Garlick gets promotion
Arsenal have announced that Director of Football Operations, Richard Garlick, will become the club’s Managing Director in the summer.
Garlick will step into the role when Chief Executive Officer, Vinai Venkatesham, leaves the Gunners.
Speaking about his appointment, he said: “Since joining Arsenal in 2021, I’ve had the privilege to be involved with almost every aspect of this incredible club.
“I’m excited to take us forward in my new role as we move into the next phase of delivering the vision of our owners, Stan and Josh.
“I’d like to thank the Board for the support they’ve given me, and Edu for his support as I pursued this opportunity. I’d also like to thank Vinai for his leadership and contribution to the club over the last 14 years.
“I look forward to continuing to work with them all as I transition into this new role and drive the club forward.”
‘Arteta has cost Arsenal the title’
talkSPORT’s Gabby Agbonlahor has accused Mikel Arteta of costing Arsenal the title by signing Kai Havertz.
Speaking on Breakfast this morning, Agbonlahor said: “The biggest thing that Arsenal fans are still annoyed with, and Arteta will regret, is spending a lot of his transfer budget on Havertz.
“For me, he wasn’t the answer. £65million that they could have had available now for a striker and for Toney.
“That’s going to cost them. They have Vieira and Smith Rowe who are probably better than Havertz in the same position.
“Arteta has cost Arsenal the title by spending money very stupidly.”
Arsenal’s pursuit of Martin Zubimendi is only just beginning.
The Real Sociedad midfielder is a target for Mikel Arteta but a January move looks to be complicated.
And transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has given an update on the situation between the player and the Gunners.
He said: “Zubimendi is a player that is really appreciated, for sure.
“But I would also include Bayern Munich in the shortlist of clubs interested in Zubimendi for the summer transfer window.
“In January it is really complicated because of the cost of the deal, which is around £52m, the value of the release clause for Zubimendi.
“But it is also complicated on a personal point of view for Zubimendi because he’s a big Real Sociedad fan, not just a fantastic player.
“He wants to keep going with the club, especially with this big opportunity to play in the round of 16 of the Champions League.”
Arsenal are said to have an eye on signing Kyle Walker-Peters late in the January window.
The Gunners have Ben White, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Cedric Soares as right-back options, however, the latter two’s future has been questioned.
And Southampton’s Walker-Peters has emerged as a potential target.
It could be a hard deal to pull off though with Sainst manager Russell Martin sending a warning to interested clubs.
Martin said: “I spoke to Kyle. I also know his agent really well. There’s been no conversation at all about him wanting to leave.
“He’s in such a good place. I think he’s enjoying himself. It would take a lot of money to prise him away.”
Arsenal defender Jakub Kiwior has quashed reports that he is set to leave the club this month.
Kiwior has been linked to a return to the Serie A with AC Milan, however, he has denied that any talks have taken place.
Speaking to Super Express, he said: “It’s definitely nice and I’m glad there’s interest in me.
“But I focus on what is now. Besides, there have been no talks with me yet.”
The Polish international’s agent Pawel Zimoczyk also commented on the links to Milan.
He said: “Kuba is an Arsenal player. There are no signs that they want to get rid of him and I don’t think anything will happen in the winter window.”
Cedric free to leave
Arsenal are allowing Cedric Soares to leave the club this month, according to football.london.
The defender’s contract runs out this summer but the Gunners want to receive some cash for him rather than seeing him leave for free.
Cedric is attracting interest from Turkey but there has been no progress in any possible deals so far.
If a club is to make an acceptable offer for the right-back, Mikel Arteta won’t stand in his way.