Arsenal, Tottenham & Man Utd Racing to Sign Guingamp Striker Marcus Thuram

​Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United are all said to be keeping tabs on Guingamp striker Marcus Thuram – the son of 1998 World Cup winner Lilian Thuram.

The 21-year-old has enjoyed a decent season in front of goal thus far, registering eight goals in 15 appearances for Guingamp, and was on hand to score the winning goal in the Ligue 1 outfit’s recent cup upset against PSG.


According to ​The Sun, his exploits in front of goal haven’t gone unnoticed and Premier League big guns ​Arsenal, ​Tottenham and ​Manchester United are all expressing an interest in snapping him up.

All three clubs sent a scout to watch the striker during Guingamp’s Ligue 1 fixture against Saint-Etienne on Saturday, where he impressed despite his side’s 1-0 defeat.

Thuram has been with Guingamp since 2017, having joined the club from Sochaux in 2017 and he has represented France at every youth level from the Under-17s through to the Under-20s.

Tottenham may be in the most need of a new striker after ​Harry Kane suffered an ankle injury during their defeat to United on Sunday and ​Son He​ung-min temporarily left the club to join up with South Korea for the Asia Cup.

Harry Kane

Mauricio Pochettino has already admitted that he is worried about their current situation, suggesting that some reinforcements may be necessary this month.

Speaking about Kane’s injury, he said, as per ​BBC Sport“We are going to lose Son Heung-min for the Asia Cup and if Kane suffers an injury, it is going to be massive for us. He twisted his ankle and we hope that it is not a big issue.”


Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka Reveals Childhood Idol & Team He Supported Growing Up

Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka has named Arsenal legend Thierry Henry as his idol growing up, while revealing that he comes from a family of Gunners fans.

Although he’s currently amidst his first season as a first-team player, Wan-Bissaka has already had to deal with his fair share of challenging opponents – and the 21-year-old also named Chelsea’s Eden Hazard as the cream of the crop. 

Wan-Bissaka has started all but one of Palace’s Premier League games so far this season, facing off with the likes of Sadio Mane and Leroy Sane, as well as Hazard, to name just a few high profile opposing wingers he’s locked horns with from the right of the Palace back four.

Speaking exclusively to 90min, however, he required little time to think on it when asked who is the hardest player he’s faced to date, swiftly and succinctly answering ‘​Hazard.’

While he’s done an admirable job of defending against the likes of Hazard so far in his fledgling career, the England youth international also revealed in the quickfire interview that his game hasn’t always been about defending – as he once aspired to emulate his idol Henry. 


“It was hard for me growing up, because ​Palace were my local team, but my family supported ​Arsenal. 

“When I was younger, I wanted to score goals, and that was what Thierry Henry was doing, playing in a similar position to where I used to play.”

He also revealed that he prefers Messi to Ronaldo, and less controversially, that Wilfried Zaha is the best player he’s played with in his career to date.


Why Arsenal’s Lack of Transfer Activity Will Be Detrimental to Their Top Four Aspirations

With Unai Emery publicly declaring a lack of transfer funding lack, Arsenal’s top four hopes have been cast into doubt. After spending over £60m in the summer, Emery has revealed that the Gunners will be unable to make any permanent signings during this winter window, with loan signings being the only means through which the club can bring some fresh faces to the Emirates Stadium.

Where does this leave Arsenal in the running for the Champions League spots, then? Arsenal are well in contention to make the top four come May, although Saturday’s defeat to West Ham has left them six points behind local rivals Chelsea – who currently occupy the fourth and final Champions League spot.

Nacho Monreal

However, in recent years, it has been January dealings that have pushed Arsenal on in the second half of the season. Although they have missed out on Champions League football in consecutive years, their involvement in the January window, more often that not, improves the makeup of the squad.

Last year it was the arrival of ​Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a reported £56m that revived a drab Arsenal frontline, and ever since the 29-year-old has frequently found himself amongst the goals – scoring 26 times in 40 appearances for the club. 

Andrey Arshavin, Jose Antonio Reyes and Alexis Sanchez are just three more big names who have made the switch to the Emirates during the winter window, but that list is now unlikely to grow any more this year, in light of Emery’s recent announcement.

