Monday, 13 August 2018

3 in 1 Arsenal transfer column: Done Deal, Danny Welbeck U-turn, former No.10 statement

Unai Emery has explained his choice to keep Danny Welbeck at the club, despite the England international being hardly linked with a move away from Emirates.
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Danny Welbeck was supposedly on the radar of many Premier League sides during the summer transfer window, which closed for English teams on Thursday.
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Unai Emery has also ruled out selling the 27-year-old to a foreign club the end of the month as he is a big fan of the player’s versatility.
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“I said to Danny when he arrived with us after the holidays, I want the best performance of his career, and he should work for that,” he told reporters. “Then he can play as a left winger, right winger or striker.
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“I want him to get better with his ­quality and his data in this year – more goals, more assists and working to help when we need quick pressing against the opposition.
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“Danny is one of the players who has a multi-position possibility – right winger, a left winger, striker. On Friday he worked with us at left-back. His performance was good. I like this spirit, and he can help positions across the team with the positivity of it.
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Arsenal extend contracts to three midfielders
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Harry Clarke, Tobi Omole and Jordan McEneff all signed their first professional contracts with Arsenal on Saturday, as the trio continue their development through their club’s academy.
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The Gunners announced the three players are signing their new deals on the club website on Saturday.
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Harry Clarke joined Arsenal from Ipswich Town two seasons ago, and at the time his career highlight was probably finishing off an Arsenal-esque team goal that went viral on YouTube. Since then he has moved back into the backline, and made 16 appearances for the u18s last term.
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Jordan McEneff is a Republic of Ireland youth international, who plays as a midfielder. Before joining the London-based club, he almost ended up at Tottenham Hotspur like his older brother Aaron, who now plays for Derry City. However, Jordan admitted that after completing both trials, he knew Arsenal was the club for him.
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“I was invited for a trial by Spurs first,” he explained. “I went along, but then Arsenal came in and as soon as I trained with the coaches and players here and used the facilities, I felt more at home and comfortable.”
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Tobi Omole went through a similar transition to Clarke, starting off as a midfielder when he joined the Premier League giants, before moving back into defence. In 2017-18 season he made most of his appearances at left-back and centre-back. He told the Arsenal website back in 2016 that he enjoys being at the back.
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Jack Wilshere makes shock claim after Arsenal exit
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Arsene Wenger was sacked by Arsenal hierarchy last season, and none of the players saw it coming, according to the former star Jack Wilshere.
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It was announced on April 20 that the Frenchman would be leaving the club after 20 years as head coach, with the 68-year-old stating he felt the time was right to step down.
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Jack Wilshere’s own future was the subject of much speculation last term before he decided to sign for city rivals West Ham on a free transfer last month.
But the England midfielder has claimed he could have stayed at Emirates had Arsene Wenger not departed, which he claims was not his old manager’s own decision.
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“I was in the last year of my contract, and I spoke with the manager at the time, Arsene Wenger, and he said that they won’t be offering me a new deal and that I could leave,” Wilshere told BBC Sport.
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“But at the time I was injured, and it was difficult, because I wasn’t fit and I wasn’t playing, and not many teams wanted me injured.
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“So, I decided to stay and I got back into the team and they finally offered me a deal in January which was ready to sign, and then Arsene got sacked.
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“It was strange, everyone was just shocked and Per Mertesacker, the captain, said a few words, and I think everyone was just in shock. It was strange. No-one really saw it coming, but it changed everything.”

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