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Arsenal ‘have £40m summer transfer budget’

Arsenal will reportedly only have a transfer budget in the region of £40m for the summer window. Arsenal have reportedly decided to restrict Unai Emery‘s transfer budget to £40m. There has been widespread speculation regarding Arsenal’s plans for the summer window, with it being suggested that the size of the funds made available to Emery depends on whether the Gunners qualify for next season’s Champions League. According to The Mirror, the club’s board have already made the call regarding their spending ahead of the new campaign with an onus being placed on reducing the wage bill. The report claims that Emery may be provided with more money should they earn their place in European football’s premier competition, but it remains to be seen how much Arsenal woul...

Unai Emery leaps to defence of under-fire Shkodran Mustafi

Unai Emery launched an impassioned defence of Shkodran Mustafi on the eve of Arsenal‘s Premier League trip to Wolves – but admits there is room for improvement for the beleaguered centre-back. Mustafi was singled out for widespread criticism following his performance in Sunday’s 3-2 home defeat to Crystal Palace. A win over the Eagles would have seen Emery’s side finish the weekend in third but they now head to Wolves outside the top four and with Champions League qualification still in the balance. Shkodran Mustafi has been criticised for his defending (Adam Davy/PA) Mustafi, 27, has split opinion ever since he joined from Valencia for a reported £35million in 2016 but Emery believes the Germany international has the ability to be a success at the Emirates Stadium and th...

Unai Emery vows to rotate Arsenal squad “to protect players”

Unai Emery insists he can keep rotating to “protect” his players and seal a top-four Premier League finish. Arsenal made seven changes from Thursday’s Europa League win in Napoli for Sunday’s league clash with Crystal Palace, only to be beaten 3-2 by the Eagles. The Gunners’ Champions League qualification hopes took a hit in losing a game they expected to win, with Palace claiming their eighth victory on the road this term. Unai Emery, pictured, remains confident Arsenal can still secure a top-four Premier League finish (Bradley Collyer/PA) Granit Xhaka should recover from a hip complaint in time for Wednesday’s league trip to Wolves, as manager Emery looks set to mix up selection once again. “We have had some injuries, like with Aaron Ramsey, and ...

Crystal Palace ‘demanding £80m for Arsenal target Wilfried Zaha’

Crystal Palace reportedly place an £80m price tag on wantaway winger Wilfried Zaha amid alleged interest from Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal. Crystal Palace have reportedly slapped an £80m price tag on the head of rumoured Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur target Wilfried Zaha. Zaha confirmed his desire to leave the Eagles in order to play Champions League football earlier today, with Palace now resigned to losing their star man. However, they will not let the 26-year-old leave on the cheap and the Daily Mail claims that Palace will only consider bids of around £75m-£80m for the Ivory Coast international. The asking price could prove problematic for both Arsenal and Spurs, who have scouted the winger intensively but are unlikely to be able to afford spending up to £80m on one player. Borussia ...

Nicolas Pepe agent confirms transfer talks amid Liverpool interest

The agent of in-demand Lille forward Nicolas Pepe confirms he is in talks with other clubs amid speculation linking him with a move to Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal. The agent of Lille forward Nicolas Pepe has confirmed that he is in talks with clubs over a possible summer transfer. Lille president Gerard Lopez recently acknowledged that Pepe is likely to leave the club when the transfer window reopens at the end of this season, and a number of top European outfits are understood to be interested in his services. Liverpool are the most recent team to have been credited with an interest, while Arsenal are long-term admirers and Chelsea are understood to view the winger as a possible replacement for Eden Hazard. Bayern Munich are also in the running, and Lopez confirmed that all interested ...

Unai Emery talks up Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Wilfried Zaha quality

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has hailed Crystal Palace academy graduates Wilfried Zaha and Aaron Wan-Bissaka and insists he has plenty of his own young players pushing for a place in his squad. The Gunners host Roy Hodgson’s Palace on Sunday and are looking to maintain their place in the Premier League’s top four. While the Eagles have endured difficult spells during the campaign, Zaha and Wan-Bissaka have often stood out as star performers. They both came through the ranks at Selhurst Park and have been linked with moves away this summer. Emery is a confessed fan of Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Paul Harding/PA) Emery singled them out for praise on the eve of the Emirates Stadium clash and explained how nurturing young talent is an important part of his job. “They are tw...

