Watford 2 Arsenal 2

A Watford side brimming with attacking intent fought back from two goals down at half-time to draw at home to Arsenal in Quique Sanchez Flores’ first match since being reappointed Hornets manager. The hosts fired in 31 shots – a club-record for a Premier League game – as Arsenal’s shaky defence finally cracked after the break. Watford levelled the scores when Roberto Pereyra rolled in a late penalty to secure only their second point of the season. Tom Cleverley had earlier reduced the deficit when Gunners defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos gave away possession inside his own area. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the visitors in front when he collected Sead Kolasinac’s pass on the turn before firing past Ben Foster.

Arsenal doubled their lead as Aubemeyang finished a sweeping team move but the hosts improved after the break as the Gunners unravelled in front of the vociferous home support. The Hornets had their chances to complete a stunning comeback with a decisive third, but the otherwise impressive Gerard Deulofeu dragged his effort narrowly wide. The result sees Arsenal move into seventh, while the Hornets remain rooted to the bottom. The Arsenal striker is one of the most clinical forwards in the English top flight, having scored with seven of his last nine shots on target, and the Gunners are quite capable of blowing teams away going forward thanks to the potency of Aubameyang and the technical ability of Mesut Ozil and Dani Ceballos. They demonstrated their attacking flair as they went through 20 passes for their second goal – but glaring issues remain at the back.

This was evident as early as the 10th minute as the red and white shirts backed off and space opened up for Cleverley, whose fierce effort was well saved by Bernd Leno. Five minutes later, and Etienne Capoue was given the same time and space but could only shoot over the bar. The Gunners want to play out from the back, and even though Matteo Guendouzi lost possession deep inside his own half on two occasions they persisted with their approach. It was Sokratis who eventually made the mistake that always looked likely to happen, before Deulofeu diverted the ball into Cleverley’s path for Watford’s first goal. David Luiz was brought in from London rivals Chelsea to shore up the defence over the summer, but the Brazilian has endured a difficult few weeks at the start of his Arsenal career, and has now conceded two penalties in three matches. Luiz brought down Pereyra with a lunge in the final 10 minutes and the substitute stepped up himself to take the penalty and salvage a point for the hosts.

Mkhitaryan Joins AS Roma On Loan

Roma have agreed a deal to sign Henrikh Mkhitaryan on loan from Arsenal with an option to buy the attacking midfielder. Mkhitaryan arrived in the Italian capital on Monday to conclude the deal in the final hours of the European transfer window, with Arsenal later confirming his move. The 30-year-old signed for Arsenal in January 2018 from Manchester United in a swap involving Alexis Sánchez. Eighteen months later both players have left their clubs for loan moves to Serie A, Sánchez having joined Internazionale last week. Mkhitaryan came on during Arsenal’s draw with Tottenham on Sunday but has not started since the opening day.

He is the third experienced player moved on by Unai Emery in the final days of the window, following Nacho Monreal and Mohamed Elneny, who have joined Real Sociedad and Besiktas respectively. It’s understood Roma will be paying Mkhitaryan’s £200,000-a-week wages and have the option to buy the Armenian at any time during his stay at the Stadio Olimpico. Arsenal confirmed the move in a statement: ‘Henrikh Mkhitaryan has joined Serie A side AS Roma on loan for the rest of the season. ‘Everyone at Arsenal wishes Micki all the best for his season with Roma. The loan is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.’

Mkhitaryan said of the move: ‘It’s a great opportunity for me to begin a new chapter, with a great club. I know what this club is all about and I am sure we can achieve great things together.’ Mkhitaryan started just 19 league matches last term and has only managed nine goals in all competitions since his move from Manchester United in January 2018. His first-team opportunities were likely to be limited under Unai Emery following the arrivals of Dani Ceballos, Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli this summer.

Arsenal 2 Tottenham Hotspurs 2

Arsenal staged a stirring comeback to earn a point in a chaotic, thrilling north London derby against Tottenham at Emirates Stadium. Spurs looked to be in complete control when Christian Eriksen pounced to put them ahead in the 10th minute after Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno pushed out Erik Lamela’s shot. Leno then saved superbly from Son Heung-min before the South Korean was senselessly hacked down in the area by Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka to allow Harry Kane to score his 10th goal in 11 derby games. Arsenal started the revival when Alexandre Lacazette pulled one back on the stroke of half-time before they laid siege to Spurs’ goal after the break. Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris saved superbly from Matteo Guendozi’s low shot and from substitute Dani Ceballos before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang showed the poacher’s instinct to turn home the equaliser with 19 minutes remaining.

