Arsenal morning news: £9m bid rejected, Gibbs' regrets and Wenger backed by scout

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

Arsenal's apparent £9 million bid for Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko is to be rejected by the club. The Toon, who are currently having a managerial crisis with Alan Pardew wanting to take over at Crystal Palace, have not let internal issues affect their judgement and the dynamic midfielder is therefore not considered up for sale at that price.

However Arsenal are believed to be very keen, so this deal could still be a winner.

Meanwhile several reports suggest that Arsenal are closing in on a deal for William Carvalho. The young Portuguese international is believed to be worth around £25.5 million and is also being monitored by Manchester United.

But this is not the first time this rumour has appeared, so expect it to rumble on.

Kieran Gibbs has been discussing his 2014.

The England international has had a decent year, seemingly putting his injury problems behind him to become a regular for Arsenal.

And he has been pleased with how his year has gone, telling

“It’s been a positive year. We’ve managed to end our drought by bringing a couple of trophies in.

“We’ve come through a period at the beginning of the year where we were strong in the league and we wanted to produce more at the end of the season than we did, but we have to look at it as a positive.

“Personally, I’ve played a lot of football and I’ve managed to get a few more caps for England. I feel that we’ve come through a difficult but good year.”

However he did admit some regrets over failing to turn the strong start to 2014 into a Premier League title, however he is pleased with the FA Cup glory:

"Another disappointing thing was that we were in such a strong position in the league during January and February - and it was painful to let that get out of our hands.

“It was a memorable couple of days [winning the FA Cup] and something that the team went through as an experience that we want more of."

The transfer window is approaching and with that will no doubt come a torrent of criticism for the transfer policies of Arsene Wenger.

The Arsenal boss has found himself criticised in the past for his lack of transfer nous, but he has received the backing today of one of his trusted hands.

Gilles Grimandi, a former Arsenal player and current freelance scout for France, has defended Wenger in L'Equipe, stating:

“Recruitment is judged in the long term. Nobody gets it 100 per cent right. But when you compare the money spent and our performance, I don’t think we do too badly.

“We have suffered in several positions through injuries but we are through to the knockout stages of the Champions League for the 17th time and we have already overcome some very complicated moments.

“That is thanks to stability. Now we have to be very ambitious. And for that reason the knockout tie against Monaco is very important for us.”

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