Here is your Arsenal digest for Friday 21 May:
Buendia has outlined his favourite position
According to a report by Goal, the Gunners have increased their interest in Emi Buendia, who played a formidable role in helping Norwich earn promotion back to the Premier League this season, and could launch a move for him this summer, although he is likely to cost around £40million.
With Norwich having left the door ajar for Arsenal to potentially strike a deal for Buendia, it would be interesting to see where he would slot into Arteta’s thinking at the Emirates Stadium.
For the bulk of this season, the Canaries ace, who is 24, has played on the right flank, but has had a tendency to drift inside and offer no shortage of support to Teemu Pukki.
If he were to make the switch to Arsenal, he would be more likely to play in a central role in the No.10 position, with the likes of Nicolas Pepe and Bukayo Saka often manning the right-wing.
Should that prove to be the case, Arteta could offer Buendia his dream role, although he has admitted that he will play anywhere across the front.
Arsenal already have their own Harry Kane
Folarin Balogun is destined for great things in football and behind the scenes at Arsenal there is a genuine belief he can become an elite forward.
With Tottenham talisman Harry Kane expected to leave the club this summer and Alexandre Lacazette set to enter the final year of his contract, there are no shortages of top level frontmen on the transfer market.
However, the Gunners can look even closer to home when they do business over the next couple of months, as football.london assesses why Balogun should be given a chance in the 2021/22 campaign.
Arsenal’s new pearl ‘citrine pale yellow’ is available to buy now from ArsenalDirect.
Purchases will be exclusive to Arsenal and kit manufacturers Adidas until May 20.
The jersey is inspired from an old classic from the club’s past, celebrating 50 years since the club won the league and FA Cup double.
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Arsenal’s £120m decision confirmed as Bank of England loan is repaid
Arsenal have repaid the £120 million loan they took out from the Bank of England in full.
With the financial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic still being felt the Gunners confirmed in January that they had met the criteria to borrow money from the COVID Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF), a scheme set up by the treasury to provide short term capital at marketable rates to companies that “make a material contribution to economic activity in the UK.”
The loan was due to be paid back this month, but the Gunners had the option to roll it on into a new one that would have been repayable in March 2022, which is what local rivals Tottenham have done.
However, as previously reported by football.londonArsenal opted to pay back the amount they owed in full ahead of the original deadline. Bank of England record show that they have now repaid the £120 million that they owed in full.