Arsenal ready to ‘fire up’ their season with £32m signing

Arsenal are looking to bring in Sevilla midfielder Joan Jordan in an attempt to help rescue their season, according to reports.

A 3-1 Boxing Day win over London rivals Chelsea saw the Gunners pick up their first Premier League victory since November 1.

Mikel Arteta’s side had taken just two points from the seven previous fixtures before goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Granit Xhaka and Bukayo Saka proved enough to get them back to winning ways.

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Arsenal now have a run of league games that will have been identified internally as winnable fixtures – a trip to Brighton on Tuesday then away at West Brom followed by visits from Crystal Palace and Newcastle.

And The Sun claim the Gunners want to boost their chances of a successful second half of the season by bringing in Jordan from Sevilla.

The Spaniard has been ‘identified as the answer to his [Arteta’s] team’s struggles’ with Arsenal having ‘tracked his progress for three years.’

The report adds that Sevilla are ‘ready to listen to offers of around £32m’ despite the 26-year-old’s release clause being set at £55m.

Arsenal boss Arteta has been ‘pushing for a January recruitment drive’ with the likes of Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos underperforming this campaign.

And now he has made Jordan ‘top of his shopping list’ and The Sun claims that a transfer to north London ‘would appeal to him’.

Meanwhile, Arteta has admitted to having sleepless nights as he fathomed out a way to halt the alarming slide in performances and results.

The former Arsenal captain is a year into his first managerial role and, despite delivering the FA Cup in August, was starting to feel the pressure given such a barren spell.

“It is draining, it is frustrating and it is painful,” he added.


“At the same time I know we have to fight our way back. In difficult moments is when you see the right people, they give me a lot of encouragement because I see people that are willing to fight with me, with the people that we have here. It gives me energy every day to carry on doing it.

“It is a 24/7 job. As well a lot of things externally, very challenging. A lot of issues and then when results hit you like that you can sometimes not find the right reasons to understand why we are losing football matches, when we produce what we produce.

“It is a big headache. But as well it is the beauty of this game, to find ways of doing things in a different way.

“My responsibility is to motivate the players as much as possible, to keep them united, to keep the team spirit alive, even when you are not winning matches.

“When you are frustrated and sad, you have to find all the time somewhere to do that. My way has been my family and all the people that are here with me at the club, the board, Edu, they have all been super supportive and that has helped me a lot.”


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