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The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow live with our daily blog throughout theArsenal FC News | Arsenal Transfer News Today | Mail Online 22 May 11:32
The new home shirt for the upcoming 2018-19 season features Arsenal's usual vibrant red tone and uses white more prominently across the shoulder and arm sleeves than the previous campaign's kit.Arsenal FC News | Arsenal Transfer News Today | Mail Online 22 May 11:31
Unai Emery is to be confirmed as the new manager of Arsenal after a day of talks in London concluded with him saying yes to the role of replacing Arsene Wenger.Arsenal FC News | Arsenal Transfer News Today | Mail Online 22 May 11:29
For many of Europe's top stars, the end of the domestic season means attention now turns to the World Cup in June.¬† Follow all the latest news as it happens with Sportsmail.Arsenal ‚Äď teamtalk.com 22 May 09:43
Liverpool have been linked with a triple swoop for ¬£140m worth of talent, while Arsenal hope to fix their defensive woes by swooping for Porto’s defensive lynchpin, according to Tuesday’s newspapers.
LIVERPOOL LOOKING TO MAKE TRANSFER STATEMENT
Liverpool are attempting an audacious swoop for three players they hope will further strengthen their new-found defensive resolve.
The Reds finished the season with the fourth-best defensive record in the Premier League in 2017/18, but had the season started 10 matches in, Liverpool would have had the best.
Their new-found defensive steel was hugely helped along by the ¬£75m January arrival of Virgil van Dijk, but Jurgen Klopp knows he will need to further strengthen his backline if the club are to mount a push for the Premier League title next season.
As such, the Daily Mirror reckons Liverpool are now ready to make AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma their new No 1 goalkeeper target and will spend up to ¬£70million to land the young Italian.
A clause in Donnarumma’s contract allows him to leave Milan after they failed to qualify for the Champions League and Klopp believes the goalkeeper is more obtainable than Alisson Becker at Roma.
Liverpool have also reportedly targeted swoops for Newcastle defenders Jamaal Lascelles and James Tarkowski, according to the Independent.
The duo are rated at¬†around ¬£35million apiece and are seen as cover and competition for both Van Dijk and, more likely, Dejan Lovren.
Although Liverpool would unlikely sign both, the addition of all three players, including Donnarumma, the papers seem to think the triple deal would set the Champions League finalists back a cool ¬£140m.
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AND THE REST
Arsenal are continuing their long-term pursuit of Porto’s defensive man mountain Danilo Pereira (Daily Mirror)
Ipswich have interviewed Frank Lampard twice as they search for a new manager (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini is wanted by Italian giants¬†AC Milan. The Belgian international is available on a free transfer after refusing a new deal at Old Trafford (The Sun)
Willian is desperate to stay at Chelsea – but his future depends on whether the club sacks manager Antonio Conte (The Sun)
Joe Hart could be given a shock get out of Man City by MLS sister team New York City (The Sun)
Barcelona¬†are planning a summer move for¬†Spurs’ 17-year-old English forward Reo Griffiths (The Sun)
Chelsea make Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski their top transfer target (Daily Telegraph)
Chelsea are ready to spend as much as ¬£100m to land Poland hitman Lewandowski (Daily Express)
Fulham¬†manager Slavisa Jokanovic has emerged as a surprise candidate for the¬†Chelsea¬†manager’s job (Daily Express)
Chelsea fans are concerned that Roman Abramovich will be driven out of the club¬†(Daily Telegraph)
Manchester City are in fresh talks with Leicester to sign Riyad Mahrez (Daily Telegraph)
West Ham have agreed a deal with Manuel Pellegrini for up to ¬£7m per year (Daily Telegraph)
Real Madrid are set to make a move for Gianluigi Buffon with Manchester United reluctant to sell David De Gea (Daily Express)
Former Norwich striker Grant Holt is to become a pro-wrestler with a UK franchise (Daily Mail)
Danish Superleague side FC Nordsjaelland have announced their entire club is committing to Juan Mata’s Common Goal charity (Daily Mail)
James McClean has revealed Celtic broke his heart by signing another player over him (Daily Record)
The post Paper Talk: Liverpool plan ambitious ¬£140m triple swoop; Arsenal chase defensive man mountain appeared first on teamtalk.com.Arsenal ‚Äď teamtalk.com 22 May 08:22
Former Arsenal forward Ian Wright has questioned the club’s board over what he perceives as as a mixed-up policy on their appointment of a new manager.
