Here is your Arsenal morning digest for Saturday, April 10.
Gunners close in on Balogun deal
The striker, who is only 19-years-old, is considered as one of the most exciting prospects emerging at the Emirates Stadium, so much so that interest in his signature, both at home and abroad, has been rife in recent weeks and months.
That is because the USA-born striker has been free to pen a pre-contract agreement with another club because of his contractural status in north London. However, any fears Arsenal had of losing him are soon set to be over.
The striker is close to signing a long-term deal in north London after being convinced to stay by Arteta, who is said to have big plans for him in the future.
He has, on occasions, featured for the first-team this season, scoring two goals in the UEFA Europa League.
But with his future soon set to be sorted, he will be looking to kick-on and stake a claim for a regular first-team berth in the months ahead.
Arteta makes Pepe admission
Nicolas Pepe carries a bigger goal threat than any other winger within the Arsenal squad, boss Arteta has claimed.
The Ivory Coast international, who recently came in for hefty criticism from former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher, netted his ninth goal of the campaign on Thursday evening during the Gunners’ 1-1 draw with Slavia Prague in the first-leg of their UEFA Europa League quarter-final.
Pepe handed the Gunners an 86th minute lead when he made the most of his pace and athleticism to get in behind the Slavia defence and dink the ball over goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar.
That goal, although it was to be cancelled out by Tomas Holes’ dramatic late equalsier for the visitors, was Pepe’s ninth of the campaign, meaning only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette remain ahead of him in the Gunners’ scoring charts this season.
On his threat from wide areas, Arteta said: “He has been really effective when he has come on as a sub. We started him against Liverpool as well.
“He needs to be at that consistent level, we know that he is a threat and he has got more goal instincts perhaps than any other winger we have and that is a big plus for us.”
To read everything else what Arteta had to say ahead of the Gunners’ clash with Sheffield United tomorrow, click here.
Gunners set Torreira condition
The Uruguay international, who arrived in north London from Italian outfit Sampdoria in July 2018, is currently on loan at Spanish giants Atletico Madrid after falling down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium.
Despite, to date, racking up 22 appearances for the La Liga outfit this term, Atletico are not set to sign him on a permanent basis after Torreira recently confirmed that he would like to return to South America to play his club football after the recent death of his mother.
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Following on from that news, Argentinian heavyweights Boca Juniors are said to be interested in signing him. However, Arsenal are not willing to let him go without receiving a suitable fee.
Whilst the club recognises that they will struggle to get a fee anywhere close to the £26million they spent to sign him, they are holding out for around £15million, the report claims.
However, that demand could make life difficult for Boca as they may struggle to fund a move of such significant value as it would smash their club-record transfer fee.