Friday, September 9, 2022

Arsenal News: Potential Everton Premier League re-schedule date revealed amid Alex Grimaldo talk

Potential Everton Premier League reschedule revealed

Arsenal were due to host Everton on Sunday, but that game will now be rescheduled for a later date after the Premier League confirmed the postponement of this weekend’s fixtures. The decision came as a result of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday. The Queen’s death prompted the beginning of a 12-day mourning period across the UK. With that in mind, the Premier League decided to postpone this weekend’s games to pay respect to Her Majesty – a decision made for all football leagues in England.


The Premier League has yet to confirm whether any further postponements will occur. In the meantime, Arsenal fans will wonder when their game against Everton could take place. As there’s such a busy set of fixtures to get through both domestically and in Europe before the World Cup takes place in the middle of November, there aren’t any weeks without midweek games until the new year.


Of course, the Premier League could decide to make Arsenal’s fixture list even more congested, but they’ll likely wait until at least January. At the moment, Arsenal have three Premier League fixtures scheduled in the month, though there will also potentially be two FA Cup rounds to accommodate in the calendar should the 14-time winners of the competition progress.

The Premier League has postponed all fixtures this weekend as a mark of respect to the late Queen Elizabeth II

Currently, the midweek periods of January 4/5th, 10/11th, 17/18th and 24/25th remain free for games to be scheduled, though there are possibilities of potential FA Cup replays – with replays not set to be scrapped until after the fifth round. Plus, if Arsenal manages to progress to the latter stages of the Carabao Cup, the 24/25th could become unavailable.


Suppose the game is not rearranged in January. In that case, further decisions will have to be made regarding FA Cup, Europa League (providing Arsenal make it through the group stages as expected) and Carabao Cup dates. The Europa League knockout stages are due to begin on the 16th and 23rd of February, depending on the draw.


Alex Grimaldo plan


Benfica left-back Grimaldo is wanted in January as Edu has a transfer masterplan in place but faces competition.


The Portuguese was linked to an Emirates Stadium move in the summer, but Oleksandr Zinchenko was signed instead from Man City.


However, Arsenal’s midfield shortage means they could either go and sign a new natural midfielder in the next January transfer window. They could go back in for Douglas Luiz, or they could move the Ukrainian permanently into midfield and sign Grimaldo to provide the competition and cover to Kieran Tierney.


If they want the 26-year-old, reports have claimed they will have to fight Newcastle and Man City in this transfer saga, whilst the eventual winners of the Benfica man are only set to have to pay around £8million to the Portuguese outfit if/when he eventually moves on.


Mykhaylo Mudryk wants the Gunners move


Mykhaylo Mudryk has admitted he “can’t say no” to a potential move to Arsenal amid reported transfer interest from the Gunners in the Ukrainian winger. The 21-year-old has been linked with a move to the Emirates alongside the likes of Everton and Juventus from Shakhtar Donetsk.


Mudryk has impressed at a young age, with his latest cameo being a goal in the Champions League in a 4-1 thrashing of RB Leipzig in midweek. It’s led to plenty of comparisons between him and some of Europe’s top talent, with Shakhtar reportedly holding out for over £50million to let him leave.


Club director and former Croatian footballer Darijo Srna compared the 21-year-old to some huge talent, claiming via HITC: “For me, Mudryk is the best player in Europe in this position after [Kylian] Mbappe and Vinicius Junior. After Mbappe and Vinicius, I don’t see a third player other than Mudryk in this position in Europe. Mudryk has crazy potential.”


Amid such interest, it appears as though the youngster is very open to a move to Arsenal, who would need more depth in their wide areas. He said to CBS Sports: “I think every guy dreams about the Premier League. It’s hard to say [who his preferred move is], but Arsenal is a very good team, very good coach. I like the way they play.”

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