Here’s all the news from around the Emirates Stadium over the past 24 hours.
Willian move to be announced
Willian is set to be announced as a Corinthians player today after walking away from his Arsenal contract.
The 33-year-old signed for the Gunners on a free transfer from Chelsea last summer, and struggled to make the desired impact in Mikel Arteta’s side.
Currently behind the likes of Emile Smith Rowe, Martin Odegaard and Nicolas Pepe in the pecking order at Emirates Stadium, Willian made it clear he wanted to leave the club this summer following talks with technical director Edu.
The Gunners have been unable to attract suitors for the Brazilian midfielder this summer because of his huge wages.
However, sources close to Willian insist that the Brazilian “wants to do the right thing” and is set to “walk away” from his contract, with Arsenal potentially saving £15-20million due to the early termination.
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Arteta’s three undroppables
Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Kieran Tierney have been described as Mikel Arteta’s three untouchables at Arsenal.
That is according to Joe Cole who delivered this verdict whilst on punditry duty for BT Sport on Saturday afternoon as the Gunners suffered a heavy 5-0 defeat against Manchester City.
“Whenever I see Mikel Arteta, for me, he looks like a manager,” Cole said. “I don’t think he understood how difficult the job was or what the Arsenal fans are demanding.
“When I talk about Arsenal, three players spring to mind; Saka, Smith Rowe and Tierney. They’re three excellent young footballers who any club would take.
“They can come back from this but I think it will be a long journey. For so long, they haven’t dealt with the centre-half and the defensive midfield position.”
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Time is running out for Yves Bissouma to secure a move away from Brighton and Hove Albion.
The summer transfer window officially closes tomorrow night, with Arsenal’s interest in the midfielder first revealed back in January, and since the end of last season, a number of fans have made it clear that he would be the perfect midfield partner for Thomas Partey.
However, when speaking after Brighton’s 2-0 loss against Everton at the weekend, Bissouma seemed to hint that he will still be at the Amex Stadium after the international break.
“I find it hard to digest this defeat,” he wrote on Twitter. “We wanted to win our third game in a row for a great club with incredible fans but unfortunately as we say in football nothing is planned in advance but the best is yet to come, focus for the next one Brighton & Hove Albion FC.”
Referencing “the best is yet to come” could suggest that he plans to stick around with Brighton for another season at least.
Of course, anything can happen in the final two days of any transfer window so developments regarding Bissouma could make for interesting viewing in the coming hours.
Source by Football London