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.
Emery on the brink
Unai Emery is on the brink of losing his job as Arsenal manager, according to a report from The Telegraph.
The British newspaper is also reporting that both Massimiliano Allegri and Nuno Espirito Santo are on the club’s radar to replace the Spaniard.
The report comes as no surprise given the shocking form of the team over the last few weeks. The club have failed to win any of their last six games across all competitions, including their last five in the Premier League.
If anything, it’s surprising the hierarchy at the north London giants haven’t pulled the trigger sooner especially after the manner of the performance against Leicester City before November’s international break.
Losing to a team that has a talented squad like the Foxes is no shame, however, losing by having no shots after the 53rd minute (via WhoScored) shows a struggle, and that the mentality under the Basque-born man was not quite right.
Caglar Soyuncu’s agent shutdown transfer talk
Caglar Soyuncu’s agent has shutdown transfer talks amid links with Arsenal.
His agent, Mustafa Dogru, told the Turkish radio station Radyospor that links with clubs was normal given his form, however, they had ‘no interest’ in discussing it (Radyospor via Teamtalk).
According to the Turkish newspaper Star (via Teamtalk), the Gunners sent scouts to watch the centre-back in Turkey’s European Championship qualifier against Iceland.
A move for the Leicester defender is wholly unrealistic especially with the stark contrast in the form of the two clubs.
Leicester sit in second in the league and look to be heading for Champions League qualification at this stage. Meanwhile, the Emirates Stadium giants are eight points off the top four and the Europa League is a knockout competition, making it a big gamble in terms of relying on it for qualification Europe’s premier competition.
Arsenal missed the boat on being able to sign the defender when the east Midlands club swooped in and signed him ahead of Unai Emery’s side, from SC Freiburg, back in 2018 (via Daily Mirror).
Arsenal in battle for Nottingham Forest defender
Arsenal are in a battle with Everton and Newcastle United over the Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall, according to The Mirror (via HITC).
The defender won the 2017 Toulon tournament with England and was praised by Rangers manager Steven Gerrard following his performance in a cup game against Aberdeen while on loan in Scotland last season (via The Sun)
Gerrard said: “It was a Man of the Match performance, and he will be a captain of whatever team he plays for. He is a leader.” (Source: The Sun)
It seems that the former Liverpool midfielder wasn’t wrong about Worrall as he’s been leading the Forest defence in the Championship this season.
The 22-year-old averages the second-most clearances and has made the third-least number of fouls per game of any player in Sabri Lamouchi’s side (via WhoScored). His defensive ability is amplified by Forest’s defensive record with the Reds having conceded the second-least amount of goals in the second tier (via BBC).
Arsenal fans, what do you make of the three stories? Let us know your thoughts!
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience