News and gossip from the past 24 hours at The Emirates.
Arsenal are said to be close to signing Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo. The Brazilian is reported in various circles to be the subject of either a £14, £15 or £17.2 million and Bayern Munich have confirmed an approach for the player from England.
The Gunners are in advanced talks with the player over a deal for the player - who is being allowed to leave in order to have first-team football in a World Cup year.
Arsene Wenger has also cryptically confirmed the clubs interest.
Arsene Wenger has been speaking about Jack Wilshere’s selection for the England team - and he is happy with the player to join up with Roy Hodgson’s men.
There were reports that Wenger may be irritated with the decision to call up the injury prone midfielder - but he has quashed that talk:
"Now he goes away with the national team and, when England play Scotland, it is always competitive.
"Jack will go away with England with our blessing. But then we have some big occasions in front of us, with Aston Villa and also the Champions League."
The Eagles boss believes he can get the best out of the Moroccan flop next season - with his loan-deal set to be completed imminently.
Aaron Ramsey is an injury doubt for the opening game of the season - after he withdrew from the Welsh squad to face the Republic of Ireland.
Ramsey has withdrawn from the squad with an ankle injury but it is believed he should be fit for the opening weekend - but watch this space.
Reports emanated recently that the Uruguayan would not be playing or training with the first team until he issued an apology for his recent actions to the club.
However, it has become clear that no apology will be made - and Brendan Rodgers claims that ‘no solution’ can be found whilst Suarez maintains that stance.
However today Rodgers insisted that there is a way back for the player:
‘’If we have got to sit and wait, then so be it. But this is a club that has got great values, and we hope that the situation can be resolved amicably, and I am sure it will be.’’
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