Fonte Seeks Southampton Exit As Arsenal Signs Youngster Bramall

Arsenal, Southampton, Jose Fonte, Cohen BramallSouthampton defender, Jose Fonte, on Thursday handed in a transfer request.

The club’s director of football, Les Reed, said that the Portuguese has had the chance to sign a better deal, but chose to leave the club.

“He’s had several opportunities to improve the contract situation (but) he’s reserved his right not to do that. He’s made it very clear he would like to explore the opportunities for a transfer,” Reed told BBC.

The football director further noted that “That’s where we are at the moment.

“Jose wants to leave the club. He’s formally asked for a transfer.”

Fonte, Southampton’s captain, has 18 months left to run on his current contract, which he signed in October 2015.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are set to sign Hednesford Town youngster, Cohen Bramall, from non-league to the Premier League.

The 20-year-old is said to make the move in a deal worth £40,000.

English clubs Crystal Palace and Sheffield Wednesday had purportedly observed Bramall, but only the Gunners agreed terms.

The left-back follows the road taken by Everton and Wales defender Ashley Williams, who started his career at Hednesford.

Arsenal Beat Bournemouth 3-1 In Premier League

Arsenal Beat Bournemouth 3-1 In Premier LeagueArsenal on Sunday afternoon defeated Bournemouth 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium to maintain fourth spot in the English Premier League.

With Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool having won on Saturday, Arsenal needed all three points to maintain the chase on the leaders and break further ahead of London rivals, Tottenham Hotspurs who lost to Chelsea.

Arsene Wenger’s men started well and got their reward early in the 12th minute with a calmly taken goal from Alexis Sánchez coming off an error from Steve Cook.

The Bournemouth defender got the ball from his goalkeeper, before slotting a scuffed pass back across his area and into the path of the Arsenal striker.

However, the lead did not last.

In what seemed like a harsh decision, Bournemouth got a lifeline with a penalty award after minutes of good pressure on the Arsenal defence.

Callum Wilson stepped forward to convert in the 23rd minute, making history as the scorer of Bournemouth’s first ever goal against the Gunners in history.

Walcott made it 2-1 in the 53rd minute. Ozil showed some lovely footwork, before curling a cross towards the back post. Monreal received it and guided a square ball towards the back post, which the England international was able to nod home from close-range.

Sanchez finished what he started and sealed the game for Arsenal in the 90th minute after Olivier Giroud picked out the Chile international in the six-yard box.

The 3-1 victory brought an end to Arsenal’s three game win-less run after draws against Spurs, Manchester United and PSG had left fans nervous.

The Gunners remain three points behind table leaders Chelsea.

At the Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands as Manchester United were again frustrated at home with a 1-1 draw against West Ham.

Southampton beat Everton by a lone goal while Stoke City also defeated Watford by same score line.

Earlier in the day, Watford lost 0-1 at home to Stoke City.

On Saturday, Liverpool extended their unbeaten run in the league to 11 games with a 2-0 win against Sunderland while Sergio Aguero scored twice to give Manchester City a 2-1 victory at Burnley.

At the Liberty Stadium, fans witnessed an astonishing nine-goal thriller with seven goals scored after the break.

Substitute Fernando Llorente scored twice in stoppage time as Swansea recorded an incredible 5-4 victory over Crystal Palace.

Nigerian winger, Ahmed Musa was a second half substitute for Leicester City as they struggled to a 2-2 draw against Middleborough.