Andrey Arshavin

If Arsenal fans were not perturbed by the potentially detrimental impact the new transfer policy could have on their season, they may be even more unsettled by the unforeseen lack of funding. 

It is no secret that owner Stan Kroenke is averse to investing his own money into the club, with ​the Sun reporting the 71-year-old – who is worth over £7bn – has not invested a penny of his own money into the club over the last decade.

When you couple this with their nonsensical handling of transfers and finances, it is no wonder Arsenal find themselves short of funding this month. Even though many Arsenal fans remain highly critical of ​Mesut Ozil, who has not always been first choice this term, he remains far and away their most expensive asset, raking in £350,000 every week before tax. 

As alarming, perhaps, is the club’s negligent handling of the ​Aaron Ramsey saga. In Ramsey they have a player who can change the course of any game like very few others within the Arsenal squad are able to. 

In the summer, the club looked set to announce a new long-term contract for the Welshman, with the deal said to be in place, until ​Arsenal pulled the plug at the last minute, with no explanation as to why, leaving Ramsey free to run down his contract and leave in the summer of 2019. Not only would one imagine their current longest serving player deserves more respect, but fundamentally, letting a talent such as Ramsey leave on a free reeks of awful business.

So, all of that leaves Unai Emery with very little wiggle room to improve his squad in the typically inflated mid-season market. 

Ultimately, Arsenal remain in a reasonably strong position to push for their first Champions League berth since 2016, but it seems as though they will have to do so with no permanent improvements to the squad. This isn’t to say it can’t be done, however, with Arsene Wenger the perfect advocate for maintaining success on a shoe-string budget. 

Arsene Wenger

But, with the four teams above them looking even stronger than they were last term, barring maybe the unprecedented centurions of Man City, Unai Emery will have it all to do in the second half of the campaign if he is to lead this prestigious club back to the peak of European football.


Arsenal Star Henrikh Mkhitaryan Posts Positive Injury Update on Fractured Metatarsal

​Good news Arsenal fans! Henrikh Mkhitaryan has posted a new fitness update on social media, teasing that he’s ‘coming back soon’ as he steps up his injury rehabilitation.

The Armenian suffered a metatarsal fracture back in December and consequently missed the bulk of the festive period fixtures. His injury may have taken him into the new year but it does look as though Mkhitaryan’s return is not too far away.

The attacking midfielder posted a video on Twitter of him running on an anti-gravity treadmill to let the fans know they can expect to see him back some time soon.

Going from ​Arsenal’s original prognosis​Mkhitaryan is expected to recover from injury next month – when the club’s medical staff have him down to rejoin full training.

In his absence, Unai Emery has struggled to find options in the wide areas. The club have also lost their form in recent weeks following a few disappointing defeats. This has led to the Gunners’ loan pursuit of ​Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez, in the hope that he can add more creativity to the side.


Despite the former ​Manchester United player yet to really convince this season, his four goals make him Arsenal’s fourth top scorer this campaign – only ​Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Danny Welbeck have scored more.

With three assists also to his name, Mkhitaryan has proven himself to be a decent option and able to contribute when fit and playing. 

His return to the first team will be a welcome sight with Arsenal’s push for Champions League suffering after a few disappointing results; none less so than the 1-0 loss to West Ham.


Why Arsenal’s Rising Young Stars Are the Solution to the Club’s Lack of January Transfer Funds

Recent events both on and off the pitch have provided a great deal of concern for Arsenal fans in the last week – not least the revelation that no funds are available for transfers in January.

Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to West Ham came as something of a shock to the system for the club, as a lethargic Gunners side fell to their latest setback at the London Stadium.

Meanwhile, Unai Emery’s revelation that the Gunners would only be able to make loan signings in January due to a lack of finances for permanent signings drew a considerable uproar from ​Arsenal fans – primarily directed at the club’s owner, Stan Kroenke.

The demand for new signings was only increased by Saturday’s defeat.

However, the club’s only reported move this month has been negotiations with Barcelona over the loan signing of Denis Suarez.

On Saturday’s evidence, the temporary signing of the Spanish champions’ outcast midfielder is unlikely to solve many of the Gunners’ current issues, if any.

