Arsenal have included Jack Wilshere in their squad for the game with Norwich City at Carrow Road this weekend. Arsene Wenger’s men go head to head with Chris Hughton’s Canaries with a number of new injury concerns at their door from the international break. Laurent Koscielny is unavailable while Kieran Gibbs and Theo Walcott are also out of action for the game. Vito Mannone will continue in goal however Abou Diaby remains sidelined alone with Emmanuel Frimpong, Tomas Rosicky and Bacary Sagna.
Arsenal are to battle with Serie A giants for the signature of two transfer targets. Arsenal have been linked with French international Mapou Yanga M’Biwa but the Montpellier defender is now being chased by AC Milan. AC are desperate to strengthen a side that is struggling in mid-table of Serie A.
The other target is Fernando Llorente who is set to receive a weekly wage packet of £145k-a-week with Italian champions Juventus. The Bianconeri believe they can out price their rivals in terms of salary for the Spanish international, who is out of contract at the end of the season. Athletic Bilbao will consider moving him on in January amid interest from Real Madrid, Liverpool and AC Milan.
Olivier Giroud wants to build on his first goal in the Premier League against West Ham United and have a successful career at The Emirates; and is looking to Gunners legend Dennis Bergkamp for inspiration. The Dutchman had a slow start to his own Arsenal career and the Frenchman, who scored against Spain in the international break, believes this proves that he should not be judged just yet.
Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has blasted Arsenal and Manchester City. The Spaniard believes City are trying to tempt away their first team players by offering them lucrative deals in order to move away. He believes that Arsenal have been doing the same for years with members of their academy in the past including current Barca star Cesc Fabregas.
Andre Santos has revealed that fans have been getting in touch with him through Twitter to ask if he is leaving The Emirates. He has moved to quell the rumours he could move back to Turkey by insisting he wants to remain in North London for ‘a long time’.
And finally Arsene Wenger has stated in his pre-match press conference that he feels the war on racism is ‘never won’ and admits that the ‘racist’ taunts he sometimes hear from English supporters as ‘scary’ as he has received several taunts in the past relating to his nationality.
What do you think of everything happening at Arsenal FC on the 19th October 2012?
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