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  • Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:05:05 +0000: Arsenal front three give supporters a glimpse of better times ahead | Barney Roney - Arsenal | The Guardian
    Sensational attacking force of Mesut Özil, Alexis Sánchez and Alexandre Lacazette make Tottenham toil in the north London derby

    Ten minutes into the second half at the Emirates Mesut Özil muscled Dele Alli off the ball on the edge of his own box, buffeted forward through the white shirts, played a perfect little combination with Aaron Ramsey and just missed out on the final scoring pass having sprinted 80 metres, carving his way across the lime green turf of a November afternoon like an elegantly high-spec German bulldozer.

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  • Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:24:26 +0000: Arsène Wenger praises Mesut Özil and Alexis Sánchez after Arsenal’s derby win - Arsenal | The Guardian
    • ‘I never questioned their commitment,’ says manager of contract rebels
    • Özil and Sánchez played crucial roles in 2-0 victory over Tottenham

    Arsène Wenger insisted he has no doubts about Mesut Özil’s and Alexis Sánchez’s commitment after Arsenal’s contract rebels played starring roles in the impressive 2-0 home victory over Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium.

    While Wenger admitted one derby win will not be enough to convince Özil and Sánchez to extend deals that expire at the end of the season, Arsenal’s manager was delighted with vigorous showings from his two best players. Özil created Shkodran Mustafi’s opening goal and Sánchez scored the second as the Gunners silenced talk of a shift in the balance of power in north London.

    Related: Alexis Sánchez caps dominant derby win for Arsenal over Tottenham

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  • Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:13:50 +0000: Arsenal deserved derby win over Tottenham, says Arsène Wenger – video - Arsenal | The Guardian

    Arsène Wenger says his Arsenal side deserved their 2-0 win over north London rivals Tottenham on Saturday. The Gunners recorded their first victory over Spurs since March 2014 with goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sánchez. ‘I think we played with purpose, good concentration and desire,’ says Wenger

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  • Sat, 18 Nov 2017 14:52:08 +0000: Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – as it happened - Arsenal | The Guardian

    Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez got the goals as Arsenal won in impressive but controversial style at the Emirates

    Jacob Steinberg was the Guardian’s man at the Emirates and here’s his on-the-whistle report on an impressive Arsenal win.

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    When asked if there’s a problem between him and Danny Rose, he laughs. “Problem? What problem?” he asks. He goes on to somewhat fudge his answer, saying it’s “boring” to talk about players “who aren’t here”.

    He is very disappointed and makes it clear who he’s blaming for Tottenham’s defeat in his post-match interview with Sky: “I think it was an even game in terms of shots on target, in terms of possession but I am disappointed because the small details were against us,” he says. “When the small details are against us it’s difficult to win. I feel very proud of the team and thought it was a fine performance.”

    When asked to clarify his comments: “I think it’s so obvious what happened I don’t need to say. It’s not easy to accept because we lose the game. But I think everyone who was here knows what happened.” He goes on to say that Arsenal’s first goal was offside and they scored from a free-kick they should not have been awarded.

    They’ll lose, won’t they? Arsenal being Arsenal, after this excellent performance you’d be tempted to put your house on it.

    Well played The Arsenal. Well played Mezut. Now let’s smash out another 15 or so of that type of performance and I’ll be a happy fullback

    The match in summary: Tottenham Hotspur were never at the races in a match that was nevertheless settled by two contentious goals. The first, a free header from a fractionally offside Shkodran Mustafi, came from a free-kick that should never have been awarded for a Davinson Sanchez “foul” on namesake Alexis.

    It was Arsenal’s Sanchez who provided the second one, taking advantage of some questionable goalkeeping to smash the ball into the roof of the net from a tight angle after being teed up by Alexandre Lacazette. Sanchez too looked fractionally offside as he ran on to Lacazette’s pass. But make no mistake - Tottenham were weirdly awful today and deserved to lose.

    Mesut Ozil, without question. He was outstanding in a match in which all 11 of his side’s players seemed to click.

