Could PSG turn the heads of Saliba and Martinelli?

Arsenal has been the team to watch this season. Arteta has found a way to get the most out of his team, and the Arsenal players are gradually revealing their true colours to the rest of the world. This is great news for Arsenal fans, but it has a negative impact on Arteta’s project because Arsenal’s “dependables” have begun to attract suitors from all over Europe.

According to Media Foot, Ligue 1 powerhouse PSG has identified Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba as two Gunners they want this winter transfer window. Anyone who has seen William Saliba and Gabriel Martinelli play could write a book about their brilliance.

Saliba has made Arsenal’s defence a fortress, while Martinelli has made the left wing his own; there have even been claims that Mykhailo Mudryk would have been able to bench the Brazilian.

Yes, the duo has improved, and PSG will be justified in wanting them; these two possess the ability to transform a team. Given the apparent progress of Arteta’s project, it is unlikely that anyone would want to leave Arsenal, at least for the time being.

The only issue that could jeopardise Saliba and Martinelli’s long-term future at Arsenal if PSG’s advances this month fail as they should is that their contracts expire in 2024, which means Arsenal may be forced to offer bumper deals to the duo sooner rather than later, or PSG will keep coming back with sweeteners for the duo.

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Can you name any of Arteta’s Arsenal starting eleven who would be willing to walk away from their current successful run in the Premier League?

Arsenal is having their best league run ever, having just collected their 15th league win of the season after defeating their North London rivals Tottenham Hotspurs 2-0 this weekend. Arsenal now comfortably leads the Premier League table with 47 points, eight points ahead of second-placed Manchester City. Arteta’s Arsenal project is finally paying off.

So, can any Gunner be “turned” to abandon his good fortune at the Emirates? Juventus, according to CMW, believes they can persuade Gabriel Magalhaes to join their project.

Gabriel is well-liked by the Serie A giants. There was talk a few days ago that they might offer Dusan Vlahovic to Arsenal in exchange for the Arsenal player.

Now, according to http://thearsenalblog.com/36-dating-questions/, Juve’s new board will take over on Thursday, after which they will attempt to make a headline defensive swoop, with Gabriel being targeted as this defender.

It remains to be seen whether a large bid for Gabriel will be made in the coming days. But if it happens, it will be perplexing if Arteta allows his defensive beast to leave months after signing a new contract.

Should Arsenal take a chance on Eden Hazard?

If you regularly read the various Arsenal transfer gossip columns, you should be aware that Eden Hazard has been linked with a move to the Emirates. Hazard made his prolific move to Real Madrid in 2019, hoping to transfer his Premier League dominance to La Liga. Unfortunately, after about three years in the Spanish League, the former Blue has failed to find his magic, even though injuries have played a part in this.

According to reports, he may be allowed to leave Santiago Barnebeau, and Arsenal is said to have approached the La Liga club about the possibility of signing him. So, realistically, the question is whether Mikel Arteta’s move for Hazard makes sense. Janusz Michallik believes it does; in fact, the US football pundit believes Arteta will shock the world with that swoop because he believes he can save the Belgian’s football career one last time.

“Would he be coming for almost free,” asked Michallik. “Real Madrid would be really happy to get rid of him rather cheaply.

“Part of me thinks if there was a coach (who could get the best out of him), then Mikel Arteta. I mean, he was the best in the Premier League once or twice.

“No indications, but if it wasn’t too costly, then why not?! Experience. What’s there to lose? You could always get rid of him (if it goes wrong).

“It’s highly unlikely, but Mikel Arteta strikes me as a manager that would like this project. To see if he can revive what we saw once in Eden Hazard. Remember there was a season when he was unplayable in the Premier League.”

Can Hazard return to the Premier League and reinvent himself, or is that a risk Arteta should avoid?

Should Arsenal try again to sign Tammy Abraham?

Arsenal, like last summer, is in need of a striker this winter transfer window. After the 2021-22 season, where Arsenal bottled a clear chance to finish in the top 4, one thing was clear: Their inability to outscore some of their opponents saw them fail to “kill off games”.

Signing a striker was the only way they could improve for the 2022–23 season, and Arteta just did that by paying £45 million to Manchester City for Gabriel Jesus. There’s no denying how influential Jesus has been in Arteta’s attack. When he was fit, Arsenal’s attack became dangerous because if he isn’t scoring, he is assisting, and if he isn’t assisting, he is creating chances.

Anyway, Arsenal will be without him for the upcoming games and will need to find a replacement. So, who should they seek to replace Jesus with? Tammy Abraham has firmly entered the running to cover for the injured Jesus, according to la Reppublica, as translated by Roma Press, after the Gunners inquired about him.

