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Deal to sign William Carvalho could still be on 0

Posted on September 11, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

According to various sources, Arsenal’s long-winded move for William Carvalho could still happen, with reports suggesting manager Arsene Wenger and Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho to hold talks at a Soccerex global conference.

All through the summer, clubs had been keen on signing Carvalho, but no deal materialised. The 22-year-old has risen to prominence with Sporting CP, and for Arsenal he’d be the perfect acquisition as he can play in both midfield and defence.

He’s a strong and combative player, whose versatility means he would get a lot of game time for his prospective new side.

Wenger admits he only wanted Welbeck on loan initially 1

Posted on September 11, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted he didn’t set out to sign Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck on a permanent deal on deadline day, and was instead keen on taking him on loan for the campaign with an buying option.

When asked if he wanted Welbeck on loan, Wenger replied: “With an option to buy, yes. At the start the player was only available on loan but after he became available to buy, I agreed.”

The deal took many by surprise, but Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal made it clear that Welbeck wouldn’t be a part of his team this season, due to the signing of Radamel Falcao on loan from French Ligue One runners-up AS Monaco.

PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot want £2.5M in wages to join Arsenal next summer 0

Posted on September 09, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Express, Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot has rejected contracts talks with the club and will leave on a free transfer next summer. He has also reportedly demanded £2.5M in an annual salary to his potential suitors, with Arsenal one of the teams having been interested in him for the last 12 months plus.

Rabiot has been subsidiary with the Parisians due to the competition for place in the team. Yohan Cabaye, Blaise Matuidi, Marco Verratti and Thiago Motta keeping him out of the side. The young midfielder was blocked leaving the club this summer, but they have no choice but to let him go at the end of this season as he won’t sign a deal.

Will Wenger be forced to sell unhappy Lukas Podolski? 0

Posted on September 08, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has once again complained with his about manager Arsene Wenger, revealing that new-boy Danny Welbeck will likely be given preferential treatment over him this season.

“Initially, it’s a difficult situation for me. When you buy new players for a lot of money they have an advantage because they will play,” he said. “We’ve got a long season ahead of us, and we’ll see what happens. When I am in top shape, I am a perfect fit for the Arsenal team. And I see myself in the first XI then, that’s what I work towards.”

Giroud to sign contract extension with Arsenal 0

Posted on September 07, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Metro, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is set to commit his future to the London club by signing a new four-year deal. That would take him up to the age of 31, and would mean he’d have been at the Emirates for a total of six years.

Giroud, a French international, has gone from strength to strength with the Gunners, but is currently sidelined after breaking his ankle. His absence will be felt as he won’t be back playing for the first team until after the New Year. He signed from Montpellier in 2012, and was being tipped to enjoy a successful campaign, but is now 40/1 to be the top scorer in the Premier League this season.

Schalke say Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was never a target for Arsenal 0

Posted on September 05, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Schalke 04 general manager Horst Heldt has revealed Arsenal never came in for striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar before the summer transfer window closed.

Reports had suggested the Gunners were eying up the Netherlands international following a lengthy injury sustained to first-choice striker Olivier Giroud, but Heldt told German magazine Kicker that such rumours were wide off the mark.

“We have not been receiving any transfer enquiries from Arsenal or any other club for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar,” he said. Schalke were fortunate to have kept their top striker, as other clubs were keen – albeit not making any bids – but he’s now in the last year of his deal so they risk losing him for nothing next summer.

Arsenal linked with move for 38-year-old defender 0

Posted on September 05, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal are believed to be weighing up a shock move for Colombia defender Mario Yepes, the Daily Express has suggested. The veteran is currently without a club and could join the Gunners outside the transfer window.

As Arsene Wenger missed out on several high-profile defenders on transfer deadline day, he now has just Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Calum Chambers as options in the heart of defence and given the Frenchman’s problems with Achilles injury, a major defensive headache appears on the cards.

The Professor seems well aware of the situation and he is reportedly ready to explore the free agent market in search for a quick fix to his defensive issues.

Wenger talks convinced Podolski to stay at Arsenal this summer 0

Posted on September 04, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski admitted he came close to leaving the Gunners this summer, but was convinced after having crunch talks with manager Arsene Wenger.

Last season, Podolski complained about being mistreated by Wenger, and this campaign he’s barely featured for the side. The German international was given extended leave following their World Cup triumph, but he failed to make a couple of matchday squads when his international teammates were back in the side.

Rosicky fuels exit talk after seeking more game time 8

Posted on September 04, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky has expressed his discontent at being subsidiary to the first-team so far this season. The former Borussia Dortmund playmaker has played just 22 minutes of football in 2014/15, and has been linked with a move away as a result.

“The season is yet to get going, the Champions League will begin and it will be a roller-coaster of fixtures. We will see what the situation looks like in the coming weeks and months, how it develops. I’m naturally disappointed not to have been given a chance but not panicking yet.”

Joel Campbell’s agent criticises Arsenal for failed Benfica deal 4

Posted on September 03, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has come under intense criticism from Joel Campbell’s agent Joaquim Batica, who has spoken to ‘O Jogo‘ about his disappoint of failing to push through a deadline day transfer for his client to Benfica.

Reports had suggested the two clubs were £1.6M away from agreeing terms, but Batica is suggesting Arsenal merely had a change of heart at the last minute.

“Benfica fought until the last minute to sign Campbell but the move didn’t happen because, in the last hour, Arsenal decided to keep him. Wenger says he did not want to sell him. But if he is not in his plans, then why not allow him to leave?”

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