News and gossip from the past 24 hours at The Emirates.
Peter Hill-Wood has resigned today as Arsenal chairman, citing health reasons, and a new man installed in his place. His successor is Sir Chips Kesick, a director of the Bank of England. Hill-Wood had been in post since 1982.
Recently released midfielder Denilson has also sealed his move to Sao Paolo as a free agent, where he has spent the past two seasons on loan from Arsenal.
Arsenal’s landmark pre-season friendly in Vietnam has been put under threat after a row over ticket prices. Arsenal are scheduled to take on the Vietnamese national team at the My Dingh National Stadium in Hanoi on July 17th but ticket prices at the venue have been hiked to seven times the original price. Those prices have put the game at risk due to lack of interest due to the extortionate figures being quoted. Arsenal would become the first Premier League team to ever play in Vietnam should the game take place.
Gervinho could be nearing an Arsenal exit this summer. The 26-year-old Ivorian had a difficult campaign last year and has in general struggled to make a lasting impact on the Premier League. Now French Ligue 1 outfit Marseille have confirmed their interest in bringing him back to the country.
Arsenal as well as Liverpool have been told how much it will cost to pry Simon Mignolet away from Sunderland. The Belgian international is reportedly available for £9 million this summer after he confirmed he would not be signing a new contract at The Stadium of Light anytime soon. Barcelona are also being linked with joining the race for the 25-year-old stopper.
Arsenal could be ready to flog one of their goalkeepers according to reports today. Third choice stopper Vito Mannone has long been linked with a move back to his Italian homeland and now it seems he may get his wish. He is reportedly a transfer target for Serie A outfit Cagliari this summer.
Arsenal’s 17-year-old midfield talent Alfred Mugabo-Martin has been called up to the senior Rwanda squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifier with Algeria in Kigali this Sunday.
Any hope of signing up Victor Valdes this summer has been shot down by Barcelona president Sandro Rosell. The Spanish international has confirmed that he will be leaving Catalonia at the end of his current contract next summer. But rumours have persisted that he might be on his way out earlier than that as Barca could cash in on him rather than lose him for nothing. But Rosell has dismissed such speculation.
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