Christian Benteke has alerted his potential suitors by hinting that he may be willing to leave Aston Villa, even if the club insist on the Belgian international staying at Villa Park.
The £30 million striker, who has been linked with moves to Arsenal and north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, hit 19 goals to help Paul Lambert’s men secure their Premier League status.
Thomas Vermaelen’s days at the Emirates look numbered, as the club continue their pursuit of Swansea City captain Ashley Williams.
The Belgian international spent most of the final two months of the season on the substitute’s bench, with Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker Arsene Wenger’s preferred pairing at the heart of defence.
Arsenal are keen to bring down the asking price for striker Stevan Jovetic, with Fiorentina currently valuing the Montenego international at £30 million.
However, ESPN have reported that the Italian club’s sporting director Daniel Prade has dismissed the Gunners interest as ‘non-existent’.
Arsenal have reportedly bid £23.7 million for Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic, though it is believed that Juventus will compete for the Montenegro international’s signature.
The news will be a blow to Arsene Wenger, as it is thought that the 23 year old would prefer a move to the Serie A Champions, though the club appear to have a contingency plan in the shape of Real Madrid’s Gonazalo Higuain.
Arsenal secured qualification to the Champions League for a sixteenth season in a row with a narrow victory over Newcastle United at St James’ Park yesterday.
Just as last season, Lauent Koscielny struck the vital winner on the final day to help Arsenal finish a point above local rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who must once again settle for a place in the Europa League.
Arsenal’s season draws to a close on with Sunday’s visit to St. James Park, where they will secure Champions League football for next year should they better North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur’s result against Sunderland.
They could also leapfrog Chelsea into third place if the Blues lose at home to Everton and Arsenal win, while if the game at Stamford Bridge ends goalless, and the Gunners win 2-1, there would have to be a play off between the sides to determine who finishes in the final automatic qualification spot for the Champions League.
Bacary Sagna has revealed that he could leave Arsenal this summer, amid rumours that Paris Saint Germain and Monaco are interested in signing the right-back.
The 30 year old told French newspaper Le 10 Sport that he was “proud” to be linked with PSG, who recently clinched their first league title in nineteen years.
Arsenal have moved back into fourth place in the Premier League after beating Wigan Athletic 4-1; a result which condemned the FA Cup winners to relegation.
Lukas Podolski’s header gave the hosts the lead on eleven minutes before Shaun Maloney equalised with a superb free kick on the stroke of half-time.
Arsenal will be looking to move back into fourth place by taking three points against a Wigan Athletic side equally desperate for a victory at the Emirates this evening.
Lukasz Fabianski could return in goal after recovering from a rib injury, while Kieran Gibbs is also available for selection though Olivier Giroud misses out as he completes a three match ban.