Arsenal are aiming to get back in the top four in the Premier League this season. The Gunners have finished eighth in consecutive seasons, so Mikel Arteta is in dire need of improvement this time around.
Meanwhile, two Arsenal stars are looking to leave the club in January. The Gunners are also keeping a close eye on an Iranian forward playing for Zenit St Petersburg.
Along those lines, here’s a look at the key news from Arsenal’s transfer to October 9, 2021.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Mohamed Elneny want to leave Arsenal in January
Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Mohamed Elneny want to leave Arsenal in January, according to The Sun.
The Englishman wants to leave the Emirates in search of a regular playing time. Maitland-Niles has started just one game in the Premier League this season and is frustrated by the lack of opportunities with the Gunners. You’re ready to explore greener pastures to get your career back on track.
Meanwhile, Elneny is in the last 12 months of her current contract with Arsenal and has yet to sign a new contract. Mikel Arteta wants the player to extend his stay at the Emirates. However, the Egyptian has dropped Arteta’s pecking order, so the Gunners could cash him out in January to avoid losing him for free next summer.
However, his situation has been complicated by Granit Xhaka’s injury. The Swiss international faces a long period on the sidelines. Arsenal may have to adjust their midfield options until Xhaka returns.
It’s unclear what Arteta’s preferred midfield combination would be, given that Thomas Partey has struggled with injuries. However, the Spaniard could opt for Maitland-Niles and Albert Sambi Lokonga, which means the Englishman could have a second chance to secure his spot in the Gunners’ starting eleven with Arteta.
Gunners keeping a close eye on Sardar Azmoun
Arsenal are keeping a close eye on Zenit St Petersburg striker Sardar Azmoun, according to journalist Ekrem Konur.
The Iranian forward has been in good shape for the Russian team since joining them in 2019. Azmoun scored 19 goals in 24 appearances to help Zenit win the Russian Premier League last season. His exploits in front of goal have earned him the affection of the Gunners, who are looking to improve their attack next year.
Arsenal could lose both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah next year. The Gunners have now included Azmoun on their list of possible replacements, but they could face competition from AC Milan for his services.
Arsenal monitoring Tiago Tomas
Arsenal are interested in Sporting Lisbon star Tiago Tomas, according to The Hard Tackle via Tuttomercatoweb.
The Portuguese ace is one of his country’s rising stars, and he is expected to have a great future ahead of him. Tomás appeared 30 times with Sporting last season, scoring three goals and setting up two more.
Arsenal are eager to bring him to the Emirates, but could face competition for his services from AS Roma. The 19-year-old is linked to the Portuguese team until 2025.