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Arsenal And Unai Emery Can Save Millions In Transfer Fees If They Simply Give A Chance To These Five Wonderkids



The Arsenal academy is considered as one of the best footballing academies in England, and rightly so. The Arsenal academy graduates have proven to be world class footballers, whether at the Emirates or somewhere else.

Players like Jack Wilshere, Alex Iwobi, Hector Bellerin, Wojciech Szczesny, Serge Gnabry, and Ashley Cole – all of them are superb footballing talents who graduated from the Arsenal academy.

Arsenal’s squad are severely lacking in talent, which was dangerously exposed during this season. Several first team players are expected to leave Arsenal this summer, like Skhodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny. On top of that, Arsenal have a severely crippled transfer budget for this season, and this leaves them in a tricky situation.

Arsenal are in dire need of players, and don’t have enough money to sign them all. One simple solution to this problem could be right in their hands already. There are some extremely talented Arsenal academy graduates playing for their youth teams, some of whom debuted for the first team in last season.

Giving them the nod for the senior team may allow the club to save millions on transfers. Arsedevils takes a look at the Arsenal academy graduates that the Gunners need to promote to the first team this season.

1. Reiss Nelson

Reiss Nelson is the player who is expected to feature extensively in the Arsenal team next season, having starred for Hoffenheim in Bundesliga. The young winger started the season on fire, with six goals in his first seven league matches.

He also provided assists in the only two games during that period when he did not score. His brilliant first half of the season faded away, partly due to injuries and he lost his place in the first team. However, Nelson showed that he has enough talent to rejuvenate the Arsenal attack.

The team lacks options down the right flank, often relying on Henrikh Mkhitaryan or Mesut Ozil, neither of whom are natural wingers. In this situation, Nelson may slot right into the first team, and Unai Emery will hope that the bullet-paced winger grabs this chance with both hands.

2. Eddie Nketiah

Nketiah has been on Arsenal’s first team picture for a long time, with the striker registering his first Premier League goal last season, 18 months after scoring his first professional goal in the EFL cup. However, he has never been given a run in the first team that he so clearly deserves, by any head coaches, Unai Emery included. Emery blocked a January loan move to Augsburg and that shows that he has faith in the striker.

With Danny Welbeck being released, the spot for a third striker is opening up, and it is up to the Arsenal management to give this talented 20-year-old striker the chance to play back-up to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

3. Emiliano Martinez

It seems forever since Martinez signed for the Arsenal youth team from Independiente, and yet the goalkeeper has managed only six appearances for the Gunner’s first team. He has been sent on six successive loans, never quite enjoying the breakthrough. However, his mid-season loan move to Reading proved to be a fortune changer and his brilliant performances in his team’s race against the drop has impressed the Arsenal fans.

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With Petr Cech retired and David Ospina likely to be sold, the spot for a back-up keeper has opened up. Martinez recently admitted that while his dream was to play for Arsenal, he will consider an exit if he is not given the opportunity to compete for the number one goalkeeping spot. Unai Emery will need to give him a run in the cup games to satisfy his game time demand and Arsenal may end up with a very capable keeper in their books.

4. Emile Smith Rowe

The 18-year-old midfielder had a disappointing season on loan at RB Leipzig due to injury problems. However, the Gunners management has been impressed with the player as has been the management at the Bundesliga club.

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RB Leipzig staff have been impressed with Rowe’s performance in training, and was reportedly interested in bringing him back on loan. However, Arsenal have so far made their intentions clear that they want Rowe in the Emirates for the next season, especially with the midfield looking shaky after the departures of Aaron Ramsey and Denis Suarez, and the imminent exit of Mesut Ozil.

The young midfielder is far from finished product and will need time to adapt into the first team picture, but is one of the most promising Arsenal academy graduates. However, if Unai Emery can give him enough chances and allow him to develop, he might prove to be an asset for the Gunners.

