Arsenal latest: Revenge over Liverpool and Costa move off the table?

A round up of the latest news stories and transfer rumours about Arsenal from this weekend.

Arsenal gained their revenge over Liverpool with a 2-1 win in the FA Cup earlier. Goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski were enough to see Arsenal over the line, setting them up well for the game against Bayern Munich.

The stand out transfer story of the weekend concerning Arsenal suggests they have given up on any hope of signing Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa. The £32 million rated forward has been suggested as a possible summer signing but has suggested the North London side have doubts over his style of play.

TalkSport radio pundit Stan Collymore has suggested that the Gunners should have tried harder to sign Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. Arsenal saw two bids for the forward rejected by Liverpool last summer.

“He forked out £42.5m to land Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid in September and I am convinced Suarez would have been the final piece of the jigsaw,” he told the Mirror.

The Sun has claimed that Arsenal are in the frame to make an £8 million move for Manchester City right-back Micah Richards. The Gunners, along with Liverpool, are reportedly monitoring his situation after reports suggested City are ready to axe him in the summer.

Ozil has been speaking ahead of the Champions League game against Bayern Munich this week, suggesting that the German and European champions are in better shape than when they won the treble last season.

“I have huge respect for Bayern. They are even better than they were last year, but we're not going to hide. Anything is possible over two legs. I'm the kind of player who loves games like these,” he told the Sunday version of German paper Bild.

Arsenal icon Bob Wilson has slammed Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho as the war of words between the two London clubs rolls on. Mourinho sparked a furious row when he said Arsene Wenger was a ‘specialist in failure’.

“I think it's personal, he is hugely talented, amazing manager Mourinho but I find - at this moment - I find him boring at the moment,” he’s quoted by the Mirror.

Mourinho has added to the fire by revealing that he doesn’t respect the Frenchman’s past successes with Arsenal, which include multiple Premier League and domestic silverware titles.

“When he says that I am afraid of failure he is not respecting my past and because he does not respect this I do not respect his past,” he told ITV.

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