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Report: Unai Emery planning to raid Arsenal raid for Reiss Nelson

Former Arsenal manager Unai Emery, according to report is ready and hoping to raid his former side Arsenal to complete the signing of Reiss Nelson.

The report is according to the Mirror, who are also reporting that Spanish side Real Betis are also planning a swoop for the midfielder ahead of tonight’s transfer deadline.

Reiss Nelson has fallen way down the pecking order under Mikel Arteta at the Emirates and is seeking first-team football in respective which side it would. At the weekend,  Manchester United fell further off the pace at the top of the Premier League as they were held to a goalless draw at Arsenal.

Nelson has only registered nine appearances in all outings for the Gunners this season, with just out of this coming in the Premier League.

He hasn’t even made a matchday squad in the top-flight since November and clearly isn’t fancied by Arteta. Emery was another boss who didn’t always see Nelson as the first choice at Arsenal.

He managed just six appearances under the former boss but he clearly feels he can do a job in La Liga. Emery’s team are currently fifth and he wants to bolster his attacking arsenal as he bids to take his team into Europe.

Nelson has 12 England under-21 caps to his name and really needs to leave Arsenal. However, the Gunners will be reluctant to offload the versatile winger permanently but getting him out on loan looks like a wise move.

The £15,000-a-week trickster needs to play and if he performs well he could earn a chance at the Emirates Stadium. Arteta has done some good business and some bad during his time in charge but loaning Nelson out seems like a no-brainer.

Playing under Emery will be interesting and the former boss nurturing a player ready for the Arsenal first-team provides an interesting twist of fate.

Nelson is a decent player but his career has stagnated somewhat this season. If he heads to Spain and plays plenty of football, he could earn an Arsenal reprieve next season.

The Hale End graduate enjoyed a loan spell at Hoffenheim previously, scoring seven goals. A similar run at Villarreal, or Real Betis, and he could earn more of a chance in North London.

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Assessed: Arsenal’s key rivals this season

Arsenal have finally kicked their transfer business with the marquee signing of Nicolas Pepe from Lille.

It has been a slow transfer window for the Gunners but the signing of the Ivorian for a club-record fee of £72 million has captured the imagination of the fanbase. His performances for Lille were excellent and have given Unai Emery some excellent attacking options.

The problems at the back remain, however, even with the signing of £22 million defender William Saliba. The Frenchman will remain at St Etienne for the current campaign before joining the Gunners ready for the 2020-21 season.

Can Arsenal really challenge for the top four this season? The question should probably be phrased differently, given that Manchester City and Liverpool are almost certain to take two of those spots leaving Emery’s side to battle it out with Manchester United, Tottenham, and Chelsea for the remaining two spaces.

We take a look at the business of those three teams in particular and assess whether it is they or the Gunners that have an advantage in the race for a Champions League spot.

Manchester United

You cannot talk about United this season without mentioning Harry Maguire. The former Sheffield United centre back has worked his way up through the football league to now become Manchester United’s most expensive defender in the club’s history at £80 million and the most expensive defender to play in the Premier League.

Maguire becomes United’s third signing of the season, following in the footsteps of Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. With these additions the Red Devils will be expected to make a real tilt for the top four, however, there is still the small factor of both Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba who appear to be on the verge of leaving the club.

Advantage: Arsenal edge this one as the unrest of having two key players both wanting to leave is likely to need resolving before United can truly be taken seriously.


Two words will be music to the ears of Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal fans here… transfer embargo.

The Stamford Bridge club are not allowed to sign players, though they have added Mateo Kovacic because he was already registered to the team last season. He will be an important player as Frank Lampard looks to build success around his young players. Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi. The latter’s injury is, however, a serious blow.

Advantage: Again the Gunners take this one given Chelsea’s ban but underestimate Lampard at your peril as the former midfielder is likely to get a lot from his young players.


Spurs are currently 16/1 to win the title in Premier League betting markets and a lot of this will be down to their success in the Champions League last season.

With Pochettino determined to keep the club moving forward he knows that clearing the decks will allow some new additions to be brought in. Kieran Trippier’s exit to Atletico Madrid brought in some much-needed cash which was quickly spent on record signing Tanguay Ndombele.

The £53.8 million investment smashed the club transfer record as the French midfielder arrived from Lyon. Spurs also picked up Jack Clarke from Leeds but the youngster will return to Elland Road on loan this season.

Advantage: Neither side has a clear advantage in this one with both making one headline addition. The Gunners perhaps have more depth but it will be up to Emery to prove it.

With this view of the transfer market, it seems things are looking up for Arsenal in the upcoming season. Can they prove their mettle?

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