Arsenal Step Up January Interest For Former Chelsea Star Winger

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Arsenal are understood to have made further enquiries from Juventus about the availability of Juan Cuadrado.

The versatile winger is a subject of enquiries yet again from the Gunners who also reportedly approached the Italian giants regarding the player during last summer’s transfer window.

Following the sale of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the summer window, Wenger was understood to be interested in signing another wingback capable of providing cover and competition on the flanks.

Cuadrado was then heavily linked with a move to the Emirates in the same window he made his move to Juventus permanent. All was no to be in the end as Cuadrado obviously remained in Italy with no report of the Gunners lodging an official offer.

With the winter window fast approaching and the Gunners still looking light in the wide areas, reports of the Gunners fresh enquires have again resurfaced.

According to Raisport via The Daily Cannon, there has been a new enquiry about Cuadrado from the Gunners ahead of the January transfer window , and Juan may want to leave the club because he is ‘disgruntled’ (along with teammates Lichtsteiner and Sandro).

The Colombian international’s form has improved in the current campaign and he is enjoying a better campaign compared to last season which was also quite impressive by the way.

Last season he scored three goals and provided 10 assists in 45 matches, whereas this year he so far has four goals and five assists in just 18matches. Haven already beaten his goal tally, he is on target to do the same with assists before the season is out.

Wenger’s interest in Cuadrado is very much understandable, Kieran Gibbs was also let go last summer. The Gunners currently look one Hector Bellerin or Sead Kolasinac injury away from potential crisis in the wide areas with the current squad.

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Leon Goretzka Set To Join Arsenal, But Gunners Face One Big Problem

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Barcelona have hatched a plan to sign Schalke 04 midfielder Leon Goretzka and are set to beat Arsenal to the midfielder’s signature, according to the Daily Mail.

Goretzka has been linked with Arsenal since last season.

 It was widely expected that Wenger would step up his pursuit of the midfielder in the summer but Schalke has been able to keep the midfielder suitors at arms length.

With his contract expiring at the end of the season and the midfielder looking unlikely to sign a new deal, it was thought that Arsenal’s chance to finally sign him has arrived.

But the Daily Mail are claiming, it is Barcelona who are set to secure his signature.

The Catalans made contact with Goretzka recently and have promised to offer him a huge signing-on fee to join them.

It is claimed that Barcelona are confident of signing a pre-contract agreement with the 22 year old in January when he will be free to enter into negotiations with any of his suitors.

This will come as a big blow to Arsenal who sent scouts to watch him on several occasions in the past year.

Barcelona see Goretzka as a cheaper option to Mesut Ozil who is reportedly demanding huge wages. If they sign Goretzka, it will give Arsenal a huge boost in keeping Ozil, which is what I am sure every Gooner would prefer.

Ozil To Join Chelsea Or Man Utd – Arsenal Fans Won’t Like This

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Chelsea are understood to have joined the race to sign Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, according to reports.

Ozil is yet to sign a contract extension at Arsenal despite his current contract expiring at the end of the season and several European clubs are reportedly keeping an eye on his situation with the hope of signing him on a free transfer if he doesn’t commit his future before then.

Arsenal are keen to extend the player’s contract and a final decision is expected to be made on his future later this month.

According to Sport Bild via Daily Cannon, Chelsea are the latest club to join the race to sign the German.

The report suggests Chelsea are gradually emerging as the German’s favorite destination because of his excessive wage demands.

The Blues have a history of spending big and it is believed that Ozil’s wage demands which is putting off Manchester United and Barcelona won’t be a problem for Roman Abramovich.

While the link to Manchester United is understandable because Mourinho may wants to reunite with the German, the link to Chelsea sounds surprising.

The Blues are well stocked with attacking midfielders and deploy a formation similar to the Gunners which permits them to field a maximum of two at a time.

Ozil has however always stated he is happy here and I believe that hasn’t changed which begs the question as to why Wenger isn’t pushing hard enough to tie the World Cup winner on a new deal.

It is likely down to finance, which I believe can be resolved before the end of the season.

Chelsea & Arsenal Target Reject New Deal As He Pushes For Surprise Exit

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Real Madrid are ahead of Arsenal and Chelsea in the race to sign Atletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, according to reports.

Arrizabalaga’s contract at Bilbao expires at the end of the season and he’s been stalling on a new contract.

It isn’t yet known whether the player is looking to take the next step of his career or holding out for a better deal but Arsenal who have been monitoring his situation at the San Mames for while have been heavily linked with him in recent months.