    Mesut Ozil has created 34 chances for his team-mates this season - more than any other player in the Premier League #ARSTOT

    Mesut Ozil has run 12km this afternoon - or 3.6% of the way to Manchester

    Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeeeeeep! It’s all over at the Emirates, where Tottenham Hotspur have had their pants pulled down by an Arsenal team that has just won it’s 11th straight Premier League game at home. Spurs stay in third, level on points with Manchester United and eight points behind leaders Manchester City. Arsenal move up to fifth, one point behind their neighbours and lagging behind Chelsea on goal difference.

    90+3 min: The siege on the Spurs goal continues: Iwobi pulls a shot wide of the upright moments after Alexis Sanchez had found himself through on goal only to be put off his stride by a last-ditch challenge from Davinson Sanchez. I suspect if he’d gone to ground there, he might have got a penalty. Of course he might also have got a yellow card for diving, which would have been his second booking of the game.

    90+1 min: We’re into the first of four recommended minutes of added time. Arsenal have been so impressive today, a state of affairs that will inevitably prompt howls of dissatisfaction from their supporters and critics that these excellent performances are so few and far between.

    90 min: Arsenal remain camped in and around the Spurs penalty area and win a free-kick about 30 yards from goal. Xhaka appeals for a corner as his low drive sails wide, but none is forthcoming.

    88 min: Now Sanchez tees up Bellerin with a pass across the face of the Tottenham penalty area. He’s crowded off the ball before he can unleash a shot.

    87 min: Sanchez tees up Iwobi in the Tottenham penalty area, but the substitute has his shot blocked.

    86 min: Leaning back as he attacks a Fernando Llorente knock-down, Son fires a wild shot high over the bar. Arsenal substitution: Alex Iwobi on for Mesut Ozil.

    83 min: Tottenham win a corner after a low, drilled cross from Ben Davies is put out of play. With Spurs forward in neighbours, Arsenal break in numbers. Ozil is on the ball with Ramsey, Sanchez and Bellerin up in support. Ozil’s cross is poor and but picks out Bellerin, whose shot from outside the area is blocked.

    81 min: Tottenham win a corner, which Christian Eriksen plays short to Harry Winks. His cross from the right is only half-cleared and Cech is forced to save smartly from an Eric Dier cross-come-shot off his head. Arsenal break down the field, with Sanchez chasing a long ball from the back. Hugo Lloris charges off his line and out of his penalty area to clear the ball with a diving header.

    79 min: Arsenal break on the counter, with Sanchez and Ozil combining well once again in midfield to get the ball forward as quickly as possible. Spurs scramble back in time to clear their lines.

    77 min: It’s Lloris to the rescue as Alexis Sanchez jinks and shimmies his way into the Tottenham penalty area and forces the goalkeeper off his line to save before he can unleash a particularly venomous shot.

    76 min: I say promise - Alli is an established international, but it’s easy to forget he’s still young and has had a poor season thus far.

    75 min: Tottenham double-substitution: Harry Kane and Dele ALli off, Fernando Llorente and Son Heung-min on. Harry Kane has looked off the pace all day, possibly still hampered by his tight hamstring. For all his promise, Dele Alli has had a game to forget.

    73 min: Arsenal substitution: Francois Coquelin on for Alexandre Lacazette.

    73 min: Dele Alli is still on the pitch but has contributed little or nothing. We’re reminded of his existence when Nacho Monreal upends him to concede a free-kick and earn himself a yellow card.

    70 min: Spurs clear the corner, but Arsenal retain the ball. On the left, Sanchez cuts inside Trippier and unleashes a curling shot that zips over the bar. Moments later, Sanchez fails to test Lloris properly after being picked out on the edge of the Spurs penalty area by Mesut Ozil. Arsenal are in complete control.

    69 min: Kieran Trippier is penalised for a foul on Alexis Sanchez wide on the left and seems lucky to avoid a yellow card. With Spurs playing a very high defensive line, the ball’s sent into the penalty area, where Mustafi’s shot is put out for a corner. Mesut Ozil is in no great rush to take it.

    67 min: Arsenal get forward in numbers on the counter-attack and the ball finds its way to Alexis Sanchez on the inside left. He flicks it into the penalty area, where it’s cleared.

