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Arsenal midfielder may have accidentally confirmed imminent transfer of £52m duo

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Granit Xhaka

Granit Xhaka may have slipped up on social media revealing two Arsenal transfers are done deals.

An Arsenal fan commented on the Swiss international’s post saying “Sokratis and Soyuncu is done” and Granit Xhaka ‘liked’ the comment, potentially confirming the deals are done.

This comes after Caglar Soyuncu discussed his move to Arsenal in a revealing interview with Ajansspor, saying:

“It must be a team where I can play first… We will evaluate my chances of playing.” the 21-year-old center back also added “The English league is a very good league” and also “Of course I have a goal to play in top clubs.”

The young center back currently plays for Freiburg and the Turkish national team and is believed to be one of Europe’s hottest defensive prospects.

With this it seems very likely that Granit Xhaka may have been confirming the rumours surrounding Soyuncu are true.

As for Sokratis, the Greek defender is yet to sign for Arsenal, but it is heavily believed that the Dortmund player has agreed a deal with the North London side, worth £17m.

Making 198 appearances for Dortmund, the center back would be a massive signing for the Gunners and may be showing a complete defensive overhaul for Arsenal this summer.

Laurent Koscielny has been ruled out until at least November/December with his achilles injury. As well as this, the retiring of Per Mertesacker and the uncertainty surrounding Hector Bellerin may leave Arsenal needing some new defenders in the coming season.

Due to this, this rumour abut Sokratis and Soyuncu is exactly what Arsenal fans want to hear.

With the pursuit of a new manager still taking place with Mikel Arteta still being the favourite, it is still unknown how the appointment of a new manager will affect the ongoing transfer talks and whether the current lack of manager is affecting the club’s chances of signing top-quality players.

 

Confirmed: Arsenal officially confirm that Santi Cazorla has left the club

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Santi Cazorla

Arsenal have just confirmed that Santi Cazorla will be leaving the club at the end of his contract in June, Gunners official website have confirmed.

After being ruled out for a massive 19 months with a succession of injuries stemming from tendon issues in 2016, Santi Cazorla has been recovering, only recently joining the first-team training.

Former Villareal teammate stated Santi would join Villareal earlier this week but only today have Arsenal confirmed the move.

Making 180 appearances for Arsenal and scoring 29 goals for the club, the Spanish midfielder has more than left his mark on the club, being called one of the most technically gifted players in the Premier League.

His most memorable moment must be his beautiful free-kick scored in the FA cup final in 2014 that led the comeback to win the trophy.

The move may be before the talented player retires, being 33 years old and suffering a long-term injury will make it very tough for the player to rejoin a top Premier League side like Arsenal; this may be prompting the move back to his hometown club Villareal, who finished 5th in La Liga this season.

It may be a tough blow to lose Santi Cazorla, but with Jack Wilshere’s return to the first-team squad, Aaron Ramsey having a stunning season and recently winning Arsenal player of the season.

The potential purchase of Nice midfielder Jean Michael-Seri, hope should not be lost for Arsenal to mount a title challenge next season

The midfielder will be missed sorely, but after becoming a fan-favourite at the Arsenal, Arsenal fans will want the best for the player and will surely be wishing him well in the future.

3-year contract agreed, 26-year-old midfielder on the verge of signing Arsenal deal

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Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere has proved his critics wrong yet again by playing 38 games for the Arsenal this season.

The feisty midfielder has been at Arsenal since the age of 9, rising through the ranks as a star in midfield. Making his debut for Arsenal at the age of 16 and immediately impressing fans and managers alike.

After several seasons filled with injuries leading to very little playing time and eventually a loan to Bournemouth to regain fitness, the tenacious player has come back into the Arsenal first team with strength, and has scored 2 goals and grabbed 6 assists.

It is key with players like Wilshere to focus less on statistics, as often the Englishman plays vital passes in the build-up to goals or make key challenges further back down the pitch that aren’t focused on after games.

The 26-year-old’s aggressive playing style has been viewed as exactly what Arsenal need, at a time when with the exception of Granit Xhaka, the Gunner’s midfield is often seen as relatively weak in the face of strong Premier League opposition.

