Here is Tuesday’s news and gossip concerning Arsenal:
The Gunners are preparing to make a stunning £35m bid for Real Madrid Karim Benzema, according to the Daily Express.
The Frenchman may be forced to consider his future at the Bernabeu, with new manager Rafael Benitez set to play Cristiano Ronaldo in the central striker role.
However, a bid may not be on the radar, after Arsene Wenger hinted that he’s happy with the squad that he already has at his disposal, the Daily Telegraph report.
The boss suggested that their preparations for the new season is now about developing an understanding in the side.
“We have a good level of cohesion. I believe we have the quality, and it’s now about how much we can be stronger together,” he said.
They will have to begin the new campaign without Alexis Sanchez however, after it was confirmed that the Chilean will miss the Community Shield, the Daily Mirror report.
Wenger confirmed that the playmaker will only begin training the day after the curtain-raiser against Chelsea, following the Copa America.
Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has suggested that the signing of Petr Cech may help the Gunners win the Premier League title, the London Evening Standard report.
The Spaniard believes the 33-year-old still has the hunger to succeed.
“He just wants to take this chance and say: ‘I’ve got another chapter with a massive club and I want to make Arsenal champions’,” he explained.
Finally, defender Carl Jenkinson has agreed a new five-year deal with Arsenal, but will return to West Ham on loan again next season, the Telegraph report.