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Were Arsenal priced out for Omer Toprak this summer? 0

Posted on August 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Metro, Arsenal only opted to sign Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi as they weren’t willing to meet the asking price for Bayer Leverkusen centre-back Omer Toprak. The highly-rated Bundesliga defender is reportedly available for £40M, but the Gunners instead have opted for a player £5M less in Mustafi after agreeing personal terms.

At one point this summer, it did look like Toprak would the defender coming in as the Mustafi deal stalled over a transfer fee, but now the German international has all but signed ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash. Toprak is three years Mustafi’s senior, but has developed into a top central defender with Leverkusen over the years.

Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez to undergo their Arsenal medicals today 0

Posted on August 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to BBC Sport, Arsenal’s proposed transfer targets Shkodran Mustafi of Valencia and Lucas Perez of Deportivo La Coruna should be undergoing their medicals with the London club today, and Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has said the pair could be unveiled by Arsenal this afternoon – “Mustafi is travelling to London and will be presented as an Arsenal player alongside Lucas Perez around 3pm today.”

Champions League draw a decent one for Arsenal 0

Posted on August 26, 2016 by David Nugent

Yesterday in my article I talked about how the Gunners could receive a difficult and a very comfortable draw in the Champions League. Well, the side from north London have been drawn in Group A alongside PSG, FC Basel and Ludogorets of Bulgaria in Europe’s elite competition.

For me, that is a decent draw for the Gunners. They have not been drawn with one of the three strongest teams in pot 1 of Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich and PSG will be a different proposition this season under Unai Emery.

Need to take the next step in Europe

Arsenal draw Paris Saint-Germain in the group stages of the Champions League 0

Posted on August 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have been drawn with perennial French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain, Swiss Super League title-winners FC Basel and Bulgarian Parva Liga champions Ludogorets Razgrad in Group A of the Champions League for this season. Arsenal will be expected to take six points off Ludogorets, while beating Basel on home soil and taking at least one point off PSG at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners have consistently made it through the group stages of the competition for 16 seasons, but will be desperate to finally surpass the last-16 for the first time since 2010. Arsenal have a point to prove in Europe as a result, and owe the fans something to cheer about after last season’s disastrous group stage campaign.

Arsenal set to sign Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi 1

Posted on August 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to BBC Sport, Arsenal are close to completing the signing of Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi. The German international looked set to stay at the Mestalla Stadium this summer with Arsenal previously failing to meet Valencia’s asking price, but a fee of £35M has been agreed and personal terms were finalised days earlier.

Mustafi was the number one target on the Gunners’ shortlist after losing Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista to long-term injuries, and manager Arsene Wenger will be looking to develop him in the coming years to reach the level of Laurent Koscielny. The 24-year-old has the potential, representing his country in the 2016 European Championships, and has been keen to push the deal through.

Who is Arsenal’s new signing Lucas Perez? 2

Posted on August 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal are set to sign Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez this summer after meeting his £17M release clause. The Spanish centre-forward, coming off his most prolific campaign, will provide competition for first-choice Olivier Giroud in attack, while also being capable to operate on either flank. The 27-year-old might not be directly fighting with Giroud for a place in the side due to the amount of games he’s operated in as a wide forward, but who is Lucas?

Arsenal’s Champions League draw could go either way 0

Posted on August 25, 2016 by David Nugent

The draw for the group stages of the Champions League will take place at 5PM today. The Gunners will be expected to make it out of their group whatever happens, as they have done for the last 16 years.

In truth, the Gunners draw could be difficult or it could be comfortable. How the side from north London do in the competition will be determined by their draw.

A comfortable draw last season

Talking about comfortable draws, last season looked to be a comfortable draw for the Gunners, as they were drawn alongside the likes of Olympiakos and Dinamo Zagreb, with Bayern Munich inevitable group winners of course.

Arsenal interested in Antoine Griezmann 0

Posted on August 24, 2016 by David Nugent

According to Sqwawka via the Daily Telegraph, Arsenal were interested in signing Atletico Madrid and France forward Antoine Griezmann earlier this summer. There were even claims that Arsenal were willing to pay £60million for the striker.

Jesus whose football fantasy is this?

Arsenal were interested in Griezmann were they? Were they also interested in raiding Barcelona for Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez or Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo as well?

This story sounds like the stuff of fantasy or fantasy football. Of course, Arsenal were interested in the striker, but they were never going to realistically make a move for the striker. The Gunners need a top striker this summer, but top strikers cost top money.

Will Wenger regret Koscielny omission in Arsenal’s Premier League opener to Liverpool? 0

Posted on August 24, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

After being hit with injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger made the controversial decision to go into the new Premier League season with Calum Chambers and Rob Holding at the heart of the defence against Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium, and such inexperience was eventually telling as the visitors ran out 4-3 winners.

Laurent Koscielny, who was afforded a late summer holiday, watched on as his teammates struggled to deal with a fast-paced attack from the Liverpool players, but the Frenchman did return for the trip to the King Power Stadium to face defending champions Leicester City – helping Arsenal to keep a clean sheet against a dangerous City frontline.

Debuchy keen to leave Arsenal but wants to stay in London 0

Posted on August 24, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Metro, Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy is expecting to leave the club before the summer transfer window closes, but the destination is unknown due to his preference of staying in London. The French international has been keen to depart the Emirates Stadium after losing his place in the side to Hector Bellerin, but would rather remain in the capital which limits his options.

Debuchy has been linked with Italian Serie A side AS Roma and Turkish outfit Galatasaray this summer, but it’s clear the former Newcastle United man would prefer to not uproot his family. He’s been in England for three years, joining United in 2013 and being sold in 2014, but doesn’t have a future at Arsenal as a result of dwindling form and struggles with injuries.

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