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Thursday's Arsenal transfer talk news roundup: Philippe Coutinho, Lautaro Martinez, Thomas Partey

Thursday's Arsenal transfer talk: Coutinho, Martinez, Thomas
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Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for Arsenal on Thursday, July 16.

The buildup to the summer transfer window has now begun, with rumours and speculation continuing to swirl as Arsenal eye possible reinforcements.

The Gunners spent more than many expected during the summer - most notably their club-record purchase of Nicolas Pepe - but were more reserved in January as they focused on bolstering their defensive options.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest news on possible comings and goings at the Emirates Stadium.

Thursday morning's Arsenal transfer talk news roundup:


Mikel Arteta has "big concerns" over Arsenal's transfer funds

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta pictured on July 7, 2020© Reuters

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta saw his side beat newly-crowned Premier League champions Liverpool on Wednesday night – before admitting he has "big concerns" over whether he will get the finances to mount his own title challenge.

The Gunners were gifted both of their goals in a 2-1 win after Sadio Mane had put the visitors ahead at the Emirates Stadium.

Virgil Van Dijk was caught in possession by Reiss Nelson, who found Alexandre Lacazette to level the game before the roles were reversed with Arsenal pouncing on an error from goalkeeper Alisson.

Liverpool conceded two sloppy goals
Liverpool conceded two sloppy goals (Glyn Kirk/NMC Pool)

Nelson tucked away his first Premier League goal as a result to leave Arsenal with a lingering chance of qualifying for Europe next season.

But, in terms of putting together a side capable of fighting at the top of the league, Arteta pointed to the constrained financial situation at Arsenal as a reason why they may struggle to do so.

Asked whether he will get the finances to build a title challenge, Arteta told Sky Sports: "I don't know. It is a big concern because you see how they build the squads.

"It is not magic, you need to improve with quality players in the squad. You need a bigger squad to compete in this competition and that is going to be the challenge."

Liverpool went ahead through Sadio Mane
Liverpool went ahead through Sadio Mane (Paul Childs/NMC Pool)

Arteta made five changes for the game with an eye on Saturday's FA Cup semi-final clash with Manchester City at Wembley.

The likes of captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Hector Bellerin and Dani Ceballos dropped to the bench – with Arteta delighted with the preparation for their cup tie.

"In terms of energy and happiness before a semi-final, it was the best medicine," he said, having seen his side lose the north London derby at Tottenham last time out.

"We had a bit of luck but the belief was good. Before, going behind, I think we could have gone down but we reacted.

"You only need to look at the difference between the two teams, the gap is enormous. But the energy, commitment and fight between the two teams is equal – and the rest will come. It will take time but we can create something."

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted his players "took a break" as they gift-wrapped Arsenal's goals – but insists he is not upset by the fact his champions can no longer break the Premier League points record.

"No, I want the points we can and we will see what it is at the end of the season," he replied when asked if he was disappointed that the 100-point goal is out of range.

"I can't make something negative from something so positive, we get the points we deserve and we will see how many that will be.

Arsenal v Liverpool – Premier League – Emirates Stadium
Jurgen Klopp admitted a lack of concentration proved costly for Liverpool (Shaun Botterill/NMC Pool)

"These boys played an exceptional season, nobody can take that away from them.

"I'm disappointed and angry about a few things but the game was good, the attitude was good, but we took a break and that is why we lost the game.

"That is football, someone is surprised these boys are human beings – I am not. From time to time they are not perfect.

"I can't remember such a dominate performance against Arsenal...It was one of the better games we have played here but when you make these kind of mistakes you cannot win games in the Premier League."



Arsenal 'cannot afford to sign Philippe Coutinho'

Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring for Brazil on November 19, 2019© Reuters

Arsenal will reportedly not be able to afford to sign Barcelona attacker Philippe Coutinho during this summer's transfer window.

The Brazil international is currently on loan at Bayern Munich but is due to return to Camp Nou next month following the German club's participation in the Champions League.

Barca are allegedly keen to sell Coutinho in order to raise funds for Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez, and a recent report claimed that Arsenal were one of the clubs to be offered the South American.

However, according to The Mirror, Mikel Arteta's side are not in a position to pay upwards of £60m in a transfer fee, while Coutinho's substantial wages would be an issue.

The report also claims that paying a large loan fee for the former Liverpool playmaker is not feasible due to the financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

The 28-year-old has been in relatively strong form for Bayern during the 2019-20 campaign, scoring nine times and contributing eight assists in 34 appearances in all competitions.


More transfer news from Arsenal:

Real Madrid value Arsenal target Dani Ceballos at £23m?
Real Madrid are reportedly prepared to accept offers of £23m for Dani Ceballos, who has spent this campaign on loan at Arsenal. Read more.

Arsenal to miss out on Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey?
Atletico Madrid are reportedly prepared to double the wages of Thomas Partey, who is said to be a long-term transfer target of Arsenal. Read more.

Arsenal leading the race for Marc Roca?
Arsenal are at the head of the queue to sign sign Espanyol midfielder Marc Roca this summer, according to a report. Read more.

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