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Joel Campbell could be staying at the Emirates Stadium 0

Posted on July 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Joel Campbell has been linked to a move away from the Emirates Stadium this summer, but it appears that manager Arsene Wenger is happy to retain his services for the upcoming season. The 24-year-old provided symmetry to the Arsenal attack in 2015/16, but lost his place to Jack Wilshere and Alex Iwobi which has since poured doubt on his future with the Gunners.

Campbell scored and created a goal every 177 minutes in the Premier League last season, and fit the system well given his penchant to cut inside on his stronger left-foot from the right flank. Campbell’s movement freed up space for right-back Hector Bellerin to attack and provide the width, but the Costa Rican international made just 11 starts in the end.

Will Arsenal make any more signings this summer? 2

Posted on July 25, 2016 by David Nugent

It seems Arsenal is one of the most talked about clubs when it comes to transfer every window. The usual set of rumours is wheeled out as new. Gonzalo Higuain, Karim Benzema, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexander Lacazette all constantly set to sign for the Gunners.

Admission of guilt

All spotted at Euston or Heathrow heading to sign for Arsenal. All these stories are made to sell newspapers and space on websites. I cannot absolve myself from the blame on this issue, as obviously, we speculate about prospective new signings daily.

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.

Arsenal announce squad for North America tour 0

Posted on July 25, 2016 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has determined his squad for the pre-season tour of tNorth America, where the Gunners will play two friendly games against high-profile opposition.

The Premier League giants first face the MLS All Stars side on Friday at the Avaya Stadium in San Jose, before squaring off against Mexican side Guadalajara at Estadio Omnilife in Zapopan.

Star forward Alexis Sanchez is left out as Wenger wants to give the player enough time to recover from a bad ankle injury, while defender Gabriel Paulista is included despite missing the Lens friendly through tonsillitis.

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.

Mertesacker doubtful on Arsenal’s title bid in 2016/17 0

Posted on July 24, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker was very pessimistic when speaking about the side’s title hopes in the coming season, suggesting the competition improving in the transfer market only lessens Arsenal’s hopes. The former German international also said the Londoners were incredibly fortunate to finish runners-up last season.

Arsenal snatched second place in the Premier League on the final game of the campaign thanks to a collapse from rivals Tottenham. “The way last season went, we were quite lucky to finish second. We turned things around at the end but it was kind of a miracle we finished runners-up,” said Mertesacker.

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.

Should Arsenal make an approach for Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge this summer? 0

Posted on July 24, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s search for a striker has seen them snubbed by their four top targets this summer, but there’s still time to sign a quality centre-forward to bolster their frontline. Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge has been linked in the past, but Arsenal have a good chance of convincing the prolific forward to return to London as a result of his dwindling relationship with manager Jurgen Klopp.

Mahrez signing could be the key to Arsenal title bid 0

Posted on July 24, 2016 by David Nugent

Yesterday the British tabloids were awash with the story of Arsenal being close to signing Leicester playmaker Riyad Mahrez for a deal worth £41.8million. The story apparently emanated from the French press, but it could yet be another false story about the Gunners.

However, the thought of last season’s Player of the Year plying his trade alongside the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil is a highly entertaining one.

Leicester very reluctant to sell

Understandably Leicester are rather reluctant to part with their star player, especially after they lost French defensive midfielder N’Golo Kante to Chelsea earlier in the summer.

Szczesny in talks over a permanent move to AS Roma 0

Posted on July 22, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is reportedly in talks with Italian Serie A side AS Roma over a potential return to the Stadio Olimpico. However, the Polish international is keen on a permanent move rather than a loan deal such as last season which could see Szczesny ending a 10-year stay in England.

The 26-year-old became first-choice between the sticks for Roma last season, and stands more chance of regular game time in Italy than back at Arsenal. The Gunners have Petr Cech in goal, while David Ospina in the current number two. Szczesny lost his place in the Arsenal side in 2014/15, and was loaned out so he could get regular game time rather than being on the bench for the season.

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