Arsenal set January transfer plans in place
Mikel Arteta will be given the chance to target a January signing to boost title hopes and further his Arsenal overhaul where almost all of Unai Emery’s first-team signings have been replaced, as per The Telegraph.
He is set to be backed again in January, with sporting director Edu looking to bring in one player to give Arteta’s squad a lift for the second half of the campaign, with the aim to maintain the pace that has taken them to the top of the Premier League.
Arteta would welcome a winger to add competition in the forward areas and freshen his squad for the final five months of the season. He has also looked at a central midfielder but Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz is no longer available after bids were rejected in the summer and he signed a new contract at his club. Palmeiras’ Danilo has also been considered in the central role.
Speaking to L’Equipe, via The Mirror, Messi revealed that he couldn’t look Henry in the eye when the Frenchman first arrived at Barcelona. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner said: “The first day he entered the dressing room, I did not dare to look him in the face.
“I knew everything he had done in England. I had an image of him made and suddenly we were on the same team.”
Henry’s debut season at the Camp Nou in the 2007/08 campaign saw him finish as the club’s top scorer with 19 goals, ahead of Messi who tallied 16 goals in Frank Rijkaard’s final year as Barca boss. Messi continued by expressing his admiration for the Gunners icon, adding: “What I feel for Titi may be a form of admiration. I loved Henry.
“The ease of finishing an action, how he takes the road to the goal and ends the play. He gives the impression that it is natural.
“His career, his dribbling, the last gesture. It is fluid, proportionate.”
Mikel Arteta provides update on his Arsenal future amid Barcelona interest
The Spaniard may be the youngest manager in the English top-flight, but understands how things can change quickly in football and has admitted that his time at the Emirates Stadium could end at any point.
“As a manager, probably it’s the (biggest) fear of getting sacked,” Arteta confessed to Michael Calvin’s Football People podcast. “I made a very conscious decision the day I made the decision to become a coach – I said: ‘It will happen. Today, tomorrow, in a month’s time, in 10 years’ time. I don’t know when it will happen.’
“That cannot drive my emotion and this cannot be the reason why I do certain things or not. For me now, the fear is to let people down.”
The three-time Premier League Manager of the Month is someone the Barcelona hierarchy are said to have marked as a ‘firm candidate’ to replace Xavi Hernandez in the seasons to come, as per Spanish outlet Sport.
The same report claims the Catalan giants have no interest in parting ways with Xavi before the end of this season, despite a devastating UEFA Champions League group stage exit following a summer transfer window that involved plenty of investment, despite the La Liga outfit’s financial struggles.
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