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Burnley 0-1 Arsenal: Defensive commitment and a moment of real quality

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I said in yesterday's blog I wasn't sure that Mikel Arteta would go for it the route he did in terms of team selection, selecting Thomas Partey to secure the midfield with Emile Smith Rowe, Martin Odegaard, Nicolas Pepe, Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but he did, and fair play. I don't think it quite laboured the method "weve had" liked, but it was a lovely prove of intent.

There were minutes where it could have sounded, more on that anon, but this was a win built on a savory Odegaard goal, and big defensive commitment. The stand-out musicians were at the back, and when you go to Burnley that's pretty much what is necessary. You know that they are going to get bullets in to their large-scale lumpy strikers with their large-scale lumpy pates, and if you don't deal with that, you're going to be in trouble.

Yesterday, we dealt with that is a good one. In total, the Arsenal back four made a total of 25 permissions as the projectile came into the box from all tilts, and when it wasn't cleared, Aaron Ramsdale absolutely dominated his area and made some excellent takes to alleviate the pressure. His willingness to come and catch rather than punch, was a key part to yesterday's clean expanse, and with two clean-living expanses in his first two Premier League expressions he's had a good start to his Arsenal career.

Ahead of him I was really impressed with Gabriel whose physical vicinity was vital against the big-hearted lumpy chaps, and new boy Takehiro Tomiyasu was impressive in his defensive wield, acquiring 100% of his aerial clashes. Perhaps he wasn't quite as tidy on the ball as you might like, but as I said, in a game like this your defensive commitment can't misstep for a second and he was well and truly up for the fight. Considering this fixture is probably the most physical you'll encounter, he didn't look like a worker who had just arrived to English football.

Even Ben White, "whos had" some difficult minutes, earned more aerial duels than the much more impressive Gabriel, so he has some ascribe for that. Where he fell down was on the ball, and given that the concerns about him were about his competitiveness against this kind of opposition, it might go down as really an off day in that regard. We know his concentration is in his his distribution, that was not evident yesterday and it virtually cost us, but he represented his part in that back four from a defensive perspective.

The back oversteps which left Ramsdale short was the self-evident blooper, thankfully VAR came to the rescue after Anthony Taylor first payed the penalty, because the keeper saved our bacon by getting a touch on the ball. It was accurately the kind of moment you need to avoid in a game like this, and it was careless, even if he did recommend a very dry pitching played a part. A carry-on for the onetime Brighton man to go away and study to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Further forward, it exactly didn't really click in the final third. It wasn't that we didn't have opportunities, and I ponder our absence of bite in this area was more down to not learning the right final pass, poverty-stricken decision making, and poverty-stricken hanging on a technical level. There were minutes where we dallied that last pass and it was under-hit. We can talk about a baked degree or long grass, but it was still something we should have done better.

Smith Rowe had a chance to cap off an excellent move but shot tamely at the defender, he also fired wide when set up by Pepe, and there were two opportunities I can cancel where a regular first touch from Saka would have seen him with close range shooting chances with only the custodian to beat. He searched off the pace a bit yesterday, perhaps a Euros hangover, or perhaps he simply needs that moment to spark his season into life-time( a North London derby goal, perhaps ?!).

To be fair, it was his driving run which appreciated him cynically chopped down by Ashley Westwood, and Odegaard penalized that fouled to the fullest extent with the free kick that fly over the wall and into the back of the net. I was a little surprised not to see Pepe over it, as he has some previous from that interval, but one of the things we've talked about is the Norwegian pas us more end product, and it was good to see him get off the mark for the new season. More to come, hopefully.

The closing stagecoaches were a bit sweaty, as you would expect with a 1-0 lead away from home against a squad which is going to aim their large-scale lumpy chunks at their big lumpy strikers, but there was nothing clear cut for Burnley and that's pleasing. I think we should have valued more based on some of the moves/ undermines "weve had" that broken down, but a win's a make at Turf Moor, and I think if you'd offered parties a 1-0 ahead, they'd have made your hand off.

Afterwards, Mikel Arteta was pleased with how his squad attacked 😛 TAGEND

I think the back four in general was really solid. We didn't concede much, even though they framed us under pressure. I thought they were really good. The commitment and the sentiment that they pictured throughout the game to find a way to triumph was the most pleasing thing for me, after the game.

I think if you'd said beforehand that we'd earn, finish video games with all six summer signals on the tar, and with a midfield duo of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Albert Sambi Lokonga, beings would have been pleased and perhaps a little bit surprised. It's also worth mentioning that we finished without either Thomas Partey or Kieran Tierney( ache ), two players who would be considered fundamental to our chances of taking all three points.

Like last week, it wasn't perfect, but too like last week there were green shoots, things that add some help. The manager's team selection was great to see, especially as he has often been so cautious in the past, and the pre-game belief that Arsenal were going to go and get bullied by Burnley didn't materialise at all during those 90 hours. They researched us, sure as shooting, but we had the answers, and that was pleasing. I even watched Match of the Day last darknes!

