Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was desperate to sign Sturridge last summer but failed in his pursuits for Edinson Cavani and Karim Benzema.
I should point out that they then go on to talk about the very low level of goals we scored this season. In fact following the idea the other day in Untold of re-running the table not by points but by other things (like goal scoring) arranged in league goal scoring order shows us third, just six goals off the leading scorers.
2: N’Golo Kante
Arsene Wenger has hinted that he could make a move for Leicester City in-form star N’Golo Kante, while stating his admiration for the midfielder’s performances this season.
The Metro is full of this one, and the notion that the wonderfully named N’Golo can leave if he wants. There is talk of his brilliant blend of composure and physical attributes in the centre of the pitch, with his play drawing praise both when in and out of possession.
And he has won more tackles than any other player across Europe’s top five divisions in 2015/16.
3: Everyone and anyone
‘Stan Kroenke is completely behind myself and the board investing as much money as we want,’ Mr Wenger told BBC Sport. ‘It has to be in respect of a balanced budget, we have resources but the problem is finding players. Everybody has money in England and they’re all after good players.’
4: Mesut Ozil will either go or leave.
According to the Metro… “‘See you next season’ said the playmaker in an end-of-season message which was broadcast at The Emirates after the Gunners’ 4-0 victory over Aston Villa… just hours after Alexis Sanchez dropped a big hint on Instagram suggesting he is keen to stay on.” That’s the Metro.
“Mesut Özil has cast fresh doubt on his Arsenal future after admitting he will delay talks over a new contract until after Euro 2016, while he has once again criticised the way the team collapsed this season in failing to win the Premier League title. ” That’s the Indy.
“I still have two years contract with Arsenal, as you know, and we will be in talks with the club and we’ll see what happens in the future,” Özil said during a visit to the Arsenal Soccer School Dubai, as quoted by The National.
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5: Not only N’Golo Kante but also Riyad Mahrez
It is fascinating how these bid story are bigged up by putting in lots of stuff anyone with half an ear six miles above the ground will have picked up. Look at this from the Independent
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has already admitted that the club’s transfer plans for next season are already underway, and the 66-year-old Frenchman will need to strengthen his midfield given that Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini will all depart at the end of the season when their contracts expire.
It’s old, we have heard it, but hell, it uses up some space and makes it sound as if the Indy has a journalist or two out there.
7: Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)
He’s 26 he will cost £45m, he’s a playmaker, and he has seemingly slipped out of favour at Real Mad. Pep Guardiola at Manchester City also wants him.
8: Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich)
He’s 23, he will cost £35m, he went from Dortmund to Bayern Munich and played eight times. Liverpool also want him, but then Liverpool need everyone. They spent about the same as Arsenal last summer, but instead of ending up in Europe, and indeed second in the league, ended up in their spiritual home of eighth.
9: Arsenal ready to seal transfer of Empoli’s Riccardo Saponara
Liverpool have also been linked with the Italy Under-21 international in recent times, who would likely cost around £11.6 million.
10 Arsenal target Gonzalo Higuain has exit strategy
It is the longest running story in transfer history, dating back to somewhere around the time of the Viking invasion of Anglo-Saxon England. (Tim’s article yesterday will fill you in on the history side of things).
The Argentine is willing to sign a new contract with the Serie A side, but only if his release clause is significantly lowered to £46m.
11: Arsenal £2m short of Granit Xhaka asking price
Arsenal are currently £2m off meeting Borussia Monchengladbach’s asking price for Granit Xhaka.
This one is set up so that if we don’t buy Xhaka then the aaa can run lots of anti-Wengerian rants about his miserliness. It was in the Metro.
12: Alvaro Morata. Yes, no, maybe
The Metro also says, Morata is 23 and has scored 11 goals with 10 assists for Juventus. Corriere dello Sport say Arsenal are dealing directly with Real Mad who have the option to buy their former player back.
However, Juve are desperate to keep hold of Morata so Wenger may have a battle on his hands if he wants to land the Spain international.
13: Non Transfer from the Daily Star
Headline: Arsene Wenger: This ‘unbelievable’ player will start next season as Arsenal’s No.1 striker
Storyline: ARSENE WENGER has claimed Olivier Giroud will start next season as Arsenal’s first-choice striker.
14: Arsenal are also monitoring Barcelona attacking duo Arda Turan and Alen Halilovic.
The Gunners French manager is looking to bolster his forward options and could make a splash with a double raid later this year. And now, Spanish website Fichajes claim Halilovic’s future with the Catalan outfit is uncertain.
Uncertain eh? Sounds like a deal. The 19-year-old Halilovic has spent the entire season on loan with Sporting Gijon, and laugh a minute AS claim Barcelona manager Luis Enrique will consider selling Turan, who’s struggled since his £26m arrival from Atletico Madrid.
The 29-year-old Turkish star revealed he was close to joining Arsenal last season before opting to stay in Spain and talkSPORT claim they are on standby once again.
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