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Arsenal weekend round-up: Higuain transfer fading and Koscielny injured

News and gossip from the past 48 hours at The Emirates.

Laurent Koscielny has suffered an ankle injury in training today. The French international had to sit out training at the Mizuno Rugby Stadium today after going over on his right ankle. It means the club are without he and Thomas Vermaelen, who has a back injury, leaving Per Mertesacker and Ignasi Miquel as the only centre backs available.

Wojciech Szczesny is also injured with a back strain and will miss the tie with Nagoya Grampus on Monday.

A deal for Gonzalo Higuain seems to have slipped through their fingers. This morning several papers carried the story that Arsenal were ready to make another move for the player but in Italy they feel it is a different story entirely. Odds are being slashed on Higuain signing for Napoli as a replacement for Edinson Cavani.

With Higuain now seemingly a no-go attention must turn to their other main transfer target Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan arrived in Melbourne today in order to join up with his team-mates; and it is reported he would be having sit-down talks with Brendan Rodgers in the coming days in order to resolve his future.

Suarez is still said to fancy a move to The Gunners in order to play Champions League football.

In other transfer news Arsenal have got rid of Andre Santos. The Brazilian full-back has been allowed to cancel his contract with the club in order to sign on a free transfer for Flamengo; where he will be managed by former coach at Corinthians and Brazil Mano Menezes.

Julio Cesar is now available again after his move to Napoli collapsed. The Italian outfit are now after Pepe Reina but the QPR and Brazilian stopper has been told he must take a pay-cut in order to sign for The Gunners; something he is reportedly not keen on.

Bacary Sagna has committed his future to the club this weekend despite recent talk of a move away. His contract expires in 12 months but a renewal could be on the cards.

Arsenal have also been linked with a move for Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo. The Brazilian international has slipped down the pecking order this summer and could consider an exit from the European champions.


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