All the news and gossip from the past 24 hours at The Emirates.
Arsenal will not pay the £10 million asking price Swansea City have put on their Welsh captain defender Ashley Williams. After The Swans agreed a deal for Jordi Amat from Espanyol a move for Williams was always expected however Arsenal will not spend that sort of money on a player who will turn 29 at the start of the new season.
Andrei Arshavin has been talking about his time at Arsenal after leaving the club on a free transfer this week. He re-joined former team Zenit St Petersburg; the same outfit he left for Arsenal in a £15 million deal back in 2009. And he has stated that while it was difficult being out of the first-team that he did not regret anything about his time in North London.
Manchester Evening News believe that Wayne Rooney is still after a move away from Manchester United this summer. The Gunners are set to start a bidding war for the player with a £25 million bid next week which will prick the ears of Chelsea, PSG, Monaco and Barcelona. However clear-the-air talks with David Moyes could end the dispute.
Arsenal fans are getting wary over the deal to sign Gonzalo Higuain. They are growing anxious over the perceived stall in the deal but despite a select group of fans obvious pessimism the Argentine international is still expected to join The Gunners this summer.
Arsenal’s interest in Serge Aurier peaked again today - after he posted a picture of himself on Twitter in a Gunners shirt. The Toulouse full-back has been linked with the Gunners for a while and what was probably an innocent picture has thrown him back in the spotlight.
Arsenal have reportedly had a bid rejected for Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier. An exclusive report in France suggests that Arsenal have made a bid for the talented creator worth €10 million; which has been rejected by the French side. Grenier’s contract expires next summer so the negotiations are expected to continue.
Sunderland have agreed a fee with Arsenal for third choice keeper Vito Mannone. The Italian has been targeted by countryman Paolo Di Canio after Simon Mignolet’s departure to Liverpool.
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