Arsenal’s woes continued on Sunday as they fell to a 2-1 home defeat by Wolves. The result leaves Mikel Arteta’s side down in 14th after suffering five losses in their first 10 games. And despite strengthening over the summer by signing Willian, Gabriel Magalhaes and Thomas Partey in the summer, it is clear that the Gunners’ squad requires further reinforcements if they are to get their season back on track. Express Sport has the latest from the Emirates.
Ince tips Aubameyang to leave
Arsenal skipper Aubameyang will look to engineer a move away from the club if their current form persists, says Paul Ince.
Aubameyang ended speculation over his future in September by signing a three-year contract extension, but he has failed to fire in recent weeks with only two goals in 10 league appearances this season.
And ex-Manchester United and Liverpool midfielder Ince admits he is ‘worried’ about the Gabon forward’s long-term future after seeing him cut a frustrated figure against Wolves.
“Aubameyang for me is a worry,” Ince told DAZN.
“He looks frustrated. He looks like he’s not getting enough service. If he doesn’t get service – even though he signed a three-year contract – I can’t see him being there next year.
“I really, really can’t. I don’t care [if he’s signed a new deal]. It looks like he’s got that sort of body language that he’s just not happy. It doesn’t look right.”
Campbell calls for Aouar bid in January
Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell has called on the club to make another bid to sign Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar in January.
The north Londoners failed to convince Lyon to part ways with the highly-rated 22-year-old in the summer with the Ligue 1 side refusing to budge on their £54m asking price.
However, with Arteta’s side looking desperately short in the creative department, Campbell believes Aouar could be the perfect player to breathe new life into the midfield.
“Look, it is a requirement for Arsenal to bring great players to the football club,” Campbell told Football Insider.
“We need players who are committed, who have talent and can express their talent. Aouar is a player that Arsenal have been coveting but they could not get the job done in the summer.
“Lyon do not have any European ambitions this season so who knows whether the deal can be done in January. If it can be done and Arsenal can get him – go and get him. There should be no messing around.
“But the Lyon president is a bit of a character so I am not sure if he would sanction the deal in January. I do though believe that he is still on Arsenal’s radar.
Concerns over two key areas in Szoboszlai’s skillset
Arsenal have apprehensions about two areas in Dominik Szoboszlai’s game, according to The Athletic.
The Gunners have been heavily linked with the 20-year-old Red Bull Salzburg playmaker, who has this year emerged as one of Europe’s hottest young talents, showing his big-game potential with goals against Lokomotiv Moscow and Atletico Madrid in the Champions League in addition to regularly lighting up the Austrian Bundesliga.
However, while Szoboszlai’s eye for goals and defence-splitting passes has attracted a host of potential suitors, Arsenal are yet to be fully convinced of his “ball retention” and “defensive capabilities”.
Szoboszlai will likely attract interest from several clubs in the near future with The Athletic’s report adding that AC Milan see him as a potential replacement for Hakan Calhanoglu, who could leave the Serie A club when his contract runs out next summer.
RB Leipzig are also said to be ‘quietly confident’ of landing the Hungary international after signing the likes of Naby Keita and Dayot Upamecano from sister club Salzburg in recent years.