    65 min: Sky pundits Gary Neville and Thierry Henry are slavering over Mesut Ozil’s performance, but making the point that he should work this hard in every match, not just big ones against Spurs. He has been very impressive today - looking great creatively, while putting in his fair share of the grunt work when it comes to tracking back and putting various Spurs players under pressure.

    63 min: Christian Eriksen tries his luck from the edge of the Arsenal penalty area but fires high over the bar. It’s a shame he wasn’t that wasteful against Ireland during the week. Then we’d have only lost 2-1. Grrrr ...

    62 min: Tottenham substitution: Mousa Dembele off, Harry Winks on.

    60 min: Arsenal win a corner after good work down the inside right from Mesut Ozil. The ball’s swung into the mixer and one unconvincing flap by Hugo Lloris later, ends up going out for a throw-in near the corner flag on the other side of the pitch. Spurs clear their lines.

    58 min: Harry Kane looks to be limping and slightly off the pace, but is still dangerous. At first he has a penalty shout turned down after being challenged by Xhaka, then has a good shot blocked down by Mustafi on the edge of the Arsenal six-yard box.

    55 min: An Arsenal counter-attack ends with Alexis Sanchez threading a through-ball into the Tottenham penalty area for Mesut Ozil to chase. There’s a mite too much pace on the ball and Hugo Lloris is quick off his line to beat the German international to the ball.

    53 min: Lacazette beats the grass in frustration after having an appeal for a penalty turned down. I’d need to see it again to know for sure whether he has grounds for his frustration.

    52 min: Arsenal win a corner. The ball’s cleared as far as Bellerin a few yards outside the penalty area, where Bellerin floats it towards the far post. There’s a mix-up between Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny and a good chance goes a begging.

    50 min: Now Kane is booked for diving in on Granit Xhaka as the Arsenal midfielder attempted to shepherd the ball out of play for a goal kick. He was never going to get to it and has his name taken. I think Mike Dean was going to let that one slide, so to speak, but produced the yellow card after a chat with his linesman.

    49 min: Mousa Dembele sends in a cross for Harry Kane, but it’s a mite too high and the Spurs striker can only head the ball straight up in the air. Moments previously, Shkodran Mustafi was booked for clattering through the back of Harry Kane.

    An email from Nick: “Poor Spurs performance, two offside goals, the first one created by a free kick that wasn’t - so why are the Sky commentators slurping all over Arsenal?” he asks. Because they’ve been really good and are well worth their lead?

    Arsenal get the ball rolling for the second half, with a two goal lead to protect.

    Mauricio Pochettino’s assistant Jesus Perez, who is a genuinely lovely fellow, was not at his friendliest as the teams went off for half-time. He waited at the mouth of the tunnel to give refewree Mike Dean both barrels as the ref walked off for half-time. As we wait for the resumption of the second half, Pochettino is deep in conversation with fourth official Kevin Friend. The pair do have every right to be upset with the free-kick that led to Arsenal’s first - there was no foul by Tottenham’s Sanchez on his Arsenal namesake.

    Marginal offside for both Arsenal goals: Replays show that both Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sanchez were a fraction offside for their goals, but we’re talking millimetres here. Any Tottenham Hotspur fans looking to blame the match officials for the current pickle in which they find themselves are clutching at straws. They’ve been woeful today and can probably consider themselves lucky to be to be no more than two goals down.

    In other news, a replay of Arsenal’s second shows that Hugo Lloris was caught flat-footed as the ball was crossed to Sanchez and therefore couldn’t dash off his line when the ball clunked off Sanchez’s thigh. This afforded the Chilean a second bite of the cherry and he smashed the ball into the roof of the net from a very tight angle as the Spurs goalkeeper was caught off balance while trying to adjust his feet. Lloris may be one of the best goalkeepers in the world right now, but that’s one he won’t want to see again: he looked like he’d put his boots on the wrong feet.

    Arsenal go in for the interval with a two-goal lead that is no more than they deserve. Spurs have been uncharacteristically awful: off the pace, poor in possession, woeful in defence and showing little up front either. Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli have offered little or nothing, while Harry Kane is attempting to feed off scraps.

    45+2 min: “They have been bullied here,” says Sky Sports co-comms man Gary Neville of Tottenham as the first half enters its knockings.

