ARSENAL boss Unai Emery wants to raise funs but selling Mohamed Elneny in the January transfer window.
Emery strengthened Arsenal’s midfield options by recruiting Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi in the summer.
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The Egyptian joined Arsenal in January 2016 from FC Basel, but has never nailed down a starting place.
Romelu Lukaku (2012/13, West Brom) If Manchester United want to get the best out of Romelu Lukaku, perhaps they should start bringing him on as a sub. West Brom seemed to strike the balance perfectly in 2012/13, introducing tired defences to the might and prodigious brilliance of the Belgian. He scored on his debut in a win over Liverpool as a substitute in August 2012, then scored and assisted crucial goals in a 4-2 win over Sunderland three months later. Another goal off the bench in a win over Liverpool followed in February, but he saved the best til last. West Brom were 3-1 down when he came on at half-time of the final game of the season against United, with his perfect hat-trick helping secure the highest-scoring draw in Premier League history at 5-5. He has scored three goals as a Premier League substitute in the five years since.
A moment of individual brilliance from the star gave Villarreal their first ever win over Real Madrid at Bernabeu in January.
Marlon Harewood (2007/08, Aston Villa) “Some people come on as a substitute and never get a kick. He has been able to force his way into the game, and make a big impact in games,” said Martin O’Neill after seeing Marlon Harewood score a late winner for Aston Villa from the bench against Reading. The 28-year-old could understandably not find a way of displacing either John Carew or Gabby Agbonlahor in the starting line-up, but took his chances wherever possible in his first season at Villa Park. Harewood started just one Premier League game in 2007/08 – and that was due to injury in a 4-0 defeat to Manchester United – with each of his five goals coming as a substitute.
In September Formals opened the scoring against Athletic Bilbao with a dipping volley from 50 yards out.
Emery’s first choice midfield partnership currently sees him pair Granit Xhaka with Torreria.
1992/93 – Nicky Banger (Southampton) 1999/2000 – Nwankwo Kanu (Arsenal) 2000/01 – Julian Joachim (Aston Villa) 2002/03 – Geoff Horsfield (Birmingham) 2003/04 – Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Chelsea), Hernan Crespo (Chelsea) and Szilard Nemeth (Middlesbrough) 2005/06 – Shefki Kuqi (Blackburn) and Collins John (Fulham) 2006/07 – Matt Derbyshire (Blackburn) 2008/09 – Darren Bent (Tottenham) 2009/10 – Jason Roberts (Blackburn), Kevin Phillips (Birmingham) and Steven Thompson (Burnley) 2013/14 – Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace)
It remains to be seen what role Formals would play but he’s would likely play further forward than the duo.
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“Yesterday he came in with pain and he cannot train yesterday or play today,” Emery said regarding Ozil missing the win over Fulham.
“They are at a big level in the matches and every player wants to play. They’re preparing for that.”
Arsenal have reportedly targeted a January move for Spain international Pablo Fornals, who is set to replace Mohamed Elneny at The Emirates.
The Villarreal midfielder has a £17.8million release clause in his contract which the Gunners are prepared to match, according to a report in The Sun.
Fornals, who scored a goal of the season contender in September with a 40-yard volley against Athletic Bilbao, has been targeted by Arsenal boss Unai Emery – who believes that the 22-year-old can shine in the Premier League.
The Spaniard is keen to bolster his squad when the transfer window reopens, with Aaron Ramsey seemingly on his way in the new year or next summer when his contract runs out.
There are also major doubts over the future of Gunners midfield flop Mohamed Elneny, who has yet to make a Premier League appearance this season and is being tipped to leave for a fee of around £15m.
Former Malaga star, Fornals, has been impressive this season, despite his club’s struggles at the wrong end of the La Liga table.
Fornals has won two senior caps for Spain and the report goes on state that his international chances would be greatly improved if he moved to north London.
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