Arsenal news LIVE updates: All the latest news and gossip from the Emirates
Thursday, February 7
- Arsenal are leading the pack in the battle to sign Benfica defender Alex Grimaldo
- Unai Emery’s side are considering using Nacho Monreal as a makeweight
- RB Leipzig are clearly enamoured with loan signing Emile Smith-Rowe
- Arsenal have received a boost in their pursuit of Roma transfer guru Monchi
Done deal: James Hillson signs
Arsenal have signed young Reading goalkeeper James Hillson on loan.
The 18-year-old stopper has cut short a spell at Salisbury FC to head to the Emirates Stadium.
He has been snapped up by Arsenal due to a lack of options between the sticks at Under-18 level.
Salisbury boss Steve Claridge said: ”James is a great lad and has done a tremendous job for us alongside Jake Hallett, and we wish him the very best in what could be a major step forward in his career.”
Wanted: Alex Grimaldo
Arsenal are leading the pack in the battle to sign Benfica defender Alex Grimaldo, reports claim.
Manchester City, Napoli and Inter Milan have all been linked with the 23-year-old left-back.
But Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo claim Arsenal and Atletico Madrid are leading the charge.
It’s said that Unai Emery’s side are considering using Nacho Monreal as a makeweight.
Emile Smith Rowe extension
RB Leipzig are clearly enamoured with loan signing Emile Smith-Rowe.
The Bundesliga outfit are looking to extend his loan deal beyond this season… despite the fact he’s not made his debut!
Smith-Rowe, 18, joined RB Leipzig in January on a five-month loan deal but hasn’t pulled on the shirt due to injury.
But that hasn’t stopped manager Ralph Rangnick talking about their great relationship with Arsenal and future talks to extend his stay into the 2019/20 campaign.
“We have such a good relationship with Arsenal that we can imagine talking to them about another loan in March or April,” Rangnick said.
Arsenal have received a boost in their pursuit of Roma transfer guru Monchi.
The Gunners are determined to bring Monchi to the Emirates Stadium and have reportedly offered the Spaniard the director of football role.
Raul Sanllehi and Vinai Venkatesham were recently appointed to the Arsenal board.
And Italian publication Il Tempo suggest Monchi could join them should Roma fail to qualify for the Champions League this season.
The Spaniard does not want to quit midway through a season but will be the ‘first to ask for a divorce’ should his side continue to struggle in the second-half of the campaign.