However, it is Real who are understood to be closing in on the goalkeeper. According to The Daily Cannon, The La Liga giants are prepared to pay £18m for Arizzabalaga in the winter transfer window.

Along with Arsenal, Chelsea are also believed to be keen on the goalkeeper but it is Madrid who currently occupy the driving seat.

However, Madrid could also decide to wait until the summer when they would be able to sign the goalkeeper on a free transfer if the competition for the shot stopper’ services isn’t strong enough.

Arizzabalaga has kept just three clean sheets this summer, shipping 18 goals in the process, which isn’t a promising stat. However, that doesn’t deny the fact that he’s a talented custodian.

As for Arsenal, it’s easy to see why Wenger holds such a serious interest in the young goalkeeper. While Cech remains a very good goalkeeper, he is already 35 and probably past his best.

A keeper like Arizzabalaga will be the perfect signing to come learn from the Czech Republic man with the view of eventually succeeding him.

Huge Update On Loen Goretzka January Transfer To Arsenal

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Manchester United have joined Arsenal in the race to sign Loen Goretzka, according to reports.

Goretzka has shown he has the potential to become a top player in the future and his talent have attracted a host of top clubs including Arsenal.

With his contract set to expire in 2018, his future has been thrown under the spotlight and many clubs are jostling to sign him up.

It is understood that Arsenal are big admirers of the midfielder and have been monitoring his situation at Schalke 04 for well over a year but we could now face competition from Man Utd for his services.

 According to the Express, Manchester United have now joined the race to sign the midfielder.

Jose Mourinho is keen on the playmaker who has scored six goals in 31 appearances last season. His ability to play different positions without having a reduction in his performance have caught the attention of Arsene Wenger.

Wenger is a big fan of versatile players and one can see the reason why we are one of the clubs keeping an eye on Goretzka.

Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich are also keen on the midfielder, who would be free to enter into talks with suitors in January. Schalke also do not want to lose the midfielder and are fighting hard to extend his contract.

All these interest will make it very difficult for Arsenal to sign the defender. It remains to be seen whether we’ll be successful.

Arsenal Want Star Forward With 40 Goals and 12 Assists In Just 64 Apps

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AC Milan are the latest club to be linked with Celtic striker Moussa Dembele, who is understood to be high on Arsenal’s radar.

Arsenal scouts have reportedly watched Dembele on numerous occasions in the past one year, with reports claiming we are keeping an eye on his development, with the view of making a future move.

According to the Scottish Sun via Daily Cannon, it isn’t only Arsenal who are keen on the striker. Paris Saint Germain, Chelsea and Milan are also big admirers of the 21 year old.

Milan scouts were present at Celtic’s 7-1 loss to Paris Saint Germain last week to watch the striker in action.

Although valued at £20m, Celtic are expected to demand a lot more than that especially with the number of clubs after him.

Arsenal are long term admirers of Dembele and tried to sign him on a free transfer from Fulham in 2016 but he opted to join Celtic.

He has developed into a top talent within this short period of time. Since moving to Celtic Park, Dembele has had a direct involvement in 52 goals (40 goals and 12 assists) for Celtic in just 64 games.

Dembele’s contract at Celtic doesn’t run out until 2020, so the Scottish club won’t be under any pressure to sell. However, should a suitor stump up a huge offer, they might be very well tempted to do business.

If the Frenchman would decide to move to the Emirates is left to be seen, he is at a stage of his career where he needs to play regularly to continue to develop.

The Gunners only recently splashed out £50million on Dembele’s compatriot Alexander Lacazette last summer and he will stand between Dembele and first team football in North London.

Chelsea Set To Beat Arsenal To Sign Star From London Rivals – Reports

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Chelsea have been installed as favorites to sign Arsenal target Richarlison by the bookies.

Richarlison has had a bright start to life in the Premier League after joining Watford for around £11m last summer.

The ease with which the former Fluminese man has taken to the Premier League is unsurprisingly attracting lots of interest from the Premier League big boys.

Following the loss of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the last window and the expected departure of Alexis Sanchez in one of the next two windows, Wenger is understood to be monitoring a few top talents around Europe capable of injecting some much needed quality on the flanks.

It then makes it difficult for Arsenal not to be linked with these kind of talents, especially players like Richarlison who has been compared to the outstanding Cristiano Ronaldo.

According to Daily Star , the top four clubs interested in the Brazilian are Everton, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal.

However bookmakers Ladbrokes say London rivals Chelsea are the ones leading the race to sign the winger.