So, two triumphs a sequence, six points, two clean sheets, and we now have a midweek League Cup fixture to contend with before next Sunday's North London derby. Considering where we were a few abruptly weeks ago, it feels better, so digits traversed we can continue to build some momentum.

Right, let's left open there for now. Have a good Sunday, back tomorrow with more on the blog and a brand new Arsecast Extra.

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Boost for Gunners as Sheffield United find Ramsdale replacement but Bellerin wants out

Arsenal displace news

In this article, we will bring you all of today’s Arsenal transfer news. Make sure to check back to the site for more daily delivery revises throughout the summer.

Bellerin wants out

Firstly, more unsurprisingly, Hector Bellerin is thought to want to depart the squad the summer months. As per David Ornstein, the 26 year age-old has told the club that he is unhappy in north London and would even supposedly take a remunerate cut in order to vary Arsenal.

Hector Bellerin wants Arsenal exit

Terribly baffled with #AFC

26 yo has told Arteta+ Edu

Would take wage gash to leave

Things not working for him or club

Inter talks disappointed, Emerson& Trippier swap suggestions but good-for-nothing close @TheAthleticUKhttps :// t.co/ 4yELsTXI3t

-- David Ornstein (@ David_Ornstein) August 16, 2021

He was linked to Inter Milan earlier in the summer, but the Italian golf-club have since signed Denzel Dumfries, effectively rules out a move. The Athletic likewise report that there are ideas in place for possible barter spates for Emerson Royal from Barcelona, or Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid.

While a exchange treat would be best for all parties, do the associations have enough time to engineer such a slew?

Arsenal linked with shock swap deal

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette were both absent from Arsenal’s opening day defeat to Brentford through indeterminate illness, which has since seen the hearsay mill ability into overdrive. Arsenal are known to have been open to selling Lacazette this opening, while recent rumors have been previously proposed the Gunners could also be keen to shift their command, Aubameyang.

As per Spanish outlet Sport[ via The Mirror ], Barcelona are interested in both, and are happy to take one in return for Philippe Coutinho.

Arsenal have been linked with a barter deal involving Coutinho and Aubameyang https :// t.co/ uQieW4bijs pic.twitter.com/ 5d7yemi6l8

-- Mirror Football (@ MirrorFootball) August 16, 2021

With Barcelona keen to reduce their income bill, and Arsenal keen to introduce productivity into their side, could there be legs to this rumour?

Sheffield United eye up Ramsdale replacement

Aaron Ramsdale has been a long-term target for Arsenal this summer, but talks supposedly broke down last week over certain differences in valuation.

Arsenal’s interest in Aaron Ramsdale is on the brink of broken off after the squads failed to agree on a valuation in face-to-face talks today.

More on @TheAthleticUK [?] #AFC https :// t.co/ Fx6cC7pPEl

-- gunnerblog (@ gunnerblog) August 11, 2021

However, as per Football Italia, the Blades have since enquired about the possibility of taking Roma goalkeeper Robin Olsen on loan for the season, who consume last season at Everton. The Swede is thought to be out of Jose Mourinho’s strategy, with Rui Patricio having joined the club already this summer.

Were Olsen to join the Blades, could it pave the way for Ramsdale to join the Gunners?

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Arsenal agree Ben White deal after committing to pay Brighton’s full asking price

Premier League monsters Arsenal have, on Friday evening, fixed a deal with Brighton& Hove Albion for Ben White, according to reports.

Gunners links

The name of endowed stopper White has of course taken centre stage in the media of late.

This comes amid mounting interest in the 23 -year-old on the part of the aforementioned Arsenal.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has apparently linked White as the ideal addition to his at-times dubiou backline in North London, with some reports having gone as far as to suggest that the Seagulls star is viewed as a potential future captain at the Emirates.

In turn, a big-money agreement between Arsenal and Brighton has been widely touted, with the board on the colour half of the capital having been tip-off to part with as much as PS50 million to secure White’s services.

Arsenal moving closer to agreement with Brighton for Ben White. #BHAFC hanker guaranteed~ PS50m, #AFC give~ PS45m+ PS5m. Face-to-face talks have has just taken place& talks continue over add-ons, pay design etc. No other bidders hitherto @TheAthleticUK https :// t.co/ x9fJEUSMZ3

-- David Ornstein (@ David_Ornstein) June 24, 2021

London bound

It had therefore no doubt come as something of a concern for the Gunners faithful that, over the last couple of weeks, message of progress towards a deal being completed between the two teams had gone somewhat quiet.

Such stalling had even resulted in claims that the likes of Chelsea and Everton had surfaced as late contenders for White’s signature.

As outlined above, though, on Friday evening, a breakthrough eventually appears to have been found.

As per each of these reports from The Sun’s Tom Barclay,' Arsenal have agreed a deal with Brighton for Ben White’.

This comes with the Gunners hierarchy having agreed to cough up the full asking price demanded by their copies at the Amex- PS50 million, after discovering offerings of both PS40 million and PS42 million turned down.

With personal calls having already been agreed between club and player, all that therefore remains is for White to put pen to paper on a 5-year contract at the Emirates.