Other players such as former ​Atletico Madrid winger ​Yannick-Ferreira Carrasco have also been linked with a temporary switch to the Emirates, as Emery and the club’s hierarchy seek short-term fixes to fill positions in which the Gunners have lacked depth this season.

With such players unlikely to be signed on permanent deals, neither this month nor in the summer, such moves are unlikely to provide the answers Arsenal are looking for.

Unai Emery

Emery’s rebuilding job at the Emirates in very much a long-term project, generally referred to as a ‘process’ by the Spaniard, and such stop-gap measures do not seem to fit with the plan.

With both Suarez and Carrasco likely to command high wages and provide little more than temporary measures, Arsenal should not reflect the reactionary scramble of their fans to poor results in their transfer business.

The club set to receive an increased transfer budget in the summer through new sponsorship deals with Emirates and Adidas, meaning that the long-term targets that Arsenal are unable to acquire this month will be financially within reach in a matter of months.

Committing further damage to an already inflated wage bill for the sake of short-term fixes in January makes little sense.

Reported moves for Suarez and Carrasco suggest that the Gunners are prioritising the signing of a winger, as was recently confirmed by Emery, along with a central defender.

However, on a closer look into the current Arsenal setup, the solutions to those problem positions are already within the Gunners’ ranks.

During Arsenal’s 0-3 recent win over Blackpool in the FA Cup, Emery fielded six players that are products of the club’s youth academy. At 22, ​Alex Iwobi was the eldest of those home-grown stars to feature, whilst Eddie Nketiah, 19, has become a regular in the senior squad of late.

West Ham United v Arsenal - Premier League

The likes of 17-year-old winger Bukayo Saka, meanwhile, continued to make waves in the Gunners’ first team during that game, whilst 18-year-old defender Zech Medley was handed his third senior appearance for the Gunners and Joe Willock, 19, stole the show.

Add to those appearances the continued consistency of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 21, and the return to fitness for 18-year-old Emile Smith Rowe to earn a place on the bench, Arsenal clearly have a plethora of young stars, bustling with talent and waiting to make a mark for their club.

Whilst the likes of Suarez and Carrasco would require a period of adaptation to the Premier League, albeit Suarez had a brief previous spell with Manchester City, the promising crop of Arsenal youngsters have been bred on the club’s style, strategies and ideals.

By the time the likes of Suarez could adapt to the club and to the country’s cultural demands, their loan spells at the Emirates would only have a matter of months to run.

Both Suarez and Carrasco would each look to complete a move to north London in a bid to reignite their stalled careers at the age of 25, whilst the likes of Nketiah and Medley are looking to commence what are likely to be long-term stays with the club that raised them.

Iwobi and Maitland-Niles have each set the benchmark for what can be achieved at their young ages of just 22 and 21 respectively, with the more youthful academy stars following in their footsteps.

Maitland-Niles has started in each of Arsenal’s last four matches in all competitions, and already has 24 Premier League career appearances in total under his belt for the Gunners. The versatile star also ​recently stated his love for the club and desire to succeed at the Emirates.

Iwobi, meanwhile, has become an increasingly influential star of Arsenal’s attacking setup under Emery, and has already clocked up 84 appearances in the top flight in a career which is still in the early stages. What’s more, both young stars signed new long-term contracts during the summer, and will only improve with age.

The likes of Nketiah, Smith Rowe and Willock have also followed suit in committing their futures to the club in recent times.

Emile Smith-Rowe

Arsenal’s biggest problems on Saturday were a lack of defensive reinforcements to solidify their back line, as well as a lack of natural pace and width in attacking areas to break down West Ham’s defence.

In the likes of Saka and Smith Rowe – not to mention ​Reiss Nelson, who will return to the club in the summer – Arsenal have the answer to their attacking shortages already within their grasp in players that they have produced themselves.

Likewise at the back, Zech Medley is joined by another fine young talent in Konstantinos Mavropanos, 21, with both possessing the necessary physically-imposing frames and the technical capacity to succeed the injured ​Rob Holding.

Joe Willock,Unai Emery

What the Gunners do possess to out-match their top six rivals is a crop of young stars both capable and willing to make a prolonged mark at the club.

In what is a long-term project for Unai Emery, the time to unleash his hidden gems is now.