News and gossip from the past 24 hours at The Emirates.
Carlos Vela has commented about his future, accepting a discussed return to Arsenal could happen. He has been the star of Real Sociedad's season, after signing for them permanently last summer.
The Mexican said in an interview with L'Equipe: "Going back to Arsenal? It could happen at any moment, but I don't want to think about it, my life is at Real Sociedad, and it is with that shirt that I want to play in the Champions League next season."
Sociedad are presently fourth in La Liga and odds on to gain a surprise Champions League place.
Alisher Usmanov has taken yet another swipe at Arsenal’s moustachioed American owner Stan Kroenke. The naturalised Russian, who was named number one in the 2013 Sunday Times Rich List recently, believes Kroenke lacks the ambition to keep the fans at The Emirates happy and bemoaned the lack of ‘superstars’ left in the Arsenal ranks which made it difficult for them to challenge for silverware on a regular basis.
Hamburg SV general manager Frank Arnesen has made it clear that there has been no contact with Arsenal over the availability of goalkeeper Rene Adler. Arsenal have reportedly been keeping an eye on the 28-year-old as a possible goalkeeping rival to Wojciech Szczesny next season. However the former Chelsea man stated that ‘thus far no-one from Arsenal FC has been in touch with our club’. Adler has previously welcomed the interest and his financially struggling Bundesliga club may welcome a sale.
Arsenal FC are looking to press ahead with contract extension talks with manager Arsene Wenger according to Goal.com. The Frenchman has had to endure some of the harshest criticism of his reign this season and in recent weeks has been linked with the managerial hot-seat at Paris Saint-Germain. However Arsenal still have complete faith in the 63-year-old and will offer him an extension to his 17-year-stay this summer.
It follows the report from The Sun that PSG have officially called off the hunt for Wenger. The mega-rich French outfit have decided that Wenger will not leave The Gunners and have therefore turned their attentions elsewhere; with Jupp Heynckes and Manuel Pellegrini their new targets. It comes as Carlo Ancelotti is expected to replace an almost certainly Chelsea bound Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.
On site we have taken a look at a promising starlet in the youth ranks who might just be ready to make the step up to the first team next season. Chuba Akpom has scored 18 goals in 23 games after adding another against Wolves in an under-21 match this week. His recent form has been truly superb; bagging a sensational 10 goals in nine games against the under-21 teams of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.
Finally, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has spoken of his progress this season stating that he is still in the learning phase of his career. It comes after a rather difficult campaign for the England international but The Ox was quick to remind people that he is still just 19-years-old and the best is yet to come.
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