Everton sign João Virgínia from Arsenal

New club

Arsenal have allowed João Virgínia to leave the club and join Premier League rivals Everton.

The stopper has joined Everton on a three year deal – that has surprised many people.

João Virgínia himself seems thrilled with the move, and noted that he is thankful to all the people at Arsenal who helped him get to this point – but that he was ready for the move and is keen to get going at Everton.

The 18-year-old is certainly one for the future, and the Echo report he said “I hope to learn a lot from the goalkeepers here, Jordan Pickford, who had a great season and World Cup and Maarten Stekelenburg, who is very experienced, too.

“This is a great opportunity for me.”

BARCELONA, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 28: Unai Emery, Head Coach of Sevilla FC reacts during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Camp Nou on February 28, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Players out

Arsenal are certainly having a clear out this summer, with long serving players Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck told to find new clubs – and it may even be the case that Aaron Ramsey also leaves.

That would certainly put the Gunners in the position where a rival side could come in and land him – but Emery doesn’t seem to be overly concerned with that at the minute.

The Gunners know getting back into the top four is the biggest and of course most vital priority, and if that doesn’t happen, then progress hasn’t been made, and they will have fallen even further behind their key rivals.

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