Arsenal have been extremely active under the guidance of Unai Emery this summer but there are suggestions stating further deals are being eyed.
The Gunners have signed Lucas Torreira, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Matteo Guendouzi, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Bernd Leno to bolster their ranks ahead of the 2018-19 season but more deals could be on the cards.
Emery faces a stern start to life at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal play Manchester City and Chelsea in their first two games in the Premier League, which could leave the Gunners chasing the pack early on if they do not secure the right results.
Defence seems to be Emery’s priority this week, as we identify five deals that could be completed.
Ricardo Rodriguez: AC Milan
Arsenal have been handed a huge problem in the build-up to their opening game against Manchester City this weekend, with Sead Kolasinac set for ten weeks on the sidelines due to injury and Nacho Monreal only just returning to training.
That could leave the Gunners relying on versatile youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles to slot in down the left side against the Citizens but Emery has another trick up his sleeve, as The Daily Mail states Arsenal are considering a late move for Ricardo Rodriguez.
It would be difficult to land the Switzerland international though as AC Milan are demanding around £30m for a player they signed from Wolfsburg last year.
Calum Chambers to Fulham
Arsenal have plenty of depth in the heart of defence for the forthcoming season but Emery is reportedly in the market for another addition in this area, which means a shake-up in the squad is likely in the final days of the transfer window.
ESPN are among numerous outlets that indicate Calum Chambers is set to join newly-promoted Fulham on loan until the end of the season, with Arsenal keen for him to get as much first-team experience as possible.
The Gunners are likely to see Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi amongst those departing in the coming years, potentially even next summer, and Arsenal want Chambers to be ready.
Jerome Boateng: Bayern Munich
With Mustafi’s value dropping significantly and Laurent Koscielny set to spend the first few months of Arsenal’s season on the sidelines through injury, Emery has turned to the market in an attempt to land a top-class defender.
German outlet Kicker state Arsenal have joined the hunt for Bayern Munich’s Germany international Jerome Boateng, also a reported target for Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, as they search for the ideal partner for Sokratis next term.
The former Manchester City man is said to be keen on a return to the Premier League but Arsenal could have to pay around £44m for the World Cup winner.
Aaron Ramsey to Chelsea
Aaron Ramsey’s contract saga at Arsenal rumbles on and a conclusion could be reached this week if the Gunners decide to twist rather than stick, as the club are understandably wary of losing the services of the Wales international for nothing next summer.
The Sunday Express says Arsenal are ready to sell after negotiations hit a deadlock, with Chelsea ranked as the favourites to sign the 27-year-old in a deal likely to cost in excess of £30m despite Ramsey’s contract situation.
“Talks are still ongoing, but I’ve got nothing more to say about that. We’ll see what happens but my agent and the club are talking. I’m just leaving that to them to discuss and sort out.”
Domagoj Vida: Besiktas
Potentially ranked as a more realistic option for Arsenal in their hunt for a new defender, Croatia’s World Cup runner-up Domagoj Vida has courted plenty of attention in the market following his performances in Russia.
The Sun says Arsenal are likely to move for Vida after raising funds from outgoing deals, with David Ospina, Danny Welbeck and Lucas Perez tipped for a late departure from the Emirates Stadium after falling down the club’s pecking order.
With a bid reportedly set to be worth around £25m, Arsenal would be spending a hefty sum on another centre-back following the capture of Sokratis.
Arsenal fans want Emery to sell Granit Xhaka after Man City loss
Fans are demanding Arsenal sell Xhaka in the next two weeks.
Arsenal fans have made it clear throughout the history of the internet they need someone to be angry at and Granit Xhaka has inherited the crown.
With Arsene Wenger finally out, the Switzerland international has followed the likes of Francis Coquelin and Theo Walcott as Arsenal’s weekly scapegoat, a title that is tough to shake, and his performance against Manchester City did not help matters.
Poor on the ball and struggling to cope with the Citizens’ quota of stars, fans on social media quickly flocked to criticism the midfielder and demand that Unai Emery sells the former Borussia Monchengladbach man ASAP.
With Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira amongst Emery’s summer acquisitions, Xhaka has plenty of competition for his role in midfield and many fans have made it clear they don’t want to see Xhaka wear the Arsenal shirt once again.
Unfortunately, that is unlikely to happen and, a few months down the line, another scapegoat may have been identified. For now, it’s best Xhaka avoids logging onto Twitter…
Xhaka never has been and never will be good enough for Arsenal FC.
— Amy AFC (@newmanqueen1) August 12, 2018
Can we sell Xhaka? @arsenal
— napolean dynamite (@BennySumerY) August 12, 2018
Xhaka looks like the inexperienced youngster and Guendouzi is carrying his dumbass through this game.
— WH (@Wilshoholic) August 12, 2018
— Charles Wilman (@Khaosan05) August 12, 2018
He’s absolute bang average!! Not worthy of the @Arsenal shirt!
— ArsenalTheSinkingShip (@Shell_DonG) August 12, 2018
Hopefully the last time we see Xhaka play for the club.
