Former Arsenal striker urges Gunners to make shock move for Spurs legend

Former Arsenal striker John Hartson has urged Arsene Wenger to consider making a shock move for Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale this summer to ensure the club don’t fall behind their Premier League rivals.

Hartson believes former Spurs superstar, Bale, would be the perfect signing to show ambition on the Gunners’ front as they look to mount a serious title challenge next season.

“They [Arsenal] are not strong enough to win the league so what they’ve got to do is go and invest in the best players available,” Hartson told talkSPORT on Sunday.

“He’s out there but are Arsenal the type of club to go and shock the world and go in for Gareth Bale? I don’t know.

“The thing is, if he becomes available, you know Chelsea are going to go in for him and you know Manchester United are going to go in for him. You know that already. Chelsea have got the money and the ambition and Manchester United are showing their ambition right now.

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“For Arsenal to go and compete and appease the supporters and to stop them moaning, they’ve got to go and make a stand and go in for Bale because you know Chelsea and Manchester United will if he becomes available.”

Wenger has turned to Liga BBVA over the past two seasons for the marquee signings of Mesut Ozil from Madrid and Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, but a move for Bale would certainly go down as one of the biggest shocks in world football.

Manchester United are heavily linked with a move for Bale this summer as he looks unsettled in Spain, so a return to England could be on the cards, but a return to north London with Arsenal may be a stretch too far given his heroics for Spurs prior to joining Madrid for a world record transfer fee in 2013.

Would Gareth Bale return to the Premier League with Arsenal? Would Arsenal fans want to see the former Spurs legend in their team?

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Wenger delivers worrying news for Arsenal fans ahead of United clash

Arsene Wenger has revealed worrying news for Arsenal fans if his side are beaten to third place in the Premier League by rivals Manchester United this season.

Wenger feels his side could struggle to sign new players in the summer if they come fourth once again.

This has added pressure to their now ‘showdown’ clash on Sunday as the sides go head-to-head at Old Trafford.

Wenger has admitted that it makes bringing in star signings more difficult and avoiding the qualifying rounds for the Champions League is a ‘must’.

“It’s very important [we avoid a Champions League qualifier], not to have that stress over your head from the first day when you start again is vital,” he is quoted as saying in the Daily Express.

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“Finishing fourth can make it more difficult to bring players in. They think most of the time that you will play in the Champions League but you are not sure.

“We have to convince them by saying that statistically we have always progressed.”

Arsenal have finished in fourth in six of their last ten seasons and with second place looking as good as Manchester City’s, United and Arsenal will both be gunning for third with two weeks to go.

Does finishing fourth make signing top players harder? How important is it that Arsenal finish third?

Arsenal to make £45m move for Real Madrid star – report

Arsenal will look to splash the cash on a Liga BBVA playmaker for the third successive summer as a £45 million move for Real Madrid’s Isco is being prepared, according to the Daily Express.

Isco still has three years left on his current Madrid contract but is not guaranteed regular starts with James Rodriguez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale all ahead of him in the pecking order.

That could see him move on this summer as Arsenal are hoping to bring him to the Premier League to give Arsene Wenger another attacking option.

Wenger already has Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as central playmaking options but will still look to strengthen again with a move for Isco.

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The 23-year-old attacking midfielder has made 33 league appearances for Madrid this season, scoring four goals with nine assists, and was a part of the side that crashed out of the Champions League to Juventus on Wednesday night.

He joined Madrid from Malaga for around £21 million in June 2013 and has made a total of 105 appearances for the Spanish giants.

Wenger has spent big money on acquiring Ozil and Alexis Sanchez over the past two seasons and a big money move for Isco would be another sign of the club’s intentions to win a first league title since 2004.

Would Isco be a good signing for Arsenal? Is he what the Gunners need? 

Arsenal closing in on £10m-rated defender – report

Arsenal are readying a £10 million offer for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Arsene Wenger has been heavily tipped to delve into the Arsenal bank account again this summer as he looks to further improve his defensive options.

Italian under-21, Rugani, has played this season for Empoli on loan from parent club Juventus. The Old Lady have been expected to loan him out again for the coming season so he can gain more experience, but Wenger is reportedly looking to tempt them with an offer.

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Rugani is yet to make a senior appearance for Juve and given how strong their defensive options are it is unlikely he would be breaking into the side anytime soon.

