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The players Arsenal are targeting this summer transfer window

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With Arsenal now likely to finish midtable after a very disappointing league campaign, a significant overhaul of the first team squad is likely at the end of the season.

Limited funds will, though, hamper the Gunners’ efforts to rebuild and it is expected a number of players will have to depart in order to finance the club’s transfer spending.

Reports suggest that the London club have shortlisted at least nine potential transfer targets ahead of the next transfer window.

FULLBACKS 

A key focus for Edu and the recruitment department in the summer will be to strengthen the club’s options in the fullback areas. We already mentioned Derby County’s Lee Buchanan in another post, with the Gunners seeking to provide cover for Kieran Tierney on the left-hand side, but the main focus will be a new right-back.

Currently, there are three options reportedly being considered. Norwich’s Max Aarons, who is also being pursued by Tottenham and West Ham, is believed to be one of them but the England Under 21 international could cost £30m. Another target, Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey, would cost the same amount and the former Chelsea defender’s injury record may rule him out of contention. Real Betis’s Emerson Royal is likely to be the favourite, with the Brazilian expected to cost around £21m.

MIDFIELDERS

Dani Ceballos’s return to Real Madrid means a new midfielder will be needed to provide competition for the likes of Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka. There are thought to be two options being looked at.

The more expensive target is Brighton’s Yves Bissouma, with the Seagulls expecting to get £40m for the Malian international. The player is also interesting Liverpool and Manchester United. A cheaper alternative has been identified in Rangers’ Glen Kamara, with the former Arsenal academy graduate said to be available for around £10m.

PLAYMAKERS

A decision to go after a new no.10 will largely be dependent on what happens with Martin Odegaard. The Norwegian has shown flashes of inspiration since arriving on loan from Real Madrid, but not enough to justify the fee that would be required to sign him on a permanent basis.

Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Brandt, who was also considered back in January, is still on the Gunners’ radar, while another option could well be Real Betis’s Nabil Fekir if Dortmund are unwilling to part ways with their player.

A FORWARD

Signing a striker is likely to depend on the futures of Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette. Both players are closing in on the final year of their contracts and could be offloaded for the right price.

Borussia Monchengladbach’s Alassane Plea is said to be the one being eyed if one of those two players leaves. The Frenchman will reportedly be available for a relatively modest fee.

 

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📺 Miquel Azeez is Simply Outstanding, Watch As He Nutmegs 3 Defenders To Score A Goal

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Miquel Azeez Has Been Outstanding For Arsenal Un23 side this season, he continues his great run of form yesterday as score a man of the match goal to hand Arsenal Un23 side a victory in the final game of the season.

📺 Watch The Great Goal…

https://twitter.com/ArsenalAcademy/status/1392523112919486473?s=19

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Arsenal to agree deal with Italian head-coach

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Maurizio Sarri could reportedly be in line for a surprise return to Premier League with either Arsenal or Tottenham.

 

The Italian tactician has been out of work since being given the boot by the Serie A giants Juventus last August – in spite of guiding the Old Lady to their 36th Scudetto.

 

Sarri is understood to be eager to get back in the dugout next term, with Italian journalist Carlo Laudisa stating the 62-year-old could very well return to the English top-flight.

 

During an appearance on Radio Punto Nuovo, the Gazzetta dello Sport journalist said: “Sarri could go to England.

 

“The Tottenham solution being the most plausible, but the Arsenal bench could also become free, as [Mikel] Arteta has missed all the Gunners’ season goals.”

 

Carlo’s claim that Maurizio could return to England comes in spite of reports the veteran coach is against the idea of resuming his career abroad.

 

The former Napoli leader is reportedly concerned about upping sticks during the COVID-19 pandemic in case he is unable to return to his homeland.

 

He enjoyed success during his sole campaign in charge of Chelsea, guiding the Blues to UEFA Europa League glory with a 4-1 win over Arsenal in Baku.

 

If Sarri is indeed open to managing the Gunners, he’ll no doubt be keeping tabs on developments at the club over the coming weeks.

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Video Highlights, Full Match Analysis: Chelsea 0 – 1 Arsenal

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Emile Smith Rowe denied Chelsea the chance to cement their top-four status as he took advantage of Jorginho’s howler to give Arsenal a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues would have all but secured their Champions League qualification with a victory which would have taken them 10 points clear of Liverpool, who have four games left to play, but after making seven changes ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final, struggled to create clear-cut chances.

Kai Havertz should have put them ahead 10 minutes in when he intercepted Gabriel’s loose pass for Pablo Mari and raced clean through, but then fired over Bernd Leno’s bar with only his compatriot to beat. Moments later Jorginho’s equally poor back-pass was kept out by Kepa Arrizabalaga at full stretch, but Smith Rowe was on hand to bundle home after being teed up by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Chelsea were dominant for the large majority of the remaining 75 minutes without forcing Leno into any uncomfortable saves until the final minute. They did beat him through Pulisic’s close-range header from a corner, which was swiftly denied by a VAR review, before the German produced a stunning stop to tip Kurt Zouma’s header onto the crossbar, which was then rattled by Olivier Giroud’s shot on the rebound.

Player Ratings

Chelsea: Kepa (6), James (6), Azpilicueta (6), Silva (6), Zouma (6), Chilwell (5), Jorginho (4), Gilmour (5), Pulisic (5), Mount (6), Havertz (5).

Subs: Hudson-Odoi (6), Giroud (6), Ziyech (5).

Arsenal: Leno (7), Gabriel (6), Mari (7), Holding (6), Tierney (7), Partey (6), Elneny (8), Saka (5), Odegaard (6), Smith Rowe (7), Aubameyang (5).

Subs: Bellerin (6), Lacazette (5), Chambers (6).

Man of the match: Mohamed Elneny

What the managers said…

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel told Sky Sports: “We had three days, we are on a good run, we had a good mood. The choices were not so good today from my side for the line-up so that’s on me. We were unlucky, of course. But we did everything today to lose.

“I’m not happy with my line-up. It’s easy to say afterwards. But it was too many changes, I should not have done it like this. It’s something in particular – but I will not tell you!”

 

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta told Sky Sports: “I don’t know how they’re going to try from the outside but from the inside, nothing is broken.

“They’re going to put things on me that I never said, you can see the spirit of the team from the first minute. You can never doubt their efforts and how much they try.”

Match stats

  1. Arsenal completed their first Premier League double over Chelsea since the 2003-04 season, while this was their first league win at Stamford Bridge since October 2011, ending an eight-game winless run there (D2 L6).
  2. Chelsea suffered only their third defeat in 26 matches in all competitions under Thomas Tuchel (W17 D6), with all three defeats coming at Stamford Bridge.
  3. Arsenal have won three consecutive away Premier League matches without conceding for the first time since May 2013 under Arsène Wenger.
  4. Arsenal have had a different player aged younger than 21 score in each of their last three Premier League matches against Chelsea – Gabriel Martinelli in January 2020, Bukayo Saka in December 2020 and Emile Smith Rowe tonight.

What’s next?

Chelsea are off to Wembley in the FA Cup final on Saturday, where they will face Leicester City; Kick-off at 5.15pm.

Arsenal’s penultimate game of the season is also in London, with a trip to Crystal Palace next Wednesday night; Kick-off at 7pm.

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