Arsenal latest: Including Suarez flattered and Vermaelen injury

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

Arsenal club captain Thomas Vermaelen will reportedly miss the start of the season. The Belgian defender has a chronic back problem and has struggled with it throughout the past season. He is also carrying a thigh problem into the 2012-13 campaign. He has not yet participated in full training and it comes as a blow for the 27-year-old who is facing a battle with Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny for starting positions.

Luis Suarez has admitted he was flattered to hear of Arsenal’s £30 million bid for his services. The Uruguayan says he wants an exit from Anfield this summer with it said he wants to play Champions League football next season. The Gunners lodged a bid for the player at the start of the summer when doubts over his future first reared their head; which was promptly dismissed by The Reds:

‘’It is good to know that I am still valued by teams like Arsenal.’’

Nicklas Bendtner is in talks with Eintracht Frankfurt over a move. The Danish international reportedly spoke to the Bundesliga club today and talks were concluded. The club says it remains in ‘close contact’ with Arsene Wenger and a decision on whether to complete the signing would be made in the ‘next couple of days’.

Arsenal have unveiled their new away kit for next season. The yellow strip with a royal blue trim was modelled by the likes of Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson. The traditional change strip has been praised by Theo Walcott:

“The kit looks and feels great. Arsenal is synonymous with yellow and blue and I think this new design fuses that tradition with a modern twist. I can’t wait to get out on the pitch and wear it."

Schalke 04 midfielder Julian Draxler has been linked with Arsenal lately; but the 19-year-old German youngster claims he will stay in Gelsenkirchen for at least one more season. He admitted there had been interest in his services from Spain and England this summer but would not confirm the teams in question. But for now he is happy to continue improving in the Bundesliga.

Finally, and Santi Cazorla says Arsenal will be better next season. He states that the club had a confidence issue last season but he cited their excellent form toward the end of the last campaign as a catalyst for future success in 2013-14.


image: © Ronnie Macdonald

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch