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ARSENAL TRANSFER ROUND-UP: Striker to leave, Dortmund and PSG Star on radar

Arsenal On Alert: PSG In-Form Midfielder Ready to Listen Offers

Paris Saint-Germain in-form midfielder Adrien Rabiot has put Arsenal and hosts of European giants on red alert after revealing that he is ready to listen offers.

The 21-year-old highly-rated midfielder has found the net for eight times in 91 Ligue 1 appearances for Ligue 1 defending champions Paris Saint-Germain since making his debut for the French club in the summer.

According to the Get French Football News reports, Arsene Wenger’s side are keeping tabs on Rabiot’s contract situation at Ligue 1 defending champions and he is ready to listen to offers over his future from top European clubs.

‘I am under contract until 2019 and I do not think that I am in a rush,’ he told Europe 1.

‘Honestly, I am nothing thinking about that. If there are offers from big clubs, that obviously demands that they are considered.

‘Clubs like Real Madrid, they are great clubs but, truly, the most important thing is the present.

‘I am concentrating on what I am doing right now, that is the best thing to do.’

Arsenal are in need for a quality midfielder with German playmaker Mesut Ozil being linked with an exit from the club at the end of the current campaign.

European Giants Eyeing £17.1m Move For Arsenal No.9

La Liga giants Sevilla are ready to make a summer move for Arsenal No.9 Lucas Perez, according to the Sun reports.

The European giants set to offer Spaniard an escape route after failing to settle in the Gunners starting lineup despite his decent form as he has found the net almost every time after being handed chance from Wenger.

The 28-year-old forward has struggled to nail down a regular spot at Emirates Stadium since his move from Deportivo La Coruna and with being keen

The former La Liga ace forward has scored seven goals for Arsenal in all competition including a hat-trick in the Champions League group stage.

Spaniard has insisted that he felt ‘comfortable’ at Arsenal this week amid shock exit rumours. However, it has been known that he is desperate to represent his country in for the 2018 world-cup.

Jorge Sampaoli’s side, however, are reportedly unwilling to bid more than the £17.1 million for Lucas Perez.

It is believed that several Premier League clubs are also keeping tabs on 28-year-old forward ahead of a summer move.

Arsenal ready to pay £51 million to land the Dortmund star at Emirates Stadium


Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has dropped a hint over possible departure of Arsenal long-term target Marco Reus.

The Germany international has been identified as a replacement for Copa America winner Midfielder Alexis Sanchez with Chilean forward has been widely expected to leave the club at the end of the current campaign.

The former Barcelona striker has stalled his talks over contract extension with the Premier League giants following the terrible form of the Gunners.

Should Sanchez seek a move, The Gunners are believed to be willing to pay around £51 million for Dortmund star in the summer, Reus has struggled badly with an injury in recent months and could leave the club at the end of the season.

And Watzke fueled speculation, telling ruhrnachrichten.de:  ‘We have lot of players, especially up front, something can happen there’

Dortmund are also fighting to keep hold of their another key player Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has been on the radar of hosts of European clubs including Arsenal, Real Madrid and Premier League leaders Chelsea.


Arsenal Star set to leave this summer (not Sanchez)

One of Arsene Wenger’s signings from last summer has admitted that he might not be at the club next season.

The Arsenal manager secured loan moves for several players during the summer transfer window and that trend continued last month as a host of youngsters moved elsewhere for the rest of this season.

Takuma Asano, who was allowed to join Stuttgart on a season-long loan after failing to be granted a work-permit, is yet to feature for the Gunners.

The 22-year-old is still waiting for his debut in Arsenal colours after signing for the club from Japanese side Sanfrecce Hiroshim in July.

According to Asano, who appears to be enjoying his time in Germany so far, he could remain away from Arsenal for another year

“There is no talk with the Arsenal bosses yet, but I can definitely imagine playing another year here [at Stuttgart]” the midfielder said  when asked about his future at the Emirates Stadium.



Defensive Problem will be Solved after signing this Player

Arsene Wenger appears to have identified another defensive target according to reports from the past couple of days.

The Gunners enjoyed a busier than usual transfer window during last summer, as the total spending on five new players went beyond the $100 million mark.

And if the rumours which are now doing the rounds are anything to go by, Arsenal may be set for another summer of big spending.

Talk SPORT via France Football are claiming that the Gunners have moved into the race to secure the signing of Issa Diop.

The Toulouse defender has attracted the interest of several big clubs around Europe this season after a string of solid performances in Ligue 1.

And according to the report, Arsene Wenger recently sent out scouts to watch the 20-year-old in action in the 0-0 draw between Toulouse and Paris Saint Germain.

Diop, who prefers to be deployed at centre-back, is believed to be valued at $4.2 million.



Arsenal ready to agree $24.8 million star acquisition – Coquelin replacement?

Arsenal are still in pusuit of another holding midfielder if the latest reports are anything to go by.

The Gunners were seemingly strengthened in the midfield department by the acquisitions of Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka in 2016.

However, Arsenal have continued to struggle in that area with Bayern Munich and Chelsea exposing the team’s weakness in recent defeats.

As a result, Arsene Wenger now appears to be targetting the addition of a new midfielder ahead of next season to repair obvious faults in his side.

According to various claims, Arsenal are actively interested in the signing of Adrien Rabiot.

The 21-year-old has been frequently linked with a move to the Emirates stadium in the past couple of years.

And according to Rabiot, whose price could be in the region of $24.8 million (£20 million), an offer for him is likely to be considered by Paris Saint-Germain.

“I am under contract until 2019 and I do not think I am in a rush. Honestly, I am not thinking about that.” the Frenchman said

“If there are offers from big clubs, that obviously demands that they are considered.