— MW (@mediocentroEN) August 12, 2018
Yes, Guendouzi has made mistakes but he is meant to be playing with experienced pro's such as Cech, Mustafi and Xhaka yet he seems to be the leader out of them all. Embarrassing.
— Mitch (@MHaywxrd) August 12, 2018
Xhaka is genuinely the worst midfielder I've seen in 25 years at Arsenal. Slow, indecisive, positionally abject, constantly invites pressure on to the team and excels at literally nothing
— Exiled Expat (@ComradeNuts) August 12, 2018
2 weeks to get rid of Xhaka, come on Arsenal unload him please!
— Gooner Rumour (@GoonerRumour) August 13, 2018
Emery’s Arsenal conference: Left-back options, Ramsey & further exits
A new era under Emery dawns for Arsenal.
Arsenal enter a Premier League season with a new manager for the first time in over two decades, with Unai Emery now at the helm in north London.
The new boss starts life in English football with a baptism of fire as Arsenal host defending champions Manchester City on Sunday, where Emery has five new signings to potentially include in his starting line-up.
Ahead of his Premier League debut, Emery spoke to the press and we picked up three key takeaways from his comments.
Maitland-Niles in defence
Arsenal begin the season with a major issue in defence, as Sead Kolasinac will miss around ten weeks through injury and Nacho Monreal is not back to full fitness after returning from the World Cup with a knee problem.
That means that young Ainsley Maitland-Niles may be thrown into the deep end due to his versatility, featuring on the left-side of a defence against the Premier League champions. Fortunately, he has experience in this position and Emery is confident he can impress.
“We want to give him confidence and the possibility to play. I’m not sure because I am going to decide tomorrow or on Sunday on the first 11, but Ainsley is the player who started the last match against Lazio.”
Arsenal fans will have breathed a sigh of relief as soon as the transfer window closed yesterday, as it brought an end to speculation that Aaron Ramsey would be sold. However, it is far from the end of the saga concerning the Wales international.
With less than 12 months remaining on his contract, Arsenal are fearful that Ramsey could walk for nothing next summer and are working hard behind the scenes to secure the 27-year-old favourite to fresh terms. Unfortunately, Emery did not have a positive update to share.
“That’s not my work. For me it’s very important he stays with us. His experience here in Arsenal and the Premier League is very important and will give us all the information and performances in his quality. Then, the contract is for speaking with the club and the players.”
Three could still leave
The transfer window has come to a close in the Premier League but the European window remains open until the end of the month, while Football League sides also have until the end of August to negotiate loan deals.
Emery named three players that could leave by the end of the month in David Ospina, Carl Jenkinson and Joel Campbell – with goalkeeper Ospina currently the closest to an exit as Besiktas try to complete a deal for the stopper.
Interestingly, Danny Welbeck was omitted from the list despite speculation that a number of sides were keen on his services and that suggests he could still have a part to play this season.
“Today, we had a meeting with the players to close all the possibilities to leave or come with more players. We only have three players: Carl Jenkinson, David Ospina and Joel Campbell, with the possibility to leave.”
One winner and loser from Arsenal’s pre-season campaign
Major changes took place in north London this summer
A new era has dawned for Arsenal, we will enter the Premier League season with a new manager for the first time in over two decades.
Unai Emery has taken charge of the Emirates Stadium and swiftly rejuvenated the squad with five new signings, while also waving goodbye to established players like Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla, both of whom left on free transfers.
Overall, Arsenal’s pre-season campaign was a positive one as the Gunners thrashed Paris Saint-Germain, edged Lazio in Sweden, beat Chelsea on penalties and held Atletico Madrid to a draw before losing on a shootout.
From those results we have identified one winner and one loser.
Winner: Emile Smith Rowe
Every pre-season there seems to be a young starlet who announces himself to Arsenal fans, catching the eye and providing a platform to build upon in the forthcoming campaign with the aim of fighting into the first-team squad.
This year it was the turn of Emile Smith Rowe, who made headlines with a stunning goal against Atletico Madrid in Singapore and impressed in the other games where he featured, potentially opening the path for regular football under Unai Emery.
Still just 18, the starlet has now outlined his plans for the forthcoming season as he seeks to earn opportunities in cup competitions.
“My long-term goal is to get in the first team permanently. But this season it’s to try to get as many minutes as I can in the Europa League and cups, and hopefully make my Premier League debut.”
Loser: Danny Welbeck
It has been a very strange summer for Danny Welbeck. Only returning to training this week following an extended break after the World Cup, Welbeck featured for just 11 minutes of football for England in Russia and may wonder if his career would have been better off staying at home.
In his absence, Welbeck has seen Alex Iwobi and Reiss Nelson awarded new contracts as well as witnessing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette craft an exciting partnership in attack – which left the former Manchester United man on the fringes.
After failing to earn a permanent exit, Football.London states he will remain in the squad fighting for a place but it is clear the 27-year-old is now a spare part in north London.
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