The 20-year-old centre-back could be a replacement for Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker and he could learn a lot training and playing alongside Wenger’s current defensive options Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista.

Are Arsenal taking a risk if they sign Daniele Rugani? Or is youth the right option in defence?

Arsenal, Liverpool and United dealt HUGE blow in pursuit of World Cup winner

Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have been dealt a huge blow in their pursuit of World Cup winner, Sami Khedira, as the Express are reporting he has opened contract talks with Bundesliga side Schalke 04.

Khedira has long been reported to be on the way out of Real Madrid when his contract expires this summer and has been a target for some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs.

But according to the Express, he has opened talks with Bundesliga outfit, Schalke ahead of a possible move back to his homeland.

Khedira’s midfield anchoring abilities are on par with some of the best in Europe and he would be a great asset for any club chasing his services.

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The World Cup winner has made 161 appearances for Madrid, but after an injury-hit season it is looking likely that he will be plying his trade somewhere else next campaign, as a new offer is not set to be put on the table.

The 28-year-old German star is hitting the peak of his career and his next club could be decided sooner rather than later.

Will Sami Khedira snub Premier League offers this summer to join Schalke? Where should he go?

United and Liverpool legends reveal what Arsenal need to win title

Manchester United legend Gary Neville revealed Arsenal need a goalkeeper to stand any chance of winning the Premier League title next season, while speaking on Sky Sports.

Neville’s views were shared by fellow Sky Sports pundit and Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher. The pair blamed Arsenal keeper, David Ospina, for their 1-0 defeat to Swansea on Monday night and feel it is an area the club need to look at.

Carragher has urged Arsene Wenger to sign a world-class goalkeeper in the summer as he doesn’t think Ospina isn’t good enough.

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“I think Arsenal need to go out in the summer and just buy a proper number one,” Carragher said.

“His record is good because the team are playing well and are defending well so they’re not having that much to do, but he was bought as a number two.

“Very rarely do you see a number two goalkeeper become a number one. If he was that good, why was he bought as a number two? Why wasn’t he coming and being the number one?”

Arsenal have been linked with Chelsea’s Petr Cech as he has struggled for first team action this season, playing second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois. But Neville doesn’t see Chelsea selling Cech to their rivals.

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“If I was Jose Mourinho, with Arsenal potentially being one of my biggest rivals next season, I would not sell them Cech at all.

“It’s a struggle to win a title without a great goalkeeper, a massive struggle. Ospina is obviously a good goalkeeper and he has done well, but he is not a No 1 and they need a top goalkeeper.

“They need someone who is going to make saves and save his team points.”

Arsenal have continually been regarded as being ‘one or two’ top signings away from finally regaining the Premier League title and signing a world-class goalkeeper this summer could certainly be a step in the right direction.

Wojciech Szczesny is expected to depart the club after falling behind Ospina in the pecking order, and so Wenger may be in the market for a new man between the sticks.

Do Arsenal need a new goalkeeper or is David Ospina good enough to play as the number one?

Arsenal receive DOUBLE midfield boost as £17m-rated target hints at move

Arsenal look to have received two boosts ahead of the summer transfer window as Mikel Arteta is on the verge of signing a new contract, while long-term target Yohan Cabaye has hinted he will leave Paris Saint Germain this summer with Arsene Wenger ready to swoop.

Arteta’s current Arsenal contract is set to expire at the end of the season and despite missing five months of action through injury this season, the Spanish midfielder is reportedly set to pen a new one-year extension.

The 33-year-old Spaniard joined the Gunners for £10 million from Everton in 2011 and has gone on to make 136 appearances for the club.

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Arsenal are yet to officially announce the deal but it is expected to be revealed in the next few days as Arteta will remain a Gunner for at least another season.

He could be joined by a new face in the heart of the Arsenal midfield next season as PSG’s Yohan Cabaye has hinted at a summer exit as he wants to play regular football.

Cabaye, who has also been linked with moves to Liverpool and Tottenham, has been a long-term target of Arsene Wenger’s and Arsenal had a £10 million bid rejected for the Frenchman in August 2013 while he was still with Newcastle.

He went on to join PSG in January 2014 but has made just 35 league appearances in the past 18 months and could be set for a Premier League return.

