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Arsenal plot shock swoop for Ander Herrera as Man Utd star unhappy

ARSENAL are interested in signing Ander Herrera from Manchester United when his contract expires in the summer, reports say.


The Spanish midfielder is unhappy the club have dragged their heels over a new deal, according to the Daily Mail.


And he admits speculation surrounding his future is inevitable, with Paris Saint-Germainsaid to be monitoring his situation as well.

“I do not concern myself with what will happen in four months, so I do not know if my time here is over,” he said.

“It's logical when you've got three months left on your contact and there is an international break. I knew something would come out.

“I take it as normal. I focus on playing football in the month-and-a-half that remains (of the season).


“The rest is left to my agent, both the possible renewal with United and any talks with another club for my departure.

“I enjoy playing for the biggest club in England. The fans love me, they have treated me phenomenally and my duty is to listen to them - although I honestly do not know what is going to happen.

“What I see myself is trying to win at Watford next week. If you deserve rewards and if you are an honest and hard-working person, they arrive.”

Arsenal are reportedly keen to take Ander Herrera on a free in the summer (Image: GETTY)

Herrera moved to Old Trafford from Athletic Bilbao in a £24million deal in 2014.


He is said to want a significant increase on his £80,000-per-week wages and previous reports have claimed PSG are willing to almost double that.

Any club who takes him could offer him a favourable deal as there would be no transfer fee to pay.

Herrera's contract at Manchester United expires at the end of the season (Image: GETTY)

The midfielder has also been linked with Paris Saint-Germain (Image: GETTY)

However, it is also reported that United will do all they can to keep him.


United also risk losing Juan Mata on a free when his contract expires in the summer while David de Gea's long-term future remains uncertain.

The club recently triggered a 12-month extension to the goalkeeper's contract but they might have to sell this summer or risk losing him for nothing next summer.

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Premier League: 5 improvements that will bring Arsenal back to the top




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Since Unai Emery replaced Arsene Wenger as the manager in the summer, something changed in the Emirates Stadium. After 22 years of the French managerial legend, he pulled the line and decided to leave his beloved Arsenal. The ex-Sevilla and PSG coach was chosen as successor and nearly one year later you can already see a change in results and reputation.

The London club finally is looked at as a serious threat by other top clubs, due to wins over Manchester United and Chelsea and some additional good performances against the other teams. The gunners perform better and better, but there are still some things that need to be improved in the Emirates. Here is a list of 5 things that in my opinion need to change in the club, so they can be at the top again.

#1 Stick with the 5-2-1-2

The last performances (2-0 vs Manchester United and 3-0 vs Stade Rennes) showed that the newly implemented formation improved their overall performance. Their defence finally looked secure and they even got two clean sheets in a row, which was a rare occurrence under Emery. It also helped the wing-backs (Sead Kolasinac and Ainsley Maitland-Niles) to concentrate themselves on their offensive part of their game, as they both are not known for their defensive work rate.

The centre of midfield, mostly consisting of Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka, also did their jobs in a magnificent way. Maybe the most important discovery of this tactic is, that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Özil can work on together on the pitch. It seems like the Spanish coach has finally found a formation that works with the given players. They not only get in the results but are also playing some beautiful football, which is also very approved in London.

#2 Rejuvenate the centre-back position


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Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny and Sokratis Papasthatopoulos are all over 30 years old. While Monreal’s contract is running out at the end of this season, Koscielny, the team's captain, has missed 26 games due to injury over the last two campaigns. These three players were the starters in the last few games and will need to be replaced over the next couple of seasons.

The other defending options are Shkodran Mustafi, who is too error-prone for a top-class-option, and Konstantinos Mavropanos, a young Greek, who has been ravaged by injury this season, after a promising start to his Premier League career, towards the end of Wenger's reign.

Rob Holding is definitely one to keep an eye on, after his sparkling performances at the start of the season. It was cruel that the 23-year-old Englishman's season had to be cut short by the serious injury he suffered in November.

To be a serious threat in the 2019-20 season, Arsenal has to do some transfer business in this position. While Monreal will leave the team on a free, Mustafi probably will bring some good money to the north of London. This would leave them with just four options in Koscielny, Sokratis, Holding and Mavropanos.

