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ESPN FC - Arsenal News 25 Aug 15:00

Trending: Clubs await Champions League draw, Joe Hart waves goodbye

Man City supporters at the Etihad gave Joe Hart some much-needed appreciation during the second half of their UCL playoff match. Manchester City's Joe Hart spoke on the situation between him and manager Pep Guardiola after their match against Steaua Bucuresi. Here are the latest stories for Thursday. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Rostov eliminated Ajax to reach the group stage with a 4-1 rout to claim a 5-2 aggregate win overall. Borussia Monchengladbach, Copenhagen and Dinamo Zagreb completed the group stage line-up after Wednesday night's second leg ties. - The pots for Thursday's group stage draw are now set. - When and what time is the Champions League draw. MAN CITY: Joe Hart remained tight-lipped on his...

Arsenal F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 25 Aug 12:36

Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City latest

With the clock ticking towards the closure of the transfer window, Premier League clubs are racing to get their final business done. Stay up to date with all the transfer news with Sportsmail.

Arsenal F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 25 Aug 12:18

When is the Champions League group draw? What pots are Arsenal, Leicester and Co in?

More than any other competition, the Champions League is the highlight of the club calendar. Fans can begin salivating over the big fixtures with the group stage draw on August 25.

Arsenal – 25 Aug 10:57

Arsenal hijack Everton?s £16m move for Spanish striker ? report

Arsenal are ready to beat Everton to the signature of Deportivo La Coruna’s £16million-rated striker Lucas Perez, according to reports.

El Confidencial believe that the Spaniard, who scored 17 goals in La Liga last season, prefers a switch to the Emirates while Marca report that a deal with the Gunners is at an advanced stage.

Perez continued to catch the eye with a goal and a assist in Deportivo’s 2-1 win against Eibar last weekend and a £17million bid would trigger his release clause.

Arsenal are also closing in on a new centre back, according to Thursday’s tabloids, with Omer Toprak of Bayer Leverkusen set to seal a £14million switch.

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Arsenal F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 25 Aug 08:59

Chris Coleman bemused by Arsenal's decision to play Aaron Ramsey so soon after Euro 2016

Chris Coleman has expressed his surprise Aaron Ramsey was in the Arsenal team on the opening weekend of the season to suffer the injury which has ruled him out of Wales' World Cup opener.

Arsenal – 25 Aug 08:44

Cobblers earn Man United clash; Leicester face Chelsea

Giant-killers Northampton will bid to knock a second Premier League side out of the EFL Cup after they drew Manchester United in the third round.

The Cobblers came from behind to beat West Brom 4-3 on penalties to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 26 games.

Their last defeat was against MK Dons in the FA Cup fourth round in January and they will now look to continue their form when they play host to Jose Mourinho’s side at Sixfields.

League Two’s Accrington booked their place in the third round for the first time in their history after defeating local rivals and Premier League opponents Burnley 1-0 in the dying seconds of extra-time.

They were rewarded with an away fixture against West Ham after Matty Pearson scored with 14 seconds left on the clock on a historic night for the Lancashire club.

Premier League champions Leicester will face Chelsea at the King Power Stadium in one of four all top-flight clashes.

Southampton will face Crystal Palace while Swansea will play holders Manchester City and unbeaten Hull will take the trip to Stoke.

Gillingham, who came from behind to shock Watford in extra-time to reach the third round, have earned themselves a meeting with yet another Premier League club as they will take on Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Championship side Nottingham Forest will host top-flight opposition after being drawn at home against Arsenal while Leeds were handed a home fixture and will face fellow Championship side Blackburn.

QPR were drawn against Premier League opponents Sunderland while Everton will face Norwich and Derby have been drawn at home to Liverpool.

Newcastle and Wolves will meet in an all-Championship clash while Premier League side Bournemouth host Preston, Brighton take on Reading and Fulham have secured a home draw against Bristol City.

The third round ties will be played on the week commencing September 19.