Kane struck the inside of the post and Sokratis had a goal ruled out for offside but neither side could make the decisive breakthrough and this entertaining encounter ended with honours even. The result lifts Arsenal to fifth in the Premier League with seven points from four games, while Tottenham head into September’s international break four places behind their rivals in ninth on five points. Arsenal showed real character amid the mood swings of this north London derby to fight back from a precarious position to earn a point. Unai Emery’s side found themselves in big trouble at two goals down but never felt sorry for themselves, fighting their way back to parity and pinning Spurs back for most of the second half. The Gunners were guilty of poor defending and moments of carelessness but no-one could question their heart.

Lacazette’s goal with seconds left of the first half was vital, lifting the spirits of Arsenal’s players and supporters and setting the perfect platform for a second half that was low on moments of high class but full of fervour and entertainment. The action swung from end-to-end but Arsenal looked stronger after the break with 20-year-old Guendouzi performing with great maturity in midfield. Guendouzi certainly showed greater composure than his captain Xhaka, who was guilty of a moment of crass stupidity when diving into a sliding challenge on Son to concede a penalty. The young Frenchman almost scored only for Lloris to make a brilliant save and it was his intelligent, probing ball into the box that was diverted in by Aubameyang.

ElNeny Out On Loan To Besiktas

Arsenal have confirmed the exit of midfield outcast Mohamed Elneny, on loan to Besiktas for the rest of the season. The Egyptian international has been well down the pecking order under Unai Emery and has been further usurped this season by youngster Joe Willock. Elneny, who joined Arsenal in 2016 from Swiss side Basel, flew to Istanbul on Friday for talks over a switch to Turkey. And he has subsequently completed a loan move, which it’s understood can be made permanent for a fee in the region of £16 million.

Elneny joined the Gunners under Arsene Wenger, and monthly loans no credit check has made 89 appearances for the north London club. However, the 27-year-old never made himself a fixture in the first-team, with 14 the most number of Premier League appearances he managed in his three full seasons at the club. Last term he made just 17 outings in all competitions, and hadn’t featured in the opening month of the current campaign. Elneny is the second player to leave Arsenal on Saturday, following Nacho Monreal. The Spain international, 33, completed a move to Real Sociedad earlier in the day.

Nacho Monreal Leaves Arsenal For Spain

Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal has joined La Liga side Real Sociedad on a two-year deal. The Spain international, 33, has started all three of the Gunners’ Premier League games this season and captained the team against Burnley. He made 250 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 10 goals, after joining the club from Malaga in January 2013.

Manager Unai Emery said on Thursday that the left-back could leave before the European transfer windows shut. Monreal won three FA Cups during his time with Arsenal and helped them reach last season’s Europa League final. He made his international debut in 2009, has won 22 caps and was a member of Spain’s 2018 World Cup squad. Arsenal signed Kieran Tierney, 22, as his long-term replacement this month. The former Celtic left-back is yet to make his Gunners debut and is not fit enough to be considered for Sunday’s north London derby against Tottenham.

He started playing with Osasuna in 2005, going on to appear in 144 official games over the course of five La Liga seasons. In 2011 he signed with Málaga and, two years later, joined Arsenal, winning three FA Cup trophies with them. In 2007, Monreal earned his first call for the Spain under-21 team. He started all their matches in the 2009 UEFA European Championship, in an eventual group stage exit. Monreal was a member of the Spain squad which reached the final of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil, although he was second-choice left back behind FC Barcelona’s Jordi Alba. He started in the last two group games, beginning with a 10–0 win over Tahiti at the Maracanã in which he set up a David Villa goal. Monreal scored his first goal for Spain on 12 November 2016, contributing to a 4–0 defeat of Macedonia for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in Granada. He was then selected by manager Julen Lopetegui for the finals in Russia.

