France right back is on the brink of completeing an £11 million switch to Arsenal from Premier League rivals Newcastle.
Debuchy has been linked to the Gunners for weeks and he looks set to finally sign after his return from the World Cup. France were knocked out in the World Cup quarter-finals with Germany and Debuchy flew back to England to complete a medical with the Gunners on Monday.
Arsenal’s move for Debuchy follows the departure of Bacary Sagna to Manchester City on a free transfer this summer. To add a little spice to the signing, Debuchy was preferred to Sagna in the France starting line-up throughout the World Cup. Read more... (201 words, 1 image, estimated 48 secs reading time)
Manchester United target Thomas Vermaelen has admitted he doesn’t know if he will be at Arsenal next season. The Gunners captain plans to hold talks with Arsene Wenger as he ponders his future.
Vermaelen is quoted in the Evening Standard as saying:
“I really do not know where I will play, Arsenal or elsewhere next season. All my attention went to the World Cup. I will see when I talk with Arsenal.”
The 28-year-old defender is out of contract at the end of the upcoming season and Arsenal are reportedly looking to sell him now rather than risk losing him on a free transfer next summer if no new contract is agreed. Read more... (142 words, 1 image, estimated 34 secs reading time)
Manchester City’s forgotten man Jack Rodwell is a target for a number of Premier League clubs, including Arsenal, as his City spell nears an end according to the Daily Mail.
Rodwell arrived at the Etihad for a £12m fee back in the summer of 2012, but the English youngster has failed to build on the reputation he had built for himself on Merseyside. After such a promising start to his career at Everton under David Moyes, Rodwell has suffered with numerous injuries.
Manchester City are keen to offload the injury-prone midfielder, however, the Toffees are not keen on a permanent deal and that has prompted Arsene Wenger to have a look at the 23-year-old. Read more... (213 words, 1 image, estimated 51 secs reading time)
According to the Metro Arsenal have made a £19.4 million opening bid for Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez, who is set to leave the Camp Nou this summer.
Sanchez is in high demand after a glittering World Cup and has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool, with Suarez possibly going in the other directions. But several papers are reporting that Sanchez would prefer a move to London and Arsenal than Merseyside and Liverpool.
So if Arsenal are interested in the player and the player is interested in joining the club, why such a derisory opening bid? Read more... (181 words, 1 image, estimated 43 secs reading time)
Arsenal have signed highly-rated England Under-16 midfielder Ben Sheaf from West Ham’s academy.
The 16-year-old was rated as a big star for the future at Upton Park, but he has now moved to the Emirates after turning down a new deal with the Hammers.
Sheaf’s is viewed as one of the best young midfielders in the country and made his debut for the Under-16s team last season.
Sheaf comes from a strong footballing pedigree, as his mother and brothers all played volleyball for Team GB at the Olympic level.
West Ham will receive a small amount of compensation for the Kent-born talent.
Arsenal are reportedly set to make a move for Cork City full-back Brian Lenihan, according to the Evening Echo.
The Gunners’ chief scout Steve Rowley watched Lenihan in action at Turner’s Cross on Friday night, and is believed to have been very impressed with his display.
Cork expected interest in the talented 20-year-old from English clubs, but not from a club of Arsenal’s stature. Bournemouth are known admirers, and Eddie Howe has been keeping an eye on Lenihan with a view to bringing him to the Championship club, while new Aston Villa assistant manager Roy Keane is also a big fan of the full-back. Read more... (213 words, estimated 51 secs reading time)
Colombia striker Jackson Martinez says that he would find it difficult to turn down a move to Arsenal, the club he supported as a young boy.
The Gunners have been linked with a series of strikers this summer including Bayern Munich‘s Mario Mandzukic and AC Milan centre forward Mario Balotelli, but Martinez is reported to be Arsene Wenger’s preferred choice.
The 27-year-old has helped take Columbia to the quarter-finals of the World Cup where they face hosts Brazil on Friday.
The clinical finisher has scored 60 goals in 91 games for his current club Porto and carries a £35 million buyout clause in his contract, a fee that Wenger is reportedly willing to pay. Read more... (205 words, 1 image, estimated 49 secs reading time)
What is it with Arsenal captain’s and Manchester United? First it was Robin van Persie heading to Old Trafford and now it looks like Thomas Vermaelen will be joining him in Manchester.
Vermaelen is out of contract in 12 months and Arsenal have already turned down a £6 million bid from United from the Belgium defender. Arsenal reportedly want £12 million, but with TV reportedly wanting the transfer, I expect the sides to come to a compromise somewhere in the middle and for TV to leave for around £9 million. Not a bad deal for an often injured defender who is third choice at Arsenal at the moment. Read more... (236 words, 1 image, estimated 57 secs reading time)
Arsenal once again face a qualifying tie into order to reach the group stages of this years competition.
They will not know their opponents for another month or so, but the shortlist of possible opponents is starting to emerge.
Arsenal will be one of the 10 teams in the ‘non-champions’ section of the draw and as the highest seeded side will face a non-seeded team in a two-legged tie.
Other confirmed seeded teams are: Porto, Napoli and Bayer Leverkusen. Athletic Bilbao are likely to be unseeded, but they will be seeded if Zenit St Petersburg do not qualify for the play-off round Read more... (238 words, 1 image, estimated 57 secs reading time)
According to the Express, Arsene Wenger is lining-up a €19m move for Mario Mandzukic in case he cannot sign Mario Balotelli.
The Gunners have been strongly linked with a move for Balotelli for weeks now, and this past week his agent, Mino Raiola seemed to welcome the overtures from Arsenal:
“Arsenal are a fantastic club,” Raiola told Sky Sports when questioned about reports in the British press linking Balotelli with a move to London.
“Only eight or 10 clubs in the world can afford Mario Balotelli – like all premium players, and he is one of the greatest.” As to whether the move will happen, he said: “Anything is possible.” Read more... (274 words, 1 image, estimated 1:06 mins reading time)