“I have two more years on my contract here and I hope to complete them.
“I’m very happy in Arsenal and in the Premier League. I feel loved and valued by the team and supporters.”
Notice the GUNNERS EXIT as if it were important. Since when did block caps signify something that was not going to happen?
Arsenal have reportedly agreed a £14m deal with Chelsea for keeper Petr Cech, according to the Daily Express website.
The Blues legend is leaving Stamford Bridge as he goes in search of first-team football.
And reports claim that the Gunners have fought-off competition from Paris St-Germain for the 33-year-old stopper.
That is incidentally the total piece. I haven’t edited anything out, that was it. 52 words. But it was worth waiting for. Wasn’t it?
According to reports in the Turkish media, Arsenal and Fenerbahce have reached an agreement for the transfer of Goalkeeper David Ospina. The media in Turkey are all reported Arsenal have accepted a 4 million bid from Fenerbahce for Ospina and a deal is set to be announced once the player is done playing in the Copa America for Colomobia.
(Their spelling error this time, not mine. Nice to say “not Cech”.)
Arsenal’s hopes have been raised in their pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain youngster Adrien Rabiot. According to revelations made by the player’s mother and agent, Veronique, the 20 year old is considering moving away from Parc des Princes in order to land himself regular game time and develop well.
Veronique was quoted in The Metro, saying: “Adrien loves and is attached to PSG, it is the club of his heart. He wants to have a career here. But it’s not possible. If Adrien leaves PSG, he is not leaving for the sake of leaving, he is leaving in order to play. He is not a mercenary. He wants to be anchored in a team, earning his place.
So the massive boost here is that the player’s mother says he will leave if he can’t further his career at PSG. Nothing about Arsenal then.
Valued at around £14m, Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech looks like edging ever nearer to joining Arsenal in what could be one of the biggest moves of the summer. A cut above players like Ospina and Wojciech Szczesny, the 33-year-old would be a great addition to Wenger’s side.
For a further £18m, Arsenal are being linked with a move to sign Borussia Dortmund defensive midfielder Sven Bender. The German international, twin brother of Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars, could make a fine partner for Coquelin in the middle of the park after seemingly showing a desire to move this summer.
Finally, another £13m could go on a much-needed signing at centre-back, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who is also looking likely to leave Dortmund at the end of this season, with Arsenal previously linked as strong admirers of the Greek international.
Notice that the “going to bring in” concept in the headline very quickly disappears once the article starts. And the centre back is much needed. Better remember that.
Ah well, that was fun.
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Anniversary of the day
20 June 1966: Bertie Mee became Arsenal manager. After the experience of taking a very high profile ex-footballer as manager Arsenal sought to repeat the success of Tom Whittaker by promoting their physiotherapist.