5. Joe Willock

Arguably Unai Emery’s most liked among the Arsenal academy graduates, the midfielder impressed the Gunners faithful with his performance in the Europa League final defeat to Chelsea. Arsenal fans even claimed that “he’s better than Ozil”.

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He is most likely to be promoted to the first team as a Plan B in the middle of the park. Having already made five appearances for Arsenal last season, he would be looking forward to feature more for the first team.

His style of play will also suit the team, with his bursting runs from the midfield something that Unai Emery likes, as shown by his preference of a Granit Xhaka-Lucas Torreira midfield partnership. Willock will slot into that position with ease, and Gunners fans will be hoping to see some more positive performances from the 20-year-old.

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Arsenal and Sanllehi Hatch Emergency Transfer Bid in January to Stop the Rot




It’s been suggested that Arsenal are readying themselves to make a bid in the January transfer window to tighten up their defense, which is freely leaking goals.

Over the last few seasons supporters have been reminded that Arsenal don’t participate in the less productive transfer period but their current plight has almost made urgent action inevitable.

Director of Football Raul Sanllehi said,

“I don’t believe much in the winter window. There are exceptions. But if you have the right planification (?) in the summer and the team are performing at the level you expect, you should not go to that window or try to avoid it. It’s there for emergencies, a big injury or if something is really not working and you need to recover there. I give much more importance to the summer windows.”

Well that’s at least two boxes ticked from Raul’s list of reasons why Arsenal will indeed be active in January. Firstly, they aren’t performing to the expected level and secondly, it is an emergency defensively.

As I said in a recent blog, Arsenal tended to completely ignore their defensive deficits after securing the injured Kieran Tierney and the absent William Saliba. They needed to get a strong central defender that could lead the backline and failed miserably.

David Luiz, a last minute purchase in the summer, was not the answer and now with every premiership team feasting on a fragile defence, the penny has finally dropped.

Arsenal had so many opportunities in the summer to make good but chose the ostrich approach of hiding away from reality and making do for another season in the hope of success.

On the evidence of Emery’s first season, it looked likely. He got Arsenal to the Europa league final and missed champions league qualification by a single point.


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Yet, Arsenal crumbled towards the end of the domestic programme and all the signs were there that action needed to be taken. Not just a temporary fix but a long term solution to an age old problem that has continued to hinder two managers.

So who can Arsenal get to plug the hole ? Juventus’ Merih Demira, Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig, Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti, Villarreal center-back Pau Torres or Martin Hinteregger of Eintracht Frankfurt, would certainly up the quality whilst providing poise and class.

Depending on your pick from that group of names, Arsenal could expect to pay anything from £22m up to £50m but that would be nothing compared to losing out on champions league football for another season or so.

Dress it up how you like but the revolution hasn’t started at Arsenal because there are too many areas that need work. Emery needs a combative/creative playmaker, either in one player or two. He needs to find that solid defense and also needs to settle on a holding midfielder, whether that be Torreira or someone else.

There are question marks hanging over a number of players such as Mustafi, Torreira, Xhaka and Aubameyang and Arsenal need to resolve their respective futures quickly,

Expect departures but don’t rule out an arrival or two if a deal can be done, It may be similar to the ‘Argos’ style Pepe deal which is an installment transfer plan. However it’s done, Arsenal can’t afford to ignore the obvious for another season.

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'It's a mystery': O'Neill queries how 'phenomenal' Serge Gnabry slipped through Arsenal's net 




‘It’s a mystery’: Michael O’Neill queries how ‘phenomenal’ Serge Gnabry slipped through Arsenal’s net after Germany hat-trick v Northern Ireland

Michael O’Neill says he is mystified as to why Serge Gnabry did not make more of an impact in English football after watching the Bayern Munich forward bag a hat-trick as Germany beat Northern Ireland 6-1 in Frankfurt.

