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Confirmed: Lichtsteiner in, Cazorla out 0

Posted on June 05, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

The signing of Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus has been confirmed as imminent by the club via their official website.

The Swiss defender arrives on a free transfer from Juventus, where he won the Serie A title in each of his seven seasons there. After stints at Grasshopper, Lille and Lazio, he made a total of 257 appearances for the Old Lady, and now he joins Arsenal as a vastly experienced player, a proper defensive leader.

He captain his Switzerland team on Sunday in a pre-World Cup friendly against Spain, and directly facing world-class players he admirably stood his ground, leading by example like a true captain.

Santi Cazorla set to leave Arsenal 0

Posted on May 20, 2018 by David Nugent

According to the Mirror and Spanish TV, Arsenal’s veteran midfielder Santi Cazorla is set to return to Spanish club Villarreal this summer after 18 months of injury hell in north London.

The reports claim that Cazorla is set to return to his former club and that the Yellow Submarine are in ‘advanced negotiations’ to sign the 33-year-old this summer. There is even a claim that he is ready to link up with Javi Calleja’s team in July for pre-season training.

On This Day In 2006: Arsenal reach Champions League Final 0

Posted on April 25, 2018 by Harry Kettle

It’s that time again as we take a trip down memory lane, and this time around, we’re looking at one of the most famous nights in the history of Arsenal Football Club. The date was April 25th, 2006 and the location was Spain as the Gunners drew 0-0 with La Liga side Villarreal to seal their place in the UEFA Champions League Final in Paris.

Their run through the tournament was all the more surprising given their relatively poor performances in the Premier League, but it didn’t matter one bit on this night as they were able to celebrate one of the club’s finest ever achievements. They were heading into the second leg tie with a 1-0 lead from the first leg at Highbury, as Kolo Toure’s goal gave them the advantage.

Santi Cazorla ‘far’ from playing again 0

Posted on July 28, 2017 by David Nugent

Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla is a highly popular player at Arsenal. The little playmaker seems to be capable of moments of magic that most players would envy.

However, the 32-year-old has been frustrated in his attempts to return to the pitch after nine months on the sidelines through an Achilles injury that has needed multi surgeries to repair. With the new Premier League season just a few weeks away, the Spaniard has recently given an update on his injury.

Cazorla told Spanish radio station Ondo Cero: “I started my recovery two weeks ago. I’m still far [from playing]. I do not have strength in my tendon or muscle mass,”

Arsenal linked with Mateo Musacchio move 0

Posted on May 30, 2016 by David Nugent

The Daily Express and reports from Spain suggest that Arsenal are in the running for Villarreal’s highly-rated centre-back Mateo Musacchio this summer.

The Gunners have been linked with a number of centre-backs with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger seemingly wishing to add to his central defensive options.

A very impressive season

Musacchio has enjoyed an impressive season in La Liga, as he helped the Yellow Submarine claim a top four finish and a place in the Champions League qualifying round. Musacchio solid defensive performances were the foundation for Villarreal’s good league campaign and their run to the semi-finals of the Europa League.

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.

Villarreal to make move for Arsenal key midfielder 0

Posted on May 03, 2016 by Milos Markovic

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla is a target for La Liga outfit Villarreal according to reports from Daily Star.

The Spanish midfielder had been in superb form for Gunners before he suffered a knee injury that has kept him on the sidelines since November.

Daily Star now claim that Spanish giants Villarreal are keeping a close eye on the 31-year-old playmaker, who is contracted to Arsenal until next summer. Santi Cazorla is yet to be offered contract extension and the Yellow Submarine are willing to exploit the situation in order to bring their former player back to El Madrigal.

Gunners linked with Real Madrid winger 0

Posted on August 13, 2015 by David Nugent

According to the Metro, Arsenal are interested in Real Madrid’s Russian winger Denis Cheryshev. The 24-year-old looks set to leave the Spanish capital after telling club officials that he wants to move on this summer.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is believed to be a big admirer of Cheryshev and the north London club are reported to have bid around £14.9million for the winger. However the Metro claim that Real are looking for closer to £15.3million for the Russian star.

Arsenal sign Villarreal defender Paulista 0

Posted on January 26, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have completed the signing of Villarreal centre-back Gabriel Paulista, with the 24-year-old having been awarded a work permit, for a deal said to be worth around £15M with Joel Campbell going in the opposite direction on loan.

Manager Arsene Wenger previously revealed the deal to sign Paulista could be completed today, saying: “Paulista is a central defender but he can also play on the flanks. He is tall and pacy. He has a good chance to adapt to English football. I see good potential in him. The deal could be done before the FA Cup draw (on Monday).”

Arsenal close to signing Villarreal defender Paulista 0

Posted on January 22, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal are continuing the strengthening of their defensive options, with the Londoners close to completing a deal to sign Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista.

“I hadn’t considered selling Gabriel, it’s bad news from a sporting point of view. If both Gabriel and the club believe that his sale to Arsenal is the best for all parties, we will accept,” said Villarreal manager Marcelino.

The 24-year-old could see the Gunners back around £10M, but would provide much-needed strength in depth in an area Arsenal have been lacking in this season. No deal has been confirmed yet by either party, but the move is expected to be completely shortly.



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