Liverpool 3 Arsenal 1

Liverpool preserved their 100% start to the Premier League season as Mohamed Salah scored twice to add to Joel Matip’s first-half header in a dominant performance at Anfield in a 3-1 win over Arsenal. The Gunners, the only other side in the top flight to win their first two games, had opportunities to shock Liverpool in a tight first half, especially when record £72m signing Nicolas Pepe shot straight at keeper Adrian after running clear. Liverpool took control when Matip put them ahead with a powerful header from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner four minutes before the interval.

And any hopes manager Unai Emery had of watching his side mount a recovery were snuffed out in the 49th minute after a moment of madness from new signing David Luiz, who needlessly dragged Salah back in the area. Liverpool’s Egyptian attacker drilled home the penalty and then embarrassed Luiz again out on the touchline at the start of a dazzling run that ended with a low, curling finish into the bottom corner just before the hour. Arsenal substitute Lucas Torreira pulled one back late on, but nothing was getting in the way of Liverpool’s 12th successive league victory, equalling their best sequence in the top flight under Kenny Dalglish between April and October 1990.

Arsenal have suffered badly here in recent seasons, losing 5-1 last season and 4-0 in Arsene Wenger’s final season. Once again, despite taking their time to hit top gear, Liverpool’s ruthlessness and intensity simply proved too much for Arsenal. Luiz has a track record of success that suggests he may be able to bring moments of quality to Arsenal’s defence after his surprise £8m move from Chelsea – but there is no escaping he has the enduring capability to be a complete liability. Arsenal have now failed to win any of their past 23 away league games against fellow ‘Big six’ sides (D8 L15) – during this run they have conceded 53 goals while keeping just one clean sheet.

Arsenal 2 Burnley 1

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the winner as Arsenal defeated Burnley to record successive victories at the start of a Premier League campaign for the first time since 2009. French striker Alexandre Lacazette marked his return from injury as he impressively held off Erik Pieters and shot between the legs of goalkeeper Nick Pope to put the Gunners ahead after 13 minutes. Ashley Barnes levelled the match two minutes before half-time, converting at close range from Dwight McNeil’s deflected pass for his third goal in two matches. The hosts, who handed full debuts to £8m defender David Luiz and Real Madrid loanee Dani Ceballos, saw an immediate response ruled out for offside after Reiss Nelson appeared to have completed a slick passing move with a confident finish into the roof of the net.

But the impressive 23-year-old Ceballos recovered possession to set up Aubameyang for a powerful, low finish with 64 minutes played. Burnley goalkeeper Pope made a series of fine saves to keep the Clarets alive, but he was unable to prevent his side losing a 10th straight league meeting with the Gunners. Three points away to Newcastle – along with a valuable clean-sheet – marked a pleasing start for manager Unai Emery following some exciting summer transfer business. Another victory in their first home match was made all the more enjoyable for the home support by the enthralling performance of midfielder Ceballos, on loan from the Bernabeu for the 2019-20 campaign. The Spaniard, unable to impress in his substitute appearance at Newcastle, oozed class in the centre of the pitch and delivered dancing runs through the Burnley midfield with sharp feet and twisting dribbles. His whipped corner paved the way for Lacazette’s opener, the Frenchman doing well to turn and shoot under pressure, while the 23-year-old celebrated passionately as Aubameyang converted from his tireless recovery work.

Likewise, youngsters Nelson, Joe Willock and Matteo Guendouzi impressed in successive starts, while £72m summer signing Nicolas Pepe emerged from the bench after the interval to add further promise for the season ahead. However, with Luiz yet to settle into the back-line, Arsenal’s defensive frailties were apparent as Barnes and Chris Wood caused awkward moments from set-pieces. An almighty scrap in the Arsenal penalty area following a first-half Burnley corner offered a timely reminder of the questions that remain – though Luiz appeared, for the most part, calm and composed when in possession. Arsenal are showing promise as the season warms up and, though old worries remain, back-to-back opening wins and a dazzling Ceballos display will keep Emery smiling.

Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang punished slack Newcastle defending to give Arsenal victory at a rain-drenched St James’ Park. Starting with many of their £125m-worth of signings on the bench and without midfielders Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac, Gunners boss Unai Emery watched his side struggle to cut through their opponents in the first half. That all changed just before the hour mark when Aubameyang was left unmarked on the edge of the area, collected Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ cross from the right and fired past Martin Dubravka. Emery gave £72m club-record signing Nicolas Pepe and midfielder Dani Ceballos debuts from the bench, but they failed to make much of an impression.

As for Steve Bruce, his Newcastle managerial debut was about what could have been. The Magpies’ record signing Joelinton went close with a shot blocked by Bernd Leno, before Jonjo Shelvey saw his drive crash off the woodwork. The home side were flat for much of the second half, although another new recruit, the exciting wing prospect Allan Saint-Maximin, tested German Leno with a near-post drive. Unai Emery went through a range of emotions in his dugout area during the first period, ranging from anguish to anger. His somewhat makeshift Arsenal starting XI, without the experienced Ozil and Kolasinac, struggled with both the conditions and the five-man Newcastle midfield. They only opened up the Magpies’ defence twice in that opening period, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan firing wildly over before Aubameyang struck a firm drive at Dubravka.

Both sides had pacy frontmen, but only one was proven at this level. And when Aubameyang, who scored 22 Premier League goals last season, was given a second chance at goal he took it brilliantly. The Gabon international was inexplicably given a free run into the area as Jamaal Lascelles went AWOL, and slotted in Maitland-Niles’ delivery from the right. Ivorian winger Pepe and Ceballos were given a run-out but made little impact, although had Maitland-Niles’ cross reached the record signing in the area late on, then we might have seen a goal on his debut. No doubt we will see why Arsenal paid £72m to Lille for him in the coming weeks.

Everton Complete Signing Of Alex Iwobi

Everton completed the late transfer of Alex Iwobi from Arsenal more than two hours after the transfer window closed on Thursday night having refused to meet Crystal Palace’s £100m valuation of Wilfried Zaha. Iwobi is Everton’s seventh summer arrival and has signed a five-year contract with the Goodison Park club, with the fee for the Nigeria international which could reach £35m ensuring the Premier League set a new spending record of more than £1.4bn.

Everton switched their sights to Iwobi late in the transfer window having been frustrated in their long-running attempt to seal a club record deal for Zaha. Silva was determined to inject more pace into his attack this summer but Everton and Palace were poles apart in their valuation of the Ivory Coast forward. Palace rejected a £52m bid from Everton on 28 July and Zaha’s suitors later issued a statement claiming that was “the end of the matter”. Everton maintained their interest, however, and discussed an improved offer during negotiations over James McCarthy’s £3m move to Selhurst Park. They were prepared to pay up to £60m for Zaha, who turns 27 in November, but did not submit a formal second offer given Palace’s hardline stance.

Steve Parish, the Palace chairman, insisted it would take £100m to secure Zaha and the club’s resolve not to sell hardened when Ismaïla Sarr, a possible replacement, joined Watford from Rennes on deadline day. Everton, who had a £30m bid for Iwobi rejected by Arsenal on Wednesday, then intensified efforts to secure their alternative option.

Arsenal Signs David Luiz From Chelsea

Brazilian international defender David Luiz has signed for us in a permanent transfer from Chelsea. The 32-year-old centre back has a wealth of experience and has made 524 club appearances in a career spanning 13 seasons.

Luiz started his career with Vitoria in Brazil, before moving to Portugal where he played for Benfica. He also had two spells with Chelsea and spent two years in France with Paris Saint-Germain, where he played under Unai Emery. He has 56 international appearances for Brazil to his name. He joined Chelsea in January 2011, winning the UEFA Champions League during the 2011–12 season. In the following season he won the UEFA Europa League. In June 2014, he transferred to Paris Saint-Germain for a fee of £50 million, a world record transfer for a defender, and won all four domestic competitions over his two seasons in French football. He returned to Chelsea in August 2016 in a £30 million transfer deal.

Unai Emery said: “David has huge experience and I look forward to working with him again. He is a well known player and adds to our defensive strength.” David will wear the number 23 shirt. David Luiz insists he left Chelsea because his cycle at the west London club had personal home loans come to a natural end. The 32-year-old spent seven years at Stamford Bridge across two trophy-laden spells before joining Arsenal on transfer deadline day in an £8million deal.

