Here is your Arsenal morning digest on Thursday, August 26.
Conte’s stance on Arsenal links
After a slow start to the Premier League season, Mikel Arteta is already under pressure – so much so that former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has been linked as his successor.
However, Conte is said to have little interest in returning to the Premier League with Arsenal given the current state of the first-team squad, as per the Metro.
Although this summer’s transfer spend currently stands at £130million, Conte reportedly believes it’ll be too much of a rebuilding project at the Emirates and he has no intentions of overseeing a long-term project.
Arsenal handed another Aouar boost
Ligue 1 outfit Lyon are reportedly willing to let Houssem Aouar leave on a loan deal with an obligation to buy next summer.
Given Lyon were said to be demanding £53m to part company with the Frenchman last summer, this latest development provides Arsenal technical director Edu with a chance to pull off a masterstroke.
As the Gunners wouldn’t have to pay a transfer fee this summer, the Brazilian will save the club £53m based on the asking price last summer if they seal a loan deal for Aouar in order to boost Artet ‘s first-team squad
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Wilshere backs Arteta
Jack Wilshere has backed his former Arsenal teammate Arteta to be successful as the Gunners’ manager at the Emirates.
Wilshere, who spent a decade of his senior career at Arsenal, is saddened by the club’s lack of form, but has urged fans to stay patient with Arteta because he’ll eventually get it right.
“It upsets me to see where they are,” Wilshere told The Athletic. “One thing I will say is that I do think Arteta is the right guy.
“Obviously I see the news, stuff on social media… some people want him out. I think he’s trying to build something and I think it will take time.
“What hurts me the most is that when I was there and we dropped a little bit, we still got into the Champions League (by finishing in the top four). Then when we dropped out of the Champions League, it felt like a massive disappointment – ‘Oh my god, we need to be in Champions League, we need to be challenging’.”
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Source by Football London