Arsenal have been boosted in their pursuit of Napoli star Gonzalo Higuain, with the player now understood to have rejected the chance to sign a new deal at the Stadio San Paolo.
The player’s agent and brother, Nicolas Higuain, was quoted in The Metro, saying: “He [President Aurelio De Laurentiis] offered a one-year contract extension, however, in my opinion – and in our opinion – we’ll continue with the original contract, expiring in 2018.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that the win over Chelsea in their Community Shield match is an important one for them mentally, and that it provides them with a boost ahead of the new season.
The Frenchman was quoted telling Arsenal Player: “It’s always important because if you lose, people say ‘Chelsea have beaten you again’. To get that hurdle out of the way was important for my team. We know that we can beat them and before we go into the Premier League, that is very important.”
Arsenal veteran Mikel Arteta has backed his side to be ‘ruthless’ in their performances this season, and to keep the Gunners’ juggernaut moving forward.
The Spaniard was quoted telling Arsenal Player regarding his side’s win over Chelsea in the Community Shield: “It’s very important to win the first title when we had the first chance. We want to be ruthless. I think we have built some momentum and some encouraging expectations.”
Arsenal full back Hector Bellerin has spoken about the significance of his side’s win over Chelsea yesterday, which enabled them to retain the FA Community Shield this season.
The Spaniard was quoted telling Arsenal Player: “For a few years there have been a lot of games and we didn’t seem to get the victory against them. It’s a weight off our shoulders for the boss, for the fans, for the club in general. We’re very happy that we’ve started the season like this.”
Arsenal skipper Mikel Arteta has heaped praise on club youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, saying that the player has a bright future ahead of him. The Englishman scored the only goal in Arsenal’s win over Chelsea in yesterday’s Community Shield match, and Arteta certainly seemed mesmerized by that.
The Spaniard was quoted telling Arsenal Player: “[The goal was] unbelievable, but Alex can do that every week if he wants to. He’s a terrific player, one of the best talents I’ve seen, and he’s got the world open for what he wants to do. It’s up to him.”
Free agent Yoann Gourcuff, who was released by Olympique Lyon at the end of the last season, and who is known to be a long term target for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, is understood to be wishful of pocketing £80,000-a-week at whichever club he joins next, according to reports in BeIN Sports.
The 29 year old is also known to be a target for Liverpool this summer, but would prefer a move to the Emirates Stadium, with the north Londoners capable of providing him with a chance to play in the Champions League this season.
Arsenal are understood to be contemplating making a £14.9m transfer offer to sign Real Madrid winger Denis Cheryshev this summer, according to reports in The Metro.
The Spanish giants are yet to make a final decision on the future of the player at the Santiago Bernabeu, and the Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is reportedly convinced that he can lure him to the Emirates Stadium this summer.
Real looking to sign Benzema’s replacement, Arsenal cleared to sign him
Arsenal have been provided with a boost in their pursuit of Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema, with reports in Spanish newspaper AS revealing that the Spanish giants have already commenced the search for a replacement for the Frenchman. It is believed that Los Blancos rate the player at around £40m this summer.
Meanwhile, the north Londoners manager Arsene Wenger has made it clear that he is not considering making a move for Karim Benzema this summer. The boss was quoted telling his club’s official website, regarding the rumours: “No, nothing is happening. Honestly no. I don’t know who brings that up.” (read more)