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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC 24 Jul 21:30

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Arsenal F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 24 Jul 18:32

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Arsenal – 24 Jul 16:47

Mertesacker admits concern at Arsenal?s lack of transfer activity

Per Mertesacker has spoken of his fears that Arsenal could get left behind this season with a number of their rivals already spending big money in the transfer market this summer.

The Gunners have bolstered their ranks with the signings of Granit Xhaka, Rob Holding and Takuma Asano, but have seen the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City make a host of marquee signings.

United have brought in Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and are closing on a world-record deal for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.

Liverpool and City, meanwhile, have also been busy with Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum joining the Reds and Ilkay Gungogan and Nolito moving to the Etihad – with deals for John Stones and Leroy Sane reportedly in the pipeline.

And Mertesacker, 31, admits this is a cause for concern for the upcoming season after claiming it was a miracle the Gunners finished second last term.

“The way last season went, we were quite lucky to finish second,” said Mertesacker.

“We turned things around at the end but it was kind of a miracle we finished runners-up.

“What really disappointed us was that Leicester were able to take advantage of all the other big teams suffering and we couldn’t do the same.

“That will be a big motivation next season – to keep up with all those good teams who finished behind us.

“Of course, those big clubs will be stronger this time. That’s what I expect as they’ll start the season with a lot of new players.

“A lot of transfer business has already been done and it won’t be easy for us this time, especially with all the signings going to the other clubs.

“So we also need to be stronger and I am looking forward to seeing how well we compete for the title with not a lot of signings and a lot of young players.�

Having spent £30m on Xhaka, Arsene Wenger is still looking to sign attackers after missing out on Jamie Vardy and is now reportedly eyeing a move for Riyad Mahrez.

Wenger insists he will spend big again if he can get the right players to the Emirates, but Mertesacker accepts that simply breaking the bank is no longer guaranteed to bring success.

“You cannot predict what will happen with the other teams. Even when you have bought three or four big players, you still need to complement each other,” Mertesacker added.

“So there are still a lot of questions to be answered.�

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ESPN FC - Arsenal News 24 Jul 15:44

Per Mertesacker wary over Arsenal's Premier League title chances

The ESPN FC crew discuss Arsenal's expectations for the upcoming season. LENS, France -- Per Mertesacker believes the big spending by Arsenal's main rivals will make it harder for the Gunners to challenge for the Premier League. Mertesacker has taken note of the big signings arriving at Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea and said it's clear they will all be stronger than last season, when the traditional powers struggled. "That's what I expect, so we need to be stronger as well," Mertesacker told reporters in Lens after Arsenal's first preseason game. "We...

Arsenal – 24 Jul 12:59

Zlatan, Kante, Mane? Fans choose their signing of the summer

Manchester United’s capture of Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been voted as the best signing of the summer so far, according to a fans’ poll.

Premier League fans have witnessed several significant signings already this summer, particularly from the biggest clubs, setting the 2016/17 season to be very special indeed. What’s more, it’s still only just getting to late July.

More than 121,000 people registered their vote in a 90min poll to determine who fans believe to be best new arrival so far from five high profile options.

Given the fervour and hype surrounding his move to Manchester United, it is perhaps unsurprising that Ibrahimovic came out on top with as much as 48% of all votes cast.

The Swede announced the move via his personal Instagram account in late June in a post that has been liked well over 1,000,000 times. He is yet to join up with his new team-mates, but Zlatan has been likened to the second coming of Eric Cantona at Old Trafford, a comparison not assigned lightly considering the Frenchman’s legendary status.


Signing of the summer

Second behind Ibrahimovic with 20% of the overall vote was N’Golo Kanté, Chelsea’s new midfield engine. The diminutive dynamo made the switch £32m switch to Stamford Bridge from Leicester after becoming a Premier League champion with the Foxes in May.

The move rounded off an incredible 12 months for the 25-year-old. In July 2015 he was still at Cannes and unknown to most after just one season of top flight football to his name. Now he’s a title winner, a full international and one of the most expensive French players in history.

Kanté was marginally ahead of new Liverpool winger Sadio Mané, signed from Southampton for a fee of £34m that could potentially rise to a club record £38m.

