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Granit Xhaka: Arsenal move is a dream come true 0

Posted on May 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal recently announced the signing of Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka, and the Swiss international revealed in his first interview how he’s longed for a Premier League move to prove his worth in one of the biggest division in the world.

“I am very happy to be here. It’s a dream come true. I remember I was young and the first game I watched was in the Premier League. It was a big dream for me to be here. I like (Arsenal) so much. I like the way they play football,” he said.

Arsenal lining up bid for Villarreal defender 0

Posted on May 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to various sources, Arsenal are fighting it out with AS Roma for Villarreal defender Mateo Musacchio this summer. The 25-year-old endured an injury-hit season at the Estadio El Madrigal but did come straight back into the side upon his return, and Villarreal are desperate to retain his services.

However, Arsenal mean business in the transfer market this season, acting quickly to sign Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka for £30M. Manager Arsene Wenger wants the Londoners to push for a Premier League title, and with Villarreal having ended up 27 points adrift, Musacchio might feel his title hopes are better off at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal-target N’Kolo Kante rejects Leicester contract extension 2

Posted on May 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to Le Parisien, Leicester City midfielder N’Kolo Kante could be on his way out of the King Power Stadium this summer after rejecting a contract from the Midlands club. The French box-to-box player is alleged to have a £25M release clause, and has turned down Leicester’s advances to offer him more money in exchange to have the clause removed.

Arsenal are one of many sides having been linked with the 25-year-old, with Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain reportedly showing an interest ahead of the 2016/17 season. Leicester were hoping the lure of Champions League football would convince Kante to stay at the club past the summer, but he’s set to represent France in the European Championships and could return with his stock higher than ever.

Arsenal complete the signing of Swiss international Granit Xhaka 0

Posted on May 25, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have finalised a deal to sign Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka for a fee believed to be around £30M. The Swiss international will wear the #34 shirt, previously held by Francis Coquelin, who will take the vacant #8 jersey after Mikel Arteta’s departure.

Xhaka’s contract will officially start from July, and he’ll join up with the Arsenal squad after this summer’s European Championships. With Arsenal losing Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky, they felt it necessary to bring some substance in the middle of the park.

Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 6/4 to join Manchester City this summer 0

Posted on May 23, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been linked with a move to Manchester City this summer, with City’s incoming manager Pep Guardiola having to sign homegrown talent to meet the Premier League quotas. Oxlade-Chamberlain has endured a frustrating time at the Emirates due to injuries, and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger might be considering his future if the right offer comes in.

Wenger pays tribute to the departing Rosicky 0

Posted on May 23, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger recently paid tribute to departing midfielder Tomas Rosicky, calling the Czech playmaker ‘perfect for Arsenal’ after ten years’ service with the Gunners. Rosicky has struggled with injuries during his decade at the club which has cut his game time significantly, and Wenger admitted regret that he couldn’t get more games from the veteran.

“He had all the football qualities to play the game we love to play here, and I would say Tomas Rosicky was the perfect player for Arsenal. It will always be a frustration he didn’t play more games because first of all Tomas was an exceptional talent. I personally, like we all do here, love the player. The standing ovation he gets every time he walks out there tells you a lot,” said the Arsenal boss.

Was a marquee signing made to keep Ozil and Sanchez at the Emirates? 1

Posted on May 23, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal are close to completing a deal to sign Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka for £30M this summer in a bold move from manager Arsene Wenger to boost their Premier League title push for next season. But while supporters are delighted at such an outlay being spent to strengthen a known weakness in the side, have Arsenal made the move convince Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez to stay?

Southampton’s Ronald Koeman 5/1 to be Arsenal’s next permanent manager 0

Posted on May 23, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

With Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expected to leave the Emirates at the end of next season, talk on his successor has begun. A lot of names ranging from Germany manager Joachim Lowe and Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini have been mentioned, but one name has a genuine chance of succeeding the French coach and that is Southampton manager Ronald Koeman.

The Dutchman has enjoyed a fantastic season with the Saints, finishing sixth in the Premier League with 63 points. Koeman improved upon a strong 2014/15 campaign even after losing a key player from his midfield, and his CV pre-Southampton speaks for itself. Koeman has managed over 600 games, winning titles at Ajax and PSV. He won the Copa Del Rey with Valencia, and is reportedly being headhunted by Barcelona.

What can Arsenal expect from Granit Xhaka next season? 0

Posted on May 20, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal are set to sign Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka for around £30M this summer. The talented deep-lying playmaker has been on the Gunners’ radar for some time and will greatly strengthen their midfield. Xhaka is only 23, and has already surpassed 200 career appearances at club level, while being called “a young Bastian Schweinsteiger” by manager Ottmar Hitzfeld. But what can Arsenal expect from the Swiss star?

Liverpool fighting with Arsenal for the signature of Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell 0

Posted on May 20, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Various reports are suggesting Arsenal might have been beaten by Liverpool in the race for Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell this summer. The 19-year-old left-back has impressed for England at youth level, and made eight appearances while on loan at Championship side Huddersfield Town earlier in the season. He made three senior appearances for Leicester in cup competitions in 2015/16.

Liverpool are stepping up their pursuit for the defender as manager Jurgen Klopp considers axeing inconsistent fullback Alberto Moreno in the summer. Chilwell has been the radar of many clubs in the last year, but Arsenal looked to be the ideal destination for the youngster. However, with Leicester winning the Premier League title, there’s also a chance he may stay at the King Power Stadium to compete with Christian Fuchs for a starting place.

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