Arsenal want Smalling, ditch DoF plans, and the 2017/18 fixtures are out!

Afternoon Bulletin

Smalling interest – Again

Arsenal are once again interested in Manchester United defender Chris Smalling. With United set to sign Victor Lindelof, Smalling may find himself further down the pecking order. Manager Arsene Wenger has been interested in Smalling before, however it remains to be seen if Manchester United would sell to one of their rivals.

Golovin signing closer

According to reports CSKA Moscow midfielder Aleksandr Golovin move to Arsenal is set to be complete with the Russian staying on loan for another season before making the move to the Emirates. Golovin is due to sign for a fee of £10m but according to Arsenal scout Pavel Kucherov the player is not good enough for Premier League football.

Kos rates Jeff

Laurent Koscielny believes young Frenchman Jeff Reine-Adelaide has the ability to become a first team regular next season.

The 19 year old signed for Arsenal from French side Lens in 2015 for £1.75m and has looked good in patches when he has played. Certainly a few more matches would do young Jeff some good.

Arsenal after Asoro

Arsenal are interested in a double swoop for Sunderland pair Joel Asoro and Benjamin Mbunga-Kimpioka. Asoro is currently playing for the Sweden U21 and when asked about the interest admitted that he knew of it and was surprised. 18 year old Asoro is an attacking midfielder and extremely talented with a bright future, while Swede Mbunga-Kimpioka is 17 year old, and plays in midfield.

Asoro is being monitored by various top clubs but Arsenal look ahead of the queue. Arsenal are looking to bring both players to the club for £5m.

Arsenal ditch Director of Football plans

It seems Arsenal have decided to ditch plan to bring in a director of football to assist manager Arsene Wenger and have instead kept everything the same. Wenger was not happy at reports that a change in structure was due to occur, however with Wenger signing his new contract, no such changes will take place and all backroom staff will remain in place, despite rumours of Gerry Peyton and Tony Colbert to be shown the door.

It does beg the question, what exactly did chief executive Ivan Gazidis mean by ‘this summer will be a catalyst for change’? Changes still to occur? Very doubtful, more like Wenger has got his way while Gazidis eats humble pie.

Fixture list

No longer had the full time whistles rang out to end another football season, that the fixture list for next season is out ready to whet the appetite of football fans everywhere. By the time you read this we would of all searched up and down the fixtures, picking out key games, another shocking run in, and wondering why all the other teams get easy matches. Of course we all play the same teams but we all know who will have the easier run ins. I’m hoping for a nice easy game first against Huddersfield at home with a kind November.

Which probably means Chelsea away first match and facing majority of the top six in November.