News and gossip from the past 24 hours at The Emirates.
The big news relating to Arsenal today actually involves one of their former players who has been strongly linked with a return to the club in recent weeks; Cesc Fabregas. However those hoping to see him arrive at The Emirates may be surprised to hear that David Moyes has reportedly earmarked the Barcelona man as one of his top targets ahead of next season. Manchester United are looking for a long-term replacement for Paul Scholes who retired yesterday and see Fabregas as the perfect option.
Arsenal have reportedly had a bid rejected for Sporting Lisbon goalkeeper Rui Patricio. The Portuguese international is believed to be the subject of a big bid from the club this summer as they look to strengthen their goalkeeping options. However Sporting want more money for the 25-year-ld and this seems a deal to keep our eyes on throughout the summer.
Arsene Wenger claims he knew Sir Alex Ferguson would retire now after detecting signs he may be about to retire from the game. Wenger said he was ‘not surprised’ and had already told many of his staff that he thought this would be Fergie’s last year in the hot-seat.
Wenger has also reiterated his desire for Champions League football. He believes the achievements of his players is especially special this season as two months ago they ‘had no chance’ of making it to the final day with a chance of Champions League football next season. Arsenal are two points behind Tottenham but have a game in hand against Wigan before travelling to Newcastle on the final day of the season.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has given Arsenal cause to relax after admitting the Gunners could beat his Newcastle side 4-0 on the final day of the season and he wouldn’t care after securing Premier League safety with a win over QPR on Sunday. Pardew even acknowledged the fact Spurs would not be happy with that attitude but that his fans were the priority.
On the site we have taken a look at the chances of Arsenal actually signing Gonzalo Higuain; and we highly doubt it. A deal is firstly dependent on the Gunners qualifying for the Champions League and his playing the field mentality when it comes to the transfer minefield that is the summer also bodes poorly for a switch to The Emirates.
Arsene Wenger has warned Manchester City over the potential sacking of Roberto Mancini. He feels the club should not fall into the trap of ‘short-termism’ and feels Mancini is being hard done by at The Etihad.
What are your thoughts on everything Arsenal FC on the 13th May 2013?
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