Bernd Leno: Incoming?

Name: Bernd Leno

Nationality: German

Position: Goalkeeper

Previous Clubs: VFB Stuttgart

Bernd Leno has represented his country at every youth level & won the U17 UEFA Championship, he was also a member of the German Confederations Cup winning side in 2017.

Leno has made 361 professional appearances to date, so he comes with great pedigree and experience for a goalkeeper who’s just 26 years of age.

Leno was unfortunately left out of the upcoming World Cup squad that have travelled to Russia this summer.

By now I’m sure everybody is aware of the negotiations between Bayer Leverkusen & Arsenal football club in relation to the transfer of this highly rated German goalkeeper.

Arsenal have reportedly met the goalkeepers £21.9 million release clause with the deal being reportedly set for completion as early as next week.

The arrival of Bernd Leno will come as a relief to many Arsenal supporters this coming season with performances of current No1 goalkeeper Petr Cech being well below par during the 17/18 season.

Cech was culpable for 6 errors which led to direct goals last term, with the error at Swansea away being the first time I personally called for him to be replaced, However with Cech taking the No1 shirt for this upcoming campaign i see David Opsina being the goalkeeper to be moved on this summer. For what its worth, a regressed petr cech is worth more off the field than Ospina so it makes sense for him to stay and help guide a young Bernd Leno.

Cech is a model professional who has won most things, is well respected at the club and I believe his knowledge and advice could well help Leno take that next step!

For anybody unsure on why Bernd Leno will improve Arsenal then let me tell you, as a Bundesliga fan I’m very excited by the arrival. He has made mistakes during his time at Leverkusen and im certain he will make a mistake or two at Arsenal.

Unfortunately even the best in the world make mistakes so keep that mind for when he does!

He will assert himself quickly, is a very commanding goalkeeper with excellent shot stopping ability. He will inject that brickwall belief amongst the Arsenal fanbase in time, his distribution is pin point & isn’t the type of goalkeeper to hesitate under pressure.

Whoever the two Central defenders are in front of him they’ll be lucky to have him. Sven Mislintat has been a huge admirer of Leno from his days at Borrusia Dortmund and recently it emerged that Napoli were keen on taking him to Serie A. Real Madrid have also been known to keep tabs on the German, but luckily for Arsenal it seems pen to paper is all thats left for this deal to be concluded.

Words: Ben Turner

Yacine Adli’s change of heart…

According to various media outlets PSG starlet Yacine Adli has decided against joining former manager Unai Emery in a move across the channel.  The opportunity to work with the Spaniard again was said to be the reason Adli was keen on the move but according to RMC hes had a change of heart.

Adli was spotted in London, fuelling speculation he was about to sign for the Gunners but the French Media are now reporting he’s set to sign a new three-year deal with the Ligue 1 Champions completing a sensational u-turn.

Arsenal legend Robert Pires has backed the youngster to be a success in London were a transfer to materialise.

“He’s a talented player. He has very good qualities, very fast with the ball. Sometimes he can score.

I know Unai Emery likes this player. I don’t know what’s happened the last two days, but if he joins Arsenal, I think he will be a good player for the new squad.

He’s young and it’s very difficult to leave your family, your country and find new players, new football and a new philosophy. It’s very difficult, very tough, that adaptation. But I know Arsenal is like a family, so if he wants, he can make a success of his career at Arsenal.

Everything is new and you need to adapt. New football, new teams. So for him, if he joins, at the beginning it’s very important to learn and watch what happens on the field because you need to learn every day.”

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Lucas Torreira – Fact File

Full Name: Lucas Sebastian Torreira Di Pascua.

Born: 11th February 1996 (aged 22), Fray Bentos, Uruguay.

Height: 5 foot 6 inches.

Position: Defensive Midfielder.

Senior Career: Pescara (2014-2016), Sampdoria (2016-present).

