Arsenal latest: Remy buyout clause and Barry interest

Loic Remy

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

Arsenal are being linked with a potential move to bring Cesc Fabregas back to the club from Barcelona.

It is reported in Goal that Barca are preparing to listen to offers for the player - as the club and their fans are said to be unimpressed with his recent displays.

Arsenal are said to have a €29 million buy-back option on the player - they also have first refusal should another team approach the Catalans over his availability.

However reports in Spain have played down the reports - so for now, take this story with a pinch of salt.

It is reported that Arsenal are still said to be the favourites to sign Julian Draxler in the summer - however reports in Germany suggest differently.

Jan Age Fjortoft, a Bundesliga expert, has revealed that Arsenal’s interest has ‘cooled’ and that Draxler must improve of he is going to be picked up by Arsenal or Bayern Munich any time soon.

Arsenal are said to be interested in Gareth Barry once again.

The Manchester City player is currently on loan at Everton - but his contract expires this summer making him a free agent.

The Gunners have been linked with a move for the player in the past - but never made a move.

Everton have reportedly offered him a two-year-deal but with a huge wage cut of £30k.

Tottenham Hotspur and AS Monaco are also rumoured to be keen on a deal.

Arsenal could activate Loic Remy’s buyout clause.

The French international striker is being heavily linked with a move to The Emirates - and is currently on loan at Newcastle United from QPR.

And today has seen QPR boss Harry Redknapp admit that a move could go ahead for the player this summer - if they meet the fee asked:

CB – Per Mertesacker

The German is starting to looking more like the player who impressed over the first half of the campaign. He’ll be important in terms of dealing with the physical threat that West Brom boast.

CB – Laurent Koscielny

The Frenchman injects a bit of pace into the defence, which allows the Gunners to play a higher line and take a few more risks.

LB – Nacho Monreal

With Kieran Gibbs still out of action, it means that Monreal is likely to continue at left-back. Defensively he can produce a solid 90 minutes and he gets forward well to create extra width.

RM – Santi Cazorla

Cazorla can start anywhere across the midfield but he’ll always drift into the middle. When Sagna gets forward, that allows him to tuck inside.

DM – Mikel Arteta

Arteta will be the man who protects the back four. He not only breaks up the play but is always eager to receive the ball before turning to start waves of attacks.

CM – Aaron Ramsey

Ramsey won’t be playing at the World Cup so Wenger has no reason to rest the Welshman. He’s been arguably Arsenal’s best and most impressive player this season.

AM – Mesut Ozil

Ozil looked much more like the player the Gunners paid £42 million for earlier this week. He’ll roam those gaps in behind the main striker, looking for space to exploit and passes to feed in.

LM – Lukas Podolski

It must be very tempting for Wenger to move Podolski into a central attacking role at the moment but while he’s effective on the left, there’s no reason to move him.

ST – Olivier Giroud

Giroud should lead the attack. He got a goal against Newcastle so he should be confident heading into this game as he looks to maintain some momentum.

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Arsene Wenger has also revealed the fitness news ahead of the game with West Brom on Sunday. Kieran Gibbs remains injured while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere are also still out.

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