Coming into this pre-season tour of the United States, it felt like there was a great deal of negativity at Arsenal Football Club. They just didn’t seem capable of catching a break, with the Kroenke issue being one of the primary reasons why. Alas, in the last few games over in the States, they’ve been able to distract fans from all of that noise with a series of impressive wins. Last night, that trend continued as they eased their way towards a 3-0 success over Serie A side Fiorentina.
Despite the distraction of the summer transfer window, Arsenal have been able to compose themselves pretty well on the pitch during their pre-season campaign in the United States. They’ve had two games up to this point against Colorado Rapids and Bayern Munich, which has resulted in two wins. The triumph over Colorado was pretty standard, as you’d expect in a Premier League vs MLS clash, whereas the Bayern win was a bit more hard fought – and, as a result, a little bit more satisfying.
According to the Daily Star, Arsenal are holding talks with Juventus over signing Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado. A fee of around £22million has been mooted for the for the former Chelsea star.
The Colombian international has only recently joined Juventus on a permanent deal from Chelsea after spending the last two campaigns on loan at the Bianconeri.
However, according to reports from Italy Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a fan of the winger and the Italian club are willing to let him leave this summer.
Struggled at Chelsea
With reports from Italy suggesting Serie A side Fiorentina are looking to sign Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta, the Spaniard’s representative Inaki Ibanez has insisted his client will remain in London.
“The player has no intention to leave London,” he said. “’We have not spoken to any club and I would like to remind everyone that we are talking about the Arsenal captain, with all respect for Fiorentina.”
Arteta has been an important player in the Gunners’ midfield, making 31 Premier League appearances last season, scoring twice. He made over 100 tackles and more than 60 interceptions for the Londoners, while boasting a 92.1% pass completion.
Fiorentina striker Khouma Babacar has suggested that he is flattered by the reported interest from Premier League leaders Arsenal.
The Senegalese has been loaned to Modena this summer to gain much needed first team experience, and he has taken full advantage of the opportunity that presented itself, notching 8 goals in 12 Serie B matches.
This has alerted a number of Premier League clubs, and while the talented forward admits West Ham contact, he has revealed that Arsenal have the upper hand at the moment.