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.
Arsenal football club ended last season on a very high note by winning a major trophy, and they did this by getting past fantastic teams like Manchester City and Chelsea.
They have equally started this season from where they left last season by winning the first competition of the season, the community shield by defeating the almighty Liverpool on penalties.
There’s no telling to what this very Arsenal team could achieve this season with Mikel Arteta as the coach and making the right changes and improvements on the present squad.
Arsenal is yet to make any mercurial signing in this current transfer window, and even though the transfer window deadline day is still a little far, the league will start this weekend and it will be pertinent if they can do these things below before the end of this summer transfer window.
Sign Thomas Partey
If you take a critical look at the Arsenal squad, there is no clear cut world class defensive midfielder, and yet they can challenge the the best teams. What will then happen when they sign one?
I don’t think there is a team they will not be able to beat. Rumours of Arsenal trying to Sign Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid is widespread and if they eventually sign him, Arsenal defence line will be unbreakable.
2. Do Away With Mesut Ozil
Arsenal and the head coach Mikel Arteta should stop playing Ozil in the midfield because he seems to have passed his prime, but since he insist on staying and fighting for a place, he should be given an opportunity as a backup. But a new central and world class midfielder should be signed. If they can do this, there is no telling to what they can achieve this season. Ozil was a great play maker but we need to look at the future and not the past.
3. Retain Aubameyang
Arsenal need to do everything in their power to keep their captain and star player, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang. He almost single handedly gave Arsenal 2 cups and with him in your squad and with a focused mind, he can get you any trophy you put before him. The only thing they should do is to offer him a lucrative contract extension and bring in a creative play maker in addition to Willian and Arsenal can be deadly. Not even Liverpool, Chelsea or the 2 Manchester clubs can stop them.
4. Sign Houssem Aouar
In addition to the above, Arsenal has been linked with with a move for the Lyon versatile midfielder, Houssem Aouar, indeed he is very versatile and can play anywhere in the midfield. His technical ability and calmness with the ball is top notch. If Arsenal can also sign him, they will have a near perfect team that can compete with any team on the planet earth.
So, if Arsenal can do these 4 things, the treble can be a dream come through for them. I’m talking about the champions league trophy, premier league and FA cup trophies here, it will be within distance to be only backed with luck and another invincible team has Come.
Should Arsenal put all the above into perspective, it will be very strong a team comes the 2020/2021 Season. And it will see the pairing of Willian, Aubameyang and Pepe in the Attack. While a possible alignment of Aouar, Xhaka and Partey in the Midfield. And the combination of Tierney, Gabriel, Saliba and Cedric Soares in the Defence. With Leno between the stick as first choice Goal Keeper.
To compliment the first team should be a strong youth team with some blend of experience, comprising of; Martines, Saka, David Luiz, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Bellarin, Ozil, Ceballos, Lacazette, Nkettiah, Nelson, Martinelli.
All other players should be sold or loan out, to create opportunities for young Academy players, so as to continue with the tradition of building the future teams from the academy.
Newcastle United are delighted to announce the signing of striker Callum Wilson from AFC Bournemouth.
The 28-year-old joins the Magpies for an undisclosed fee and has signed a contract that will keep him at St. James’ Park until summer 2024.
Callum Wilson said: “From the minute I knew that Newcastle were interested, it was definitely something that appealed to me.
“It’s a massive club with great history. Along the years, they’ve had great strikers so if I can emulate half of what they’ve done, I’d like to attempt that.
“I believe in my ability as a player. As a striker I think it’s important to set yourself goals long term and short term, and I’m hoping to achieve them.
In his first interview after signing for Newcastle, Wilson said:
“With the players around me, I believe we can get the goals we need as team and I want to help contribute to that.”
Newcastle United head coach Steve Bruce said: “Callum is somebody I’ve admired for a long time and I’m delighted to get him.
“He has done fantastically well at Bournemouth and was deservedly playing centre forward for England less than two years ago.
“The club has worked ever so hard to get Callum here and we have beaten off competition from a number of clubs.
“I’m grateful the club has made it happen. Lee Charnley and those behind the scenes deserve a lot of credit.”
Wilson began his career at hometown club Coventry City, rising through the club’s academy and enjoying loan spells at Kettering and Tamworth before scoring 23 goals in 55 senior appearances for the Sky Blues.
After moving to AFC Bournemouth in 2014, Wilson fired the Cherries to promotion in his first season – scoring 20 goals in 45 Championship outings – before becoming the South Coast club’s talisman in the Premier League.
