Edu to complete Arsenal’s first summer transfer as Mikel Arteta confirms Kieran Tierney return


Here’s all the news from around the Emirates Stadium over the past 24 hours.

Arteta transcript

The Arsenal manager faced the media ahead of the Benfica game and some of the main talking points from his press conference was to confirm Kieran Tierney’s return, the latest update on Thomas Partey, and defend Willian.

“Thomas didn’t travel, he’s not there yet, he’s still training individually. Kieran has one session with us and he’s part of the squad.

Well, what he’s doing at the moment the way he’s training, the way he’s working, the way he’s willing to give everything to the team, is what I demand (On what Willian can offer amid critisicm over the Brazilian’s form.

“Whether he’s more successful or less successful in the game is another matter. It will come with the quality that he has.

“But at least what I demand from every player is the full commitment and to put the passion and everything they have in every training session and when they have the opportunity to play.

“And so far Willian has done that every single day.”

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Edu close to completing Arsenal’s first summer transfer deal

Lucas Torreira appears to already have one foot out the door at Arsenal ahead of the summer transfer window.

Torreira is currently on loan at La Liga giants Atletico Madrid, joining on a season-long loan deal last year, and there is already talk of his permanent departure.

The Sun claimed on Wednesday morning that the midfielder is one of several Gunners players who could be sold in a cost-cutting mission that could see up to nine first-team players depart.

Lucas Torreira of Atletico Madrid runs with the ball during the La Liga Santander match between Cadiz CF and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Ramon de Carranza on January 31, 2021 in Cadiz, Spain. Sporting stadiums around Spain remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Jose Breton/Pics Action/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Torreira is currently on loan with Atletico Madrid

And reports from Gazzetta dello Sport claim Torreira looks set to return to Italy with Fiorentina having already made headway over a potential deal.

The report claims the Florence club are already ‘well ahead’ in talks, according to the report and that Torreira has already given Arsenal the ‘green light’ to complete the transfer.

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Wenger issues Henry to Bournemouth verdict

Arsene Wenger believes the Bournemouth job could be the perfect stepping stone for Thierry Henry.

According to the Daily Mirror, the Cherries believe they have convinced the 43-year-old to take over from Jason Tindall, but the BBC state Bournemouth are keen to speak with the Gunners legend, but would require permission from his current employers Montreal first.

If Henry does get the job, Wenger believes it will be the perfect platform for the Arsenal legend to make the step-up to Premier League management.

“I knew a little bit that Patrick Vieira was in the frame but Thierry Henry – because he was in Montreal – I did not expect him to leave but it’s a good club Bournemouth,” Wenger told beIN Sports.

“I think it’s a good test as well for somebody. They have good players, they work well.

“I think it’s a great platform for a young manager that he can do it in England and then to go to the Premier League.”





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