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Arsenal lining up bid for Villarreal defender 0

Posted on May 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

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.

Arsenal-target N’Kolo Kante rejects Leicester contract extension 0

Posted on May 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

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.

Does Jack Wilshere deserve a Euro 2016 spot? 0

Posted on May 25, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal central midfielder Jack Wilshere is in England’s 26 man provisional squad for Euro 2016. The 24-year-old has been talked about as the future of the Three Lions midfield for a long time, but he has struggled to stay fit throughout his career.

Only made three appearances this season

As we all know Jack Wilshere has had an injury-plagued career so far for Arsenal. It seems he has spent more time on the sidelines than the pitch. His inability to stay injury-free has been displayed perfectly this season by the fact that Wilshere has made just three Premier League appearances and only one of those was a start.

Is Alvaro Morata the striking solution for Arsenal? 0

Posted on May 24, 2016 by David Nugent

According to the Metro and reports from Spain, Arsenal are the favourites to sign Juventus striker Alvaro Morata this summer. The former-Real Madrid star is believed to be in-demand, with the likes of Chelsea and even former-club Real interested in re-signing him.

Not really a prolific striker

The strange thing is for a striker who is so in-demand Morata is not very prolific in front of goal and never has been really. A tally of eight goals in 34 appearances is definitely nothing to get excited about and certainly would not suggest he can do anything that the current Gunners strikers cannot.

Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 6/4 to join Manchester City this summer 0

Posted on May 23, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

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.

Was a marquee signing made to keep Ozil and Sanchez at the Emirates? 1

Posted on May 23, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal are close to completing a deal to sign Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka for £30M this summer in a bold move from manager Arsene Wenger to boost their Premier League title push for next season. But while supporters are delighted at such an outlay being spent to strengthen a known weakness in the side, have Arsenal made the move convince Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez to stay?

Southampton’s Ronald Koeman 5/1 to be Arsenal’s next permanent manager 0

Posted on May 23, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expected to leave the Emirates at the end of next season, talk on his successor has begun. A lot of names ranging from Germany manager Joachim Lowe and Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini have been mentioned, but one name has a genuine chance of succeeding the French coach and that is Southampton manager Ronald Koeman.

The Dutchman has enjoyed a fantastic season with the Saints, finishing sixth in the Premier League with 63 points. Koeman improved upon a strong 2014/15 campaign even after losing a key player from his midfield, and his CV pre-Southampton speaks for itself. Koeman has managed over 600 games, winning titles at Ajax and PSV. He won the Copa Del Rey with Valencia, and is reportedly being headhunted by Barcelona.

Would Mehdi Benatia be a good signing for Arsenal? 2

Posted on May 23, 2016 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Star and French journalist Manu Lonjon, Arsenal are interested in Bayern Munich centre-back Mehdi Benatia. In fact other reports in France claim that the Gunners are already in negotiations to sign the Morocco international this summer.

Troubled two years in Germany

The centre-back has endured a difficult two year spell in Bavaria following his move from Roma in 2014. The defender cost a fee of around £21million, but has been restricted to just 29 Bundesliga appearances for the German giants because of injury.

Would Alexandre Lacazette be a good signing for Arsenal? 0

Posted on May 22, 2016 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mail, Lyon have turned down a £31million offer from West Ham for highly-rated striker Alexandre Lacazette. The 24-year-old was linked with a move to the Gunners earlier in his career, but a move failed to materialise.

After yet another prolific campaign for Lyon, maybe the Gunners should renew their interest in the 24-year-old striker.

Prolific once again for Lyon

The striker has been in the goals again this season, scoring 23 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions. His scoring exploits may have been as good as last season when he scored 31 goals in all competitions, but the striker has shown consistently over the past few seasons he knows where the net is and does not need a SAT NAV to find it.

What can Arsenal expect from Granit Xhaka next season? 0

Posted on May 20, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal are set to sign Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka for around £30M this summer. The talented deep-lying playmaker has been on the Gunners’ radar for some time and will greatly strengthen their midfield. Xhaka is only 23, and has already surpassed 200 career appearances at club level, while being called “a young Bastian Schweinsteiger” by manager Ottmar Hitzfeld. But what can Arsenal expect from the Swiss star?

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