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Sami Khedira saga could run until deadline day 1

Posted on July 31, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Real Madrid midfielder and Arsenal target Sami Khedira could still be on his way out of the Santiago Bernabeu with reports from the Mirror suggesting the Spanish club would rather sell up than risk losing him for free next summer, as the World Cup winner only has 12 months to run on his current deal with Real.

“Bayern Munich have emerged as suitors for Khedira, and are keen on snapping him up on a free next summer when his contract expires, but Los Blancos are said to be keen to cash in this offseason to avoid losing the midfielder for nothing in 12 months time.”

Jenkinson on his way to West Ham in season-long loan spell 1

Posted on July 31, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson looks to be on his way to West Ham United this summer, according to ESPN, with Hammers manager Sam Allardyce publicly revealing the deal should be complete today.

After the Gunners signed Calum Chambers from Southampton this summer, Carl Jenkinson’s future appeared sealed. The Londoners have two options at right-back now with Mathieu Debuchy their first-choice defender, signed from Newcastle for £12M this summer.

Now 22, Jenkinson has failed to show the progression required to play for the Gunners this season, so a loan spell away may be his last chance to prove to Wenger that he can be good enough for the Londoners.

Should Arsenal pursue a deal for Douglas Costa? 0

Posted on July 31, 2014 by David Nugent

According to the Independent, Arsenal could be set to make a move for Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker Douglas Costa.  Costa had refused to return to his Ukrainian club because of the on-going political troubles between Russia and Ukraine.

The 23-year-old was one of six players who have refused to return Donetsk, stating they felt their lives were in danger after the terrible air disaster involving a Malaysian airline, which killed 298 people. The plane is believed to have been shot down by a surface-to-air missile.

Calum Chambers takes Thomas Vermaelen’s No.5 shirt number 0

Posted on July 30, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal new-boy Calum Chambers being pictured in the Daily Mail training with a No.5 shirt, rumours are circulating that the former recipient of the number, Thomas Vermaelen, will indeed leave the London club this summer as expected.

The Belgian centre-back, formerly of Eredivisie outfit Ajax, made only seven Premier League starts last season, making one assist. The 28-year-old hinted at his discontent at a lack of playing time, but did remain professional despite his obvious disappointment.

With Manchester United in the market for Vermaelen this summer, the deal did look set to go through. Especially after reports suggested both clubs had previously agreed on a fee for his services and that a move was imminent.

Arsenal in bid for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho 0

Posted on July 30, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Daily Star, Arsenal have been given good news in their long-running pursuit for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, with reports suggesting the youngster has been put up for sale this summer, despite his deal still having four years to run.

The 22-year-old Portuguese international made 29 league appearances last season, scoring four goals. Carvalho also played in this summer’s World Cup, showcasing his abilities as a combative midfielder who protects the defence. Manchester United have also been linked with his services in the last few weeks too.

Can Abou Diaby resurrect his Arsenal career next season? 0

Posted on July 30, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal French midfielder Abou Diaby is aiming to resurrect his Gunners career next season. The 28-year-old France international made his comeback last season, making a cameo appearance against Norwich.


Abou Diaby has featured in both of the Gunners pre-season games so far and has suffered no ill-effects, so far anyway. The midfielder is expected to feature in the Emirates Cup against Monaco and Benfica.

It will be Diaby’s chance to prove that he can still perform and more importantly avoid injury. If he comes through those games then there will be hope that he can actually re-ignite his Gunners career next season.

Olivier Giroud to be offered two-year deal 0

Posted on July 29, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Express, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is to be offered a two-year deal by the club that will also see him getting a payrise from his current contract.

Giroud, 27, joined Arsenal for £12M in 2012 from Montpellier. The French international took his time to adjust to the Premier League, but has posted impressive goal tallies since making the move to England – 11 in 35 (2012/13), 16 in 36 (2013/14).

His deal with the Gunners expires in 2016, but he’s said to be in line to have his contract extended as he’s proven himself to be a very effective lone striker.

Is this Arsenal’s best chance at a title? 0

Posted on July 29, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal boasting arguably their strongest squad of players since their “invincible” campaign in the Premier League, is 2014/15 their best chance at actually winning the title?

Talented former Barcelona attacker Alexis Sanchez is a new arrival at the Emirates, while existing players such as Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott will prove pivotal to their chances of league success.

Arsenal’s team is picking itself at the moment, which is a good sign that players have remained consistent over the last season to warrant keeping their place.

Arsenal complete signing of Calum Chambers 1

Posted on July 29, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal has completed the signing of young defender Calum Chambers from Southampton for a fee potentially rising to £16million. The youngster had been linked with the move for a few months and has now put pen to paper with the Gunners.


Chambers is highly-rated, despite the fact that he has made just 18 Premier League starts and four substitute appearances in the top-flight. In those appearances he did produce some impressive performances and showed a maturity greater than his years.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that the move was a gamble, but the Frenchman seems to believe that the youngster’s potential outweighs the risk.

Alexis Sanchez flies to Paris to sort out visa 0

Posted on July 28, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s summer signing Alexis Sanchez will miss the club’s Austria training camp as he has to fly out to Paris to sort his visa, meaning he will also miss the start of intensive training and potentially the Emirates cup.

The Chilean international, 25, was hoping to be a part of the squad as the pre-season friendlies are stepped up a gear, but this latest setback means he will miss out.

Last season, the talented forward scored 19 goals and grabbed 10 assists for former side Barcelona, Alexis Sanchez is 15/1 to be the Premier League’s top goalscorer this season as a result. Arsenal supporters have been dying to see him in action – let alone manager Arsene Wenger.

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