News and gossip from the past 24 hours at The Emirates.
Gervinho has insisted he has absolutely no intent on leaving North London this summer. The Ivorian has been linked with moves to Fenerbahce and Lyon recently but the forward insists he is going nowhere. The 26-year-old says he wants to stay at Arsenal and fight for his starting place.
Arsenal have released 10 players from their youth and reserve teams. The likes of Conor Henderson, Jernade Meade, Sanchez Watt, James Shea, Reice Charles-Cook, Sead Hajrovic, Philip Roberts, Nigel Neita, Samir Bihmoutine and Josh Rees have all been thanked for their efforts but sent on their way.
Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg has re-joined the club; on an ambassadorial role. The former Swedish international spent a decade at the club and was part of the Invincibles team under Arsene Wenger. His role will start next month when he visits Indonesia, Vietnam and Japan to promote the upcoming tour of the region.
Thomas Vermaelen is apparently a target for newly appointed Napoli manager Rafa Benitez. It is believed the former Chelsea boss is looking to lure the Belgian Arsenal club-captain away from The Emirates with the promise of first-team football. This comes just a day after Vermaelen announced he had no desire to leave the club despite his recent lack of first team action.
Victor Wanyama is again in the papers. After Perry Groves insisted yesterday that Arsenal should pursue the Kenyan midfield talent it has emerged today that they will have Italian rivals for his signature. It is reported that Inter Milan see him as the perfect platform to start rebuilding their side which struggled to a ninth place finish in Serie A last season.
Arsenal have reportedly told Barcelona to name a price for their former captain Cesc Fabregas. The Spaniard has long been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp this summer after reportedly falling out of love with the club. Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are also said to be keen.
Julio Cesar has confirmed he wishes to remain in London should he leave QPR this summer. The Brazilian international has long been linked with a move away from the club and after already initiating a desire to stay in England he also expressed a wish to remain in the capital calling London ‘a beautiful city’.
Finally and Scottish side Linlithgow Rose are reportedly closing in on an ‘Invincible’ season of their own. If they avoid defeat against Auchinleck Talbot on Sunday in the Scottish Junior Cup Final they will stretch their unbeaten run to 50 games - one more then Arsenal’s 49 game record.
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