Harvey perfect for Arsenal, Bissouma opens up on future, Torreira to push for move in Arsenal roundup…
Former Arsenal striker Kelly Smith believes Laura Harvey could be the perfect fit to return to the Gunners.
Current United States Under-20s coach Harvey won three titles, two Continental Cups and the FA Women’s Cup at the Gunners before leaving in 2012. Harvey quit to join Seattle Reign, where she won two NWSL Shield titles and was twice awarded the NWSL Coach of the Year.
The Gunners are looking for a replacement for Joe Montemurro, who will leave at the end of the season, and there has been alot of speculation in the media that Arsenal will look to offer Harvey a new contract.
And amid all the speculation, Smith feels Harvey should be a candidate: “One I’ve been thinking of is Laura Harvey, who has a vast amount of knowledge in the league, she was at Birmingham and coached at Arsenal before,” said the former Gunners and England star.
“She’s got a load of experience coaching in the USA at Seattle and is the current Under-20s USA coach and she’s very well respected in the women’s game here and there.
“It’s whether Arsenal could tempt her back and if she wants to come back to England.”
Harvey is a very highly-rated coach that knows Arsenal, so if they are looking to recruit someone that can help take the club forward, then she is the woman for the club.
But there a few options out there for the Gunners, so it will be interesting to see just whom they decide to replace Montemurro
Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma has spoken about his future amid transfer interest from Arsenal
Bissouma was in solid form as Brighton and Everton played out a goalless draw in the Premier League last week, and his performances this season has led to alot of speculation that the likes of Arsenal are ready to make a transfer offer in the summer.
Mikel Arteta knows that he needs to add to his midfield in the transfer window and although he may not get alot of money to spend, there has been many reports that a firm bid will be made for the impressive Bissouma
But Bissouma, who joined the club from Lille in 2018 for a fee in the region of £15m, is contracted to the Seagulls until the summer of 2023 and says he is not thinking about leaving at the end of the season.
“I don’t have much to say about that [transfer speculation] because I’m at Brighton for the moment,” Bissouma told The Argus.
“I consider myself a Brighton player, so the most important thing right now, as I said, is to stay up. We’ll try and stay up, and God willing, we’ll see how things go next season.”
If Arsenal have the funds to get a deal done, they should make a move as Bissouma is just the type of player that will bring a bit more quality to that Arteta midfield. But with so many clubs interested, will they actually have the money?
Arteta knows what type of players that he needs to improve the side, but he also knows that the board are one of the tightest in the Premier League.
Lucas Torreira’s father, Ricardo, believes the midfielder will push for a move away from Arsenal this summer
Torreira is currently spending the season on loan at Atletico Madrid but the Uruguay international has been unable to secure a regular role under Diego Simeone. Earlier this month, Torreira admitted that he is keen on a move to Boca and hopes Arsenal will allow him to join the Argentine club on loan
Now his father has opened up and claimed that Torreira will look to leave Arsenal in the transfer window: ‘The arrival of Lucas Torreira to Boca will be quite difficult, there hasn’t been a movement of the situation,’ Ricardo Torreira told Show de Boca.
‘It happened only from a wish, we generated an inconvenience to Boca.
‘Probably, I don’t know if Boca are in a position to face what Arsenal will ask for Lucas’s loan. I don’t know… maybe for that money he can get a number 5 in South America.
‘Surely, I do not think Lucas will play for Arsenal this year.
‘If it’s not Boca, his destiny will be Italy or France.
‘We are left with the desire, instead of generating joy we generate an inconvenience to Boca’s leadership.’
Torreira is a player that is done at the Emirates and he needs to leave on a permanent basis as there is no space for him in the squad next season. But it would be a massive shock to NOT see him leave the club in the transfer window.
And to be honest, Arsenal could use the funds to help find a player that will actually make an impact on the side.