One of the players coming into the squad should be proven enough to start right from the beginning. A man who is strong in the air and consistent in his tackling, like Willy OrbanMattias Ginter or James Tarkowski. While the two Bundesliga stars are very good on the ball as well, the English international Tarkowski is already Premier League-proven.

All those suggestions would also fit the rather small budget of reported £40 million. Whereas the Gladbach player could be leaving his club for £21.5 million, Orban is only worth £11.5 million. Tarkowski is obviously also quite expensive due to him being English, at £20.5 million.

The other transfer has to be a young talent, who is ready to start some games in either the league or Europe. Three shooting stars that come to my mind are Ibrahima Konaté, Jan Bednarek and Joachim Andersen.

Konaté is a French man, only 19 years old and an undisputed starter for Leipzig. The only issue here is his price tag of around £38 million. Bednarek already starts in the Premier League for a Southampton squad that already had the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Toby Alderweireld. £14 million is also a quite cheap amount for the talent he is.

The last one, Andersen, is playing his breakthrough season for Sampdoria in Italy, where he is valued at £17 million. What makes those three defenders particularly interesting is their strong build up ability and security on the ball.

#3 Get in a replacement for Aaron Ramsey


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The Welshman, who was recruited by Wenger from Cardiff City, played a huge part in the recent history of the Gunners. In his ten years at the club, he was often injured, but nevertheless, when on the pitch, played some great football and always gave it his all. Every chapter comes to an end, as Ramsey is leaving for Italy, to join Juventus.

The club does not only lose a star player, they also miss another homegrown man. His box-to-box mentality will not be easy to replace, as they need a player who is able to score a goal every now and then, but still be good enough defensively to support the backline.

Homegrown players like that are hard to find and Arsenal should be willing to take a gamble on a younger option.

Two transfers that come to mind are Phillip Billing from Huddersfield and Jonathan Swift from Ready.

Billing, who already played two seasons in the Premier League at the age of 22, is not known for his offensive contribution, but a good passing accuracy (79%) and 1.6 shots per game warrant at least a look at him. What makes him particularly interesting is his size of 193 cm that allows him to win most of his aerial duels.

Swift is a 24-year-old under contract at Reading. He even puts up better numbers the Billing, but just plays in the Championship. A transfer would not cost that much and could turn out to be a huge surprise.

A third option is Calum Chambers, whom the Gunners loaned out to Fulham. There he started to play in the centre of midfield and improved his offensive part of the game. The 24-years old definitely could find himself a place in the squad anyway, either as centre-back backup or in the middle of the pitch and therefore warrants a second chance in the team. He may not be ready yet, but he would be the easiest option of them all.

#4 Get a backup for Kolasinac


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Kolasinac’s start at the Emirates was not an easy one. A huge physical appearance as he is, the 4 at the back they played mostly last season, did not suit the Bosnian international.

He is great bombing forward on his left flank, but sometimes just is too offensive. With the newly implemented 5 at the back, he gets enough defensive cover to start his runs without worrying too much about a counter.

The only other left-back in the squad, Nacho Monreal, could leave the Gunners at the end of the season and will definitely need a replacement. Kolasinac is only 25 years old and still got a few good years in him, therefore it does not make sense to buy a huge talent, whose development just would get hindered behind a set starter.

A player like Ben Chillwell or Alex Grimaldo would also cost huge money, which would not fit with the rather tight budget.

Someone like Matt Targett, who got his strength in crossing and key passes could work out. He is still only 23 years old and definitely worth the valued £5 million. He would also add to them homegrown quote which is a nice side effect to this transfer. Same goes with Ben Osborne, who got similar strengths and even lower price than Targett and is just one year older. The only downside here is that he plays in the Championship and is not proven in top flight.

One none-homegrown option would be Robin Gosens, who plays for Atalanta in Italy. He switches between the left-midfielder and left-back position and could definitely put in a shift at wingback. The German is a great tackler as well and only valued at £7.5 million.

