Arsenal Transfer News: Zlatan Ibrahimovic Doubts Raised, Latest Gunners Rumours

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2016

PSG's Zlatan Ibrahimovic reacts during their French League One soccer match between PSG and Reims at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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Former Arsenal player Paul Merson believes Arsene Wenger will not sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer because the Swede will question his authority.

According to the Evening Standard's Tom Dutton, reporters asked Wenger if he would be signing the striker—who will be available for free at the end of the season—but said he was focusing on the "short-term" goal of winning the title. Per Duttdon, in response, pundit Merson told Sky Sports:

He's got to play the game with the fans sometimes. He gets asked about [Ibrahimovic]. All you have to do is turn around and say 'I'd love to get him, if he wants to come to London I want him'and the fans would be happy. If you don't get him, then you don't get himbut don't say 'oh, I'm not sure.'

Ibrahimovic is a winner. He's won 13 trophies in so many leagues. Of course, Wenger isn't going to sign him because he's going to question him.

He doesn't want someone sitting in the dressing room questioning him. He doesn't want people to come in after the game and start tearing it up. He just wants people to come in and recover.

Last year [Karim] Benzema didn't come in and he said [Olivier] Giroud's going to get more goals then Benzema. Seriously?

BT Sport Football shared Wenger's comments on the Paris Saint-Germain striker:

The 34-year-old is having a simply incredible season, bagging 35 goals and 16 assists in 39 appearances in all competitions.

Les Parisiens recently sealed the Ligue 1 title with an astounding 9-0 win over Troyes, and Ibrahimovic claimed a four-goal haul:

As Bleacher Report UK revealed, Ibrahimovic has a habit of winning titles:

Indeed, his side are still in the UEFA Champions League, the Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue, so he may yet win three more trophies this season.

B/R's own Dean Jones believes the winning mentality he could bring to the Gunners is much-needed:

Given Arsenal's reputation for "bottling" under pressure, Ibrahimovic would make an outstanding addition to the side, a player who could drive the team over the line in difficult situations.

Wenger has come in for a great deal of criticism for his activity—or lack thereof—in recent years, and if the Gunners don't even attempt to sign him on a free transfer, the pressure on him is likely to only increase.

In other news, the agent of Napoli midfielder Jorginho has welcomed the Gunners to make an approach for his client. According to Metro's Tom Olver, Joao Santos told Radio Crc:

It was in England that I was first asked about Jorginho but now everyone knows him and it’s obvious that a lot of teams are following him.

Then if his international call-up is confirmed it would only raise his profile further. ...

Real Madrid and Arsenal know Jorginho, if they came forward with an official offer we’d talk but at the moment all I can say is that Jorginho has a five-year contract with Napoli and wants to play for them in the Champions League next year.

The Gunners brought in Mohamed Elneny in the winter, and the Egyptian has impressed in recent weeks. But the likes of Mathieu Flamini, Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta are all past their prime and could do with replacing.

ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 03:  Jorge Jorginho of SSC Napoli reacts during the Serie A match between SS Lazio and SSC Napoli at Stadio Olimpico on February 3, 2016 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
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Jorginho is enjoying an excellent season with Napoli, and thanks in part to his efforts, the Partenopei are firmly in the Serie A title race just three points behind Juventus.

As journalist David Amoyal noted, he 24-year-old has become a better player under Maurizio Sarri:

Jorginho has managed six assists in all competitions this season and in Serie A, has averaged 2.2 tackles and as many interceptions per game, according to, while maintaining a passing accuracy of 90.8 per cent.

OptaPaolo revealed how important a figure he has become in their midfield:

The Brazilian-born midfielder would make an excellent signing for Arsenal.

He's likely to attract plenty of attention this summer after such a strong campaign, so it would be something of a coup if the Gunners are able to snap him up.


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