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Arsenal latest: Including Djourou and striker hunt

Johann Djourou

News and gossip from Arsenal FC in the past 24 hours.

Arsenal's chief executive Ivan Gazidis believes there is a ‘developing consensus’ among the 19 other Premier League clubs that their current financial model is the one to follow. UEFA’s recent Financial Fair Play regulations have brought the finances of Europe’s biggest clubs into the spotlight and as Arsenal’s financial figures show their tight ship seems to be the better way of running a club sustainably.

Arsene Wenger will pursue a new striker in the January transfer window. Despite the signing of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud not to mention the good form of Gervinho Wenger is reportedly sending his scouts into Europe to find him another player for his side. Names such as Falcao and Llorente have been hinted recently while Lewandowski, Adrian Lopez and Jovetic are also being considered.

Arsenal’s Swiss defender Johan Djourou has made it clear he is not heading to Roma, but also hinted he was seeking more regular first team football. The 25-year-old had been linked with a move to the Italian capital earlier in the week and while his agent maintained there was no substance in those specific rumours he did admit that he may move on to seek first-team opportunities in the near future.

Arsenal are relieved after Laurent Koscielny has been declared fit to play against Japan on Friday night. Yesterday reports from France emanated stating how the centre-back had suffered a serious knee injury during a collision with Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery. However the injury is nowhere near as serious as first believed and he is expected to feature against Japan and Spain. The news will come as calming news amid the recent feud between Arsene Wenger and Les Bleus boss Didier Deschamps.

Arsenal ladies have beaten Birmingham City to retain their Continental Cup crown. Scotland international Kim Little scored the late winner to achieve the victory to go with their recent Super League triumph.

Much coveted 21-year-old hotshot Waris Majeed has been told by his current boss to sign for Arsenal if the opportunity arises. The striker is currently the leading scorer in Europe with 22 goals in 23 games including a hat-trick against Syrianska this weekend. Everton, Porto and Chelsea scouts were in attendance at that fixture but Hacken coach Peter Gerhardsson believes the Ghanaian would be best off in North London.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain wants to one day join the England ‘100 club’. The former Southampton teenager currently has seven caps but believes he has the longevity and talent to reach triple figures one day and join the likes of Peter Shilton, Bobby Moore and David Beckham.

What are your thoughts on everything and anything happening at Arsenal FC on the 11th October 2012?

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