Arsenal AGREE PS50m Ben White delivery | @TomBarclay_ https :// t.co/ DOku4IeAje

-- The Sun Football [?] (@ TheSunFootball) July 16, 2021

* Modernize*- The Sun’s report has since been backed by the reliable David Ornstein of The Athletic.

Arsenal line up PS1 0 million offer for Hector Bellerin permutation Muldur'Fat’ pictures of Arsenal winger Willian explained

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Arsenal transfer news: Arsenal have Ben White back-up plan & Smith-Rowe bid

Arsenal move news

In this article, we’ll cover all of today’s Arsenal transfer news.

Ben White back-up plan

Arsenal are working to bring Ben White to the Emirates this summer having already had a bid rebuffed for the Brighton midfielder.

Now they have changed their proposal so that more money would be provided up front in the hope this seduces Brighton to change their minds.

Arsenal improve offer for Ben White as Chelsea register interest in England international. https :// t.co/ 1TeW7t6xJFhttps :// t.co/ iuaLoVvPbo pic.twitter.com/ 0KEiD14DIY

-- Duncan Castles (@ DuncanCastles) July 4, 2021

However, should they fail to bring in White, Edmond Tapsoba is seen as the back-up choice to White with the Burkina Faso international being a long-term target.

Bayer Leverkusen would nonetheless demand a sizeable cost who read the 22 -year-old as a long-term part of the club’s future.

#AFC Bayer Leverkusen turned down give for main target #Tapsoba two weeks ago. Arsenal are going for #Brighton CB Ben #White @tvdellosport

-- Gianluigi Longari (@ Glongari) July 4, 2021

Saliba buy option rubbished

William Saliba is set to leave the club for yet another loan away from the club.

Marseille are said to be the team vying heavily for his signature and the onetime Saint-Etienne youngster has already' picked’ them as his most favourable option.

William Saliba situation isn’t huge but everyone involved acquired he needs full season of regular& ideally Euro football. Not realistic at Arsenal but should be on loan( Marseille his select ). How it extends for 20 yo+ #AFC likely to dictate future @TheAthleticUK https :// t.co/ RemZlyyb5J

-- David Ornstein (@ David_Ornstein) July 3, 2021

However there were suggestions the French area had set a buyout clause for the player but football.london reporter Chris Wheatley has now rubbished these claims.

There is no obligation clause in William Saliba’s loan deal to Marseille. It’s a straight lend. #AFC

-- Chris Wheatley (@ ChrisWheatley_) July 4, 2021

Matteo Guendouzi’s parting words

Matteo Guendouzi could be with Saliba next season with the French midfielder set to sign for Marseille more on credit but with an obligation to buy in the deal.

Guendouzi closing in on a move to Marseille. Saliba could meet him, but good-for-nothing agreed yet.

Full story https :// t.co/ Hjsifhj1 3i

-- Charles Watts (@ charles_watts) July 3, 2021

Arsenal are expected to make around PS1 0 million for the musician and he has now spoke out about the' failure' Arsenal had last season in one of his final interrogations as an Arsenal player 😛 TAGEND

“To see that the organization failed to qualify for European competition for the first time in 25 years hurts deep. Arsenal must return to where it belongs. I don’t know the reasons for the disappointment because I wasn’t there last-place season.”

“But I’m concerned about the club’s situation because Arsenal deserve great things. I am a Gunner from the bottom of my heart and will remain so , no matter what.”

Arsenal transfer news: Arsenal have Ben White back-up plan, Saliba latest, Matteo Guendouzi speaks out, Smith-Rowe bid imminent

MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY- DECEMBER 12: Matteo Guendouzi of Hertha BSC celebrates after tallying his team’s first goal during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hertha BSC at Borussia-Park on December 12, 2020 in Moenchengladbach, Germany. Sporting stadiums around Germany remain under strict controls due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing constitutions proscribe fans inside venues arising in sports being played behind closed doors.( Photo by Sascha Steinbach- Pool/ Getty Images)

Smith-Rowe attempt is planned for third time

Aston Villa have already had two orders rejected by Arsenal for Emile Smith-Rowe. The Gunners have categorically said that the participate is not for sale.

However, this is doing nothing to deter the Villans for coming back again with another offer.

A bid in the region of PS3 2.5 million is said to be lodged in the hope it can persuade Arsenal to part with him.

Villa see Smith-Rowe as possible replacement for Jack Grealish should he leave this summer but also would like him to play with the England international.

Arsenal have been said to be unwilling to accept an proposal 3 times Villa’s original bid.

Well look, every single player at a association like Arsenal has a figure where they’re sellable because more could be done elsewhere. But I was told by one beginning at Arsenal that triple the initial proposal would not be enough. Not sure if we’ll ever find out the answer to that.

-- James Benge (@ jamesbenge) June 28, 2021

Matteo Guendouzi speaks out over future/ Approves he is' concerned’ by ongoings at ArsenalDetails: Matteo Guendouzi to join Saliba at Marseille as Arsenal fans take aim at Arteta over cost impair

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Sead Kolasinac will not return to Schalke, should Arsenal hang onto the Bosnian next season?