Mikel Arteta, for so long the favourite to succeed Arsene Wenger, was suddenly overtaken at the weekend by former PSG coach Emery, and it now seems his vision has been enough to persuade Arsenal to name him as their new manager.
A report on Monday said Arsenal are expected to unveil the Spaniard as their new coach later this week.
But their strategy has left Wright bemused and¬†speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, he said: “It’s like they’re at the sushi shop.
“You know the stuff that’s just going past? Yeah, I’ll have that. I’ll take that. I’ll leave them ones. No, I’ll take that one now.
“What’s going on at Arsenal, where’s Unai Emery come from? I can’t get it out of my head.
“You’d have thought that by now they would have known exactly what’s going on. Unai Emery’s now the favourite, he’s going to be the manager?
“Good luck to him if he comes in and gets it. I’ll back him. The fact is you just want people upstairs to be decisive with what they’re doing. I think they’ve had the time. This is the problem I’ve got.”
It is understood Arsenal conducted in-depth interviews with several candidates from a long list of potential managers.
Their new boss will need to work alongside head of football relations Raul Sanllehi and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, and rumours suggested Arteta was concerned with the incoming head coach’s level of control in the new structure.
However, it is believed no one pulled out of the race and the Gunners have settled on their preferred choice.
Emery has worked in such models previously, enjoying great success at Sevilla with sporting director Monchi, who is now at Roma.
News of Emery’s possible appointment came on the same day Wenger was pictured waving goodbye as he left the club’s Hertfordshire training complex.
The 68-year-old stopped to pose for selfies and sign autographs in what is expected to be the final act of his departure from Arsenal, having admitted last week he had no time to return properly and “empty my desk” following the last of his 1,235 matches in charge of the Gunners on May 13.
Arsenal are also in the process of overhauling the backroom staff, with the roles of assistant Steve Bould and coach Jens Lehmann among those to be decided.
It is understood that as many as six other employees will depart, including long-term coach Boro Primorac and Colin Lewin, head of the club’s medical department.
Unai Emery’s career in numbers
2005 – Start of managerial career
3 – Europa League titles won at Sevilla
4 – Domestic cups won at PSG
1 – Ligue 1 titles won at PSG
74 – Win percentage in Ligue 1 with PSG
13 – Points clear of Monaco in Ligue 1 last season
6 – Clubs managed
0 – English clubs managed
2 – Clubs managed outside Spain
32 – Age retired from playing
25 – Days since PSG departure was announced
200 – Millions spent on Neymar while in charge of PSG
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The post Wright slams Arsenal board for last-gasp change of mind on Emery appeared first on teamtalk.com.Arsenal FC News | Arsenal Transfer News Today | Mail Online 22 May 02:30
The north London club will appoint Unai Emery as their new manager following the end of Arsene Wenger's 22-year reign. They went cold on another former player in Mikel Arteta.Arsenal FC News | Arsenal Transfer News Today | Mail Online 22 May 02:10
If the new Arsenal manager Unai Emery shares one thing in common with his predecessor Arsene Wenger, it may be a distinct intolerance for the whims of Jose Mourinho.Arsenal ‚Äď teamtalk.com 21 May 22:59
Unai Emery is expected to be confirmed as the new Arsenal manager later this week after blowing the Gunners hierarchy away with his vision for the club.
The former PSG coach has emerged as the ‚Äėunanimous choice‚Äô for the Arsenal board to succeed Arsene Wenger after an extensive interview process over the past few days.
Former midfielder Mikel Arteta was the frontrunner to replace Wenger for the past few weeks, but the Spaniard is expected to stay as Manchester City assistant manager. Thierry Henry has also been interviewed for the job.
Emery left Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season after winning one Ligue 1 title and four domestic cups during his two seasons in charge – but his likely appointment will still come as a surprise given he only emerged as a “last-gasp contender” over the weekend after the Gunners were alerted to the Spaniard’s availability.
Emery will now step into the manager‚Äôs job at the Emirates Stadium, where his reported budget is just ¬£50million – quite the difference from the vast fortunes at his disposal at PSG.
According to David Ornstein of BBC Sport, ‚Äėan announcement and news conference are expected later this week‚Äô to confirm Emery as Wenger‚Äôs successor.