Draw in full:

Nottingham Forest v Arsenal

Leeds United v Blackburn Rovers

QPR v Sunderland

West Ham v Accrington Stanley

Southampton v Crystal Palace

Swansea City v Manchester City

Fulham v Bristol City

Bournemouth v Preston North End

Tottenham v Gillingham

Everton v Norwich City

Derby County v Liverpool

Northampton v Manchester United

Brighton v Reading

Newcastle United v Wolves

Stoke City v Hull City

Leicester City v Chelsea

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Arsenal – 25 Aug 08:31

Paper Talk: Arsenal close to new CB; Foxes? £25m bid

Arsenal’s long-running pursuit of a central defender appears to be coming to an end as Leicester are trying to bring a familiar face back to the Premier League, according to Thursday’s papers.


Arsenal have been given the go-ahead to complete a £14million deal for Bayer Leverkusen and Turkey defender Omer Toprak, according to various sources.

The Bundesliga club confirmed the arrival of Aleksandar Dragovic from Dynamo Kiev on a five-year deal on Wednesday and with Jonathan Tah and Kyriakos Papadopoulos also pushing for starting spot in central defence, Toprak is free to leave now a suitable replacement has been found.

Arsene Wenger is eager to add a new centre-back to the squad with Per Mertesacker and Gabriel both out injured, leaving the Gunners light on defensive options.

Toprak is not the only central defender linked with Arsenal in the press. The Daily Mirror believe that Leicester have joined the Gunners in the race to sign Monaco’s Marcel Tisserand, while Bleacher Report have suggested Newcastle’s Chancel M’Bemba has emerged as a target, too.


Steven N'Zonzi

Leicester are ready to reinforce their midfield with the return of Steven N’Zonzi from Sevilla, report The Telegraph.

The former Blackburn and Stoke midfielder is the subject of a £25million bid from the Foxes as they continue to try and overcome the absence of N’Golo Kante now that he has joined Chelsea.

The fee would break the Foxes’ club record for a third time in quick succession and the bid has to be accepted as it meets N’Zonzi’s minimum fee release clause.

Monaco are also believed to be interested. However, N’Zonzi is reportedly keen on returning to England.


Mario Balotelli

Estranged Liverpool forward Mario Balotelli is in negotiations with Swiss club FC Sion over a possible move (Ticinonews)
Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge, 26, has revealed his frustration at manager Jurgen Klopp’s decision to ignore him for a central striking role (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will reportedly block Phil Jones’ move to Arsenal because he doesn’t want to do business with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger (Evening Standard)

Meanwhile, Mourinho has told forward Anthony Martial, 20, to keep his standards high following a recent dip in form (The Sun)

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has admitted he is interested in signing Manchester City forward Wilfried Bony, 27, and Juventus and Italy striker Simone Zaza, 25 (The Sun)

Southampton are set to smash their transfer record by signing Moroccan attacking midfielder Sofiane Boufal, 22, from Lille for £20m (Daily Mirror)

Wales striker and free agent Hal Robson-Kanu, 27, will wait until transfer deadline day before deciding on his next club (South Wales Evening Post)

Stoke City are keen to take Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, 26, on loan (Daily Telegraph)

Meanwhile, Wales manager Chris Coleman has accused Arsene Wenger of treating midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 25, differently to the rest of Arsenal’s Euro 2016 stars (Daily Star)

Sunderland are in talks to sign defender Javier Manquillo, 22, from Atletico Madrid on a season-long loan (Sky Sports)

Meanwhile, the Black Cats have agreed a £7 million deal for Sevilla defensive midfielder Vicente Iborra, 28 (Talksport)

Juventus have stepped up their interest in Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi with the intention of him replacing Paul Pogba, who departed for Manchester United earlier this month( Le Parisien)

Manchester United’s treatment of German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, 32, has saddened his international team-mate Manuel Neuer (Metro)

Stoke City have been linked with a move for teenage Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic, 17, but could face competition from Red Bull Leipzig and CSKA Moscow (Bild)

West Ham United have opened talks with Chelsea over a loan move for forward Loic Remy, 29 (Sky Sports)

Real Madrid midfielder Isco, 24, has reportedly turned down an offer from Juventus and is planning on staying at the Bernabeu (AS – in Spanish)

Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb, 21, is closing in on a move to Schalke after accepting an offer from the German club (Evening Standard)

