All the news and gossip from the past 24 hours at The Emirates.
Arsenal’s pursuit of Luis Suarez has taken an extra twist today, with it becoming clear that the Liverpool striker did not say he planned on remaining a Liverpool player next summer.
It was reported yesterday that the Uruguayan was ready to stay with the club, citing the clubs fans as the main reason behind this apparent change in heart. However he now claims he never said such a thing:
“I didn’t say that. Maybe someone else did. The main thing is I’m here now with the national team.”
Arsenal are reportedly ready to make one last mega-money bid for the player in light of these recent revelations.
Not quite as good news from Germany now, where it is reported that Bayern Munich star Luiz Gustavo will be joining VfL Wolfsburg imminently.
The Brazilian is seeking a move away from the Allianz Arena this summer - in order to be assured of regular first-team football in a World Cup year.
He recently spoke of a desire to join Arsenal, but has reportedly had a change of heart and decided to stay in Germany.
The deal would be worth around £17 million, reportedly £3 million more than The Gunners were willing to spend.
Arsenal have injury concerns going into the new season. Theo Walcott has returned from international duty with a slight knock, but is expected to be fit. Santi Cazorla is not injured, but has travelled to Ecuador and back so could have a race to get fit in time.
Bacary Sagna is also said to be an injury concern, with mixed reports over an injury picked up in a 0-0 draw with Belgium.
Mikel Arteta is also struggling with an injury, while Nacho Monreal and Thomas Vermaelen are definitely out.
Arsene Wenger says there will be additions this summer. The Frenchman has toiled with his transfer activity so far this summer:
‘’There are 18 days to go, so that is a long time in the transfer market and we will be active. I cannot certify what the number [of players coming in will be], but we will be active until the end, that is for sure."
Finally, and Jack Wilshere believes the club need to ‘grow up a bit’ if they are to win silverware:
"We feel we have a great squad, as we showed towards the end of last season, when we went 11 games unbeaten. Last season, we lost games in cup competitions in which we could have been there at the end. We lost against Bradford away and Blackburn at home. We should never be losing games like that, but this year we have to get over that, grow up a bit and realise that we need a trophy – Arsenal's too good not to be winning trophies.’’
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