years ago, though injuries played a part in his previous struggles in the Premier League.
18. Brighton & Hove Albion
You’re going to start sensing a theme here: When it comes to Brighton, who scores the goals?
Outside of Neal Maupay, who managed a solid 10 last season, the Seagulls badly need Leandro Trossard to step up more regularly and the talented Alexis Mac Allister to explode.
There’s a lot to like about this Brighton side under Graham Potter, but it’s hard to escape the feeling they don’t feel particularly threatening. They’re one of four clear contenders for 18th, and it’s a tough spot to call, but they’re the pick.
17. Crystal Palace
Palace have committed to freshening up their side and getting a little younger in the transfer market, which is a crucial step for them; it had felt a little like they were sleepwalking toward relegation in previous years.
Eberechi Eze will steal focus from opposing defences and keep them more honest toward Wilfried Zaha on the opposite side. That, plus Roy Hodgson’s reliable coaching in the clutch, is what probably keeps them up.
16. Aston Villa
It’s been a nervy summer for Villa as their pursuit of a striker hit dead end after dead end, but Ollie Watkins has finally signed, and he transforms their prospects in the final third.
Add his speed and potency to the fact that this group of players continue to rise to every challenge set to them—the most recent one being a remarkable eight points in four games to survive relegation in July—and it feels silly to bet against them, particularly with Jack Grealish still around.
15. West Ham
Arguably the most difficult team to place in the table, West Ham are, quite literally, anyone’s guess.
On talent levels alone, they’ll be more than fine; Lukasz Fabianski, Issa Diop, Declan Rice and Michail Antonio form a great spine, Tomas Soucek is emerging as David Moyes’ new Marouane Fellaini and they have a glut of playmakers to sprinkle on top.
The concern is just how combustible the club is. When your captain is tweeting angrily about player sales, you know things aren’t quite right—and that’s a threat that constantly hovers over the Hammers and puts them in relegation contention.
14. Newcastle United
A predicted table compiled two weeks ago would have had Newcastle in the relegation zone, no doubt. There was more than a fair share of fortune attached to quite a few of their results last season, and had the same side continued into 2020-21, it probably wouldn’t have gone well.
But the club clearly recognised this, and in recent days, they have pulled off a series of blinders in the transfer market. Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser and Jamal Lewis have followed Jeff Hendrick (the most Steve Bruce player ever), greatly strengthening the side and solving problem positions.
It’s now pretty easy to see the Magpies gliding to safety.
13. Leeds United
A newly promoted side finishing as high as 13th isn’t such a bold prediction any longer—particularly in light of Sheffield United’s top-half finish last season—but this will still take some by surprise.
Quite simply, it’s all about the manager, Marcelo Bielsa. A figure held up as the tactical inspiration for Mauricio Pochettino, Pep Guardiola and more, his high-pressing, abrasive tactics will take many by surprise and take a while to adjust to.
Add this to the fact that they have bought well—Rodrigo and Robin Koch are very good players—and a quick start (that opening game against Liverpool aside) that sees them sail to safety is coming.
12. Sheffield United
Ah, yes—the ominous second season. So many promoted sides fall foul of it, as it can be so hard to sustain momentum over a break and into another campaign.
A 12th-placed finish would be a drop of four places for the Blades on last season, but most fans would accept a stabilisation campaign. They will be less of an unknown but just as difficult to play against in midfield, just as difficult to break down and just as robust up front.
Not a single signing in sight for Burnley, which is probably cause for concern.
But Sean Dyche and his men are bomb-proof; a legion of people have predicted them to go down every season since promotion (this writer did last year), and they continually defy those suggestions.
They have a strong, robust spine, England’s best goalkeeper, an excellent prospect in Dwight McNeil and a battering-ram strike force that still bullies defences.
A 10th-placed finish would probably disappoint Everton, but the gap between where they are and where they want to be is absolutely massive—bigger, perhaps, than they realise.
