Arsenal Transfers

The Latest Arsenal FC Transfer News, Stories and Updates for 2017 – 2018 have been added below:

  • Thu, 21 Jan 2021 11:35:02 +0000: Arteta turns focus to Arsenal signings after shedding unwanted players - Arsenal | The Guardian
    • Manager offers no comment on whether Ødegaard a target
    • Arteta feels squad is ‘a little bit short in certain areas’

    Arsenal’s mini purge of unwanted players has left them free to make additions this month according to Mikel Arteta, who says they are active in the market.

    Arteta would not comment on suggestions Arsenal are competing with Real Sociedad for the loan signing of Martin Ødegaard, the Real Madrid playmaker, but confirmed he plans to bring players in before the transfer window closes on 1 February.

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  • Wed, 20 Jan 2021 14:23:04 +0000: Sokratis free to find new club after Arsenal cancel defender's contract - Arsenal | The Guardian
    • Greek centre-back was cut from Mikel Arteta’s squad last year
    • Edu thanks ‘model professional’ who made 69 appearances

    Arsenal have cancelled the contract of Sokratis Papastathopoulos, their out-of-favour defender, leaving him free to find a new club.

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  • Wed, 20 Jan 2021 08:00:15 +0000: Mesut Özil: the galáctico who became symbolic of Arsenal's decline - Arsenal | The Guardian

    The Germany international was supposed to elevate the club when he joined from Real Madrid but he left with no fanfare

    There was a first-day-of-school feeling around Arsenal’s training ground when their squad returned from the September 2013 international break. They had a star in their midst and the sense was one of genuine elation. Mesut Özil’s arrival was a show of intent quite out of keeping with the half-decade that preceded it: this seemed the turning of a page and, with that in mind, the players snapped and crackled their way through the morning’s drills.

    “It was a complete buzz,” says a senior staff member from that time, who worked with Özil on a daily basis and saw him quickly forge instinctive understandings with fellow schemers such as Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky. “All of a sudden you get a big one coming in, and you felt something was happening again. You could see things forming. There was a real electricity among everyone; you felt something was coming.”

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  • Tue, 19 Jan 2021 10:31:38 +0000: Nessun Dorma podcast: France 98 and Arsenal's glorious Double winners - Arsenal | The Guardian

    The show about 1980s and 1990s football on the year France conquered the world and a Frenchman conquered England

    Stuck indoors, wary of other people and the outside in general, with hours and hours of time to fill for an indefinite period? Yeah, us too. It’s still a worrying time for everyone, and let’s hope that eases in 2021. Until it does, here at Nessun Dorma we’ve been creating content (apparently) in the hope that this will help pass some of this uncertain stretch while the world is righted.

    We’re back for season four and so is our Patreon subscription service which helps cover our time, equipment and the occasional, late-night purchase of old football tat from the internet. If you feel like chipping in, you can get early access to ad-free podcasts, an exclusive bonus episode, a shoutout by one of our genial hosts and a say in what we talk about each month.

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  • Mon, 18 Jan 2021 22:09:39 +0000: Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle: Premier League – as it happened - Arsenal | The Guardian

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice either side of a Bukayo Saka goal as Arsenal eased to victory over Newcastle

    Thank you very much for joining me tonight. Here is Nick Ames’ lovely report.

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    A few lines from Emile Smith Rowe: “We enjoyed it so much. Really happy with the win today.”

    “We are coming well together as a group, we have had some meetings off the pitch. The whole group is so much stronger.”

    That is a goal.

    Smith Rowe x Saka

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    It helps when the opposition do not shoot.

    5 - Arsenal have kept five consecutive clean sheets in all competitions for the first time since February 2009 (6 in total in that run). Assured. #ARSNEW

    My grandad was from Byker, so I am angry on his behalf.

    I get why people want Bruce gone as that team is really woeful but anyone who replaces him won’t be able to sign many players, so will be stuck with this utterly mediocre squad and there is not much that be done with them.

