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Arsenal latest: Kallstrom brings winning mentality; Mandzukic linked

All the latest news and gossip from the past 24 hours at The Emirates.

Wojciech Szczesny has stated he is fine with winning ugly. Arsenal have not been at their free-flowing best recently but he says he would take four unattractive wins to finish in the Champions League places:

"As long as we get three points, it does not have to be beautiful. I will take four or five more games like that until the end of the season. Every game is like a cup final for us now and we know we have to get the result every time and wait for Everton to drop points.”

Arsenal reportedly have a clear run at Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic - as Chelsea have reportedly given up in their pursuit of the Bayern Munich striker.

Arsenal are looking for a new striker this summer and Mandzukic may pay the price of Bayern’s decision to bring Robert Lewandowski in from Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer.

Thomas Vermaelen was full of praise for new signing Kim Kallstrom in his first start for the club. The Swede, who has been injured since signing on deadline day, played in midfield and impressed at times - even if he was a little bit rusty:

“We had some experience with Kim Kallstrom, who is very experienced. Sometimes it's good to have all the players in the team who know how to win games and I think they showed that today.”

Olivier Giroud has spoken of his performance yesterday - and he was pleased to reach the 20 goal mark.

The Frenchman stated:

"I enjoy my stats because when you are a striker you think that we are looking for the stats and assists as well," he told Arsenal Player. "I am OK with my stats but I know the team will need me again for the last [four] Premier League games. So I need to score again and again.”

Arsenal know who will be refereeing their FA Cup final clash with Hull City. The man in charge will be Lee Probert.

Probert and Arsene Wenger of course have history. He is the match official who infamously sent Wenger to the stands at Old Trafford in 2009 - which saw Wenger demonstrate his amateur mountaineering qualities.

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