Arsenal secured a 1-0 win over Leeds United on Sunday (October 16) at Elland Road in the Premier League. Bukayo Saka scored the all-important winner in the first half to secure all three points for the league leaders.
Meanwhile, the north London side are interested in a Lazio midfielder. Elsewhere, former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan reckons Granit Xhaka deserves a new deal.
On that note, here’s a look at the key Arsenal transfer stories as on October 16, 2022:
Arsenal are keeping a close eye on Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to Fichajes via The Hard Tackle. The Serbian midfielder is one of the finest in his position in European football, and his contract expires in 2024. Lazio are yet to tie him down to an extension, prompting interest from clubs around Europe.
The Gunners are also among his suitors, with manager Mikel Arteta looking to add a new midfielder to his roster. Milinkovic-Savic has three goals and seven assists from nine appearances in Serie A this season. Arteta would love to have him in his team, but Lazio’s €120 million valuation makes a deal quite complicated.
Noel Whelan reckons Arsenal should hand Granit Xhaka a new deal. The Swiss midfielder has been indispensable for the Gunners this season, helping them stay at atop the league after ten games. The 30-year-old has rediscovered himself in a more attacking role in midfield.
Speaking to Football Insider, Noel pointed out that Xhaka has worked hard to turn his career around.
Whelan added that Xhaka now has Arteta’s trust.
Xhaka has appeared 12 times for the Gunners this season and has scored twice.
Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour reckons that the Gunners must immediately tie Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli down to new deals. The two players have been on a good run of form for Arteta’s team this season. However, both players are about to enter the final 18 months of their contract.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Parlour said that his former club have a reputation for letting their best players leave for cheap.
Parlour warned that all the big clubs will have their eyes on Saka and Martinelli.
Saka has five goals from 13 appearances for the north London side this season.
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