    43 min: Well, this is turn-up for the books ... or is it? Arsenal are battering Tottenham here and Mauricio Pochettino looks furious with his team’s performance. Lacazette got in behind down the right and played the low ball into the Tottenham penalty area, where Sanchez was waiting in acres of space. He made a mess of his first touch, but Lloris remained anchored to his line and allowed the Chilean to recover and rifle the ball between goalkeeper and near post from a ridiculously tight angle.

    Alexis Sanchez bundles the ball home with his second bite of the cherry after getting on the end of a low cross from Alexandre Lacazette.

    40 min: Alexis Sanchez and Davinson Sanchez get involved in another skirmish that results in the Arsenal man going in the book.

    37 min: Tottenham have every right to feel aggrieved about that free-kick, but their making at the subsequent set piece was atrocious. The ball was floated into the penalty area by Mesut Ozil, where the unmarked Mustafi leapt highest (from what looked a suspiciously offside position) at the far post and steered a fine header across the face of goal and inside the upright. Arsenal lead, Tottenham will complain but it’s no more than the home side deserve on the balance of play.

    And they only go and score from it! Shkodran Mustafi guides a wonderful header just inside the upright.

    36 min: Davinson Sanchez is penalised – somewhat unfairly in my opinion – for a foul on Alexis Sanchez and Tottenham have a free-kick in a good position.

    34 min: Tottenham attempt to find their way back into the game with two chances in quick succession. Eriksen clips an upright with a curled effort, then Cech is forced to save a header from Harry Kane.

    33 min: Granit Xhaka picks up the first booking of the game for a needless late challenge on Dele Alli.

    31 min: Alexis Sanchez adds fuel to the fire surrounding his complete non-relationship with Aaron Ramsey by going berserk after the Welshman refused to play the ball long to him from a free-kick after the Chilean had made a darting run into a promising position. Instead, Ramsey plays it short to another team-mate, prompting a mini-tantrum from Sanchez.

    29 min: Arsenal win a corner after more poor defending from Spurs. Ozil is played in behind the defence and plays a pull-back into the area. Eric Dier concedes the corner, from which nothing comes.

    28 min: Hmmm ... in what looks a second example of possible cowardice from Alexandre Lacazette this afternoon, the Arsenal striker looks to bottle a challenge with Hugo Lloris after being played through on the Spurs goal.

    27 min: Ben Davies sends in a splendid cross from the left and in the Arsenal penalty area, Harry Kane leaps. He’s beaten in the air by Nacho Monreal, who averts the danger for Arsenal.

    25 min: The camera cuts to Mauricio Pochettino in his technical area and he does not look at all happy. His team are second best here and have been giving away possession with alarming frequency.

    23 min: Tottenham’s defence is definitely creaking as Arsenal enjoy a period of sustained pressure. It comes to an abrupt end as Granit Xhaka is penalised for a foul on Moussa Sissoko. He’s lucky to avoid a booking.

    21 min: A tip of the hat to Aaron Ramsey for his role in the build-up to that chance for Arsenal. He played a wonderful ball inside Ben Davies for Bellerin to latch on to before arrowing in his cross for Lacazette. On Sky, Gary Neville suggests the French striker may not have been as brave as as he should have been with a defender either side of him and Hugo Lloris right in front of him.

    19 min: Chance! Hector Bellerin drills a low hard ball across the face of the Tottenham goal. With Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier either side of him, Lacazette sticks out a leg but is unable to make contact. The ball sails through the corridor of uncertainty and away to safety.

    18 min: Jan Vertonghen makes an agricultuarl clearnace from the left-back position towards Ben Davies on the halfway line. He miscontrols and Arsenal go on the attack.

    17 min: Sissoko picks out Alli in the Arsenal penalty area, but Laurent Koscielny is on hand to clear his effort after the Spurs midfielder had beaten Shkodran Mustafi.

    15 min: Trippier plays the ball down the right touchline for Sissoko to chase as Tottenham apply some pressure. THe ball’s crossed towards Harry Kane, who is lurking by the far post, but Arsenal clear their lines.