“Clubs like Real Madrid, they are truly great clubs but, truly, the most important thing is the present and I am concentrating on what I am doing right now, that is the best thing to do.”



BAD NEWS: Injury Blow Ahead of Liverpool clash


At times this season, and pretty crucial times as well, Arsene Wenger has been left with almost no options for the centre of the Arsenal midfield, Cazorla is out for the season after playing a big role in our good early form and there have also been injury problems for Coquelin, Ramsey and Elneny, while the summer signing Granit Xhaka has missed a fair few games himself for disciplinary reasons.

Some people might try to say that a club with a squad as big as Arsenal have should be able to cope or that every side has it’s own problems to deal with but I would point to the relatively injury free seasons that last season’s Premier League champions Leicester City were blessed with and the fact that the runaway leaders this time have also had almost no injury issues to cope with.

So I make no apologies for being glad to see the Daily Mail reporting that our next opponents Liverpool, who are one of the five big sides embroiled in the fight for the final three Champions League places, have been hit with their own injury problems in central midfield.

Their captain Jordan Henderson did not travel to Leicester and is also a big doubt to be fit for our trip to Anfield at the weekend. With the paper also reporting that the Arsenal star Mohamed Elneny has stepped up his own recovery and should be back soon, will these two separate injury issues help Arsenal to stay ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s team and claim another top four finish.

Which two clubs do you think will miss out?



Gunners figures released

Arsenal have announced figures that show a record amount both spent on players and coming in to the club.

The Gunners have released half-year results which show a record investment in players of some £110.5million and an increase in football turnover to £191.1million.

The figures for the parent holding company of the Premier League club are for the six months ending November 30 2016.

During the 2016 summer transfer window, Arsenal signed the likes of Granit Xhaka for £38.25m, Shkodran Mustafi for £34.85m, while forward Lucas Perez arrived in a £17m deal.

There was an overall group profit before tax of £12.6million, compared to a loss of £6.2millon for the same period in 2015.

Arsenal have no short-term debt, with cash reserves of some £100.5million which is down from £135.9m a year ago.


However, it is understood some £65millon of that is committed on outstanding transfer fees and payments, while there is also a balance designated solely for debt service reserves of £23.3m.

The Premier League club also continue to pay off the financing of the move to the 60,000-seater Emirates Stadium via a long-term fixed-rate bond at a low interest rate following the move from Highbury in 2006.

Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick said: "The financial results for the first half of the year are robust.

"As expected increased Premier League broadcasting revenues have had a direct impact on player costs both in terms of transfer prices and player wage demands.

"We have invested in our own playing squad at record levels. It has also been exciting to see more young players emerging from our Academy.

"We are very focused on producing a positive and exciting closing run and with the support of our fans, I believe together we can achieve a successful and memorable end to the season."

Arsenal secured a place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 2-0 fifth-round win at Sutton on Monday night and will face another non-league side Lincoln in the last eight.

The Gunners do not play again until March 4 when they head to Liverpool where Arsene Wenger's squad will be aiming to keep themselves on course for another top-four finish as a title challenge again looks beyond them.

Arsenal are also unlikely to progress further in the Champions League this season having lost the first leg of their last-16 tie away to Bayern Munich 5-1.



GOOD NEWS: Rabiot put Gunners on Alert

Adrien Rabiot has revealed that he will be open to offers in the summer transfer window with Arsenal continuing to be linked with him.

The 21-year-old France international midfielder has been heavily linked with a move away from Paris Saint-Germain since last summer, but has stayed put at the Parc des Princes, where he has made 91 Ligue appearances since making his debut in 2012.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has always been linked with a swoop to sign him, while the likes of Real Madrid have also been mentioned as potential suitors.

Rabiot is under contract to PSG until summer 2019, but is no nearer signing a new deal and hinted that he could depart if a suitable bid is made at the end of this season.

"I am under contract until 2019 and I do not think that I am in a rush," he told Europe 1.

"Honestly, I am nothing thinking about that. If there are offers from big clubs, that obviously demands that they are considered.

"Clubs like Real Madrid, they are great clubs but, truly, the most important thing is the present."



GOOD NEWS: Arsenal Star contract confirmed but Arsenal must work on duo

Arsenal have finally confirmed that Santi Cazorla’s contract has been extended, whilst admitting they still have important negotiations to handle at present.

The Spaniard is set to miss the rest of the season, having suffered an achilles tendon injury back in October, which was previously only expected to rule him out or some weeks.

The most recent injury update has claimed that he will now miss the remainder of the season, but thankfully his record of absences has not persuaded our club to part ways with the midfield dynamo.

The AFC chairman Sir Chips Keswick confirmed the deals which had been agreed, before admitting that they are still working to sign more contracts before the end of the season.

Chips said: “We have continued to invest in the region of key players.

“Francis Coquelin, Hector Bellerin, Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud have all signed new contracts, while we have taken up options to extend the contracts of Per Mertesacker and Santi Cazorla.

“Further work is required in the area of contract renewals and we will continue to invest rationally in our squad retention.

“As expected, increased Premier League broadcasting revenues have had a direct impact on player costs both in terms of transfer prices and player wage demands.

“While these are market forces that have contributed directly over time to the success of the Premier League, I would sound a note of caution in light of the very material contractual commitments to future wages that clubs are taking on.”

Cazorla has been a hugely integral first-team player when he has been fit over the past few seasons, but the problem lies in the amount of time that has been possible of late.

The Spaniard featured in eight Premier League matches this term, as well as 15 in the previous season, and with him having turned 32 in December, it would have been of little surprise to see Cazorla and Arsenal part ways this summer.

Does Cazorla’s injury record of late mean he should have left the club, and us found a replacement? Is he impossible to replace?


Alexis Sanchez Will Re-sign For Barca If This Happens, Arsenal Fans Won’t Like this

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Barcelona could re-sign Alexis Sanchez this summer, according to reports.

Sanchez future at Arsenal is currently in doubt following the forward’s decision to stall on signing a new contract. The Chile international’s contract expires at the end of next season but has failed to reach an agreement with the club on a new deal.

He is already attracting interests from a lot of top clubs and reports in Spain suggest that his former club could join the race for his services.

According to Spanish Outlet Don Balon via the Express, Barcelona would pursue a move for Sanchez if Jorge Sampaoli takes over as manager this summer.

Luis Enrique’s future as Barcelona boss is currently his doubt following a poor campaign which has left them on the verge of Champions League exit and behind Real Madrid in the La Liga title race.

Sampaoli who is currently in charge of Sevilla is one of the manager’s on Barcelona’s wish list to replace Enrique and reports believe the former Chile manager will make Sanchez his priority target if he moves to the Camp Nou.

Sanchez enjoyed a very good relationship with Sampaoli at the Chile national team and it is believed he could be tempted to work with the Argentine tactician again.

Arsenal’s hope of keeping Sanchez is looking increasingly unlikely by the day and a move to Barcelona will be a big blow to everyone of us associated with the club. Sanchez has always insisted that he wants to win titles but our chances of doing so has faded in recent weeks which could just tempt him to leave.


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The Mirror via the Daily Star has revealed why Arsenal failed to sign Chelsea star N’Golo Kante from Leicester City last summer.

Two weeks ago, Arsene Wenger revealed he tried to sign Kante last summer but lost out to Chelsea and inferred the player chose to join the Stamford Bridge outfit because of money.

The Mirror has now affirmed Wenger’s claims that finance was actually the reason Arsenal failed to sign the defensive midfielder.

It has emerged that Kante demanded for a salary package worth around £200,000 a week plus a big commission fee if he were to complete a move to Arsenal but Wenger was put off by those demands.

Chelsea were willing to pay that much for Kante and that allowed them complete the move ahead of Arsenal.

Kante would have become Arsenal’s highest paid player had Wenger met his demands, dwarfing Mesut Ozil who is currently on £140,000 a week.

This news won’t go down well with some Gooners who have already lost faith in Wenger’s handling of the team.

Our season is close to going up in flames after falling out of the Premier League title race in recent weeks and losing to Bayern Munich 5-1.

Wenger has been cautious on spending big to sign players, insisting you don’t need to spend much to win titles but his continuous failure to challenge for top titles have left fans worried.

Kante has been one of Chelsea’s best player this season, helping them top the Premier League table 10 points ahead of Arsenal and we have been left wishing where we would have been had he joined us.

Obviously the decision not to sign Kante has come back to haunt Wenger as he wouldn’t be under enormous pressure as he is now had he signed midfielder.



Arsenal Goal-Machine Linked With Summer Move To Serie A Giants –Reports

A latest report from English daily, Metro has claimed that French giants Marseille are ready to make a move for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.

Olivier Giroud lost his starting place to Alexis Sanchez, who has been in red-hot form and tops the Premier League scoring charts. Giroud has started just 6 Premier League matches this season.

Being on the bench has frustrated the Frenchman lately and Marseille have taken note of the situation. Giroud was in great form since the beginning of 2017 and scored 5 goals in 5 appearances, including a brilliant ‘scorpion kick’ against Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium.


However, Alex Iwobi’s return from the AFCON and Theo Walcott’s recovery from his injury forced Giroud to sit on the bench. The player is considering his future at the club and Marseille are plotting to make a move for the 30 year old.

The Phocians are trying to bring the player back to his homeland and are expected to splash money. Marseille already signed Dimitri Payet from Arsenal’s London rivals West Ham in January and could add Giroud to bolster their attacking options in the summer.

Olivier Giroud was signed in 2012 from Montpellier and has made 152 league appearances, scoring 65 times under Arsene Wenger.

Despite spending most of his time on the bench for Arsenal, Giroud has been a saviour for Arsenal when he has been brought in. The super-sub has scored 11 goals for the Gunners in the Premier League this season.


Arsene Wenger Set To Send Scouts To Italy Ahead Of £44m Summer Deal For Chelsea Target

Arsenal are one of the sides who are expected to have a productive transfer window in the summer keeping in mind that some of their stars could be set for an exit too.

Lately, Arsenal have been performing much below than what is expected of them and are expected to go without a league title or progressing ahead of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 for yet another season.

The Gunners are now expected to send scouts to Naples in Italy to scout SSC Napoli’s duo of Lorenzo Insigne and Faouzi Ghoulam according to a report from Metro.

Arsenal have been reportedly linked to the Italian midfielder Lorenzo Insigne for quite some weeks now. Claims from both English as well as Italian media outlets have said that the Gunners’ number one target for the target in Lorenzo Insigne who has been a great player for Napoli.

Insigne is believed to be having a contract with Napoli until 2019, and the 25 year old is apparently valued at 44 million pounds by the Stadio San Paolo outfit.

As for the case of Ghoulam, Arsenal are keen to land a left back at the Emirates Stadium after a great amount of inconsistency and poor displays being shown by both their current left backs Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs.

Antonio Conte is also believed to have been interested in the Algeria international, however, Arsenal are also considering a summer purchase for the 26 year old.

Insigne has been in great form the Ciucciarelli, scoring 9 times and assisting 8 in 33 appearances. Meanwhile, Ghoulam also been a thrill to see, having assisted 7 in 26 appearances.



Arsenal Star Goalkeeper Fires Serious Warning to Wenger

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                  Jens Lehmann


Jens Lehmann has warned Arsenal not to sign Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Hart is currently on loan at Torino, with his long-term future at City in serious doubt.

Arsenal were linked with the goalkeeper last weeks, with reports claiming Wenger is eyeing him as a replacement for Petr Cech but Lehmann has waned that Hart won’t be a good signing for us.

Report had claimed Arsenal were lining up a £15m bid for the goalie who was forced out of City at the beginning of the season by Pep Guardiola. The Spanish tactician claimed the 29 year old doesn’t fit into his philosophy and was subsequently sent to Torino where he has impressed so far.

But when asked whether he would advice Wenger to make a move for Hart, the former Germany goalkeeper replied: “No.”

“I wouldn’t. Petr Cech is not too old. He’s maturing.

“Dropping him for the Bayern Munich game is a decision I don’t understand.”


Lehmann was Arsenal’s goalkeeper between 2003 and 2008, making 148 league appearances within that period. He also spent a short spell in 2011 and made just one league appearance before he retired.

The former Germany international didn’t give any reason why we shouldn’t sign Hart but i’m on his side on this issue.


Summer Deal? Arsene Wenger Is Keen On This £25m Deal For PSG Star To Solve Defensive Issues

Arsenal have been facing several defensive issues this season and before too but have somehow scraped through matches and grabbed points courtesy of their attackers’ magic.

However, the Gunners are keen to address this issue now in the summer as they are going to make strong amends to their squad. One of the most major issues that Wenger is facing is that of the left back position.

That is one position which is virtually empty considering the fact that Nacho Monreal as well as Kieran Gibbs are most of the times very inconsistent.

Now, according to the Italian news outlet,Calciomercato, Arsenal are keen on signing Paris Saint Germain’s left back Layvin Kurzawa.

The 24 year old former AS Monaco man has been a target for the Gunners since a long time now and is expected to finally move on from France, having won every possible domestic accolade multiple times with the Parisians.

Kurzawa is expected to be at the Emirates Stadium regardless of the fact whether Wenger is present or not in order to solve Arsenal’s defensive woes and move to a bigger stage in his career.

Kurzawa has scored thrice and assisted five in 20 appearances for the team placed second in the French Ligue 1. PSG are rumoured to have labelled the left back for 20 million euros having signed him in 2015 for 25 million euros. He has 6 appearances with his national side as well as a contract in Paris until June 2020.




Arsenal transfer news: Manchester City teen Jadon Sancho is wanted by Gunners… and tussle is turning nasty

Winger signed from Watford for £500,000 in 2015 and has starred for City's academy and England youth ranks

MANCHESTER CITY teen Jadon Sancho is wanted by Arsenal and the transfer tussle is turning nasty.

The quick winger, 17 next month, was signed from Watford  for £500,000 in 2015 and has starred for City’s academy and in the England youth ranks.

Manchester City teen Jadon Sancho is wanted by rivals Arsenal

The Gunners’ top scout Steve Rowley has been tracking him and City  are worried the potential first-teamer could be lured away.

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Sancho has trained with Pep Guardiola’s top squad but a return to the capital with Arsenal  may be too much to resist.


Arsene Wenger’s top scout Steve Rowley has been tracking Jadon Sancho

GENT keeper Lovre Kalinic is ready to grab his Premier League chance at the second time of asking.

The giant Croatian international starred against Tottenham as his Belgian club dumped them out of the Europa League last week.

Kalinic, 26, was watched by scouts from Everton, Southampton and West Ham at Wembley — and it is the Toffees who are poised for a swoop in the summer as manager Ronald Koeman looks for a new No 1.

The 6ft 7in keeper, who has only been with Gent since last month, was denied a move to Aston Villa last season when he was playing for Hajduk Split in Croatia.

He failed to get a work permit in a controversial case.


Gent keeper Lovre Kalinic is ready to grab his Premier League chance at the second time of asking

Southampton and England star Fraser Forster is Everton’s current top choice and the fact the Saints are actively checking out Kalinic is a sign Forster may be on his way at the end of the season.

Hammers manager Slaven Bilic is also an admirer and is ready to make a move when the bidding starts, with Gent looking for about £10million for the keeper.

A work permit should be a certainty if any club offers the right package, pushing up his points total under the new system.

Out-Of-Favor Arsenal Attacker Linked With Massive Summer Move To Everton – Everton Wanted To Sign Him Last Summer

A latest report from the Daily Star has claimed that Arsenal’s summer signing, Lucas Perez could be nearing his exit as early as coming summer.

Lucas Perez has fallen out of Wenger’s favour and has yet not made any significant impact for The Gunners.

Everton and AC Milan are known to be in contention of the attacker and are closely monitoring his situation. Everton were interested in the striker’s services last summer too, but Perez signed for Arsenal from Deportivo La Coruna for 17 million pounds.

Perez’s agent Rodrigo Fernandez revealed recently that an exit could be on the cards for Lucas who lies behind Alexis, Giroud and Welbeck when Wenger has to choose a striker.

Lucas Perez however scored Arsenal’s first goal in their 0-2 FA Cup win over Sutton United midweek. When Wenger was asked about Perez’s situation after the FA Cup game, he said –

Yes, he is pushing on the door but I have many strikers. I have Giroud, Welbeck, Walcott, Alexis and Lucas. It is true that he deserves a go because he scores goals and is a good player.


The Spaniard has just made 17 appearances for Arsenal across all competitions, which is a major reason for him to worry about. The former Deportivo player has however not failed to leave a mark in those limited appearances. He has scored 7 goals along with 5 assists to his credit.


Ridiculous Early Summer Transfer Offer Tabled For Arsenal Star Target – Reports

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Inter Milan have made a ridiculous £13m bid for Arsenal target Ricardo Rodriguez, according to reports.

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Ricardo Rodriguez for well over two years and reports in December claimed he is one of the few players on Wenger’s wish list to strengthen the defense this summer.

According to Italian outlet Calcio Mercato via the Daily Star, Inter Milan have lined up a plan to sign the defender.

The Serie A giants are keen to overhaul their playing squad in the summer and they have made Rodriguez a top target.

However, they are reluctant to pay his £19m release club and are only willing to stump up £13m plus add ons.

The defender is contracted to Wolfsburg until 2019 and his club are open to selling him for the right price.

The report claims Arsenal and Chelsea will rival Inter for Rodriguez but the Serie A giants are confident of beating the Premier League duo to the defender’s services.

Arsenal’s interest in Rodriguez is something i seriously doubt because if really we were interested, I see no reason why we haven’t signed him all these years.

It’s more likely we are being linked with him again because of our interest in the past. We will have to wait until the summer to know for sure if he is still one of our target or not.


Juventus Agree Price To Sell This Star Man, Good News For Arsenal

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Juventus have placed a €20m price tag on Arsenal target Mario Lemina, according to reports.

In December, Arsenal were rumored to be preparing a January bid for the French midfielder but that plan was abandoned after Wenger opted not to make a major signing mid-season.

However, it appears we may have the opportunity to sign the midfielder this summer. According to Tuttosport via Tribal Football, Juventus are open to selling him in the next transfer window and have placed a €20m valuation on the midfielder.

Lemina was expected to play a key role in Juventus’ first team this season following the departure of Paul Pogba to Manchester United but the French man has struggled to make use of the opportunity.

The Italian newspaper claim Juventus will circulate his name accross Europe before the season ends in a bid to find buyers and are targeting the Premier League.

Arsenal scouts reportedly watched the midfielder earlier in the season and it remains to be seen if we will renew our interest in the summer. It seems unlikely though because the French man hasn’t been able to find a way into Juventus first team and wouldn’t improve our squad in any way.

His quality is not what Arsenal need at the moment. We currently lack enough match winners within our squad and top players like Ozil and Sanchez should be what we are looking for.


Hesitancy to see Arsenal miss out on top transfer target Mbappe?

If the Arsenal transfer rumours are right to suggest that the Monaco and France under 19s forward Kyllian Mbappe is one of our top transfer targets, then maybe Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board will end up regretting the lack of any action during the January transfer window.

This recent window was one of the dullest I can remember and it was not just the Gunners who did nothing, because there were hardly any big moves made by clubs from the Premier League. It is Arsenal that we are concerned about, though, and as well as the idea among many fans that we needed to boost the squad more than most, it is now being reported that our failure to act on the interest in Mbappe could be very costly.

Metro are saying that the 18-year old’s excellent performance for Monaco in their Champions League defeat at Man City this week has alerted the rest of Europe to his potential and that no less a force than the perennial champions of Italy’s Serie A are set to fight us for his services this summer.

Mbappe is being likened to the great Arsenal star Thierry Henry but we might not get to see him don the colours of Arsenal, as Juventus have managed to beat us to a number of targets in recent years. Have we missed the chance to sign one of the most promising young players around by sitting on our hands?


Arsene Wenger WILL sign new two-year extension at Arsenal

I am sure this is not going to come as good news for a lot of Arsenal fans on here, but it appears that insiders at the club are totally convinced that Arsene Wenger has every intention of signing the two-year extension with the Gunners, which is seemingly already sitting on the table just waiting for his signature ‘whenever he chooses’.

Wenger himself has already stated that he will still be managing somewhere next season, even if it isn’t at Arsenal, but can anyone really see him going to another club after 21 years at Highbury and the Emirates? To be honest, the protests against Wenger at the end of the season has become a regular occurence, and history tells us that Le Prof and the Board take absolutely no notice and carry on regardless so we should not be surprised at this news.

The article says that the club insiders know that Wenger has already been involved in preparing the agenda for next summer’s pre-season tour, and is still deeply involved in the contract negotiations with stars like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, amongst others, which they are taking as obvious signs that he will be staying on.

The fact that he also said that he has four years to go before he catches up with the age that Alex Ferguson retired makes me think he will try to emulate that, and maybe even try to create a new record before he retires from the job.

If the contract really is on the table waiting then it is obvious that the Board are never going to try and force him out against his will, so maybe Arsenal fans should just accept that Le Prof will be in charge for many more years to come, whether we like it or not!

So should we just get behind him and the team and cheer them on to FA Cup glory?


Insider Confirm Arsenal Talks For Ligue 1 Star

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Arsenal held talks over a deal to sign Monaco defender Fabinho, according to the player’s father.

Fabinho has been one of Monaco’s key players this season, helping his team to the top of the French League table.

The Brazilian has been a main stay over the years and was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League last summer but Monaco weren’t interested in selling, instead managed to tie him down to a new contract which expires in 2021.

The new deal was suppose to end speculations surrounding the fullback’s future but his performances this term has been so superb that he is even attracting more interests.

And surprisingly, the player’s father Joao Roberto Tavares named Arsenal as one of the club’s interested in the defender.

“We have been in talks with Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and approached by Barcelona, Football-Talk.

“We like Manchester United and [Jose] Mourinho’s work, but we have a soft spot for Manchester City.”


I don’t know if Wenger actually held talks with the player’s camp but this news will excite Gooners.

Fans want to see their club being linked with top players and Fabinho is definitely one. At 23, he still has a lot of room for improvement and will be a great signing for any club.

I liken him to Germany legend Philipp Lahm due to his ability to play at right back and in the holding midfield role just like the veteran defender.

Fabinho is already in the process of making a name for himself and may need to take the next step to a top club to fulfill his potential. We will have to wait and see if Arsenal will be his next destination


Arsenal Midfielder Confirm Alexis Sanchez Serie A Interest

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Arsenal and Juventus are keen on signing Alexis Sanchez, this is according to former Arsenal midfielder Adrian Clarke.

The Serie A duo are admirers of the forward and are both monitoring his situation at the Emirates.

Sanchez currently has less than 18 months left in his Arsenal contract and talks to extend his deal has been unsuccessful. It is claimed the player wants a huge increase to his current deal but Arsenal are reluctant to pay what he is demanding.

And Clarke who works as an analyst for the Gunners’ official video channel Arsenal Player has revealed that Milan and Juventus are keen on the forward.

“I think Alexis has been the player of the season so far hands down,” he told talkSPORT, as quoted by the Daily Star.

“They (Juventus and AC Milan) want him. It’s understandable they want him.


The former Gunner also revealed that it is the uncertainty surrounding Wenger’s future that is holding up the forward’s contract renewal.

“I want Alexis to make his mind up sooner rather than later. The issue is the manager situation.

“If everyone knows Arsene Wenger’s intentions going forward then things can be sorted.”


Arsenal are hoping to convince the forward to sign a deal worth less than what he has demanded and talks with his camp will continue before the season ends.

Wenger has a key role to play in this, as it appears that it is the uncertainty surrounding his future that is keeping the forward from signing a new deal. Once Wenger’s future is sorted, then Sanchez’s and others will follow.


Arsenal join chase for £40m-rated French star

Premier League giants Arsenal have joined the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea in the pursuit of highly-rated Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.

The French footballer has made a huge mark at the Principality outfit where his commanding presence has kept the opponent's attack at bay.

  Bakayoko produced a good performance during his side's 5-3 Champions League defeat at Manchester City - despite being only half-fit, and this appears to have impressed the north London club, The Star reports. The Gunners are likely to release Santi Cazorla at the expiry of his contract in the summer whilst the futures of Jack Wilshere and the out-of-form Aaron Ramsey are yet to be resolved.

    The former Rennes man is also on the radar of United and Chelsea, but he could snub their interest altogether with a move to Paris Saint-Germain being his future target.

    Bakayoko has represented France at all youth levels, and it is only a matter of time before he breaks into Didier Deschamps' senior squad.


Barcelona to get Arsenal star if Wenger goes

There are hundreds of differing opinions on what will happen at Arsenal if Arsene Wenger decides not to sign a new contract extension at the end of the season, and one of those is that the new manager will possibly want to have a clearout and rebuild the side in his own image.

   Can you imagine the war chest the new boss would have if we sold Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil? Those two would be fetching extremely high prices if put on the market next summer.

But then imagine if Barcelona, who are desperate to get Hector Bellerin back, come in with an enormous offer, which they would need as Hector is only 21 years old and has just signed a new long term contract? Barca have not yet found a capable replacement for Dani Alves who left last year, and it is being reported in El Mundo Deportivo in Spain that Luis Enrique is extremely keen to try and tempt Bellerin back to his home town again.

Wenger made it very clear that Bellerin was not for sale last year when he persuaded the young Spaniard to sign a new six year extension to his contract, but Barcelona just think its a ploy to get a massive transfer fee if they come in with an offer, and they think that Hector and Arsenal are more likely to be amenable to cashing in if Wenger decided not to renew in the summer.

Arsenal may well get a massive fee, but we don’t really have anyone capable of covering our scintillating right-back. We have Carl Jenkinson and Matthieu Debuchy but it is obvious that Wenger don’t have faith in them as they tried to offload both of them this January. We certainly can’t consider Gabriel as a reliable back up can we?


Would Morata deal soften Arsenal’s Alexis departure?

Alexis Sanchez is claimed to be ready to quit Arsenal, and they are now claimed to be set to use his departure to land Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.

The Chilean is into the final 18 months of his contract with the Gunners, and has so far failed to agree terms on a new one. The report claims that he has now decided that he wants to leave our club, which will likely mean we will be forced to sell this summer, instead of losing him for free 12 months later.

Alexis has been our stand-out star this season, and is also our top goalscorer in all competitions, and will be a huge loss to our team, but if we are forced to see him go, who could come in to replace him?

Alvaro Morata has been linked with our club for some time now, and we are said to be looking to use Alexis  in order to land him, but is he really good enough to soften the blow of losing our key man?

The striker has failed to earn a regular starting place in his spells with both Juventus and Real Madrid, although the competition for places is strong with both sides admittedly.

The supposed £50 Million asking price  seems rather high considering his importance to Real’s first team, and we will likely be asked to pay £20-30 Million on top of allowing the Chilean forward to return to Spain, which seems excessive, although the little time left on his contract is what leaves us in a tough spot negotiations-wise.

I’m not sure anyone short of the elite could even begin to soften the blow of losing Sanchez, and I certainly do not believe that Alvaro is in that bracket, nor do I think his performances could warrant the asking price.

Would Morata’s dampen the loss of Alexis somewhat?


Would Morata deal soften Arsenal’s Alexis departure?

Alexis Sanchez is claimed to be ready to quit Arsenal, and they are now claimed to be set to use his departure to land Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.

The Chilean is into the final 18 months of his contract with the Gunners, and has so far failed to agree terms on a new one. The report claims that he has now decided that he wants to leave our club, which will likely mean we will be forced to sell this summer, instead of losing him for free 12 months later.

