Here are your Arsenal evening headlines for Tuesday, May 12.
Arsenal eyeing Basel centre-back as Mikel Arteta targets two defenders
Arsenal are targeting Basel’s Eray Cömert as they attempt to strengthen their defensive options.
Cömert, 22, is currently on the books of Basel and is also attracting interest from Turkish giants Galatasaray, according to Fanatik.
The defender is under contract at Basel until 2022 and had played 35 games for the club this season before the suspension of football due to the coronavirus.
A Swiss international of Turkish descent, Cömert is valued at £2million by Transfermarkt and would fit perfectly into Arsenal’s transfer plans as the club seeks to make the most of their budget.
Denis Suarez opens up about the true extent of his injury problems at Arsenal
Denis Suarez has detailed the injuries that decimated his brief loan spell at Arsenal.
The Spaniard was signed by compatriot Unai Emery last January but made just half-a-dozen competitive appearances for the club. While no one argues that it was a disappointing return, Suarez was quick to admit that injuries derailed his Arsenal career.
“Obviously it was a bad loan,” he told The Athletic. “Because I did not play. But there were circumstances, which I would like the fans to understand.
“Unai told me he was looking for a winger — where Alex Iwobi or Henrikh Mkhitaryan played. It is not my best position but I can play on the wing.
“He insisted to me, ‘Come here. You will play. Don’t stay in Barcelona. Play, play, play, and then we can sign you’. I wanted Arsenal to sign me, but the club were not able to at that time.
“Instead, they said, ‘Come here, get the continuity, then when you have a year remaining on your contract, we can sign you’.
“So, OK, it sounded good. The truth is I rejected other teams: Real Betis, Sevilla, AC Milan all wanted me. I took the risk of going on a loan.
“I could have signed for those other clubs on a four- or five-year deal. That’s how much I wanted it to work at Arsenal. So people don’t know fully what happened.”
You can read the full interview with Suarez here.
Arsene Wenger picks his greatest-ever Arsenal January signing
Arsene Wenger has revealed that his greatest ever January signing is Nwankwo Kanu.
The former Nigeria international moved to Highbury from Inter Milan in 1999 for a fee of £4.15million and went on to win the Premier League twice under Wenger.
The Gunners legend chose Kanu over the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who he signed from Borussia Dortmund in 2018.
“What a difficult question. Over 20 years, maybe Kanu. In the middle of the season. That had a big impact, and he was a huge player,” he told beIN Sport.
Aubameyang joined the Gunners for a then club-record fee and was one of Wenger’s last major pieces of business.