A.C. Milan coach Vincenzo Montella on Friday decided that Arsenal transfer target, Colombian striker Carlos Bacca will not participate in the team’s US tour.
The club reported that Bacca, who played in the Copa America with Colombia until June 26, as well as Mattia De Sciglio, will begin pre-season preparations at the sports city but noted that the decision to leave them out of the squad for the tour is not linked to the transfer market. Continue reading
Arsenal began their pre-season programme today with a hard earned 1-1 draw against French second division side RC Lens at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis.
Lens took the lead in the first half through Mathias Autret, who beat Emiliano Martinez in the Arsenal goal in the 37th minute. Continue reading
Arsenal’s top signing of the summer thus far, midfielder Granit Xhaka, made his first appearance at London Colney this week, and Manager Arsene Wenger has been impressed by what he has seen of the Swiss midfielder thus far.
Wenger spoke about Xhaka in glowing terms, telling the club’s official website, “His passing ability to play through the lines from deep positions, his work rate, and he’s good in the air.” Continue reading
Arsenal have completed the widely anticipated signing of 20 year old English defender Rob Holding from Bolton for a fee believed to be in the region of 2 million pounds.
The young defender is primarily a centre back, who can also play at right back and has been given the no.16 shirt at Arsenal, suggesting that he is very much in Manager Arsene Wenger’s first team plans for this season. Continue reading
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed that he has rejected an offer of 60 million euros ($66 million) to sell Argentine striker and Arsenal transfer target Gonzalo Higuain to Atletico Madrid, in exchange for two or three other players from the Rojiblancos.
In a press conference on Wednesday, Laurentiis dismissed recent speculation about the future of the Argentine striker, and stressed the only way for him to leave is to meet his exit clause, which is worth 97 million euros ($106 million). Continue reading
French striker Olivier Giroud’s agent has said the 29-year-old is likely to stay put at Arsenal, playing down speculations which link his client with a transfer to Serie A outfit Napoli.
Arsenal reportedly wanted Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuaín and had offered Giroud in a switch deal. But his agent Michael Manuello said any forward coming into the club would be a replacement for England marksman Danny Welbeck. Continue reading
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s love affair with young prospects and his desire to help them grow into terrific footballers of tomorrow will see the French Professor add another fantastic talent to the Gunners’ midst with the signing of Bolton Wanderers’ player of the season Rob Holding.
A 20 year old defender with immense potential, Arsenal are believed to have succeeded in getting Bolton to accept a £2 million plus add-ons offer for the youngster, who played 30 games for the relegated Championship side last season. Continue reading
AC Milan chief coach Vincenzo Montella praised his striker Carlos Bacca, who expressed his desire to join another football club, presumably Arsenal, regularly competing in the UEFA Champions League, admitting that “it is difficult” to let the Colombian leave.
In an interview released on Monday by Sky Sports, Montella explained that Bacca is a player of international level and high value despite his age. Continue reading