Kolasinac wont remain with Schalke

Arsenal left-back Sead Kolasinac will not return to Schalke next season.

The club were demoted from the Bundesliga and announced that both the Bosnian international and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar would be unable to continue with the club.

A statement on the website read 😛 TAGEND

In the past few periods, the feature control are once again intensively examined the current framework of squad scheming and its development and has come to the conclusion that the involvements of Sead Kolasinac and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is not be continued.

Furthermore, the club’s director of athletic Peter Knabel admitted that they had little choice to let both Kolasinac and Huntelaar leave the club.

“This decision hurts us both in play and human terms, ” he said. “In view of the current budget and squad structure- all the known and publicly discussed challenges- there was no alternative. We have to be so honest.”

“In view of the short-lived formulation and the early start of the season, we cannot afford a week-long hang-up game either, but have to make decisions for Schalke 04 now. That’s why we made a decision this clear cut.”

#S04-Update: @seadk6 und @KJ_Huntelaar werden den FC Schalke 04 verlassen. Mehr zu den Hintergrunden der Entscheidung gibt’s auf https :// t.co/ tgdrSrMRHZ [?]

Wir wunschen euch nur das Beste, Seo& Hunter!

-- FC Schalke 04 (@ s04) June 3, 2021

Kolasinac will now return to north London where his future will be decided.

Could Kolasinac stay at Arsenal?

Arsenal themselves have an issue in the left-back area of their squad.

When Kolasinac left, the organization failed to bring in a including alternative for Kieran Tierney. Inevitably he got injured in the latter part of the season and Granit Xhaka deputised in the role, which did not turn out successfully.

This summer, the Gunners have already been linked with a move for Southampton’s departing Ryan Bertrand however it seems Leicester City have taken a leading role in the hasten for the onetime England international.

Ryan Bertrand to Leicester City is' ongoing’ as widely reported.

Doesn’t look like at this stage that Josh Doig will be heading to Arsenal. #AFC

-- Chris Wheatley (@ ChrisWheatley_) May 28, 2021

This therefore permits the question should Arsenal not simply hold onto him for his final year if, and only if , no sensible alternative arises.

Arsenal’s technological chairman Edu appeared to speak highly of Kolasinac when he left the club temporarily in January. But likewise hinted a back-up role is not sufficient for the player.

'Sead needs to be playing regularly, so we have decided together that a move back to Germany with Schalke will benefit him at this moment, ’ said Edu.

'We will be keeping in close contact with Sead, and desire him huge success for the remainder of the season with Schalke.’

The fact of the matter is however that Arsenal should be looking to acquire a solid clothe at the left-back position and moving on Kolasinac is the right move. However , not if it leaves the golf-club suddenly once again.

Arteta discloses he is confident Saka will be available for West Brom and remains skittish on Kolasinac exit

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It’s time to get the Partey started

It’s been a strange inaugural season for Thomas Partey at Arsenal. Signed from Atletico Madrid on give deadline epoch in October, the Ghanaian midfielder is in response to Arsenal’s SOM( Save Our Midfield) in a slew importance around PS45m. Where Arsenal are concerned, that isn’t pocket change- especially as the gap between the present and the Gunners’ most recent Champions League qualification yawns ever wider.

Atleti were not happy about the room that Arsenal prompted Partey’s release clause in the final moments of the transpose space but considering the fact that they earned La Liga this season, it didn’t appear to overly alarm them on the pitch. After 5 year at Atleti, the word was that Partey was interested in a new challenge and the possibility of being the central serviceman in Arsenal’s midfield rather than a cog in Simeone’s wheel.

At 27, he is approaching his prime years and extricating Arsenal from their post-Cazorla malaise offered Thomas the opportunity to burnish his stature. Shortly after the signing was completed, we recorded an incident of the Arsenal Vision Podcast in which we are talking about whether Arsenal ought to be spending this sort of sum on a 27 -year age-old at such an very early stages of a rebuild.

Predictably, we received some pushback because followers are stimulated when their unit terminated big money assigns and don’t actually "ve got to hear" why they might not be a good idea. I conveyed some doubt about the signing on the chapter located purely on Partey’s age- I knew very little about him as a musician because I don’t watch much La Liga nor do I watch Ghana.

My problem with the signing was that it leaves utterly no chamber for anything other than a transformative player- Partey might well be that player but it’s a huge risk and I wasn’t reassured it was an especially calculated one. Arsenal opted to trigger his liberate rider after a time engaging Houssem Aouar and, in fairness, I understood the chronology of events.

Arsenal needed both a number 10 and a central midfielder( different situations Arsenal find themselves in again this summer) but is likely to be merely afforded one. It drew ability to move on to Partey formerly the Aouar flame was totally doused. Ted Knutson of Statsbomb was on the receiving aspiration of some acid-tongued rebuke for his scepticism over the consider but I conceived what he said made a lot of gumption.

“If you buy young people and they don't work out, at least you can sell them on at a small loss and roll the dice again( Lucas Torreira ). But if you buy/ indicate an older player on big payments and they don't work out, you are dead. You either have to eat a ton of their wages to move them on, or they stick around until the end of their contract with worsening production.”

