Partey Wants to Leave Arsenal
In a surprising turn of events, Thomas Partey has expressed his desire to leave Arsenal and join Juventus in the January transfer window, according to the Daily Mail. The 30-year-old midfielder, who had previously been linked with a move to Al-Ahli in the summer, has struggled with injuries since joining Arsenal in 2020, which has limited his appearances in the starting lineup. Despite staying at the club, Partey has now informed the Gunners of his intention to depart in the upcoming window.
Partey’s fitness has been a major concern for Arsenal, as manager Mikel Arteta admitted just last month. Reports suggested that the midfielder could be out until December, further adding to the frustrations surrounding his injury issues. During his time at Atletico Madrid, Partey missed only seven games in five years, but his time at Arsenal has been plagued with setbacks.
Juve Keeping an Eye on Hojbjerg
Juventus are on the lookout for a midfield replacement in the January transfer window, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg catching their attention. According to the Telegraph, Juve’s sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli and his assistant were present to watch Hojbjerg in Tottenham’s recent match against Chelsea. The Italian giants are in need of reinforcements due to the suspensions of Paul Pogba and Nicolo Fagioli.
Hojbjerg was a target for Fulham during the summer transfer window, and Manchester United also considered him in their search for a defensive midfielder. However, he ended up staying at Tottenham. With limited starts this season, Hojbjerg is expected to attract interest in January. He has one full season left on his Spurs contract, and his market value was estimated at £25m during the summer.
Premier League Players Want Injury-Time Updates
Premier League players are calling for in-game updates about injury-time, as reported by the Daily Mail. The recent chaotic London derby between Chelsea and Tottenham saw over 21 minutes of added time, highlighting the increase in time added on in matches this season. Currently, players only find out the amount of injury-time when the fourth official raises the board, but they want regular updates from the referee to better manage game-time and reduce the risk of injury.
The implementation of new protocols, first used at the World Cup last year, has led to a significant increase in added time played in the Premier League. The average added time per game has gradually increased over the years, but the three-minute rise at the start of this campaign is the largest increase over a 12-month period.
Arsenal in Talks with Brazil over Gabriel Jesus’ Fitness
Arsenal are set to hold discussions with the Brazilian national team regarding their concerns over Gabriel Jesus’ fitness, according to the Standard. The striker has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since October 24 and remains doubtful for Arsenal’s upcoming matches before the international break. Despite his injury, Jesus has been called up by Brazil for their upcoming fixtures, but Arsenal would prefer him not to travel.
The Gunners have a good relationship with Brazil, as their sporting director Edu previously worked for the national team as their general coordinator. Arsenal has taken a cautious approach with Jesus’ injury to ensure he doesn’t aggravate it and spend more time on the sidelines.