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Arsenal in talks over Mustafi move 0

Posted on July 29, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal are in talks to sign Valencia centre-back Shkodran Mustafi, according to Sky Germany via Sky Sports.

The Gunners have yet to submit a bid for the German defender, but reports claim he could be available for a fee of around £25.3million plus add-ons, which could total to a further £8.4million.

Mustafi has a minimum fee release clause of £42.1million in his Valencia contract, but Los Ches are unlikely to demand close to that fee for the defender because quite simply they need a cash injection following a poor campaign in La Liga.

Extraordinary recent rise

Arsenal rumoured to be in bid for Juventus’ Mario Mandzukic 0

Posted on July 28, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Standard, Arsenal are lining up a bid for Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic to solve their striker woes ahead of the 2016/17 season. The Gunners have lost Danny Welbeck to injury and could well be without Olivier Giroud for the opening game of the coming campaign which means manager Arsene Wenger needs another experienced attacker.

Mandzukic is said to be on their radar due to his playing style. Capable of spearheading the frontline, the 30-year-old is a towering striker who can bring others into the attack and provides the physicality and work rate to put opposition defenders under pressure. Mandzukic scored and created 14 goals in 24 Serie A starts, and won 65% of his aerial duels last season.

Lyon could consider selling Alexandre Lacazette for the right price this summer 0

Posted on July 28, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to talkSPORT, Olympique Lyonnais could now be considering selling striker Alexandre Lacazette this summer. The French Ligue 1 side were previously adamant on keeping the long-serving centre-forward, but are now said to be keen to cash in so they can fund a deal for Toulouse’s Wissam Ben Yedder while making a giant profit.

Lacazette, 25, enjoyed a fantastic season for Lyon, scoring 21 goals and making three assists in 34 games. The French international has been on the radar for a number of clubs in recent years, but Lyon have been desperate to retain his services. West Ham United and Arsenal have had rejected bids for the striker in the past, but may have some luck in the negotiation process this time round.

Francis Coquelin just a backup centre-back option 0

Posted on July 28, 2016 by David Nugent

Social media went into meltdown yesterday after Arsenal defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin revealed he had been playing centre defence in training. The news did not go down well with Gunners fans, who were hoping that the club would sign a replacement for Per Mertesacker.

Hopefully only a short-term fix

Hopefully, the step of Coquelin training in the position is only a short-term fix, as the Gunners are currently without the senior defensive trio of Laurent Koscielny, Gabriel and the aforementioned Mertesacker through various reasons.

The Gunners face pre-season games against the MLS All-Stars and Chivas in their preparations for the Premier League season kick-off, which is just over two weeks away.

Wilshere: ‘Xhaka is a leader who can hold the midfield together’ 0

Posted on July 27, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was full of praise for Granit Xhaka, describing the summer signing as a ‘leader’ and the man capable of kick-starting attacks for the Gunners, while providing the defensive protection. Xhaka was brought in from Borussia Monchengladbach for around £30M, and Wilshere believes the money was well spent from how difficult he found playing against him in the past.

“I’ve played against him a few times at youth level for England and also for the first team with England so I know him quite well. I’ve always thought he was a good player, he’s very strong and has got a good left foot. He’s a leader, he can hold the midfield together and can get things going from back to front. He’s a good signing,” said Wilshere.

Arsenal targeting Mustafi as Mertesacker replacement 0

Posted on July 27, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to Italian football journalist Emanuele Giulianelli, Arsenal have contacted Valencia over the availability of defender Shkodran Mustafi as manager Arsene Wenger looks to find a replacement for injured centre-back Per Mertesacker.

Mustafi, a Germany international, was a regular in the Valencia backline last season, making 30 Spanish La Liga appearances, but could be convinced to make the switch to title-chasing Arsenal with how poor Los Che fared in La Liga.

Could Arsenal be about to sign a new striker? 0

Posted on July 27, 2016 by David Nugent

According to reports from France, Arsenal are interested in signing Toulouse striker Wissam Ben Yedder. The 25-year-old is not exactly the high-profile striker Arsenal fans were hoping for this summer.

The Gunners had been linked with the likes Gonzalo Higuain and Alexander Lacazette amongst other forwards this summer.

However, Higuain moved to Italian champions Juventus on Tuesday in a £75.3million deal, while reports persist that the Gunners are still interested in signing Lacazette, whose club Lyon are understandably unwilling to sell the striker.

Who is Wissam Ben Yedder?

Wenger confirms Arsenal will sign a new defender 0

Posted on July 27, 2016 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has moved to confirm that he is looking to recruit an experienced centre-back after German stopper Per Mertesacker picked up a serious knee injury.

The experienced defender could miss the entire first part of the season after injuring his knee ligament in the pre-season friendly with Lens, meaning the Professor may be forced to sign him a replacement.

While Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista are likely to form the defensive pairing, Wenger clearly needs extra cover for his starting centre-backs, with Calum Chamber the only viable option on the bench.

Does Arsenal need to sign another centre-back this summer? 0

Posted on July 26, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal have strengthened their defensive options this summer with the £2.5million signing of Rob Holding from Bolton. It was not exactly the big name signing that the Gunners fans were craving, but the youngster may be one for the future.

However, the club from north London has now been landed with a defensive blow. Veteran German centre-back Per Mertesacker may be ruled out of action for up to five months with a knee injury. That could mean Arsene Wenger stepping into the transfer market.

Youngsters as cover

Youngster Holding and Calum Chambers are likely to be the cover for their first choice centre-back pairing Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista.

Mertesacker could be out for five months with knee injury 0

Posted on July 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to Sky Sports, Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker could be out of action for the rest of the year with a knee injury. The former German international was omitted from Arsenal’s US tour but further reports are suggesting he could miss five months of the new season. Arsenal are expected to make an official statement in the next 48 hours.

Mertesacker was set to play a key role in the heart of the defence for the Gunners with long-term partner Laurent Koscielny likely to miss the opening game of the new Premier League season, but now manager Arsene Wenger will have to consider his options at the back ahead of the new campaign in little over two weeks.

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