News and gossip from The Emirates this past 24 hours
Abou Diaby has come through his recovery game unscathed. The French international has been out for three and a half months after picking up an injury on international duty with France but he played just over an hour in an under-21 match with West Brom. Andre Santos also featured in the game along with Emmanuel Frimpong and Vito Mannone as they begin to step up their recoveries from respective injury problems. The game finished 1-1 with Santos grabbing the goal.
Talksport believe the likes of Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool should be keeping an eye on the transfer dealings of Swansea City as it became clear Michael Laudrup’s side were ready to chase Jose Canas of Real Betis. The player is reportedly available on a cut-price deal which considering the bargain buy of Michu in the summer should have other teams taking a vested interest in his ability.
Theo Walcott will be offered £25 million over the next five years to stay at The Emirates. His weekly wage will be in the region of £90k-a-week while he is also likely to receive a signing on fee of around £3 million. The 23-year-old England international has been linked with several clubs since rejecting Arsenal’s most recent extension offer to a deal that runs out at the end of this season.
Polish stopper Wojciech Szczesny has revealed that he is a true gooner and could see himself playing for the club for life. The number-one stopper has become a popular figure at the club and the feeling appears mutual as he revealed becoming a fan almost instantaneously upon his arrival in 2007. He is only 22 so the news will be met positively by fans and staff at the club who would like to see him remain between the sticks for years to come.
Alvaro Negredo has put Arsenal and a host of other clubs on red alert by revealing he is considering a move to the Premier League. The Sevilla striker and Spanish international has previously been courted by the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham and the La Liga club’s current financial problems could see them having to let their star player leave for far less than the original £18 million they were looking for.
Arsenal are among three Premier League teams looking at bringing in Paris Saint-Germain youngster Hervin Ongenda. The French youth international has caught the eye with his free-kick specialism in the youth teams at the cash-rich Ligue 1 club and Arsenal could be about to compete with Chelsea and Manchester United for his signature.
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