Arsenal News Summary: Transfer Boost, Ukrainian Wonderkid on Radar, Wenger Backed Paulista
Arsene Wenger has been long-term admirer of French superstar Griezmann and earlier this week Atletico Madrid ace has given hope of one day signing him stating taht Premier League could be his next destination.
The los Colchoneros head-coach Diego Simeone has been linked with an exit from Vincente Calderon at the end of the current campaign and it has increased rumours surrounding rapid No.7 Griezmann.
Frenchman is believed to be a transfer target for Arsenal rivals Man United and Chelsea, with reports stating that Jose Mourinho planning to make him his next marquee signing after luring Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Old Trafford earlier in the summer.
The 25-year-old forward is also believed to be a transfer target for French giants Paris Saint-Germain, however, Griezmann admits he is not interested in a return to Ligue 1 and would prefer to make switch in Premier League.
‘I am in Madrid, we have a good team, I want to win titles,’ Griezmann told Telefoot.’
‘PSG is an interesting project but I don’t want to move to Ligue 1 now.
‘I prefer to stay in La Liga or the Premier League. If I had to leave La Liga today, it will be for England.
‘But my objective is not to leave.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reportedly was desperate to sign Ukraine midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko earlier in the summer, according to 19-year-old starlet’s agent.
Ukraine international awas one of the finest performers at Euro 2016 and was quickly signed by Manchester City at the start of July and the agent of 19-year-old starlet has revealed that Wenger was begging him to sign the player ahead of their rivals.
Zinchenko spent five years of his youth career at Shakhtar Donetsk and currently has been on loan to Dutch club PSV Eindhoven.
‘Wenger called and said: ‘I have a need for that player. He’s going to play in the first team. I know he is only seventeen, but I’m going to write a letter to his family that I will take care of him when he is with us and he’ll play in the first team’,’ Varga told Championat.
‘Arsene had seen a youth game of Shakhtar and took 20 minutes to assess the potential of Oleksandr.
Varga claims Wenger remained persistent over Zinchenko, who is currently on loan at PSV, despite receiving no response following his efforts.
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‘Wenger asked me ten times about Zinchenko and I later informed him and felt even a bit sad because I couldn’t help him,’ said the agent.
‘He teased me and said: ‘I thought you were an authority in Eastern Europe’.’
Arsenal head-coach Arsene Wenger has been impressed with the performance of Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista after 3-1 win over Bournemouth.explained his decision to use centre-back Gabriel as a right-sided defender in the 3-1 triumph over AFC Bournemouth while revealing he was happy with the Brazilian’s contribution.
Frenchman had explained his decision to use centre-back Gabriel as a right-sided defender in their clash with the Cherries and after that heaped praise on Brazilian stars performance.
“When I picked the squad I imagined that something could happen to Debuchy,” Wenger said at a press conference.
“I had Francis Coquelin ready to play right-back as well because he can play there, but I went for Gabriel because he’s a defender and is very quick.
“He adapted well. I watched tapes of him playing full-back at Villarreal. On two or three occasions he played at left-back and I found just one tape of him playing at right-back.
“He was playing in Brazil and I must say that it was not super convincing, but today he did well.”
After the long-term injury Gabriel Paulista has finally returned to action and expected to play a vital role in the Gunners title-chasing season.