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Arsenal need a long-term replacement for Nacho Monreal 0

Posted on February 27, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal recently turned 31 this month and is fighting for his place in the side after being dropped in the Premier League for Kieran Gibbs in recent weeks. The Spanish left-back has made 23 appearances this season but hasn’t been at his best in 2017 which will be a worry given the Gunners don’t have a better alternative in his stead.

The lack of game time for Gibbs has affected form as his re-introduction to the Arsenal first-team has seen him looking considerably short of quality and sharpness. The English international was tipped to eventually replace Monreal, but he will be 30 by the time the Spaniard’s contract is up at Arsenal (2019), and his performances are likely to see him on the periphery.

Could Ox, Welbeck or Perez replace Iwobi for Liverpool clash? 0

Posted on February 27, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi has enjoyed a breakthrough season, leapfrogging the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott in the pecking order, but his recent form has wavered which could see him making way ahead of Saturday’s trip to face Liverpool. The 20-year-old greatly underperformed against Sutton United in last Monday’s FA Cup clash, and finds his place at risk due to a lack of output in 2017 – ten games, one goal and two assists.

Arsenal linked with summer move for Inter star 0

Posted on February 27, 2017 by David Nugent

According to Italian publication Calciomercato, Arsenal are set to make a move for Inter and Croatia attacking midfielder Ivan Perisic in the summer.

The Croatian international has frequently been linked with moves to the Premier League in the past with the likes of Chelsea and Everton mooted as possible destinations for the former Wolfsburg star.

The Italian media claim that Inter rated Perisic in the region of £29.5million. The star only cost the Nerazzurri £16million when he arrived in 2015.

Impressive for club and country

Arsenal linked with move for PSG star 3

Posted on February 26, 2017 by David Nugent

According to the Metro, Arsenal are on the trail of highly-rated full-back Layvin Kurzawa and could be set to make a move for the star in the summer.

The Gunners rate the left-back at around £17million and Italian media outlet Sport Mediaset claim the side from north London will make a move to sign Kurzawa whether Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger stays at the club or not.

Highly-rated left-back

Kurzawa is highly rated and is reported to be a summer target identified by Wenger as a summer signing. Spanish international Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs have competed for the left-back position in the last few seasons.

Arsenal standing firm over contract demands from Ozil and Sanchez 0

Posted on February 26, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick has suggested the club won’t budge on their stance with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez with the two players having stalled on signing new deals to alleged disagreements over personal terms despite the finances being greater than ever – Arsenal boasting £100M in cash reserves.

Ozil, who is on £140K-a-week, is said to be looking for £250K-a-week in order to sign a new deal with the Gunners. Alexis Sanchez is also reportedly standing firm on a quarter of a million pounds per week. However, Keswick suggested the club won’t bow to demands if they deem them too lucrative, saying Arsenal will be “rational” in regard to how much they offer their top players to stay at the Emirates.

Will Arsenal scout Liverpool against Leicester City ahead of next Saturday’s Premier League meeting? 0

Posted on February 25, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Premier League defending champions Leicester City host Liverpool at the King Power Stadium on Monday night, five days before Arsenal travel to Anfield to face Liverpool. With no competitive game until March 4, it would be a good opportunity for the Gunners to scout their next opponents given they have a full week of training to prepare for the fixture.

Arsenal have won just one of their last six head-to-heads with Liverpool in the Premier League, losing two and drawing three, while keeping just one clean sheet. The Gunners have conceded 15 goals in the six meetings, and haven’t beaten the Reds since 2015. As a result, it would perhaps be worth their time to scout Liverpool for their weaknesses to make sure they don’t fall short again.

Could Per Mertesacker come in for the injured Laurent Koscielny? 0

Posted on February 24, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Laurent Koscielny could be out of action for Arsenal’s next game against Liverpool as he continues to battles with hamstring injury, but could it be Per Mertesacker who replaces him? Gabriel Paulista is expected to partner Shkodran Mustafi at the back if Koscielny isn’t back in time, but Mertesacker has been training for some time and could be an option.

Gabriel’s athleticism is his greatest strength and may be key to keeping tabs on an energetic Liverpool frontline. But Mertesacker is a measured player who doesn’t give away fouls, nor does he dive in and compromise his position on the pitch. Gabriel has the pace to chase players bearing towards goal, but he’s also suspect due to his rashness in the tackle.

Aaron Ramsey could be back for Arsenal’s next Premier League game 0

Posted on February 24, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is nearing recovery from a calf strain suffered at the end of last month. Manager Arsene Wenger said it would be three weeks until the Welsh international returned from the knock, and Ramsey should have enough time before Arsenal’s next game to make his return.

The Gunners face Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday, March 4, and Arsenal are 11/4 to win against the Merseysiders. Ramsey is unlikely to start given his lack of match fitness and the stiff competition in the midfield, but having him as another creative and industrious option in the side gives Arsenal another dimension if things aren’t working on the pitch.

Alexis Sanchez urged to join Inter by teammate 0

Posted on February 24, 2017 by David Nugent

Alexis Sanchez has been urged to join Italian club Inter by Chile international teammate Gary Medel. The Arsenal forward’s future has been the subject of intense speculation in recent months, as he will have just a year left on his current contract in the summer.

Talks between Sanchez’s representatives and Arsenal seem to have stalled, which has led to speculation that the forward will leave the club in the summer.

Urged to joined Inter

Inter have been bought out by Chinese owners, who have ambitious plans for the Nerazzurri. Talking about Sanchez Medel told the Corriere dello Sport: ‘Alexis is a player we all know, he’s one of those strikers who all the top clubs are looking for,’

Gunners set sights on FC Porto talent 0

Posted on February 24, 2017 by Milos Markovic

It is another day and another new name on the increasing list of possible Arsenal transfer targets.

In the reports brought and spread out by ESPN, the North London club have set their sights on FC Porto striker Andre Silva.

The Gunners have sent scouts to watch the 21-year-old Portugal international in action against the Serie A champions Juventus in the first leg of the Champions League Last-16 tie as a possible summer move is being mooted for one of Europe’s highly-rated prospects.

Arsenal are thought to be looking to expand their forward options next season and the young Portugal talent is seen as the ideal long-term addition to the squad.

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