Abraham turned down a move to Arsenal in 2021 to join AS Roma. He went on to become a big hit in Serie A, scoring 17 goals in 37 games last season. His stats last season saw him made “untouchable” as far as the transfer window is concerned; however, his poor form this term, where he has 3 goals in 16 games, has made him “sellable” now.

Arsenal wants to sign him and give him a chance to re-establish himself in the English football scene. Roma wants to sell him.

We’ll have to wait and see if a move for Abraham is fully pursued, but the former Blue has three years left on his contract.

Do Arsenal even need Mudryk?

Even with Shakhtar Donetsk’s high asking price and Chelsea’s entry into the race, not many Gunners would be content with Arsenal simply giving up on signing Ukrainian Neymar, who has been courting them in recent months.

William Gallas, on the other hand, has hinted that Arsenal would be better off foregoing a move for Mudryk because he doesn’t know if they need him and believes Nketiah will perform well going forward. “I don’t know if Arsenal need Mykhaylo Mudryk for the second part of the season. Maybe they do,” Gallas told Getting Casino.

“As I said, the season is very long. But at the same time, Arteta has his squad already, players on the bench, players who can come on and play in that position like Nketiah.

“It’s really difficult to get an answer to that question because I’m not there and I don’t know what is going down. So if they sign him, they know why.

“I’m sure Mudryk is a great player who can help the squad. So if that player can help them to win the title, then they should buy him.”

Reading what Gallas has to say, I understand why some may be confused, but at the end of the day, the question he may be indirectly asking is, “Does Arsenal need Mudryk, or is he just a player they want but don’t need?”

 

Man United told to ignore Arsenal-target Mudryk, and sign Mitrovic instead

Advice given to United to help Arsenal succeed in this January deal

 According to Sporting News, Joao Felix will join either Arsenal or Manchester United. Mikel Arteta and Ten Hag both need a “breath of fresh air” in their attacks after losing their main men in different situations. While no one has spoken out against Arteta accepting Felix on the loan deal proposed by Atletico Madrid, Ten Hag has been warned that Felix is not the player he requires. In an interview with Bonus Code Bets, Paul Parker advises Ten Hag to abandon his pursuit of Joao Felix in favour of Fulham’s Aleksander Mitrovic.

About Felix’s potential move to United, Parker says, “I can definitely understand why Man United would want Joao Felix, and I think he is a great player. But I have a tough time seeing him fitting into Man United´s team.”

On who United should sign instead of Felix, the United legend names Mitrovic. About the Fulham man, he says, “I really think that Aleksandar Mitrovic could be a very good signing for Man United. When you have him on your team, you can put the ball into the box at any time, and he will most likely score a goal.”

“He has improved discipline-wise, and he really knows how to get into defenders’ heads. I can really see him being an important player for Man United.”

“But it’s going to be expensive. Fulham loves him, and they will not let him go for peanuts because he is so important for them. If he is not on the pitch they have 70% less chance of scoring.”Parker’s advice should be good news for Arsenal, as it may give them the assurance that they will be the primary destination for the 2019 Golden Boy winner. Arsenal may be able to renegotiate loan terms with Atletico Madrid if they are alone.

Arsenal linked with top Barcelona striker

After Zinchenko and Jesus, Arteta Is Keen To Land Another Guardiola Favourite For £43 Million

It is not surprising that Arteta will add to his attacking options during the winter transfer window; what is surprising is who he may sign to do so. Although the focus is on Mykhailo Mudryk, it is possible that Arsenal will require a backup option if Mudryk’s deal falls through.

If you’re wondering, “Who else can Arteta sign for his attack?” Don’t waste your time doing so; instead, consider what Ferran Torres can bring to Arsenal’s attack. Futbol Total reports Arteta is willing to pay £43 million to bring the Barcelona man back to the Premier League a year after he left.

Arteta seems to bring out the best in players who have worked with Pep Guardiola. Arsenal has been transformed overnight into a title contender thanks to the swoops of Gabriel Jesus and Oleksander Zinchenko.

Torres, whom Pep has also polished, could be the final piece of the puzzle for Arteta to win the Premier League. If Arsenal can persuade Barcelona to sell Torres for £43 million, it is almost certain that Torres will jump at the chance to join Arsenal.

At the Emirates, he would have a chance to be the main man in attack in Jesus’ absence, something he isn’t doing at Camp Nou. Torres joined Barcelona at the start of 2022 as one of the main men in attack, but things didn’t go as planned, and the acquisition of Raphinha last summer saw him transition from first-team player to squad player.

