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’s agent snub Arsenal
Italian outlet, Violanews have reported that whilst Seria A club Fiorentina are open to talks with Arsenal over Dusan Vlahovic’s possible move to the Emirates, the agents aren’t so kind…
According to the report, Sky Sport’s Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio when answering a question after the potential of a move for the striker said: “”In January it is an impossible operation because Fiorentina are asking for 80 million. In June, Juve are in the running as well as many teams.
“The team most interested in Vlahovic for January is Arsenal. The English club has established a dialogue more than positive with Fiorentina and would be willing to satisfy the requests of the Viola club to reach an agreement.
“The problem is that Arsenal are unable to speak to the player’s agents, they do not answer the phone. The Gunners want to talk to the boy to explain their project to him, but these lack of answers make it impossible to enter into a negotiation … “
Monchengladbach interested in Knetiah
Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach are looking at putting a bid in the January transfer window to see Eddie Nketiah get minutes away from the Emirates.
The 22-year-old came from the Chelsea youth academy and joined Hale End’s under-18’s to come through the academy set-up at Arsenal. But, since graduating into first-team football, he’s seen little playing time and has made only two appearances this season.
It’s been reported that Arsenal wants the striker to sign a new contract, despite only keeping him last season due to a lack of depth in striker options. It may be the same dilemma Mikel Arteta faces this season.
With players going out to the Africa Cup Of Nations, and Alexandre Lacazette’s contract ending at the close of the season – the Gunners could leave themselves empty on forward options if Nketiah is sold.
Our take: I won’t be surprised if Nketiah left in the hope of getting regular first-team football elsewhere. It seems like Arsenal are only keeping the player as a ‘back-up’ option and he would be getting fed up with it if things don’t change in the run-up to January…
Mikel Arteta reveals inspiration for managing
At the launch of former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger’s new documentary, Arsene Wenger: Invincible, Mikel Arteta revealed that he was a big inspiration behind the ex-player’s decision to take on football management: “If it was not for him I would not be in the position I am today and I wouldn’t have enjoyed the career I had.
When Arteta asked if he was the reason he pursued a managerial career, the Spaniard said: “100 per cent. I was still young and I had my ideas, but he was a different level of inspiration on how I looked at the game.”
Arteta also said that he would like for Wenger to return to the club: “I would like him to be more present at the club. I think the players would love him, benefit, and be inspired to have him around and I think for the club it would be a huge boost.
“It was so intense for him for over 20 years and you need to get away a little bit, but I think it would be so beneficial for all parties to have him more present.”
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