Mikel Arteta identifies the four positions he wants to strengthen during the transfer window

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 5 Jun 2020 1:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.9kShares Comment Mikel Arteta identifies the four positions he wants to strengthen during the transfer window Man City stars head back into training as season set for June 17 returnTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:58FullscreenMan City stars head back into training as season set for June 17 returnhttps://metro.co.uk/video/man-city-stars-head-training-season-set-june-17-return-2181398/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.The Ghana international has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates after coming close to joining the north London club under previous manager Unai Emery last summer.Partey is yet to sign an extension on his current deal at Atletico and has a £44 million release clause.Even if Arsenal don’t qualify for the Champions League, they could still move for the 26-year-old and view a swap deal involving Alexandre Lacazette as a potential option.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAdding another centre-back is also on the agenda and club scouts have watched Reims’ Axel Disasi, who could be available for around £13m.Arteta also wants another right-back to challenge Hector Bellerin, but the club are likely to be priced out of a move for Norwich City’s Max Aarons and may have to focus on making Cedric Soares’ loan move from Southampton permanent.And if star strikers Aubameyang or Lacazette were to leave, Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard and Genk’s Jonathan David are being lined up as possible replacements.However, if the Gunners fail to qualify for Europe for the first time in 25 years, swap deals, loans and low-cost moves could well be the order of business for the club.MORE: Premier League restart: Provisional fixtures revealed for Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and ArsenalMORE: Arsenal’s provisional fixtures for Premier League restart announcedFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arteta is looking for a complete squad overhaul (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta reportedly wants to sign at least one centre-back, a midfielder, a right-back and a replacement striker if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette were to leave the Emirates this summer.The coronavirus crisis is likely to affect transfer business for all clubs given the immense drop in revenue with no games played since mid-March.However, the Gunners are still expected to be busy this summer, but their budget for signings will be dictated by whether they can qualify for European competition or not.Mikel Arteta’s side will resume their Premier League campaign later this month in ninth place, eight points behind Chelsea who occupy fourth spot.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to Goal, the Spaniard has identified four key positions in his squad he wants to strengthen, with Atletico Madrid’s box-to-box midfielder Thomas Partey a top priority. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Rufai Drums Support for Eagles against Indomitable Lions

first_imgDodo Manyana, as Rufai is better known told THISDAY in Lagos yesterday that the World Cup games with the Indomitable Lions were going to be explosive as clashes between both countries hold so much promises.“I see very explosive matches ahead between Nigeria and Cameroon. We should not use what happened between Nigeria and South Africa in the AFCON 2019 qualifier to judge the Super Eagles. They are two different matches. I however believe Nigeria will come out of the double header matches with Cameroon with better results,” observed Rufai.He insisted that the fact that Cameroon is the current African champions is not enough to write off the Super Eagles. “In the past, playing Cameroon used to strike fears in the minds of Nigerians but not anymore. The situation is now different from when the Lions were almost insurmountable,” stressed the ex international.Against a backdrop of concerns being raised by Nigerian football fans on the quality of goalkeepers available for selection for the crucial World Cup matches in the absence of Carl Ikeme who is undergoing treatment for leukemia, Rufai insisted that there is no need to fret.“Nigeria is a big country with so many potentials capable of picking up the Number 1 jersey in the Eagles. Between now and the match in September is enough time for handlers of the team to pick suitable replacement for Ikeme. I have seen some wonderful goal keeping in the Nigerian topflight league and we equally have players doing very well in their clubs in Europe. It is the duty of the technical department of the federation (NFF) to give us somebody we all are going to be proud of after the qualifiers,” he noted.Rufai said Daniel Akpeyi should not be blamed entirely for the 2-0 Eagles suffered against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in the AFCON 2019 qualifier played in Uyo.“Football is team work. I don’t think it is fair to heap Eagles 2-0 defeat against South Africa on Akpeyi. I also don’t think it is enough to dismiss him as not good enough for the team again because of that defeat. The entire team should take the blame for the defeat. My philosophy in life is not to dwell on past mistakes,” Rufai stressed further.He however advised the senior team players to take the game with all seriousness in order to exorcise the ghost of invincible Cameroon from the minds of Nigerians once and for all.Nigeria currently leads Group B with six points from two games while Cameroon is second, four points behind the Super Eagles while Zambia and Algeria make up the rear on one point each.FIFA brought back the dates for the double header from August 31 for the first game in Uyo to September 1 with the reverse leg taking place on September 4.As also stated on the official FIFA website, the game in Uyo is billed to kick off at 7pm local time at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium.A win for Nigeria will see the Super Eagles take a giant step towards qualification for the FIFA World Cup 2018 to be held in Russia.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram WORLD CUP 2018 DOUBLE HEADER*Says Akpeyi not to blame entirely for Nigeria’s defeat to S’AfricaDuro IkhazuagbeAhead of Nigeria’s double header FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying matches against Cameroon, former Super Eagles influential goalkeeper and Captain, Peter Rufai, on Tuesday advised football fans and purists in the country to stop dwelling on the team’s last failure against South Africa.last_img read more