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Unlikely Laurent Koscielny will leave Arsenal for Bayern Munich this summer 0

Posted on July 01, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

The Standard has reported Bayern Munich are considering a bid for Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny if Mehdi Benatia leaves the Germany club, but given the centre-back’s advancing age as well as Arsenal’s desire to keep the Frenchman, a deal is highly unlikely.

Koscielny is Arsenal’s best central defender and is guaranteed first-team football at the Emirates Stadium as a result. Bayern Munich have Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels potentially as their partnership in the backline for next season, so Koscielny is unlikely to settle for bench duty.

Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back on the recovery trail 0

Posted on July 01, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to return to the first-team for pre-season training on Monday, according to the Standard. The English international had been out of action with a knee injury that forced him to miss this summer’s European Championships with the national team, but he’ll be pushing to catch up with the rest of the squad ahead of the new season.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, 22, racked up just over 900 minutes of Premier League football with Arsenal in 2015/16, once again struggling with inconsistent form and injuries. He’s yet to force his way into the Gunners side on a regular basis as a result, and still hasn’t really showed supporters or manager Arsene Wenger where his best position is.

Chelsea favourites to sign reported Arsenal target Kante 0

Posted on July 01, 2016 by David Nugent

According the Telegraph, Chelsea have emerged as favourites to sign Leicester and France central midfielder N’Golo Kante this summer, despite reported interest from Arsenal in the star.

Kante was outstanding for Leicester last season, helping the Foxes win the Premier League title and in turn gathering a reputation as one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe.

Kante prefers a move to Chelsea

His performances for Leicester and France have made him one of the most in-demand players in Europe this summer. The likes of Juventus, PSG, Manchester United and of course Arsenal have all been linked with the midfielder.

Arsenal close to signing a Japanese international 0

Posted on July 01, 2016 by Milos Markovic

Japan international striker Takuma Asano is closing in on a move to Arsenal, according to Daily Mail.

The 21-year-old forward who has won four international caps for his country has confirmed approach from London-based club, adding that interest from Premier League giants took him by surprise.

“I was a little stunned. But I feel like I have the confidence to succeed wherever I go”, Asano was quoted.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima forward is highly-rated in his country and is regarded by Arsene Wenger as the future star as Arsenal boss continues his search for boosts in striking department.

Lack of Rodriguez progression an indication of Arsenal’s non-interest? 1

Posted on June 30, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Wolfsburg defender Ricardo Rodriguez appears no closer to confirming a summer transfer to Arsenal despite being free to discuss terms with the Londoners after Switzerland’s exit from the European Championships, and the lack of progress being made might well answer the questions if Arsenal were going to procure his signature.

It appeared the Londoners were set to sign competition for the ageing Nacho Monreal and underused Kieran Gibbs, but the Rodriguez deal hasn’t seemingly progressed according to various media outlets. It’s somewhat of a worry as Arsenal had to trigger his release clause by July 1. His deal looked done and dusted a number of weeks ago, but there’s been little to no progress since.

Arsenal giving up on Leicester’s Ben Chilwell 0

Posted on June 30, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal looked to have cast their net elsewhere after admitting defeat in their bid to sign Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell this summer. The promising defender has been courted by another of clubs in the last year, but the Foes have no desire to sell the player, nor are they financially hamstrung to have to accept bids coming in. As a result, it looks like the Gunners will have to move on.

Arsenal turn down approaches for Alexis Sanchez 0

Posted on June 30, 2016 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal have turned down approaches for star player Alexis Sanchez from several clubs, as the Gunners are determined to hang to the Chile international this summer.

Sanchez was being linked with a return to Italian football with champions Juventus, having previously played for Udinese in Serie A. However it seems that Sanchez is staying in north London for the foreseeable future.

More time to recover for next season

For a third consecutive year Alexis Sanchez has taken part at an international tournament with Chile. The 27-year-old won the Copa America this summer following their triumph in the same competition last summer.

Wenger ready to consider England job 0

Posted on June 30, 2016 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is reportedly interested in becoming the next England manager, ESPN FC has moved to suggest.

The English FA are on the lookout for a new head coach as Roy Hodgson resigned immediately after the embarrassing defeat in the Euro 2016 Last 16 stage, and they are believed to have made the Frenchman their number one target.

And with Wenger’s contract at Arsenal due to expire at the end of next season, the FA plan to appoint an interim manager before handing over the reigns to the Professor in a year’s time.

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.

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