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Manchester United interested in Monaco’s Thomas Lemar 0

Posted on August 19, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to Football.London, Manchester United are keen to sign AS Monaco winger Thomas Lemar, a player who has been linked all summer with Arsenal. The Gunners have had three bids rejected by the Ligue 1 champions for the 21-year-old, but United may have more luck given they’re able to offer considerable more for his signature than Arsenal.

Arsenal had an initial bid of around £30m-£35m turned down by Monaco, before being equally unsuccessful with a £40m offer. And the Metro reported the Gunners had a £45m bid turned down at the end of July. Manchester United are now going to try their hand, with the winger’s asking price believed to be more than £60m.

Tony Pulis reveals Arsenal approached Jonny Evans last summer 0

Posted on August 19, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis revealed Arsenal an approach for Manchester City-target Jonny Evans 12 months ago. “He had a chance to go to Arsenal last year. It didn’t affect him in any way,” said Pulis, reports the Express.

“You could say Manchester City are different because they will be hoping to win the title, the Champions league, and the FA Cup. It is difficult. We don’t want to sell him, or need to sell him, we are not desperate to get the money in, so it would have to be a very, very good offer. Then we would sit down and talk to Jonny about the situation,” he added.

Gabriel Paulista joins Valencia for £10m 0

Posted on August 19, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista has joined Spanish La Liga side Valencia for £10m, after making 64 appearances for the Gunners in two years. The Brazilian centre-back was yet to feature this season as he’s recovering from a knee injury, but manager Arsene Wenger deemed him surplus to requirements given the vast options in his stead.

The 26-year-old joined Arsenal in 2015 from Villarreal for around £15m but never managed to nail down a starting place for a prolonged period of time. With the likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding and Laurent Koscielny ahead of Gabriel in the pecking order, chances were always going to be limited. Per Mertesacker and Calum Chambers provide the cover at centre-back, while new-boy Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal can also play in the middle.

Stoke v Arsenal Premier League Preview 0

Posted on August 18, 2017 by David Nugent

On Saturday evening Arsenal travel to Stoke’s Bet365 Stadium in the Premier League, with the Gunners hoping to make it two wins out of two in the English top-flight.

Stoke endured a mixed pre-season campaign after losing star winger Marko Arnautovic to West Ham. An opening day 1-0 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park added to the Potters woes.

Mark Hughes sides have won just one of their last six games in the English top-flight. The Potters have also lost seven of their last 11 league games.

Why Arsenal may be forced to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 1

Posted on August 15, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Mirror, Arsenal might have to consider selling midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain if they can’t offload the deadwood this summer. Chelsea have been linked with the 24-year-old’s signature and are reportedly close to a completing a deal. The Ox’s dead expires in 12 months and has rejected a contract extension.

Manager Arsene Wenger has been keen to keep the England international but may need to cash in while he has value as the London club have been unable to sell their unwanted players from the squad. The likes of Kieran Gibbs, Mathieu Debuchy, Carl Jenkinson, Calum Chambers, Mohamed Elneny, Lucas Perez are believed to be up for sale but aren’t shifting this summer.

Wilshere makes long awaited return against Derby 0

Posted on August 15, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere returned for the U23s in Monday night’s clash against Derby, having recovered from a leg fracture and now looking to build up his match fitness for the new season, reports the Daily Mail. The English international picked up the injury in April during a season-long at Bournemouth last season but is making positive steps to returning.

He played 75 minutes at St George’s Park in the Premier League 2 and impressed on the ball. The pace of the game is a lot slower, but Wilshere still stood out as one of the better performers on the pitch. It’s good news for Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger, as having the 25-year-old back will be like a new signing.

Thierry Henry criticises Arsenal for overplaying in possession 0

Posted on August 15, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry was critical of his former club for overplaying in the final third, rather than being more direct to give the forwards better ammunition. Henry says the Gunners have been guilty of always trying to do ‘the Arsenal ball’, reports Sky Sports via the Express.

“Granit Xhaka has it in his locker to play that ball over the top. He has an amazing left foot. If he has time on the ball he does not need to play through the middle sometimes. Why do you want to play what I call ‘the Arsenal ball’ to the winger who comes in the pocket? Why don’t you play the other ball?” he said.

Manchester United linked with Arsenal-target Arda Turan 0

Posted on August 15, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to AS via talkSPORT, Manchester United are interested in Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan, a player who has been linked with Arsenal throughout the summer. The 30-year-old is expected to exit the Nou Camp as a result of a lack of playing time and Jose Mourinho is reportedly offering Turan a chance to resurrect his career elsewhere in Europe.

Former club Galatasaray are also believed to be keen on the ex-Atletico Madrid attacking-midfielder, but Manchester United might be considering Turan as they’ve so far struggled to land Ivan Perisic. Turan, while not boasting excessive pace on the wing, is a creative midfielder who can play somewhat in between the lines. It’s why Arsenal were interested but so far no deal has materialised from any suitor.

Everton plotting move for Danny Welbeck 0

Posted on August 15, 2017 by David Nugent

Everton boss Ronald Koeman is plotting a move for Arsenal and England forward Danny Welbeck before the transfer closes, according to the Daily Mirror. The Toffees interest in Welbeck broke a few weeks ago.

However, Koeman may now make an official move for the forward, as it seems the Merseysiders are not going to sign Welbeck’s Gunners teammate Oliver Giroud, who now looks likely to stay in north London.

Everton need a focal point for their attack

Newcastle preparing bid for Jack Wilshere 0

Posted on August 13, 2017 by David Nugent

Newcastle United are preparing a bid for Arsenal’s out-of-favour central midfielder Jack Wilshere, according to the Daily Express. The report also claims that Wilshere has accepted the fact that he is now surplus to requirements in north London.

The 25-year-old’s contract in north London expires next summer and it seems unlikely that a chance offer will be forthcoming.

Wilshere needs to prove himself

In his teen years, Wilshere was supposedly destined to be a star. However, the midfielder’s problems with injuries are well documented, as close to a decade Wilshere has struggled to stay away from injuries.



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