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Would Ross Barkley be a worthwhile signing for Arsenal? 0

Posted on June 22, 2017 by David Nugent

According to the Metro, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea are all interested in signing Everton playmaker Ross Barkley this summer.

With the futures of attacking midfielders Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in doubt, a new attacking midfielder may well be on Arsenal’s shopping list this summer.

Highly-rated but highly inconsistent

When Ross Barkley first broke into the Everton first-team, he was hailed as the future England number ten. However, things have not quite turned out like that for the Wavertree-born star.

Arsenal’s transfer activity on hold until Sanchez and Ozil’s futures are resolved 0

Posted on June 21, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

European football expert Julian Laurens believes Arsenal won’t make any new signings until they resolve the futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, amid rumours of Olympique Lyonnais striker Alexandre Lacazette being high on their wish list this summer.

“He (Lacazette) is the priority, I think nothing can happen without sorting out the Sanchez and Ozil situation, that’s the problem. That’s why I think people at the club are maybe getting a little bit frustrated,” he said to ESPN, reports the Express.

Why aren’t Arsenal interested in Aubameyang? 3

Posted on June 21, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang could be on his way to Paris Saint-Germain this summer, with the Ligue 1 runners-up currently unopposed to procuring his signature. The likes of Manchester City and Arsenal were linked at times last season but talk has gone cold on a potential move to the Emirates Stadium. Why is that?

Aubameyang has been one of the most prolific strikers in Europe in the last two seasons. In 2015/16, he scored 39 goals in all competitions for Dortmund. In 2016/17, the Gabon international netted 40 goals. He’s reportedly valued at around £60m, £30m shy of the bid Arsenal were believed to have lodged for Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe, so why aren’t the Gunners making an approach?

Asano to spend another season on loan with Stuttgart 0

Posted on June 21, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Takuma Asano has extended his stay at Stuttgart for another season after being denied a work permit, reports the Daily Star. The Japanese international was hoping to finally get his Arsenal career started by he was ruled to not have played enough games last season to earn a permit.

Signed from Sanfrecce Hiroshima for £2m in 2016, the 22-year-old has yet to make an appearance in an Arsenal shirt. He was sent to Stuttgart on a season-long loan in 2016/17, playing 27 times and scoring four goals as the German outfit earned promotion back to the Bundesliga.

Arsenal-target Asensio could reportedly leave Real Madrid 0

Posted on June 21, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to Diario Gol, Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio could be on his way to Arsenal, with the youngster threatening to leave the club this summer if he doesn’t get assurances from manager Zinedine Zidane about playing time next season.

The 21-year-old made 23 La Liga appearances for Los Blancos last season, scoring and creating five goals, but only 11 of them were starts. He scored in the Champions League final to help Real triumph over Juventus and has a number of clubs keen on his signature.

Arsenal appoint Team Sky chief Huss Fahmy to handle contract negotiations 1

Posted on June 20, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have continued their restructuring behind the scenes with the appointment of Team Sky chief Huss Famhy to aid manager Arsene Wenger in contract negotiations for the players, reports the Daily Mail.

With Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wojciech Szczesny and Jack Wilshere having just 12 months left on their respective deals, the club have acted to provide support for Wenger as there’s been a clear breakdown with contracts.

Famhy will initially negotiate deals with the youth side but he’s expected to move up to the first-team eventually. The new arrival will work with transfer negotiator Dick Law and the pair have their work cut out this summer given the players who could be leaving.

Oxlade-Chamberlain linked with Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea 0

Posted on June 20, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has his pick of clubs this summer, with Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea reportedly keen on his signature. The England international, who has just 12 months left on his current deal, looks set to leave Arsenal as a result of a lack of playing time in his favourite position, but where will he go?

Liverpool still lead the race for the midfielder, with manager Jurgen Klopp a big fan of Oxlade-Chamberlain. The Arsenal player’s industry and creativity would see him fit into the Reds side and be a useful player for their Champions League campaign in 2017/18. And with Arsenal out of the prestigious competition, while having reportedly not offered a formal deal to the 23-year-old, it’s hard to see him remaining at the Emirates Stadium.

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.



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