Signing Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure and James Rodriguez represents potentially transcendent business, but we’re holding back a little on the Toffees because there’s a lot to put in place before they take off. We need to see it.
If post-lockdown football is anything to go by, Southampton are a rising force that look set to hit the 2020-21 campaign running.
Their behind-closed-doors points tally (18) was bettered only by those of the two Manchester clubs as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s ideas fully set in and his team swept opponents away one by one.
A ninth-placed finish will need Danny Ings to hit top form again, Che Adams to rise up alongside him and the defence to remain as stout and reliable as it was in June and July.
8. Leicester City
We shouldn’t be talking about Leicester City here at eighth because their season prospects should be so much greater.
Their post-lockdown slump saw them slip from third to fifth, missing out on UEFA Champions League qualification as things unravelled a little. It’s hardly an unfamiliar story wherever Brendan Rodgers is involved, and the trend has been that when that happens, Rodgers has struggled to claw it back.
With a crowded schedule because of their Europa League involvement and no Ricardo Pereira (injury) or Ben Chilwell (transferred)—though Timothy Castagne is an excellent pickup—we’re a little down on the Foxes this term.
7. Tottenham Hotspur
Talentwise, Spurs are a top-five outfit, no question.
But the club are up against other issues this season that are beyond their control—namely, the ludicrous playing schedule they face because of their involvement in four competitions.
Thanks to the Europa League qualifiers and the Carabao Cup third round, they could play seven games in September, with the first coming on the 13th. The squad as it stands can’t handle that; they need three or four more through the door to cope, physically, with the demands that beckon.
Perhaps seventh is too much of an adjustment—and were it not for the schedule, Spurs would be higher—but it just seems impossible for Tottenham to play up to their full potential.
6. Wolverhampton Wanderers
While Spurs’ schedule has filled up, Wolves’ looks pretty clean. We’re tipping that as a difference-maker between the two.
Even having lost Matt Doherty to Spurs, Wolves represent one of the strongest clubs in the division, and now they’re able to focus solely on domestic matters, they should rise up the table again.
The quality of Raul Jimenez, Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves and Adama Traore is undoubted, and the defence will be as strong and combative as ever.
Arsenal in fifth is a big call, but they’re on the up, and there’s a lot to like about what Mikel Arteta has done over the course of 2020.
Adding Willian to an already strong attacking corps gives them incredible flexibility in how they line up, while the addition of Gabriel Magalhaes goes a long way to finally shoring things up at the back.
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang spearheading a tactically sound and intriguing side, they’re in line for a very good season.
4. Manchester United
United have been generally superb in 2020, with Bruno Fernandes representing the final piece in what became a very, very good starting XI.
But it’s clear they need more players to take a big step forward this season. As soon as one of the 11 players they came to rely on during that goal-filled run post-lockdown ducks out, the team will take a step back.
Placing them in fourth is a show of respect for how good they can be but also recognition of the fact that they need three or more new faces to be able to sustain that sort of level all campaign long.
Chelsea, they’ve been busy, haven’t they?
Six signings, five of which directly upgrade the first team, have whipped fans into a frenzy of optimism and hope. Can they mount a title challenge, or at least close the frankly cavernous gap to last season’s top two?
The former still feels impossible, but the latter is within their grasp. If they can pull to within 10 or even 15 points of Liverpool and Manchester City (they finished 33 points off the title in 2019-20), riding on the wings of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, that’s a building block toward a future challenge of their own.
The agonising wait for their first Premier League title is over; the 2019-20 campaign, however tumultuous, felt like “mission complete” for Liverpool and their jubilant fans.
It will be interesting to see what their title defence looks like given how this summer’s course has run. While the Reds have invested in just a back-up left-back, passed on Timo Werner and are threatening to do the same with Thiago Alcantara, Manchester City have purchased more aggressively and are threatening to continue, per B/R’s Dean Jones.
1. Manchester City
So, while Liverpool may be 5 per cent flatter, having achieved the ultimate, City will be the opposite. There will be a hunger to them in 2020-21 after a genuinely disappointing previous campaign; the last time Pep Guardiola endured such a season, his side bounced back with 100 points.
None of this is to discredit the Reds’ motivation or professionalism, but in such a tight race between two elite sides, 5 per cent of something either way could decide it. We’ll tip City, the wounded animal with a point to prove, to regain the title this term.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang helped Arsenal to a Community Shield victory over Liverpool at Wembly and hinted that he might be staying at the club beyond his current deal.
The Gunners have won or shared the Community Shield for a 16th time, including four of the last seven. They overtake opponents Liverpool (15). Only Manchester United have won or shared more (21).
Aubameyang, asked on BT Sport whether he’ll sign a new contract: “We’re going to see in these days. Today we take the trophy, that’s it. We are improving. There is still work to do but I’m really happy and it’s an exciting time to be an Arsenal player.”
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, speaking to BT Sport said on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: “Big games, big moments, big players. He has responded really well to that kind of pressure. He was magnificent in the FA Cup final and the same today.”
He then added: “I’m so happy. I knew the challenge we were facing today. Thank you to the players for the effort and the performance.
“The courage of the team [was the most pleasing thing], how aggressive we were without the ball and to break the pressure of Liverpool. I knew in the second half we would suffer. This generates belief, to be able to compete against a team like this in a final makes me happy.”
Aubameyang has now Captained Arsenal to FA Cup and Community Shield glory under Mikel Arteta who joined the Gunners from Manchester City.
Lionel Messi has told Barcelona he wants to leave the club after nearly two decades with the Spanish giants.
The club confirmed on Tuesday the Argentine sent a document expressing his desire to activate a release clause that would end his contract – which currently runs until next June – and allow him to leave for free this summer.
Barcelona have received this in writing via a fax from his lawyers. They have not officially replied yet but are understood to be preparing one.
Barcelona do not agree the clause is still active. It is said to have expired on June 10 – 10 days after the original date of the Champions League final on May 30.
But Messi’s lawyers are arguing that – in the spirit of the deal and good faith – the clause is still active after the rescheduled final on August 23, which was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The announcement comes 11 days after Barcelona’s humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals, one of the worst defeats in the player’s career and in the club’s history.
The defeat capped a difficult season for Barcelona – the first without a trophy since 2007-08 – and ignited one of their worst crises ever.
Messi has won a record six Ballon d’Or awards during his time at Barcelona as the top player in the world, and has helped the club win 10 Spanish league titles and four Champions Leagues.
Former Barcelona captain Carles Puyol reacted to the news Messi wants to leave, tweeting: “Respect and admiration, Leo. All my support, friend.”
Koeman said: “I don’t know if I have to convince Messi [to stay]. Of course he is the best player in the world and you want the best player in the world in your team – you don’t want him playing against you.
“For me as a coach, I would love to work with Messi because he wins matches. If he is at the ability and the level he has always shown, I would be more than happy for him to stay.
“He’s still got a contract and he is still a Barcelona player. There are some older players in the team and we need to make some decisions but in Messi’s case, I hope that he stays with us.”
‘We want to build a team around Messi’
Barcelona sporting director Ramon Planes insists the club want to build a team around Messi, despite the bombshell transfer request made by “the greatest player in the world”.
Speaking at the official unveiling of €31m (£27.8m) signing Francisco Trincao on Wednesday, Planes said: “This is evidently the important news.
“As we’ve said many times, as [new head coach Ronald] Koeman and the president have said and my position as technical secretary, we count on Messi for the future, just as we count on Trincao as a talent of the future, and we have heard that he will play alongside the greatest player in the history, the greatest player in the world.
“These things happen and we hope we will come back stronger from the defeat at the end of last season.
“What’s happened has happened and our idea is to build a team around the most important player in the world.
“We are not contemplating any kind of departure because what we want is for Messi to stay.