Arsenal’s midfield contains several players like Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil, who are outstanding in their creative and attacking capability but can struggle defensively.

Jack Wilshere is a rare player in the way that he plays as a very creative midfielder in attack but manages to stay very strong in defence. Many fans compare him to Cesc Fabregas or Steven Gerrard in respect to his style of play.

Wilshere’s Arsenal contract is set to expire at the end of June. According to a report from the Evening Standard, the club and Wilshere’s agent are set to agree on a £100,000 a week contract but only if he fulfills a certain number of games for Arsenal next season.

This news comes as a relief to many Arsenal fans amid reports linking the player with a move to Everton. It is believed that Italian giants Juventus had a bid rejected for Wilshere already, with the player committing to Arsenal soon.

Players like Wilshere will be key if Arsenal want to turn around their form and mount a real title challenge, the strength and creativity he brings to the midfield are key, but most important is his everlasting passion that fuels the side.

Sky Sports journalist confirms former PSG coach is in London to hold Arsenal talks

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Former PSG manager Unai Emery has emerged as a shock candidate to replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal’s boss, according to Sky Sports journalist Guillem Balague.

The report comes as a shock to many as former captain and Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City Mikel Arteta was looking all set to take over the Gunners.

https://twitter.com/GuillemBalague/status/998487270041837568

Unai Emery boosts an impressive CV winning the Ligue 1 this campaign along with Coupe de France and Coupe de Ligue in 2016-17 and 2017-2018.

It was his time at Sevilla which reportedly has caught the eyes of the Arsenal hierarchy with whom he won 3 Europe League titles between 2014-16.

He began his managerial career at Lorca and then left for Almeria in 2006 who he led to an eighth place finish in La liga in 2007-08, after gaining promotion with the same in the 2006-07 season.

Almeria’s impressive La liga campaign led Unai Emery to Valencia who he managed for four seasons and led the los Che to third place finishes in his last three seasons. He would suit Arsenal’s playing style with the 46-year-old Spaniard also a huge admirer of the free flowing attacking football for which the Gunners are famous for.

Even though Emery had a huge warchest at PSG, it was his impressive work with Sevilla on limited resources which has caught the eyes of the Arsenal hierarchy.

Unai Emery’s availability has indeed alerted the Arsenal bosses even though Mikel Arteta still remains the favourite for the position according to the same article.

On April 28, Emery announced his decision to leave the Parisian club at the end of the season with a year left on his contract. The daily mail also puts forward the sinerio of Arteta and Emery working together at Arsenal if the Gunners can bring in their former captain and take up a similar job to which he currently has at Manchester City.

27-year-old midfielder given ‘40%’ chance to agree Arsenal transfer move this summer

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Aaron Ramsey has had a stellar season for Arsenal. Recently the Welsh Midfielder was announced to have won both Arsenal Player of the season and Arsenal Goal of the Season in a clear showing of quality.

The creative midfielder has been linked with a move away from the club for several seasons now, with Barcelona supposedly wanting to buy the ex-Cardiff City player for an estimated £40-£50m for over 2 seasons now.

Now Tuttosport, Juventus’ local newspaper report that Aaron Ramsey moving to Italian champions Juventus’ likelihood sits at 40%.

Although many are questioning the way that number was reached, many fans are fearful the box-to-box midfielder may depart the club amid rumours not only linking the player to Juventus but also teams such a Liverpool and Barcelona.

Creating 21 goals for the Gunners through 12 goals and 9 assists, Ramsey has been Arsenal’s leader in goals created this season and his departure would certainly leave a big gap in the team’s creative capabilities.

With Arsenal being linked to Players such as Cengiz Under and Jean Michael Seri, Ramsey’s creative talent may already have replacements lined up.

The Welsh 27 year-old has played for Arsenal since being signed from Cardiff city as a talented youth prospect at the age of 17 and has made himself a fan-favourite in his long time at Arsenal.

Being mentored and raised as a player by Arsene Wenger, it seems more likely than ever that this is the time that Aaron Ramsey will depart Arsenal, but I’m sure that all Arsenal fans agree that this would be a huge shame for the Gunners.

