All the latest news and gossip from The Emirates Stadium this Thursday.
Jack Wilshere held a Google hangout with fans today and the most interesting point came when he discussed the departure of Cesc Fabregas in 2011. Fabregas re-joined boyhood club Barcelona and Wilshere made it clear that his departure was felt more keenly than that of Robin Van Persie last summer:
"The one I was really upset about leaving was Fabregas, I learned so much from just watching him. He's similar to me starting at a young age. I was the most upset about him leaving.”
More now on Tonny Sanabria. It is reported that Arsenal have now held talks with the representatives of the young talent - who is expected to leave Barcelona.
The Paraguayan youngster is also being looked at by Serie A high-flyers AS Roma.
However it appears that Arsenal are the front-runners and a deal could be concluded by January.
He has a £2.5 million release clause in his contract.
Arsene Wenger believes that goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny can become an Arsenal legend.
The Polish international, who recently signed a long term lucrative deal to stay at The Emirates, has been in good form this season.
And the boss has been gushing over his future:
“Yes, he can be one of the best...what I am sure is that he has the potential to be a historical goalkeeper for Arsenal Football Club. That will depend on how much he will continue to focus, to have the desire to be better, to have the desire to put the hard work in.”
Wenger also confirmed today that the club are seemingly interested in Greek international striker Kostas Mitroglou.
Speaking to French TV he stated:
"At Arsenal we know him well because we have played against Olympiakos in the Champions League. This is a true finisher. He must try to evolve to a higher level to see what he really is capable of. In any case, all the major European clubs will certainly be alert. When you look at his statistics, we cannot ignore."
Mitroglou has scored a goal-a-game so far this season.
Abou Diaby is back on the comeback trail. The French international has begun running again, with the hope of putting his injury woes behind him.
He hopes to return to action in March.
Meanwhile a number of players, fans and others involved in football have sent their best wishes to Pat Rice - the Arsenal legend who was admitted to hospital suffering from cancer.
We at HITC also extend our best wishes.
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