Arsenal latest: Including shock Benzema link and Gervinho exit confirmed

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

Arsenal target Bernard has joined Shakhtar Donetsk.

He has arrived for a fee believed to be in the region of £21.5 million. The Brazilian international has agreed a five-year-deal with the Ukrainian side after other interested parties such as Porto, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur failed to back up their reported interest.

In another done deal, Gervinho has completed his move to Roma from Arsenal for an undisclosed fee after a mixed two seasons at the Gunners.

The Champions League draw is tomorrow morning and Arsenal will face one of five sides. Those teams are:

- PSV Eindhoven

- Metalist Kharkiv

- Real Sociedad

- Pacos de Ferreira

- Real Sociedad.

Jack Wilshere has been included in the England squad for next week’s friendly with Scotland. It comes despite concerns from Arsenal in regards to his fitness concerns.

Arsene Wenger was reportedly reluctant to let his midfield starlet away on international duty so close to the opening day of the Premier League season.

Arsenal are now being linked with a different Real Madrid striker in French reports. It is suggested that The Gunners are considering a €45 million bid for French international Karim Benzema.

It is believed that Benzema could be an alternative to Luis Suarez - who himself may end up at the Bernabeu.

Keep your eye on this one.

In regards to Luis Suarez - it is still the £51 million fee reportedly being readied that is garnering the most attention. Suarez is currently training away from the Liverpool first-team after he publicly declared his desire to leave Anfield this week.

Marouane Chamakh could be a Crystal Palace player by the end of the week. There are rumours that he may have even completed a medical today ahead of a permanent move to join the Eagles.

Ilkay Gundogan has been linked with Arsenal again today. It is believed the Gunners could offer around £20-£25 million for the Borussia Dortmund midfielder.

Finally, and Cardiff City are joining the race to sign Jesus Gamez from Malaga. It was recently reported that Arsenal could possibly offer Nicklas Bendtner to The Anchovies in exchange for the Spanish right-back. 

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