Arsenal transfer news group stage: Gunners face Barcelona for Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder; Per Mertesacker praises Ethan Nwaneri, etc.

Arsenal register 3-1 win in Premier League Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates on Saturday (October 1) to open up the top four. Thomas Partey, Gabriel Jesus and Granit Xhaka scored after a memorable game for Mikel Arteta’s team against their ten-man opponents.

Meanwhile, north London is fighting Barcelona for the services of a Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder. Elsewhere, Gunners Academy director Per Mertesacker gave many compliments to Ethan Nwaneri.

On that note, here’s a look at key Arsenal transfer stories on October 1, 2022:

Arsenal vs Barcelona for Ruben Neves

Ruben Neves is wanted at the Emirates.
Ruben Neves is wanted at the Emirates.

Arsenal are locked in battle with Barcelona for the signature of Ruben Nevesfollow SPORT through Caught offside.

The Portuguese midfielder has been a long-term target for Mikel, but a move has yet to materialize. Neves has been going strong against Wolves recently and is on the favorites of several clubs across Europe.

Barcelona are also among his fans and want to bring the Portuguese back to the Camp Nou.

Neves is with the Midlands team until 2024 but has no intention of signing a new contract. The Gunners are hoping to lure him to the Emirates next summer, when he can be available. However, the north London side will have to avoid competition from the Blaugrana for his signature.

Per Mertesacker praises Ethan Nwaneri

Ethan Nwaneri makes his debut against Brentford.
Ethan Nwaneri makes his debut against Brentford.

Per Mertesacker gave a high rating to Ethan Nwaneri. The 15-year-old recently made history by becoming the youngest player to appear in the Premier League.

Speak on Arsenal’s YouTube channel, Mertesacker said that Nwaneri joined the club’s academy at a very young age.

Mertesacker said: “Ethan was part of the preparatory academy; he has been playing football since he was 5 years old, then he came to our academy when he was not yet nine years old,” said Mertesacker.

The German continued to give a bright assessment of the teenager.

“It’s about knowing the boy, knowing the family, having close relationships. Especially with this example, it was going to test us, but we were ready for that, and Ethan was on the field because he deserved it,” Mertesacker said.

He continued:

“He’s surpassed all of our age groups and marked so many times. He’s played great with the Under-18s and deserves to train with the Under-21s. He’s a humble guy, and he’s very focused, and now he’s hit the next step.”

Arteta has shown a desire to nurture young blood since taking over at the Emirates.

Aaron Ramsdale lauds Mohamed Elneny presence in the dressing room

Mohamed Elneny continues to be part of Arteta's plans at the Emirates.
Mohamed Elneny continues to be part of Arteta’s plans at the Emirates.

Aaron Ramsdale says that Mohamed Elneny is one of the most beautiful men he has ever met. The Egyptian midfielder has been a key member of the squad under Arteta and has signed a one-year contract extension this summer. Ramsdale has shared a dressing room with Elneny for more than a year and has provided details about the player.

Speak with BT Sport, the Englishman joked about Elneny’s taste in clothes but said he needed in the Arsenal dressing room.

“Mohamed Elneny, he’s weird. He’s one of the most beautiful men I’ve ever met in my life; he doesn’t have bad bones on his body, but his taste in clothes is horrible, but he’s the kind of guy you need in Ramsdale says.

Elneny has made one appearance this season for the Gunners.

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