In this instalment of our TT Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories to have involved Arsenal recently and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.
Gnabry on move from Arsenal
New details have emerged about Gnabry’s move away from the Emirates Stadium back in the summer of 2016, with the player giving an interview with The Athletic.
The Germany international said that he ‘loved Arsenal and being in London’, but he was forced to move as he wanted to get more first-team action (via The Athletic).
“As much as I loved Arsenal and being in London, I realised that I needed to play regularly,” he said. (Source: The Athletic)
It appears that the Germany international made the decision himself to move back to Germany and it seems to have hurt Arsenal. Gnabry has shown his quality, scoring four goals in the 7-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League on Tuesday, proving his worth as a top-level talent.
Emery backs Pepe
Emery has backed his summer signing from Lille, saying he can have a ‘big career’ at the club (via Sky Sports).
The manager said: “Pepe is an amazing player. I am sure he is going to have a big career here.” (Source: Sky Sports)
The Basque-born manager has also challenged his attacker to handle the pressure. The Ivorian cost the club a reported £72m (via BBC), with Emery saying it’s a privilege to be under pressure.
He said: “Every player was selected to be here and it is a privilege to be here. That privilege is [being] under pressure, of course. But it is positive. Not about salary or how much the club paid for him.”
Pepe has just arrived at Arsenal, and to suggest he’s under any sort of pressure is ridiculous as he will need time to adjust to the league and learn the language.
To put Pepe’s struggles into perspective, the great Thierry Henry took nine games to open his account for the club (via Arsenal), and that didn’t turn out too bad, did it?
Emery on Ozil loan move
Emery has commented on reports that Mesut Ozil could leave the club in the January transfer window this season. According to The Daily Mail, the club are ready to move the playmaker on, but fear they may not be able to do so.
The Spaniard said that the player is Arsenal’s now, but didn’t give assurances over his future.
Emery said: “He’s our player now. We are going to train and after we are going to decide. I am going to decide the best first XI and in the squad also the best who can help us.” (Source: Goal)
Arsenal have relied on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score most of their goals for them, suggesting a lack of attacking quality (via The Metro). Ozil, who averaged the most key passes per game with 1.4 (via WhoScored) in the Premier League of anyone in the squad last season, may be needed by the club and should be retained for at least the rest of this term.
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