New Arsenal signing Olivier Giroud is believed by many to be a ready and waiting replacement for Dutch star Robin van Persie. However, Giroud has ruled out that notion and even expressed his desire to partner up with the prolific Dutch striker. With the mystery surrounding Van Persie’s future this summer, the youngster has suggested that Arsenal could still be working to stop the departure of last season’s Premier League Golden Boot winner. In an interview with France Football, the 25 year-old Frenchman said, “I haven’t come to take the place of Van Persie. I am confident that we can play together.”
The Daily Star reports that Man City are reported to be in the process of drawing up a lucrative deal for Van Persie that could see last season’s Premier League Golden Boot winner make £225,000-a-week, more than three times his present Arsenal salary. After a successful triumph in the Premier League, the Citizens are planning to make it big in next season’s Champions League as well and the presence of the Dutch striker will certainly boost their chances. Although Wenger is expected to put up a fight for his best player, the lure of better wages and playing for top honours could take the 28 year-old to Eastlands this summer.
Arsenal midfielder Denilson, who spent last season on loan at former club Sao Paulo, is involved in a protracted transfer saga as the Brazilian club are keen on having the 24 year-old on loan for another season, but Arsenal are looking to make a sale, according to Globo Esporte. The midfielder is an outcast at Arsenal and is also said to be interested in a permanent move to Brazil but Sao Paulo have conveyed that they cannot afford the player, who is valued at about £6million. The player’s agent and Sao Paulo’s president are preparing for talks to seal a loan deal with the North Londoners soon. We don’t see Wenger sanctioning another loan deal anytime soon.
Arsene Wenger is set to reward a host of young talent in the Arsenal academy with professional contracts as the club announced that they would offering six teenagers full-time contracts. The list includes defenders Hector Bellerin and Samir Bihmoutine, keeper Reice Charles-Cook, midfielders Kristoffer Olsson and Jordan Wynter and finally striker Philip Roberts. To balance things out, they have also released five players, including Manuel Almunia, Rhys Murphy and Gavin Hoyte.