Arsenal have been typically linked with Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema all through the summer transfer window, and the rumours have been instantly dismissed as fabrication with no movement ever being made between the two parties. However, there are a few legitimate factors that could see the French international keen to make the move ahead of the new season, so the links between the Premier League side and Real striker have more foundation than in past seasons.
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Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has completed a deal to join Italian Serie A side AS Roma on a season-long loan this summer, with manager Arsene Wenger retaining David Ospina to compete with new-boy Petr Cech for a starting place between the sticks in the coming season.
Szczesny, 26, started the season as the Gunners’ No.1 in goal, but lost his place to the Colombian as a result of his poor form. The Polish international was guilty of errors leading to goals, and Wenger eventually brought in Ospina to see the season out, utilising Szczesny in the domestic cups instead.
According to the Daily Star and L’Equipe, Arsenal have beaten a number of teams to the signature of highly-rated young French midfielder Ismael Bennacer. It is believed that the Arles-Avignon ace is set to put pen to paper on a five-year deal at Arsenal.
The 17-year-old made six appearances for his current club as they were relegated to the third tier of the French game. However he is regarded as a bright youngster and it seems that the Gunners have beaten Premier League rivals Manchester City to the midfielders signing.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is close to completing a deal to sign for Italian Serie A side AS Roma this summer on a season-long loan. The Polish international lost his place between the sticks to new-boy David Ospina last season, and has fallen further down the pecking order following the arrival of Petr Cech.
“He could go on loan to Roma. We are pretty much done, it’s down to paperwork. As long as that’s not over the line, anything can happen. I believe Roma is a big club and they play in the Champions League, play in a very different championship as well and that is a big experience for him at 25 years of age,” said the Gunners boss.
The Telegraph is reporting that Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has emerged as a summer target for Italian giants AS Roma, who are in the market for a new shot-stopper.
The Giallorossi are looking to sign a long-term successor to veteran Morgan De Sanctis and have been linked with quite a few high-profile keepers in the past couple of months.
According to The Telegraph, AS Roma are now exploring the possibility of luring Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczesny on a season-long loan.
And it appears there is truth in those reports with the Pole having followed the Italian giants on Instagram. It is also important to note that he shares the same agent as Roma full-back Ashley Cole.
It’s clear Arsenal want to retain goalkeepers Petr Cech, Wojciech Szczesny and Emiliano Martínez as their first, second and third choice respectively for the new season. This means Colombian shot-stopper David Ospina will be shown the exit door, and reports have suggested the ex-OGC Nice man is up for sale just a year after signing. However, there hasn’t been any concrete interest in his services yet, so where will he go this summer?
Turkish news outlet Medya Haber has suggested that Galatasaray are closing in on the signing of French midfielder Mathieu Flamini from Arsenal.
The Turkish giants have already done some business with the Gunners this summer, having recruited Lukas Podolski few weeks back and they are now also hot on the trail of the French footballer.
According to Medya Haber, the two clubs have reached an agreement over the transfer fee, which should see the deal wrapped up in the next couple of days.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has hinted that he would like another striker signed this summer to boost the club’s chances of success next season. His comments come days after manager Arsene Wenger denied having made an approach for Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema – a player the Gunners have long been linked with.
“If there is another striker it will be nice for all the team because competition is good for everyone. I am going to focus on my preparation. We are doing well together with a good cohesion. The most important thing for me is that the team is always improving,” he said.
Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo has joined Dutch giants Ajax on a season-long loan deal. The youngster has stated he hopes to emulate former-Ajax heroes Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Nwankwo Kanu during his spell in Amsterdam.
The 22-year-old is off on another temporary jaunt, after spending the second half of last season on-loan at the Gunners Premier League rivals Crystal Palace. The move was not exactly a resounding success, as he played ten times for the Eagles in the Premier League without scoring.
Spanish daily newspaper AS has claimed that Athletic Bilbao are closing in on the signing of Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal, one of their long-term targets.
It is no secret that los Leones are keen on the former Malaga defender, but the latest reports suggest that they have managed to reach an agreement with the Premier League side.
According to AS, Athletic had a €10 million proposal accepted by the Gunners, with Monreal in turn agreeing a three-year deal with the San Mames outfit.