Arsenal latest: Casillas wanted and Sagna replacement admits 'dream'

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Arsenal are said to be interested in Iker Casillas - after comments today from Santi Cazorla.

The Spanish international goalkeeper has been previously linked with a move to The Emirates - as he has lost his place in the team at Real Madrid.

Casillas is now understudy to Diego Lopez under Carlo Ancelotti and has been linked with plenty of moves.

And Cazorla claims Arsenal are keen:

“I’ve told him [I want him to join Arsenal], but so far he has just been curious about my experience in England. His situation is very complicated, but he has to make a decision. Lots of clubs want him, including Arsenal, but I think that it would be very difficult to leave Real Madrid because of what the club represents.”

Cazorla was also speaking about his future - suggesting he could leave beyond his current contract’s expiry:

"Every football player wants to win titles. We've gone many years without winning one. And if not, what I'll look for in my next destination is to have the chance to win. I don't want to close doors but nowadays I've a contract with Arsenal for two more seasons. When I'm turning 31 I'll evaluate myself and I'll choose the best option. In which case, I would be delighted to come back [to Spain]."

Toulouse defender Serge Aurier has admitted a desire to play for Arsenal. The Ivorian is being talked up as a potential replacement for contract rebel Bacary Sagna - and told French press:

“You cannot refuse Arsenal. You can ask any player if he would play for Arsenal and I think he would respond positively without hesitation. It is certain that Arsenal is a dream."

Arsene Wenger has explained why he sold Cesc Fabregas back to Barcelona.

He claimed the decision was simply logical:

“Fabregas said he was very sad when he left Arsenal, and he is not the only one! I fought with him to keep him but, deep down, I obviously knew. He was raised in Barcelona; his grandfather worked for Barca; he went to all the FCB football classes; they had the best team in the world. I surrendered to his will of playing for them, and I think it was completely logical.”

Arsenal stopper Wojciech Szczesny has been speaking about the FA Cup match v Wigan Athletic this weekend.

The Polish stopper has spoken of his previous Wembley heartache and how they can erase those demons:

“We had a bad experience recently at Wembley in the League Cup final. But we've matured a lot and we've got a lot more experienced players. I think that the likes of Jack (Wilshere) and Aaron Ramsey and myself were only 18 or 19 at the time. We're three years older now, we've got three years of experience under our belts, and we're more prepared for it.”

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