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.
‘’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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