Alexis has been our stand-out star this season, and is also our top goalscorer in all competitions, and will be a huge loss to our team, but if we are forced to see him go, who could come in to replace him?

Alvaro Morata has been linked with our club for some time now, and we are said to be looking to use Alexis  in order to land him, but is he really good enough to soften the blow of losing our key man?

The striker has failed to earn a regular starting place in his spells with both Juventus and Real Madrid, although the competition for places is strong with both sides admittedly.

The supposed £50 Million asking price  seems rather high considering his importance to Real’s first team, and we will likely be asked to pay £20-30 Million on top of allowing the Chilean forward to return to Spain, which seems excessive, although the little time left on his contract is what leaves us in a tough spot negotiations-wise.

I’m not sure anyone short of the elite could even begin to soften the blow of losing Sanchez, and I certainly do not believe that Alvaro is in that bracket, nor do I think his performances could warrant the asking price.

Would Morata’s dampen the loss of Alexis somewhat?

Arsenal players that will miss Wenger the most?

I  have to begin with the fact that I write this article fully believing Arsene will not leave, but if miraculously the guy goes, there will be a few players that will miss him. After all every single players left is here because of him, so shall we start?

Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey. You can’t start anywhere else! Players who are always on the verge of fulfilling their potential but never quite getting it there. You’d wonder if they’d be regulars under a new manager and they are hardly moving to a better team.

The French Contingent will miss the manager if he leaves. Koscielny made a huge career jump from League 2 to being Arsenal’s captain and he said he owes Arsene everything. Despite having only 2 FA cups to his name though, Koscielny is a modern Arsenal legend for me and my favourite player in the squad!

Olivier Giroud was also convinced by Arsene to come here and despite not being the WC CF we all hoped for, he is one of the few players that are always trying. Last but not least Coquelin exposed our desperate need for a DM and became from outcast to somewhat an Arsene go-to-man.

Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal are both part of the ‘not good enough’ part of our squad and they will surely miss Arsene, because their future will be in doubt under a better manager. This is the reason why most players except Koscielny and probably Giroud are on this list!

Last but certainly not least – Mesut Ozil! He is the perfect example of exactly what Arsenal have become. Full of quality, on his day probably one of the best there is, he never turns up for the big games, neither does he take too much of the critique going his way. He is also immortal at the squad no matter of bad form (any resemblance to another man immortal at the club?).

So to sum it up, for me players who won’t get a better club or paycheck, and the ones who don’t accept criticism are those who would miss Arsene the most! See you in the comments if you agree or feel different about it.


Arsenal striker desperate to impress

Arsenal striker Lucas Perez hopes more first-team chances come his way after his goal against Sutton United on Monday.

Lucas moved to north London from Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna last summer.

The frontman has been unable to secure a regular starting spot but has impressed in his limited opportunities to date, including a Champions League hat-trick in Basel.

There had been speculation the 28-year-old could seek a move at the end of the season but Lucas says he wants to stick with the Gunners, although he indicated he feels he now deserves more game time.

“Arsenal are a big team and the competition for places is big. Everyone wants to play and it’s normal,” Lucas told Cadena Cope.

“Today I am happy because I played and scored a goal… and now I need to continue like this to convince the boss to trust more on me.

“Obviously everyone expects to play more. After I scored the hat-trick the boss did not count much with me. But that also means that team-mates are very good.

“The team have not had a bad streak of losing three or four matches in a row… the competition is big and you have to wait for your moment to make the most of the opportunity when it arrives.”


Gunners linked to Italian set-piece king

Arsenal have been linked to Fiorentina midfielder Federico Bernardeschi, but face competition from both Milan giants.

La Gazzetta dello Sport claim the Gunners are interested in the 23-year-old attacking midfielder, who scored one of the best free-kicks seen this season on Thursday night.

Inter Milan sent their top spy to Germany to watch Bernardeschi in Europa League action against Borussia Monchengladbach and the Italy international decided the game with a superb left-footed dead-ball strike.

AC Milan and Arsenal are also keen to snap up the player, who is under contract with the Florence club until 2019.

Bernardeschi has previously been linked with a move to Chelsea but, if Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri turns up at the Emirates Stadium next season, Arsenal could be in the driving seat for his signature.

He has scored 10 goals in 20 Serie A appearances this season, including three penalties and two free-kicks.


Arsenal set for another battle with Bayern over striker transfer

Arsenal fans will be sick and tired of the name Bayern Munich by now and it is likely to get worse for us when Carlo Ancelotti brings the German team to north London for the second leg of our Champions League knockout encounter in a couple of weeks.

You might be hoping that we could then forget about the Bundesliga champions for a while, or until the next UCL draw when knowing our luck we will be matched up with them again, but according to an Arsenal transfer rumour reported by The Mirror that might not be the case.

The report claims that Bayern are now seriously considering a summer swoop for the young Celtic star Moussa Dembele and that could put us into another battle with them as Arsenal are also rumoured to be tracking the impressive forward.

The Gunners are just one of many Premier League clubs said to be interested and when you see him play and check out his stats, especially for a player just 20-years old, it is hardly surprising. But it seems to me that Arsenal have to sort out the manager situation before making any moves in the transfer window, don´t you agree?


Wenger demands Gunners response

Arsene Wenger says his players may never get over the Bayern Munich defeat, but is demanding a response against Sutton tonight.

The Frenchman's long reign has come under intense scrutiny following a 5-1 Champions League reverse in Germany, while two defeats in three Premier League games have all-but ended hopes of a domestic title.

Now Wenger, who has revealed he will decide on his Arsenal future in March or April, takes his squad full of international talent to face Vanarama National League outfit Sutton in the FA Cup at Gander Green Lane.

