Edu tipped to change approach in Partey chase
Thomas Partey has remained an Arsenal target for much of the close season, with the situation not believed to have changed since the start of the 2020/21 Premier League campaign.
The Ghanaian midfielder is expected to cost in the region of £45million, with Atletico Madrid appearing reluctant to climb down on their asking price, and the Gunners’ director of football Edu has begun sanctioning the sale of squad players in an effort to raise the necessary funds.
However, according to Sky’s Dharmesh Sheth, Edu may be prepared to change tack and push for a player-plus-cash approach rather than directly selling a further player following the departure of Emi Martinez to Aston Villa.
“There is an interest in Partey, that’s clear,” Sheth told Sky Sports’ Transfer Show, as relaid by the Express.
“Now, Atletico Madrid are on the lookout for possible Thomas Partey replacement and they might think Lucas Torreira is of interest and he can part fund a deal for Partey to go the other way.
“It is one to watch. It has not been confirmed by Arsenal but we do know they are listening to offers for Torreira.”
How Arsenal should line up against Leicester
Arsenal made it two wins from two Premier League games with a 2-1 victory over West Ham United, but Mikel Arteta’s side were less convincing than on the opening day against Fulham.
Arteta admitted there were “a lot of things to improve” after Eddie Nketiah gave the Gunners a late victory, and this has prompted talk of personnel changes going into the Carabao Cup third round game against Leicester City.
It could be an opportunity for players absent from the first two league starting line-ups to get a chance, with William Saliba pushing for a debut after featuring for the Under-23s.
Academy graduates Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock could also be in line for action, while Nicolas Pepe will be keen to get more first-team minutes under his belt.
We’ve let football.london’s Arsenal writers give their verdict as the Gunners begin their League Cup campaign against one of the only other Premier League sides to boast a 100% record from their two games.
West Ham win showed importance of striker dilemma
One of Mikel Arteta’s pre-season selection questions has already been solved for him, with Emi Martinez moving to Vila Park and leaving Bernd Leno as the undisputed No.1 at Arsenal.
However, another dilemma remains with the battle between Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah battling it out for a starting role as the Gunners’ central striker.
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Both men scored at the weekend, Lacazette putting Arsenal ahead in the first half and Nketiah putting away a late winner after Michail Antonio equalised for West Ham.
A healthy battle between two capable strikers looks like it could be hugely beneficial for Arteta’s side, but the challenge is keeping both happy. .
football.london’s Art de Roche has examined what could end up being a good dilemma for the Arsenal boss as he attempts to find balance in his squad.