Arsenal are preparing to host Leicester City in the Premier League on Sunday at the Emirates. Manager Mikel Arteta will be looking to continue his side’s recent good run in the league (victories in their last four games) as the race for the top four intensifies. The Gunners, fourth, are a point ahead of Manchester United but have three games in hand.
Meanwhile, the Gunners are interested in a Barcelona defender. Elsewhere, Juventus are set to compete with the north London side for a Lille midfielder. On that note, here’s a look at Arsenal’s top transfer stories as of March 10, 2022:
Arsenal interested in Clement Lenglet
Arsenal are watching Clement Lenglet closely, according to The Hard Tackle via Fichajes. The French defender is expected to leave Barcelona this summer and the Gunners plan to bring him to the Emirates.
Lenglet arrived at Camp Nou in 2018 after receiving rave reviews for his performances with Sevilla. The Frenchman started out running but has declined in recent years. He’s also dropped the pecking order lately, with Gerard Pique, Ronald Araujo and Eric Garcia all favorites ahead of him.
He has totaled just 790 minutes of playing time in all competitions this season. The Frenchman is tipped to leave for greener pastures this summer. Barcelona’s pursuit of Andreas Christensen could be the final nail in his coffin. The imminent arrival of the Danish defender would further limit Lenglet’s playing time. The Gunners are plotting to take advantage of the situation.
Arteta invested heavily in Ben White last summer. The Englishman has struck up a stellar partnership with Gabriel at the heart of the Gunners defence. However, Arteta lacks a proper backup in his squad for his first-choice defensive pairing. The Spaniard wants to fix the problem by curling up at Lenglet.
However, Arsenal could face competition from Tottenham Hotspur, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid to sign the player. Lenglet’s current contract expires in 2026 but he will likely be available at a discount this summer.
Juventus enter the race for Renato Sanches
Juventus have entered the race for Renato Sanches, according to The Hard Tackle via Fichajes. Arsenal are hot on the heels of the Portuguese star as they look to revamp their midfield this summer. However, the Bianconeri are ready to spoil the party.
Sanches has been outstanding for Lille since arriving from Bayern Munich in 2019. The 24-year-old has become a vital member of their first team and caught the attention of the Gunners.
Arteta could lose both Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka at the end of the situation. The Spaniard therefore wants Sanches to fill the void in the center of the park. The Portuguese’s current deal expires next year and he’s yet to agree a new deal.
Sanches’ reluctance to commit to the club could force Lille to cash in on him this summer. They reportedly asked €30m for him in January but might not get that much for him at the end of the season. The Gunners are looking to sign Sanches but could face competition from Juventus, AC Milan, Newcastle United and Liverpool.
Gunners watch Ajax star Antony
Arsenal are monitoring Antony, according to The Hard Tackle via Calciomercato. The Brazilian has recently received rave reviews with his heroics for Ajax.
The Gunners plan to add more bite to their attack and have identified the 22-year-old as a possible target. Arteta is building a new front line at the Emirates, and Anthony is the kind of player who would suit the Spaniard’s tactics.
However, moving him away from the Eredivisie giants won’t be easy as he is contracted to the club until 2025. Moreover, the Gunners are likely to face competition from Manchester United, Newcastle United and Bayern Munich. for his services.