The Senegalese winger, who finished the 2015/16 campaign in fine goalscoring form, is the latest player to make the switch from St Mary’s to Anfield, following the path previously walked by Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne, among others.

Granit Xhaka’s move £30m to Arsenal from Borussia Monchengladbach was the first big move of the summer but has been somewhat overtaken by everything that has happened since. As such, just 10% of those voted chose the Swiss international as their top signing so far.

Even fewer, just 5%, went with Ilkay Gundogan, currently the most expensive new arrival of the Pep Guardiola era at Manchester City. Hype has arguably been diminished because the German arrived with a knee injury that will likely prevent him from making his debut until October.


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Arsenal F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 24 Jul 12:35

Wes Morgan insists there was no reason for Jamie Vardy to leave Premier League champions Leicester City

Leicester City captain Wes Morgan has backed team-mate Jamie Vardy's  decision to ignore interest from elsewhere and sign a new deal with the Foxes ahead of the new season

Arsenal F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 24 Jul 12:32

Per Mertesacker admits Arsenal finishing second last season was a 'miracle' and Arsene Wenger needs to strengthen

Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker has admitted for the first time that he and his team-mates were lucky to finish second in the Premier League last season.

Arsenal – 24 Jul 11:59

Bellerin dampens Arsenal exit talk after returning to training

Hector Bellerin has appeared to distance himself from claims he could look to leave Arsenal this summer after posting a message on social media following his return to the club from a holiday.

The Spain full-back has been linked with a £43million move to Manchester City, where his former Barcelona academy coach Pep Guardiola is now in charge, while quotes from the player did little to dampen reports the Spanish champions are also keen on re-signing him.

However, although saying nothing about his future at the club, the player did at least tweet the following after his return to pre-season training with the Gunners.

Nice to be back at home ⚽���

— Héctor Bellerín (@HectorBellerin) July 23, 2016

The Gunners are reportedly in talks with the player over an extended deal at the Emirates, and although far from conclusive proof that the player is staying, Arsenal can at least draw comfort from the post on Twitter.

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ESPN FC - Arsenal News 24 Jul 11:56

Breaking down Arsenal's continued search for a striker by the numbers

The guys answer your tweets about Arsenal's lack of transfers and Paulo Dybala's future Ballon d'Or chances. Arsenal have been plagued by the absence of a "world-class" striker since Thierry Henry set the Premier League ablaze. The Gunners have not been able to replace him with someone of equal goal-scoring prowess. Since then, there have been a number of players who have done well, like Robin van Persie, who won the PFA Player of the Year in 2011 and led the league in scoring. But Arsenal did not have the support around him, finishing fourth. He then moved on to Manchester United and won a title in his...

Arsenal – 24 Jul 10:55

PSG coach discusses Matuidi?s Premier League transfer links

Unai Emery insists he wants to keep Blaise Matuidi at Paris Saint-Germain this season after he responded to suggestions the France star was set to move to the Premier League.

The recently-appointed PSG coach made the signing of Grzegorz Krychowiak from his former club Sevilla his first act at his new club – but the move led to suggestions that Matuidi’s time at the Parc des Princes could be coming to an end.

There were reports emanating in France that Matuidi left the France squad during Euro 2016 to travel to England and discuss a move to an unnamed Premier League club.

Further reports then suggested the player was a target for both Arsenal and Manchester United, with the latter lining up a move for him as an alternative to Paul Pogba.

However, the Spanish coach claims he is looking forward to working with Matuidi and insists he has a part to play at PSG this season.

“Matuidi is a fantastic footballer and he belongs to PSG,” Emery said. “He joins up later because he played the last game, the final of Euro 2016, with the French national team. We’re waiting for him. I’m waiting for him to come back.”

When asked directly about claims he was set for a move to the Premier League, Emery responded: “He is a great footballer and logically I don’t want to dispense with great footballers.

“A situation that is spoken about is that there are a lot of midfielders and that there could be a situation in a given moment that the player could leave, but of course, I as coach am behind him and as the coach, I’m waiting for his return to the team. The circumstances could change that, but in principle, it’s not what I want.”


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Arsenal F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 24 Jul 10:14

Tony Adams in talks with Chongqing Lifan over head of youth development role after turning down Arsenal U18 job

Tony Adams is in discussions with Chinese club Chongqing Lifan after turning down the chance to coach at Arsenal. The 49-year-old had been invited to take over Arsenal's Under 18s.

