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Olympique Lyonnais manager Bruno Genesio won’t sell Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal 0

Posted on July 24, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Express, Arsenal have been dealt the most telling blow to their fledgling hopes of signing Olympique Lyonnais striker Alexandre Lacazette this summer, with manager Bruno Genesio insisting that the French Ligue 1 club won’t sell their star man, nor is Lacazette desperate to leave the Stade des Lumières.

“I do not think he is at all affected by this period and the noises around him. In any case, he will stay at Lyon,” said the Lyon boss. Genesio added how the rumours may have played a part in dwindling performances in training in the past week, but was left delighted by the response of the French international and is certain that he’s pulling for the team.

Mertesacker doubtful on Arsenal’s title bid in 2016/17 0

Posted on July 24, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker was very pessimistic when speaking about the side’s title hopes in the coming season, suggesting the competition improving in the transfer market only lessens Arsenal’s hopes. The former German international also said the Londoners were incredibly fortunate to finish runners-up last season.

Arsenal snatched second place in the Premier League on the final game of the campaign thanks to a collapse from rivals Tottenham. “The way last season went, we were quite lucky to finish second. We turned things around at the end but it was kind of a miracle we finished runners-up,” said Mertesacker.

Arsenal not in the race to sign Fenerbahce’s Robin van Persie 0

Posted on July 24, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Fenerbahce striker Robin van Persie is reportedly keen to leave the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium this summer with the likes of Stoke City and Middlesbrough the frontrunners for his signature. Van Persie is 33/1 to join Arsenal ahead of the new season, but it appears the Gunners aren’t looking to renew acquaintances with their former star.

The Dutch international spent eight years at Arsenal between 2004-2012, scoring 132 goals in 277 games. However, his time with the Gunners was rife with injury and saw the 32-year-old playing in just 63% of Arsenal’s Premier League games. Despite his fitness woes, manager Arsene Wenger stuck by the striker and turned him into one of Europe’s finest centre-forward.

Should Arsenal make an approach for Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge this summer? 0

Posted on July 24, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s search for a striker has seen them snubbed by their four top targets this summer, but there’s still time to sign a quality centre-forward to bolster their frontline. Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge has been linked in the past, but Arsenal have a good chance of convincing the prolific forward to return to London as a result of his dwindling relationship with manager Jurgen Klopp.

Mahrez signing could be the key to Arsenal title bid 0

Posted on July 24, 2016 by David Nugent

Yesterday the British tabloids were awash with the story of Arsenal being close to signing Leicester playmaker Riyad Mahrez for a deal worth £41.8million. The story apparently emanated from the French press, but it could yet be another false story about the Gunners.

However, the thought of last season’s Player of the Year plying his trade alongside the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil is a highly entertaining one.

Leicester very reluctant to sell

Understandably Leicester are rather reluctant to part with their star player, especially after they lost French defensive midfielder N’Golo Kante to Chelsea earlier in the summer.

Szczesny in talks over a permanent move to AS Roma 0

Posted on July 22, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is reportedly in talks with Italian Serie A side AS Roma over a potential return to the Stadio Olimpico. However, the Polish international is keen on a permanent move rather than a loan deal such as last season which could see Szczesny ending a 10-year stay in England.

The 26-year-old became first-choice between the sticks for Roma last season, and stands more chance of regular game time in Italy than back at Arsenal. The Gunners have Petr Cech in goal, while David Ospina in the current number two. Szczesny lost his place in the Arsenal side in 2014/15, and was loaned out so he could get regular game time rather than being on the bench for the season.

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal “will spend big money on the right candidates” 0

Posted on July 22, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said the club will spend big money if they find the right player in the summer transfer window, amid talk that the Gunners’ main business was done ahead of the new season. Arsenal have recently signed Bolton defender Rob Holding and Japanese youngster Takuma Asano who are both for the future, but supporters feel Arsenal still need a forward.

“We are very active, and if we find the right candidates we will spend big money. We have already spent big. It’s not over. Today we are in July, and the transfer market finishes on the 31st of August. We know as well that a lot happens many times in the last week. It’s a long time to go, but we are active. We are working,” said Wenger.

Arsenal reportedly make bid for Torino full-back 0

Posted on July 22, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal have made a bid for Torino full-back Bruno Peres, according to Italian football transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio.

The 26-year-old has been linked with a number of big European clubs in recent transfer windows, including Manchester City. However, the bid that has been lodged is believed to be short of the £17million valuation of the right-back.

Does Arsenal need another right-back?

Right-back is one of the last positions that Arsenal need to strengthen. First choice Hector Bellerin is regarded as one of the best young right-backs in Europe. He is unlikely to be displaced anytime soon from the starting line-up.

No Arsenal move for Barcelona’s Arda Turan 1

Posted on July 21, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to Goal, Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan will remain at the Nou Camp, as per his agent Ahmed Bulut: “No, I haven’t heard anything from Arsenal. Arda will be staying at Barcelona.” The former Atletico Madrid man ensured a difficult debut season with the Catalans and found himself largely on the periphery.

The 29-year-old made 18 league appearances for Barcelona last season, but racked up just 816 minutes (45 minutes per game). Turan was either brought off early in the second-half of games he started, or introduced late in the second-half from the bench. Nevertheless, he doesn’t appear keen for an exit this summer.

Olivier Giroud won’t be sold by Arsenal this summer 0

Posted on July 21, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been linked with a move away from the Emirates this summer with Napoli centre-forward Gonzalo Higuaín said to be in the frame to replace him. However, the French international’s agent Michael Manuello poured cold water on the rumours and insists Giroud will remain in London. Giroud’s representative believes any player brought in will be to cover for Welbeck’s long-term injury, rather than to dethrone Giroud.

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