A case in point here is Matteo Guendouzi. The last 12 months of his Arsenal career have been an unmitigated calamity, despite a promising start to his time in N5. He was entirely frozen out of the team by Mikel Arteta after one too many displays of rudenes and has hitherto enjoyed a altogether unremarkable credit charm at Hertha Berlin.

He now has one year left on his contract. Yet, if reports from France are to be guessed, he will be the easiest and quickest musician to change this summer. His value has tanked compared to where it would have been in 2019 - but he still has a value and Arsenal still stand to make a modest benefit on their financing. They is more likely to take a small reached to move Lucas Torreira on.

Neither of these moves has worked out but neither has been especially damaging, either. When you indicate musicians in their late primary times, there is no margin for flaw. Arsenal’s midfield has been so below par for so long that any signing in that area will immediately be expected to rescue the midfield- it probably explains why a lot of us over-evaluated Torreira and Guendouzi initially.

Partey has to work out, he has to be the fulcrum of the midfield for the remainder of his contract and he has to be a really good one. We are one year into his contract with the intuition of a season , not so much wasted as one that has left us grasping for solid resolutions. In Thomas’ case there are, clearly, a lot of caveats available.

He moved to a brand-new conference and a brand-new country on deadline day, which this season was well into October with the season well under way. Moving countries during the course of its covid pandemic is challenging in its own right, he had fitness issues which were almost certainly mismanaged by the club initially. He also are entered into a very dysfunctional team.

It was quite the assigning, yet we can see that he is probably Arsenal’s best midfield player- which he truly ought to be. He retains qualities that the team has been crying out for since Santi Cazorla’s achilles went to heaven. Per FBRef, "hes in" the 89 th percentile in the fraction for progressive guides, progressive carries and dribblings completed and in the 88 th percentile for successful tackles.

His ability to receive the bullet on the half-turn, to fight the resist press and spraying the ball into the wide channels are revolutionary for an Arsenal midfield that has for too long pushed its nutrient around the plate. The question is that, still further, we haven’t seen those tones fairly and given the price Arsenal paid for the actor that means we need to see them all the damn time.

With a full pre-season behind him, Partey ought to be in a better position to bring his -Agame more consistently. Next season he will either be able to build on his good understanding with Granit Xhaka, or else Xhaka will be sold and Arsenal will buy him a brand-new spouse. Maybe Arsenal have the opportunity to do something really unusual and deliberately scout a permutation that complements Partey’s attributes.

Ultimately, Partey was a “must work now” signal and he’s abode something of a incorrect start. I am reminded of a documentary Louis Theroux shot some years ago on the adult entertainment industry. At some target in the incident, Louis is on gave while a male musician is making every effort to, as Josh Kroenke might have it, “be excited.” The cameraman hollers at the forlorn male performer over and over.

“Come on gentleman, we need to get this shot! ” Louis interrupts the cameraman’s lambaste and gently enquires whether it’s particularly helpful for the actor who is clearly suffering from a touch of stage fright. “I don’t care, ” the cameraman spews back, “that’s the fucking part; that’s what we hired him for.” The same is the issue of Thomas Partey- blinks of quality won’t be enough to justify this gamble. Arsenal needs him to be excellent and there is a requirement to him to be excellent now. Next season, the spotlight will be harsh and we need to get this shot.

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Daniel Ek to bid again for Arsenal ownership

Takeover talks ramp up after Super League fiasco

On the back of the European Super League debacle, Arsenal’s owner Stan Kroenke has come under increased scrutiny. with supporter protests arising before the last three home plays of the season.

| #AFC

Thousands of Arsenal fans at the Emirates to protest against owner, Stan Kroenke ahead of our game against Everton tonight.

The message is clear, get out of our sorority! #KroenkeOut pic.twitter.com/ U5bLrt21fO

-- afcSource( tm) (@ afcSource) April 23, 2021

Into the breach between adherents and owneds came Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, who took to Twitter to say that were the guild on the market he would happily make a bid for it.

As a kid growing up, I’ve clapped for @Arsenal as long as I can remember. If KSE would like to sell Arsenal I’d be happy to throw my hat in the ring.

-- Daniel Ek (@ eldsjal) April 23, 2021

However, despite his ability to get Arsenal fictions Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, and Dennis Bergkamp on board to aid his offer, it appeared to have come for nothing when his 1.8 bn bid for the North London club was rejected, with Ek claiming that the Kroenke’s told him that “they didn’t the money”.

Following reports today I want to correct the record with attached statement pic.twitter.com/ CzfF0Y 76 K4

-- Daniel Ek (@ eldsjal) May 15, 2021

That seemed to be that. However, Patrick Vieira told the ITV football podcast that Ek had no intention of going away calmly. The acclaimed French midfielder said that 😛 TAGEND

“He’s clearly going to try again.

“He is going to be there for quite a long time. He’s a big Arsenal fan. And is speaking to him a couple of times his passion and his commitment to Arsenal football club are likely to be fantastic.