“We only have enormous respect for Leo Messi. Barca and Leo are like a marriage, where both have given so much to each other and have brought so much joy to the fans. I think the future is positive. I am an optimist.
“We are putting every effort into ensuring that the relationship between Barca and Messi will continue. We are working internally to convince Leo.”
Analysis: Messi has done the right thing
“Messi has done the right thing and he should have done it earlier. His contract and the law may not support him, what Barcelona are saying is the ‘get out of Barcelona free’ – to pardon the Monopoly expression – is a clause he had built into his contract and I’ve seen very little examination of that.
“When his last contract was signed, they put that clause in and argued for a ‘get out of jail free’ clause at the end of every season. He had to inform the club in May that he wanted to leave and they had to allow him to leave for free. When that clause was inserted, it is typical of this club, if you look back at the Neymar fiasco, that they can be told something in big, bold writing and they misunderstand it or fail to act on it.
“So Messi and his people have been prepared to parachute out of a failing football club for a very long time. They will argue that although the timing for this clause in his contract has passed, they are going to say this was an odd season, an extended season and if months become transferable, they’re going to argue that saying it in August is the same as saying it in May. I’m not sure if that will wash.
“I think if you view it as a strategy in order to get the president out, I think this president [Josep Maria Bartomeu] is too stubborn and too obstinate to try and sit this out and even fight in the courts over this contract, which would be a disgraceful scenario. The presidential elections are in a year and I don’t think the president will bring them forward, even to save this situation.”
Analysis: Could Messi leave for free?
“The facts of the matter are that he has a release clause in his contract of €700m so, whether he wants to leave or not, who can afford €700m?
“However, there is a clause within that contract that says Messi can leave for free at the end of every season, should he decide that he wants to leave Barcelona, so you would think then that Messi is available for no money at all.
“However, there is a little bit of confusion with this one because Messi will say the season has finished late and, under the contract, the season finishes and I can leave for free.
“But Barcelona will say this is an exceptional circumstance that the season got extended and they will refer to when the season would have ended before, which would have been in May or early June.
“They will say that is when the clause expires, so the £700m release clause becomes active once more.
“Until they sort that out, Messi can say I want to leave Barcelona, he can express his desire to leave but, until this release clause issue gets sorted, and whether he can actually leave for free, you have to wonder who can actually pay €700m to buy Messi?”
Analysis: An epic failure if Messi leaves for free
Spanish football expert Terry Gibson told Sky Sports News:
“I think the catalyst was the news today that Koeman told Luis Suarez that there wasn’t a future for him at the club. We know how close Suarez and Messi are and that’s probably the final straw for the great Argentine striker.
“They’re using August 31 as their template to try and get Messi to leave on a free transfer, according to the agreements they’ve had in place for a number of years. When I say he comes on a free transfer, he probably comes with €100m per week salary but in terms of a transfer fee paid to Barcelona, Messi and his advisors are asking that he can leave and be allowed to leave on a free transfer, which would be astonishing.
“He is a player we all expected to finish his career at Barcelona and that should be the case. But the sad matter of fact is the club has been an absolute shambles for at least two years, you can maybe argue five or six years, and I think Messi has just had enough.
“The situation with the president, Bartomeu, he is going to be leaving the club at the end of next season. He can’t be elected to stay on for another term and I think this is a power play from Messi and his camp at the very least, if he has any intention of staying at the club, to make sure the president leaves now. If there is a choice between the Barcelona supporters of who stays or who goes between Messi and the president, there’s only one winner there.
“This story has got legs, it’s not going to be resolved quickly. Barcelona are going to do everything they can to at least try and get a transfer fee for arguably the best player that has ever played football and I think it’s a sad day for Barcelona.
“If they allow this to happen, their iconic player among so many iconic players, if they allow him to leave and to pursue his career elsewhere, it is an epic failure for whoever is running the club at the moment.”
Insight: ‘Meeting did not go well for Messi’
Spanish football expert Alvaro Montero told Sky Sports News the seeds for Messi’s decision were sown when he met new boss Ronald Koeman last week:
“The main thing is that the meeting last Friday with Ronald Koeman was not as good as they expected for a football club like Barcelona.
“The meeting with Koeman didn’t go well, from Messi’s opinion.
“Koeman told him that he didn’t count, for example, with players such as Arturo Vidal or Luis Suarez. And Messi didn’t like that.
“The way of Koeman treating him in the media and the way he has expressed the way he wants to work in Barcelona, wasn’t liked by Messi, so I think that was the situation.”
Analysis: Where could Messi go next?
Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol told The Transfer Show:
“The bigger picture here is almost a war between Messi and the Barcelona board. He has fallen out with them, he wants out of the club, he is not happy with the direction the club has been led in.
“The important thing is – will he get his way? Will he be able to force his way out of Barcelona? That is the first hurdle he has to clear. The second hurdle is, can he find a club who can afford to pay him?
“When you think about it, how many clubs are there in the world that can afford to pay Messi the kind of money he’s on?
“In the current economic climate, I cannot see another club in the world that can afford to match the money he’s on at Barcelona.
“But – who could afford it?
“Yesterday, the Man City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak accepted that normally, they sign players aged between 20 and 25, but they were willing to make an exception this summer to buy somebody who is a bit more experienced.
“Messi is 33, does that mean Man City are interested in signing him?
“PSG could afford to sign him as well. They have Kylian Mbappe, they have Neymar – and spent £200m getting him out of Barcelona – would they want to Messi as well?
“When you’re looking at his situation, I don’t think it’s done and dusted that he’s going to leave Barcelona just because he sent a letter saying he wanted to. It doesn’t mean the board will let him leave.
“The second problem then is where is he going to go to.
“In normal circumstances, it would be difficult but in the present economic climate, it’s almost impossible to work out who could sign him.”
Analysis: Man City is Messi’s best option
Spanish football journalist Alvaro Montero on Sky Sports News:
“Manchester City is the best option because of the money, because of the Premier League and because of Pep Guardiola. Put everything together and it is a good situation for Lionel Messi.
“This evening in Spain, on a television programme, they said that Manchester United could be an option. Many people in Italy are saying that Inter could be an option. I don’t think so because there is a difference in the financial situation of the Premier League and Italy, France, Spain or Germany.
“Of course, the Premier League is also maybe the best league in the world so I think Premier League plus Manchester City plus Pep Guardiola is a good cocktail altogether.
“We know the union of Pep Guardiola and Messi at Barcelona eight or nine years ago was amazing. Maybe the best team in the world ever. I would say there is a huge possibility of Manchester City and I would say they are the first ones in this race.”
Analysis: Messi, Neymar, Mbappe at PSG?
“I think that the field has probably narrowed down to a couple of clubs.
“Inter Miami – David Beckham’s franchise – have long tried to tempt Messi and Luis Suarez to come together. That would be a big surprise to me because the MLS is not competitive enough football.
“Inter Milan want him. I don’t think he’s going to accept going there.
“At the moment, as far as I know, the field is two clubs – Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.
“Imagine Paris Saint-Germain with a front three of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Messi, being fed by Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria. For football that is something that is such a delightful prospect that I imagine the Parisians are probably in pole position right now. But we’ll see, City will have something to say about that.”
The Brazilian Centre back, Thiago Silva, is the current captain of the Brazilian national team and the French champions, PSG, but has today accepted Chelsea bid for a move until June, 2022. He’s going to leave PSG and sign for the next two years.
The deal to be completed in the coming days. The contract is for 1 year plus an option of another year that can be triggered by either side. Thiago is scheduled to undergo medical this week. And is for €6M/season contract until June 2022.
After Thiago Silva signing, Chelsea will consider loaning out Tomori to Ligue 1 and a number of clubs are interested. Bakayoko to AC Milan is in an advanced talks and a deal is set to be finalised soon. Also, Chelsea is looking for a deal to sell Emerson Palmieri, so they’ll complete Ben Chilwell deal with Leicester City.