Meanwhile, Spurs are reported to be interested in signing Bayer Leverkusen’s attacking midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu, 22 (Daily Mail)

PSG and Sevilla FC have agreed to the loan of Italy goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu, 29 (L’Equipe)

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Arsenal – 25 Aug 07:05

All the transfer ins and outs in the Premier League this summer


INS: Granit Xhaka (£33.8m, Borussia Monchengladbach), Takuma Asano (undisclosed, Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Rob Holding (£2m, Bolton)

OUTS: Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky (all released), Isaac Hayden (£2.5m, Newcastle), Wojciech Szczesny (Roma, loan), Joel Campbell (Sporting Lisbon, loan)



INS: Lys Mousset (£5.4m, Le Havre), Emerson Hyndman (free, Fulham), Nathan Ake (loan, Chelsea), Lewis Cook (£7m, Leeds), Jordon Ibe (£15m, Liverpool), Brad Smith ( £3m, Liverpool), Marc Wilson (£2m, Stoke)

OUTS: Lee Tomlin (undisc, Bristol City), Glenn Murray (loan, Brighton) Tommy Elphick (£3.6m, Aston Villa), Jayden Stockley (free, Aberdeen), Shaun MacDonald (Wigan, undisclosed), Sylvain Distin, Stephane Zubar, Josh Carmichael, Josh Wakefield, Mason Walsh and Jon Muleba (all released).



INS: Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£2m, Charlton), Nick Pope (£1m, Charlton), Jon Flanagan (loan, Liverpool), Steven Defour (£7.5m, Anderlecht)

OUTS: Joey Barton (free, Rangers), Matt Gilks (free, Rangers), Luke Conlan (free, Morecambe), David Jones (undisclosed, Sheffield Wednesday), Rouwen Hennings (loan, Fortuna Dusseldorf).



INS: Michy Batshuayi (£33m, Marseille), N’Golo Kante (£32m, Leicester)

OUTS: Papy Djilobodji (£8m, Sunderland) Stipe Perica (£3m, Udinese), Mohamed Salah, (undisclosed, Roma), Bertrand Traore (loan, Ajax) Nathan Ake (loan, Bournemouth), Nathan (loan, Vitesse), Lewis Baker (loan, Vitesse), Joao Rodriguez (loan, Santa Fe), Charly Musonda (loan, Real Betis), Mitchell Beeney (loan, Crawley), Baba Rahman (loan, Schalke), Tammy Abraham (Bristol City, loan), Reece Mitchell (free, Chesterfield), Marco Amelia, Tika Musonda and Kevin Wright (all released), Izzy Brown (Rotherham, loan).

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INS: Andros Townsend (£13m, Newcastle), Steve Mandanda (£3m Marseille), James Tomkins (£10m, West Ham), Christian Benteke (£27m, rising to £32m, Liverpool)

OUTS: Dwight Gayle (£10m, Newcastle), David Gregory (free, Cambridge), Alex McCarthy (undisclosed, Southampton), Mile Jedinak (£4m, Aston Villa), Emmanuel Adebayor, Reise Allassani, Andreas Breimyr, Marouane Chamakh, Connor Dymond, Spencer Forte, Matthew George, David Gregory, Brede Hangeland, William Hoare, Christopher Kettings, Adrian Mariappa, Patrick McCarthy, Oliver Pain and Christian Scales (all released), Yannick Bolasie (Everton £25m).



INS:Maarten Stekelenburg (undisclosed, Fulham), Idrissa Gueye (£7.1m, Aston Villa), Ashley Williams (£12m, Swansea), Yannick Bolasie (£25m, Crystal Palace)

OUTS: John Stones (£47.5million, Everton), Tim Howard (free, Colorado Rapids), Luke Garbutt (loan, Wigan), Steven Pienaar (free, Sunderland), Aidan Graham, Tony Hibbert, Leon Osman, Felipe Rohde, Jindrich Stanek and  Jordan Thorniley (all released), Brendan Galloway (loan, West Brom)



INS: Jonathan Edwards (free, Peterborough),

OUTS: Max Clark (loan, Cambridge), Ben Clappison (free, York), Mohamed Diame (£4.5m, Newcastle)



