News and gossip from Arsenal FC over the past 24 hours.
Arsenal left back Andre Santos has refused to rule out a potential move away from The Emirates in January. The Brazilian has said he would consider a move back to former club Fenerbahce, or Turkey in general if he felt it was in the best interests of his family to do so. He has fallen behind Kieran Gibbs in the pecking order at Arsenal and has also fallen foul of the authorities in England after being charged with dangerous driving after being caught driving over three-times the speeding limit.
Andrei Arshavin has been linked with a move away from the Gunners. It has been reported that Fulham are interested in the Russian star who wants to remain in London, and will try to secure him on a pre-contract agreement in January.
Adrian Lopez is considered Arsenal’s chief target in January. Arsenal seem willing to cash in on Theo Walcott and will use any money raised toward bringing in the Atletico Madrid forward who has a release clause of £14.4 million pound in his current deal at the Vicente Calderon. Arsenal will reportedly pursue a potentially cheaper deal with Los Colchoneros as they aim to take advantage of the clubs poor financial situation.
One striker who won't be signing is Abel Hernandez, linked with a switch last week from Palermo. The forward ruptured his cruciate on international duty with Uruguay.
A timescale of three weeks has been put on Theo Walcott’s recovery after he reportedly bruised a lung during a collision with the San Marino in the early sparring of England’s game at Wembley on Saturday. The contract rebel coughed up blood and struggled to breathe at pitchside with Arsenal and England physio Gary Lewin in attendance. The injury, which is more accustomed to bicycle and car crashes, is considered extremely painful and Walcott is reportedly lucky not to have fractured a sternum, collapsed a lung or worse.
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is disappointed with Les Bleus defeat at the hands of Japan in a friendly at Le Stade de France on Saturday night. The French side were caught out by a sweeping counter-attack by the Samurai Blue and eventually succumbed to a 1-0 home defeat. The former Lorient centre-back feels they let down their home support and agrees a massive improvement is needed in order to be competitive with Spain in Tuesdays showcase qualifying match-up.
Arsenal appear likely to lose Gervinho and Maraoune Chamakh to African Nations duty in 2013. Gervinho’s Ivory Coast side were leading Senegal 6-2 on aggregate when the game was called off amid massive rioting in the stands. Meanwhile Chamakh’s Morocco side conquered Mozambique 4-0 to overturn a 0-2 first leg deficit, although the loss of the former Bordeaux striker will see limited impact on first-team affairs considering his current low standing in Arsene Wenger’s plans.
What are your thoughts about everything happening at Arsenal FC on the 14th October 2012?
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