For the first time in a while, things are looking relatively healthy on the pitch from an Arsenal point of view.
The Gunners produced a big performance to win 2-0 at Wolves, lifting Mikel Arteta’s team back up to seventh in the Premier League and just three points behind Saturday’s opponents in the race for European football.
That hasn’t changed the need for reinforcements over the summer, though, and the Arsenal we see at the start of the 2020/21 season could well be very different from the one currently putting together a string of results to leave itself in decent shape for the future. Here’s the latest on the transfer front.
Arsenal join Napoli in Saint-Maximin interest
Newcastle United playmaker Allan Saint-Maximin has been one of the Premier League’s most impressive newcomers this season, and it’s no surprise to see clubs testing the water, with the Magpies unlikely to play in Europe next season.
According to French publication Le10Sport, via The Mag, the Gunners have approached Saint-Maximin’s representatives in an effort to get a feel for his availability. However, they’ll face competition from Napoli, if the reports from France are to be believed.
Saint-Maximin has been Newcastle’s standout performer since a summer move worth up to £20million, completing more dribbles per game than every Premier League player aside from Adama Traore (per WhoScored) – but his long-term deal may mean his team has no need to cash in.
Bundesliga hotshot ‘would do well’ at Arsenal, former academy boss claims
Wout Weghorst finished the 2019/20 season as the fourth highest scorer in the Bundesliga with 16 goals, prompting talk that the Dutchman could leave Wolfsburg for Arsenal, and one man familiar with both clubs believes he could be a success at the Emirates Stadium.
Andries Jonker spent seven months as Wolfsburg manager in 2017, having previously served as Arsenal’s academy manager, and has suggested Weghorst could thrive in north London if the Gunners move for him.
Weghorst has been mentioned as an option if the club loses Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer.
“I could well imagine Weghorst at Arsenal,” Jonker told Bild (via Sport Witness).
“He could help as a hard worker and a goalscorer. He would do well in London!”
The three Gunners players who could be sold to finance Thomas Partey deal
Thomas Partey remains keen on a move to Arsenal, but the club need to raise funds by selling one or more squad members before they can commit to a deal.
That’s according to the Mail, who have named Matteo Guendouzi, Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira as the trio at risk of being shipped off to accommodate a move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Partey.
The paper points out Arsenal’s financial challenges, notably the challenge of offloading Mesut Ozil before his contract expires, but Arsenal and Partey appear to be on the same page when it comes to pushing for a switch in the close season.
Lacazette scored the Gunners’ second goal at Wolves, his first for the club since March, but may be allowed to leave if the club is able to tie down fellow forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to a new deal.
Torreira came off the bench for the final few minutes at Molineux, his first outing since picking up an injury four months ago, while Guendouzi was again left out of the squad as noise over his potential departure continues to get louder.
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