Here is your Arsenal morning digest on Tuesday, October 26.
Gunners suffer £22.5m transfer blow
Sardar Azmoun’s agent has confirmed his client will not be leaving Zenit Saint Petersburg in the January transfer window, despite links to Arsenal.
The 26-year-old striker, who is valued at £22.5million on Transfermarkt, has less than 12 months of his contract with the Russian club remaining and has been linked with a move to the Gunners.
So far this season, the Iran international has netted seven times in 10 league appearances and his form has seen him linked with a move away from Zenit, but his agent has revealed that an exit won’t happen in January.
His agent said, via HITC: “Azmoun will not leave Zenit. If he leaves the club, it will definitely not be this season.”
Maddison opens up on tough patch
James Maddison has admitted he has been in the “hardest time” of his career at the start of this season, following interest from Arsenal over the summer.
The Gunners were interested in signing Maddison over the summer transfer window, football.london understands, but a move never materialised.
Now, after scoring his first goal of the Premier League season in Leicester City’s 2-1 win against Brentford at the weekend, the midfielder has opened up on his difficult run of form.
He said, via the Mirror: “It has probably been the hardest time of my career. People on the outside don’t know my life and I am my own biggest critic.
“If I have had a bad game, I watch it back straight away. I am very critical of myself.
“Goals and assists are a part of it, but it is about playing as well, to the level I know I can. I had a good chat with the manager and I told him I was a little bit low on confidence.”
Saliba makes honest confession
Arsenal loanee William Saliba has admitted his performance for Marseille against Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday evening was the “best of his career”.
Saliba is on a season-long loan from the Gunners and continues to impress for the French club – and managed to keep a clean sheet against a star-studded PSG side at the weekend, including a fine last-ditch tackle on Kylian Mbappe.
He said via Metro: “I saw he made the call, so I was like: ‘Either take the red or I take the ball’. I tackled the ball, well, so there you go.
“It was the best game of my career, playing a Classico at the Velodrome with this atmosphere.
“Today we drew, it is not that bad. We lacked a little efficiency, but from Wednesday, we will try to bring all three points.”