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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.

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.

Roma president flying to London to complete Szczesny deal 0

Posted on June 29, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Corriere dello Sport, AS Roma president Walter Sabatini will fly to London to complete a deal for the club to sign Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny on a one-year deal. The Polish international spent last season at the Stadio Olimpico, and is keen to stay for at least one more campaign.

“I learnt more in four months under (AS Roma manager Luciano) Spalletti than in 10 years in England,” said Szczesny, who may consider a permanent move to the Italian Serie A given how well hit fit in with Roma in 2015/16. Arsenal are still keen to keep the goalkeeper, but don’t have a place for him in the side.

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.

Former Arsenal target Grzegorz Krychowiak to line up for Poland against Portugal on Thursday 0

Posted on June 29, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Poland midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak is expected to start against Portugal in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals at the Stade Vélodrome on Thursday night, and will be looking to show Arsenal what they’re missing out following the news he’s set to sign for Paris Saint-Germain.

The Gunners were put off matching the Sevilla man’s €30M asking price in the summer, instead signing Borussia Monchengladbach’s Granit Xhaka, and the talented 26-year-old looks set for a switch to the Parc Des Princes. Krychowiak would provide the steel in the PSG midfield, something the French side have been lacking without the right personnel.

Arsenal linked with Japanese striker 0

Posted on June 29, 2016 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Japanese media outlet Sanyo News is reporting that Premier League giants Arsenal have made an official proposal for Sanfrecce Hiroshima striker Takuma Asano.

It is no secret that the Gunners are desperate to recruit a high-quality centre forward, with Leicester City star Jamie Vardy recently rejecting an opportunity to move to the Emirates.

Arsenal have recently been linked with Lyon hotshot Alexandre Lacazette, but Sanyo News now claim they are hot on the trail of Sanfrecce Hiroshima starlet Takuma Asano as well.

Why are West Ham United & Crystal Palace more forthright than Arsenal in their bid for a centre-forward this summer? 0

Posted on June 28, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s failed bid to sign Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has seen their search for a centre-forward halted this summer, while their London rivals have been making lucrative bids for a number of talented targets. West Ham have continued their pursuit for Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette, while Crystal Palace are reported to be set to sign Marseilles’ Michy Batshuayi.

West Ham saw a £31M bid rejected for the Olympique Lyonnais striker earlier this summer, but are still very keen to sign the talented Frenchman. Palace have had a £31M bid accepted for Batshuayi, but Arsenal are still in limbo about their next transfer target. The Londoners signed strong midfielder Granit Xhaka but they are still lacking a top centre-forward.

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