It has officially been confirmed that Arsenal academy graduate Emile Smith-Rowe has joined Bundesliga side RB Leipzig for the remainder of the season.
Arsenal have confirmed the loan signing of Spanish midfielder Denis Suárez from Barcelona. The 25-year-old signed a one-year extension with the Spanish club in order to force through the move and it has been reported that the Gunners will have an option to sign the midfielder in the summer for a fee believed to be around €25-30 million (£21.7-£26m).
Originally, it had been reported that Barcelona were unwilling to agree to Arsenal’s demands as they wanted either a mandatory future fee in the agreement or for Suárez to agree to an extension to maintain his market value.
19-year-old forward Eddie Nketiah made his fifth appearance for Arsenal today as the Gunners faced Blackpool in the third round of the FA Cup. The Englishman has featured regularly in senior training for the Gunners and was awarded his third senior appearance for the club, this season, in his preferred position as a striker.
Going into the game, Arsenal manager Unai Emery opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation as opposed to the 3-4-2-1 system that was utilised midweek in the 4-1 victory versus Fulham in the Premier League. In regards to the Gunners’ attack, Aaron Ramsey was positioned in the traditional “number 10” role and was accompanied by Alex Iwobi and Ainsley Maitland-Niles on the flanks. As previously mentioned, Nketiah was positioned at the very front of the team in attack.
It’s fair to say that 2018 has been a bit of a surprising year in football. From the first ever Superclasico at an international final to Manchester City’s “Centurions” side and Arsene Wenger’s departure from Arsenal, there have been many amazing moments that have helped shape 2018 to be an outstanding year in football. As incredible as each of these moments were, I don’t think many people could have predicted any of these events when 2018 had originally started. The following takes a look at five things that I predict will happen in English football, next year.