Arsenal Complete £8m Jack Robinson Transfer

Jack Robinson has been confirmed as an Arsenal player after completing his £8m move from Wolves, with the defender signing a four year deal at the Emirates Stadium. The deal takes Arsenal’s summer spending to £40m.

The addition of the left-back to the Arsenal squad frees up Danny Wilson to act as cover for central positions in case of injury, and equally importantly, adds another home-grown player to the squad ahead of the Europa League campaign. Robinson is reported to be set to earn £36,500 p/w at Arsenal, with a 25% rise once he earns a senior England cap.

The 24-year is set to play in Arsenal’s friendly at home to Enfield Town on Sunday, and it’s believed that the club will now only spend further this summer should they sell first.

AFC’s Robinson Bid Accepted By Wolves

Wolverhampton Wanderers have confirmed that they have accepted a bid of £8m for left-back Jack Robinson from Arsenal, and that the 24-year old has already entered into contract talks at the Emirates Stadium.

Robinson came through the academy system at Liverpool, with loan spells at Leeds, West Ham, Blackpool, and Southampton before he joined Wolves in 2016 with a loan-to-buy option that was taken-up for £1.5m. He played 34 times for the club last season as they went on to finish 12th in the Premier League.

With 26 caps for England U21s, and a former vice-captain, Robinson isn’t shy about making a tackle. Twice in the last three seasons he has set club records (at Wolves and Saints) for the most bookings in a season – both for thirteen yellows and two reds.

New Signings Koch and Obradovic Introduced

New signings Julian Koch and Marko Obradovic have been introduced to the media at the Emirates Stadium this morning, with the Arsenal manager buoyant about working with the players. Both are likely to feature prominently in Sunday’s friendly at St. Johnstone.

journalist70Press Conference:
In attendance are BBC London, TEAMtalk,
Football 365, The People, & The Guardian.

surman70Arsenal FC:
First Team manager Gray Surman introduces
new signings Julian Koch and Marko Obradovic.

I’m delighted to be able to welcome both Julian and Marko to the club, and I sit here confident that their arrival will be a massive boost to the whole team, and confirm my intent to challenge for the top four this season.

“Marko’s signing is just part of my long-term vision for the future of Arsenal , and I’m confident he can make a big contribution. he was keen to join his international team-mate Matija [Nastasic] here and I thank Matija for helping us push the deal over the line.

“I’m excited to be working with Julian again, he was a player I was keeping tabs on during my time away, and I’m honoured that he stated publicly that he’d jump at the chance to join me here at Arsenal. I have a great friendship with him and it was idea for him to come here and take the next step in his career.

“I understand that I may have ruffled a few feathers with the Dortmund fans, but we made a fair offer and nobody forced their board to accept. The deal went through without a hitch so the Dortmund fans should be pleased that Julian is happy and will be playing football at the highest level next season.

“There is still some room left in the budget, and I have identified one area I’d like to strengthen ahead of the season so it’s about making the right moves if the right players become available. I’m happy with the squad now we’ve made these two key signings.

“Above all, I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in action on Sunday.”

Gunners Gazump United in Race For Obradovic

Arsenal have beaten Manchester United to the £19.5m capture of Marko Obradovic from Monaco. United were hot favourites to sign the Serbian striker with the player having held talks at Old Trafford, and Liverpool publicly withdrew their interest, until new Arsenal manager Gray Surman instructed his board to table a bid.

Obradovic has signed a four-year deal on £75k p/w, with additional bonuses applying for goalscoring feats and being named in the Premier League team of the year. The 22-year old revealed on Instagram that he was over the moon to sign for such a popular club.

He scored 34 in 55 appearances during his first three years as a professional at Red Star Belgrade before a £4.8m move to Monaco last season where he scored seven in 31. Capped nine times by Serbia, he has scored twice for his country including in their final FIFA World Cup group match against Spain.

Obradovic will be officially presented at a club press conference on Friday and will surely make an appearance in the friendly at St Johnstone on Sunday afternoon.

Julian Koch Completes Move from Dortmund

Arsenal have announced Julian Koch as their first signing under new manager Gray Surman, who is looking forward to working with the defender after their time together at Borussia Dortmund. The 27-year old German arrives at the Emirates Stadium in a £12.5m move, and has signed a four-year contract.

Koch has been capped twice by Germany, both in 2017: making his début from the bench in a 2-1 friendly win in France, and most recently in November during a 2-0 win over Mexico.

He made 143 league appearances at Dortmund, lifting eight trophies, with an additional 37 appearances made during two loan spells with MSV Duisberg, and was named in Dortmund’s team of the season this year. The right-back has scored just seven goals, but scored in both the Champions League and Europa League in the 2014-15 season.

His arrival has been welcomed by Arsenal supporters, with FanTV that if Koch showed the same loyalty to Arsenal that he had Dortmund, he would have no problems settling in. A club press conference has been arranged for Friday that will include Koch’s introduction to the English media.

BVB Agree Arsenal’s £12.5m Koch Offer

After yesterday’s news that Arsenal had entered the bidding for Monaco forward Marko Obradovic, the club has confirmed that they’ve had a second bid accepted for a new players this week with Dortmund agreeing to a £12.5m deal for defender Julian Koch.

The 27-year old, capped twice by Germany, made 29 Bundesliga appearances over two seasons under new Arsenal manager Gray Surman during his time at Dortmund before stepping-up under Antonio Conte to be the club’s first choice at right-back.

Koch has been offered a hefty £100k p/w four-year deal with associated bonuses for goals and making the Premier League team of the year. Should the 27-year old sign at the Emirates Stadium, it would be the first time that Surman has signed a former player.