With Mesut Ozil’s inconsistent season Ramsey has sometimes been seen as the sole source of creativity in the Arsenal midfield and it would be near impossible to find a player as brilliant as Ramsey but also a player that knows how Arsenal play inside and out.

Arsenal’s trademark fast paced, possession-based football seems a second nature for Aaron Ramsey, with beautiful football seeming to ooze out of the midfielder as he plays.

Arsenal to officially announce Mikel Arteta deal this week, Spaniard demands full control

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Arsenal are expected to officially announce Mikel Arteta as their manager this week, as per reports in the Mirror.

Incoming manager, Mikel Arteta will also be demanding significant control over transfers and wants to play a key role in transfer decisions before taking charge of the Gunners as reported by The Daily Mail.

Negotiations have already reached advanced stages with personal terms agreed but the young Spaniard wants assurances from GM Ivan Gazidis regarding his role in transfer recruitments before committing himself to Arsenal.

As reported last week, Arteta has already started recruiting members of his backroom staff and if reports are anything to go by, he will most likely be unveiled as early as next week.

Juventus’s Maximiliano Allegri was top of Arsenal’s list of transfer targets but the Italian committed himself to Juventus for another year while Bundesliga’ Hoffenheim refused to entertain the possibility of losing head coach Nagelsmann to the Premiership side leaving Mikel Arteta as the hands-down favourite to replace outgoing manager Arsene Wenger.

Arteta is preparing to depart reigning EPL champions Manchester City where he served as an assistant under Pep Guardiola and his return is welcomed by fans of the club which he served dutifully for years.

What impact his demands will have on the role of current head of recruitment Sven Mislintat remains to be seen.

It is common for new managers to demand significant if not total control over player transfers and it is even more common to find coaches clashing with club sporting directors over choice of players.This is something that the management will seek to avoid when making concessions of this magnitude.

If agreements can be reached and rough edges smoothened out, Arsenal’ new manager will have his work cut out for him immediately he is unveiled.

From all indications, there appears to be no hitches in view as Stan Kroenke seems to be comfortable with Ivan Gazidis’ choice. Whatever happens in the coming days, trust us to  you posted.

Former teammate confirms £90,000-a-week star will agree Arsenal transfer move this summer

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Santi Cazorla

After being ruled out for a massive 19 months with a succession of injuries stemming from tendon issues in 2016, Santi Cazorla has been recovering, only recently joining the first-team training.

Arsenal fans have been rejoicing believing that the Spanish maestro would bring back some more creative flair to the midfield that the North London club have been lacking.

This hope has quickly turned to despair, with the 33-year-old’s contract running out this summer, reports are coming in that the attacking midfielder may be moving to his hometown club, Villareal.

Cazorla who has been earning £90,000-a-week, played for Villareal from 2007 to 2011, impressing the local crowd as a young talent. Villareal club ambassador Marcos Senna, who played with Cazorla at the Spanish side, gave away a huge amount after the team’s 2-2 draw with Real Madrid.

According to the Daily Star, the Brazilian stated “I would love to confirm it [as a permanent transfer]… But at the moment what I’ve said is that there are advanced negotiations between Santi Cazorla and Villareal for the player to spend pre-season with the club. Cazorla will be a free agent.”

This may come as a shock to many fans who have believed Cazorla would be returning to the first team after his injury.

It may also be seen as a move that the Spaniard will make before retiring, being 33 years old and suffering such a long-term injury will make it very tough for the player to rejoin a top Premier League side like Arsenal; this may be prompting the move back to Villareal, who finished 5th in La Liga this season.

It may be a tough blow to lose a player like Santi Cazorla, but with Jack Wilshere’s return to first-team football, Aaron Ramsey having a brilliant season and winning Arsenal player of the season, and the potential purchase of Nice midfielder Jean Micheal-Seri, the midfield may become congested with stars.

Saying this, it is still believed that if Arteta is made the manager of Arsenal, Cazorla could join on in a coaching role at the club. This would be brilliant if it could take place, giving Arsenal an even stronger backroom staff.

