Arsenal have a good chance of finishing in the Premier League’s top four this season. The north London side are currently sixth in the league, two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United, but are three games behind.
Meanwhile, Darren Bent believes the Gunners were right to offload striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Elsewhere, the Premier League side could face competition from Bayern Munich for Djed Spence.
On that note, here’s a look at Arsenal’s top transfer stories as of March 3, 2022:
Darren Bent praises Arsenal on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang move
Former England international Darren Bent believes Arsenal made the right call in letting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang go.
The Gabon international was dropped from the first team by manager Mikel Arteta due to a disciplinary foul late last year. He was relieved of his duties as club captain. Subsequently, the North London side opted to offload the 32-year-old to Barcelona in January on a free transfer.
Since arriving at Camp Nou, Aubameyang has been on fire. The Gabon striker has scored five goals in six appearances so far, he has taken La Liga like a duck to water. However, Bent insists the Gunners shouldn’t regret letting Aubameyang go.
Speaking to talkSPORT, the Englishman pointed out that Aubameyang is not happy at the Emirates.
“No, they won’t regret it because he wasn’t showing that kind of form at Arsenal. I think he had become stale there. Obviously he wasn’t happy at Arsenal. Arteta didn’t think not that he was in their plans,” Bent said.
“He went to Barcelona; he looks rejuvenated. He looks like he has a point to prove; he scores goals. And I would expect a lot of strikers to go to new clubs and go full speed ahead. He did just that,” Bent added.
Bent believes the 32-year-old wouldn’t have had the same impact had he stayed at the Emirates.
“But he wouldn’t have had the same impact at Arsenal as he did at Barcelona because it looked like it was over. He was frustrated; the club was frustrated. It was the right decision for both parties,” said Bent said.
Aubameyang ended his spell at Arsenal by scoring 92 times in 163 games in all competitions. This includes seven goals in 15 games in the first half of the current season.
Gunners face competition from Bayern Munich for Djed Spence
Bayern Munich have entered the race for Djed Spence, according to The Daily Mail via Sky Sports News.
The Englishman has caught the eye with a string of assured performances for Nottingham Forest, where he is currently on loan from Middlesbrough. He has scored twice and assisted three times in 32 games in all competitions this season. Arsenal are looking to add the 21-year-old to their list.
The North London side invested in Takehiro Tomiyasu last summer but lack an adequate back-up for the Japanese. Arteta wants to tackle the issue this summer and has Spence on his wishlist. However, the Bavarians are also interested in the Englishman and have their eyes on the 21-year-old ahead of the summer.
According to reports, Bundesliga clubs Borussia Dortmund, Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen, as well as AS Roma and Inter Milan are also in the running for his services.
Marseille definitively signs Matteo Guendouzi
Marseille have signed Matteo Guendouzi on a permanent contract, according to The hard tackle by Fabrizio Romano.
The Frenchman joined Ligue 1 side Gunners last summer on a one-year loan deal. Marseille had the option of signing the 19-year-old permanently if few conditions were met.
Guendouzi recently made his 38th appearance for the Ligue 1 side, completing the main clause of his loan deal which triggered the option of a permanent transfer. The Frenchman has already put pen to paper on a three-year contract. The Gunners will likely pocket €10m in transfer fees as a result of this move.