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Szczesny in talks over a permanent move to AS Roma 0

Posted on July 22, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is reportedly in talks with Italian Serie A side AS Roma over a potential return to the Stadio Olimpico. However, the Polish international is keen on a permanent move rather than a loan deal such as last season which could see Szczesny ending a 10-year stay in England.

The 26-year-old became first-choice between the sticks for Roma last season, and stands more chance of regular game time in Italy than back at Arsenal. The Gunners have Petr Cech in goal, while David Ospina in the current number two. Szczesny lost his place in the Arsenal side in 2014/15, and was loaned out so he could get regular game time rather than being on the bench for the season.

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal “will spend big money on the right candidates” 0

Posted on July 22, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said the club will spend big money if they find the right player in the summer transfer window, amid talk that the Gunners’ main business was done ahead of the new season. Arsenal have recently signed Bolton defender Rob Holding and Japanese youngster Takuma Asano who are both for the future, but supporters feel Arsenal still need a forward.

“We are very active, and if we find the right candidates we will spend big money. We have already spent big. It’s not over. Today we are in July, and the transfer market finishes on the 31st of August. We know as well that a lot happens many times in the last week. It’s a long time to go, but we are active. We are working,” said Wenger.

No Arsenal move for Barcelona’s Arda Turan 1

Posted on July 21, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to Goal, Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan will remain at the Nou Camp, as per his agent Ahmed Bulut: “No, I haven’t heard anything from Arsenal. Arda will be staying at Barcelona.” The former Atletico Madrid man ensured a difficult debut season with the Catalans and found himself largely on the periphery.

The 29-year-old made 18 league appearances for Barcelona last season, but racked up just 816 minutes (45 minutes per game). Turan was either brought off early in the second-half of games he started, or introduced late in the second-half from the bench. Nevertheless, he doesn’t appear keen for an exit this summer.

Olivier Giroud won’t be sold by Arsenal this summer 0

Posted on July 21, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been linked with a move away from the Emirates this summer with Napoli centre-forward Gonzalo Higuaín said to be in the frame to replace him. However, the French international’s agent Michael Manuello poured cold water on the rumours and insists Giroud will remain in London. Giroud’s representative believes any player brought in will be to cover for Welbeck’s long-term injury, rather than to dethrone Giroud.

Coquelin to fight new-boy Xhaka for a starting place in the Arsenal side 0

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin was under no illusions of the task he faces to earn a starting place in the side next season following the signing of Granit Xhaka. Coquelin played second fiddle to the likes of January-arrival Mohamed Elneny and Aaron Ramsey at the heart of the midfield for the second-half of the campaign, but will have a chance to impress next season.

However, with £30M-man Xhaka to compete with for game time, Coquelin admits he has a task on his hands to stake a claim. The Frenchman’s skill-set revolves around his combative tributes, stealing the ball and turning over possession, but Xhaka is believed to be more of a ball-player in addition to being strong in the tackle.

Time running out for Arsenal to sign and integrate a new striker into the side 1

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s search for a new striker has been whittled down to two options this summer – Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi and Olympique Lyonnais’ Alexandra Lacazette. But with just weeks remaining before the new Premier League season starts, the Gunners still aren’t much closer to confirming a centre-forward.

With Olivier Giroud given an extended break due to his excursions in the 2016 European Championships, and Danny Welbeck out until March with a knee injury, Arsenal are thin on options in attack. Ahead of their opening Premier League clash against Liverpool, manager Arsene Wenger might be forced to plump for a makeshift centre-forward in the squad if they can’t sign somebody.

Manchester City in bid for Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin 0

Posted on July 18, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Metro, Manchester City are looking to sign Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin this summer. The Spanish defender was with the national team at the 2016 European Championships, and was named in the PFA Team of the Year for an outstanding campaign.

The 21-year-old boasts excessive pace, a real attacking outlook, and has greatly improved his combative qualities. Quick enough to make up for any mistake, Bellerin looked the real deal in the Arsenal backline last season, and is on the shortlist of City manager Pep Guardiola for a host of reasons.

Arsenal’s Wellington Silva returns to Fluminense 0

Posted on July 18, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Wellington Silva’s time in England has finally come to an end after the Brazilian U21 international has rejoined former side Fluminense this summer. The Arsenal forward joined the Gunners from Fluminense in 2010, but loan spells to the likes of Levante, Alcoyano, Ponferradina, Real Murcia, Almeria and Bolton Wanderers failed to see him progress enough to garner first-team football with Arsenal.

Wilshere & Campbell return to pre-season training 0

Posted on July 17, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Midfielder Jack Wilshere and winger Joel Campbell have both returned to pre-season training for Arsenal this summer after their excursions in the 2016 European Championships and Copa America Centenario respectively. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed his returning stars would be given up to four weeks off, but Wilshere and Campbell were eliminated early and therefore didn’t play the same amount of time

Gnabry risking his Arsenal future representing Germany in this summer’s Olympics 1

Posted on July 17, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry is reportedly set to join the Germany squad for the 2016 Rio Olympics this summer, according to Sky Sports. If he participates along with the other 17 players, Gnabry will miss the remainder of pre-season with Arsenal and the first Premier League game of the new campaign. And with the 21-year-old in the last year of his deal, having been frozen out of the first-time in the last season, is it wise for him to join Germany’s Olympics squad?

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