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Arsenal update: Walcott to be offered £25million to stay. German defender linked

Worryingly for Arsenal fans keen to see Arsene Wenger strengthen his squad it has been a fairly quiet morning for transfer rumours. The big one is the seemingly never ending saga of Theo Walcott and his new contract. In an exclusive – ain’t they always – The Mail says that player will get a five-year deal worth in the region …

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AshleyArsenal update: Walcott to be offered £25million to stay. German defender linked

Man United update: Is Wilfried Zaha a done deal? Danny Wellbeck on loan to Reading?

So have United done a deal to sign Crsytal Palace’s tricky winger Wilfried Zaha? The Telegraph seems to think so. The paper believes that other clubs have been frightened off bidding for the player because Fergie has already agreed to sign him The Telgraoph says The main issue is when, not if, it will happen with Crystal Palace hoping to …

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AshleyMan United update: Is Wilfried Zaha a done deal? Danny Wellbeck on loan to Reading?

Arsenal update: Gunners target Lucas Biglia wants move. Should Ramsey go on loan? Villa staying at Barca

Arsenal’s pursuit of a new midfielder continues to today with several papers reporting that Wenger once again is targeting Anderlecht’s tough tacking midfielder Lucas Biglia. The Mirror says that Wenger has been put on alert because the Argentinian has told the Belgian club that he wants to move to a bigger league. This sounds like pure speculation. Admittedly Biglia has …

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AshleyArsenal update: Gunners target Lucas Biglia wants move. Should Ramsey go on loan? Villa staying at Barca
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Arsenal update: Walcott about to sign, M’Vila holding out for a big club

Goal.com is running with ‘an exclusive’ this morning that Theo Walcott is close to signing a new deal at Arsenal. The website says that he ‘will put pen to paper on a deal that runs until 2017.’ Arsenal have apparently offered the England player around £90,000-a-week and that salary will be supplemented by top-up bonuses and a multi-million pound signing-on …

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AshleyArsenal update: Walcott about to sign, M’Vila holding out for a big club
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Pep Guardiola says he wants a job. But where will he be next season? Bayern? Chelsea?

Ex-Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed that his extended sabbatical in New York is going to come to an end soon and that he is looking for a new job. The 41 year old told the press conference ahead of today’s Ballon d’Or ceremony that he will be managing again. Guardiola said “Yes, I would like to come back [to …

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AshleyPep Guardiola says he wants a job. But where will he be next season? Bayern? Chelsea?
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Would Frank Lampard leave Chelsea for another Premiership club? Everton? Man United? Arsenal?

So it appears that Frank Lampard is on his way out of Chelsea. The departure of the 34 year old midfielder, who has been at the club for 11 years, has a whiff of ravens leaving the Tower of London about it. But his exit from the Blues was pretty much confirmed at the weekend with the player expected to …

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AshleyWould Frank Lampard leave Chelsea for another Premiership club? Everton? Man United? Arsenal?
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Man United and Spurs battle to sign Wilfried Zaha

With Arsenal dropping out of the race (possibly because the deal with Theo Walcott is as good as done) Man United and Spurs have been battling it out for the signature of Crystal Palace’s highly promising winger Wilfried Zaha. Spurs were apparently first to contact the club about the winger, but Fergie, a huge fan of the player has been …

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AshleyMan United and Spurs battle to sign Wilfried Zaha
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Arsenal update: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and James McCarthy targeted and Wenger phones David Villa.

Is Arsene Wenger losing interest in French bad boy Yann M’Villa? Possibly because according to the Mirror he has a new midfielder on  his radar, Wigan’s highly rated Republic of Ireland player James McCarthy. McCarthy has been very consistent this season and was highly impressive  when Arsenal beat Wigan a few weeks ago. The Mirror reports that Arsenal will offer …

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AshleyArsenal update: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and James McCarthy targeted and Wenger phones David Villa.
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Arsenal update: David Villa on his way? Luke Shaw going cold?

Two years ago if you had suggested that Arsene Wenger would be wiling to splash out £15 million plus for a 31 year old you would have been laughed out of The Emirates. Yet this morning it seems as if that a big money signing of a player entering the twilight of his career might come through as Arsenal have …

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AshleyArsenal update: David Villa on his way? Luke Shaw going cold?
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Breaking – Official. Holtby signs for Spurs – no move until July though. Arsenal’s Chamakh signs on loan for West Ham

So there you have it. Official confirmation that Schalke’s energetic midfielder will be joining Spurs in July. the player whose father is English and is an Everton fan, had also been on Arsene Wenger’s radar, but has opted to join the North London Whites rather than Reds. The official word from Spurs is ‘We are delighted to announce that we …