Luiz was a pivotal figure in Maurizio Sarri’s side which won the Europa League and finished third in the Premier League last season, but the Brazilian was said to be concerned his first team opportunities would be limited under Frank Lampard. The former PSG defender was dropped for last Saturday’s friendly against Borussia Monchengladbach and was subsequently told to train away from the first team on Wednesday amid concerns he had become a disruptive influence.

Luiz spent a brief period at PSG under the management of Unai Emery and he claimed the Spaniard also played a big factor in his decision to join Arsenal.

Tierney Signs For Arsenal

Kieran Tierney has completed his Scottish record £25m move to Arsenal after making what he called “the hardest decision in my whole life”. The 22-year-old left-back completed a medical on Thursday after the clubs agreed terms following lengthy talks. The English Premier League side previously had two bids rejected by the Scottish Premiership club this summer. “It’s a hard decision to leave a club that you love so much. People need to know that,” Tierney said.

Celtic insisted they “did all we could” to keep the Scotland defender, who had come through the club’s youth academy. “While the club did not need or wish to sell Kieran, this was an opportunity Kieran very much wished to pursue and with the club having received a significant offer, we have agreed to the transfer,” read a club statement.

Tierney won four league titles with Celtic and has been on the winning side for two Scottish Cups and two League Cups. However, he has been restricted to just nine appearances this year and had a double hernia operation in the summer. Tierney was told at 19:00 BST on Wednesday – just as Celtic kicked off in their Champions League qualifier against Cluj – that he was to travel to London.

Tierney, who has signed a long-term deal and will wear the number three shirt at Arsenal, described the move as a “great opportunity” at a “massive club”. Unai Emery, his new coach, said he was “delighted” to have completed the deal for “a very talented player”.

BBC Scotland chief sports writer Tom English says “It’s the right age and the right time for Celtic and Kieran Tierney. He’s won everything he can at Celtic outside of Europe and he’s going to Arsenal to try and do something in Europe, the Premier League, advance his career, stake his claim for that Scotland left-back spot. He just needs to get fit and try to put his best foot forward. This could be very good for him.”

Welbeck Joins Watford

Watford have confirmed the signing of the former Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck on a free transfer, kick-starting what is expected to be a busy final day of the transfer window. The 28-year-old England international has agreed a contract after finally joining a club that had first enquired about him a year ago, when they were quoted a fee of £8m. Welbeck, who signed for Arsenal from Manchester United in a £16m deal in September 2014, has not played since last November, when he sustained a serious ankle injury half an hour into a Europa League tie against Sporting. It was the latest in a string of serious injuries for a player who was restricted to a total of 20 league starts in the 2015-16, 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons combined.

He has been working on his fitness through the summer and, having passed a medical on Tuesday, will immediately join the first-team squad although, given his lack of match practice, he may not be considered ready for the club’s first game of the season at home against Brighton on Saturday. The signing brings to four the number of England internationals on Watford’s books, with Welbeck joining his former Manchester United teammates Ben Foster and Tom Cleverley and the former Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah. It is the Hornets’ third first-team signing of the summer, after the £5.5m defender Craig Dawson and the 19-year-old midfielder Tom Dele-Bashiru, who arrived from Manchester City on a free transfer.

They also hope to complete a deal for the Rennes winger Ismaïla Sarr, with the two clubs close to agreeing a fee for a player rated by his club at £30m, £12m above the club record paid to Burnley for Andre Gray two years ago. Watford have, however, become frustrated at the glacial pace with which the negotiations have been progressing and there are concerns that Rennes will prolong them until the 11th hour in the hope of receiving a higher offer from another club either in England or elsewhere – and potentially beyond the closure of the Premier League’s transfer window on Thursday night.

Jenko Signs For Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest have made their eighth summer transfer window signing by bringing in Arsenal’s once-capped England defender Carl Jenkinson. The 27-year-old has joined the Championship side for an undisclosed fee, signing a three-year contract. Injuries helped to limit Jenkinson to 70 appearances for Arsenal in eight years following his move from Charlton Athletic as a teenager in 2011. He played eight times in 2018-19, three of those games in the Europa League. He spent two seasons on loan at West Ham United, in 2015-16 and 2016-17, before joining Birmingham City in August 2017, only to be injured on his debut.

