The Times pronounces that “Guardiola is desperate to upgrade on his current right-back options of Pablo Zabaleta and former Gunner Bacary Sagna.” Ah, “desperation”. It’s the new buzz.
8: Chuba Akpom is going out on loan
Probably to Aston Villa, and that is according to El correo de Birmingham where Steve Bruce, who you will recall got to known Chuba at Hull City has an Escasez de delantero (striker shortage). Arsenal too are desperately short of strikers, as we have seen, and the loss of Akpom would be a huge blow, and with Giroud apparently ill at the moment, things are looking desperately grim according to Spanish news agency Acabo de inventar esto.
9: Gedion Zelalem
Le Z has joined Dutch second-division side VVV-Venlo on loan for the rest of the season. FACT!
You might not have known that there was such a deal but apprently there was and it has now gone. “Juventus have moved ahead of Arsenal in the race to sign Corentin Tolisso” according to Talksport, who recently told us that Arsenal have a massive injury crisis. The player is saying that he would not sign for any manager who went around pushing referees over.
Arsenal were thought to be in the driving seat at the start of the month but French sports daily L’Equipe claims that Juve have opened a channel of communication and believe “they can lay crucial groundwork” ahead of a swoop for Tolisso.
11: Marseille have muscled in on the action around Wolfsburg defender Ricardo Rodriguez.
Also on Talksport is the news that Arsenal and Chelsea had thought it was a straight shootout for the 24-year-old “blocker” (presumably a relative of Blockley) but the Swiss international is now being “courted” (really, that’s what they said) by Marseille who are “rolling in cash following their autumn acquisition by billionaire owner Frank McCourt.” (Ditto).
12: Jack ain’t coming back
Calcio Mercato (which is Italian for Foot Ball) says that AC Milan and Roma are hanging around Jack Wilshere in the belief that the Arsenal won’t want him back. “When he was injured he was great,” said an Arsenal spokesman, “but since he has been at Bournemouth, well he’s not the same man.” So there is talk of “resurrecting his career” in Italy.
Bournemouth are said to be keen to sign him permanently but the two Italian powerhouses are both ready to table big-money offers in the expectation that Wilshere will follow Joe Hart’s example (now with Torino) and resurrect his career in Serie A.
Anyway, it’s just about all over, but that won’t stop the fake news from continuing.
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