According to top BBB Sport reporter David Ornstein, Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, Christopher Nkunku, could be reunited with Unai Emery at Arsenal, L’Equipe reports. Nkunku has attracted interest from the Gunners and could move on a loan deal with a possibility to buy. The 21-year-old has scored two goals and provided one assist in 16 appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit this season. So far, Nkunku has made 13 appearances in 2018/19 for the Ligue 1 champions in the league, but only five of them have come from starts.
According to reports Arsenal are in talks to sign Paris St-German midfielder Christopher Nkunku. Arsenal had hoped to sign Barcelona’s Denis Suarez but Nkunku could be seen as an alternative. The 21-year-old France youth international played under Gunners head coach Unai Emery when he was in charge of the French side last season.
Nkunku came through the club’s youth ranks, before making his first-team debut in 2015. He played 43 games under Arsenal manager Unai Emery in France, in which he scored seven goals.
Unai Emery recently revealed that he has no funds available for permanent transfers. The Gunners boss is keen to take Nkunku on loan until the end of the season with an option to then buy – but PSG are said to favour extending his contract before sanctioning a loan move. In any case, the midfielder is only likely to leave France if his club can find a replacement to bring in. Arsenal have just seven days to finalise a deal.
In like manner, Unai Emery was full of praise for former Sevilla colleague Monchi but refused to be drawn on whether Arsenal could lure his compatriot fro Italy to the Emirates. Over the course of 17 years, Monchi, fulfilling a sporting director position, made a name for himself in La Liga developing Sevilla’s youth system and implementing a vast scouting network that lured the likes of Dani Alves, Julio Baptista and Ivan Rakitic to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. For three seasons between 2013-2016, Emery worked closely with Monchi at Sevilla before both men went in search of new challenges; the former to Paris Saint Germain and the latter to AS Roma where he continues to ply his trade. It’s been suggested in recent days that a reunion could be on the cards with Arsenal eager to fill the void set to be left by the outgoing head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat.
“I can only say to you that he’s working in Roma,” said Emery at his pre-Manchester United press conference. “I worked very well with him in Sevilla for three and a half years, and very well too. “My relationship with him is good but this work is for the club and the issue is the club’s responsibility. I can say to you only that he is a good person and a good professional.”
On suggestions that Raul Sanllehi and Vinai Venkatesham could be tempted to make a swift appointment, Emery went on: “Maybe if you do this recruitment very quickly, maybe you can make a mistake.
“I think it’s better to do without that, being calm and also finding the best possible person to do this job like we want. I think the club is working on that. “It’s not my issue. I can say the same: if the club decided to sign one Sporting Director, then I will agree with them.”
Monchi, who still has two years left on his deal with Roma, has been quick to dampen speculation.
“I know my name is being associated with Arsenal but I am concentrating on my job with Roma,” he said yesterday. “However it is a pleasure being linked with a club like Arsenal – but it is not first time that happens.”
Emery also reserved warm words for Mislintat with whom he only has a couple more weeks to work. The German was on the three-man panel that appointed the Spaniard this summer but is understood to have grown frustrated by the evolving structure of the football operations outfit at the Emirates following Ivan Gazidis’ exit.
“It’s a very short time that I worked with him but I worked well and pleasantly with him,” reflected Emery. “I think he has big experience in Germany and here, and it’s one issue in the club and the club is working on that. I can only say to you that my experience with him is positive and is good.”