INS: Ron-Robert Zieler (£3m, Hannover), Luis Hernandez (free, Sporting Gijon), Nampalys Mendy (£13m, OGC Nice), Ahmed Musa (£16.6m, CSKA Moscow), Bartosz Kapustka (£7.5m, Cracovia)

OUTS: N’Golo Kante (£32m, Chelsea), Ritchie De Laet (£2.5m, Aston Villa), Joe Dodoo (undisc, Rangers), Andrej Kramaric (undisclosed, Hoffenheim), Jacob Blyth (free, Motherwell),  Paul Konchesky (free, Gillingham), Liam Moore (undisclosed, Reading), Kyle Bailey, Jack Barmby, Dean Hammond, Aaron Hassall, Michael Kelly, Keenan King, Jonathan Maddison, Harrison Panayiotou, Mark Schwarzer, Max Smith-Varnam and Ryan Watson (all released).



INS: Sadio Mane (£34m, Southampton), Georginio Wijnaldum (£25m, Newcastle) Loris Karius (£4.7m, Mainz), Joel Matip (free, Schalke), Ragnar Klavan (£4.2m, Augsburg), Alex Manninger (free, Augsburg).

OUTS: Jordon Ibe (£15m, Bournemouth), Joe Allen (£13m, Stoke), Martin Skrtel (£5m, Fenerbahce), Jerome Sinclair (£4m, Watford), Jordan Rossiter (£250,000, Rangers), Joao Carlos Teixeira (£250,000, Porto), Kolo Toure (free, Celtic), Christian Benteke (£27m, rising to £32m, Liverpool), Allan (loan, Hertha Berlin), Jon Flanagan (loan, Burnley), Tom Brewitt, Daniel Cleary, William Marsh, Ryan McLaughlin, Alex O’Hanlon, Kristof Polgar, Jose Enrique, Samed Yesil (all released)



INS: Ilkay Gundogan (£20.3m, Borussia Dortmund), Nolito (£13.8m, Celta Vigo), Aaron Mooy (free, Melbourne City), Oleksandr Zinchenko (undisclosed, FC Ufa), Leroy Sane (£37m, Schalke), Gabriel Jesus (£27m, Palmeiras), Marlos Moreno (£4.75m, Atletico Nacional), John Stones (£47.5million, Everton), Pablo Mari (undisclosed, Gimnastic Tarragona)

OUTS:  Marlos Moreno, (loan, Deportivo La Coruna), Seko Fofane (£3.8m, Udinese), Jack Byrne (loan, Blackburn), Manu Garcia (loan, Alaves), Charlie Albinson, Martin Demichelis, Nathaniel Oseni, Sam Tattum, Richard Wright (all released).



INS: Eric Bailly (£30m, Villarreal), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (free, PSG), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£26m, Borussia Dortmund), Paul Pogba (£89million, Juventus)

OUTS: Tyler Blackett, (£1m, Reading) Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (loan, Wolves), James Wilson (loan, Derby) Adnan Januzah (loan, Sunderland), Paddy McNair, (undisc, Sunderland), Donald Love (undisc, Sunderland) Ashley Fletcher (free, West Ham), Oliver Rathbone (free, Rochdale), George Dorrington, Nick Powell and Victor Valdes (all released).



INS: Viktor Fischer (£3.8m, Ajax), Bernardo Espinosa (free, Sporting Gijon), Marten de Roon, (£12m, Atalanta), Jordan McGhee (loan, Hearts), Victor Valdes (free, Manchester United), Antonio Barragan (undisc, Valencia), Alvaro Negredo (loan, Valencia), Brad Guzan (free, Aston Villa), Fabio da Silva (£2m, Cardiff)

OUTS: Jonathan Burn (loan, Kilmarnock), Rhys Williams (free, Perth Glory), Luke Coddington (free, Huddersfield), Jordan Jones (free, Kilmarnock), Jonathan Woodgate, Damia Abella and Andre Bennett (all released).



