Arsenal morning news: Fabianski rejection, Martinez lined up and double injury boost

Roberto Martinez Press Conference Smiling

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

Arsenal are reportedly eyeing up Everton manager Roberto Martinez to take over from Arsene Wenger when the Frenchman steps down at The Emirates.

Wenger will reportedly receive a large portion of control in his successor - and he is believed to be a big fan of the work Martinez has done at Swansea and now Everton.

Lukasz Fabianski had hinted at it, but now he has made it official - by rejecting the offer of a new contract from The Gunners.

The Pole had stated in February a desire to be ‘number one’ after spending the last couple of seasons firmly behind Wojciech Szczesny in the pecking order.

But after overcoming his series of injuries he no longer wants to warm the bench - and recent performances when called in by the Gunners have been impressive.

He is a Bosman in the summer and clubs from around Europe - including those from England and Germany as front runners - are all said to be weighing up contract offers for the player.

After his impressive display against Bayern Munich this week Arsenal reportedly tried to sign him up to a new three-year deal. But without assurances of first-team football he rejected it - and will seek pastures new this summer.

A quick round-up of the current injury news now and we already know that Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey are out of the weekend fixture against Tottenham Hotspur.

Ramsey has suffered a complication in his rehab from a thigh problem - while Ozil suffered a hamstring strain in the second minute against Bayern on Tuesday - ruling him out for a month.

However, in more positive news, Kim Kallstrom and Yaya Sanogo trained with the first-team yesterday while at least one of Nacho Monreal or Kieran Gibbs, who faces a late fitness test, will return for the North London derby.

Lukas Podolski was fired up against Bayern this week, and he is fired up to take on Spurs as well. He has said ahead of the visit to White Hart Lane on Sunday:

"I've always liked derbies. When I played in Munich, or Cologne or even here in Arsenal I always liked derbies because there's a special atmosphere and it's a special fight. We want to go there, get the three points and drive back home. This is important for us. We must fight for the club, for the fans and I think this is an important game so I look forward to Sunday now."

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