News and gossip from the past 24 hours at The Emirates.
The agent of SL Benfica left-back Lorenzo Melgarejo has been quoted as saying Arsenal have shown a serious interest in his client. The Paraguayan international is reportedly being courted by both Arsenal and Fenerbahce and his agent Juan Gabriel Appleyard says an approach has been made for the 22-year-old who had his breakout year in Lisbon this season.
Arsenal seem set to offload striker Nicklas Bendtner this summer as they have reportedly accepted five bids for the out of favour Danish international. Arsenal have reportedly lowered their asking price for the player down to £3 million while the player himself has lowered his expectations of the team in which he will continue his career. Bendtner says playing time is the major factor that will decide his decision.
Olivier Giroud has been speaking about his first season in the Premier League with The Gunners; and expressed his joy at his own personal progress. He feels he has improved vastly on the player he was before arriving at The Emirates and feels the English game has toughened him up. He has also spoken of next season and has made it clear that he feels Arsenal will be title contenders next year.
Apparent Arsenal target Clement Grenier has stated he is ‘waiting for answers’ from current club Lyon before deciding on his future. His contract expires in 2014 and assurances over the clubs future are needed when he returns from holiday or he will consider letting that deal run to expiry and leave on a free.
Sporting Lisbon goalkeeper Rui Patricio has been linked with a move to Arsenal recently and that speculation has increased after his agent admitted the players desire to leave Portugal for a new challenge this summer.
It is reported today that Arsenal rejected the opportunity to sign Wilfried Zaha in January; but passed. Zaha eventually signed on with Premier League rivals Manchester United for £15 million but former Crystal Palace chairman Ron Noades said that Arsenal were contacted in order to keep Zaha in London but they were not interested.
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