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.
Solskjaer to change system to suit Rashford
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted that he could change the system to suit struggling striker Marcus Rashford.
The England international has scored just one goal in his last nine games across all competitions (via Transfermarkt).
He said: “Marcus is a centre forward who can play left, right and as a No 10. He wants to be able to play all the positions.”
“I want him to be facing the goal, I want to be direct and attacking quickly, so at the moment I see him coming in off the left or as part of a two up front.” (Source: Sky Sports via The Metro)
A change of system could be what the doctor ordered in terms of trying to get the best out of Rashford if he’s not performing. Indeed, the England international scored for the Three Lions against Bulgaria on Monday when flanking Harry Kane and with Anthony Martial reportedly fit to play Liverpool this weekend, perhaps that could be a tactic that’s replicated at club level.
Obviously, it’s no guarantee, but the forward certainly isn’t cutting the mustard as a central striker for the Red Devils right now.
Can wants Old Trafford move
Former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can wants a move to Old Trafford, according to Tuttosport via SB Nation.
The Italian publication (via SB Nation) also claims that the move could be part of a bigger deal that sees Paul Pogba move back to Juventus.
Can has struggled for minutes with the Turin-based club this season, featuring in just three of the seven Serie A games (via Transfermarkt).
Joining someone like Manchester United is a good move for both Can and the Red Devils. The midfielder contributed four goals in just 20 Serie A starts last season, showing he has the attacking quality to make a difference at Old Trafford. Indeed, he’s experienced in the Premier League after spending time with Liverpool of course, so perhaps a potential bedding-in process wouldn’t take so long.
In comparison, Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay combined scored just one and two goals respectively, showing their weakness in providing attacking threats. With the strikers struggling for goals this season, getting more from the engine room could be a good move.
Club can’t recall Henderson
The north-west club can’t recall Dean Henderson from his loan spell at Sheffield United. according to The Star.
The news comes after David de Gea suffered a suspected hamstring injury in Spain’s 1-1 draw away to Sweden (via BBC)
Henderson earnt his first-ever call up to England’s senior squad after Tom Heaton had pulled out with an injury suffered in Aston Villa’s win over Norwich.
The inability to call Henderson from his loan spell won’t have that big of an effect on the Old Trafford giants despite De Gea’s injury and the Sheffield United’s man good work in getting to the England squad.
Right now, the club has Lee Grant to call on as third-choice ‘keeper, and with his experience in English football, he would be a suitable short-term replacement if an injury crisis occurred.
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