His performances brought full international recognition in November 2018, with Wilson scoring on his England debut against the United States at Wembley.
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.
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.
Latest reports has shown that Arsenal hope to announce a deal for Lille star Gabriel imminently with the defender ready to commit to the Gunners unless Manchester United return with an improved offer, according to reports. Mikel Arteta’s side appeared to have won the race for the 22-year-old centre-back after agreeing a £22.7 Million deal, only for United to make a last-minute attempt to hijack the transfer. Gabriel asked for more time to consider his options, having also been presented with an offer to join Serie A side Napoli.
However, Sky Sport Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Gabriel is set to put pen to paper on a contract with the Gunners and the deal could even be rubberstamped on Saturday morning.
The only stumbling block now is whether United return with another eleventh hour improved offer for Gabriel, with the Red Devils yet to follow up on their initial approach. Although Napoli had matched Arsenal’s offer for the defender, he prefers the deal tabled by the north London club and is excited to test himself in the Premier League.
In a further boost to Arsenal’s hopes of landing the Lille star, The Times claims Gabriel has already completed a medical at the club’s London Colney training ground. The contract he has been offered will run until 2025, with Arteta having made a new left-sided centre-back his top priority to strengthen the defence.
Gabriel will compete for a place in the starting XI along with 19-year-old William Saliba, who was loaned back to Saint-Etienne last season, as well as David Luiz and Pablo Mari. Arteta is prepared to offload a host of defenders once Gabriel’s signing has been confirmed, with Rob Holding, Calum Chambers, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi all up for sale.
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 Championship play-offs in England are a series of knock-out games which take place at the end of the Championship season in order to determine which team earns the final promotion to the Premier League.
While the top two teams in the division earn automatic promotion, the teams which finish third, fourth, fifth and sixth qualify for the play-offs.
The Play-offs as a merit-based system is in place to pair the Semi-final opponents, with third place team playing sixth place team in one semi-final and fourth place team playing fifth place team in the other semi-final.
The Championship semi-finals are two-legged affairs, but the away goals rule is not applicable. The two winners of the semi-final progress to the Play-off Final and the winner gain promotion and join the two automatic qualified teams from the championship into the Premiership League.
Leeds United became the first side to win automatic promotion when West Brom lost to Huddersfield on July 17, with Marcelo Bielsa’s side crowned champions a day later following Brentford‘s loss to Stoke City.
West Brom join them in the Premier League after securing promotion on the final day of the season with a 2-2 draw against QPR.
Brentford and Fulham have to settle for places in the play-offs having challenged the top two for most of the campaign.
They are joined by Welsh rivals Cardiff City and Swansea City, with Nottingham Forest narrowly missing out on a top-six finish.
The result of the Play-offs 1st leg Semi Final played yesterday (26/07/2020) is Swansea City 1 vs. Brentford 0, while the 2nd match between Cardiff City vs. Fulham will be played today (27/07/2020). While the 2nd legs will be played on 29/07/2020 and 30/07/2020 respectively.
With the Championship returning at the end of June, the play-off semi-finals will now be played at the end of July. First legs will be played on July 26 and 27 with the second legs taking place on July 29 and 30.
This year Championship Play-off Final is scheduled for Tuesday 4th August, 2020. It had originally been booked for Monday, 25th May, 2020.
Since the game is being played in mid-week, it will kick off at 7:45pm rather than the usual afternoon kick-off time associated with weekend play-off finals.
Wembley Stadium in London is the traditional venue for the match. Wembley is used for all EFL play-off finals with those for League One and League Two also taking place at the venue.
Affectionately known as ‘The Home of Football’ in England, Wembley is one of the biggest stadiums in the world and Championship play-off finals regularly attract bumper crowds.
The 2019 Championship play-off final between Aston Villa and Derby County, for example, drew an audience of 85,826, but this year edition will be played in an empty stadium due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Aston Villa won the 2019 Championship Play-offs after a 2-1 victory over Derby County.
Goals from Anwar El Ghazi and John McGinn either side of half-time were enough to see Villa to victory over the Rams, who threatened a comeback late in the second half when Jack Marriott found the net.
Villa overcame West Brom in the semi-final to book their place in the final of the play-offs, while Derby defeated Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United – a team that had been fancied to win the division.
It was the Birmingham club’s second successive appearance in the play-off final, having lost the 2018 edition 1-0 to Fulham