Patrick Vieira says Daniel Ek will bid again to buy Arsenal pic.twitter.com/ jCyyc0OBDI

-- Osman (@ OsmanZtheGooner) May 26, 2021

“Obviously, if the society is not for sale there is nothing that he can do but he’s going to be there and he’s going to wait and he wants to buy the club.

“I think it will be really important because Arsenal is in a critical moment. For me, it is the right time for him to do his maximum or to do what is possible to buy the club, to convince the country to buy the club.”

Reading between the lines:

Before Arsenal fans get too excited with what is just like brilliant news, closer attention must be paid. Vieira specifically says that “if the squad is not for sale there is nothing he can do”, potentially putting the brakes on any merger talk.

This is especially the case as Josh Kroenke has repeatedly said that he and papa Stan have no intentions to sell the Gunners, even amid love fallout and external interest.

Exclusive: #afc director Josh Kroenke told guild personnel that KSE will not entertain any offers to sell Arsenal during an internal bawl this afternoon. Likewise stated they will stimulate displace funds available this summer to help team compete for awards. Story: https :// t.co/ MmOrQTOITn

-- James Olley (@ JamesOlley) April 27, 2021

It feels as though subjects will come to a head this summer. The Kroenke family have once again promised investment, but have yet to deliver on previous hopes. If they fail to deliver once again, it may be a sign that they have no intention of owning the organization for the long run, in which case a sizable dictation may turn their heads.

Either way, the ball is firmly in the American family’s court.

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The Children of the Evolution

I have already written at length about the quantities of admin that needs to be undertaken by Edu, Richard Garlick and Mikel Arteta this summer when it comes to contracts, departures and transposes. Ideally Mikel Arteta should not be too involved in the minutiae of that work.

What should Mikel Arteta be studying over once the team come back together for pre-season training? What are the key on-field elements the tutor should be prioritising with the players he once has? Arteta is very lucky that he has me to tell him. Now are three priorities for next season, beyond the vagaries of the move market.

Appoint some generals A few weeks ago, I wrote about the Arsenal attack and why they struggle to keep squads under pressure- especially at the Emirates. 2020 -2 1 experienced Arsenal play well in outbursts but rarely were they able to totally reign crews for sustained periods of a game.

This is largely to do with balance- but I also think there is something in the inexperience of the team- and by that, I is not undoubtedly mean the young participates. Gabriel and Thomas Partey were drafted into the team last time and both have known up and down seasons. The Gunners also ratified Pierre Emerick Aubameyang( more on whom anon) to a new deal and struggled to inspire his best form.

I think there is an intangible aspect at romp where Arsenal have not quite worked out who their alphas are or, more precisely, those alphas noted last season tough going for a number of reasons. Gabriel was Arsenal’s big money signal for the defence forces last-place season, Rob Holding was signed to a new contract and Pablo Mari attached the team; but Gabriel was intended to be the cornerstone of the defence( with William Saliba hopefully come through here behind him soon enough ).

Gabriel needs to feel like he “owns” the defence much like Thomas Partey needs to grow into the idea that he “owns” the midfield. Teams need players who step up in those moments when a team runs cold. Hopefully Partey and Gabriel will feel more a part of the team next season and will start to grasp this responsibility more organically. Both are very front-footed players and I would like to see them help to push the team up the degree, aggressively emulating for interceptions and transitioning Arsenal from defense to assault more quickly.

It was a very tough season to be a brand-new actor in a new country with covid protocols and behind closed- door games. The loosening of restrictions and return of devotees should expedite that process and proceeding on some of that brotherhood and ardour will likewise help the players themselves and they will need to feel trusted to step into those “General” roles.

With David Luiz gone and Hector Bellerin and maybe Lacazette to follow, participates like Gabriel and Partey will need to emerge as the brand-new lead core to the working group. In attack, I think that’s perhaps more challenging because I don’t visualize Aubameyang is, or ever has been, the section you build around per se, he’s the guy you sit in the penalty area and try to create for. Nevertheless, while we are on that subject....

Get more from Pierre Emerick Aubameyang Auba isn’t going anywhere, Arsenal made a self-conscious decision to award him a big contract when they readily could have ended the relationship last time. They have chosen not to and now they have to make it work. A see moment for the future is not to make such critical decisions without a very clear plan of what you are going to do with the actor you are investing so much into.

That ship has skippered now, Arsenal have drew their bunked and they have to lie in it. I think there are myriad parts behind Aubameyang’s underwhelming season that aren’t necessarily his demerit. Arsenal’s innovative deficit has played into that, as well as the participate experiencing personal issues with his mother’s health and his own.

The captain is not entirely blameless, of course. His timekeeping this season has been brought under the microscope and as much as I think he has fought with the team’s creative insufficiency, Auba is a awfully expressive participate. It is easy to tell when the sun sheens and when the storm clouds are gathering and right now his climate glances as dark and gloomy as the British “summer.”

Arsenal cannot allowed to emotionally disconnect from this team( and the participate himself has abundance of responsibility to bear there ). Last summertime, Auba and Arsenal gazed to be a love story but fast forward 12 months and if the two parties aren’t quite throwing slabs at one another hitherto, there is some passive vigorous bickering that needs to be snipped in the bud.