Having dislocated his shoulder after just 32 minutes against Reading, he was out for five months before returning in January, by which time Steve Cotterill was in charge. But Jenkinson made only eight further appearances for Blues and did not figure again following Gary Monk’s first two games in charge in March. Jenkinson, whose mother is Finn, represented Finland at under-21 level. But he committed his future to England after talks with then manager Roy Hodgson.

He made his senior debut for England as one of six debutants as a 74th-minute substitute for Glen Johnson in a 4-2 friendly defeat against Swedenin Stockholm in November 2012. Forest began the new league campaign on Saturday with a 2-1 home defeat by West Bromwich Albion, in new Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi’s first game in charge.

Koscielny Signs For Bordeaux

Laurent Koscielny has joined Bordeaux after Arsenal agreed to sell the club captain for a fee of around €5m (£4.6m). Koscielny has been desperate to return to France this summer and refused to go on Arsenal’s pre-season tour of the United States in a bid to force a move. The defender had hoped that Arsenal would allow him to leave for free, despite having one year left on his current contract, but the club were adamant that they would only countenance his departure if they received a fee. In a statement, Arsenal said: “We decided to sanction his move to Bordeaux once we agreed acceptable transfer terms.”

Unai Emery, the Arsenal head coach, had tried on multiple occasions to convince Koscielny to stay in north London. The defender turns 34 in September but the coaching staff believed he could still be a crucial player this season before the arrival of teenage centre-back William Saliba, who signed this summer but has been loaned back to France, at the end of the campaign. Koscielny signed from Lorient in 2010 and was part of three FA Cup-winning sides under Arsene Wenger, making 353 appearances in total.

Arsenal are continuing to pursue another centre-back before the transfer deadline day on Thursday. There is interest in Juventus defender Daniele Rugani but it is understood that the financial figures being quoted by the Italian club are out of Arsenal’s reach. Reports in Italy have said that Juventus want around £50m for the 25-year-old, who has made seven appearances for the Italian national side. Arsenal also rate Red Bull Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano but the German side are reportedly holding out for a fee of around £70m for the 20-year-old.

Arsenal Sign Nicolas Pepe

Arsenal have just announced the signing of Nicolas Pepe. The Ivory Coast international became the club’s record signing on Thursday, joining the Gunners from Ligue 1 club Lille. The club photographer was on hand to see Nico put pen to paper. Nicolas Pepe will follow in some famous footsteps when he makes his first appearance for us. Our record signing will be the fourth Ivory Coast international to represent Arsenal, emulating Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Eboue and Gervinho. Toure was one of Arsene Wenger’s finest ever signings – a hugely popular figure who arrived as an unknown and became an Invincible – and Pepe has already asked him for advice.

Pepe hit 22 Ligue 1 goals last season as Lille finished second in the table behind Paris Saint-Germain. PSG coach Thomas Tuchel made his admiration for the Ivory Coast forward clear, with Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Manchester United among the other major clubs linked with Pepe. He becomes the Gunners’ third signing of the close season after Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos joined on loan and William Saliba chose Unai Emery’s side over rivals Tottenham. However, defender Saliba is set to stay on loan in Ligue 1 with Saint-Etienne for the 2019-20 season. Born in Mantes-la-Jolie, Île-de-France, Pépé stared his career originally playing as a Goalkeeper for local side Solitaire Paris Est until he was 14 years old.

But he began his professional career playing as an outfield player with Poitiers in the Championnat de France Amateur 2 (fifth tier) in 2012–13. He signed for Angers in 2013, and spent his first season with the reserves in the CFA 2.On 21 June 2017, Pépé signed a five-year deal with Lille, for a maximum transfer fee of €10 million,[8] after being signed by head coach Marcelo Bielsa who had scouted the player by watching footage of every Ligue 1 game he had played in for Angers, before scouting him in person.  Upon signing for Arsenal, he was handed the number 19 shirt (which he had also work at Lille), after Bernd apply for a small loan Leno took the number 1 shirt, following the retirement of Petr ?ech.