    14 min: Spurs get forward and Harry Kane gets the ball deep in Arsenal territory having beaten the offside trap. He’s unable to hold it up and the ball eventually wends its way back to Petr Cech.

    12 min: The ball is played forward to the edge of the Tottenham penalty area, where Alexis Sanchez attempts to cushion a header into the path of an unmarked Lacazette. Davinson Sanchez sticks out a leg and intercepts. A let-off for Tottenham, whose defence are looking very jittery indeed.

    11 min: More indecision in the Tottenham defence, where a mistake by Jan Vertonghen threatens to let Arsenal in. They are unable to capitalise.

    10 min: After 10 minutes, Arsenal are winning on points on my scorecard, but there’s little or noth9ing in it. Their front three have started well, but they’re occasionally looking a little exposed at the back, leaving room for Kane, Christian Eriksen and Alli to expose.

    9 min: Under pressure from Lacazette, Hugo Lloris is forced to rush a clearance and Spurs concede a throw-in. Nothing come of it. Tottenham are looking a bit nervy in defence.

    7 min: Harry Kane shoots low and hard after latching on to a Laurent Koscielny clearance, but it’s an easy save for Petr Cech, who gets down to smother the ball in his chest. After a very scrappy start, we have a game on our hands.

    5 min: Chance! Alexandre Lacazette collects the ball from Alexis Sanchez and shoots wildly over the cross-bar. Eric Dier’s heart will have been in his mouth there - tasked with marshalling the Tottenham defence today, he gave the ball away cheaply to Lacazette, who combined in a one-two with Sanchez to tee up what turned out to be a dreadful shot.

    4 min: It’s scrappy early doors, as both teams struggle to settle or find a rhythm in early stages punctuated by a succession of throw-ins and free-kicks for niggly fouls. Nobody wants to give an inch.

    2 min: Moussa Sissoko jumps a tackle and makes ground down the right touchline, but is quickly dispossessed.

    1 min: Tottenham’s defenders gets some early time on the ball, tipping it around between them as Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette put them under some early pressure.

    1 min: Tottenham kick off and play is under way at the Emirates.

    The teams march out of the tunnel and line up either side of Mike Dean and his team of match officials for the last of the pre-match niceties. It’s tipping down with rain and not a particularly nice day, but the conditions are perfect for a good game of football. Here’s hoping we get one.

    Sky Sports are reporting that the Spurs full-back is fit but has not been included in the Spurs party that travelled to the Emirates. Instead, in a move that suggests he has displeased his manager in some way, Rose is back in Tottenham’s Enfield training ground working with other players who are not involved in today’s game. “That will not end well,” says Sky pundit Graeme Souness.

    Speaking to Sky Sports, he has this to say of the players who have recovered from injury: “I think it’s important for us to recover well,” says the Spurs manager. “I think it’s massive for us to have the opportunity to play with them.”

    A hard team to pick? “Not only is it hard because nearly all the players were away and we only had one or two days to prepare for the game. But it’s the same for Arsenal. We have a lot of games ahead so we have to think of the future.”

    In an interview recorded for Sky Sports, the Tottenham striker says “it’s important for us to start beating the big teams away, not just Arsenal. We need to play the way we play at home and find the will to win”. Kane is looking to score in his sixth consecutive north London derby today.

    It’s cold, wet and windy in Norther London this Saturday afternoon, writes minute-by-minute reporter after glancing out window of the Guardian’s Kings Cross HQ.

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    Arsenal: Cech, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Ozil, Sanchez, Lacazette.

    Subs: Mertesacker, Wilshere, Ospina, Iwobi, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Coquelin.

    It’s no real surprise to see Harry Kane in the Tottenham Hotspur line-up. He starts and so do Hugo Lloris and Dele Alli. In the Arsenal starting XI, Shkodran Mustafi and Alexandre Lacazette both line-up, while Danny Welbeck has to settle for a place on the bench. We’ll have full teams and line-ups for you very shortly.

    Danny Welbeck and Shkodran Mustafi were facing late fitness tests as they attempt to recover from respective groin and hamstring injuries. Olivier Giroud misses out today, having picked up a thigh injury on international duty for France.

