News and gossip from the weekend at The Emirates.
Arsenal have hosted the Emirates Cup this weekend - and come away from it with minimal success. They drew the first game with Napoli 2-2 after going 2-0 down - with goals courtesy of Laurent Koscielny and a stunning bicycle kick from Olivier Giroud.
However; it was an old foe who came back to haunt them today - as Didier Drogba was the catalyst for a 2-1 Galatasaray win.
Theo Walcott had given The Gunners a half-time lead but former Chelsea striker Drogba continued his long success against Arsene Wenger’s men by grabbing goals in the 79th and 88th minute - to clinch the cup for the Turkish outfit.
Jack Wilshere has been talking about Luis Suarez today. Talking to BT Sport the England international declared:
‘’Any player would love to [play with Suarez]. He's a top player and he showed that last season. He brings something different to the team and scores goals.’’
There was a slightly embarrassing moment this weekend for Arsenal - in particular their Young Gunners. A selection of Arsenal youngsters were out on show against Luton Town on Saturday - including the likes of Hector Bellerin, Nico Yennaris and Thomas Eisfeld. However, they were thrashed 7-0 by the Conference National outfit.
Gervinho and Maraoune Chamakh are set to exit the club imminently. The two African players struggled last term to highlight their best form and Gervinho is all set for a move to AS Roma. The team buying Marouane Chamakh remains a mystery, despite links to Crystal Palace as it would be a surprise if they could sign him permanently.
Wenger also admitted it is looking increasingly likely Nicklas Bendtner would be starting the season as Arsenal player. Currently flogging the Dane is proving very difficult.
Nigerian defender Godfrey Oboabona has moved to deny allegations he berated the club after being asked to go on trial in London. The international’s club side Sunshine Stars also back up the claim suggesting they have never received a formal offer of atrial from Arsenal.
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