Here is Wednesday’s news and gossip concerning Arsenal:
The side begin their competition tonight against Dinamo Zagreb, hoping that they can go further than the last 16 stage for the first time in six years.
“This drive [to win the competition] is immense,” he said.
“It has never been done at Arsenal and we were very, very, very, close,” he added.
They will have to negotiate the group stage without Jack Wilshere, after the Daily Star reported that the midfielder is set to miss the next three months.
The England international has undergone surgery on a hairline fracture on his left leg.
Santi Cazorla has insisted that he was never close to leaving Arsenal this summer, the Metro report.
The Spaniard was linked with a return to La Liga, with Atletico Madrid maintaining an interest, but the playmaker has hit back at claims he was looking to go.
“I never said I wanted to return to Spain,” he said.
Gunners legend Ian Wright believes that Arsene Wenger needs to give Theo Walcott a prolonged run as the main striker in the side, the Daily Express report.
“The Gunners will always create chances and I feel it’s time to unleash Theo and let him prove he can do it,” he said.
Finally however, Joel Campbell has vowed to battle it out with Walcott and Olivier Giroud for a place in the side, the Daily Star report.
“For me it’s very important that I have the challenge at Arsenal, the competition is very tough, and I will fight with everything I hope to have the most games,” he explained.
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