Wenger likely to terminate contract of 200+-games veteran

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is certainly in the mood to continue with his mass summer clearout, with reports in Eurosport revealing that the boss is contemplating releasing midfielder Mathieu Flamini from his contract, which runs until 2016, in order to facilitate his move away from the Emirates Stadium.

It is believed that French side Bastia are interested in signing the player this summer. However, due to financial constraints, it is believed that the side can only afford to land the Frenchman for free, with him also required to take a significant wage cut to move to the club.

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French giants set to move for Arsenal star

Arsenal star David Ospina has another club joining the race for him, with reports in The Metro revealing that Ligue 1 side Marseille are now plotting a move to sign the player this summer.

The 26 year old is believed to have become unsure of his chance to land regular game time at the club next season, now that the side are on the verge of signing Petr Cech from Chelsea in the coming days. And that, in turn, is understood to have made him keen on a switch to greener pastures in the weeks to come.

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Arsenal lose long term target to Marseille

Arsenal, under the stewardship of Manager Arsene Wenger have always been proud to nurture young talents through their youth teams. Wenger is known to have an excellent eye for young talent and has proved it so by the signings of Thierry Henry among many others. Michy Batshuayi is another young talent who was reported to have caught the wily Frenchman’s eye last season although fresh reports state that the Belgian forward is set to snub all English clubs and sign for French giants Olympique Marseille. Continue reading

Arsenal face competition in the race for French wonderkid

Liverpool are preparing themselves to compete with their Premier League title rivals Arsenal in the race for Marseille wonderkid Maxime Lopez, reports The Daily Mail.

The 16 year old has caught the eye of a number of talent spotters from around Europe following his performances for the French side’s junior wing in the UEFA Youth League recently. He has already proved his mettle at the Under-19 level, and football pundits have high hopes from him in the future. Continue reading

Arsenal face competition from Premier League vultures for Marseille starlet

Several clubs from the Barclays Premier League including Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea are in the race to sign 16 year old Marseille wonderkid Maxime Lopez according to The Daily Express. Lopez is primarily a right sided midfielder but can also operate through the middle. He has already been compared to another Marseille product who has been a huge success in the Premier League, Samir Nasri. Continue reading

Arsenal target risks losing out by delaying move to the summer

Mathieu Valbuena, who has been the subject of interest from Arsenal for quite some time now, has finally spoken of his desire for a new challenge. Aged 29, the French international has been a regular for Olympique Marseille but has reiterated his desire to finally move on after 8 years at the Stade Velodrome.

When quizzed about his future in a recent interview with a French television channel, Valbuena said, “A departure? To discover something else next season could be interesting. It’s been eight years since I am here at l’OM. I’ve never hidden that an experience abroad tempts me. We’ll see.” Continue reading

Cameroon defender defers possible move to Arsenal

The injury to Laurent Koscielny last weekend was a sound warning to Arsenal about the lack of depth in their squad, and with just 3 genuine center backs in the first team, there is clear evidence of the Gunners’ need to supplement their squad in January. Media reports suggested that Arsenal have been tracking Marseille defender Nicolas N’Koulou for this very reason, but it appears that the Gunners seem to have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of the 23 year old Cameroonian as he has ruled out a transfer from the struggling French club. Arsenal were not the only club after him, with Bayern Munich also reported to have been interested in his services. Continue reading

Arsenal 2-0 Marseille: Player Ratings

Arsenal picked up a comfortable 2-0 win against Marseille in the UEFA Champions League at the Emirates last night thanks to a brace from young Jack Wilshere, who also seems to have found his scoring touch this season, especially when played in an advanced midfield role. Starting on the right wing, Wilshere got Arsenal firing with a beautifully curled left foot shot inside the first minute before scoring his and Arsenal’s second in the second half, smashing home from 10 yards out after Mesut Ozil had squared the ball to him inside the Marseille box. Continue reading