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“It is a distinct moment in my career,” Cabaye said with regard to his future. “I have never been through this before.

“One has to accept it but also try to change it. It is super important for me, I want to play Euro 2016.

“I need to speak to the boss and my representatives to see what is best for me.”

Would Yohan Cabaye be a good signing for Arsenal this summer? Does Mikel Arteta deserve a new contract?

£35m-rated goal machine deals HUGE blow to Arsenal and Liverpool

Arsenal and Liverpool’s pursuit of Lyon’s goal machine, Alexandre Lacazette, has been dealt a huge blow as the 23-year-old striker says he will be with the French club next season, the Express has reported.

The Lyon forward is Ligue 1’s top scorer with 26 goals in 30 appearances and his form has attracted interest from clubs across Europe but any chances of a move away from the club is unlikely, despite the reported interest from the Premier League duo surrounding a £35 million move.

“I do not know what will happen, but at the moment I can say that I will play in Lyon next year,” Lacazette told Footmercato.net.

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Arsene Wenger’s side could have mounted a stronger title charge had they had an out-and-out goalscorer this season. Olivier Giroud’s absence through injury certainly affected their chances of winning the Premier League as they have lacked depth in their frontline.

While Liverpool’s injury woes have probably cost them any chance of playing in the Champions League next season. Daniel Sturridge has barely featured this campaign, making just 12 Premier League appearances.

Brendan Rodgers’ gamble on signing Mario Balotelli looks as if it has backfired as the Italian has scored just once in the league and looks likely to move on this summer.

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The Merseyside club have failed to replace Luis Suarez and Lacazette could have been an ideal acquisition, but Lyon are pushing Paris Saint Germain all the way for the Ligue 1 title and he will want to be playing in Europe’s top competition next season.

Lacazette appears to be settled for now, so it would appear both Premier League clubs will have to venture elsewhere in their search for a top striker this summer.

Would Alexandre Lacazette have been an ideal signing for Arsenal or Liverpool?

Real Madrid superstar wants to play at Arsenal next season – report

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas is keen on a summer move to the Premier League with Arsenal, according to Spanish journalist Josep Pedrerol.

The 33-year-old Spanish star has been with Real Madrid for his entire career but speculation about a summer exit continues to mount with two years left on his current deal.

David De Gea is expected to be targeted by Madrid as they look for a new number one shot-stopper to replace the man who has made 720 appearances for the club – the second most in history, only 21 behind Raul.

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Casillas has won 18 trophies with Madrid over the course of his career, including three Champions League title and would offer any club vast amount of experience between the sticks.

A move to the Premier League could be on, with Arsenal rumoured to be his prefered destination if Spanish journalist Josep Pedrerol is to be believed.

“Iker Casillas is very clear, he wants to go to England at the end of the season,” Pedrerol said on Spanish television, before taking to Twitter to claim he wants to join the Gunners.

Arsene Wenger is expected to make another move for a goalkeeper this summer with Wojciech Szczesny expected to leave the club after falling behind David Ospina in the pecking order.

Would Iker Casillas be a good signing for Arsenal? 

Manchester City lining up £30m move for Arsenal star – report

Manchester City are lining up a £30 million summer move for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, according to the Daily Mirror, despite the fact Arsene Wenger has issued a ‘hands-off’ plea.

The Arsenal boss revealed that he was not interested in Manchester City’s interest in Wilshere last month, claiming the Gunners did not have to sell their best players, but the Citizens have not listened and are looking to press ahead in their advances for the England international.

City are expected for a major summer shake up following a poor season, and Wilshere is believed to be near the very top of their transfer list.

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Jordan Henderson was also a target but he has ended speculation of a move away from Liverpool by signing a new contract last week.

That means the reigning Premier League champions are willing to offer Arsenal £30 million in an attempt to land Wilshere.

The Gunners have sold top talents such as Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna all to City in recent years, acquiring around £70 million in those deals but Wenger is not keen on taking that total to £100 million.

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Wilshere has just returned to the squad following his latest injury setback, but his place in the team is no longer guaranteed, especially given Francis Coquelin’s rise to prominence this year, and a move away could be on the cards.

Arsenal are keen to discuss a new contract with the 23-year-old midfielder, despite the fact he has three years left on his current deal, and the club appear desperate to retain the services of their academy product.