Arsenal Boss Emery Refuses to Give Up Chase for Norwegian Wonderkid & Plots Deal for Next Summer

​​Arsenal boss Unai Emery is believed to have not given up on signing Molde wonderkid Erling Håland, despite RB Leipzig being hot favourites to sign the prodigy for £7m before the European transfer window closes.

According to the Daily Star, Emery is so intent on signing Håland – the son of ex ​Man City star Alf-Inge – he will look to sign the prodigy from Leipzig as soon as next summer, should he sign for the ​Bundesliga outfit. The 19-year-old has scored ten goals in 18 appearances for his side this season, and has netted ten times in just eight Norway Under-19 international matches.

Norway U19 Men Photocall

The Gunners have a strong reputation for developing young players, with the likes of Robin van Persie and Cesc Fàbregas joining the club in their youth before developing into ​Premier League stars. Emery clearly has the same ethos as the club, having given 19-year-old Mattéo Guendouzi his debut against ​Manchester City last weekend.

Arsenal were outplayed by the league champions in their 2-0 loss last weekend, and Emery will need to galvanise his squad if they are to challenge for a top four finish this season. Gunners fans will be hoping for an improved showing under their new boss, following Arsène Wenger’s struggles with the club at the tail end of his tenure as Arsenal manager.

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Meanwhile, Gunners youngster ​Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been ruled out of action for at least two months after suffering a fractured fibula. The 20-year-old was drafted in for the Manchester City match on Sunday after Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac were ruled out of the game, and Emery now has an injury crisis on his hands just a week into the new season.


Out of Favour Arsenal Keeper David Ospina Agrees Napoli Loan Move With Purchase Option

​​Napoli have reached an agreement to sign Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina on a season-long loan deal, which can be made permanent next summer.

The 29-year-old has played second fiddle to Petr Cech throughout his time at the Emirates Stadium, and the arrival of Bernd Leno has pushed him further down the pecking order under new manager Unai Emery.

With Ospina in search of regular first team football and Napoli needing a replacement for Pepe Reina after his move to Milan, this looks like an ideal match for both parties.

​The Guardian claims that the move has already been completed, although this contradicts La Gazzetta dello Sport, which states that Ospina will undergo a medical in Rome on Thursday.

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis confirmed the transfer when he appeared on Radio Kiss Kiss on Wednesday morning. The loan move will cost Napoli 1m up front.

The Colombian will face immediate competition from two other new summer signings: Alex Meret and Orestis Karnezis. Both men have Serie A experience with SPAL and Udinese respectively.

Arsenal v AC Milan - UEFA Europa League Round of 16: Second Leg

However, neither has experience with a club as prestigious as Arsenal, which may give Ospina the advantage in what will be a healthy competition to be Reina’s successor.

Besiktas were the favourites to sign Ospina, ​with reports in the British media claiming that it was essentially a done deal.

But the two sides could not reach a full accord, and Napoli have now swooped in to hijack the move at the eleventh hour, ahead of the Italian transfer window closing on Friday.


Arsenal Fans React to Forgotten Attacker’s Exclusion From Premier League Squad

Joel Campbell has become the forgotten man at ​Arsenal over the past couple of seasons, despite being a loyal servant for seven years at the club.

The Costa Rica international has, however, struggled to grab a regular starting spot in the first team ever since his switch to the Emirates from Saprissa in 2011.

Campbell has been sent out on loan six times in seven seasons during his time at Arsenal, the most recent of which was a stint at Real Betis.

With Arsene Wenger’s tenure finally coming to an end last season and the arrival of new manager Unai Emery, Cambell was probably hoping for a fresh start. The Spaniard boss gave the attacker an opportunity to prove his ability.

Unfortunately, it seems that Campbell has failed to impress his new boss as he has not been included in the 25-man squad list submitted to the Premier League.

This ultimately means that the 26-year-old, who has scored just three goals in England’s top flight, could either leave permanently to an overseas club or join a Championship outfit on loan.

Arsenal v CD Guadalajara

Some Arsenal fans have been wishing Campbell well as he looks set to leave.


