- 23:14, 28 Jul 2021
- Updated: 23:14, 28 Jul 2021
ARSENAL are set to announce a £50m deal for Ben White shortly with the Brighton defender currently at their training ground.
And he will slot into a side that have just beaten Watford 4-1 in a friendly.
Meanwhile the Gunners are reported to have made a shock enquiry for Lautaro Martinez.
Mikel Arteta is also said to be monitoring Martin Odegaard’s situation at Real Madrid but it is reported that he is more keen on signing James Maddison.
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‘IF IT WAS ME I WOULD HAVE ACTED QUICKLY’
Former Arsenal man and current Technical Director of Ajax Marc Overmars has hinted that Andre Onana could leave Ajax for next to nothing this summer.
And with the Gunners on the search for a new goalkeeper, Overmars’ words are almost encouraging the Gunners to make a move.
He said: “Of course, in the complex case of Onana, it is quite difficult to determine the correct amount,
“For some clubs, it is also an opportunity to buy this keeper. Because if he is under contract longer and not suspended, he is worth thirty million. If it was me, I would have acted quickly [and tried to sign him].
“If you can wait six months, then he can sign on a free transfer.
“He is a top five goalkeeper in Europe. If you put down all the keepers, he will be in fifth or sixth place.
“I get that clubs are trying to sign him because once his signature is secured, his value skyrockets as he is a very good 25-year-old goalkeeper.”
Miguel Azeez scored the pick of Arsenal’s goals as they beat Watford 4-1.
The Gunners youngster picked up the ball from a corner and bent a left-footed effort into the far corner to seal the win.
Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney showed he is a star at both ends of the pitch as Arsenal beat Watford 4-1 in today’s pre-season friendly.
The Scot popped up after 76 minutes to stab home Emile Smith Rowe’s cross from the right-hand side to make it 3-1.
LAC NO FURTHER
Alexandre Lacazette made no mistake from the spot as the Frenchman put Arsenal 2-1 up against Watford earlier today.
The striker won and the scored the penalty as the Gunners went on to win 4-1 at Colney.
BACK OF THE NKET
Eddie Nketiah set Arsenal on the way to an emphatic 4-1 pre-season win over Watford at Colney this afternoon.
Nketiah opened the scoring after 15 minutes – cutting inside from the left and smashing a right-footed effort into the bottom right corner.
Arsenal gifted Watford a goal in today’s 4-1 friendly win over Watford after Mohamed Elneny allowed himself to be dispossessed inside Arsenal’s box, JOE BROPHY reports.
The Egyptian had been attempting to play out from the back after receiving a short pass from Bernd Leno only to be tackled.
Watford managed to keep the ball alive and Philip Zinckernagel was eventually able to slot home the equaliser.
And many Arsenal fans expressed their annoyance at another sloppy error after a goalkeeping howler cost them in a 2-1 defeat to Hibernian.
Arsenal concede after yet another defensive howler during pre-season friendly vs Watford
LAUT NOT HAPPENING
Inter Milan’s Argentinian striker Lautaro Martinez has been linked with a move to Arsenal in recent days.
However according to Football Italia, the 23-year-old would only consider a move to one of Spain’s big three clubs.
Even if a £70million bid is accepted Martinez is unlikely to agree personal terms with the Gunners as he’s only interested in signing for Barcelona, Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid.
Could Gabriel Martinelli be set for a new shirt number at the Gunners.
Martinelli’s number 35 shirt was today worn by Miguel Azeez, perhaps hinting at a change for the 20-year-old Martinelli.
According to football.london, the numbers 8 and 18 are the only senior squad numbers available at this moment in time.
However, current number 11 Lucas Torreira is expected to leave the Gunners this summer, which is thought to be Martinelli’s preferred number.
Should Torreira leave, expect to see Martinelli don the number 11 shirt previously worn by the likes of Marc Overmars, Robin van Persie and Mesut Ozil.
DONE AND DUSTED
Gunners fans, if you’re still not confident that Ben White is going to be an Arsenal player then this will do it.
The agent of the 23-year-old, Alex Levack, has just followed Arsenal Technical Director Edu on Instagram.
Nothing official has been confirmed yet but an announcement can’t be far off…
Arsenal thrashed Watford 4-1 in a pre-season friendly at London Colney, WILLIAM PUGH reports.
Goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Kieran Tierney, Miguel Azeez and Eddie Nketiah sealed the win for Mikel Arteta’s side.
Philip Zinckernagel scored the only goal for the Hornets as Arsenal made a big statement in the behind-closed-doors fixture.
Gunners midfielder Miguel Azeez impressed in today’s 4-1 win.
The 18-year-old centre-midfielder scored Arsenal’s fourth goal, the pick of the bunch, curling in from the edge of the area.
And many Arsenal fans are hoping to see more of the youngster this season, with big things expected of Azeez at the Emirates.
Ben White has been spotted at Arsenal’s training ground with his £50million move from Brighton imminent, DAVE FRASER reports.
