If you keep up with Arsenal transfer news, there’s a very, very good chance that you know who David Ornstein is. If you don’t, he is a journalist who joined The Athletic in 2019, after 12 years with BBC Sport. To put it simply, he is famous because everything he reports about Arsenal is just about official. If he says a transfer is close to being done, you can expect it to be announced very soon. Long story short, there are few people who wouldn’t take an update from David Ornstein seriously.
In this quiet period, when all we can do is speculate about how things will develop for Arsenal, we have been treated to some brand-new updates from Ornstein. The updates come from a virtual meeting with David Ornstein set up by the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust and two Twitter users, one of whom shared Ornstein’s words on Twitter:
One of the big topics discussed by Ornstein was the Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang situation. Arsenal’s star striker has been linked with multiple clubs, including Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, but recent reports suggested the situation may have taken a turn with Aubemeyang set to extend his Arsenal contract. David Ornstein now offers a third possibility, saying that Aubameyang could choose to stay without renewing his contract, and then leave on a free transfer in 2021.
According to Ornstein, this option may appeal to Aubameyang as he would get a significant signing-on bonus from whichever club he joined at that point. Ornstein even corrected the original tweet, specifying what he meant to say:
Furthermore, Ornstein provided an update on the Thomas Partey situation, saying that “we know of the long-standing interest” but we will have to wait a few weeks before we can know more as negotiations are at a standstill due to COVID-19:
The Thomas Partey to Arsenal saga developed rather dramatically this week, following comments from his father about Arsenal being a favorable destination, and an Instagram story from Partey’s agency teasing where the Atletico midfielder will end up this summer. However, Ornstein specified today that Partey’s father is not involved in the Ghana international’s career. All we know right now is that the interest is genuine and Partey has thought about moving to Arsenal before.
Finally, Ornstein also provided updates on Arsenal’s hunt for a centre back, and suggested that the wage cut could make transfers complicated:
Header Photo: Ronnie Macdonald, 2018