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Birmingham sign Arsenal defensive duo 0

Posted on August 21, 2017 by David Nugent

Championship Birmingham City have completed season-long loan deals for Arsenal full-backs Cohen Bramall and Carl Jenkinson. The pair could both make their Blues debut against Bournemouth on Tuesday night in the League Cup against Bournemouth.

Jenkinson has fallen out-of-favour in north London in recent times. The 25-year-old had spent a season and a half on-loan at West Ham before injury curtailed his time in east London.

The full-back always seemed likely to exit the club this summer. However, a move to a Premier League club seemed more likely than a move to a second-tier outfit.

Manchester United and Liverpool also keen on Paris Saint-Germain’s Julian Draxler 0

Posted on August 20, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Mirror, Manchester United and Liverpool have joined Arsenal in the race for Paris Saint-Germain and Germany forward Julian Draxler. The 23-year-old has told the Ligue 1 side he wants to leave this summer and has a host of clubs reportedly interested in his services.

Arsenal have been linked with the forward for some time, although manager Arsene Wenger recently admitted he has a task to trim the playing squad rather than add to it. The Gunners are overstocked, with 33 players competing for 25 first-team spots, so it’s more likely they will be making sales than bringing in more players this summer.

Manchester City could bid £70m for Alexis Sanchez 0

Posted on August 20, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Mirror, Manchester City are preparing a bid of around £70m to try and tempt Arsenal into selling Alexis Sanchez, after having a previous bid of £50m reportedly turned down. The Sky Blues have been keen on the Chilean’s signature for some time, with manager Pep Guardiola keen to renew acquaintances with the player he signed and managed for a year at Barcelona. However, Arsenal aren’t looking to sell Alexis.

Wilshere offered to Milan 0

Posted on August 20, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has reportedly been offered to Italian Serie A side AC Milan, according to Corriere dello Sport via Football Italia. The 25-year-old is currently stepping up his recovery after suffering a leg fracture in April last season, featuring for the Arsenal U23s on Monday and helping them to victory over Derby.

But his future with the Gunners is unknown. Manager Arsene Wenger says he wants to have Wilshere stay at the club, but the talented midfielder might have to leave the Emirates to get regular playing time this season. Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey, Mohamed Elneny and Francis Coquelin are all ahead of Wilshere in the pecking order.

Manchester United interested in Monaco’s Thomas Lemar 0

Posted on August 19, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to Football.London, Manchester United are keen to sign AS Monaco winger Thomas Lemar, a player who has been linked all summer with Arsenal. The Gunners have had three bids rejected by the Ligue 1 champions for the 21-year-old, but United may have more luck given they’re able to offer considerable more for his signature than Arsenal.

Arsenal had an initial bid of around £30m-£35m turned down by Monaco, before being equally unsuccessful with a £40m offer. And the Metro reported the Gunners had a £45m bid turned down at the end of July. Manchester United are now going to try their hand, with the winger’s asking price believed to be more than £60m.

Gabriel Paulista joins Valencia for £10m 0

Posted on August 19, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista has joined Spanish La Liga side Valencia for £10m, after making 64 appearances for the Gunners in two years. The Brazilian centre-back was yet to feature this season as he’s recovering from a knee injury, but manager Arsene Wenger deemed him surplus to requirements given the vast options in his stead.

The 26-year-old joined Arsenal in 2015 from Villarreal for around £15m but never managed to nail down a starting place for a prolonged period of time. With the likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding and Laurent Koscielny ahead of Gabriel in the pecking order, chances were always going to be limited. Per Mertesacker and Calum Chambers provide the cover at centre-back, while new-boy Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal can also play in the middle.

Why Arsenal may be forced to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 1

Posted on August 15, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Mirror, Arsenal might have to consider selling midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain if they can’t offload the deadwood this summer. Chelsea have been linked with the 24-year-old’s signature and are reportedly close to a completing a deal. The Ox’s dead expires in 12 months and has rejected a contract extension.

Manager Arsene Wenger has been keen to keep the England international but may need to cash in while he has value as the London club have been unable to sell their unwanted players from the squad. The likes of Kieran Gibbs, Mathieu Debuchy, Carl Jenkinson, Calum Chambers, Mohamed Elneny, Lucas Perez are believed to be up for sale but aren’t shifting this summer.

Manchester United linked with Arsenal-target Arda Turan 0

Posted on August 15, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to AS via talkSPORT, Manchester United are interested in Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan, a player who has been linked with Arsenal throughout the summer. The 30-year-old is expected to exit the Nou Camp as a result of a lack of playing time and Jose Mourinho is reportedly offering Turan a chance to resurrect his career elsewhere in Europe.

Former club Galatasaray are also believed to be keen on the ex-Atletico Madrid attacking-midfielder, but Manchester United might be considering Turan as they’ve so far struggled to land Ivan Perisic. Turan, while not boasting excessive pace on the wing, is a creative midfielder who can play somewhat in between the lines. It’s why Arsenal were interested but so far no deal has materialised from any suitor.

Arsenal reportedly offer Alexis Sanchez contract worth £15.6m-a-year 0

Posted on August 11, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According talkSPORT, Arsenal have offered forward Alexis Sanchez a contract worth around £300k-a-year to stay past next summer. Manager Arsene Wenger has repeatedly said the Chilean international would not be sold before his contract with the club expires and it appears Arsenal are still holding out hope that he could yet commit his future and put pen to paper on an extension.

In an interview with SFR Sport 1, Wenger’s believed to have said: “He’s an Arsenal player in the short term. Now, will we manage to extend his contract? We didn’t manage to do that last season so I’m not super optimistic in that regard, but we have the firm intention of not selling him.”

Arsenal the ‘last club standing’ in race to sign Jean-Michael Seri 0

Posted on August 11, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to Mundo Deportivo, Arsenal have no clubs standing in their way for Jean-Michael Seri’s signature. The Gunners have been keen on the 26-year-old for most of the summer, but have seen the likes of Barcelona and AS Roma edge themselves ahead, with the latter making an official bid for the Nice midfielder. Latest reports say the duo are no longer in the running.

Seri made 34 Ligue 1 appearances last season, contributing 16 goals. He’s said to have a £36m release clause, a price Arsenal don’t appear keen to match, but the Londoners do have a need for a creative midfielder given Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere are currently out injured.



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