Hello everyone and welcome to football.londonArsenal live coverage on Friday 28th January.
We are now entering the final days of the transfer window and Mikel Arteta’s side are yet to sign a single first-team squad this month, despite numerous centre-forward and midfield links.
With the Gunners seemingly missing out on prime target Dusan Vlahovic, Real Sociedad leader Alexander Isak and Real Madrid star Luka Jovic have both been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium, while Arteta is looking for a replacement. term for exiled captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Considering the North Londoners have cleared Ainsley Maitland-Niles to leave for AS Roma on loan, Bruno Guimaraes and Arthur Melo have both been linked as potential targets for the Gunners as they seek midfield reinforcements .
However, it now looks like neither of these two will move to the Emirates in January.
Nonetheless, others, including Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz and Wolves’ Ruben Neves, are said to still be on the club’s radar.
In terms of outings, Calum Chambers left the club on Thursday night after signing for Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa on a three-and-a-half-year deal.
During this time, football.london understands that Bernd Leno is expected to stay until the summer when he will eventually be replaced by Matt Turner after the Gunners reach an agreement to sign the USA keeper.
With all that in mind, be sure to keep the blog locked throughout the day so you don’t miss a thing.
According to the Sun, Wolves are confident of retaining the services of Ruben Neves until the end of the season.
Neves has been linked with a move to Arsenal and Manchester United lately.
Kieran Tierney has admitted he was sad to see Calum Chambers leave Arsenal for Aston Villa.
The Scotland international took to Instagram to message his former team-mate, writing: “One of the good guys. Sad to see you go bro. Best wishes”
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Arsenal youngster William Saliba has claimed he has no regrets joining the Gunners despite not making his first appearance for the club’s squad since sealing a transfer from Saint Etienne nearly three years ago.
Asked if he regrets moving to north London, Saliba told RMC Sport: “You don’t have to have them. There are things like that in football. There are difficult times. All is not rosy.
“Even though it didn’t go well on a personal level, I take it as an experience. It gave me a stronger mentality.”
Living room on Aubameyang
Arsenal icon Ray Parlor has admitted his former side still need exiled captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
“Of course they need him,” Parlor told talkSPORT.
“But you also have to show your dominance as a manager and say you can’t do things, especially when you have a young team.
“As a captain you have to set a good example, which is very important.”
Arsenal’s reported target Cody Gakpo has agreed a new contract with current club PSV.
French outlet Foot Mercato have claimed the North London side are keen on Gakpo but the Dutchman has now agreed a new deal until 2026.
According to Italian transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio, Dejan Kulusevski doesn’t seem to be part of Juventus’ plans anymore.
Di Marzio also claims the Old Lady doesn’t want to let him move to another Serie A side, potentially opening the door for Arsenal, who have been linked with the Sweden international of late.
Deal with Turner ‘confirmed’
USA manager Gregg Berhalter has all but confirmed that Matt Turner will be heading to Arsenal this summer.
Berhalter said after the United States beat El Salvador 1-0 on Thursday: “[Turner] He went to the University of Fairfield, was not drafted in university, now he plays with the national team and he is heading to Arsenal.
“It’s just an amazing story and it’s all down to him, his work ethic, his confidence and his attitude of never giving up.
“It’s a great story and Matt is a great guy, a great teammate and we’re lucky to have him.
“Tonight was an example of where he did everything he had to. He was calm in all situations. He wasn’t tested a lot but he was there when we needed him and he looked like a player who goes to Arsenal for sure.”
According to French outlet L’Equipe, Newcastle United have finally agreed a deal with Lyon for Arsenal target Bruno Guimaraes.
Vlahovic arrives at Juventus
Relocation of Arthur Cabral
Basel striker and reported Arsenal target Arthur Cabral is set to join Fiorentina, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.
Romano said: Brazilian striker Arthur Cabral has just landed in Florence to complete his move to Fiorentina from FC Basel. 14.5 million euros plus agreed bonus fees.
“Arthur will undergo medical tests tomorrow – this is Dusan Vlahovićc [Juventus] replacement for Fiorentina.”
Vlahovic closed the deal
According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal target Dusan Vlahovic will undergo a medical with Serie A giants Juventus before signing a long-term deal with Massimiliano Allegri’s side.
Romano tweeted: “Dusan Vlahovic to Juventus, deal done and here we go! Full deal with player, agents & Fiorentina. €75m extra fee included. €7m net salary per season.
“Vlahovic will undergo medical tests in Turin and sign his long-term contract soon. Deal reached.”
Turner deal done
Arsenal have agreed a deal for Matt Turner, who will complete a summer move to the Gunners, football.london understand.
The two clubs agreed an initial fee of £4.5m leading to £7.5m with additional bonuses.
football.london can confirm that Turner has agreed a four-year contract with the club, which also has the option of a one-year extension.
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Rooms signs for Villa
Aston Villa have completed the signing of Arsenal defender Calum Chambers on a three-and-a-half-year contract.
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Interest of Luiz
We start with some excerpts from yesterday, including football.londonRoundup of all the latest headlines linking Aston Villa star Douglas Luiz with a move to Arsenal.
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