This is coming few days after PSG lost the 2020 Champions League Final to the eventual winners, Bayern Munich.
The former Gunners star, who joined Juventus on a free transfer last summer, is surplus to requirements under the new regime.
Ramsey, 29, started only 11 Serie A matches last season. But his wages of £250,000-a-week limit his options.
He is one of several big names Juventus are looking to get rid of this summer… continue reading.
Gunners Chiefs ‘Ignored Hojbjerg Recommendation’
Arsenal chiefs ignored a recommendation to sign Tottenham-bound Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, reports The Athletic.
The Southampton midfielder is due to join Spurs in a £15m deal, but the Gunners had also been advised to make a move.
Scout Peter Clark – who is among those being made redundant by the club – suggested Hojbjerg as a cheaper alternative to Thomas Partey.
Willian ‘Has Medical’ Ahead of Move To Arsenal
Willian is close to completing his switch to Arsenal after undergoing a medical.
reports the Brazilian has already been through all the necessary checks with regards to his fitness.
That raises the possibility that he could be unveiled as the club’s new signing this week.
Arsenal Aiming To Hijack Reguilon Deal
Arsenal are reportedly looking to hijack Chelsea’s attempts to sign Sergio Reguilon by snapping up the defender themselves.
Reguilon, 23, has been attracting interest while on loan at Sevilla from Real Madrid.
But The Gunners hold an ace up their sleeve as they hold strong links with his agent Kia Joorabchian, who they’ve been working closely with on the Willian deal.
As per reports from journalist Nicolo Schira, Arsenal and Chelsea are now in a four-way race to sign Reguilon with Napoli and Atletico Madrid also linked.
Gunners Look For Ozil Solution
Arsenal will make a new push to reach an agreement over Mesut Ozil’s £18m contract nightmare.
They are ready to make an offer to pay him off and reach a deal or subsidise his £350,000-a-week wages if he moves to another club.
Ozil, 31, has one year left on his deal, does not want to leave Arsenal and is ready to sit tight but the club want to find a compromise to help free up money in their wage bill for transfer business this summer.
There are no obvious takers for Ozil as there is simply not the money in Turkish football to make it a reality but the Germany World Cup winner was frozen out in the final weeks of the season.
They must now try to find a solution but it will be difficult with no obvious takers for Ozil.
Arsenal Set Guendouzi Fee
Arsenal will demand Barcelona pay £40million for Matteo Guendouzi – with Paris-Saint Germain having reportedly entered the race for the midfielder.
Guendouzi looks set to leave the Emirates this summer, having fallen out of favour since clashing with Brighton players during the Gunners’ defeat in June.
The French midfielder has attracted interest from Barcelona, and is one of several players Arsenal will look to sell to help fund Mikel Arteta’s squad overhaul this summer.
The club’s £40m price tag for Guendouzi would represent a serious profit on the £5m they paid Lorient two years ago – and would help Arteta in his efforts to sign Willian, Thomas Partey, Gabriel Magalhaes and Dani Ceballos.
Ozil Picture Surfaces
Mesut Ozil was pictured in the company of Istanbul Basaksehir boss Okan Buruk in an image that was shared on social media.
The Arsenal highest paid player has been in Turkey since prior to the end of the Gunners’ season, with Mikel Arteta allowing him to leave the UK before the FA Cup final against Chelsea because he wasn’t set to be involved in the matchday squad.
Ozil still has a year left on his contract at Arsenal, but there appears to be little chance of him finding a way back into Arteta’s plans as the long-running saga over his future continues.
Zaha Responds To Arsenal Link
Wilfried Zaha has hit back at speculation linking him with a switch to Arsenal by insisting he “can’t control everything everyone does.”
The Crystal Palace star may finally be on the moving following several years at Selhurst Park.
Arsenal were one of the clubs heavily linked with his signature last summer after he attempted to seek pastures new.
