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The Gonzalo Higuain saga continues, and today's developments are not positive from an Arsenal perspective. At the weekend it was claimed that the Gunners had not made an approach for the player, despite all other indicators being otherwise, and that has been confirmed by Real Madrid.
President Florentino Perez told the media: "We don't want Higuain to leave, what's more, no-one from Arsenal has come to us and made us any offers at all for him. There are no offers on the table."
The Sun elaborate that new manager Carlo Ancelotti is behind the club's stance, writing: "Ancelotti, the former Chelsea manager, plans a sit-down meeting with Higuain to work out his future. It is understood Ancelotti believes there is a place for the 25-year-old Higuain in his set-up."
The prospect of a meeting does at least indicate there is hope for the Gunners, which could come about if the striker is not satisfied by promises of first team football at the Bernabeu.
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Arsenal have today been linked with Inter Milan's 25-year-old centre-back Andrea Rannochia, who is also claimed to be interesting Manchester United and Tottenham.
Meanwhile one-time target David Villa, has snubbed rivals Tottenham to sign a deal to remain in Spain and sign for Atletico Madrid, at a bargain price of under £5 million.
And finally former striker Thierry Henry finally scored helped score a 'trick shot penalty', seven years after his effort with Robert Pires was monumentally messed up against Manchester City. This time it was in a charity game and he had help from Florent Malouda, who converted it. Check it out below, along with the original attempt with Pires.
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