Alexandre Lacazette edges closer to Arsenal exit as £35m Gunners star eyes Bundesliga return

Welcome to our The Arsenal Way daily news round-up. Maybe not the first, we’ve definitely done transfer round-ups before, and European round-ups, so I guess in some ways it’s not that new at all.

Anyway, we thought we would enter the world of football in a broad and roundabout manner for you and have some fun with some of the stories and captions doing the daily rounds.

Milan join Lacazette race

According to Calciomercato, AC Milan have now joined a host of big clubs to sign forward, Alexandre Lacazette. Milan join the likes of Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Marseille and Newcastle in a bid to sign the player.

The French international’s contract ends at the close of the current season and Arsenal are yet to finalise any sort of contract extension with the player.

Our take: With clubs able to start talks with the striker in January, it’s looking more and more likely that he’ll be on his way out come the beginning of the new year. His contract and future at the Emirates have been in question for a while now.

No less quickened by his ending contract. But, maybe it’s time Arsenal has new blood leading amidst a rebuilding job, with a young team under Mikel Arteta.

Granit Xhaka gives Bundesliga hint

Swiss outlet Blik has reported that Granit Xhaka, who when featured in a Gladbach fan podcast shed light on his injury and openness on returning to Germany.

The 29-year-old was injured during the Gunner’s North London Derby win against Tottenham back in September. But, the Switzerland international is inching closer to fitness. “I hope to celebrate my comeback as soon as possible.

“I’ve been gone seven weeks and a few days now. The bone was also broken twice. The problem with the bone is that it takes so long. I hope to be back in the next three or four weeks.”

Granit Xhaka is confident he can return to action soon.
Granit Xhaka is confident he can return to action soon.

Talking about a possible return to his old club Borussia Monchengladbach, the midfielder was open to the prospect, “I have extended my contract, it will last two and a half years. Then I’ll be 32.

“If Max Eberl is ready to take me back again at 32, my door will be open. Many fans know that one day I would like to come back. We all don’t know when the time will come.”

Our take: This year is looking like the year of comebacks in the Premier League with Romelu Lukaku and Cristiano Ronaldo both returning to their former clubs. You might as well take the nostalgia train Granit…

Howe could return for Arsenal clash

Arsenal face Newcastle United next in the Premier League and it could be that the new Magpies manager Eddie Howe is in the dugout, a week after testing positive for Coronavirus.

It has been reported that if Howe tests negative for the virus on Friday, it would allow the manager to attend the game and be on the touchline..

If he doesn’t, assistant coach Jason Tindall would take charge of the team for the early kick-off on Saturday.

Our take: Well here you go Newcastle fans, you might get the first look at your new manager under Saudi ownership. A new dawn rises. For Arsenal, the hope will be that Howe’s return won’t increase the likelihood of a shock result.

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