And an Instagram story has gone viral appearing to suggest that the forward is heading for the Emirates.
Zaha was spotted in a club in front of the sign in the background alongside the caption “So me and Wilfried Zaha have a message for you guys @Arsenal”.
But the 27-year-old has since responded on his own social media distancing himself from a move by saying: “I’m just enjoying my time off and can’t control everything everyone does.”
Willian Holds Luiz Call
Willian held a video call with Arsenal’s David Luiz on the same day he confirmed he is leaving Chelsea after seven years.
The Brazilian announced his Stamford Bridge exit in a statement, in which he also paid tribute to the Blues supporters.
Willian is expected to join Arsenal at the end of the month once his contract has officially expired at Chelsea.
Willian will put pen to paper on a deal worth £150,000 per week and link up with compatriot, and former Chelsea team-mate Luiz.
On Sunday, the duo spoke to each other via video call, with Luiz wishing Willian a happy birthday.
“Always together,” read the caption: “Happy bday my bro @willianborges88.”
Arsenal Looking To Raise Funds
Arsenal want to offload several players in a bid to raise cash for new signings.
Midfield misfit Matteo Guendouzi and Greek defender Sokratis are both surplus to requirements and they are looking to get Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s wages off the books by turning his loan to Roma into a permanent switch.
Arsenal may also sell Ainsley Maitland-Niles despite him insisting he is keen to stay while Sead Kolasinac could also be on his way.
Arsenal Plan Lacazette Sale
Arsenal plan to sell Alexandre Lacazette to Atletico Madrid as soon as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang commits to a new contract at the club.
That is according to a report from the Daily Star, which claims the Gunners are ready to sell the Frenchman in a £30million deal this summer.
That would give Arsenal vital funds to reinvest elsewhere in their squad, with Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah set to be given more first-team opportunities as a result of Lacazette’s departure.
Torreira Set For Spain Switch
Atletico are eyeing a move for another Arsenal player, with central midfielder Lucas Torreira a target for the La Liga club.
That is according to a report from Mundo Deportivo, which says the Uruguayan has been a long-term target for Diego Simeone’s side and a move may finally come to fruition this summer.
The Gunners could explore a potential swap deal with Atletico which would see Thomas Partey move in the other direction.
Fiorentina are mentioned as another possible destination for the combative midfielder, whose stock at Arsenal has fallen recently.
Arsenal FC has made a contract offer to the 21 year-old Center Back/Left Back, Malang Sarr, who is leaving Nice FC of France in free transfer, this would be an excellent transfer once concluded by Arsenal.
A free, young centre back. Left footed and can play left-back. I don’t see any negative to this transfer. Arsenal should definitely sign him up.
As the team only needs some more balance at the moment, and some consistency to be able to complete favourably among the top four of the English Premier League, considering the recent surge of Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Leicester City and Tottenham.
Malang Sarr if signed, will join the likes of young stars like Bukayo Saka who is leaving his life like fully grown players on their knees at the age of 18.
Sarr will bring a lot to the table, especially looking at his versatility and energy on the pitch. And considering Mikel Arteta’s confidence in young players so far, it will be a great move on his part.
The former Super Eagles forward, Victor kpeba made the comment on Tuesday after the 18 year-old produced another impressive display for the Gunners in the premier League.
Saka, who recently penned a new long-term deal with Arsenal, took his assist tally to 12 for the season after setting club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the opener against Leicester at the Emirates Stadium.
The Super Eagles attacker, Ikpeba commended the youngster’s performance after game and believes the Winger will be a valuable addition to the Super Eagles.
“Watching the Arsenal Vs Leicester City game and I think Gernot Rohr should invite Bukayo Saka to the Super Eagles camp once the paperwork have been concluded,” Ikpeba posted on his social media handle.
Saka has played for England at the age grade level, but he’s is yet to make a decision over his international future.
The player is eligible for England and Nigeria because he was born in England to Nigerian parents.