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Will Gabriel Paulista be back-up at Arsenal? 0

Posted on January 22, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the club are in negotiations with Villarreal over centre-back Gabriel Paulista. There had been speculation over the last few days that the Gunners were interested in the Brazilian.

With the news that they are now close to agreement, a question I have been mauling over is will Paulista come in as back-up, or as first choice?

First choice

Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker have been the undisputed first choice at the heart of the Arsenal defence for the past few seasons. For much of that time the pair have been solid enough, but when Koscielny has experienced injury problems the Gunners have struggled to stay solid.

Gunners linked with Leeds youngster and Tiote 0

Posted on January 21, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal have been linked with moves for a number of players in the January transfer window. Two of the latest are Leeds youngster Sam Byram and Newcastle serial card collector Cheick Tiote, with speculation continuing that the Gunners are negotiating a deal for Villarreal centre-back Gabriel Paulista.


According to the Daily Express, Arsenal are tracking Leeds highly-rated defender Sam Byram. The 21-year-old has been impressive this season in a Leeds team that has struggled badly for form.

The youngster is already an England under-21 international and is reportedly interesting a number of Premier League clubs. It is believed that high-flying Southampton had a bid of around £4.5million turned down for the youngster in the summer.

Arsenal eyeing Cheick Tiote 0

Posted on January 21, 2015 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal Football Club are considering a January bid for Newcastle star Cheick Tiote as they continue the search for a new holding midfielder, according to the latest reports.

The Gunners are believed to be in the market for a central defender and defensive midfielder, and they have been linked with quite a few high-profile footballers over the past few weeks.

The emergence of youngster Francis Coquelin and his impressive display in the 2-0 triumph over Manchester City are enough to suggest the Frenchman will be a very good option in the centre of the park for years to come.

Arsenal interested in Villarreal defender 0

Posted on January 20, 2015 by David Nugent

According to Sky Sports, Arsenal is interested in signing Villarreal’s 24-year-old centre-back Gabriel Paulista, who has a buy-out clause of £15million in his contract with the Yellow Submarine.


Talking about the speculation over his future Paulista told Sky Sports: “Whether I go to Arsenal or stay at Villarreal, I won’t lose my head. I’m very calm.

“My head is at Villarreal and I’m very focused. My agent is working on making sure I continue being calm.”


Would Winston Reid be a good signing for the Gunners? 0

Posted on January 16, 2015 by David Nugent

We all know what Arsenal need in the transfer window, including Mr Wenger. The veteran boss has admitted that he has scouts scouring Europe in search of a centre-back, yet there seems to be a decent one available for a cut-price deal at West Ham in the shape of Winston Reid.


It now seems inevitable that Winston Reid will leave the Irons either in January, or in the summer when he will be a free agent. The clubs being most heavily linked with Reid are the Gunners and arch-rivals Spurs.

Gunners expected to complete capture of young Pole 0

Posted on January 15, 2015 by David Nugent

According to Sky Sports, Arsenal are set to complete the signing of young Legia Warsaw midfielder Krystian Bielik in next few days. The fee for the youngster is likely to be around £2million, after Gunners representatives flew to Poland to negotiate a deal on Wednesday.


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a big fan of the youngster and it is believed that the Gunners had a bid of around £1.6million for the midfielder rejected earlier this month. It seems that an improved offer for the 17-year-old could be enough to sign the player.


Arsenal linked with Dortmund defensive midfielder 1

Posted on January 09, 2015 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal could target Dortmund defensive midfielder Ilkay Gundogan in January. The German international has just 18 months left on his contract with the struggling Bundesliga outfit and his club are believed to be willing to sell, unless he commits to a new deal.


Gundogan is a highly-rated defensive midfielder, despite only recently returning to action after 14 months out injured. Prior to his injury-layoff Gundogan was reportedly being tracked by the likes of Real Madrid and previously the Gunners.

Should Arsenal sign West Ham’s Winston Reid in January or the following summer? 0

Posted on January 09, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

A lot has been made about Arsenal’s need for another central defender due to the lack of depth in the team when injuries take their toll, and West Ham defender Winston Reid is a name that continues to be linked with the Gunners.

The 26-year-old has been outstanding for the Hammers in the last 18 months, but his contract with United expires in the summer. As a result, he can hold talks with other clubs now, and can sign a deal that means he will join on a free transfer at the end of his deal. But is he an Arsene Wenger type signing?

Arsenal linked to new central defender 0

Posted on January 08, 2015 by Nemanja Lazarevic

French daily newspaper L’Equipe has suggested that Villarreal centre-back Gabriel Paulista is the latest player on Arsene Wenger’s radar as the Professor aims to add another central defender to his ranks in January.

The Gunners were believed to have made Saint Etienne star Loic Perrin their number one target, with the player himself confirming contacts with the Premier League side.

However, usually reliable media outlet L’Equipe has learned that Arsenal have cooled off interest in Perrin and decided to pursue other targets as they were probably unable to reach an agreement with les Verts.

Cech linked with summer move to Arsenal 0

Posted on January 08, 2015 by David Nugent

According to the Telegraph, Chelsea keeper Petr Cech could emerge as a potential summer transfer target for Arsenal, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger believed to be a big fan of the Czech Republic international.


The 32-year-old had been linked with an exit during the January transfer window, but third choice Mark Schwarzer’s exit to Leicester has meant that the Blues still need Cech as back-up to highly-rated first choice Thibaut Courtois.

However, it seems likely that Cech will move on in the summer and the Telegraph claim that Cech will be allowed to choose his own destination. That would mean Blues boss Jose Mourinho not blocking a move to a rival Premier League club.

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