“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in,” is an old Greek proverb that bears a striking similarity to the acts of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in the last 12 months. In the last two transfer windows, Wenger has signed central-midfielders Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka, both 23, months apart, while a veteran midfield trio have departed.
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Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin played 90 minutes for Spain as the European champions enjoyed a 3-1 win over Bosnia in a pre-Euro 2016 friendly. The young right-back impressed enough to give manager Vicente Del Bosque a real selection headache ahead of this summer’s competition too, with the Spanish head coach admitting Bellerin could come in for Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid) should the latter not be passed fit in time.
Arsenal recently announced the signing of Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka, and the Swiss international revealed in his first interview how he’s longed for a Premier League move to prove his worth in one of the biggest division in the world.
“I am very happy to be here. It’s a dream come true. I remember I was young and the first game I watched was in the Premier League. It was a big dream for me to be here. I like (Arsenal) so much. I like the way they play football,” he said.
According to various sources, Arsenal are fighting it out with AS Roma for Villarreal defender Mateo Musacchio this summer. The 25-year-old endured an injury-hit season at the Estadio El Madrigal but did come straight back into the side upon his return, and Villarreal are desperate to retain his services.
However, Arsenal mean business in the transfer market this season, acting quickly to sign Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka for £30M. Manager Arsene Wenger wants the Londoners to push for a Premier League title, and with Villarreal having ended up 27 points adrift, Musacchio might feel his title hopes are better off at the Emirates Stadium.
According to Le Parisien, Leicester City midfielder N’Kolo Kante could be on his way out of the King Power Stadium this summer after rejecting a contract from the Midlands club. The French box-to-box player is alleged to have a £25M release clause, and has turned down Leicester’s advances to offer him more money in exchange to have the clause removed.
Arsenal are one of many sides having been linked with the 25-year-old, with Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain reportedly showing an interest ahead of the 2016/17 season. Leicester were hoping the lure of Champions League football would convince Kante to stay at the club past the summer, but he’s set to represent France in the European Championships and could return with his stock higher than ever.
Arsenal have finalised a deal to sign Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka for a fee believed to be around £30M. The Swiss international will wear the #34 shirt, previously held by Francis Coquelin, who will take the vacant #8 jersey after Mikel Arteta’s departure.
Xhaka’s contract will officially start from July, and he’ll join up with the Arsenal squad after this summer’s European Championships. With Arsenal losing Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky, they felt it necessary to bring some substance in the middle of the park.
Arsene Wenger is expected to complete a £30 million deal for Granit Xhaka this week as the Swiss midfielder will become Frenchman’s first piece of business this summer.
However, Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder is set to become just first in line as Arsenal boss is prepared to initiate a £80 million splurge in his efforts to complete a string summer deals that are believed to lift Arsenal to another level.
It is understood that Arsenal are keen to add a top class striker and a defender to their ranks and that Arsene Wenger has already identified the desired targets.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has moved to reveal that he doesn’t like playing out wide, where Arsene Wenger has used him in the past in an attempt to accommodate each of his star midfielders.
The England starlet only recently made the long awaited return from injury, but he has been named in Roy Hodgson’s provisional England squad for the Euro 2016 finals.
Wilshere was given his first start as the Three Lions defeated Turkey in one of the final warm-up games and he was delighted to gain some more match fitness.
Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been linked with a move to Manchester City this summer, with City’s incoming manager Pep Guardiola having to sign homegrown talent to meet the Premier League quotas. Oxlade-Chamberlain has endured a frustrating time at the Emirates due to injuries, and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger might be considering his future if the right offer comes in.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger recently paid tribute to departing midfielder Tomas Rosicky, calling the Czech playmaker ‘perfect for Arsenal’ after ten years’ service with the Gunners. Rosicky has struggled with injuries during his decade at the club which has cut his game time significantly, and Wenger admitted regret that he couldn’t get more games from the veteran.
“He had all the football qualities to play the game we love to play here, and I would say Tomas Rosicky was the perfect player for Arsenal. It will always be a frustration he didn’t play more games because first of all Tomas was an exceptional talent. I personally, like we all do here, love the player. The standing ovation he gets every time he walks out there tells you a lot,” said the Arsenal boss.