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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.

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.

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.

Lyon reveal Arsenal’s rejected bid for Lacazette 0

Posted on July 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to ESPN, French Ligue 1 side Olympique Lyonnais have released a statement detailed the truth into Arsenal’s approach for striker Alexandre Lacazette this summer. It was reported in Le Progres that Arsenal made a €48M bid for the French international, but Lyon’s statement refutes such claims and revealed it was €35M.

“The reality is that the club Arsenal made an offer worth €35m, which Lyon did not follow up on for one reason: OL will keep Alexandre Lacazette who is irreplaceable and who is one of the main leaders in Bruno Genesio’s squad,” said the statement. Lyon also criticised Le Progres for misreporting their transfer activity, suggesting fabricated news could have a damaging effect on the validity of their annual account.

Girondins de Bordeaux in bid for Arsenal’s Mathieu Debuchy 0

Posted on July 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to Sky Sports, French Ligue 1 side Girondins de Bordeaux are keen to sign Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy this summer. The Gunners right-back joined Bordeaux on loan in February last season, making nine appearances, and has been told he has no future with Arsenal ahead of the new campaign.

As a result, the 30-year-old is expected to depart the Emirates Stadium and end a forgettable spell at Arsenal with a return to the French top-flight. Debuchy spent 10 years with Ligue 1 outfit Lille before moving to Newcastle United. He joined Arsenal as replacement for Bacary Sagna, but struggled with poor form and injuries in his two seasons at the club.

Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker omitted from US tour after picking up a knee injury 1

Posted on July 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker won’t join up with the club’s US tour after picking up a knee injury, according to ESPN. And with Laurent Koscielny currently on a late summer holiday, the Gunners are left with Rob Holding, Gabriel Paulista and Calum Chambers as options at the heart of the defence.

It’s a big blow for manager Arsene Wenger who will have been especially keen for Mertesacker to be up to speed ahead of the new season due to Koscielny’s absence. The German international was expected to partner Gabriel Paulista in their opening Premier League game, but it’s unknown how long his knee injury will now keep him out of action for.

Joel Campbell could be staying at the Emirates Stadium 0

Posted on July 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Joel Campbell has been linked to a move away from the Emirates Stadium this summer, but it appears that manager Arsene Wenger is happy to retain his services for the upcoming season. The 24-year-old provided symmetry to the Arsenal attack in 2015/16, but lost his place to Jack Wilshere and Alex Iwobi which has since poured doubt on his future with the Gunners.

Campbell scored and created a goal every 177 minutes in the Premier League last season, and fit the system well given his penchant to cut inside on his stronger left-foot from the right flank. Campbell’s movement freed up space for right-back Hector Bellerin to attack and provide the width, but the Costa Rican international made just 11 starts in the end.

Arsenal to overlook a return for former striker Emmanuel Adebayor this summer 0

Posted on July 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Togolese international striker Emmanuel Adebayor is currently a free agent after his Crystal Palace exit this summer, but isn’t a transfer target for former side Arsenal. The 32-year-old played for FC Metz, AS Monaco, Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur prior to his Palace switch, but didn’t do enough to earn a permanent move to Selhurst Park.

With a lack of competitive football in the last 12 months, coupled with the acrimonious nature of his sale from Arsenal to Manchester City, the Gunners aren’t considering him to bolster their frontline. It doesn’t stop Arsenal needing a striker, however, with Danny Welbeck out until March and Olivier Giroud potentially missing the side’s opening day of the new Premier League season.

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