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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.

Arsenal keen on Mahrez, Sissoko 0

Posted on July 21, 2016 by Nemanja Lazarevic

While fans are pleading with Arsene Wenger to finally bring a high-quality centre forward to the Emirates, the Gunners are being linked with some of Premier League’s leading attacking midfielders.

The latest reports suggest that the Emirates outfit are considering moves for both Riyad Mahrez and Moussa Sissoko, the two footballers that are being heavily linked with summer exits.

After seeing N’Golo Kante move to Premier League rivals Chelsea, the Algerian winger appears to have decided to move on as well, despite the fact that Leicester City are desperate to keep hold of his services.

Coquelin to fight new-boy Xhaka for a starting place in the Arsenal side 0

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin was under no illusions of the task he faces to earn a starting place in the side next season following the signing of Granit Xhaka. Coquelin played second fiddle to the likes of January-arrival Mohamed Elneny and Aaron Ramsey at the heart of the midfield for the second-half of the campaign, but will have a chance to impress next season.

However, with £30M-man Xhaka to compete with for game time, Coquelin admits he has a task on his hands to stake a claim. The Frenchman’s skill-set revolves around his combative tributes, stealing the ball and turning over possession, but Xhaka is believed to be more of a ball-player in addition to being strong in the tackle.

Time running out for Arsenal to sign and integrate a new striker into the side 1

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s search for a new striker has been whittled down to two options this summer – Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi and Olympique Lyonnais’ Alexandra Lacazette. But with just weeks remaining before the new Premier League season starts, the Gunners still aren’t much closer to confirming a centre-forward.

With Olivier Giroud given an extended break due to his excursions in the 2016 European Championships, and Danny Welbeck out until March with a knee injury, Arsenal are thin on options in attack. Ahead of their opening Premier League clash against Liverpool, manager Arsene Wenger might be forced to plump for a makeshift centre-forward in the squad if they can’t sign somebody.

Arsenal renew interest in Alexander Lacazette 1

Posted on July 20, 2016 by David Nugent

According to Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli, Arsenal has made further contact with Lyon regarding striker Alexander Lacazette. A fee of around £42million has been mooted for the French international striker.

The journalist also claims that Arsenal has not made contact with Inter over the availability of Argentinian forward Marco Icardi, despite reports to the contrary elsewhere.

Lacazette rumour is years old

Whether there is any truth in this story remains to be seen. The Gunners have been linked with the prolific striker for the last few years. There are two reasons the link persists. One reason is that he is French and the other is that he seems to know where the back of the net is.

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