Emery, who made his name during his three-year stint in charge of Sevilla, was at one stage a 66/1 shot and behind Tim Sherwood in the betting odds to become Arsenal manager.
However, while he is described as “not completely fluent” in English, that is not described as a problem, and his appointment is expected to be ratified shortly.
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The post Unai Emery vision impresses as Spaniard ‘wins race for Arsenal job’ appeared first on teamtalk.com.Arsenal ‚Äď teamtalk.com 21 May 19:59
Arsenal have confirmed one of football’s worst-kept secrets after announcing that Santi Cazorla is leaving the club after coming to the end of his contract.
The 33-year-old made 180 appearances for the Gunners since signing from Malaga in 2012, scoring 29 goals in all competitions.
Former Spain international Cazorla has not appeared for Arsenal since sustaining an Achilles injury in October 2016.
Ivan Gazidis, Arsenal’s chief executive, said on the club’s website: “Santi is always one of my favourite players to watch.
“His natural ability with both feet, his speed of thought and movement were central to our best performances in recent years.
“He plays with a joy and freedom which is very rare. We wish him well for the future and thank him for his important contribution to our club.”
Cazorla is expected to take up a one-year deal with his former club Villarreal, who dropped a huge hint a deal was close this weekend.
Villarreal club ambassador Marcos Senna stood and smiled while¬†reporter¬†M√≥nica Marchante said on¬†La Casa del Futbol: ‚ÄúIt¬†is¬†all-but-official that, although it has not all been completely confirmed by the club, Santi Cazorla will spend pre-season next season ‚Äď well, this July as we are already there ‚Äď with Villarreal.‚ÄĚ
Meanwhile, the Gunners are looking at midfield reinforcements with Nice’s Jean-Michael Seri and Napoli’s Jorginho mentioned as possible targets.
One player unlikely to sign, however, is Max Meyer, with the Schalke star expected to make a surprise move.
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The post Arsenal pay tribute to Cazorla after confirming his departure appeared first on teamtalk.com.Arsenal ‚Äď teamtalk.com 21 May 15:19
Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is absent from the Spain squad that will travel to the World Cup.
The 25-year-old managed only 11 league goals for the Blues in the recently concluded season and only appeared as a last-minute substitute in Saturday’s FA Cup final victory over Manchester United.
United goalkeeper David de Gea, Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta, Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal and David Silva of Manchester City are the Premier League players who have made Julen Lopetegui’s 23-man squad.
Morata, who struggled during his debut campaign at Stamford Bridge, is joined by his Chelsea team-mates Cesc Fabregas and Marcos Alonso in missing out on a ticket to Russia.
Shortly after the list was revealed on Monday, Morata tweeted: “Good luck at the World Cup! I will be supporting you and encouraging you right to the end, as always!”
Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin, Atletico Madrid forward Vitolo and Bayern Munich midfielder Javi Martinez are also surprise omissions.
El Clasico stars Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Isco, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Lucas Vazquez, Jordi Alba, Nacho and Dani Carvajal will fly the flag for Barcelona and Real Madrid.
The scorer of the winning goal for Spain in the 2010 World Cup final, Iniesta on Sunday played his last game for Barca after a 16-year spell at the Nou Camp.
Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa, now back at Atletico, has made the cut after plundering seven goals for the capital club following his return to eligibility in January.
Much√≠sima suerte en el Mundial!! Desde ya estar√© apoyando y animando hasta el final como siempre!!
— √Ālvaro Morata (@AlvaroMorata) May 21, 2018
Head coach Lopetegui said in quotes carried by the Spanish national team’s official Twitter account: “We have decided that this is the squad that will serve us best. It’s been difficult, because beyond this list of names are the dreams of a nation.
“We are taking the squad which we consider to be the best one. Whatever we’re going to achieve at the World Cup, we’ll do it with this group.”
Spain will tackle Portugal, Iran and Morocco in Group B, with their first match against Cristiano Ronaldo and company taking place on June 15 in Sochi.
Spain’s 23-man World Cup squad: Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Dani Carvalhal (Real Madrid), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), David de Gea (Manchester United), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Isco (Real Madrid), Kepa (Athletic Bilbao), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Nacho (Real Madrid), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid), Alvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Jose Reina (Napoli), Rodrigo (Valencia), David Silva (Manchester City), Thiago (Bayern Munich), Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid).
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