Arsenal latest: Including QPR team news and Gonalons

All the news and gossip from the past 24 hours at The Emirates.

Arsenal take on QPR at Loftus Road with no new absentees to worry about. Lukasz Fabianski is still out of contention with a rib injury and is not expected to return until the 11th May. Abou Diaby and Ryo Miyaichi remain long-term absentees while Olivier Giroud will sit-out the second game of his three-match suspension.

Lukas Podolski is expected to play down the middle in the Frenchman’s absence after Arsene Wenger publically backed him recently. Theo Walcott has however protested his right to the role. He told the London Evening Standard:

"I played a few games there (up front) and I would like a few more towards the end of the season. I got a lot of my goals when playing up front, so I have shown what I can do and it is up to the manager to do what he sees is best."

However Arsene Wenger has told his English international that he is required to play where he is needed at the moment until the end of the season; a timely reminder that nobody is bigger than the club.

Arsene Wenger has made it categorically clear that he has no plans to leave Arsenal FC. The Frenchman has recently been the subject of much speculation regarding a potential move to Paris Saint-Germain at the end of this season but the 63-year-old reiterated he had no desire to leave before his contract ended in 2014; and that he was also keen to stay beyond that point.

Arsenal are believed to be moving into position to sign Lyon midfielder Maxime Gonalons for £10 million. It is believed Wenger has had his scouts monitoring the 24-year-old for some time now and is prepared to make a move for the French international. Any move for the player could see Francis Coquelin being moved on elsewhere.

Arsenal are one of several Premier League outfits being linked with a move for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain. The Argentine has reportedly been told he can leave the Spanish capital after a ropey season at the Bernabeu this campaign. Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are also said to be interested in his services.

If any confirmation was needed over the future of Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas it has certainly become apparent now. The Spanish number one has confirmed that he will not leave Real Madrid now or at any time in the future.

Finally and Harry Redknapp has warned Arsenal that signing Julio Cesar will not be easy. He claims The Gunners will have to pay ‘decent money’ for the Brazilian international whose agent confirmed yesterday was looking to remain in the Premier League next season.

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