The midfielder will be missed sorely if he leaves this summer, but after becoming something of a fan-favourite at the Arsenal, if Santi wants to return to his hometown club, I’m sure Arsenal fans will want the best for the player.

2-year deal agreed, Arsenal on the verge of completing first summer signing in a £17m move

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Sokratis Papastathopoulos

Borussia Dortmund star Sokratis has become one of the elite defenders in European football and many sources now believe that he is headed for the Emirates imminently.

Sven Mislintat, Arsenal’s new head of recruitment made the center back a key target to sign this summer after the Gunners poor defensive record this season, conceding more goals than any other top-6 club.

The 29-year-old Greek defender has been with Borussia Dortmund since 2013 and during this time, he has slotted into the first-team role perfectly. He made 198 appearances for the German side, scoring 3 goals for the side.

Sokratis has often been cited as a leader on the pitch and has captained Dortmund several times this season after being named the vice-captain of the team.

German source Bild claims that the defender is on his way to Arsenal for a fee around 20 million Euros and has agreed a 2-year contract, with the German side having already lined up a replacement for the player.

Given the current transfer climate, it looks like this could be an absolute bargain for the Gunners.

Sokratis looks to be joined by more defensive signings this transfer window, including Kalidou Koulibaly, although this transfer may struggle to go ahead after the club placed a £88m price tag on the player.

Many fans are wondering who will the incoming defender replace, with most fingers pointing at Shkodran Mustafi who had an inconsistent season including many high-profile mistakes.

Although defensive changes must be made, a lack of depth in defensive areas may mean that the new defender could come in and play instead of the injured Laurent Koscielny who looks to be ruled out until the November/December period.

With more and more certainty that Mikel Arteta will be the new Arsenal manager in the coming weeks, it looks likely that the former Arsenal captain will be having a large overhaul of the defense in the coming weeks.

“Mikel Arteta is absolutely ready for Arsenal”, Sky Sports reporter speaks out as Gunners close in

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Sky Sports reporter Guillem Balague has stated that he believes Mikel Arteta is ‘ready for Arsenal challenge’.

Balague goes on to say that the other managerial targets were never first choice over Arteta and that the likes of Luis Enrique and Max Allegri were “probably more to deflect attention from the intended target”.

Balague believes that with Arteta’s lack of managerial experience, it is perfect for him to start at Arsenal, a club he knows very well from his time as a player and captain and because:

“It is easier to run a bigger side simply because… you have more quality to work with.”

“That will almost certainly involve coaching, but not necessarily Arsenal. It is Arsenal that must convince him. Make no mistake, Mikel Arteta is absolutely ready for this challenge.”

This view is highly contested with Arsenal fans being divided over Arteta’s appointment, with many saying it will be great to see a new manager with fresh tactics take over and others saying the huge North London club shouldn’t be handed to someone with no experience.

Not only does Balague believe his lack of experience may suit him better to Arsenal but he believes working with Premier League champion Pep Guardiola may help him at the North London club. Balague writes, “Not only has he learnt about what Pep does, but also just how difficult it is to pull it off”.

In his article about Arteta, Balague voices one of the most optimistic views on Arteta as the new Gunners manager but he still has many critics. A huge section of the fanbase calls for a more experienced manager to take over.

Recently even Arsene Wenger supported Arteta’s claim for the Arsenal throne, saying he has “all the qualities” for the job.

It is a big risk for Arsenal to appoint a manager with no real experience, but given time and some vital new signings Arteta could prove to be a great manager for the North London club.

Sven Mislintat: The primary reason behind Arsene Wenger’s departure

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Arsene Wenger

There’s a rumour going around that one of the reasons for Arsene Wenger’s departure, was the increasing influence of Sven Mislintat. Apparently, Wenger wasn’t consulted on the transfers of Lacazette, Aubameyang and Mavropanos, which you may find odd because he once had unlimited power within the club.

If someone dropped a fork in the clubs dining hall, Wenger knew about it, but the addition of Mislintat as head of recruitment was an indication of just how much the Frenchman’s influence had faded. Wenger had become too busy with every aspect of the club and without his mentor and guardian, David Dein, Wenger was overstretched and eventually overwhelmed.