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AshleyBreaking – Official. Holtby signs for Spurs – no move until July though. Arsenal’s Chamakh signs on loan for West Ham

Arsenal update – no news on M’Vila or Villa, but Abou Diaby is back

So a fairly quiet day for Arsenal on the transfer front. Yann M’Vila has been making noises about moving to The Premiership and there are strong rumours that Arsenal could be about to sign the Rennes player – but nothing concrete yet. Barcelona also seed to have decide that they will let David Villa go after all, but if Arsenal …

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AshleyArsenal update – no news on M’Vila or Villa, but Abou Diaby is back
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Arsenal rumours; M’Villa in, three heading for the exit

It seems like Arsene Wenger is homing in on one of his long term transfer targets. Caught Offside is reporting that the Gunners are close to signing Rennes combative midfielder Yann M’Vila. The website says Wenger is confident he can lure M’Vila to North London this month and will look to make the midfielder the first signing of the window. …

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AshleyArsenal rumours; M’Villa in, three heading for the exit

Theo Walcott to sign new Arsenal contract. Wenger ends interest in Zaha, says Talksport

Talksport has an exclusive, which if proved true, could be one of the hottest transfer stories in January. They believe that Arsene Wenger is about to make his first signing of the window – Theo Walcott. They say “Reports have emerged from the Emirates that the former Southampton winger is ready to agree a new deal, having had various requirements …

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AshleyTheo Walcott to sign new Arsenal contract. Wenger ends interest in Zaha, says Talksport

Arsenal say no to Henry and Sneijder, but new signings on their way

In today’s least surprising news Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Thierry Henry won’t be returning for a third spell at the club. Arsenal have also ruled themselves out of the race to sign Dutch front man Wesley Sneijder, but Wenger insists that the club will make signings in the window. Henry has been training with the club in …

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AshleyArsenal say no to Henry and Sneijder, but new signings on their way
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Arsenal face tough battle to land the ‘new Gareth Bale’ Luke Shaw

Arsenal are stepping up their bid to secure Southampton’s Luke Shaw, a left back whose ability has inevitability lead to comparisons with another Saints graduate Gareth Bale. However they may face a tough battle to secure the youngster in the winter transfer window with manager Nigel Adkins adamant that his star 17 year old defender is going nowhere. Adkins told …

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AshleyArsenal face tough battle to land the ‘new Gareth Bale’ Luke Shaw
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Mancini tells BBC that Robin Van Persie could cost City the title

A few weeks ago we ran a story about how had Arsenal kept Robin Van Persie for another season and his goal rate stayed the same they would be top of the Premiership and Man United would have been mid-table stragglers. Now someone else is declaring that the Dutchman is the difference between the sides competing for the title. Roberto …

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AshleyMancini tells BBC that Robin Van Persie could cost City the title

Villa, Sneijder, Zaha and the 10 most wanted players in the transfer window

So, there is just a few hours to go before paper talk can become reality and the winter transfer window opens. This winter expect some serious cash to be flying with Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool desperate to strengthen their squads to keep them in the frame for Champions League qualification, and Man City and Chelsea mulling over big money strikers. …

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AshleyVilla, Sneijder, Zaha and the 10 most wanted players in the transfer window
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Arsenal bid £10 million for Atletico’s Adrian Lopez

Goal has an interesting exclusive. It is claiming that Arsenal have tabled a £10 million bid for Atletico Madrid’s out of favour striker Adrian Lopez. The bid is less than the £14.7m release clause in the forward’s contract, but Wenger hopes that the striker, who has only played six times for the Madrid side this season, will put pressure on …

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AshleyArsenal bid £10 million for Atletico’s Adrian Lopez
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Wenger’s winter shopping list – the six players who could re-ignite Arsenal’s season

On one level that was a pretty impressive display by the Gunners against Newcastle. However before we get carried away and start predicting great things for the club in the new year it is worth noting the following. Firstly, injury-crippled Newcastle aren’t far off relegation fodder at the moment. Secondly Arsenal were poor for much of the first half managing …

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AshleyWenger’s winter shopping list – the six players who could re-ignite Arsenal’s season
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Arsenal in pole position to sign Luke Shaw – but do they need him?

Arsene Wenger clearly has a thing for graduates from the Southampton Youth Academy. In 2006 he nabbed a young winger called Theo Walcott – what happened to him? Then in 2011 he paid a reported £15 million to land Alex Oxlade Chamberlain. Now Wenger apparently has another Saint on his radar. The Daily Mail is reporting that Arsenal are now …

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AshleyArsenal in pole position to sign Luke Shaw – but do they need him?