Arsenal divided over Arsene Wenger’s replacement

The key decision-makers at Arsenal are divided over the choice of Arsene Wenger’s replacement, according to Sky Sports. Wenger announced last week that he will step down from his job at the end of the season. Since then, the Frenchman has dominated the news, and quite predictably, there has been a lot of speculation about his replacement. Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis, Head of Football Operations, Raul Sanllehi and Head of Recruitment Sven Mislintat are expected to start discussions with potential candidates this week. However, according to the report, all three have different preferences…

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Manchester City to raid Arsenal for midfield trio

Manchester City could make a raid on Arsenal’s midfield. Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are the names being looked at by the club. According to Football Insider, incoming manager Pep Guardiola is concerned about meeting the Premier League’s rules regarding home-grown players in first team squads. Therefore, luring in the Arsenal trio would help the Citizens greatly in this regard. While Ramsey and Chamberlain are being targeted to add to Guardiola’s squad, Arteta is more likely to join City’s coaching staff under his Spanish friend if he hangs up his playing…

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Arsenal handed quadruple fitness boost ahead of this weekend’s Premier League return

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been boosted by the news that Alexis Sanchez, Laurent Koscielny, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini are all back in contention to feature in this weekend’s clash with Watford, the Metro reports. Wenger had concerns over Sanchez’s fitness going into the international break, but the 26-year-old came through the victory over Peru without any problems and is now ready to dive straight back into first team duties with The Gunners (via Metro). The Metro also claims that defender Koscielny, who missed the 3-0 victory over Manchester…

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Arsenal skipper backs young teammate to usurp Chelsea star’s international spot

Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta has backed young full-back Hector Bellerin to soon take precedence in Vicente Del Bosque’s Spain squad ahead of Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta following his stunning debut season at The Emirates, according to the Metro. The 20-year-old impressed last term when he took advantage of Mathieu Debuchy’s injury problems to end the campaign as Arsene Wenger’s first choice right-back. He kept Debuchy out of the side once he had returned to fitness and even played his part in helping the side win a second successive FA Cup. Bellerin…

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Arsenal gossip: Ozil’s agent hints at future exit, and Wenger set to continue goalkeeper rotation

Here is Friday’s news and gossip concerning Arsenal: Mesut Ozil’s agent has hinted that the German would want to join Fenerbahce at the end of the season, but only if he decided to leave the Emirates, according to the Metro. Ozil is a fan of the Turkish side, but Erkut Sogul insisted that he is not thinking about leaving at the moment. “At the end of the day it is a huge club and I think Ozil would say yes to an offer if it came down to it but…

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Former Gunner slates Arsenal trio for performances in Champions League defeat

Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas has criticised Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta for their performances in their Champions League group stage opener with Dinamo Zagreb, while also accusing Olivier Giroud of being childish in the defeat in Croatia, the Metro report. Zagreb took the lead in the 24th minute, and Nicholas believes that it was the tempo being set by the Spanish pair in the minutes leading up to the opener that caused the Gunners to go behind (via Metro). “After 20 minutes I thought it was going nice and…

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Arsenal gossip: Key trio close in on return and striker deal given January go-ahead

Wednesday’s biggest Arsenal news and transfer rumour roundup. Juventus are ready to let Simone Zaza go in January, with Arsenal interested in the 24-year-old striker, according to Spanish outlet Fichajes. The striker spent last season with Sassuolo, and linked up with Juve over the summer. The Gunners are confident forward Danny Welbeck, 24, will play again this year – despite England boss Roy Hodgson suggesting he would be out for six months, The Sun reports. Arsenal are now hopeful of having Welbeck back in the squad in time for Christmas.…

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Arsene Wenger denies that Arsenal need new holding midfielder

Arsene Wenger has seemingly ruled out the possibility of Arsenal buying a new holding midfielder before the end of the transfer window by suggesting that he is happy with his current options, the Daily Express report. The man that appears to have become Wenger’s first choice in that role is Francis Coquelin, and he has formed a good partnership alongside Santi Cazorla, who seems to thrive on making his marauding runs from deep. But after the Frenchman, Wenger has just the injury-prone Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini – who has…

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Arsenal gossip: Cavani price set at £35m and Gunners to step up Gotze chase

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Wednesday’s biggest Arsenal news and transfer rumour roundup. Arsenal will need to pay £35m if they want 28-year-old Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, according to Eurosport. The Uruguayan has emerged as a top target since the deal to sign Karim Benzema has dragged on for far too long. Arsenal’s 18-year-old midfielder Gedion Zelalem held talks with Rangers yesterday over a loan move to the club, but is also wanted by English trio Fulham, Charlton and Birmingham City, the Daily Record reports. The USA international has yet to make a first…

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Arsenal gossip: Benzema bid planned, but key man to MISS start of the season

Here is Tuesday’s news and gossip concerning Arsenal: READ MORE: Arsenal News and Gossip Arsenal midfielder out for FIVE WEEKS with knee injury Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists Mesut Ozil is going nowhere this summmer 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…

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Arsenal gossip: Sanchez to miss season opener and Arteta pens new deal

Tuesday’s biggest Arsenal news and transfer rumours. Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 26, will miss the start of the new season after helping Chile to win Copa America, the Daily Telegraph reports. The end of the Copa America caps off a year of non-stop football for the former Barcelona man. Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta, 33, has finally signed a one-year contract – months after the Spanish midfielder verbally agreed a deal with the Gunners, the Daily Mirror reports. The veteran midfield star saw his campaign last season curtailed by a series…

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Injury-plagued Arsenal midfielder agrees new contract, reports suggest

Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta has reportedly agreed a new one-year deal at the Emirates, despite missing most of last season through injury. READ MORE: Arsenal Gossip Arsenal closing in on Portugal star wanted by Premier League rivals Diego Simeone wants Arsenal man to replace Arda Turan According to the Metro, respected journalist Kike Marin has claimed that the 33-year-old has agreed an extension. The decision to award him a new deal seems slightly sentimental on the surface, but it may to be an astute move from Arsene Wenger. Despite the fact…

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