Mislintat was employed to reduce the burden and to find new and exciting talent, the likes of which Wenger used to find at his peak. Of course, a head of recruitment is like a tin of Ronseal – it does exactly what it says on the tin, so Wenger couldn’t have been that surprised when ‘ Diamond Eye’ was instructed to go off and find the club a number of quality additions.

Wenger’s recent transfer record could probably be described as patchy at best. Apart from the glory days of the first ten years, which included Pires, Petit, Viera, Overmars and Henry, Wenger’s radar had started to look incredibly damaged. Sanchez and Ozil were fabulous additions but there were many, many others that came and went without making a similar impact.

Chamakh, Vivas, Jeffers, Bischoff, Gabriel, Cygan, Gervinho, Senderos, Inamoto and Stepanovs are examples of Wenger’s transfer blunders but Kim Kallstrom is surely the standout. In 2014, the 33-year-old Swedish international was signed on a six-month loan deal whilst injured and he only appeared four times in an Arsenal shirt.

Mislintat was the obvious answer to that problem, having unearthed a great many emerging talents and in the process acquiring a reputation as one of the World’s top scouts, he could be relied on to deliver consistently. This obviously simplifies Wenger’s exit which many will now know was not of his choice.

Gazidis met with the board members without Wenger present and discussed the clubs position. After another consultation and a series of increasingly poor results, Wenger’s employers told him that they had no alternative but to ask him to resign or face being dismissed. Wenger has obviously conducted himself throughout with the utmost dignity and remained silent but he is said to be heartbroken that his contract was effectively terminated after showing such loyalty for so long.

There are of course other factors involved, Kroenke’s son Josh is to assume complete control of the club within the next few seasons and Gazidis has been trying to restructure the management role at the club for some time. Wenger’s resistance to change and the ideas presented by Gazidis meant that eventually, there would be only one outcome.

Gazidis was in fact assisted from within the team when he was approached about the special treatment given to its then star, Alexis Sanchez. Wenger had become so preoccupied with keeping the Chilean, that the players wishes were met readily. Additional time off, extra training sessions were just some of the things mentioned to the open ear of the loathsome CEO.

Then Wenger announced that Sachez and Ozil would not be sold, even if the club could not resolve their contract issues and may even leave on a free transfer on its expiry.
The board were furious, they were in no mood to let a player walk out of the Emirates into the arms of another club without recouping some, if not all, of their original investment.

If Wenger had thought a public declaration would prompt the club to cut a deal for Sanchez and Ozil, he was mistaken. If it was to notify the fans that if either were sold, it was not his decision, then it was to have serious ramifications within months. The board also took note when the players held a meeting without Wenger to discuss the team’s dwindling form. This was lead by Per Mertesacker the then Arsenal Captain, but it added to the feeling that Wenger was no longer in control.

Last season, Aaron Ramsey allegedly met with Wenger regarding tactics and formation.
Shortly after Wenger ditched his back four in favour of a three, which was seen as another example of capitulation and increasing weakness. Wenger had been informed at the midway point of this season that the majority of the board had lost faith in the Frenchman but he remained confident he could turn things around.

The Gunners coughed and spluttered in the Premiership, they were dumped out of the FA Cup, lost ground to the top five and were bundled out of the champions league, which led to swaths of empty seats at the Emirates. This was to be the final straw.

The hierarchy, led by Gazidis decided that they had no choice but to replace their long serving manager after only one season of his two year extension. An oblivious Wenger went to an arranged meeting with his plans for the remainder of the season and the beginning of next, but he soon discovered that this was a gathering that would effectively end his Arsenal career. The announcement was made two days later and sent shockwaves around the football community.

Wenger had to go, he had stayed on for too long but it was the timing of the announcement that most found baffling, with Arsenal still heavily involved in the Europa league. If it was a move to motivate the players, it failed. The weakness that had dogged Wenger’s recent campaigns had come back to haunt him again. He wanted to turn back the clock to experience the exhilaration of the glory days but sadly his time had run out.