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Roma president flying to London to complete Szczesny deal 0

Posted on June 29, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Corriere dello Sport, AS Roma president Walter Sabatini will fly to London to complete a deal for the club to sign Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny on a one-year deal. The Polish international spent last season at the Stadio Olimpico, and is keen to stay for at least one more campaign.

“I learnt more in four months under (AS Roma manager Luciano) Spalletti than in 10 years in England,” said Szczesny, who may consider a permanent move to the Italian Serie A given how well hit fit in with Roma in 2015/16. Arsenal are still keen to keep the goalkeeper, but don’t have a place for him in the side.

Wenger opens door for Lacazette transfer 0

Posted on June 29, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger stirred up transfer controversy after failing to rule out the possibility of signing Olympique Lyonnais striker Alexandre Lacazette this summer. “I can neither confirm or deny interest. If I say that I like the player it starts speculation,” said the Gunners boss.

Lacazette has been keen for a switch from the Stade des Lumières after his failure to make the France national team in this summer’s European Championships. Despite scoring 21 goals in 34 games, France manager Didier Deschamps overlooked him in the 23-man squad.

Arsenal linked with Lille’s Sofiane Boufal 0

Posted on June 29, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Guardians’ Ed Aarons, Arsenal will compete with Chelsea and Southampton for the signature of Lille attacking-midfielder Sofiane Boufal this summer, after the 22-year-old enjoyed a prolific season in the French Ligue 1.

Boufal, a Paris-born Moroccan international, scored 11 league goals in 29 games for his new club, and is expected to be moved on this summer given the lucrative bids being thrown around.

Having only signed from Angers in 2015 for little over £2M, Boufal’s value is likely to be tenfold amid all the interest with Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona entering their hat in the ring.

Former Arsenal target Grzegorz Krychowiak to line up for Poland against Portugal on Thursday 0

Posted on June 29, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Poland midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak is expected to start against Portugal in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals at the Stade Vélodrome on Thursday night, and will be looking to show Arsenal what they’re missing out following the news he’s set to sign for Paris Saint-Germain.

The Gunners were put off matching the Sevilla man’s €30M asking price in the summer, instead signing Borussia Monchengladbach’s Granit Xhaka, and the talented 26-year-old looks set for a switch to the Parc Des Princes. Krychowiak would provide the steel in the PSG midfield, something the French side have been lacking without the right personnel.

Why are West Ham United & Crystal Palace more forthright than Arsenal in their bid for a centre-forward this summer? 0

Posted on June 28, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s failed bid to sign Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has seen their search for a centre-forward halted this summer, while their London rivals have been making lucrative bids for a number of talented targets. West Ham have continued their pursuit for Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette, while Crystal Palace are reported to be set to sign Marseilles’ Michy Batshuayi.

West Ham saw a £31M bid rejected for the Olympique Lyonnais striker earlier this summer, but are still very keen to sign the talented Frenchman. Palace have had a £31M bid accepted for Batshuayi, but Arsenal are still in limbo about their next transfer target. The Londoners signed strong midfielder Granit Xhaka but they are still lacking a top centre-forward.

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez named Copa America Centenario Player of the Tournament 0

Posted on June 28, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez was named Copa America Centenario Player of the Tournament after leading Chile to a successful defence of the trophy. The former Barcelona man has been outstanding this summer, scoring and creating five goals in six games for the champions.

Alexis Sanchez celebrates with the Copa America trophy (R) and the Player of the Tournament award

He made the Copa America Centenario Best XI along with seven other Chile players and three Argentinean faces. Arsenal will be delighted to see their key players looking in such fantastic form ahead of the new season, but they won’t be happy to see his recent excursions leading to an injury that might infringe on pre-season.

Mesut Ozil misses a penalty as Germany romp to 3-0 win over Slovakia 0

Posted on June 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil missed a spot-kick for Germany as the Eagles thrashed Slovakia 3-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the European Championships. The World champions dominated the game from start to finish, and could have won by an even bigger margin had they taken more of their opportunities.

Ozil was given a chance to get himself off the mark in the tournament after Germany were awarded a penalty in the 14th minute, but his effort was well-saved. Slovakia defender Martin Skrtel committed the foul for grabbing and pushing Germany’s Mario Gomez in the box, but Ozil didn’t take advantage.

Giroud grabs an assist as France beat Republic of Ireland 0

Posted on June 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud set up the second goal for France as Les Blues came from behind to win against the Republic of Ireland in the last-16 of their European Championship clash on Sunday.

The 29-year-old occupied two defenders and flicked on a ball free Antoine Griezmann in the box, and the in-form Atletico Madrid forward buried his chance with aplomb. The first-half saw Giroud largely anonymous, but he got more of the ball when the match opened up after the break.

Ospina clean sheet as Colombia finish third in Copa America 0

Posted on June 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s second-choice goalkeeper David Ospina kept a clean sheet for Colombia as the South American outfit won 1-0 against USA in their Copa America Centenario third fourth place playoff clash at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday morning.

The 27-year-old has enjoyed a fine tournament from a personal point, pulling off a number of outstanding saves to help his side to three clean sheets in the Copa America. Colombia conceded just three goals with Ospina the sticks, and he’s certainly put himself in the shop window if he’s considering his future with Arsenal.

Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka misses penalty as Switzerland crash out of Euro 2016 0

Posted on June 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s new midfielder Granit Xhaka missed a penalty as his Switzerland side suffered elimination to Poland in a shootout. Poland’s Jakub Blaszczykowski opened the scoring for the favourites, but saw his goal cancelled out late on by a screamer of an effect from Xherdan Shaqiri.

Penalties ensued after the two sides remained inseparable at extra time, and Xhaka was the one who missed to cost his side a place in the quarter-finals. “He’s disappointed, but that’s football and mistakes can happen. I think Granit is very professional and he can cope with it. He will stand up again,” said international teammate Xherdan Shaqiri.

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