Arsenal Sign Defender William Saliba

Arsenal have completed the signing of centre-back William Saliba from Saint-Etienne on a long-term contract. Saliba, 18, will return to Saint-Etienne for the 2019/20 season before joining up the Gunners for the 2020/21 campaign. Head coach Unai Emery insists the Gunners beat a number of other sides to sign the Frenchman.

“We’re delighted payday loans providers William is joining us. Many teams wanted him but he decided he wanted to come to us and be part of our future,” he told the club’s website. “He will stay in France next season for more experience and then we look forward to him joining our group.”

Sky Sports News reported that Tottenham were also interested in a deal for Saliba, but the player says he chose the Emirates Stadium because of the history of the club.

“The history, the badge… since I was little, I’ve been watching Arsenal play in the Champions League and so on, and there are a lot of French players who have come through here. So that really helped me to make my mind up,” he told the club’s website.

The defender also revealed how Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi helped convince him to move to north London. Saliba only made his professional debut with Saint-Etienne on September 25, 2018. His performances earned him a further 13 starts in Ligue 1 last season. The 18-year-old is also a France youth international, having recently been called up to the his country’s U20 squad.

Arsenal Sign Dani Ceballos On Loan

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Dani Ceballos on loan for the 2019/20 season. The 22-year-old midfielder, who has been capped six times by Spain, moves to the Gunners from Real Madrid. He is is Unai Emery’s second signing of the summer transfer window, with Brazilian teenager Gabriel Martinelli also having arrived in the close season.

Ceballos is highly regarded at the Bernabeu and made 23 LaLiga appearances throughout the 2018/19 season. But Zinedine Zidane was happy to sanction a temporary switch to Arsenal for the youngster, who helped Spain’s Under-21s to Euro 2019 success this summer. It is understood Arsenal do not have an option to make the deal permanent. The Spaniard’s move to the Emirates was confirmed on Wednesday following weeks of negotiations between the two clubs. The 22-year-old is valued at around £45million and Arsenal had to fight off late interest from rivals Tottenham to get the deal over the line. Ceballos’ deal is not thought to include an obligation to buy as Madrid value him so highly that they feel they can extract a large fee next summer.

The Spaniard will spend a single season at the Emirates, though they’ll undoubtedly look to make the move permanent should he prove a success. Ceballos said he was ‘proud’ to be joining the Gunners and claimed it was a ‘step forward’ in his career. ‘I’m really proud to be able to wear this shirt,’ said Cebellos following the announcement of his signing. ‘I’m joining an historic Premier League side and it’s a step forward in my career. ‘I’ve not spoken to my team-mates yet so we’re not sure of what the objective is, but obviously I’m coming here to give everything I have. ‘Nobody will be able to question that because from the very first day I pull this jersey on I’ll give everything I’ve got. We’ll try to achieve the club’s objectives.’

Arsenal Transfer Rumours – 23rd July 2019

Arsenal are understood to have finalised a loan deal for Dani Ceballos. The 22-year-old midfielder will spend the entire 2019/20 season at the Emirates after Zinedine Zidane sanctioned the move. Ceballos, who has been capped six times by Spain, is seen by Unai Emery as the ideal replacement for Aaron Ramsey after he left for Juventus. The Gunners could announce the deal on Tuesday while they are also understood to be on the verge of finalising the signing of William Saliba from Saint-Etienne.

Arsenal are struggling to finalise a deal to sign Celtic defender Kieran Tierney. Sky Sports News claims that the Gunners’ second offer for the Scotland international has not gone down well with Celtic. Tierney has reportedly agreed personal terms with the Premier League side but the two clubs have yet to agree a price for him. It is understood the Hoops believe Arsenal’s offer of £18million plus £7m in add-ons is unrealistic because the additional payments are linked to Champions League qualification.

Crystal Palace have demanded one of Arsenal‘s youngsters as part of any deal for Zaha, according to reports. Unai Emery is hopeful of getting the deal over the line but the Gunners’ bid of £55m paid upfront and £10m in add-on is still short of the Eagles’ valuation. However, The Independent is reporting that Palace could also be interested in the possibility of having Nigeria-eligible winger Bukayo Saka coming over on loan as an alternative to Nelson. Saka’s performances for Arsenal especially in last season’s UEFA Europa League have always drawn the attention of some European clubs.