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Arsenal being priced out of Mauro Icardi deal 0

Posted on July 30, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has been linked with a move away from the San Siro this summer, according to the Daily Star, with Arsenal one of many clubs keen on the youngster. However, club president Erick Thohir has priced the 23-year-old at around €60M (£50M) which is sure to scare off Arsenal among others.

“All of us and Inter are hoping that figure goes above 60million euros. Inter will be here for hundreds of years but it is made of individuals who change each year. We are hoping to receive a better offer (than Juve’s reported bid of €50M (£42M). Mauro is an important player for us and our captain. However, players come and go,” he said.

West Bromwich Albion’s Jonny Evans is not an Arsenal target this summer 0

Posted on July 30, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Mirror, West Bromwich Albion centre-back Jonny Evans is a transfer target for Arsenal this summer. The Gunners are looking for a centre-back to replace the injured Per Mertesacker ahead of the new season, but despite their need for defensive reinforcements, the Northern Ireland international isn’t likely to be on Arsenal’s radar.

Evans can operate as the left-sided central defender and made 30 Premier League appearances in 2015/16. The 28-year-old boasts a lot of experience, having won major honours with former side Manchester United, but Arsenal are expected to target more stellar names to replace Mertesacker. That’s not to say Evans doesn’t have qualities, however.

Should Arsenal sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? 1

Posted on July 30, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal and England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is being linked with a move to Manchester City by a number of the British tabloids.

It would be hard to see Oxlade-Chamberlain getting in the City team, but maybe they are looking to sign him to bump up their ever decreasing crop of English players for the Champions League. The midfielder is now odds of just 2/1 to be a City player when the summer transfer window closes.

The lad seems to lack belief

Xhaka and Holding impress on Arsenal debuts against MLS All-Stars 0

Posted on July 30, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was full of praise for his two summer-signings Granit Xhaka and Rob Holding after promising performances in a 2-1 win against MLS All-Stars. Xhaka was brought on in the second-half and looked assured, while Holding played the full 90 minutes for his new club.

Arsenal’s Joel Campbell won and converted a penalty early in the first-half to open the scoring. The Costa Rican international was tripped in the box and made no mistake from the spot. However, a defensive error on the stroke of half-time led to Didier Drogba scoring the equaliser for MLS All-Stars.

Arsenal in talks over Mustafi move 0

Posted on July 29, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal are in talks to sign Valencia centre-back Shkodran Mustafi, according to Sky Germany via Sky Sports.

The Gunners have yet to submit a bid for the German defender, but reports claim he could be available for a fee of around £25.3million plus add-ons, which could total to a further £8.4million.

Mustafi has a minimum fee release clause of £42.1million in his Valencia contract, but Los Ches are unlikely to demand close to that fee for the defender because quite simply they need a cash injection following a poor campaign in La Liga.

Extraordinary recent rise

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.

Francis Coquelin just a backup centre-back option 0

Posted on July 28, 2016 by David Nugent

Social media went into meltdown yesterday after Arsenal defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin revealed he had been playing centre defence in training. The news did not go down well with Gunners fans, who were hoping that the club would sign a replacement for Per Mertesacker.

Hopefully only a short-term fix

Hopefully, the step of Coquelin training in the position is only a short-term fix, as the Gunners are currently without the senior defensive trio of Laurent Koscielny, Gabriel and the aforementioned Mertesacker through various reasons.

The Gunners face pre-season games against the MLS All-Stars and Chivas in their preparations for the Premier League season kick-off, which is just over two weeks away.

Wilshere: ‘Xhaka is a leader who can hold the midfield together’ 0

Posted on July 27, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was full of praise for Granit Xhaka, describing the summer signing as a ‘leader’ and the man capable of kick-starting attacks for the Gunners, while providing the defensive protection. Xhaka was brought in from Borussia Monchengladbach for around £30M, and Wilshere believes the money was well spent from how difficult he found playing against him in the past.

“I’ve played against him a few times at youth level for England and also for the first team with England so I know him quite well. I’ve always thought he was a good player, he’s very strong and has got a good left foot. He’s a leader, he can hold the midfield together and can get things going from back to front. He’s a good signing,” said Wilshere.

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.

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