Arsenal latest: Including Fenerbahce test and Gustavo interest

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

Arsenal have been drawn against Turkish outfit Fenerbahce in the UEFA Champions League play-off round. The first leg will be played at the Sukru Saracoglu stadium in Istanbul on the 20th or 21st of August - with the away leg taking place at The Emirates a week later.

Fenerbahce could however find themselves suspended from the competition as they continue to await a final decision on their two-year suspension from European football.

Arsenal are set to have a battle on their hands for Luiz Gustavo. The 26-year-old has dropped down the pecking order at Bayern Munich - despite his excellent Confederations Cup campaign.

He does not want to lose his place in the Brazil starting line-up and also feels playing in Europe is necessary to help his chances.

That would rule out a move to VfL Wolfsburg so Arsenal and Chelsea are considered the front-runners.

John W Henry has ruled out selling his star player Luis Suarez this summer - to Arsenal or any interested bidders:

‘’We are not going to sell Luis. To sell to a rival for those [Champions League] positions, or one of them, would be ludicrous. I'm unequivocal that we won't sell to Arsenal, whatever the bid is. I have not said it to Stan (Kroenke) but I had a personal conversation with Ivan Gazidis and told him we would not sell. He won't be sold even if a foreign club comes in, because we do not have time to sign a suitable replacement.’’

Theo Walcott has praised Luis Suarez but also stated that the club would be fine - with or without the player.

Walcott stated:

‘’If [Suarez] comes, great. Even if we stay as we are now, we are a great team and we showed that in the last 10 games last season. We just need to do that a bit more on a consistent level at the start of this year but every player who is at Arsenal is a top-class player.’’

Finally, and Arsene Wenger has been singing the praises of the Premier League’s goal-line technology system. The Hawk-Eye system that will be used this season was demonstrated to the Arsenal gaffer yesterday, and he said:

‘’The important thing is justice. People always speak about financial implications but the most important thing is to get the decisions right.’’


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