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.
Espirito Santo becomes Gunners frontrunner
According to the Daily Mail, Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has become the leading candidate to take over from the under-pressure Unai Emery.
Arsenal’s results of late – with no wins in six – have piled the pressure on the Spaniard, with reports suggesting patience is wearing thin at board level as the Wolves boss is tipped to replace him.
Espirito Santo is thought to have impressed the Gunners hierarchy, having steered fifth-placed Wolves from the second tier to the Europa League under his stewardship.
Rumours of this nature are hardly surprising with Emery’s future in doubt, while neither is the Gunners’ reported liking towards the Portuguese manager, considering his achievements since arriving in English football.
Emery has failed to beat Espirito Santo’s Wolves in three attempts as Arsenal manager, with the 1-1 draw earlier this month helping to compound the misery engulfing the Emirates Stadium as the team’s form continues to dip.
But with Emery still at the helm, a pinch of salt is perhaps best required for the time being.
Bellerin suffers injury setback
Hector Bellerin is to be assessed ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League tie against Eintracht Frankfurt after suffering from a tight hamstring.
The Spaniard has not long returned from a long-term injury layoff, making his Premier League comeback in the defeat to Leicester City a few weeks ago.
Bellerin’s unavailability would undoubtedly be a blow to the Gunners, not least because the 24-year-old is one of few solid options at right-back.
Calum Chambers has deputised previously and is a capable alternative, though having missed so much football due to his previous injury, this is hardly ideal for Bellerin and Arsenal.
However, the fact he is being assessed ahead of the midweek clash suggests it is perhaps not a major concern.
Andre Santos slams club ambition
Former Arsenal full-back Andre Santos has criticised the club’s ambition, criticising his former teammates’ attitude to losing.
Santos endured a trophyless two-year spell in North London and told Brazilian publication UOL of his frustrations with some of his former colleagues.
He said (via Daily Mirror): “When I’m in a club, I want to lift the title, but I saw that Arsenal didn’t have that ambition. They lost and were laughing on the bus already.”
Santos may simply be displaying the cultural clashes at the club during his time at Arsenal. While there were no trophies won during his Gunners career, he did help the club to qualify for the Champions League twice, leaving prior to the FA Cup triumph that ended their barren search for silverware.
Having appeared just 33 times over those two seasons, Santos may not be best placed to criticise a team that achieved most of what they did without him.
What’s more, any concerns over attitude would surely have decreased after his departure, with three FA Cups won in the four following years.
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