    Bloody good side ...

    Newcastle United in the Premier League this season:
    Shots - 19th
    Shots on target - 18th
    Chances created - 18th
    Touches in opp. box - 19th
    Possession - 20th
    Shots faced - 19th
    Shots on target faced - 18th

    One day I will get over how bad Newcastle are. An embarrassment to both PJ and Duncan.

    Arsenal upped their performance by 10% after the break, which is all that was needed to beat an utterly mediocre Newcastle. The visitors set their own downfall with each of the goals, which were relatively avoidable. They could be heading for a long second half of the season.

    Pierre Emerick Aubameyang took his chances well, as did Bukayo Saka but it really was not very hard to beat Newcastle.

    90 mins: Three minutes added on.

    Alex Whitney asks: “No cards so far this match, correct? How often do Premiership matches not have any formal cautions?”

    88 mins: Lascelles smashes into Martinelli with an elbow but the referee sees little wrong.

    Newcastle’s Elliot Anderson is on for his Premier League debut, which is nice.

    86 mins: Lacazette is taken down by Lascelles on the edge of the box. Willian lines up the free-kick 20 yards from goal ... and whacks it straight into the wall.

    84 mins: Admir Pajic emails to say: “There has been a talk about the No.9 curse at Arsenal (Suker, Jeffers, Reyes, Baptista, Eduardo, Podolski, Lacazette) but maybe it’s time to talk about the No.10 curse.

    “Today, Mesut Özil signed for Fenerbahce and Jack Wilshere signed for Bournemouth. It shouldn’t have been that way.”

    81 mins: Steve Bruce is supposedly in the market for a centre-back, which is no surprise on the evidence of this performance. Sadly, for Steve, he might have to scrape around for someone to loan in.

    Good news for Arsenal: Martinelli is coming.

    79 mins: The goal came from Clark losing the ball in his defensive third, as Newcastle continue to look utter rubbish. Willian is on for Aubameyang. The Brazilian looks very happy to be on.

    Cedric does very well down the right and just ... JUST ... keeps the ball in on the byline, before pulling it back to an unmarked Aubameyang to tap into an empty net.

    76 mins: Darlow keeps possession of the ball in his own area for a good 15 seconds, as he accepts it is the most useful thing Newcastle can do.

    74 mins: Smith Rowe gets the chance to put the ball on a plate for Aubameyang but his pass is weak and cut out by Lascelles.

    As Gary Naylor points out below: Newcastle are bad.

    The Newcastle United question might not be whether there are three poorer teams in the Premier League this season, but whether there are three poorer teams in the Championship next season @Will_Unwin.

    72 mins: Lacazette sets the ball back to Saka who shoots from the edge of the box but due to leaning back sends his effort well over the bar. Very much going through the motions sort of stuff now.

    70 mins: Jacob Murphy comes on to replace Andy Carroll who has offered next to nothing.

    68 mins: Colin Young seems to explain a plot of an underwhelming sitcom re my chocolate brownie mention earlier: “Hopefully it’s not the same special kind of brownie that my mum used to make... otherwise your report could et quite iteresting even without any on-field action.

    “My Dad once threw one of these brownies in his lunchbox before hurrying off to an important meeting. He only discovered just how special it was halfway through giving a talk about lighting effects to a film crew.”

    66 mins: Tierney drives a cross along the goal-line but no one can get a toe on it. The ball comes back into the box and Lacazette heads an effort towards goal but Darlow turns it wide.

    Elneny is coming on for Arsenal to get some minutes under his belt, as this game is effectively over. Partey off.

    64 mins: Carroll is still jogging around very slowly as part of the Newcastle press. I think his race might be run.

