A round up of everything and anything happening at Arsenal FC in the past 24 hours.
Talksport believe that Arsenal midfielder Alex Song may be on his way to the Nou Camp next season with Barcelona plotting an £11.7million bid for the Cameroonian midfield player. Song, who was one of Arsenal’s standout performers last season, has been earmarked as a potential replacement for Seydou Keita after his summer departure to China. Like previous Gunners Marc Overmars, Emmanuel Petit, Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas the defensive midfielder may be lured away by the prospect of playing for Barca.
Arsenal youngster Daniel Boateng is eyeing a loan deal this season to improve his development and aid a crack at the first team next season. After a productive but quiet loan deal at League Two champions Swindon Town last season the full back is keen for more first team action next season; and Arsenal have also announced that 17 year old German youth international Serge Gnabry has signed his first professional contract with the club. The former Stuttgart midfielder is highly rated and has been in sensational form for the Arsenal youth teams, reports Goal.com.
Vincent Kompany has declared Robin Van Persie as ‘incredible’ and ‘near perfection’ according to the Daily Mail. When asked about a potential City move for the Dutchman, club captain Kompany heralded the PFA Player of the Year as a ‘great player’. Man City are just one of a number of clubs chasing RVP’s signature as his contract struggles at the Emirates rage on.
BBC Sport carries the story of Manuel Almunia, who spent 8 years with the Gunners, has joined Gianfranco Zola’s revolution at championship side Watford. As part of a massive day of intake at Vicarage Road, the Spaniard is one of 7 players signed by the Hertfordshire club today. Almunia made 175 appearances for the club but eventually lost his starting place to Wojciech Szczesny.
Meanwhile Szczesny believes that Arsenal have got stronger then last year and can finally end their trophy drought in 2012-13. Even if Van Persie departs he feels the additions of Podolski and Giroud and the potential arrivals of Cazorla and Sahin are indicators of the potential success. The Polish international also believes the experience younger players gained last season will prove invaluable as the Gunners prepare for a big season at the Emirates, ESPN reports.
What are your thoughts of these stories and more from Arsenal on the 31st of July 2012?
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