Arsenal News Summary: Replacement For Ozil, Transfer Revelation, Battle For Bundesliga Star

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Arsenal should sign 25-year-old Ajax star as Mesut Ozil's replacement

Arsenal are likely to sell German playmaker Mesut Ozil this summer and hosts of players have been linked with a switch to Emirates Stadium as a replacement.

Ajax midfielder Hakim Zyiec has been one of the names mentioned as a possible replacement for German star and he seems to be a perfect candidate to feel the gap after his departure.

Mesut Ozil has been in and out of the Gunners team for quite a while now.

The Nort London club’s head-coach Emery seems to be unhappy with Ozil’s contribution both off and on the field.

The second highest wage earner in the English top-tier has managed to play only 14 games.

The Gunners have been struggling a lot lately and strengthening team is key for them to compete for titles next season.

Emery needs to address not only his defence but also his attack options ahead of the next season and Mesut Ozil replacement is needed.

The Spanish head-coach could use help from such a talent is Hakim Ziyech from Ajax.

The Moroccan international has been on fire for Ajax this campaign, founding back of the net 12 times and providing 8 assists in 17 Premier League games. He averages a whopping 6.1 shots on goal per game for the Duch giants.

The 25-year-old star has been scouted heavily by top European teams, and Borussia Dortmund seems to have identified him as a replacement for Christian Pulisic.

He is one of the most creative forwards in Europe, so it’s no surprise to see him linked with an exit from Dutch club.

Ziyech is everything that Emery needs to strengthen the Gunne offensive end He is quick and agile and also strong enough in his defensive contributions.

Revealed: Arsenal Tried to Sign Georgia International No.7 Midfielder

Spartak Moscow creative midfielder Jano Ananidze has revealed that Arsenal have previously tried to sign him.

The North London club were in the market for a Georgia international midfielder last month and eventually struck a deal with Barcelona for Spanish creative midfielder Denis Suarez on an initial season-long loan move.

Talks between Barcelona and Arsenal dragged on for most of the window, though, and Georgian playmaker has emerged as a possible back-up option for former Sevilla manager Unai Emery.

Jano Ananidze, who has rumoured up with fellow Russian Premier League team Krylya Sovetov on season-long loan, told Championat: “There’s been interest in me from other countries.

“I recently found out that an offer came from Arsenal, but they didn’t even tell me about it. But from those requests that are known, I will highlight Valencia, then they were a top team.

“But Spartak decided that I did not leave. Yes, and in 18/19 I decided that I did not want to leave.”

Since making his breakthrough season with Spartak Moscow back in 2009, Ananidze has racked up close to 250 appearences for the Russian club.

Giorgi Chakvetadze has been another Georgian talent who has made noise recently and attracted interest from hosts of European teams including Barcelona, AS Roma, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Monchengladbach.

Arsenal are in need of a creative midfielder in order to strengthen their squad and have around £40m to spend in the summer and Annanidze seems to be an ideal candidate to add with such a small budget.

Arsenal set to make approach for 23-year-old Bundesliga defender

Mainz 05 defender Jean-Philippe Gbamin is back on Arsenal’s radar ahead of the summer transfer, according to the Express reports.

The North London club are rumoured to have missed out on securing the services of 23-year-old seven months ago when Emery took in charge at Emriates Stadium after the 21-year reign of Arsene Wenger.

Former Sevilla boss Unai Emery was unable to move for the Ivorian defender in January due to a lack of funds, however, the reports suggest that the Gunners are going to strengthen their defensive end ahead of the next season.

Gbamin is one of the best defenders in German and being targeted by the North London club, though the report indicates that his fee may prove a sticking point as Mainz have slapped a £40m price tag on ex-Lens man.

However, Gbamin has revealed that he is open to leave Mainz after the end of the season and that may force the German teams hand when it comes to negotiating with the North London club.

Speaking last summer, sporting director Rouven Schroeder claimed that an “extraordinary offer” was tabled for the 23-year-old star  – and knocked back.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are in pole position to secure services of in-demand defender Alex Grimaldo from Portuguese giants Benfica, according to the reports.

Grimaldo has also attracted rumoured interest from the likes of Manchester City, Atletico Madrid, Napoli and Inter Milan in the recent months.

The 23-year-old defender came through the Catalans famed La Masia academy and has been a regular at the defensive end for Benfica since swapping teams in 2016.

With a transfer scramble expected for the former Under-21s side at the end of the current campaign, Mundo Deportivo claimed that the Gunners are the side currently favourites the way.