    Tottenham’s medical team have no shortage of the lame and halt to assess. Harry Kane (knee), Harry Winks (ankle), Dele ALli (hamstring) and goalkeepers Hugo Lloris (groin) and Michel Worm (knee) are all in doubt. Toby Alderweireld (hamstring) and Victor Wanyama (knee) will definitely miss out.

    After a two-week for international activity, the Premier League resumes with the first north London derby of the season. Mauricio Pochettino is seeking his 100th victory as Tottenham boss, but his side’s poor record away from home against the Premier League elite (one win in 16) suggests he may not get it today. Arsenal have won five from five at home in the league so far this season, while Spurs have won four out of five on their travels. Kick-off is at 12.30pm (GMT), but stay tuned for team news and build-up.

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  • Sat, 18 Nov 2017 14:48:16 +0000: Alexis Sánchez caps dominant derby win for Arsenal over Tottenham - Arsenal | The Guardian

    The noisy neighbours have been put in their place for now. By the time Harry Kane and Dele Alli trudged off the pitch in the dying stages, with the triumphant taunts from the home fans ringing in their ears, Tottenham Hotspur had long let go of the notion of offering swaggering proof of where the balance of power in north London lies these days. Instead, it was an afternoon of pure release for Arsène Wenger, who took great joy from a first derby win over Mauricio Pochettino and a performance that reminded Arsenal of better times.

    There could be no dispute about Arsenal’s ownership of the local bragging rights, earned thanks to goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sánchez in the first half, not to mention a blend of defensive resilience and midfield resilience not always associated with this team of late. The only frustration for Wenger was that his players do not produce this much class and poise more consistently.

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Historic News Stories have been added below:

  • Wed, 28 Jun 2017 20:24:32 +0000: Arsenal have bid rejected for Lacazette - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC
    Arsenal have a bid rejected for France international striker Alexandre Lacazette, but negotiations are still ongoing with Lyon.
  • Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:53:47 +0000: Arsenal in Meadow Park groundshare deal - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC
    Boreham Wood agree a 10-year groundshare deal with Women's Super League club Arsenal Ladies and Arsenal's youth teams.
  • Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:18:25 +0000: Shield proceeds to be given to Grenfell - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC
    Proceeds from the 2017 FA Community Shield will be donated to support those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.
  • Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:16:16 +0000: The stars helping Grenfell Tower victims - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC
    Here are just some of the many famous people who are helping out those affected by last week's tragedy.
  • Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:00:05 +0000: Premier League fixtures in full - Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC
    Find out your club's full fixture list for the 2017-18 Premier League season.

The summer transfer action is beginning to come hard and fast for Arsenal as they now have begun to receive many offers for the want away Dutch striker Robin Van Persie who is out of contract with the gunner at the end of next season. The clubs star player has made it clear he will not be signing a new contract with the gunners and this has prompted all of Europe’s top clubs to begin a bidding war for the phenomenal striker.

Another player who could be set to leave the Emirates stadium is Carlos Vela who is now in the middle of discussions for a transfer to the Spanish side Real Sociedad who are thought to be lining up a £5.000.000 deal for the Mexican international. Vela has been on the sidelines for some time now and it is clear that his future lies elsewhere and away from London.

The capture of Lucas Podolski from Cologne a few weeks back was meant to signal the start of a new era at Arsenal as the club have been trophy less for the past five years. The German international was seen as the perfect partner for Robin Van Persie but with the Dutch striker certainly on his way out of the Emirates it is now more than likely that Podolski will be leading the line along with another new signing up from in the form of up and coming superstar Olivier Giroud.

Another player who could be leaving the London club this summer is Marouane Chamakh who has found himself out of the picture at Arsenal for the past twelve month and has only started a handful of games during this time. The Morroccan international is wanted by Fiorentina and Dutch champions Ajax and the striker is keen on a move to either of these sides in search of first team football.

Arsenal are also said to be in for the highly thought of Egyptian defender Islam Ramadan who plays for his homeland club Haras El Hodood with the twenty one year old thought to be an integral part of Wengers new defensive plans. Ramadan has also attracted a huge amount of interest from some of Europe’s leading clubs including Lyon, Benfica and Sporting Lisbon.