Despite not being particularly tall Lucas Torreira has proven there is plenty of steel in his locker.  The Uruguayan may not look like much of a ‘hard man’ but he’s certainly not shy when it comes to putting a foot in, winning back possession and pressing his opponents all over the field.

His playing style is often compared to that of PSG midfielder Marco Verratti and Robert Druda; the scout who brought him to Sampdoria believes he can go on to be better than the Italian.

At just 22 years of age Torreira has a great deal of top flight experience, he’s been starting games in Serie A for 3 years now, including 71 appearances for Sampdoria.

Given what we know of Unai Emery’s preferred style of play Lucas Torreira seems the perfect fit.  His current club are known for their aggressive pressing style and his part in their overall success has earned him many admirers.

Arsenal will be keen to close a deal sooner rather than later with the midfielder set to feature for Uruguay at this summers World Cup. A good tournament could see more potential suitors chasing his signature in which case the Gunners’ limited transfer budget could mean them missing out on this particular target.

Reports in Italy are suggesting Torreira has a €25m release clause and that Arsenal are willing to pay slightly more if their allowed to spread the payments over an unspecified period of time.

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Frank McLintock MBE – Interview

Host @HarrySymeou had the pleasure of talking to former double winning captain Frank McLintock M.B.E. We discussed his impressive career, the highs and the lows. Frank is a true gentleman and we thank him for giving up his time and meeting with us.

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Transfer Talk: Episode 1

Episode 1 of our Summer Series ‘Transfer Talk’ – on today’s video we take a look at 5 players being linked with summer moves to the Arsenal and what they would bring to the side. Who of those mentioned would you like to see arrive at the Emirates Stadium and why?

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What do we know about Stephan Lichtsteiner?

According to reports former Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner is set to join Arsenal this summer and will sign a 1 year contract with the Gunners.  So, what do we know about him?

Age: 34

Born: Adligenswil, Switzerland

Club’s Represented:

Grasshopper 2001-2005,

Lille 2005-2008,

Lazio 2008-2011,

Juventus 2011-2018

International Caps:

Switzerland – 98


7x Serie A titles, 1x Swiss Football League, 4x Italian Supercoppa, 5x Coppa Italia and 1x Swiss Footballer of the Year.

What the Media say:

Stephan Lichtsteiner is known for being an extremely versatile and hard working player. He’s intelligent, tactically aware and is comfortable playing anywhere down the right hand side of the field. During his time at Juventus he featured as a right back, right midfielder and a right wing-back depending on the managers preferred system. Lichtsteiner’s commitment can never be questioned but he has been criticized in the past for lacking composure, making costly defensive errors and for his poor distribution from time to time.

My View:

Whenever I’ve seen him play I’ve been highly impressed. Stephan strikes me as a ‘reliable’ footballer, he doesn’t exactly possess much flair or natural class but he’s certainly capable of following instructions accurately. He’s a proven winner, vastly experienced and would provide cover as well as competition for Hector Bellerin. Since Mathieu Debuchy left the club we’ve been without natural cover for the Spaniard. Another experienced head in the dressing room certainly won’t hurt and I’m all for this proposed signing. At 34 years of age, Stephan is no spring chicken but from what I’ve seen covering Serie A closely he remains extremely fit. Considering he is out of contract and available on a free transfer this seems like a fantastic opportunity to bolster our squad, let’s get him in!

Words: @HarrySymeou

Top 5 under performers – should they stay or should they go?

Host @HarrySymeou names 5 players who failed to perform during the 2017/18 season and discusses whether or not the club should keep them. Let it be known that we could have named the entire starting XI but decisions had to be made. Feel free to disagree and share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Unai Emery – The right man for the job?

Host @HarrySymeou takes a look back at Unai Emery’s career so far in light of the news he is expected to take over from Arsene Wenger. The BBC broke the story yesterday evening and there has been a mixed reaction amongst Arsenal fans. Let us know your thoughts on the subject in the comments section below! Subscribe | Share | Comment Follow us on Twitter: @chronicles_afc