The best style for Arteta to solve this problem is to balance the attack. In fairness, we witnessed so much better of that in the second half of last season with the introduction of Smith Rowe and Odegaard into the team and the sidelining of Willian. Arteta made the decision to keep Auba and if he didn’t have a plan at the point that he made that decision, he better get penning on the back of a cigarette container during the summer.

Find more instants for Gabriel Martinelli Gabriel Martinelli is not a technically smooth player more. He asks some blooming but I genuinely hope that Arteta doesn’t try to smooth out Martinelli’s rough lines too much because those rough borders are so key to his tournament. The simple detail is, nonetheless aesthetically delighting it is to watch, Martinelli assistances Arsenal to take more shots at goal.

This is a team that contends to keep squads under pressure and Martinelli is a perfect antidote to that- the attack needs greater explosiveness and that is exactly what he supports. Now, it is not as easy as really putting him into the starting eleven for every game and watching him proceed. Again, there is that question of balance. A figurehead three of Pepe, Martinelli and Aubameyang, for instance, is not technically ensure enough to play together.

Personally, I would look to share Martinelli and Pepe’s minutes as a starting point. Both actors are relatively similar in that they don’t truly be adopted in accordance with motifs of performance but they do conform to spanking the ball towards the goal or into the six-yard area quite a lot. Every single minute that was awarded to Willian last season was a waste and a total drain on minutes that would have been better spent elsewhere.

If Arsenal, by some miracle, can get him out of the door and supersede him with a more technological no. 10/ wide forward hybrid like Buendia, then a balanced approach between, as I called it a few weeks ago, scalpels and sledgehammers appears better. Martinelli is a sledgehammer, I am not saying he should frisk every minute of every recreation at the current stage; but rotate him with Pepe in one of the wide forward positions and perhaps rotate him with Aubameyang in the centre-forward role and you’re developing a musician who should be a key part of your future strategy.

Ushering Martinelli in with one forearm and jostle Willian out with the other ought to be the broad plan here, though that is contingent on Arsenal getting that additional pioneer, whether it be Odegaard, Buendia or A.N. Other. Youth is not the key facet for Smith Rowe, Martinelli or Saka, their quality is their most important quality. As Arteta reshapes the Arsenal attack nonetheless, their respective ages simply mean that Arsenal can build around them for longer. That process has to start now.

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15,000+ Arsenal fans were given control of the club: This is who they would keep and sell (Part 2)

Big decisions

After over 320,000 individual votes from Arsenal followers across Arsenal’s entire first-team squad, the feeling on each and every player is determined.

In portion 2, the focus turns to the midfielders. If you would like to see the deterioration of the goalkeepers and advocates, click here.

The midfield for Arsenal is arguably the most important area of the tone needing courtesy this summer.

Uncertainties over Joe Willock, Granit Xhaka and Ainsley Maitland-Niles in addition to Martin Odegaard and Dani Ceballos returning to Real Madrid from a year-long loan deal.

Mikel Arteta and Arsenal will be looking to bring in reinforcements but who do the devotees think should be kept and who should be sold.


Ainsley Maitland-Niles- Sell

Maitland-Niles is difficult to put into a category as his best position, despite being 23, is still unknown. Arsenal devotees on the whole have voted in favour of attend him leave this summer which they may look back on a sizeable bid from Wolves in 2020 with a large amount of regret for the fraternity not accepting now.

15,000+ Arsenal fans were given control of the club: This is who they would keep and sell (Part 2)

West Bromwich Albion’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles during the Premier League match at the Hawthorns, West Bromwich. Picture date: Sunday February 14, 2021.( Photo by Nick Potts/ PA Images via Getty Images)

A loan at West Brom has done little to salvage that position of value but he could and should still earn a decent reward. Young, homegrown, England international with Premier League experience with versatility. Love will have to wait and see.


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Matteo Guendouzi- Sell

The Frenchman has been quite the controversial flesh at the society since arriving from Lorient. Controversy behind the scenes, throwing up 2-1 compose directions at Watford only to draw 2-2 and visualizing his last game for Arsenal against Brighton end with some unsavoury scenes.

Despite his huge potential, it emerges countless Arsenal devotees have had enough of the man who devote this season away from the sorority on loan with Hertha Berlin.

Still, to see more than 65% of the votes in favour of his divergence is a little surprising. Arteta’s decision reinforced?


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Lucas Torreira- Sell

Who would have saw the impressive exposes considered by the Uruguayan after he participated Arsenal from Sampdoria would watch him leave the club for a negligible cost precisely a few years later.

15,000+ Arsenal fans were given control of the club: This is who they would keep and sell (Part 2)

Uruguay’s Lucas Torreira( L) and Edinson Cavani celebrate after an own objective by Ecuador’s Arturo Mina( out of enclose) during their Copa America football tournament group match at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on June 16, 2019.( Photo by Luis ACOSTA/ AFP)( Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/ AFP via Getty Images)

He spent this season on lend Atletico Madrid after falling out of favour with Mikel Arteta but has barely played in Spain and the recent loss of his mother has encountered a call from the midfielder and his family members for Arsenal to let him leave and join boyhood club, Boca Juniors, in Argentina.

