Arsenal linked with loan move for 66-cap star who could rival Ozil and replace Ramsey

According to the Independent , Arsenal have made contact with Real Madrid to negotiate a deal to bring James Rodriguez – currently on loan with Bayern Munich – to the Emirates Stadium in this January transfer window.

The Colombian playmaker has fallen out of favour with the Bundesliga giants, who are thought to be open to the early termination of his loan stint in Bavaria.

It would be another loan deal bringing the 27-year-old to Arsenal, as Unai Emery has already admitted that the Gunners aren’t in a financial position to secure any permanent signings this month .

A switch to the Premier League could be exactly what James needs to get his career back on track.

THE VERDICT

Despite his current struggles in Germany, James remains a top class player. The 66-cap Colombia star is one of the most exciting attacking midfielders in Europe and has the capacity to have a huge impact at Arsenal.

With Mesut Ozil’s situation in north London precarious , the Gunner’s could do with a new creative force who has Emery’s trust – especially following

Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s recent injury blow .

If James could get back to his best in England then he could earn himself a permanent move to the Emirates, where he may even prove to be the long-term successor to the departing Aaron Ramsey . Or, the midfielder might even play himself into contention for a return to the first team fold at Real Madrid.

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Why Ozil needs to Leave Arsenal

Why Ozil needs to Leave Arsenal This is mainly due to the fact that Ozil has all the abilities listed above but viewers only see these skills expressed at random bursts and perceive that he hardly performs well against the top teams.

 It is now evident he is not a big game player. This is troubling considering the club pays £350,000 a week, for a player that is not consistent despite having so much ability. He isn't the player to carry the team when the going gets tough.


The Premier League is too competitive to afford the luxury of having a player on so much money and not performing as expected. The team does not have a creative midfielder, anywhere near  Ozil's skillset, but that could be a good thing. Ramsey is leaving, so maybe this is the right time for the club to reshuffle and work on building a team that actually fits the ethos of what Unai Emery is trying to achieve. Emery wants his team to press hard and work consistently to retrieve the ball when possession is lost. 


This is not the type of player Ozil is, and at the age of 30, he will most likely not improve, as he's beyond his peak. If he knows that, maybe he can consider offers, and reduce the wage bill of the club. This might create opportunities to recruit other players that will fit this new mould. 


A new manager means new tactics, and sometimes this means changing players around. Ozil is a solid player, the only problem is getting the most out of such a talented player. If he doesn't fit into the new manager's plans, then there is no point in staying considering his level of quality. 

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Unai Emery reveals what he told Mesut Ozil before snubbing Arsenal midfielder against Chelsea

Arsenal boss Unai Emery told Mesut Ozil to be ready to play against Chelsea before leaving the midfielder on the bench at the Emirates.

First-half goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Laurent Koscielny sealed a 2-0 victory for Arsenal to close the gap on Chelsea in the Premier League table to just three points.

Ozil, who has been in and out of the side since Emery took over the reins, was omitted from Arsenal’s squad altogether a week before at West Ham and was an unused substitute on Saturday.

The playmaker’s future remains uncertain but his £350,000-a-week wages at Arsenal make a January transfer move extremely unlikely.

Emery claims he would have been comfortable playing Ozil against top-four rivals Chelsea despite the German only making 12 league starts this season.

‘He was on Saturday okay to play, but we decided not play [him],’ Emery revealed after the win.

‘I spoke with him also and I want to him be ready for the match today, for the next matches like all the players in the team.

‘Against Chelsea, I have the confidence in him if he played, I think he could do like we want and the next matches we are going to need every player and also his quality.’

Ozil will be desperate for game-time when Arsenal host Manchester United in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday night.

He missed Arsenal’s third-round victory over Blackpool with a knee injury.

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Done Deal: inside source personally confirm Arsenal January transfer

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Italian Journalist Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Aaron Ramsey has signed a contract with Juventus ahead of a move this summer, according to the Daily Express.

There has been a lot of speculations in the media lately surrounding the Welshman’s future at Arsenal with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.

He has become free to begin precontract talks with foreign clubs as he enters the final six months of his contract.

Juventus have been linked with a move for him in the past months and are believed to have reached an agreement with him over a summer switch.

Romano revealed in a tweet that an agreement has been reached between the player and the Turin side, and a medical completed.

“ Aaron Ramsey has signed his contract today and will be new Juventus player.

“He also did medicals on last week.

“Done deal as a free agent for next June. ”

Should the claims turn out to be true, the Gunners would be losing out on a possible transfer fee they could have gotten if they had sold him this January, given the club’s current financial situation, that would be a chance they’ll rue.

Former Gunner Paul Merson believes Arsene Wenger is to blame for Ramsey’s contract debacle. “ It’s stupidity from Arsenal to allow someone of Ramsey’s quality to let their contract run down ,” he recently told Sky Sports.

“It’s yet another player after Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott.

“Players’ contracts come to an end then they all leave on frees.

“In footballing terms, it’s criminal.

“It’s like buying an £80m house, waiting for the leasehold to run out and losing the house.

“Arsene Wenger sorted out his contract every year but seemed to forget everyone else’s!

“I wouldn’t mind if all these players were 35 years of age or older.

“But they are in the prime of their careers when they are playing their best football ever. “

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Huge: Unai Emery personally hold talks with midfielder to seal transfer

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery has held talks with the agent of AS Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo, according to the Daily Star.

The 19-year-old midfielder has been very impressive since moving to Rome from Inter Milan in the deal that saw Radja Nainggolan move the other way.

The Gunners have been in the hunt for midfielders to replace departing Aaron Ramsey who is set to join Juventus, and they are now rumored to be interested in Zaniolo.

The Gunners seem to be in the process of overhauling their midfield under Unai Emery, with their longest serving player Ramsey set to leave the club at the end of the season when his contract expires.

While Mesut Ozil is reportedly being shown the door by the manager according to rumors in the media.

The Gunners director of football Raul Sanllehi has been in touch with the players representative, claims

La Gazette dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schirra.

“Arsenal is interested in Nicolo Zaniolo for the next season, ” Schira wrote on Twitter.

“Emery and Sanllehi have talked with his agent Claudio Vigorelli, but Rome wants to renew him until 2024. ”

The youngster has worked his way into the Roma starting lineup after starting the campaign on the fringes and has gone on to make 16 appearances in all competition.

He has impressed enough to earned a call up to the Italian national team for the first time in September even though he did not make an appearance.

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