Arsenal news and transfers LIVE: Armando Broja impact, Jonathan David pursuit, striker shortlist

Hello everyone and welcome along to football.london‘s live Arsenal coverage on Thursday.

The Gunners are in good form at the moment, having won eight of their last ten Premier League fixtures.

The north London outfit’s 3-2 win over Watford at the weekend meant that they jumped to fourth in the table, one point ahead of Manchester United with three games in hand.

Arsenal will now switch their focus to Leicester City on Sunday as they look to tighten their grip on a Champions League spot.

Elsewhere, the Gunners continue to be linked with a number of players, with a busy summer transfer window predicted as Arteta and Edu gear the squad up for another challenge.

With all that in mind, make sure to keep the blog locked throughout the day so that you don’t miss a single update.

Aaron Catterson-Reid

Youssef En-Nesyri latest

According to Planet Sport, Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri is one the forwards that Arsenal are interested in ahead of the summer transfer window.

The Gunners are in need of a top-class frontman after allowing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to leave in January.

Reported Arsenal target Youssef En-Nesyri. (Photo By Joaquin Corchero / Europa Press via Getty Images) (Image: Joaquin Corchero / Europa Press via Getty Images)

Aaron Catterson-Reid

Olise interest

According to The Daily Mail, Arsenal are interested in signing Crystal Palace youngster Michael Olise.

Olise joined the Eagles from Championship outfit Reading last summer and has impressed for Patrick Vieira’s men this term.

Crystal Palace forward Michael Olise (Image: Sebastian Frej / MB Media / Getty Images)

Aaron Catterson-Reid

David priority

French outlet Le10Sport claims that Arsenal are prioritizing the signing of Lille star Jonathan David over their other forward targets.

The Gunners are in need of a clinical frontman after allowing Pierre-Emerick AUbameyang to join Barcelona during the January transfer window.

Photo by Mario Hommes / DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Aaron Catterson-Reid

Broja impact

The government sanctions on Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich could impact Arsenal’s pursuit of Armando Broja.

Read how HERE.

Chelsea’s Roman Abramovich sanctions may impact Arsenal’s Armando Broja pursuit. (Photo by Alex Caparros – UEFA / UEFA via Getty Images) (Image: Alex Caparros – UEFA / UEFA via Getty Images)

Aaron Catterson-Reid

Chukwuemeka interest

Arsenal are interested in Aston Villa youngster, Carney Chukwuemeka, according to Standard Sports.

The report claims that the 18-year-old has been on the Gunners radar for some time.

Carney Chukwuemeka of England U18s

Aaron Catterson-Reid

Saliba’s honest verdict

Arsenal loanee William Saliba has delivered a brutally honest verdict on his recent form with Ligue 1 outfit Marseille.

“Since February, I’ve been very average,” he told RMC Sport (translated by Sport Witness).

“There’s no need to hide. I know that I need to work, I’m a young player, but it’s no excuse. I’m going to give everything to get back to my good level. “

ISTANBUL – William Saliba of Olympique de Marseille during the UEFA Europa League match between Galatasaray AS and Olympique Marseille at the Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi on November 25, 2021 in Istanbul, Turkey. ANP / HH GERRIT VAN COLOGNE (Photo by ANP Sport via Getty Images)

Aaron Catterson-Reid

Odegaard on summer window

Arsenal star Martin Odegaard has complimented the club’s summer transfer business.

“The club did really well,” Odegaard said when asked about the club’s spending last summer.

“I think they had a clear plan what they wanted to do and what kind of players and profiles they wanted to bring in and I think everyone they brought in has done a great job, helped the team and improved the team a lot, so credit to them. “

Martin Odegaard of Arsenal before Watford clash (Image: (Photo by Alex Pantling / Getty Images))

Luke Thrower

Kylian Mbappe references Thierry Henry

Arsenal fans managed to spot a sneaky reference from Kylian Mbappe towards former Gunners striker Thierry Henry on Wednesday.

The PSG striker scored the opening goal, though his side failed to qualify in the Champions League after a collapse against Real Madrid.