All of these factors compounded obviously mean that the fanbase therefore hoped that those wishings fulfilled.


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Mohamed Elneny- Sell

Mohamed Elneny is the antithesis of a utility actor at Arsenal. Comes in when called upon and sets in decent presentations with safe transfers and a disciplined sentiment on the pitch. With the odd screamer now and again.

Elneny likewise seems material with this role and it is unlikely he will be sold this summer. Arteta appreciates what he adds to the side and with Ceballos becoming and further departures a possible, propping onto the Egyptian may be the smart-alecky move.

However, it is the opinion of the majority that he should be moved on from the society. With Arsenal needing a ruthless time, it appears Elneny has fallen victim to plenty of his fellow long-time servers of the club.


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Granit Xhaka- Keep

Until a few days ago, the future of Granit Xhaka was apparently assured. The midfielder has been an integral part of the club’s starting eleven.

However, reports suggest that he could be open to a is removed from the fraternity. This would be against what a majority of the members of the follower locate wishing nonetheless with 68.4% of voters opt the participate to stay at the Gunners.

Xhaka was deputising at left-back whilst Kieran Tierney was injured and the two sides searched much weaker in the middle with Thomas Partey tasked with both defensive and extending obligations with Xhaka’s presence lacking.

This proved to be a decision that penalty the golf-club greatly in the end-of-season lope. Could he now leave the club very soon?


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Thomas Partey- Keep

The signing which inspired many Arsenal fans to believe that the season would be a lot better than it will eventually turn out.

Thomas Partey arrived from Atletico Madrid on deadline date after Arsenal activated his PS4 5 million release clause. Partey was touted to become one of the very best contracts the team had started but a series of harms in the first half of the season cost him regularity in the 11 and the chance to transition smoothly.

He has played much more in the second half but has appeared to be trying too hard at times to stir stuff happen, losing owned. Nonetheless, there is no doubting his caliber in comparison to his teammates glints through and a preseason may be all he required to shape the step up to his expected level shown at Atleti so many times.

It is unsurprising to see more than 95% of the follower base still wanting to see more from the Ghanaian.


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Joe Willock- Keep

Joe Willock’s event is interesting. The England youth international, had the ballot been ran prior to his credit to Newcastle, may have seen some very different results.

However, as a testament to his success in the North East, the feeling has shaken dramatically in his advocate with 63.4% of supporters missing Willock to remain with the squad this summer.

15,000+ Arsenal fans were given control of the club: This is who they would keep and sell (Part 2)

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Willock has composed some gargantuan purposes for the Magpies which has highlighted how few strikes have come from the Arsenal midfield.

Could the 21 -year-old be the man who Arsenal might need next season in the middle and could it be a huge coin saver for the club in regards to focusing investment on the full-back and Partey partner places?


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Emile Smith-Rowe- Keep

The young Hale End graduate is seen by countless to be the future of Arsenal’s attacking midfield and for good reason. Managing to compose against both West Brom and Chelsea of late.

The end product has been the biggest criticism of his recreation and should this be a sign of things to come, Smith-Rowe could be on for a stellar first full season during the 21/22 campaign.

The fan base, unsurprisingly, adore the youngster and it is shown in the vote.


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Arsenal & Leicester City interested in Ismael Doukoure

Reports stemming from France have credited both Arsenal and Leicester City with an interest in Ismael Doukoure.

Who is Ismael Doukoure?

Ismael Doukoure is currently plying his trafficking in the French second rank with Valenciennes.

Doukoure is just 17 years of age and has there ever featured for Valenciennes at elderly level.

The young centre-back would impel his senior debut for Valenciennes earlier this season, boasting for 90 instants in a Ligue 2 clank vs FC Sochaux.

Doukoure has since gone on to feature another 14 meters this expression, putting in a number of superb showings, primarily as a central follower, but once in a left-wing-back role.

Arsenal& Leicester links between Ismael Doukoure

Doukoure’s current contract with Valenciennes lopes until the summer of 2023.

And despite his very limited experience at the top level, the Lille-born Frenchman appears to be attracting interest from some fairly big sides.

According to French outlet Foot Mercato, Premier League outfits Leicester City and Arsenal are showing an interest in the show-stopper. Ligue 1 slope RC Strasbourg are also said to have approached the defender.

No possible transpose fee is mentioned in the report, but do Arsenal really need to be pursuing Doukoure regardless of the summing-up?

Arsenal & Leicester City interested in Ismael Doukoure

LONDON, ENGLAND- NOVEMBER 20: William Saliba of Arsenal during the PL2 competitor between Arsenal U2 3 and Everton U2 3 at Emirates Stadium on November 20, 2020 in London, England.( Photo by David Price/ Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

The Gunners have already signed a young centre-back from France in William Saliba, and even with much more experience under his region, Mikel Arteta is yet to play him.

Yes, Arsenal could still probably do with one or two more additions at the back, especially if David Luiz leaves in the summer.

But surely the north Londoners could waste that coin on either a centre-half with much more experience or on other areas of the crew?

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