    63 mins: Mark Hooper says: “re: footballers getting grief for hugging in their goal celebrations - doesn’t it all seem a bit scapegoat to you? The whole reason why footballers are still allowed to play a contact sport is because they are in their team bubbles and tested regularly. It’s almost as if certain MPs are trying to divert attention from the fact their entire strategy is reactive - initially prompted by football teams, who decided to postpone the season when the government were still telling us it was perfectly safe for us to go to matches…”

    Very scapegoaty in my opinion.

    62 mins: Tim Singleton offers: “It makes me wonder if we should go back through that first half and add ‘In bed’ to some of your minutes: ‘Joelinton touches the ball in the final third for the first time in the match and immediately loses possession in bed.’

    “Or maybe you will do that for us to liven up the second half (in bed).”

    Smith Rowe gets the ball on the left flank and drives into the box before pulling it back for Saka who slots his shot into the net at the first time of asking.

    58 mins: Cedric flings in a first time cross from the right but Clark reads it and heads well clear. A throw-in makes it back into the box with Saka, who smashes a shot straight at that man Clark.

    56 mins: Luiz piles through Carroll and gives away a free0kick near the halfway line for no reason. The ball eventually makes its way up to Carroll who gets it out of his feet and drives the ball a yard or so wide from the edge of the area. Newcastle are finally showing some intent.

    54 mins: Cedric gifts Newcastle a free-kick on the left flank after taking down Lewis. Shelvey gets it into the mixer and Wilson flicks the ball into Leno’s arms. Newcastle might claim that as an actual chance.

    52 mins: Do Newcastle have a way back into this match? Probably not.

    Arsenal launch a counter attack as Partey pings a pass out to Aubameyang, who gets one-on-one with Krafth and then whacks a shot beyond Darlow at the near post.

    49 mins: Newcastle win a corner on the left, which Shelvey pings straight to the Arsenal man at the front post. That is utter rubbish.

    47 mins: Something has happened! Lacazette swivels on a ball in the box and lashes a low drive across Darlow who gets down well and gets a strong hand to it, before Lascelles whacks clear.

    Here we go again!

    Had some homemade brownie at half-time and that’s the best thing to happen in the last hour.

    Paul Dorning says: “Max, why do you think we’re reading this on guardian mbm? We are in bed.”

    That gives this MBM a different vibe.

    Neil Lennon is doubling down.

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    Carragher commentary at half-time: “Newcastle haven’t made chances, but they’ve tried to make chances.”

    What a 45 minutes it’s been.

    I wouldn’t mind going to bed.

    From what I can see, Arsenal fans are frustrated by that half, and the Newcastle fans I know are frustrated by that half. And neutrals are frustrated by that half. Could call it 0-0 and all go to bed?

    The referee refuses to add on any time as it’s been bloody awful. No goals, no saves, nowt.

    Lance Berc says: “We don’t use the word ‘turgid’ enough - this first half has been a great opportunity.”

    44 mins: Shelvey swings in a corner from the left but he fails to beat the first man. Not what Newcastle need on a night like this.

    Down the other end, Aubameyang clips in a cross from the left which flicks off Krafth and almost deceives Darlow who reacts quickly to claw the ball behind. An unmarked Luiz heads the resulting corner wide.

    42 mins: Carroll volleys a cross but it misses everyone, eventually reaching Almiron on the opposite flank, allowing him to swing the ball back in, as Newcastle earn a corner.

    40 mins: Joelinton touches the ball in the final third for the first time in the match and immediately loses possession. To be fair to the Brazilian, he is working very hard tonight on the left flank.

    38 mins: Tierney pulls the ball back into his right foot to swing a cross into the box, only to see Darlow coming out to claim the ball at the second time of asking.

    Both goalkeepers are yet to make a save of note.

    36 mins: Aubameyang runs at Krafth with the ball, the defender gets across the Arsenal man who goes down in the area but knows there is no penalty to be had.

    34 mins: Lacazette bundles over Krafth in the Newcastle box. The Frenchman is not pleased with the decision, as he thought he was about to have a good chance to open the scoring.

