News and gossip from the past 24 hours at The Emirates.
Robert Pires has been talking about Mesut Ozil today - comparing him to Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane. The former Arsenal and France midfielder stated:
" He [Ozil] is, in my opinion, the best No 10 in Europe. He has proven it with Real Madrid and with Germany. For me, he is exactly the player the team was missing… I think I would say that he has a bit of Zinedine Zidane in him, in terms of vision, touch and genius to make others play around him. Like all Arsenal fans who have been expecting a big signing like that for a number of years, I am very happy he is a Gunner now because he will be fantastic for us."
Interestingly, Zidane criticised Ozil publicly for not having the fight to be part of the Real Madrid squad.
Arsenal have snapped up teenage goalkeeper Matt Macey from Bristol Rovers. The 18-year-old stopper was being tracked by Everton and featured for the club in an Under-21 match with West Brom.
Want to know a thing or five about him - click the link below for our five facts pack on the player.
Arsenal are joining Liverpool and Chelsea in the race to sign Gambian striker Kekuta Manneh from MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps. He bagged a hat-trick for the side yesterday against Seattle Sounders. Arsenal have previously watched him in 2011.
The French international recently intimated that he ‘loves Juve’ but they may not matter - as the Turin side admit a massive offer would be too difficult to turn down in today’s financial market.
"I am trying to think what will be of us in two or three years' time if we get a massive offer for one of the best talents we have today, Pogba, the French 20-year-old.
"Would we be able to retain him? I don't know. I don't think at the moment we have the strength to retain such a player.’’
Arsene Wenger has defended Jack Wilshere’s comments on the England national team, in specific relation to Adnan Januzaj. Wenger stated:
"I agree with him. I always said also an Englishman should manage the England team."
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