Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is working hard to reinforce his squad ahead of this weekend’s new Premier League season which begins.
The Gunners won the 2019/20 FA Cup and displayed once again their promise under Arteta by beating Liverpool to win the traditional curtain-raiser for the new campaign, the Community Shield.
However, they need reinforcements to close the gap on the league’s top clubs and they have already moved to make two big signings – putting in Chelsea Willian and Lille defender Gabriel.
With Thomas Partey rumored to be Arteta’s top choice, more deals are expected to follow and you can stay up to date with all the latest Arsenal news and gossip below …
Alexandre Lacazette is determined to remain at Arsenal in the midst of rumors that bind him to a transfer from the club.
Suggestions have been made that Juventus and Atletico Madrid are both involved.
The French striker claimed in an interview with L’Equipe that he wants to continue.
Lacazette said: “I’m at Arsenal, I’ve signed a five-year improvement & winning titles deal. I have 2 more years. I’m committed to staying.’
The respondent said: “Is that definitive? Lacazette responded: “Yes, on my part.”
The Gunners are thought to have had a £15million bid refused and have gone back with an increased offer, according to journalist Duncan Castles.
Edouard would possibly be a backup for Alexandre Lacazette, who has been linked to Juventus and Atletico Madrid.
The Premier League returns with a London derby between Arsenal and Fulham after what feels like a lifetime (not really!)-live on talkSPORT.
Expectations and anticipation are exceedingly strong in what is Mikel Arteta’s first season in charge of the Gunners (and his first as a Manager).
With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang close to signing a new contract at the club and already signing a host of new signings, the future is bright in north London.
Up to now, Arteta has been active in the transfer sector, strengthening the defense with William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes’ signatures and strengthening the midfield with Willian and Dani Ceballos’ favorite fan.
Over the past nine months, Fulham has embarked on an equally steep trajectory, securing an immediate return to top flight after defeating Brentford in the final play-off of the Championship and will be banging up for that.
It promises to be a cracking company. Here’s how we want the two teams to be in line up …
Willian’s crucial new role, Saliba to start – Team news and predicted line-ups for Arsenal and Fulham’s Premier League opener
Mikel Arteta has told fans about captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ‘s future that they should ‘relax.’
The striker is in his contract’s final year, but it is known that a new three-year deal has been negotiated.
When asked what promises he could give fans about the Arsenal future for Aubameyang, Arteta replied: “I think they should be reassured.
Arsenal is also expected to transfer several players on before the deadline, but Arteta will not be drawn to goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez ‘s future, who was strongly linked to Aston Villa despite a fine end to last season’s.
But Arteta denied suggestions that Alexandre Lacazette might be willing to leave this summer, adding: “Here he is very happy. He wants to continue to develop, and to contribute to the team.
“I know how good he is, and what an influence he has. The way he trained and handled himself was magnificent.
The Premier League has urged the government not to postpone efforts to return fans safely to stadiums, urging football stands to lose £100million a month when matches are played behind closed doors.
After an increase in coronavirus cases nationally, the government is reviewing plans to allow venues to welcome spectators back on a socially distant base from October 1st.
It also has already pencilled in pilot events at a capacity of 1,000, no matter the size of the venue.
The league has now released a resolution asking the government not to abandon sport.
“Yesterday, the Premier League wrote to the government to express its concern about the decisions taken to limit and possibly postpone the proposed initiative for fans returning to football stadiums,” read the release.
“With test events now capped at 1,000 fans, we conclude they will not provide the incentive for proper testing and evaluation of fan safety measures.
“So, Premier League clubs may delay conducting test events until a sufficient number of fans are permitted back to allow for comprehensive trials. Not only will there be nothing to gain from a test event with 1,000 fans, but every match would be highly loss-making.
Mikel Arteta insists Arsenal is far from full in the transfer market.
The Gunners have signed playmaker Willian on a free transfer from Chelsea while also investing on Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes a record initial fee of £22million.
Despite their established financial difficulties, summed up by the club’s last month’s 55 redundancies, Arsenal remains linked to movements for midfielders including Daniel Partey and Houssem Aouar.
Arteta, who was promoted from head coach to first-team manager on Thursday, did nothing to quench potential signing talk as he indicated that they are looking for more arrivals before the window closes on 5 October.
“We are still active in the market, we are looking at different options,” he said on the eve of Arsenal’s Premier League opener away to newly-promoted Fulham.
“We are active in the market with players in and out, at the moment the squad balance is not ideal.
“There is still some work to do, but we have to bear in mind the complications of this market.
“The complexity and as well the timing because you can see that clubs are behaving in many different ways and it is a bit uncertain how this is going to evolve in the next few weeks.
“Numbers-wise, some positions are overbooked. Some others, in terms of the specific qualities we need, are still not there.”