Welcome to our football.london The Arsenal Way daily news round-up. Maybe not the first, we’ve definitely done transfer round-ups before, and European round-ups, so I guess in some ways it’s not that new at all. Anyway, we thought we would enter the world of football in a broad and roundabout manner for you and have some fun with some of the stories and captions doing the daily rounds.
Vlahovic unlikely to move to London
According to Sky Sports Italy, Arsenal had reached an agreement for Dusan Vlahovic in the summer transfer window. But, the Fiorentina player’s contract ends at the close of the current season and will be looking for other options in January instead of a North London move.
The report states that the 21-year-old won’t be the first Serie A star to reject a move to the Emirates stadium after the Gunners were linked with Manuel Locatelli and Joaquin Correa in the summer window.
Arsenal and Edu have a striker dilemma to solve, which will start in January this season. Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang will leave for the Africa Cup Of Nations, whilst Alexandre Lacazette is playing out his last season per his contract at the club.
Our take: You could argue in many ways that Lacazette deserves a new deal, albeit a short-term one after his recent exploits for the club. But, maybe it’s also the time that Arsenal is the home of a new striker, leading the line at the Emirates.
Wenger reveals he should have left Arsenal
Speaking in his new documentary ‘Arsene Wenger: Invincible’, the Frenchman expressed some regret at not leaving Arsenal after the Invincibles season.
The Telegraph have quoted him saying: “I identified myself completely with the club – that was the mistake I made.
“My fatal flaw is I love too much where I am… where I was. I regret it. I should have gone somewhere else.”
Speaking about the famous invincibles season, Wenger suggested that the pressure of the perfect season could have been a turning point: “Sometimes I wonder – was something broken after that Invincible season?
“2007 was a decisive point. It was the first time I could feel there were tensions inside the board. I was torn between being loyal to the club and being loyal to David [Dein].”
The 75-year-old spoke about some of the clubs he could have moved on at: “‘I have now to go to the end of this project’.
“I could have gone to the French national team. The English national team twice or three times even. I could have gone twice to Real Madrid. I could have gone to Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, even Manchester United.”
Maitland-Niles speaks about lack of minutes
Ainsley Maitland-Niles featured from the start in Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Watford. The midfielder gave a great showing to both fans and Mikel Arteta who will think about adding the youngster more often in his starting eleven.
The player told the club website : “Of course I’m looking for more minutes, I just need to keep my head down and keep going and working hard,” he said.
He won the Man Of The Match award on the day, in a game that will give fans the confidence that he’s going to cement his future at the club.
This comes after Maitland-Niles took to Instagram to share his feelings on a possible transfer away from the club, last summer: “All I wanna do is go where I’m wanted and where I’m gonna play”.
When asked about the post after the Watford game he said: “That’s all in the past now.
“I am just thinking about the future and what’s ahead of me. It was great to be out there today, getting my minutes, and hopefully, there is more to come.
“Yeah [I’m] always happy to be on the pitch and play, it’s a good feeling. Of course, I’m looking for more minutes, I just need to keep my head down and keep going and working hard.”
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