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Roma president flying to London to complete Szczesny deal 0

Posted on June 29, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Corriere dello Sport, AS Roma president Walter Sabatini will fly to London to complete a deal for the club to sign Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny on a one-year deal. The Polish international spent last season at the Stadio Olimpico, and is keen to stay for at least one more campaign.

“I learnt more in four months under (AS Roma manager Luciano) Spalletti than in 10 years in England,” said Szczesny, who may consider a permanent move to the Italian Serie A given how well hit fit in with Roma in 2015/16. Arsenal are still keen to keep the goalkeeper, but don’t have a place for him in the side.

Wenger opens door for Lacazette transfer 0

Posted on June 29, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger stirred up transfer controversy after failing to rule out the possibility of signing Olympique Lyonnais striker Alexandre Lacazette this summer. “I can neither confirm or deny interest. If I say that I like the player it starts speculation,” said the Gunners boss.

Lacazette has been keen for a switch from the Stade des Lumières after his failure to make the France national team in this summer’s European Championships. Despite scoring 21 goals in 34 games, France manager Didier Deschamps overlooked him in the 23-man squad.

Arsenal linked with Lille’s Sofiane Boufal 0

Posted on June 29, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Guardians’ Ed Aarons, Arsenal will compete with Chelsea and Southampton for the signature of Lille attacking-midfielder Sofiane Boufal this summer, after the 22-year-old enjoyed a prolific season in the French Ligue 1.

Boufal, a Paris-born Moroccan international, scored 11 league goals in 29 games for his new club, and is expected to be moved on this summer given the lucrative bids being thrown around.

Having only signed from Angers in 2015 for little over £2M, Boufal’s value is likely to be tenfold amid all the interest with Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona entering their hat in the ring.

Former Arsenal target Grzegorz Krychowiak to line up for Poland against Portugal on Thursday 0

Posted on June 29, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Poland midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak is expected to start against Portugal in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals at the Stade Vélodrome on Thursday night, and will be looking to show Arsenal what they’re missing out following the news he’s set to sign for Paris Saint-Germain.

The Gunners were put off matching the Sevilla man’s €30M asking price in the summer, instead signing Borussia Monchengladbach’s Granit Xhaka, and the talented 26-year-old looks set for a switch to the Parc Des Princes. Krychowiak would provide the steel in the PSG midfield, something the French side have been lacking without the right personnel.

Arsenal linked with Japanese striker 0

Posted on June 29, 2016 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Japanese media outlet Sanyo News is reporting that Premier League giants Arsenal have made an official proposal for Sanfrecce Hiroshima striker Takuma Asano.

It is no secret that the Gunners are desperate to recruit a high-quality centre forward, with Leicester City star Jamie Vardy recently rejecting an opportunity to move to the Emirates.

Arsenal have recently been linked with Lyon hotshot Alexandre Lacazette, but Sanyo News now claim they are hot on the trail of Sanfrecce Hiroshima starlet Takuma Asano as well.

England could wait a year to land Arsene Wenger 0

Posted on June 29, 2016 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Express, the English FA could leave it a year to appoint a new England boss with a view to appointing Gunners boss Arsene Wenger next summer as the Three Lions permanent boss.

A three man committee of Martin Glenn, Dan Ashworth and David Gill are likely to be the men who choose the next England boss.

They are expected to appoint a caretaker-manager in the wake of Roy Hodgson’s recent resignation following England’s disastrous Euro 2016 exit against Iceland in the last-16. The Three Lions face their qualifier against Slovakia in September.

Why are West Ham United & Crystal Palace more forthright than Arsenal in their bid for a centre-forward this summer? 0

Posted on June 28, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s failed bid to sign Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has seen their search for a centre-forward halted this summer, while their London rivals have been making lucrative bids for a number of talented targets. West Ham have continued their pursuit for Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette, while Crystal Palace are reported to be set to sign Marseilles’ Michy Batshuayi.

West Ham saw a £31M bid rejected for the Olympique Lyonnais striker earlier this summer, but are still very keen to sign the talented Frenchman. Palace have had a £31M bid accepted for Batshuayi, but Arsenal are still in limbo about their next transfer target. The Londoners signed strong midfielder Granit Xhaka but they are still lacking a top centre-forward.

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez named Copa America Centenario Player of the Tournament 0

Posted on June 28, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez was named Copa America Centenario Player of the Tournament after leading Chile to a successful defence of the trophy. The former Barcelona man has been outstanding this summer, scoring and creating five goals in six games for the champions.

Alexis Sanchez celebrates with the Copa America trophy (R) and the Player of the Tournament award

He made the Copa America Centenario Best XI along with seven other Chile players and three Argentinean faces. Arsenal will be delighted to see their key players looking in such fantastic form ahead of the new season, but they won’t be happy to see his recent excursions leading to an injury that might infringe on pre-season.

Will Jack Wilshere get into the Arsenal team next season? 0

Posted on June 28, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been part of England’s horrible Euro 2016 campaign with ended on Monday night as minnows Iceland inflicted a 2-1 defeat on the Three Lions in the round of 16.

In truth Wilshere did not play much of a part in the game, only coming on at half-time and his display was not exactly encouraging for England or Arsenal fans.

Should have been left at home

It would have been better for everybody involved if Roy Hodgson had decided to leave Wilshere out of the European Championship squad. He went to France despite the fact he had played just there times for Arsenal, with two of those appearances coming off the bench.

Arsenal keen on ‘new Neymar’ 0

Posted on June 28, 2016 by Milos Markovic

Having missed out on Jamie Vardy, Arsenal have turned their attention towards signing the Brazilian starlet Gabriel Barbosa, dubbed the new Neymar.

England forward Jamie Vardy has decided to stay with Leicester City despite intense interest from Arsene Wenger.

Vardy signed a new contract with the Foxes and French manager turned his focus towards different targets, one of which is the 19-year-old Santos star, according to ESPN Brazil.

Brazilian teenager is subject to several offers with Chinese outfit Hebei China reportedly willing to pay a lucrative fee to snatch the talent, but Barbosa is not too keen on moving to Asia but has instead turned towards joining the Premier League side.

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