Arsenal F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 24 Jul 02:43

Arsenal yet to launch official bid for Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez, says agent

Arsenal retain an interest in Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez but have yet to make an offer. Reports in France on Saturday claimed a £41.8million deal was imminent.

ESPN FC - Arsenal News 24 Jul 01:29

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri confident Riyad Mahrez won't join Arsenal

Despite speculation of a transfer, Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri insists Riyad Mahrez is staying with the club. Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri is "confident" star winger Riyad Mahrez will not leave the Premier League champions this summer. Mahrez, who was named the PFA Player of the Season last campaign, has reportedly received interest from Arsenal, with some outlets claiming he's agreed to a deal with the Emirates club. Speaking to reporters after Leicester's friendly defeat of Celtic on Saturday, the former Chelsea and Juventus boss expressed his certainty that the Algeria international would remain...

ESPN FC - Arsenal News 24 Jul 01:01

Arsenal bid for Riyad Mahrez; Man City reignite John Stones talks

Despite speculation of a transfer, Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri insists Riyad Mahrez is staying with the club. The FC guys take a look at the early relegation odds and wonder if Leicester will be in trouble if Riyad Mahrez departs. A detailed look into Riyad Mahrez's statistics from last season alongside what clubs may be interested in signing him. With the summer transfer window upon us, rumours are picking up steam. Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest gossip. Follow our live blog below, and see the latest deals here. Top story: Arsenal eye Mahrez, City chase Stones Arsenal's summer started off with a bang when the club secured the signing of Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach on a long-term contract, but it's been slow since then and fans have started to grow restless. Arsene Wenger could...

Arsenal – 23 Jul 23:06

Ranieri still ?confident? of keeping Arsenal target Mahrez

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has said he is still optimistic of keeping star man Riyad Mahrez despite strong links to Arsenal.

The Italian has had mixed fortunes in keeping his best performers after Leicester’s incredible title run last season. Record-breaker Jamie Vardy decided to stay with the Foxes, but N’Golo Kante opted to join Antonio Conte at Chelsea.

Now Ranieri’s next challenge is to keep hold of the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and, despite strong reports of Arsenal agreeing a £42million move for the Algerian, he is hopeful of a positive outcome for the Premier League champions.

“I’m confident, of course,” Ranieri said after the Celtic match, when questioned about whether Mahrez would stay with the Foxes.

“We know very well there are other teams who must win the Premier League. We just have to defend it.”

Ranieri also played down suggestions that Mahrez’s substitution at Celtic was something other than the fact that he was tired.

He added: “I changed him at last because I said ‘okay, his job is done, it’s better to avoid injury’.”

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ESPN FC - Arsenal News 23 Jul 22:18

Arsenal's Arsene Wenger expects 'poker game' for summer targets

The ESPN FC crew discuss Arsenal's expectations for the upcoming season. The FC crew discusses the possibility of Arsenal landing Gonzalo Higuain, and suggests Mauro Icardi as another option. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger still wants to buy both a forward and a defender in the transfer window, but expects a tough "poker game" with other clubs over targeted signings. Wenger had set his sights on three new signings when the summer started but has so far only brought in midfielder Granit Xhaka along with two young prospects -- defender Rob Holding from Bolton and Japan forward Takuma Asano. But having already pledged to "spend big money" if the right player becomes available, Wenger also made...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC 22 Jul 14:06

Arsenal sign Holding from Bolton

Arsenal sign 20-year-old defender Rob Holding from Bolton Wanderers for a fee believed to be about £2m.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC 22 Jul 13:41

Liverpool sign veteran keeper Manninger

Liverpool sign 39-year-old Alex Manninger on a short term contract, 15 years after his last game in the English top flight.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC 12 Jul 19:42

'Arsenal target' Higuain valued at £80m

Arsenal must pay Napoli £80m to sign striker Gonzalo Higuain, says a source close to the Italian club.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC 12 Jul 13:24

Henry leaves role as Arsenal coach

Thierry Henry leaves Arsenal after being told he cannot combine his job as a television pundit with his role coaching the club's under-18s.

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