Arsenal morning news: £30m Isco linked; 'cornered dog' Robben denies spitting


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

Arjen Robben has hit back at Arsenal fans for their treatment of him in the recent Emirates tie between Arsenal and Bayern Munich.

The Champions League tie turned on the penalty award and red card for Wojciech Szczesny - after Arjen Robben ran on to a sublime Toni Kroos through ball.

After that incident Robben was greeted with heavy boos whenever he got on the ball - and he has revealed how that got under his skin:

“There's no discussion about the penalty. In football it goes like that, suddenly I was the fans' target and the cornered dog. But I couldn't help it. It was a brilliant attack with Toni Kroos. He chipped the ball over the defence and I was faster than the goalkeeper.”

During the game footage of Robben supposedly spitting on Bacary Sagna did the rounds on Twitter. Robben has also defended himself against those claims - claiming it was sweat not saliva:

“If I ever did that you could drag me off and ban me for 10 games. I don't have much hair and the sweat just dripped off. I must make this clear: I did not spit. I would never do that in my life."

The fallout from the game continues - with Bacary Sagna now talking about the defeat, in particular that missed penalty from Mesut Ozil:

"We started the match well, creating several opportunities during the first 15 minutes. Unfortunately we didn't score the penalty that would have put us in a good position.”

Arsenal are said to be considering a £30 million move for Real Madrid midfield maestro Isco.

Isco, who shined at Malaga last season, made the €35 million switch to the Bernabeu in the summer but has struggled for first-team football.

He is also said to be tiring of Carlo Ancelotti’s training methods and Arsenal join Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund in keeping tabs on the player.

Arsenal take on Sunderland tomorrow in the Premier League - and expect to welcome Mikel Arteta and Olivier Giroud to action after they both missed out against Bayern Munich in midweek.

There are also concerns over Kieran Gibbs after he got injured against Bayern - so Nacho Monreal may be asked to deputise.

Sunderland have been buoyed by the news of a potential return to action for Steven Fletcher and Carlos Cuellar. Vito Mannone will play against his former club.

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