INS: Nathan Redmond (£11m, Norwich), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (£13m, Bayern Munich), Alex McCarthy (undisclosed, Crystal Palace), Jeremy Pied (free, Nice)

OUTS: Sadio Mane (£34m, Liverpool), Victor Wanyama (£11m, Tottenham), Graziano Pelle (£13m, Shandong Luneng), Juanmi (£2m, Real Sociedad), Jason McCarthy (loan, Walsall), William Britt, Kelvin Davis, Gaston Ramirez (all released), Sam Gallagher (loan, Blackburn).



INS:  Ramadan Sobhi (£5m, Al-Ahly), Joe Allen (£13m, Liverpool)

OUTS: Steven Sidwell (free, Brighton), Marc Wilson (£2m, Bournemouth), Yusuf Coban (free, Hoffenheim), Mark Waddington (loan, Kilmarnock), Benjamin Barber, Edward Dryden, Bobby Moseley, Ryan O’Reilly, Peter Odemwingie, Petros Skapetis and Mason Watkins-Clark (all released).



INS:  Papy Djilobodji (£8m, Chelsea), Paddy McNair (undisc, Manchester United), Donald Love (undisc, Manchester United), Adnan Januzaj (loan, Manchester United), Steven Pienaar (free, Everton).

OUTS: Emanuele Giaccherini (£2m, Napoli), Liam Bridcutt (£1m, Leeds Utd), Danny Graham (free, Blackburn), Will Buckley (loan, Sheffield Wednesday), Martin Smith (free, Kilmarnock), Wes Brown, Steven Fletcher, Mikael Mandron, Liam Agnew and Steve Harper (all released), Jordi Gomez (undisclosed, Wigan), Younes Kaboul (undisclosed, Watford).



INS:  Borja Baston (£15.5m, Atletico Madrid), Leroy Fer (£4.75m, QPR), Mike van der Hoorn (undisclosed, Ajax), Mark Birighitti (free, Newcastle Jets), Fernando Llorente (undisc, Sevilla)

OUTS:  Ashley Williams (£12m, Everton), Alberto Paloschi (£5m, Atalanta), Eder (£4m, Lille), Raheem Hanley (free, Northampton), Kyle Bartley (loan, Leeds), Oliver Davies (loan, Kilmarnock), Matt Grimes (loan, Leeds), Andre Ayew (£20.5million, West Ham), Daniel Alfei, Kyle Copp, James Demetriou, Stephen Fallon, Alexander Gogic, Henry Jones, Lee Lucas and Gareth Owen (all released), Bafetimbi Gomis (loan, Marseille)



INS: Victor Wanyama (£11m, Southampton), Vincent Janssen (£18.6m, AZ Alkmaar)

OUTS: Federico Fazio (loan, Roma), Christopher Paul (free, QPR), Emmanuel Sonupe (released), Grant Ward (undisclosed, Ipswich), Alex Pritchard (£8m, Norwich), (DeAndre Yedlin undisc, Newcastle)



INS: Jerome Sinclair (£4m, Liverpool), Christian Kabasele (£5.8m, Genk), Isaac Success (undisclosed, Granada), Juan Camilo Zuniga (loan, Napoli), Brice Dja Djedje (undisc, Marseille), Younes Kaboul (undisclosed, Sunderland), Roberto Pereyra (£10.4m, Juventus), Daryl Janmaat (£7.5m, Newcastle)

OUTS: Miguel Layun (£4m, Porto), William Byers, Josh Doherty, Joel Ekstrand, Uche Ikpeazu, James Johnson, Javion Martin, Ayitey Mensah Jnr, Thomas Simpson and Mac Young (all released), Almen Abdi (undisc, Sheff Weds), Daniel Pudil (undisc, Sheff Weds)



INS: Matt Phillips (undisclosed, QPR), Brendan Galloway (loan, Everton)

OUTS: James Chester (undisc, Aston Villa), Callam Jones (loan, Accrington), Victor Anichebe, Samir Nabi and Stephane Sessegnon (all released).



INS: Manuel Lanzini (£9.4m, Al Jazira Club), Toni Martinez (£2.5m, Valencia), Havard Nordtveit (free, Borussia Monchengladbach), Domingos Quina (free, Benfica), Sofiane Feghouli (free, Valencia), Gokhan Tore (loan, Besiktas), Ashley Fletcher (free, Manchester United), Andre Ayew (£20.5million, Swansea), Jonathan Calleri (loan, Deportivo Maldonado)

OUTS: Stephen Hendrie (loan, Blackburn), Elliot Lee (free, Barnsley), Antonio Brown, Alexander Chambers, Nathan Mavila, Lawrence Nasha and Martin O’Brien (all released).

