Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Arsenal news: The Gunners' Torreira stance, an Alex Iwobi headache and Kroenke's £18m fine

It is now not long until the new Premier League season will be upon us.
Players will be arriving back for pre-season over the next few weeks, with Arsenal being no different.
Arsenal's first game of the season sees them travel to currently managerless Newcastle United after the departure of Rafa Benitez.
The transfer window now also well and truly open, and Unai Emery along with his backroom staff are expected to be working hard to strengthen the squad ahead of the new campaign.
With lots of activity going on over the summer, here's the news emerging from the Emirates Stadium over the last 24 hours...

Arsenal's Torreira stance

There has been yet more rumours over the future of Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira, with Italian outlet Radio Rossonera reporting that the midfielder's desire is to return back to Italy amid interest from AC Milan.
The 23-year old has previously talked about his struggles to adapt to the English lifestyle.
"I don’t know if there are many things that I enjoy," the player admitted to Ovacion . "I think it was better in Italy. England is a totally different world, a very large country."
"The language [barrier] has stopped me, to be able to relate with my team-mates and with the people. It is very difficult when you can’t have dialogue.
"And so is the climate. You go out in the morning and it is cloudy, you arrive late to your home and it is cloudy.
"It is strange a little bit, the sun, the more of us that we are here and we are accustomed to having always or almost always the sun. But as the years pass, I’m going to be adapting."
However, we understands that Arsenal are determined to keep a hold of the player, with the midfielder not telling club chiefs that he wants to leave.

An Alex Iwobi headache

Arsenal boss Unai Emery may have a dilemma when it comes to the opening day of the Premier League season, due to the Africa Cup of Nations.
Midfielder Alex Iwobi is taking part in the tournament with Nigeria, who are among the favourites to reach the final stages of the competition.
The final is held in Cairo, Egypt on July 19, just 21 days before the new season begins and it is understanding that the Gunners intend to give international player's a three week break before they return to the club, leaving Iwobi with a race against time in order to return in time for the opening League game.

Kroenke's £18m fine

It is fair to stay that Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke is not the most popular figure among Arsenal fans at this moment in time, and now the Gunners' chief may have another excuse to reduce the transfer budget that Unai Emery has to work with this summer.
The Los Angeles Rams, the NFL franchise ran by Kroenke, have been ordered to pay up to £18.8million ($24m) to supporters in St. Louis, the former home of the team.
Stan Kroenke makes an appearance ahead of NFL the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Minnesota Vikings 
Kroenke is an even less popular figure among supporters of the NFL team after he moved the Rams to Los Angeles in 2016 after 21 years playing in St Louis.
After failure to qualify the Champions League last season, the owner has reportedly given Arsenal manager Unai Emery a budget of just £45m to spend during the transfer window.

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