Arsenal transfer chief Mislintat lineup £12.6m star to replace Welbeck in January

Asides the injury to Danny Welbeck, it’s no secret that Arsenal haven’t quite got their wide positions nailed down this season so far, so who could they sign to give the squad a boost?

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is struggling for form and Alex Iwobi is only performing well when he plays on the left. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is filling that left-hand spot but doesn’t seem nearly as effective as in the middle. With Reiss Nelson on loan, Arsenal are lacking options, particularly on the right.

Let’s have a look at the players that the media have already hinted are on Arsenal head of recruitment Sven Mislintat’s shortlist ahead of the January transfer window.

√ Ismaila Sarr
√ Age: 20
√ Position: Left Winger
√ Contract until: 2021
√ Club: Stade Rennais
√ Estimated transfer value: £12.6m

Sarr is listed as a left winger on Transfermarkt, but he’s played all over the front line for Stade Rennais this season. From centre-forward to left-wing, right-wing, left-midfield and right-midfield. He’s scored in each of those positions as well, bar left-midfield, so he’s clearly able to adapt well to what the team needs from him.

Overall, Sarr has five goals and one assist in 16 appearances for a bottom half Ligue 1 side, which is not a bad record at all. No wonder a report from Mirror Football last month suggested Sven Mislintat already has the winger in his sights.

The 20-year-old Senegal star impressed in Russia during the summer’s World Cup and, as a result, has brought the scouts of some of the world’s biggest clubs to his door. In addition to Arsenal, Inter Milan are also said to be interested in the player.

Sarr’s strengths are his dribbling and through balls, and he wins a lot of free-kicks for his side, which is the kind of winger Arsenal could do with. He’s a bit younger and a bit cheaper, so he could be a more realistic option this January.


Unai Emery rates Bernd Leno’s performances at Arsenal

Unai Emery praised Bernd Leno for his excellent performance in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Wolves last weekend.

The Germany international has made a solid start to his Gunners career after Emery called upon his summer signing following Petr Cech’s injury in a 2-0 win over Watford back in September.

Leno has conceded in each of his five starts in the Premier League so far, although the 26-year-old goalkeeper has helped to protect the north London side’s 10-game unbeaten run in the top flight.

The German shot stopper produced four saves to prevent Wolves from adding to their first-half goal before Henrikh Mkhitaryan levelled with four minutes of normal time remaining in the 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium last weekend.

Leno moved to Arsenal in a £21m deal from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer after Emery was confirmed as Arsene Wenger’s replacement after Arsenal finished in sixth spot in the Premier League last term.

Asked during his post-match media conference whether Leno’s performance was his best in an Arsenal shirt so far, Emery replied:
“We knew that we needed the goalkeeper with his performance, because when we are taking risks in our attacking moments, and to give them a transition and options in the transitional moments we would need the goalkeeper.

“I thought his performance was good for us.”

Leno started his career at Stuttgart before the goalkeeper moved to Bayer Leverkusen in 2011.

The Arsenal shot stopper made 304 appearances in all competitions during seven seasons at the German club before he completed a move to the Premier League in July.

Leno still has work to do to permanently see off the challenge of Premier League veteran Cech, who has been one of the division’s best goalkeepers over the past decade.

Arsenal have drawn their last three Premier League games having won seven games on the spin following losses to Chelsea FC and Manchester City at the start of the season.

Crystal Palace, Liverpool FC and Wolves have all managed to secure a point against the Gunners.


Aaron Ramsey to Bayern Munich: Update from Germany on the future of the Arsenal midfielder

There is sure to be much speculation around the future of Aaron Ramsey in the coming weeks and months.

The Welshman was expected to sign a new deal at Arsenal, but a contract offer that was on the table was rescinded by the club and the midfielder can now leave the Emirates for free in the summer.

Should Arsenal want to cash in, they would have to sell him in January, but they are unlikely to get much for a man who has only six months of his current contract left.

A number of clubs have already been linked with a move, including Liverpool, AC Milan and Bayern Munich.

And it is the German giants who have been credited with the biggest interest of late.

The German giants have struggled in the Bundesliga so far this season and sit fifth in the table and reports earlier this week suggested that Niko Kovac's side were confident they had won the race for the 27-year-old.

Reports suggested Bayern were ready to offer Ramsey a long-term contract to join the German side at the end of the season, but that may not be the case.

There are now conflicting reports coming out of Germany that there is no deal in place between the player and the club.

Bild reporter Christian Falk tweeted last night: "Our information: There is no agreement between FC Bayern and Aaron Ramsey for a transfer."


Arsenal Latest: Arsenal confirm discussions over Super League, but insist they won't abandon Premier League

Rumours have swirled that 16 of Europe's biggest sides are looking to break off from the Champions League to form their own competition

Arsenal have confirmed they were involved in discussions over a breakaway European Super League, but have insisted they do not want to abandon the Premier League.

German magazine Der Spiegel
have reported that some of the continent's biggest clubs have been in talks about breaking free from the Champions League, and possibly their domestic leagues as well, to form a new competition.

The competition would feature 16 of Europe's biggest sides, who have grown tired of sharing revenues with smaller clubs in their domestic leagues and the Champions League.

The allegations were based on documents purportedly attained from whistle-blowers Football Leaks.

Though he has acknowledged the talks, Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham insists he does not want to be a part of any competition that could damage the Premier League.

“Arsenal aren’t or never have been interested in playing in any competition that weakens the Premier League,” Venkatesham said.
"The Premier League is the world's leading league in the leading sport, we don't want to do anything to damage the Premier League.

"I see these articles that Arsenal want to break away, we never want to do any of that. But we also have to recognise we have to be in these conversations or we wouldn't be responsible.

"We have to be in the conversations, it doesn't necessarily mean we support them."

When asked if he saw a Super League in the future, Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi said: “Not in the short term because we have an agreement with UEFA right now – but I don’t know what the future will bring because the future writes itself.

"I don’t envision, not in the short term or medium term, radical change.

"But what I can assure you is, we think the current situation is an optimal situation. We are very proud to be in the Premier League."


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