    32 mins: Tierney flings a cross across the box but there is no one there in an Arsenal shirt and it goes out for a throw. Newcastle are defending well but they are really just delaying what looks like the inevitable.

    30 mins: Almiron shows his desire by going through the back of Xhaka to get the ball back, much to the Arsenal’s man chagrin. It is not a foul so Xhaka dusts himself down and gets on with it.

    28 mins: Smith Rowe gallops into the box after Arsenal beat Newcastle’s 3/10 press. The young Englishman pulls it back for Aubameyang who thwacks the ball over at the first time of asking.

    26 mins: Lacazette and Arteta are claiming there was a handball by Lewis is the box. The ball hits his arm after striking the defender’s thigh, so it’s not an offence. Not to mention the fact it was outside the area. Arteta, however, is still moaning.

    24 mins: Every time Newcastle get the ball they give it straight back to Arsenal. They will be lucky to hold on until half-time at this rate.

    I say this as Almiron drives his team up the pitch, laying the ball into Carroll who plays it straight back, only to see his teammate whip his shot from the edge of the area over the bar.

    22 mins: This corner is not taken short, as Saka swings it in from the right to the back post for Luiz to nod back into the danger area but Newcastle get to it and clear. Arsenal’s corner routines look clever but like they have never actually tried them before the match.

    20 mins: Arsenal win a corner on the left. Saka takes it short to Smith Rowe and the routine quickly breaks down it is rubbish. Luckily, for Arsenal, Newcastle just give them the ball back and they can attack again, which ends in another corner.

    18 mins: Maybe I am being a bit harsh on Aubameyang, as the cross took a deflection off Darlow on the way to the striker but you would still expect a player of his calibre to be able to adjust his feet and score.

    16 mins: HOW HAS HE MISSED THAT?! Smith Rowe drives towards the box, then slips in Saka who pings the ball across the goalmouth to an off-balance Aubameyang at the back post but he can’t control his shot which pings off the post with the goal gaping.

    14 mins: Neither goalkeeper has been tested yet. Andy Carroll lifts a cross into the box from wide on the right wing. I think he is supposed to be the man in the middle getting on the end of them.

    Down the other end, Saka goes past Lewis, who takes down the Arsenal man with a hand to the face.

    12 mins: Krafth is now on the deck after Tierney pings a cross straight into the defender’s stomach, winding him in the process. The Swede will recover even though it looks a little unpleasant.

    10 mins: Holding puts everything into a challenge on Almiron. The former Bolton defender takes the man and the ball, leaving Almiron in some pain but it is all fair and legal.

    8 mins: Almiron has looked bright in the early moments, always looking to get the ball off his less talented teammates. He could make the difference tonight.

    Krafth is finding space on the overlap down the right but the result thus far has been two dreadful crosses.

    6 mins: Richard Hirst is back to say (re 19:41): “On the other hand, I hope his outburst further demoralises the players so that the team slides down the table to, and below, Fulham.”

    Something for you to cling onto, Richard.

    4 mins: Joelinton and Cedric have a good old scrap on the right, resulting in an Arsenal free-kick. The Newcastle players are doing their best to show they care.

    Paul Dorning offers: “I think gunners is Özil’s Nickname for Gündogan.”

    2 mins: We’ve had crosses at both ends already. Cedric swings on in from the right for Arsenal, which is headed away, while down at the other end Almiron chips one harmlessly into the arms of Leno. At least it’s a sign of early intent.

    Peep! Peep! Peep! Here we go!

    “Interesting after Bruce’s outburst that his team seems to be full of people who REALLY CARE,” Mark Hooper points out. “From Darlow and Lascelles through Matty Longstaff and Shelvey to Carroll and Almiron (whose attitude to not scoring his first goal for ages was brilliant).”

    Brings a tear to the eye.

    Whether I am here or not I will always support my Gunners Good luck tonight! #YaGunnersYa #COYG #ARSNEW

    Here is some Gunners news I brought you (with Nick Ames) from last week.

