Quick links


Arsenal morning news: Cazorla offer, Pole wanted, Montoya alert

Here's our Arsenal morning news round-up.

Midfielder Santi Cazorla confirmed that he turned down a move away from Arsenal during the summer, he told Marca that a bid came in from Atletico Madrid, but only a year after arriving at the club he did not want to move away from London.

Carzorla also continued the praise of Arsenal’s record signing calling him a ‘spectacular player’ and he believes Özil will help them compete with the top teams.

After splashing out for Mesut Özil on transfer deadline day and Arsene Wenger will continue his spending spree in the next window, it is reported that he is looking to bring in Borussia Dortmund right-back Lukasz Piszczek.

Wenger could have made a move for the player over the summer, but he was concerned that he had just undergone hip surgery. By the time January comes he will have made a full recovery.

Arsenal are also on high alert after Barcelona’s Martin Montoya fails to agree new deal at the club. The 22-year old is highly rated at the Nou Camp, but his first team opportunities have been limited and it is reported he will look elsewhere for a chance to establish himself as a senior player.

Along with Arsenal, his agent list Inter Milan, Napoli, Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool as potential destinations.

Former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has backed new singing Mesut Özil to shine at the Emirates, when he was asked about the move he said the Özil was ‘nailed on’ for Arsenal’s style of play.

He went on to say that ‘It's a league with a lot more spaces and he is a player that, with (such) spaces, can kill you.’

There were rumours of a return for Fabregas throughout the summer, but they player stated his intention to stay at the Catalan club. This is only some of the praise being piled on to Özil since he moved, the discontent coming out of Real Madrid shows you what a big loss he is.

Aaron Ramsey could be set to reclaim the Wales captaincy just 12 months after losing it to Swansea’s Ashley Williams.

Previous Wales manager Gary Speed gave Ramsey the armband but it was taken off of him after the round of qualifiers last year. With Craig Bellamy close to calling it a day on the International stage Wales need a long term successor and the in-form Ramsey could be the man to do it.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch