Here is Thursday’s news and gossip concerning Arsenal:
Ian Wright has called the Gunners’ failed pursuit of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema embarrassing, according to the Daily Mirror.
The 27-year-old quashed speculation linking him with a move to the Emirates with a defiant Tweet, and Wright believes the whole saga reflected poorly on Arsenal.
“I thought the Benzema situation was embarrassing in the way they pursued it,” he said.
Another former Gunner Charlie Nicholas believes that the club are in a strong position to go on and win the Premier League title this season, according to the Daily Mirror.
Despite a lack of summer spending, Nicholas thinks the squad is capable of catching Manchester City.
“I may be the only one who thinks this but I believe that this current group is good enough to win the league,” he explained.
Theo Walcott is backing the club to bounce back from their defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in their opening Champions League game, the Daily Mail report.
The striker believes that the loss doesn’t mean their hopes of lifting the trophy are over for another year.
“We can’t blow one result and say it’s the end of the season. We’ve still got a long Champions League run,” he said.
The Gunners are reportedly interested in a possible move for Boca Juniors striker Jonathan Calleri, according to the Metro.
The 21-year-old, who has scored seven goals this season, is also being watched by Napoli and Palermo.
Finally, Gedion Zelalem is hoping to impress while on loan with Rangers as he knows that Arsenal will be keeping a keen eye on his progress, the Daily Express report.
“The problem with some clubs is that they put you out on loan and forget about you but that is where Arsenal are different; it’s not just me they keep an eye on everyone,” he said.