The Blues are placed at an odd of 13/10, while Tottenham follow closely at 2/1. Arsenal have only been given an outside chance, along with Everton to sign the Brazilian.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Richarlison has been the bees knees for the Hornets this season, but with four top sides swarming around the Brazilian star, the buzz could soon go out on Watford’s campaign.”

The speedster was impressive against the Gunners at Vickerage Road earlier in the campaign, he won the penalty that initiated Watford’s come from behind victory against the Gunners. Much like Richarlison, Wenger should endeavor he also comes from behind to win the race for the player’s signature.

Wenger Offer Wilshere New Deal After Man City & Chelsea Show Interest

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Arsenal could offer Jack Wilshere a new deal before the season ends, according to Talk Sport.

The midfielder who is into the final months of his Arsenal contract is yet to be offered a new deal to extend his stay at the Emirates beyond the current campaign.

Premier League rivals Manchester City and Chelsea are understood to be keeping tabs on his situation and are hoping to sign him up when he becomes a free agent next summer.

The 25-year-old will be free to enter into talks with interested foreign clubs from January and even sign a pre-contract agreement with any of them.

The England international was out of Arsenal’s squad at the beginning of the season but has since regained his fitness and then been able to force his way back into first team contention, although he is still not playing as regularly as he would want.

Wenger had previously stated that a decision on Wilshere’s future will not be made until December but he has refused to state whether or not he wants the midfielder to stay.

talkSPORT reports Wenger said: “I always considered his interest because for me he’s an Arsenal player and has been since he was a kid.

“He’s a football man and I will always decide what is best for him, that is my first priority no matter what kind of decision I make. I have to consider the interests of Jack Wilshere and Arsenal Football Club together.

“If I think his best interest is to stay here then I will absolutely fight 100 per cent for him to stay here because he’s a guy who is top quality and is back fit now.

“When you have a top quality player you want him to be at Arsenal Football Club.”

 I am sure many Gooners will be excited if Wilshere extends his stay at the Emirates as much as he can remain fit. Not many of us want to see a player who joined us at the age of nine and has been brought up in the club culture and values leave us embarrassingly. With the midfielder set to enter the peak years of his career, a contract extension would be ideal.

Arsenal Set To Use Former Teammate Kolasinac To Sign Goretzka – Reports

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Arsenal reportedly beat Juventus to Sead Kolasinac’s signature last summer by offering him a huge pay check and the Gunners are set to use same method to sign Leon Goretzka ahead of the Italians again.

The Gunners signed Kolasinac on a free transfer last summer, amid interest from a host of top clubs.

Juventus and Chelsea were among the clubs that wanted to sign Kolasinac in the summer but it was Arsenal who won the race for his signature by offering him a huge bonus.

Now Arsenal could do the same thing with Goretzka.

Just like Kolasinac was, Goretzka’s contract expires at the end of the season and appears set to leave Schalke 04 on a free transfer.

Juventus, Chelsea, Liverpool and Barcelona are all rumored to be interested in the 22 year old but Arsenal are working to beat these rivals to his signature.

While some of these clubs are free spending clubs and could as well pay Goretzka what he wants, Calcio Mercato via the Daily Cannon are of the opinion that Arsenal could offer the midfielder a huge bonus, just like it did to Kolasinac.

Goretzka had scored four goals in 11 appearances this season before he got injured. However, he’s already done enough to show he has the quality to play at the top level.

He was Schalke’s best player last season, lit up the FIFA confederation cup with his superb performance and has been a key player for his club this term before his injury. He’ll be a great signing if we manage to get him.

Arsenal Set To Beat Liverpool, Chelsea & Spurs to Sign Goretzka

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Arsenal are reportedly leading the race to sign Schalke 04 midfielder Leon Goretzka.

Arsenal are one of the clubs interested in Goretzka and have  been monitoring his situation for well over a year. His contract expires at the end of the season and doesn’t look like he wants to sign a new deal at Schalke.

And the Sun via Sports Mole claim Arsenal have intensified interest in Goretzka as we begin to look up for potential replacements for Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.

Earlier this week, it was claimed that Barcelona are confident of signing the midfielder in January when he would be free to enter into talks with suitors in the new year.

The Spanish giants are hoping to tempt the midfielder by promising him a huge signing-on fee, making this report a bit surprising.

Whether we’ll actually be able to beat Barca and other free spending clubs to the midfielder’s signature remains to be seen.

Goretzka recently revealed he will make a decision in January. Hopefully Arsenal will be able to convince him to snub rivals interests. I am a bit hopeful about this especially after we beat a host of top clubs to sign Sead Kolasinac last summer. If we can do it then, we can do it now.