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Arsenal F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 25 Aug 03:09

Arsenal rival Everton for Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez with both clubs willing to meet £16.9m clause

Everton have proposed to pay the £16.9million buyout clause for Lucas Perez but are wary that negotiations have not been straight forward. Arsenal have now stepped in with a rival offer for the Deportivo striker

Arsenal F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 25 Aug 02:51

Arsenal youngster Calum Chambers made available on loan despite Arsene Wenger's lack of defensive options

EXCLUSIVE BY SAMI MOKBEL: Arsenal have made Calum Chambers available on loan in order to give him more game time but are not willing to sell the defender on a permanent deal.

ESPN FC - Arsenal News 25 Aug 00:59

Chris Coleman surprised Aaron Ramsey played for Arsenal in opener

ESPN FC's Brian McBride talks the club that needs to spend the most before transfer deadline day. Chris Coleman has expressed his surprise Aaron Ramsey was in the Arsenal team on the opening weekend of the season to suffer the injury which has ruled him out of Wales' World Cup opener. Ramsey played in Arsenal's 4-3 Premier League defeat to Liverpool on Aug. 14, having only been back in training a fortnight after helping Wales reach the semifinal of Euro 2016. Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny were allowed extra time to recover after Euro 2016 and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC 24 Aug 23:30

Ramsey injury 'preventable' - Coleman

The hamstring injury that ruled Aaron Ramsey out of Wales' opening 2018 World Cup qualifier could "possibly" have been prevented, says Chris Coleman.

ESPN FC - Arsenal News 24 Aug 23:00

Juventus close in on PSG's Matuidi; Bale set for pay rise from Real Madrid

ESPN FC's Ross Dyer and Brian McBride break down the latest transfer rumours with just over a week to go in the window. The summer transfer window is beginning to swing shut. Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse for the latest gossip ahead of deadline day. Follow our live blog below, and see the latest deals here. TOP STORY: Juventus close in on Blaise Matuidi Several reports in France are claiming that Juventus have stepped up their interest in Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi with the intention of him replacing Paul Pogba who departed for Manchester United in a world-record transfer deal. Matuidi,...

ESPN FC - Arsenal News 24 Aug 21:22

Gerard Pique shoots down Piers Morgan's Arsenal sales pitch

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner says Arsenal's issues do not revolve around new defender Rob Holding, but rather their lack of strikers. Arsenal fan Piers Morgan got more than he bargained for when he asked Barcelona defender Gerard Pique to join his club. Broadcaster Morgan has been a regular critic of manager Arsene Wenger during Arsenal's often strained bid to keep pace with the Premier League's title hopefuls. Despite consistently qualifying for the Champions League, title charges either fade away or fail to materialise and fans such as Morgan are dismayed by one point from six at the start of this season. Joining in a question...

ESPN FC - Arsenal News 24 Aug 19:48

Who needs to spend before deadline day?

ESPN FC's Brian McBride talks the club that needs to spend the most before transfer deadline day.

Arsenal – 24 Aug 13:51

Your Says of the Day: Arsenal manager search must start now

The Arsenal board need to plan now for Arsene Wenger’s replacement, while something fishy is going on with Mamadou Sakho and Liverpool.

Have Your Say on these issues or anything else you want to get off your chest

Wenger has to go

I have no issues with Wenger honouring the remainder of his contract. And, by “no issues�, I mean HUGE issues BUT I have made peace with the fact that he will be here for one more year. His departure mid-season (which is very unlikely to happen anyway whatever we fans do, as he likes to honour his contracts) could do more harm than good. We’re still in a situation where we can salvage CL football and give a new manager a good platform to build on when he arrives.

BUT… But the big message is that Wenger MUST NOT get a renewed contract. That’s the real message I would like for us to send across to the Board somehow.