#5 Get in a better third striker


Arsenal need a back-up for Aubameyang and Lacazette

Aubameyang and Lacazette both are amazing strikers and definitely will start the majority of games in the next few years. However, behind them is a big void. Welbeck, who is a backup to them is often injured and in my opinion not good enough to be a direct replacement to either of them. Nketiah is another talented option, but at 19 years, old not ready for such a big task.

In his case, I would recommend a loan, as he would benefit from some first-team football. However, another experienced striker is needed to displace one of the two if needed. A great candidate would be Joshua King. The centre-forward is very fast, clinical in the box and right now blooming up for Bournemouth. He got experience in a two-striker formation and with a value of around £26 million definitely worth to splash some money on him. 

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Arsenal line up two Serie A midfielder to replace Aaron Ramsey

Arsenal are lining up Nicolo Barella and Franck Kessie as potential replacements for Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey, according to a report in Italy.


Italian media outlet Calciomercato, as quoted by The Sun, is reporting that Gunners manager Unai Emery is looking at midfield recruits ahead of Ramsey’s move to Juventus on a free transfer at the end of the season.


The same article states that the Arsenal boss has been disappointed with Denis Suarez since the Spanish midfielder moved to Arsenal on loan from FC Barcelona in the January transfer window.


According to the same story, AC Milan star Kessie and 22-year-old Cagliari midfielder Barella are contenders to fill Ramsey’s void in the Arsenal squad in the summer.


The story goes on to suggest that Barella could also be on his way to AC Milan, which would free up Kessie to complete a switch to the north London side.


Arsenal are in fourth place in the Premier League table and two points ahead of Manchester United in the race to secure the final Champions League qualification spot.


The Gunners are in a strong position to qualify for the Champions League next term following their narrow aggregate victory over Ligue 1 side Rennes in the Europa League round of 16.


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No one knows what Suarez is doing at Arsenal

The Spain international is yet to start a game for the Gunners since joining on loan from Barcelona in January


There can be few more baffling January signings than Denis Suarez.


Why Arsenal fought so hard to sign Suarez from Barcelona on loan is anyone’s guess because it looks like he has been brought in to keep the bench warm.

Or put it this way. Mention Kim Kallstrom and many Arsenal fans laugh, poke fun at Arsene Wenger and think of him as one of the biggest duds they ever brought in.

But, actually, Kallstrom did something during his bizarre loan spell in 2014 that Suarez has yet to do. He started a game.

Kallstrom played more minutes than Suarez has managed so far - the Spaniard has played 95 minutes in six substitute appearances - and no-one can quite work out while he is even here.

Denis Suarez's arrival at Arsenal was baffling

The bizarre thing was that Suarez arrived on the strength of Unai Emery’s recommendation having worked with him at Sevilla and there was a feeling at Arsenal they would be taking up the £18m option to buy him permanently.

Obviously that’s just a ridiculous notion now and no-one could imagine they would be buying him on the strength of what he has done so far.

And if you compare it to Kallstrom, the medical team told Wenger not to do it as he was injured and the Swedish veteran actually took a penalty and scored in the FA Cup semi final with Wigan in 2014, a match which definitely kept Wenger in a job.

Kallstrom was back in the day a very classy player while Suarez has probably not changed. He is a versatile, diminutive player who can play in midfield, wide or even possibly as a No10.

Kim Kallstrom started a game for the Gunners AND scored a winning FA Cup penalty

Suarez has only had his chances from the bench

Suarez has won a full Spanish cap, been at Barcelona, Celta Viga, Villarreal, Sevilla and was at Manchester City when he was young.

If you have ever watched him play then you will know that he is small, energetic, bright and can make a difference. Does he have the physical power? Well, that’s the issue.

It is nothing in particular that he has done but it has become incredibly obvious that he lacks the physical power and strength to really make his mark in the Premier League.

Some players are made for English football and he is definitely not. The problem is that Arsenal need a player to fill Aaron Ramsey’s boots as he prepares to leave. They also need a powerful physical presence to play at the “front of the press.”

Suarez is on loan from Barcelona

This is crucial to Emery’s master plan and until he gets the players he wants he cannot implement the system to really stamp his authority on this team.

