In yet another twist in the Robin Van Persie saga The Metro believe the Dutchman may play some part in this Sunday’s friendly against Cologne. RVP was expected to leave this summer but so far no clubs have met the desired transfer valuation and with Juventus manager Antonio Conte in match fixing hot water deals seem to be running thin and it is a testament to the fact Van Persie remains friendly with the bulk of the squad that he is being considered for this weekends friendly.
ESPN might be jumping the gun slightly but they seem certain that a fee has been agreed and therefore Santi Cazorla has in effect signed for Arsenal. They report the deal is worth a cut price €16million due to Malaga’s continued financial issues much to the dismay of Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini who is now reportedly considering his position.
Marseille defender Nicolas N’Koulou has been linked with a move to Manchester City. He has previously been considered a transfer target for the Gunners but interest in the Cameroonian defender is high with interest also reported from Barcelona and AC Milan according to the Daily Mail.
The Daily Mail also report that Arsenal are going to face competition for 17 year old French sensation M’Baye Niang. The Caen forward spent time on trial at the Emirates last month despite also being linked with Spurs and Man City. Now his club president at Caen admits Arsenal have made another approach for the teenager but are not alone, with another team in England and new interest arising from Italy for the highly rated striker.
BBC Sport hold the news that Benik Afobe will follow in the footsteps of fellow young gunner Jack Wilshere by moving on loan to Bolton Wanderers next season. He has previously impressed on loan deals at Huddersfield and Reading in the past and expressed a desire to gain first team experience this season. It now seems he will get his wish at the Reebok.
Arsenal's official website brings the story of Kyle Bartley’s step up into the first team this summer after a very impressive season on loan in the SPL with Glasgow Rangers. The 21 year old is now hoping he can press on and have a significant impact in the Arsenal setup in 2012-13.
What are your thoughts on all things happening at Arsenal FC on the 3rd August 2012?
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