Arsene Wenger could turn his attention away from Phil Jagielka and towards Christopher Samba and Scott Dann after Sylvain Distin insisted that the Everton centre-back will not be joining Arsenal any time soon, according to Metro.
The Gunners had a £12m bid for the England international rejected by the Toffees and Distin is confident that Jagielka will be sporting the blue of Everton for at least one more season: “He’s got top clubs after him and that’s a sign of his quality but there’s no sign that he’s going. There’s no reason to be worried.”
With the news that the 28-year-old will be staying at Goodison Park, Wenger is expected to go after either Blackburn Rovers’ Samba or Birmingham City’s Dann as he looks to solve his defensive worries.
The Frenchman has been looking for a new central defender since January and since the departure of left-back Gael Clichy, the Gunners’ backline looks even weaker and in need of investment.
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Blanc: Nasri decision asap.
France manager Laurent Blanc says Samir Nasri needs to move as soon as possible so he can concentrate on football again, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
Nasri has one year remaining on his contract at the Emirates and has no intention of extending his stay with Arsenal and his national team Coach believes a fresh start is what the 24-year-old needs to start concentrating on his football once more.
Blanc said: “Nasri is an Arsenal player. That’s it, I dont know more. I just know that he is in talks with his club. Not to extend his contract because he said he would not, but to change club.
“I personally can’t wait for this to happen, because psychologically, it is never easy to play in a team and to not be sure whether you will start the season or leave. I admit it, it can be disturbing really.”
Manchester City are the favourites to land the midfielder but the Citizens have already had an offer of £19m rejected by the North London side.
Ramsey: We don’t need Fab.
Aaron Ramsey is confident that Arsenal can achieve success without their captain Cesc Fabregas, The Mirror has revealed.
As Fabregas looks more and more likely to join Barcelona this summer, the Welsh international says the Gunners squad are good enough to win the Premier League even without their skipper and he feels with some investment in defence, the side will be ready to challenge Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea to the title this season.
He said: “There is no doubting our ability going forward, but maybe we need to stop conceding sloppy goals. We are always going to be a threat in getting goals, we just need to tighten up a bit. If we can do that, we will be there and thereabouts at the end of the season.
“We just want to win everything and give it our best shot and that’s why the Champions League qualifying game next week is so important.”
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