Other are happy to see the back of Campbell in an Arsenal shirt:



​​Contrasting opinions on the player who didn’t really have the chance to shine at the north London club. His career may now proceed to get better after his move away is confirmed.


Ex-Arsenal Skipper Laments Granit Xhaka Performance & Questions Unai Emery’s Team Selection

Former ​Arsenal skipper Tony Adams has lamented the performance of Granit Xhaka during the defeat to ​Manchester City, as he admitted he would of preferred to see Lucas Torreira handed a debut, as he questioned Unai Emery’s team selection. 

Emery received a few raised eyebrows upon the release of his starting XI for the Gunners’ Premier League opener against City, with new defensive reinforcements in Torreira and Bernd Leno forced to start on the bench as the ​club fell to a 2-0 defeat


Despite the former Paris Saint-Germain boss implementing a new style of play at the Emirates, Adams felt too many familiar traits were present on the opening day defeat and implored the new boss to put trust into his new recruits. 

“Granit [Xhaka] is not for me. The lad Torreira came on, he looked tiny, but we’ve missing that role, missing that guy in front of the back four,” Adams told talkSPORT, via the ​Metro. 

“He [Torreira] looks intelligent, he looks like he can protect, there’s been little ones in the past – Didier Deschamps, [N’Golo] Kante is doing a fantastic job for France and Chelsea and I think he [Torreira] might be able to do it for us.

“But start with them. Go with your goalkeeper Leno, put him in goal. I love Petr Cech, he’s a lovely guy and he’s been a great pro, but come on, let’s go with the new guy, let’s work with them.

“Get your back four in, get Torreira in, and let’s go for it. As a coach you can get away with it if you put your players in there. But to put a kid in Maitland-Niles a makeshift left-back, I don’t understand those decisions.”


The performance and the result against City left Adams with little hope of seeing the club bridge the gap with Pep Guardiola’s team, he added: “I don’t know what he’s been doing for the last five or six weeks.

“He’s been rotating all his players and given them all a game. From minute one I would have picked my goalkeeper and my back four and put the two players I want to screen them in place [so] you’ve got a firm base. 

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“It’s been missing for the last ten years. I don’t think we won a game away from home last year. We all want him to be successful. We all want his team to be resilient and challenge for the league title, but at the moment, realistically, we are nowhere near.”

Torreira will be hopeful of earning a starting berth for Arsenal’s next league outing in a crunch clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.  


Former Arsenal Stakeholder Alisher Usmanov Would ‘Consider’ Investing in Everton

​Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov has said he would ‘consider’ investing in ​Everton following the sale of his shares at fellow ​Premier League side ​Arsenal. 

The 64-year-old recently agreed to sell his 3​0% stake in the north London club to majority shareholder Stan Kroenke earlier in the month, with reports now linking the wealthy businessman to the blue half of Merseyside as a result.

Usmanov’s USM Holdings already sponsor Everton’s training ground, Finch Farm, while he has also discussed his friendship with the majority shareholder at Goodison Park, Farhad Moshiri.

Should there be a proposal or a possibility to invest in them with good potential returns, I would consider the deal,” he said, speaking to ​BloombergWe are friends with Farhad Moshiri. If he needs the support, I am happy to help.”

Usmanov arrived at Arsenal in 2007, after purchasing the shares of former vice-chairman David Dein, and despite being frustrated by the lack of influence he had at the club, saw the Gunners’ value quadruple during his time there.


He continued, stating: “When I bought the stake in Arsenal I believed that football brands would be able to generate profit. This is happening now.”

While Usmanov remains keen to stay in football, Kroenke is planning a compulsory buyout at Arsenal to seize the remaining shares at the club, once he has 90% of the stock, valuing Usmanov’s shares at £550m, with the remaining shares at £52.4m. 

Everton were one of the busier club’s over the course of the recent transfer window, spending over £85m on new players, as the likes of Richarlison, Yerry Mina and Lucas Digne all came to Goodison Park for exceptional fees.