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Arsene Wenger won’t give up pursuit for Manchester United’s Chris Smalling 1

Posted on March 27, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Various reports are suggesting Arsenal are renewing their interest in Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, with a view to make a £12M bid to sign him. The England international came somewhat close to making the move to the Emirates when United were in the market for Thomas Vermaelen. Arsenal wanted a part exchange for Smalling, which Unite rejected, so the deal broke down.

But manager Arsene Wenger isn’t giving up in his pursuit to sign the 25-year-old. He’s building a young defence, with Hector Bellerin, Calum Chambers, Gabriel Paulista and Kieran Gibbs the future backline of the side, while Carl Jenkinson has shone on loan at West Ham too. United don’t appear keen to sell, however, as they have little currently in the way of better options.

Will we see much of Wellington Silva next season? 0

Posted on March 27, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Wellington Silva will be available to play for the Gunners as of next season, with the Brazilian U21 international having spent the last four years being loan out to a host of clubs before being finally awarded a work permit.

(2011) Levante (loan) 2 games
(2011/12) Alcoyano (loan) 16 games, 3 goals
(2012/13) Ponferradina (loan) 20 games, 3 goals
(2013/14) Murcia (loan) 38 games, 3 goals, 5 assists
(2014/15) Almería (loan) 16 game, 0 goals, 5 assists

Gunners on international duty 0

Posted on March 27, 2015 by David Nugent

A number of Arsenal players are on international duty over the next ten days representing their countries in various Euro 2016 and friendly games. Here is a list of those playing for their countries:

Mesut Ozil (Germany)

Ozil has already appeared for Germany this weekend in international duty, having appeared in Die Mannschaft’s 2-2 friendly draw with Australia on Wednesday night. The playmaker is also expected to feature in Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia.

Wojciech Szczesny (Poland)

The 24-year-old is part of the Poland squad that faces a trip to Dublin to face the Republic of Ireland on Sunday in a crucial Euro 2016 qualifier.

Walcott denies falling out with Arsene Wenger 1

Posted on March 26, 2015 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has rubbished speculation that he had fallen out with manager Arsene Wenger over the new contract talks at the Emirates.

The footballer’s long-term future in North London is in doubt given that his current deal is due to expire in just over a year, especially considering that he is still trying to rediscover his form after the lengthy injury lay-off.

Reports have recently emerged suggesting that Walcott has clashed with boss Arsene Wenger over the contract talks, but the player revealed there was no truth in the rumours.

Mesut Ozil claims he could win Ballon d’Or 0

Posted on March 26, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal and Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil has claimed that he would like to win the Ballon d’Or in the next few years. Ozil is currently away with Germany international team and featured in Wednesday night’s 2-2 friendly draw with Australia.

The midfielder is also expected to feature in Germany’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia on Sunday, in a game that the Germans are heavy favourites to win at odds of 1/8.

Stronger

Ozil revealed his ambitions in German sports paper Bild by saying: “If I continue to develop well and stay healthy, I would like, in the next few years, to hold the Ballon d’Or in my hands,”

Out-of-contract French midfield duo expected to leave this summer 0

Posted on March 26, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielders Mathieu Flamini and Abou Diaby are both expected to be leaving the club on a free transfer at the end of the season, with the London outfit not looking to renew their respective deals. This season, Flamini has been used when Mikel Arteta has been out-of-action, and now finds himself behind Francis Coquelin in the pecking order.

The former AC Milan star, 31, has amassed 53 minutes of Premier League football in 2015, while the injury-prone Abou Diaby has played just one Capital One Cup game all season. Manager Arsene Wenger has a strong squad now, and the midfield is more difficult than ever to break through.

Could Arsenal struggle to hold onto PSG-target Olivier Giroud? 0

Posted on March 26, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been in fine form for the Gunners this season, and has been attracting interest from a host of European giants as a result. The 28-year-old has scored 13 goals in 14 Premier League starts, and was being linked with a potential move to two-time French Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain at the start of the campaign, but could the Champions League hopefuls renew their interest this summer?

Kieran Gibbs reveals competition for places is getting the best from the squad 0

Posted on March 25, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs has attributed the Gunners impressive Premier League form down to the players’ competitive nature on the training ground. The England international revealed how players are desperate to impress at training to boost their chances of getting the nod on game week. The Gunners have impressed of late, and are 12/5 to finish in the top-two of the league come May.

“There’s a bit of a hidden battle going on in the dressing room about winning training games which is good and healthy. The players really enjoy it,” he said. “The only way to get better is to put pressure on yourself. You have to set your own standards and that’s the best way.”

Arsenal trio resumes training 0

Posted on March 25, 2015 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been handed a major boost ahead of the final stretch of the season as three first team players resumed training after recovering from injury, according to the Daily Mirror.

The likes of Jack Wilshere, Mathieu Debuchy and Mikel Arteta have all returned to training at the start of the international break and are expected to be in contention for starting places very soon.

Jack Wilshere has been out since November with an ankle problem, and while he did make the match squad for the clash with Crystal Palace on 21st February, he since suffered a new setback, although he is now on the road to return in the high-profile clash against Liverpool next week.

Petr Cech admits that he is ready to leave Chelsea 0

Posted on March 25, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s mooted transfer target Petr Cech has admitted that he is ready to leave Chelsea this summer, after spending this season as back-up to Belgian starlet Thibaut Courtois.

Confirmation

The Czech Republic international told the newspaper Idnes: “I don’t know what the club’s idea will be. It looks like it works well with me and Thibaut as a duo,”

“But that can work for one season only. I don’t want another one like this. There always will be speculation, I leave it for the summer,”



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