Arsenal news – Gunners line-up Croatian striker, Djourou still out for season, Lehmann plans title

Gunners line-up Croatian striker.

Arsenal are reportedly renewing their interest in 19-year-old Croatian striker Ante Vukusic according to The Metro.

Vukusic, who has scored 14 times in just 22 appearances for Croation side Hajduk Split, was reportedly attracting interest from Arsenal and Tottenham in the January transfer window and it is now looking like the Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is renewing his interests.

The club seem open to Nicklas Bendtner making a Summer exit, with the player having attracted the interest of Blackburn Rovers, as well as Bundesliga duo Borrusia Dortmund and Hamburg. Offloading the Dane would create space for Vukusic as a potential long-term replacement.

Djourou still out for season.

Arsenal defender Johan Djourou is expected to be sidelined until the end of the season according to The Irish Times.

Djourou dislocated his shoulder in The Gunners FA Cup exit to Manchester United on Saturday which led to a long stoppage during the game and the defender leaving the pitch in clear agony.

A statement had gone up on the official website of the Swiss FA giving a much more positive prognosis than had been given by Wenger, even going so far as to hint that Djourou could feature in the Euro 2012 qualifier against Bulgaria on the 26th of this month although this statement has since been removed.

The confirmation of Djourou’s absence will come as a large blow to Wenger as he looks to resurrect a suddenly faltering season and the Gunners will now head into a game against West Brom on Saturday with a centre-back partnership of Laurent Koscielny and Sebastian Squillaci with has proved less than effective at times this season.

Lehmann plans title.

Shock Arsenal signing Jens Lehmann has revealed that he has set his sights on helping the Gunners to the Premier League title after being handed an unexpected short-term contract at the Emirates Stadium according to Fansfc.com.

The 41-year-old shot-stopper has been brought in to ease Arsenal’s current goalkeeping crisis after retiring from football last summer, having been a regular in the last Arsenal side to win the league in 2004 in their unbeaten season.

Lehmann has revealed how he was over the moon at the chance and is now hoping to keep the Gunners season on track with a bid for the title: “I know this Arsenal team and I am sure we can go on and win the title. If I can play a part in that, so much the better,” he said.

“It never crossed my mind that I might end up saving it [Arsenal’s keeper crisis]. But when they asked me, I was more than happy to oblige.

“It was just over the last few days that they contacted me to see if I could help out for the rest of the season and I agreed straight away.”

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