The Brighton and England centre-back, 23, has long been linked with a move to the Gunners.
And now it would seem Mikel Arteta has finally landed his man, with White heading to London Colney on Wednesday afternoon, according to Goal.
It’s all over at London Colney.
The Gunners ease to a 4-1 win over Watford in what was a good pre-season run out for the Gunners.
Miguel Azeez scored the fourth to add to goals from Eddie Nketiah, Alexandre Lacazette and Kieran Tierney as preparations continue for Arsenal’s opening Premier League clash.
There’s just sixteen days to go now until the Gunners kick off their Premier League campaign away at newly promoted Brentford.
The Gunners are now in a commanding 3-1 lead in the second half of their pre-season friendly clash with Watford at London Colney.
Alexandre Lacazette made it 2-1 to the Gunners after Eddie Nketiah’s opener, with Kieran Tierney adding Arsenal’s third in the last few moments.
There’s about fifteen minutes left to play in that one.
THE BELL TOLLS
Hector Bellerin’s agent is set for showdown talks with Arsenal chiefs, according to reports.
FC Inter News are reporting that Bellerin’s agent is holding talks with the Gunners tomorrow as a move to the Nerazzurri is edging closer.
The Gunners are open to selling Bellerin in an attempt to raise funds with Calciomercato reporting an apparent £17million asking price for the Spanish international.
Whether Inter are willing to match that fee remains to be seen, but Bellerin’s future seems destined to be decided by tomorrow.
Ajax have confirmed Arsenal’s interest in banned goalkeeper Andre Onana, ANTHONY CHAPMAN reports.
But French club Lyon are seemingly in the lead for his coveted signature.
Onana, 25, was handed a 12-month ban in February after testing positive for a banned substance.
The Cameroon international’s suspension has since been reduced to nine months.
And Onana has a number of top teams chasing him this summer.
Midway through the pre-season friendly between Arsenal and Watford and London Colney.
Eddie Nketiah fired the Gunners ahead before Watford hit back to level things up at 1-1 at the break.
Ben White’s transfer from Brighton to Manchester United is reportedly done and dusted, with just an official announcement before the transfer is confirmed.
That’s according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano who Tweeted:
“Ben White deal completed and confirmed – no doubt.
“He joins Arsenal on a permanent deal for £50m.”
Get excited, Arsenal fans.
The Gunners have taken the lead through Eddie Nketiah.
Arsenal 1-0 Watford.
Here’s how Mikel Arteta’s side line-up for the Watford friendly.
Leno, Cedric, Chambers, Mari, Tavares, Lokonga, Elneny, Nelson, Willian, Nketiah, Aubameyang
That one has just got underway.
The Gunners’ pre-season preparations continue today as Mikel Arteta’s side take on Watford in a friendly this afternoon.
New boys Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga are set to play a part in the game, while Bernd Leno may also feature in pre-season for the first time since returning from Euro 2020.
Kick off for that one is at 3pm!
Arsenal target Lautaro Martinez has said he wants “to win everything.” amid transfer speculation surrounding the 23-year-old.
The Argentinian international has been linked with a £70million move to Arsenal, with Barcelona also reportedly interested in his signature.
He’s quoted by Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla’s as saying:
“Now a new season begins and then there will be the World Cup. I don’t want to limit myself, I want to win everything.
“I want to finish my career at Liniers I will try to convince my wife.
“The alternative is to return to Racing, but in football it is difficult to make promises.”
With Joe Willock being continuously linked with a return to Newcastle, Magpies boss Steve Bruce has commented on the rumours:
He said: “I’ve said many times now, [he’s] Arsenal’s player, [it’s up to] Joe to decide but there has to be a cut-off point where we can’t wait forever.
“We’ve one or two other options, of course, which would be wrong if I didn’t.
“Obviously, Joe’s our first choice. We’re encouraged to keep bashing away, but there comes a cut-off point, yeah.”
‘FOCUSED ON HIS CLUB’
Lautaro Martinez’s agent Beto Yaque says his client is not paying attention to transfer speculation surrounding the 23-year-old Argentina international.
Martinez has been linked with a move to Arsenal should Alexandre Lacazette depart, while Lionel Messi is also reportedly keen on bringing his Argentina teammate to Barcelona.
But Beto Yaque told Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo:
“He is only focused on his club but surely with great satisfaction knowing that he is doing things very well for all this.
“Lautaro has a five-year contract with Inter and the news that comes out are exclusively from the press.”
SEE YA SOARES
Cedric Soares may be on his way out of North London, according to reports.
Turkish outlets are suggesting Fenerbahce are keen on a loan move with an option to buy for the 29-year-old Portugese international.
Mesut Ozil is thought to be trying to persuade Soares to move to Istanbul.
However with Hector Bellerin also being linked with a move away from the Emirates the Gunners are unlikely to let both men leave without having a replacement lined up.