Arsenal morning news: Puma want Balotelli and Wilshere fit for Saturday

All the latest news and gossip from The Emirates this morning.

Arsenal’s new kit sponsors Puma will reportedly do everything they can in the summer to bring in one of their flagship players to the club.

One such player now being mentioned as a possible signing for the club is Mario Balotelli. The striker, who is sponsored by Puma, is currently sponsored by Puma and recently starred in their new ad campaign.

The German company would like to see two of their biggest names together - and a similar link has previously been proposed between the Gunners and Radamel Falcao.

However, Balotelli’s troublesome reputation is likely to cause a stumbling block in any deal.

Arsenal are confident that Jack Wilshere is fit and ready to return to Premier League action against Liverpool on Saturday.

The England international has been resting a sore ankle for the last couple of games - but is back in full training ahead of the weekend.

Meanwhile Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have been given the all-clear following knocks against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Unfortunately Thomas Vermaelen’s return is being delayed by yet another calf problem.

Arsenal are set to offer Bacary Sagna a new contract for a THIRD time - as Wenger is keen on keeping the in-form Frenchman.

It is believed the club and player both want a deal to happen - but are still some way off in their respective evaluation of the salary and duration of any such deal.

Sagna has interest from Turkey, Italy and France - where he would be offered three year deals and a higher wage.

Gervinho has stated he has no regrets over his time at Arsenal - refusing to believe his spell in North London was a failure.

The Ivorian was much maligned in the capital but has since on to be one of Serie A’s top performers since joining AS Roma in the summer.

And of his time at The Emirates, he stated:

"I think my adventure in London was positive. I have always dreamed of playing for Arsenal, and I had a good time there. It's just a shame that I could not play anymore. But it is not a failure.”

Arsenal are now the most popular team in China - overtaking Manchester United to do so. An online survey has suggested Arsenal are the club of choice in the Far East ahead of United, Real Madrid, Barcelona and AC Milan.

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