Arsenal latest: Balotelli funding; United want club captain as former captain joins rivals

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

Puma are said willing to help Arsenal sign one of their marquee players in Italian international Mario Balotelli. The company, who begin an association with The Gunners from next season are said to feel open about parting with a large sum of cash for the former Manchester City to make his way to London.

The unimaginable has happened, former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has joined Chelsea. The Spaniard has joined The Blues on a five-year-deal and will wear the number '4' shirt at Stamford Bridge.

The Spain international, who left The Emirates for Barcelona two years ago, has admitted that Arsenal did have a buy-back clause for his services - but confirmed the club decided not to exercise it.

A transfer fee has not yet been disclosed for the talented midfielder, but many an Arsenal fan is devastated to see him go to a London rival.

Arsenal have appointed Shad Forsythe as their new fitness coach. The American health guru, who is currently working with Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski as part of the German coaching set up this summer joins to help combat what has been a tumultuous recent history in the Arsenal treatment room.

It is hoped he will help bring down the amount of muscular injuries suffered by players at the club.

Manchester United are said to be leading the race for Arsenal club captain Thomas Vermaelen - who is said to want a move this summer.

The Belgian international has been on the bench for the last 18 months - as Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny have built up a strong defensive partnership.

With the star craving first-team football it is believed United, who need a central defender, are leading Serie A outfit Fiorentina in pursuit of the player this summer.

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