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Arsenal rumoured to be in bid for Juventus’ Mario Mandzukic 0

Posted on July 28, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Standard, Arsenal are lining up a bid for Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic to solve their striker woes ahead of the 2016/17 season. The Gunners have lost Danny Welbeck to injury and could well be without Olivier Giroud for the opening game of the coming campaign which means manager Arsene Wenger needs another experienced attacker.

Mandzukic is said to be on their radar due to his playing style. Capable of spearheading the frontline, the 30-year-old is a towering striker who can bring others into the attack and provides the physicality and work rate to put opposition defenders under pressure. Mandzukic scored and created 14 goals in 24 Serie A starts, and won 65% of his aerial duels last season.

Lyon could consider selling Alexandre Lacazette for the right price this summer 0

Posted on July 28, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to talkSPORT, Olympique Lyonnais could now be considering selling striker Alexandre Lacazette this summer. The French Ligue 1 side were previously adamant on keeping the long-serving centre-forward, but are now said to be keen to cash in so they can fund a deal for Toulouse’s Wissam Ben Yedder while making a giant profit.

Lacazette, 25, enjoyed a fantastic season for Lyon, scoring 21 goals and making three assists in 34 games. The French international has been on the radar for a number of clubs in recent years, but Lyon have been desperate to retain his services. West Ham United and Arsenal have had rejected bids for the striker in the past, but may have some luck in the negotiation process this time round.

Arsenal targeting Mustafi as Mertesacker replacement 0

Posted on July 27, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to Italian football journalist Emanuele Giulianelli, Arsenal have contacted Valencia over the availability of defender Shkodran Mustafi as manager Arsene Wenger looks to find a replacement for injured centre-back Per Mertesacker.

Mustafi, a Germany international, was a regular in the Valencia backline last season, making 30 Spanish La Liga appearances, but could be convinced to make the switch to title-chasing Arsenal with how poor Los Che fared in La Liga.

Wenger confirms Arsenal will sign a new defender 0

Posted on July 27, 2016 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has moved to confirm that he is looking to recruit an experienced centre-back after German stopper Per Mertesacker picked up a serious knee injury.

The experienced defender could miss the entire first part of the season after injuring his knee ligament in the pre-season friendly with Lens, meaning the Professor may be forced to sign him a replacement.

While Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista are likely to form the defensive pairing, Wenger clearly needs extra cover for his starting centre-backs, with Calum Chamber the only viable option on the bench.

Lyon reveal Arsenal’s rejected bid for Lacazette 0

Posted on July 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to ESPN, French Ligue 1 side Olympique Lyonnais have released a statement detailed the truth into Arsenal’s approach for striker Alexandre Lacazette this summer. It was reported in Le Progres that Arsenal made a €48M bid for the French international, but Lyon’s statement refutes such claims and revealed it was €35M.

“The reality is that the club Arsenal made an offer worth €35m, which Lyon did not follow up on for one reason: OL will keep Alexandre Lacazette who is irreplaceable and who is one of the main leaders in Bruno Genesio’s squad,” said the statement. Lyon also criticised Le Progres for misreporting their transfer activity, suggesting fabricated news could have a damaging effect on the validity of their annual account.

Arsenal linked with French striker 0

Posted on July 26, 2016 by Nemanja Lazarevic

French Canal + is reporting that Arsenal are among clubs showing interest in Toulouse striker Wissam Ben Yedder, who is being heavily linked with a summer move away from the club.

It is no secret that the Gunners are desperate to recruit a high-profile centre forward in the summer transfer window and they have been linked with quite a few top footballers over the last few weeks.

However, according to Canal +, Toulouse hotshot Wissam Ben Yedder has emerged as their top target, although the Frenchman is also a target for Sevilla, West Ham United and Leicester City.

Girondins de Bordeaux in bid for Arsenal’s Mathieu Debuchy 0

Posted on July 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to Sky Sports, French Ligue 1 side Girondins de Bordeaux are keen to sign Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy this summer. The Gunners right-back joined Bordeaux on loan in February last season, making nine appearances, and has been told he has no future with Arsenal ahead of the new campaign.

As a result, the 30-year-old is expected to depart the Emirates Stadium and end a forgettable spell at Arsenal with a return to the French top-flight. Debuchy spent 10 years with Ligue 1 outfit Lille before moving to Newcastle United. He joined Arsenal as replacement for Bacary Sagna, but struggled with poor form and injuries in his two seasons at the club.

Arsenal to overlook a return for former striker Emmanuel Adebayor this summer 0

Posted on July 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Togolese international striker Emmanuel Adebayor is currently a free agent after his Crystal Palace exit this summer, but isn’t a transfer target for former side Arsenal. The 32-year-old played for FC Metz, AS Monaco, Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur prior to his Palace switch, but didn’t do enough to earn a permanent move to Selhurst Park.

With a lack of competitive football in the last 12 months, coupled with the acrimonious nature of his sale from Arsenal to Manchester City, the Gunners aren’t considering him to bolster their frontline. It doesn’t stop Arsenal needing a striker, however, with Danny Welbeck out until March and Olivier Giroud potentially missing the side’s opening day of the new Premier League season.

Olympique Lyonnais manager Bruno Genesio won’t sell Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal 0

Posted on July 24, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Express, Arsenal have been dealt the most telling blow to their fledgling hopes of signing Olympique Lyonnais striker Alexandre Lacazette this summer, with manager Bruno Genesio insisting that the French Ligue 1 club won’t sell their star man, nor is Lacazette desperate to leave the Stade des Lumières.

“I do not think he is at all affected by this period and the noises around him. In any case, he will stay at Lyon,” said the Lyon boss. Genesio added how the rumours may have played a part in dwindling performances in training in the past week, but was left delighted by the response of the French international and is certain that he’s pulling for the team.

Arsenal not in the race to sign Fenerbahce’s Robin van Persie 0

Posted on July 24, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Fenerbahce striker Robin van Persie is reportedly keen to leave the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium this summer with the likes of Stoke City and Middlesbrough the frontrunners for his signature. Van Persie is 33/1 to join Arsenal ahead of the new season, but it appears the Gunners aren’t looking to renew acquaintances with their former star.

The Dutch international spent eight years at Arsenal between 2004-2012, scoring 132 goals in 277 games. However, his time with the Gunners was rife with injury and saw the 32-year-old playing in just 63% of Arsenal’s Premier League games. Despite his fitness woes, manager Arsene Wenger stuck by the striker and turned him into one of Europe’s finest centre-forward.

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