This is his last chance, and when you look at how he has conducted himself this summer, I wouldn’t have thought it would have to be a hard sell to the Board to let him go! Either he just has no clue, or he approached this summer as someone who felt he had all the time in the world because he assumed he would get a renewal. He’s either incompetent or complacent. Either way, he cannot get a renewal.

The search for an able, winning replacement should start right now! As I wrote in a previous thread, there are many, many candidates out there that would do a better job, even under the stringent circumstances mandated by the Board.


Kostas Manolas

Arsenal won’t meet Manolas demands

It was in the some of the papers today that we had a scout at the Roma game last night, taking a look at Kostas Manolas which if true, is probably a pointless exercise because they will not sell him for the kind of fee we would be willing to pay.

We have all discussed him before and we should have signed him when he was in Greece and would have snapped him up for a lot less. He moved to Italy for 15 million euros! We won’t even get a sit down with him unless we double that fee.
Apparently there is also a cheeky clause in his deal which means that Olympiakos will receive 50% of any fee Roma sell him on for! That will no doubt put a lot of teams off making a move.

Interestingly enough Roma have brought in 2 defenders this window- Juan Jesus from Inter on loan and of course Vermaelen. Perhaps they are stock piling in the hope that someone will make a whopping offer for Manolas?! Maybe so but one thing we do know, is that whopping offer won’t be coming from Arsenal!



Daley Blind: Wanted by Inter Milan

Blind needs to move

Personally I’d like to see Blind next to Pogba in midfield as I think they’d compliment each other well and I think Bailly and Smalling can build an excellent long-term partnership together.

With that said, changing such positions against a team that has won its first two league matches away from home is not the best idea.

Sympathy for the Devils


Antonio Conte: Transfer market is 'crazy'

Chelsea stuck in a rut

Phwepsi – I have no issues with paying for a player who we truly believe will improve the team and have supported this policy over the years ahead of just promoting from within because fans think our younger players “have promise�

So far, it seems to me that most of our first choices has chosen to stay with their Clubs (why would the Juve defenders really want to leave..?) and then the second choice players are being overpriced. So as a Club we must make a decision as to do we pay over the odds for someone we would not normally look at or not? Obviously the situation is down to us, who we have available, when will Zouma return and will he even be the same player (ands as you say Aina went off last night so limits our options even more)

Sometimes we just have to trust the management and I agree with another poster as to why not pay to get Christensen back if we are really struggling for defenders?

Time will tell but I am still hopeful of getting someone in at what I hope is a reasonable price. KTBFFH



Mamadou Sakho: Still has Liverpool future

 Sakho future in doubt

Totally agree Bob. There’s a crazy rumour going around that he was offered to Sunderland,but Moyes said no. He must be happy enough with John O’Shea lol.

We were led to believe that the issue in America was all sorted out and was,in Klopp’s own words ‘not a big deal’. Now apparently,he is to be loaned out ‘to prove his fitness’. And he has to go out on loan to do that? He can’t do that at Melwood,under the watchful eye of Klopp’s coaching team? Something isn’t right in my opinion. Something has gone on that we don’t know about,that has prompted this seeming desire to loan him out. It must have. Otherwise,it just doesn’t make sense. The ‘fitness’ argument is weak. Sorry,I just don’t buy it.



Wilfried Bony

Bony loan would be good business

The wages definitely make it hard for City to offload in one go. But loans with compulsory purchases at the end like Negredo and Jovetic deals are good business by the club and the next best thing.

PS If Joe starts tonight I expect he will get a great reception and rightly so. Sad to see him leave. Testimonials seem a thing of the past these days.

Mancity Jim

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC 21 Aug 15:41

Arsenal's Campbell loaned to Sporting

Arsenal forward Joel Campbell joins Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon on a season-long loan, subject to international clearance.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC 20 Aug 23:19

Under-fire Wenger not reluctant to spend

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he is willing to spend big money after criticism from fans during the 0-0 draw at Leicester.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC 20 Aug 21:14

Leicester City 0-0 Arsenal

Premier League champions Leicester share the points with Arsenal in a poor game at the King Power Stadium.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC 19 Aug 01:34

Why Wenger has a huge call to make

Leicester v Arsenal is a huge game for both teams but especially Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, says Match of the Day pundit Danny Murphy.

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