Gnabry moved on to 13 goals from as many international appearances, looking a world apart from the player who struggled to make an impact at Arsenal early in his career and virtually disappeared on loan at West Brom before being sold to Werder Bremen for a reported five million euros in 2016.

His first goal was the pick of the bunch as he took a touch before swivelling in the box and unleashing a shot high into Bailey Peacock-Farrell’s goal, levelling the scores at 1-1 after Michael Smith gave Northern Ireland a shock early lead in this Euro 2020 qualifier.

Serge Gnabry scored a hat-trick for Germany as they thrashed Northern Ireland 6-1

Serge Gnabry scored a hat-trick for Germany as they thrashed Northern Ireland 6-1

But Gnabry’s movement, pace and strength caused Northern Ireland’s injury-hit defence problems until he was withdrawn nine minutes from time, leading O’Neill to describe him as ‘unplayable’ on the night.

‘Gnabry’s goal-scoring record is phenomenal,’ said O’Neill, whose side now face a play-off against Bosnia and Herzegovina next March. ‘It’s a mystery to me how English clubs didn’t get more out of him.

‘I’d be surprised if this Germany team doesn’t make a big impact (at Euro 2020).’

This was Gnabry’s second international hat-trick, and came less than two months after his four-goal display during Bayern’s 7-2 demolition of Tottenham in the Champions League.

There were precious few signs of that sort of form during an Arsenal career that yielded only one goal from 18 appearances, but Germany coach Joachim Low said he had long been aware of the 24-year-old’s talent.

‘I’ve always had the highest possible opinion of Gnabry,’ Low said. ‘Right from the start it was obvious to me he would be a fantastically important player.

‘He was always one to pass the ball to, he doesn’t play up front all the time, he lets himself fall back a bit and you can find him anywhere on the pitch and he’s able to play in many different positions.

‘These are prime qualities in any players and also his finishing is technically fantastic.’

Low put Gnabry’s difficulties in England down to injuries, but said the forward’s Arsenal team-mates Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil had been quick to recommend him.

‘When he was at Arsenal he was plagued by injury and all these injuries set him back,’ Low said. ‘But even at the time, around the 2014 World Cup he had always been in my thoughts.

‘He had some very good games with Arsenal and Mertesacker and Ozil would say to me, ‘Look at Gnabry, he’s a fantastic player, he keeps defences very busy’, so we had him in our sights for a long time.’


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Tottenham fans demand Jose Mourinho snub after Pochettino sack – ‘I’d rather have Wenger'




Tottenham fans have told chairman Daniel Levy to avoid hiring Jose Mourinho with the Special One odds on with some bookmakers to replace the Argentine.

Mourinho’s last job was at Manchester United which ended in acrimonious circumstances.

And some Tottenham fans even went as far as to say they would rather have Arsene Wenger in charge.

One said: “I’d Rather Have Wenger Than Mourinho.”

Another added: “Dear God I am hearing people say Mourinho.

“Have they not seen the mess he has made of ALL of his latest management jobs. I’d rather have Wenger than Mourinho!!!”

A third exclaimed: “Imagine if next North London Derby, Mourinho’s Arsenal play Wenger’s Tottenham.”

Tottenham released a statement on Tuesday evening explaining why Pochettino had been sacked.

Levy explained: “We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the Board has taken lightly, nor in haste.

“Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing.

“It falls to the Board to make the difficult decisions – this one made more so given the many memorable moments we have had with Mauricio and his coaching staff – but we do so in the Club’s best interests.

“Mauricio and his coaching staff will always be part of our history. I have the utmost admiration for the manner in which he dealt with the difficult times away from a home ground whilst we built the new stadium and for the warmth and positivity he brought to us.

“I should like to thank him and his coaching staff for all they have contributed. They will always be welcome here.

“We have a talented squad. We need to re-energise and look to deliver a positive season for our supporters.”

Tottenham return to action against West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday (12.30pm).

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