Blimey, he has been doing well enough to get them this far down the road without much of an identity. They are fourth, the squad needs an overhaul, has big injuries with Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin and yet they could still get into the Champions League.

If they do that without us really knowing what Emery is about - is his team a pressing team, possession or counter attack, we really don’t know - then he will have worked wonders.

Arsenal will have limited funds this summer to invest and a midfielder will be top of the list. A Ramsey replacement, a midfield powerhouse and one thing’s for sure, it will not be Suarez.

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Latest Arsenal transfer rumours: Project discussed with World Cup star, defender open to move

Arsenal transfer news includes links from across Europe ahead of the summer transfer window


The international break is in full swing, and that means that plenty rumours are flying around with quotes from those on duty with their national teams to help spark them.


There are only three and a half months until the summer window opens, and clubs will be forming their strategy and Arsenal said to be at an advanced stage already.

However with some prospective transfers the Gunners might already be falling behind but there is also plenty of hope around for the future.

Here are the latest updates and rumours for the players Arsenal have been linked with.

Hirving Lozano

Corriere dello sport  report that Napoli have taken the initiative in the race to sign PSV’s Hirving Lozano. The Mexican forward has drawn interest from the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal since his World Cup exploits but the 23-year-old’s agent Mina Raiola noted in January that the Dutch side had no intention to sell.

 

Though his appeal to Gunners fans certainly must have rocketed at the beginning of the season when he opened the scoring in his side's draw with Spurs.

Now a €40m fee has been mooted and a number of approaches have been made to the player’s entourage, which suggests that the Eindhoven outfit could be preparing to move the promising star on.

Napoli hope by moving for the transfer early they can convince the international of the project they have in place.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has made clear that he is interested in Lozano and Pablo Fornals in the past.

 

He said: "And it's true that I like both, but that's not enough, as you know. Every year new actors enter, who months before did not enjoy attention: we are at play, even if now the figures of the prosecutors make apparently simple situations more complicated."

Ramires

Sport Witness report that Arsenal have made no contact with the entourage of Bahia's Ramiers, who the club have been linked with repeatedly over the last six months.

Gazetto dello Sport - via Sport Witness  - reported that Arsenal and Atletico Madrid were locked in a battle to sign the Brazilan amid interest from AC Milan.

 

The 18-year-old is said to be Leonardo's shortlist for this summer but supposedly none of those clubs have made an approach despite Ramires having been scouted a number of times.

Brazil's Bahia player Ramires (L) vies for the ball with Uruguay's Liverpool player Nicolas Acevedo in their Copa Sudamericana football match at the Luis Franzini Stadium in Montevideo, Uruguay on February 21, 2019. (Photo credit: DANTE FERNANDEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

The player’s agent said in January: "No, no. There was no contact. There is speculation. What really happened was that they were here to see some players, and Ramires was among all these players. But there is nothing concrete, it’s just speculation.

"I wasn’t sought by anyone. There is talk of not only Arsenal, but several clubs in Brazil here too, several clubs in Europe, but nothing concrete.

"Today Bahia’s thinking is to have Ramires, not to sell now. I believe that. And Ramires, his thought is to just play here, too.”

 

The Brazilian side hope to retain Ramires' services for another season, and there is the suggestion his move may come in January 2020. One to keep an eye on. 

David Alaba

David Alaba has been speaking to Bild about his future and a potential exit from Bayern Munich.

The Austrian international admitted that he could be tempted by a move to England and even suggest that he had been an Arsenal fan since his youth.

He said: "I’m happy in Munich, but of course, I can imagine seeing something else. Spain, England. I was [an Arsenal fan as a child]. When you’ve been Arsenal fan as a kid, you will be one your whole life."

Could he be heading to the Emirates in the summer since a new left-back could be high up on Unai Emery’s list? It seems unlikely as the versatile defender's contract runs until 2021 and has made 34 appearances for the Bavarian side this season and remains a crucial member of their starting XI.

 

Having already won pretty much everything in Munich, and a still just 26 perhaps there is some hope for a move in the future.

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