Arsenal finally conclude deal for Alexandre Lacazette

French forward Alexandre Lacazette set up a club record transfer fee of English Premier League football side Arsenal with a move from Ligue 1 outfit Lyon.

Arsenal on Wednesday announced that Lacazette has agreed to join on a long-term contract without specifying the fee. But according to a press release from Lyon, Lacazette’s transfer fee could reach as much as 60 million euros ($68.2 million), including a seven-million ($7.95) incentive. The club’s previous record of 50 million euros ($56.28 million) was paid to Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil in 2013. Continue reading

Arsenal striker commits himself to the Gunners

Arsenal’s French striker Olivier Giroud on Tuesday said he wants to continue playing for the club and give his best.

“I won a few titles in my career, that is an important thing, but there is another thing which is important for me and that’s that the people (see you as a) loyal warrior on the pitch — that you always give your best for the team,” he said,” Giroud told Arsenal weekly podcast. Continue reading

Sanchez could stay at Arsenal… Gunners get massive boost

Bundesliga football club Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has admitted that Arsenal forward Alexis Sachez is out of the German club’s reach.

“The salaries being talked about up front of around 20.26 million euros ($23 million) every year are definitely an amount that isn’t feasible for FC Bayern,” Hoeness told German website Kicker on Monday. Continue reading

Wenger rubbishes Marseille rumours

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has asserted that the London club does not intend to sell striker Olivier Giroud and reiterated the Frenchman’s key role in the future of the first team.

“I have had no approach from Marseille and we want to keep Olivier Giroud at the club,” Wenger insisted on Tuesday amid rumours in the football market claiming that French side Olympique de Marseille has already allocated 23.5 million euros ($25.7 million) to secure Giroud’s services. Continue reading

Wenger reacts to Bellerin exit rumours

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger on Thursday said he is unaware of Barcelona Football Club’s interest in the team’s Spanish right-back Hector Bellerin, saying it is difficult to take these reports seriously.

“He has just signed a contract and has an unbelievable number of years to go. Again it’s very difficult to take this thing seriously,” the French manager said. Continue reading

Two Arsenal defenders also head out on loan

While the Gunners might not have enjoyed transfer deadline day on or off the pitch, there were Arsenal players continuing to head out on loan spells deep into the night with a couple of defenders just about beating the 11pm deadline.

Highly talented Pole Krystian Bielik, who joined Arsenal as a midfielder amongst quite a bit of fan fare a couple of seasons back, has been converted into a centre back during his time with the Arsenal reserves, and will continue his education at Birmingham City for the second half of this season, joining them on loan. Continue reading

Two more Arsenal strikers head out on loan

It has been a busy 24 hours for the Arsenal loan department with the Gunners sending out four attacking players out on loan for the second half of the season.

After Chuba Akpom moved to Brighton last night, three other young Arsenal players have left the club today with Gideon Zelalem the only one to land an international assignment at VVV Venlo in Holland. Continue reading

Jenkinson’s move to Palace held up by wage demands

Sky Sports is reporting this afternoon that Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson’s transfer to Crystal Palace has been held up so far due to the England international’s wage demands.

Jenkinson it seems had agreed a deal to join Palace on a permanent basis, having accepted a £35,000 a week with the London club, only to learn that Palace were paying their other winter signing Leicester City’s Jeffrey Schlupp £56,000 a week. Continue reading