Asked how quickly players can shake off such a defeat, the 67-year-old said: "It will never be quick. You keep that with you for your whole life but overall, on the other hand, in life if we dwell too much on the past we forget to prepare for the future.

"Part of a successful life is to basically deal with disappointments and focus 100 per cent on what is in front of you and show you can deal with that."

Despite insisting he will name a "normal team" for the tie, Wenger may still make several alterations for the game in south London, with Laurent Koscielny struggling for fitness after suffering a thigh injury in Munich.

Meanwhile, the likes of Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Mohamed Elneny will all be hoping for a recall having been among the substitutes last time out.


Arsenal Star miss out for the Gunners

Laurent Koscielny is set to miss out as Arsenal look to avoid a humiliating FA Cup defeat against Sutton United this evening.

Koscielny is struggling for fitness after suffering a thigh injury during the 5-1 Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich last week, and is likely to sit out.

The defender's exit from the pitch coincided with Arsenal's capitulation at the Allianz Arena but the Gunners should have enough in reserve to cope with the Vanarama National League outfit.

Despite insisting he will name a "normal team" for the tie.

The likes of Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck and Mohamed Elneny will all be hoping for a recall having been among the substitutes last time out.

Meanwhile, with the FA Cup appearing to offer Wenger the best chance of silverware this season, the Gunners manager has left nothing to chance in his preparations.

Asked what the main dangers facing his side would be, Wenger said: "First of all the pitch. Secondly their enthusiasm and thirdly that we are not ready for a big fight and subconsciously think that they are a non-league team and it is no matter - but that will not happen.

"Ideally we would like to play on a normal pitch but it has been accepted and the competition is to deal with what you face. We will face an unusual pitch and we will have to deal with it."


Man United planning transfer swoop for Arsenal star?

While the Arsenal fans may be hoping for a change at the top this summer, with Arsene Wenger’s long spell as our manager more likely than ever to come to an end, there could be a lot of changes in the dressing room as well. No doubt there will be a lot of clubs in the Premier League and abroad hoping to take advantage of the situation at Arsenal and one of the first could be our old EPL rivals Manchester United.

According to The Mirror the first Arsenal player that Jose Mourinho will try to sign this summer is our England international star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and the Portuguese may be willing to let the United centre back Chris Smalling come to the Emirates as part of the deal.

I don’t know about the rest of you Arsenal fans but I do not like the idea of selling the Ox to United. The lad has huge potential and if Wenger is leaving I would like to see the new manager given a chance to get the best out of him. If Wenger does stay then maybe we should think about letting the Ox go and I do like the idea of Arsenal signing Smalling.

What do you think about the Ox and these Arsenal transfer rumours?


Wenger makes top-four claim

Arsene Wenger claims Arsenal are in a fight to finish in the top four this season after watching their Premier League title bid falter.

The Gunners have been an ever-present inside the top four since 1996 but that position is likely to come under threat this season as the scrap for Champions League qualification intensifies.

Arsenal appeared to be more focused on a title tilt until damaging defeats to Watford and Chelsea left them just a point above Liverpool in fifth.

With Chelsea top of the table and Tottenham and Manchester City in decent form, Wenger will be wary of not only their challenge but also of the Reds and Manchester United lurking on the periphery.

And he concedes that not only are his side battling it out for a first title since 2004 but they are also looking to keep up their run of top-four finishes.

"You fight as far as you can," he said when asked if everyone has given up chasing strong favourites Chelsea for the title.

"We are in a double fight because we are in a fight to be in the top four. But when you are in a competition you fight, you do not go home and analyse rationally 'if they win here they have three points'.

"We have as well to fight like we want to catch Chelsea or you have no fuel. You have to refuse to give up."

Asked if this was the hardest season to finish in the top four, he replied: "I'll tell you at the end of the season. It's hard of course but I think we have enough quality to do it."

He also refused to divulge the outcome of a team meeting held to analyse the back-to-back defeats which have threatened to destabilise Arsenal's campaign.

"I don't want to come out on that because it is difficult enough to keep some things internal," he said.

"There is no need for me to come out on top of that to (reveal) what I say in the meetings with the players."


Gunners linked with Koeman

Everton boss Ronald Koeman is being linked with a surprise switch to Arsenal as doubts surround the future of Arsene Wenger.

Wenger is due to fall out of contract in the summer, and although there has been talk of him penning a new two-year deal, his future remains up in the air.

The Gunners picked up a 2-0 win over Hull at the weekend but remain off the pace in the title race, and Wenger's future could be decided by what happens in the Champions League, with a double-header with Bayern Munich coming up.

A host of names are already being linked with the Gunners job should Wenger leave, and Blues boss Koeman has emerged as a target.

The Dutchman has done well during his time with Southampton and the Toffees and is one of the most highly-respected coaches in football at the moment.

So much so, Barcelona, who he represented as a player, are also thought to be interested should current boss Luis Enrique step aside at the end of the season.

Everton will be keen to keep hold, but could have their resolve tested if two of the biggest jobs in Europe become available at the end of the season.


Arsenal tipped with Toulouse target

Arsenal are believed to be targeting a summer swoop for Toulouse's promising goalkeeper Alban Lafont.

The Gunners are relying heavily on veteran keeper Petr Cech between the sticks but it's thought manager Arsene Wenger is looking for a long-term replacement for the Czech Republic veteran.

Lafont has already secured a first-team spot at Toulouse and his performances are thought to have caught the eye of the Gunners, Watford and Serie A outfit Lazio.

Wenger could well be tempted by a summer swoop for the France under-18 international if he continues to impress in the south of France.


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