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    Richard Hirst says: “I have, unusually, some sympathy with Steve Bruce’s outburst. If highly paid professional footballers can’t play more than one system then maybe they should cease to be highly paid professional footballers and start lumping a ball about on Hackney Marshes, or the Newcastle equivalent thereof.”

    One of many outbursts here ...

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    Get in the mood ...

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    Tom Collins emails to say: “Flashback with that Carroll goal. On a relatively rare foray into the big smoke in 2010 happened to be in a weird refectory style bar in Camden Market with some suitably retro shirted Arsenal fans in close proximity for that goal. Suffice to say no one else present was interested in the slightest!”

    Camden Market is pretty awful.

    Our man at the match, Nick Ames, says it is freezing at the Emirates. Could this be important? No. But it will be very funny to laugh at how cold Nick is.

    Maybe Andy Carroll is playing in the hope he can repeat this ...

    A towering header from @AndyTCarroll back in 2010.

    For more memorable wins at Arsenal

    Partey is back for Arsenal, which is good news for them. Cedric Soares gets a rare outing at right-back, as Bellerin left on the bench, one assumes to rest the Spaniard.

    Steve Bruce starts with Joelinton, Wilson and big ANDY CARROLL. This could be a fun night for all involved.

    Arsenal: Leno, Soares, David Luiz, Holding, Tierney, Partey, Xhaka, Saka, Smith Rowe, Aubameyang, Lacazette

    Subs: Runarsson, Bellerin, Gabriel, Elneny, Willock, Willian, Pepe, Martinelli, Nketiah

    I like to think of tonight’s fixture as a battle of the Premier League’s great underachievers. Both have been ruddy awful by their standards for a few years. The Gunners have won the odd FA Cup in recent times but their league form has been wonderfully mediocre, starting today’s game in 11th, two points behind Aston Villa who will have played four games fewer by the time this match finishes.

    Mikel Arteta has brought inadvertent hope by being forced to give youth a chance, as opposed to his merry band of overpriced men. Emile Smith Rowe has shown the promise thanks to his eagerness to succeed at Arsenal, a trait rarely seen in the departed Mesut Ozil. There will be no fans inside the Emirates tonight but few would have mourned his exit to Fenerbahce after a farcical final year in north London.

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Historic News Stories have been added below:

The summer transfer action is beginning to come hard and fast for Arsenal as they now have begun to receive many offers for the want away Dutch striker Robin Van Persie who is out of contract with the gunner at the end of next season. The clubs star player has made it clear he will not be signing a new contract with the gunners and this has prompted all of Europe’s top clubs to begin a bidding war for the phenomenal striker.

Another player who could be set to leave the Emirates stadium is Carlos Vela who is now in the middle of discussions for a transfer to the Spanish side Real Sociedad who are thought to be lining up a £5.000.000 deal for the Mexican international. Vela has been on the sidelines for some time now and it is clear that his future lies elsewhere and away from London.

The capture of Lucas Podolski from Cologne a few weeks back was meant to signal the start of a new era at Arsenal as the club have been trophy less for the past five years. The German international was seen as the perfect partner for Robin Van Persie but with the Dutch striker certainly on his way out of the Emirates it is now more than likely that Podolski will be leading the line along with another new signing up from in the form of up and coming superstar Olivier Giroud.

Another player who could be leaving the London club this summer is Marouane Chamakh who has found himself out of the picture at Arsenal for the past twelve month and has only started a handful of games during this time. The Morroccan international is wanted by Fiorentina and Dutch champions Ajax and the striker is keen on a move to either of these sides in search of first team football.

Arsenal are also said to be in for the highly thought of Egyptian defender Islam Ramadan who plays for his homeland club Haras El Hodood with the twenty one year old thought to be an integral part of Wengers new defensive plans. Ramadan has also attracted a huge amount of interest from some of Europe’s leading clubs including Lyon, Benfica and Sporting Lisbon.