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Arsenal latest: Including Gazidis and Chamakh

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

Ivan Gazidis believes the club can compete with the best in the world within two or three years’ time. He feels the current careful way the club is being run financially will eventually give them a huge benefit on other top clubs who are racking up debts. With Uefa’s financial fair play regulations coming into force soon he feels the club will an advantage on other clubs while their strict wage policy will help them if a much supported break-even rule is introduced to the Premier League.

Arsenal loanee Sanchez Watt has suffered a serious injury while on loan at Colchester United. The youngster was expected to only be out for a number of weeks after picking up a hamstring injury but after an operation it became clear that the tear was ‘pretty bad’ according to U’s boss Joe Dunne.

Arsenal have been alerted to the availability of Barcelona starlet Cristian Tello after the pacy winger’s contract talks at the Camp Nou fell by the wayside. The Spanish youngster has broken into the first-team this season under Tito Villanova but is reportedly unnerved by a lack of commitment over his long term chances with the club. His contract is drawing to an end so Arsenal are just one of many clubs who feel they can benefit from his current wrangling’s in Catalonia.

Arsenal are in NextGen series action tonight against Athletic Bilbao. It is a must win fixture for Arsenal’s youngsters who are currently struggling in their Group with just two matches remaining. The other teams in contention from their group are also in action as Marseille take on Olympiakos.

Maraoune Chamakh is now wanted by Chris Hughton at Norwich City. Goals are at a premium at Carrow Road and the Moroccan international is reportedly keen to remain in the Premier League despite interest from former club Bordeaux. The striker is surplus to requirements at The Emirates and is being lined up alongside Carlton Cole to help Norwich in their relegation fight.

Carl Jenkinson made his debut for England last night and in doing so broke a club record. Arsenal have never had 28 full internationals on the book at any one time but now they have surpassed the 27 mark with internationals from Japan, Costa Rica, France, Germany and Russia among the many different nations represented.

Derby County manager Nigel Clough admits that they could sell young prospect Will Hughes if the right deal comes in for the 17-year-old. He made his debut for England under-21s earlier this week and is attracting interest from Arsenal among a host of other clubs including Manchester City. Clough maintains they hope to hang on to the player until at least the end of the season but knows if the deal is right for the club they will have no choice but to accept it.

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