Alonso could have been a Gunner
Cesc Fabregas has revealed Liverpool Xabi Alonso begged to sign for Arsenal.
“I was with Xabi on the phone the whole summer,” he told us.
He was dying to come. He was literally begging everyone to go to Arsenal, he really wanted to come.
“And to be honest, I did my best. I spoke to who I had to speak to. I gave my opinion, I thought that he was a fantastic addition for us at that time.”
Douglas Luiz has said he is focused on Aston Villa, after being linked with a move to Arsenal.
“My focus is totally here. I don’t spend a lot of time looking at the stories,” Luiz revealed.
“I see them, but I don’t focus on that and I’m not looking at it every day. My head is here at Aston Villa.
“Aston Villa is a club that opened its doors to me when I came to England, so I have a lot of affection and a lot of love for it. Unai, honestly, is an incredible manager. Since he arrived here, he has changed the history of the club.
“Aston Villa is a very big club in England, but things weren’t going so well. Unai has changed it. Now, people respect the club and the players more.”
Tight at the top
Here’s the Premier League top five, following the weekend’s action.
It’s a very tight between the top five.
High spirits in Dubai
Arsenal are currently enjoying a warm weather break in Dubai.
They are training at the NAS Sports Complex ahead of a return against Crystal Palace.
The boys seem relaxed.
Arsenal are weighing up a move for Ousmane Diomande.
The Ivory Coast defender has starred for Sporting Lisbon and is now at the AFCON with his country.
A report from Portuguese outlet Record says the Gunners have sent scouts to watch him in action.
Chelsea are also monitoring the situation.
Mayoral breaks silence
Arsenal transfer target Borja Mayoral has broken his silence amid the interest from the Gunners.
He told Mediaset: “It’s news that has surprised me too. I haven’t spoken to the club or my agent.
“I’m very focused on Getafe on a day-to-day basis.”
Mikel Arteta’s side were said to have tabled a £22million bid for the forward.