All the news and gossip from Arsenal FC in the past 24 hours.
Arsenal’s biggest summer recruit Santi Cazorla has revealed his enjoyment with the Premier League club especially his role on the football pitch. The diminutive Spaniard has been handed a largely free role so far this season and has been arguably Arsenal’s finest attacking player so far this campaign. He also held special recognition to fellow Spaniard and team-mate Mikel Arteta for helping him settle in so quickly in London. The former Everton player has reportedly taken Santi under his wing as to deflect the cultural shock a move to the Premier League can be, and with great affect judging by Cazorla’s performances and perceived happiness.
Abou Diaby has been confirmed as injured by Arsenal FC. Alarm bells were raised after his national coach Didier Deschamps confirmed he was a doubt for the Belarus fixture after sustaining a muscular injury during a match winning performance against Finland. The French international has been in scintillating form for The Gunners this so far this season since returning from 12 months of injury turmoil. Now however it appears the 26-year-old will spend another spell on the sidelienes although it is reportedly just a dead leg nobody wants to take chances on the fitness of somebody so scorn by injuries previously.
Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has always had a knack for the eccentric and has now put himself forward to become Germany’s goalkeeper for their blind team at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio. He has not gone as mad to consider self-desecration of his own eyesight as the goalkeepers in the sport are of competent sight. He was inspired by the exploits of the players in his former habitual residence of London this summer and is now expected to receive a call from Julius Beucher of Germany’s Disabled Sports Association to discuss his availability.
Arsenal will have to move fast to secure a pre-contract agreement with Spanish international striker Fernando Llorente as it now appears he will not leave Bilbao till June. Arsenal are long term admirers of the ‘Lion King’ but will face extensive competition from Liverpool, Juventus and AC Milan for his signature. He is free to talk to clubs six months before the end of his current deal, which expires in June 2013 so come the end of December a mad scramble is expected for his signature.
What are your thoughts on everything and anything happening at Arsenal FC on the 11th September 2012?
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