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer concerned European success could boost top-four rivals

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has suggested Manchester United‘s top-four rivals may have an advantage by still being in European competitions. United’s Champions League adventure was brought to an end by Barcelona in midweek but Tottenham progressed to the semi-finals, while Arsenal and Chelsea are in the last four of the Europa League. The four English teams are jockeying for third and fourth in the Premier League and a place in next season’s Champions League, with only three points separating third-placed Spurs from United in sixth. Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea face a more crowded fixture list in the closing weeks of the campaign because of their European exertions, but United boss Solskjaer does not feel that will hinder them. “It’s great to have games to look for...

Preview: Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday’s London derby between top-four hopefuls Arsenal and Crystal Palace, including prediction, teams news and head-to-head records. Arsenal host Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday knowing that anything other than victory could see them surrender the initiative in a fiercely-competitive top-four race. Only goal difference is currently keeping the Gunners above the dotted line, and they take on a Crystal Palace side that needs just a draw to reach the 40-point mark. Arsenal © Reuters It has not all been plain-sailing for Arsenal in the post-Arsene Wenger era so far, but as things stand Unai Emery is on course for a successful first season at the helm. Charged with getting the Gunners back into the Premier League, Emery still has two routes open to ...

Unai Emery “very proud” after Arsenal reach semi-finals

Unai Emery was proud of his Arsenal players after they reached the semi-finals of the Europa League with a victory away at Napoli. Leading 2-0 from the first leg, the Gunners will now face Valencia in the last four after Alexandre Lacazette’s 36th-minute free-kick was enough to seal victory on the night and a much-deserved 3-0 aggregate win over a Napoli side far from their best. For all the criticism often aimed at the Arsenal defence, they have now kept six clean sheets in their last seven games and not conceded in consecutive away matches across all competitions for the first time since January 2017. We never feel alone, but we are looking forward to seeing you all at the Emirates on Sunday! We are the @Arsenal ! Forward together! pic.twitter.com/rS0mPYPrBT — Unai Emery (@UnaiEmer...

Report: Arsenal hold talks with Jordan Veretout

A report claims that Arsenal have stepped up their interest in Jordan Veretout by holding talks with the Fiorentina midfielder’s agent. Fiorentina midfielder Jordan Veretout is the latest midfielder to be linked with a summer transfer to Arsenal. The Gunners are looking to replace Aaron Ramsey, who is to join Juventus as a free agent ahead of next season. A number of players have already been mentioned in the gossip columns, including the likes of Hoffenheim ace Kerem Demirbay and Eibar’s Joan Jordan. Calciomercato suggests that Veretout is also a possible target, despite making little impact during his time in English football with Aston Villa, where he spent just a year before moving away. Veretout’s agent is rumoured to have attended Arsenal’s meting with Napoli ...

Result: Alexandre Lacazette seals comfortable passage through for Arsenal

Alexandre Lacazette scores the only goal of the second leg as Arsenal beat Napoli 1-0 on the night and 3-0 on aggregate in their Europa League quarter-final. Arsenal have booked a place in the semi-finals of the Europa League for the second season running thanks to a 3-0 aggregate win over Napoli, sealing the job with a 1-0 victory in Thursday’s second leg at the Stadio San Paolo. Alexandre Lacazette scored the only goal of the night in Naples with a 25-yard free kick past Alex Meret, leaving Serie A’s second-placed side – already trailing 2-0 from last week’s first leg – with too much to do. Unai Emery‘s side saw out the match to make it six clean sheets in seven matches, comfortably setting up a final-four showdown with Valencia in the process. © Reute...

Arsenal ‘scout David Neres against Juventus’

Arsenal scouted David Neres during Ajax’s 2-1 win over Juventus in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final, according to a report. Arsenal reportedly sent scouts to watch David Neres in action during Ajax‘s 2-1 win over Juventus in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday night. Neres has been in impressive form for Ajax this season, contributing 12 goals and 15 assists in 46 appearances in all competitions. Manchester United and Everton have been linked with the attacker, but according to the Daily Mail, Arsenal made a close check on the Brazilian against Juve. Neres joined Ajax from Sao Paolo in 2017 and scored 14 times in the Eredivisie last season. The Dutch giants have already agreed to sell Frenkie de Jong to Barcelona this summer, ...

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