Is he a player Arsenal can profit from if he joins? For that, we’ll have to wait and see if the deal goes through

Could Arsenal prise MacAllister away from Brighton?

With a £35 million Premier League raid, Arteta can unleash his own Iniesta.

I know you don’t know him, but if you asked Alarina about Brighton’s midfielder Alexis MacAllister, he’d probably tell you he’s like Barcelona’s Andreas Iniesta. In a tweet on the 18th of December, the football fan tweeted, “Macallister moves sooo much like Messi. Reminds me of Iniesta.” I’m sure you’re wondering why I’m giving you so much information about the Brighton Man. Well, almost every club wants a piece of MacAllister after his masterclass performance for Argentina in the FIFA World Cup, which helped Argentina win the Jules Rimet Trophy.

TBR reports that Arsenal can persuade Brighton to sell the 24-year-old midfielder, whom few were aware of prior to the World Cup, for £35 million. Although £35 million may not be too much for Arsenal, TBR claims that the deal may not be preferred by the Seagulls in the upcoming transfer window and thus may be one for the summer. With Arsenal in a strong position to win the Premier League, pulling off a Leicester 2015-16 title steal this season could sway the next Iniesta to the Emirates.

(Source TBR and Alarina)

Real Madrid have “first refusal” on return of Martin Odegaard

Real Madrid could revisit Odegaard’s story

Martin Odegaard, the captain of Arsenal, may return to Real Madrid in the future. If you’re wondering where I got this information, I’m borrowing the words of Spanish journalist Ramon Alvarez, as translated by Sport Witness.Arsenal reportedly agreed to a right of first refusal with Real Madrid when they signed Odegaard to a permanent contract in August 2021. This agreement calls for Arsenal to speak with Real Madrid first about Odegaard’s departure if he decides to leave. According to Ramon, Real Madrid may seek to exploit this option in the future. “There is a kind of right of first refusal for Real Madrid that we will see if at some point it makes sense for them to exercise it,” he said on his YouTube channel, as translated by Sport Witness.

“Odegaard has just turned 24 and is still at a good age. We’ll see, but with [Jude] Bellingham, there would be a more powerful project.

“His (Odegaard’s) talent is special, and he spent very little time here.”

My OpinionDespite not commanding the headlines in the manner of Kevin De Bruyne, Odegaard has been exactly what Arsenal needed. His masterclass against West Ham proved what an incredible star Arteta is; he was the one who set up all three goals Arsenal scored. It’s unclear whether he’d favour a return to Santiago Barnebou. However, given his position as captain and the incredible success of Arteta’s project, I believe he would not want to leave Arsenal; who would?

Could Chelsea superstar be good for Arsenal?

Arsenal make shock approach for Chelsea midfielder

According to British news outlet The Daily Star, Arsenal are interested in landing Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante.

The highly coveted midfielder is out of contract at Stamford Bridge in 12 months’ time, and according to the report, the Gunners believe they might be able to prize him away from their London rivals.

The 31-year-old has made 259 appearances for Chelsea while also racking up an impressive 53 for his national team France.

Despite being a crucial part in Thomas Tuchel’s side, the contractual situation of the player, aided by him being the highest paid player, plus the injury issues he faced last season, The Blues might be tempted to cash in on him in the current transfer window.

Manchester United is another club who have shown admiring glances at the midfielder, but new boss Erik Ten Hag’s priority remains Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong.

Arsenal have also shown interest in whole host of names such as Youri Tielemans, Sergej Milinković-Savić and more recently Lucas Paquetá.

The story about Kante coming all of a sudden does raise eyebrows regarding the reliability of the report.

At 31 years, the Chelsea man will not fit into what we are trying to build at the Emirates Stadium under manager Mikel Arteta.

After recruiting young and developing players last summer, this window’s main focus was crystal clear: adding established players into the squad.

The arrival of Gabriel Jesus and Fabio Vieira plus chasing the likes of Raphinha and Lisandro Martinez is a testament of the strategy of the club.

Kante is not a player who falls under the criteria, as his peak years are well past him. Some might argue that he can still perform at the highest level, but we should not be chasing those kinds of players, surely?

Willian was Chelsea’s Player of the Season when Arsenal came knocking on his door. Everybody knows how his stay at North London went.

We can’t be tempted to sign players who are on a decline and will have no resale value. Despite being an amazing player, I won’t give my nod to Kante’s signing.

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Yash Bisht