Read more here.

Kylian Mbappe’s celebration at the Bernabeu Stadium was identical to Thierry Henry’s in 2006. (Photo by Diego Souto / Quality Sport Images / Getty Images)

Luke Thrower

Transfer race for Jonathan David

Arsenal and Liverpool are set to battle it out for Lille striker Jonathan David, according to Le10Sport.

The Canada international has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates, but Jurgen Klopp could be the man to stand in the way of the transfer.

Jonathan David drops Arsenal transfer hint following celebration tribute. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre / Getty Images) (Image: Sylvain Lefevre / Getty Images)

Luke Thrower

Jamie Carragher’s Thierry Henry claim

Jamie Carragher has claimed he used to “play differently” against Thierry Henry when he faced him in action.

The Arsenal striker was feared by many defenders, with Carragher quizzing him on how he managed to do it.

Read more here.

Jamie Carragher speaks to CBS Sports after Liverpool vs Inter Milan in the Champions League (Image: CBS Sports)

Luke Thrower

Henry’s inspiration

Arsenal icon Thierry Henry has revealed his footballing inspiration from when he was younger.

The ex-forward claimed he used to learn movements from Ronaldo Nazario as he was full of praise for the Brazilian.

Read more here.

Thierry Henry speaking ahead of Chelsea vs Lille (Image: CBS Sports)

Luke Thrower

Arsenal youngster praise

Milwall boss Gary Rowett has been full of praise for Arsenal youngster Daniel Ballard, suggesting the defender could stay permanently.

Speaking to NewsAtDen, he said: “Someone like Dan Ballard, I’ve said it before, we’d love to keep him at the club, whether that’s on loan or whether that’s permanently.

“But he’s Arsenal’s player and I’m sure they’ve got a plan for him long-term that’s maybe not the exact one we would hope for.”

Arsenal youngster Daniel Ballard in action for Northern Ireland in a World Cup qualifier against Switzerland. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP via Getty Images)

Luke Thrower

Juventus join Renato Sanches race

Juventus have joined the race to sign Lille midfielder Renato Sanches, according to Fichajes.

The Gunners have also been linked with a move for the Portugal international, along with Premier League rivals Liverpool.

Renato Sanches and Jonathan David have both been linked with a move to Arsenal. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre / Getty Images)

Luke Thrower

The latest transfer news

Arsenal have been linked with a number of forwards and midfielders to improve their squad in the summer.

From Marcus Rashford and Joao Felix to Renato Sanches, football.london takes a look at the latest news on the transfer front.

Read more here.

Atletico Madrid striker Joao Felix has been linked to Arsenal and Liverpool (Image: (Photo by David S. Bustamante / Soccrates / Getty Images))

Lewis Pangratiou

Striker pursuit

Arsenal have joined the race to sign West Brom striker sensation Reyes Clearly, according to The Daily Mail.

The 17-year-old starlet has also been linked with Bayern Munich, Everton and Newcastle United.

West Bromwich Albion’s Reyes Cleary has been turning heads with his performances this season (Image: Adam Fradgley / West Bromwich Albion FC via Getty Images)

Lewis Pangratiou

Lacazette to stay?

We start with a few bits from yesterday, including this news regarding Alexandre Lacazette.

Ian Wright has urged Arsenal to offer Laczette a new deal with the club.

Speaking on Wrighty’s House podcast, Wright said: “It will be interesting to see how they do that. His position is vitally important to everything we do, just look at the two assists he got.

“Unless we get that person, you think to yourself, maybe we could give Laca another year or two.

“I think Laca has got to stay around, man. You can see with his little back flick di lui (for Saka’s goal against Watford), his little assist di lui. Man is feeling the vibe. “

Alexandre Lacazette of Arsenal. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane / Arsenal FC via Getty Images) (Image: Stuart MacFarlane / Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Lewis Pangratiou

Good morning!

Hello and welcome along to today’s live Arsenal blog.

We’ll be keeping you up to date with all the latest ongoings from the Emirates so make sure to stay tuned throughout the day.

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