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Wenger says Giroud is still vital to Arsenal 0

Posted on June 20, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has played down talk of Olivier Giroud leaving the club this summer and says the centre-forward is vital ahead of the new season. Giroud, who admitted frustration at a lack of playing time in 2016/17, has been linked with West Ham United and Ligue 1 giants Olympique Marseilles in recent weeks, but Wenger said he’s not leaving.

“It has been a frustrating season for him because he has not played a lot. And when he has played well, he has not always played the next match. He has won us a lot of points when he has come on because he has scored lots of times. He has qualities that our team need,” revealed the Arsenal manager, as quoted by the Mirror.

Should Arsenal have signed Douglas Costa? 0

Posted on June 20, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa is close to a move to the Italian Serie A, with the Brazilian is 1/6 to join Juventus this summer. According to The Sun, the two European giants have reportedly agreed a £35m deal. But given Arsenal are desperate for attacking reinforcements due to the players potentially leaving ahead of the new season, why didn’t the Gunners try to sign Costa?

The 26-year-old lost his place in the Bayern side last season after a fallout with the club over his contract. He made just 23 Bundesliga appearances under manager Carlo Ancelotti, scoring and creating seven goals. Signed from Ukrainian side Shakhtar in 2015, Costa was an ever-present in his maiden season in the Bundesliga but he’s set to move on.

Seri snubs Arsenal to complete Roma move 0

Posted on June 20, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri has turned down interest from Arsenal to sign for AS Roma, according to the Metro. The 25-year-old joined the Italian Serie A giants for £30m and signed a five-year-deal. Nice are believed to be holding out for £35m but personal terms have been agreed and the deal should be concluded soon enough.

Seri, a transfer target for Spanish La Liga side Barcelona, made 34 Ligue 1 appearances for Nice last season, scoring seven goals and making nine assists. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger travelled to Nice with chief executive Ivan Gazidis to try and broker a deal for the midfielder, but the Gunners were unsuccessful procuring his signature.

Arsenal contact Juventus about Lemina’s availability 0

Posted on June 16, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have reportedly spoken to Juventus about midfielder Mario Lemina’s availability, with a view to making a bid this summer. The 23-year-old has failed to hold down a starting place in Turin and is keen to join a side promising more game time as a result.

The Gabon international made just eight starts in the Italian Serie A last season, coming off the bench 11 times, and is consequently expected to be on his way out of the club. Italian football journalist Tancredi Palmeri says Arsenal have held initial talks with the Serie A champions, reports the Daily Star.

Perez set to leave Arsenal with Sevilla and Deportivo interested 0

Posted on June 16, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Lucas Perez is expected to be on his way out this summer, with two clubs from the Spanish La Liga believed to be keen in his signature. The 28-year-old hasn’t even been at the Emirates Stadium for a year but is seeking a move as a result of a lack of playing time in his maiden campaign.

According to the Mirror, former side Deportivo La Coruna and Sevilla are both interested in Perez who asked for an exit after his £17m move didn’t go to plan. He was brought to the club late last summer and ended up scoring an impressive seven goals in 400 minutes of football in all competitions.

Juventus-linked Szczesny forced to make declaration of summer intentions 0

Posted on June 16, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will have to make his intentions clear to Juventus and the Gunners after reports of a breakdown in negotiations between the two clubs. AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarrumma could also throw a spanner in the works after rejecting a contract extension amid rumours of Juve interest.

According to Football.London, the Poland international Szczesny has been linked with a move to Turin this summer, and with just 12 months left on his deal at Arsenal he will have to either sign a new deal or hand in a request for Juve to raise their bid, while ensuring they don’t go for another target.

Emmanuel Petit says he wants to see Mbappe at the Emirates next season 0

Posted on June 16, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Former Arsenal midfielder and football pundit Emmanuel Petit is hoping AS Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe will join Arsenal this summer. The French international has enjoyed a standout campaign at the Stade Louis II and is coveted by a number of clubs in Europe – Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid.

Scoring 15 goals in 17 Ligue 1 starts for Monaco last season, having led the club to the title and Champions League semi-final. He’s one of many players expected to leave in the next 12 months and Petit hopes Arsenal are the beneficiary. “Mbappe is the leader of this generation,” he said on talkSPORT, reports the Daily Star.

Arsenal preparing bid for Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic 0

Posted on June 14, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Daily Star, Arsenal are considering an approach for Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic, with reports suggesting a lack of playing time last season could contribute to an exit from the Santiago Bernabeu this summer. The 23-year-old, contracted at Real until 2021, started half of the 38 La Liga games this season, and was an unused substitute on 10 occasions.

He set Real back £27m as an Inter player in 2015 but is still behind the likes of Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in the midfield pecking order. However, manager Zinedine Zidane has rotated his squad a lot to ensure players on the fringes are still getting minutes, but Diario Gol believe the 2018 World Cup will force him to seek more regular opportunities to ensure of his spot in the Croatia squad.

Will Calum Chambers be sent out on loan again next season? 0

Posted on June 14, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Calum Chambers returned to his parent club after a season-long loan at Middlesbrough but could be on his way out of the club on a temporary basis again, with Premier League returnees Newcastle United linked, according to Gazette Live.

The 22-year-old made 24 Premier League appearances for Boro last season , scoring one goal and making one assist. Despite a number of impressive performances, he was unable to keep the North-East side in the top-flight and will be keen to avoid a repeat if loaned out to another newly-promoted outfit in 2017/18.

Jenkinson and Debuchy for sale this summer 0

Posted on June 14, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Express, Arsenal right-backs Carl Jenkinson and Mathieu Debuchy have been put up for sale. The Gunners are likely to accept most bids coming their way to have the pair off the wage bill ahead of the new season, but there’s currently a lack of interest.

Jenkinson was previously set to sign for Crystal Palace until the deal broke down due to a failure to agree personal terms. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger intimated the former Charlton man requested more money than Palace were willing to offer. Jenkinson could run his contract down at the club and leave on a free next summer.



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