Arsenal latest: Including Valbuena and Koscielny

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News and gossip from the past 24 hours at The Emirates.

Arsenal are reportedly bracing themselves for bids to come through for defender Laurent Koscielny. The French international had an excellent end to the season and that appears to have caught the attention of Barcelona and Bayern Munich; both of whom are said to be keen on making a bid for the player. Koscielny’s agent Stephane Courbis admits that both clubs are interested in a £15 million bid for the player.

Arsenal are apparently now in pole position to sign Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid this summer - as main rivals Juventus turn their attentions to Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez. Arsenal are set to break their transfer record by bidding for the Argentine international this summer.

Arsenal are apparently ready to ask Marseille for a player in exchange for Gervinho - should the Ligue 1 side make a move for the Ivorian this summer. French international Mathieu Valbuena is the player in mind for Arsene Wenger should he want to move Gervinho on this summer and he is ready to offer him as part of a £10 million deal.

The links with another French international have gained momentum today. Lille midfielder Dimitri Payet has been linked with a potential move to The Emirates this summer and many of the nationals have also picked up on the story today.

Bacary Sagna’s interest in leaving the club has also not waned recently. The French international (sensing a trend) has stated he is keen on a ‘new challenge’ with Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco ready to make a move for the right-back who is entering the final year of his Arsenal contract.

Finally, and from the Arsenal website, the Emirates pitch was given its first cut of the summer today by the ground-staff in North London. The stadium has hosted three music concerts since the end of last season so it has been given time to rejuvenate before the cut which took place this morning.

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