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Arsenal latest: Including Nani and Vermaelen


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

Arsenal are being linked with a move for Manchester United winger Nani. The Portuguese international has been in poor form this season and has only featured three times since being sent off against Real Madrid in March. Arsenal reportedly hope their smooth negotiations with United for Robin Van Persie last summer will help them complete transfer negotiations smoothly. 

Arsenal are apparently after Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel. The Slovakian fell down the pecking order under Brendan Rodgers this season and has been linked with moves to Russia and Italy in the past few months. However his agent has declared that a move is very unlikely despite his recent failings.

Another player who is not looking to leave his club this summer is Arsenal club captain Thomas Vermaelen. The 27-year-old also had a bad campaign in 2012-13 and has therefore been linked with several moves away from The Emirates. However he has confirmed his desire to stay.

Levante youngster Ruben Garcia has expressed his desire to play for Arsenal. The 19-year-old winger has become an ever present in the Valencian side this season and has earned a place in the Spanish under-21 side for the UEFA Under-21 Championships in Israel. Arsenal chief scout Steve Rowley is expected to be in attendance.

Chelsea have reportedly joined the race for long-term Arsenal target Stevan Jovetic. The Fiorentina striker has been linked with Arsenal for months now but with talk that a deal is stuttering there may be scope for a new Premier League rival. Jose Mourinho is expected to become Chelsea manager on Monday and the Montenegrin’s availability will be one of his first priorities.

Andre Santos is set to return to Arsenal; as his current loan club Gremio struggle to afford him. The 30-year-old defensive flop has enjoyed a successful return to his homeland but Gremio director of football Marcos Chitolina has branded him ‘to expensive’.

Lyon look set to snap up Sebastian Corchia ahead of Arsenal. Arsene Wenger reportedly wanted the French under-21 captain to replace Bacary Sagna this summer but now it seems the Sochaux youngster is more partial to a Ligue 1 stay.

Finally, and Thierry Henry has had his say on Arsenal’s celebrations at finishing fourth in the Premier League. Many pundits were quick to criticise the celebration including their own keeper Wojciech Szczesny and former player Freddie Ljungberg. While he also felt the club should be aiming higher he justified the celebrations by suggesting they were only so impassioned because it was at the expense of local rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

What are your thoughts on everything Arsenal FC on the 29th May 2013?


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