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Arsenal latest: Including NextGen victory and Gibbs return

Kieran Gibbs

News and gossip from The Emirates.

Arsenal have won their NextGen Series second round tie against Inter Milan. The club will now go into the quarter-finals of the competition along with other English teams Chelsea, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur in the final eight.

Captain Nico Yennaris grabbed the goal with a magnificent strike from 30 yards as he led this troops to a magnificent victory against the reigning champions.

They will now face CSKA Moscow in the quarter finals.

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has demanded a response from his team-mates after a morale sapping defeat to Tottenham in the North London derby.

The Gunners now have a ten-day gap before facing Bayern Munich in the Champions League second leg and the Pole says the club must pick themselves up from the loss and make the fans proud against the German outfit.

Apparent Arsenal transfer target Adil Rami has cooled any interest of a move to The Emirates as he revealed to French press that his current club Valencia have offered him a contract; and he is very tempted to sign the extension.

The Frenchman has also been linked with Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala but he believes he can still force his way into the French first-team in Spain.

The Daily Mail has reported on Ivan Gazidis’s guaranteed pay-off if the club changes hands. The Gunners chief executive is guaranteed a £5 million pay-off if recent rumours about a Middle East consortium being interested in the purchase of the club turn out to be true.

However Stan Kroenke and Alisher Usmanov do not appear keen to sell the club at any price.

Arsenal will play the Vietnamese national team in a pre-season friendly in July making them the first Premier League team to visit the communist country. AS Roma of Serie A will also visit the country this summer in a landmark year for Vietnamese football.

Kieran Gibbs is set to return to first-team training after his thigh injury. He has been injured since the game with Liverpool on January 30th but he has started light training last week and is now all set to join in the regular sessions with the first-team. There is even a mooted belief he could return in time for the Champions League tie with Bayern Munich.

Meanwhile any lingering hope of Klaas Jan Huntelaar arriving at The Emirates appear to be finally dead. The Dutch striker has a release clause in his contract but he has already spoken about a new contract extension and potential retirement at Schalke 04.

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