Sky Sports understands that Joel Campbell has revealed that he still has an ambition of making his mark with Arsenal, after scoring a wonder goal for Olympiakos in their 2-0 win over Manchester United in the first leg of their Champions League last sixteen tie yesterday evening.
The 21 year old joined the Gunners in the summer of 2011, but was immediately loaned out the French side Lorient for the season after failing to obtain a work permit to enable him to play in England.
Arsenal kept their hopes of winning this season’s FA Cup alive by beating Liverpool 2-1 in the fifth round at the Emirates yesterday afternoon.
The Gunners, who were thumped 5-1 by Brendan Rodgers’ men at Anfield eight days earlier, took the lead on sixteen minutes through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with Lukas Podolski doubling their advantage two minutes into the second half.
Steven Gerrard pulled one back for the visitors from the penalty spot just ahead of the hour mark, though they could not find an equaliser.
Arsene Wenger’s men will now face Everton in the quarter finals at the Emirates, with the tie scheduled for the weekend of the 8th/9th of March.
However, they will first turn their attention to Wednesday evening’s clash with holders Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League last sixteen tie.
Meanwhile, Schalke’s Sporting Director Horst Heldt has claimed that Arsenal’s bid for Julian Draxler was not high enough, the Metro understands.
The 20 year old, who looked set to secure a move to the Emirates during the winter transfer window, had also been linked with switch to Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich though Heldt has denied that the European Champions tabled a rival bid.
Arsenal go into Sunday’s match against a resurgent Crystal Palace hoping to take the three points that will see them return to the top of the Premier League.
With leaders Manchester City not playing their match against third place Chelsea until Monday, Arsene Wenger’s men have the opportunity to take back first place, which they surrendered by dropping two points against Southampton in midweek.
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With the transfer window set to slam shut tomorrow evening, Arsenal are stepping up their efforts to sign Schalke starlet Julian Draxler, the Express understands.
However, it has been reported that the Bundesliga club will consider accepting a £30m bid, under the proviso that they can keep the midfielder for the rest of this season in a deal similar to that which saw Lukas Poldolski arrive from FC Koln eighteen months ago.
The Mirror understands that Arsenal are set to offer Tomas Rosicky a new contract amid surprise interest from European Champions Bayern Munich.
The Bundesliga leaders, who will face the Gunners in the last sixteen of this season’s Champions League, have registered an interest in the Czech Republic international, who moved to North London from Borussia Dortmund in 2006.
Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has said that the club would welcome the signing of his international teammate Julian Draxler, the Mirror understands.
The Gunners have been linked with a move for the attacking midfielder, who manager Arsene Wenger is keen to mould into a centre-forward very much in the same mould as former Arsenal man Robin van Persie.
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Mesut Ozil has heaped praise on his teammate Tomas Rosick by saying that he is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League, the Express understands.
The Czech Republic international has enjoyed some of the best football of his Arsenal career this season, playing alongside Ozil and Santi Cazorla.
Arsenal have had a £30million bid for Luis Suarez reject by Liverpool, the Daily Mail understands.
The Uruguayan, who is currently serving a ten match suspension after biting an opponent, has drawn interest from a host of clubs since expressing a desire to leave Anfield back in May.