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News Roundup: Xhaka injury, Elneny reports, Lacazette expectations 0

Posted on March 28, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

There hasn’t been any movement in the Premier League for the last 10 days as clubs around Europe gave way to international football, but a few Arsenal-related stories have popped up these days just to give us a kind of a warm-up ahead of the final stage of the season.

Xhaka Injured

Midfielder Granit Xhaka left Switzerland’s Euro 2020 qualifier after 79 minutes as coach Vladimir Petković succumbed to his request to be substituted.

“Xhaka could not stay on the pitch. He asked me ten minutes before to be replaced.” Petković explained after the game.

Arsenal considering late window move for centre-back 0

Posted on August 08, 2018 by David Nugent

According to the London Standard, Arsenal are considering a late window bid of around £26.9million for Besiktas and Croatia centre-back Domagoj Vida. The Turkish club are understood to be willing to sell the 29-year-old this summer.

Vida in-demand

Vida impressed at the World Cup and helped his country to the final, where they suffered a 4-2 defeat. Alongside legend in his own lunchtime Liverpool’s Dejan Lovren, the defender formed a formidable central defensive partner for Zlatko Dalic’s side.

Vida’s performances in Russia reportedly attracted the interest of Premier League duo Everton and Liverpool. It seems Arsenal were also impressed by the centre-backs displays. The defender is believed to fancy a move to England and the Premier League.

Arsene Wenger makes Oguzhan Ozyakup approach 0

Posted on February 14, 2018 by Milos Markovic

Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup could be set for a return to Arsenal, six years after leaving the north London club without ever making a single first-team appearance in the Premier League.

Former Arsenal academy graduate who won successive Premier Academy League titles in 2008/09 and 2009/10 and lifted the FA Youth Cup of 2008/09 moved to Turkey in 2012 and went on to establish himself as a valuable first-team member with Besiktas.

As a full Turkey international and one of the key players for his side, Ozyakup is heading into the final six months of his deal with Besiktas and is free to open talks with interested parties ahead of the summer move.

Oguzhan Ozyakup linked with Arsenal return 1

Posted on November 07, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger offloaded the Turkish midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup back in 2012 without ever giving him a proper chance to prove himself with the first team.

The 25-year-old Turkey international born in Netherlands started his career with AZ in 2005 before moving to London three years later.

Ozyakup spent four years with Arsenal as a youth prospect but Arsene Wenger opted against including him in the first team and sold him to Besiktas for mere £400,000 in 2012.

Arsenal in bid for Besiktas playmaker 0

Posted on August 31, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to talkSPORT, Arsenal are interested in Besiktas midfielder Tolgay Arslan and could make an official approach before the summer transfer window shuts. The Gunners have been desperate for more creativity in the side and the 27-year-old could be value for money at £9.5m.

Arslan made 30 Super Lig appearances for Besiktas last season, making five assists. He operates as a central midfielder and could well replace the injured Santi Cazorla is Arsenal were to lodge a bid. The Gunners have been short on creative midfield quality and have little in the way of real depth – Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny are more defensive options.

David Ospina will not be a major miss for Arsenal 3

Posted on July 02, 2016 by David Nugent

Reports have surfaced that Arsenal are set to hold talks with Besiktas over Colombian ‘keeper David Ospina or so Turkish news outlet Takvim claims anyway. Arsenal are believed to be looking for £3.5million for Ospina, but could sell the ‘keeper for less as he seeks first team football elsewhere.

He has been linked with a move to Turkish football before, but it seems he could now actually finally leave north London this summer.

No chance of first team football at Arsenal

Besiktas renewing their interest in David Ospina 0

Posted on June 23, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to ESPN, Turkish Super Lig side Besiktas are interested in Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina, but may be put off by his apparent lofty asking price. The Gunners signed the Colombian shot-stopper for £3M from OGC Nice in 2014, but he’s struggled to hold down a starting place despite satisfactory performances for the Londoners.

Besiktas president Fikret Orman recently spoke out on the rumours and admitted there has been interest from their end. However, he also revealed Besiktas were being price out of a move for Ospina, saying: “I do want Ospina and we are going to get a foreign keeper. (But) Arsenal want a lot for him so we may have to look for alternatives.”

Debuchy linked with Besiktas switch this summer 0

Posted on June 18, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to Turkish newspaper Sabah, Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy could be on his way to Besiktas this summer. The French international was frozen out of the Arsenal first-team last season, struggling with fitness and form since his switch from Newcastle United, and spent the second-half of the campaign on loan with French club Girondins de Bordeaux.

Debuchy made just two Premier League appearances for Arsenal in 2015/16, and he’s expected out of the Emirates this summer as a result. The rise of Hector Bellerin in the right-back slot has meant Debuchy’s been on the periphery for some time, and his search for regular appearances could force him to leave.

Gunners ‘keeper set to leave for Besiktas 0

Posted on June 16, 2016 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Star, Arsenal ‘keeper David Ospina is close to completing a £3.5 million move to Turkish champions Besiktas, with the Colombian international hoping to move away from the Emirates this summer in order to play regular first team football.

Ospina has also reportedly attracted interest from Premier League rivals Everton, but it seems the Turkish side are favourites to sign the Colombian international.

Never going to play in front of Petr Cech

Ospina is clear second choice ‘keeper behind Cech and is unlikely to become first choice ahead of the Czech in the near future, which was probably obvious last summer, but the former-Nice ‘keeper decided to stay with the north London club.

Besiktas renew interest in Arsenal goalkeeper 0

Posted on June 03, 2016 by Milos Markovic

Following their failed January bid to land Arsenal shot stopper David Ospina, Turkey giants Besiktas are ready to return for the Colombian international.

The 27-year-old was linked with a move away from the Emirates during the winter transfer window, but seeing that Wojciech Szczesny left Arsenal for a loan deal with AS Roma, Gunners were not too keen on losing the valuable squad member which would have left Petr Cech with Matt Macey as his only replacement.

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