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Lyon left-back top priority for Wenger after Clichy departure

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is to make Lyon left-back Aly Cissokho his prime target for that position after the departure of Gael Clichy to Manchester City.

The 23 year old has been heavily linked with a move to the Premiership but is not so keen on joining Liverpool, a side without European competition for the up and coming season.

With Wenger’s love for all things French, he would certainly be choosing a player with right attributes.

Our source also claims that Cissokho is the player Wenger admires more and that Arsenal will not seek to pursue current Newcastle United left-back Jose Enrique – a target of Liverpool. It is also believed that the Emirates side have made enquiries for the defender and that a fee of £9m-£11m would close to accurate to seal the 23 year old.

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  1. 49Unbeaten

    July 5, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    Yes, quality! Get him in…

  2. chris

    July 5, 2011 at 12:48 AM

    I would prefer him to buy Enrique. Why ? Because he is a proven defender who has played well in the Premiership already. We need defenders who already know how to keep the ball out of our net. Of course Wenger will go for a fast, technical player who look good going forward and ” .. never sacrifice his attacking principles!” .

  3. Vanditha

    July 5, 2011 at 2:56 AM

    Yeah!we must buy the experience leftback.IT IS NOT THE TIME FOR KIRAN GIBBS.

  4. chris11

    July 5, 2011 at 8:57 AM

    Leighton Baines with Gibbs as cover,Cissokho is unproven in England & will probably take 6 months to settle. Baines is already proven, Time to get real not chase ‘maybe’s or great potential’.

  5. Gooner

    July 5, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    He’s quality. Fast, strong, a good defender and probably better in attack than Clichy. He’s easily one of the top left backs in the world. However, the price quoted in the article can’t be true. Lyon bought him for 15M euros. Surely they won’t sell him on a cheap.

  6. ifeanyipat

    July 5, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    is high time arsene wenger stopped relying on dis abroad players and buy already proved players we need results not experiments.

  7. CapeLaur

    July 5, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Or even just put Vermaelen at LB where he played for Ajax and still does for Belgium. Free up the fund to get in Samba and Cahill!

  8. CantabYC

    July 5, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    In ancient greece, heroes were not made kings but rather are exiled or executed. Why? Contribution is done, only tyranny and arrogance that stems a new generation of creativity remains. Should have gotten rid of Wenger in 2006

  9. Smiglet

    July 5, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Can he cross a ball??

  10. Ayiro 86

    July 5, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Cissoko is fantatstic but also a gamble, in baines we will be getting a proven player in the premiership and definately a better crosser of the ball than clichy, that said i would like to thank Gael for the avarage job he did in our beloved North London!

  11. Dan

    July 5, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Well, at least it isn’t Thomas Vermaelen being moved to left back like how some idiot Gooners have wanted.

  12. EDEMEFA

    July 5, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    It’s good to get a good leftback to support Gibbs. Well, Wenger is the manager; he knows what’s good the team.

  13. malchus

    July 5, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    we dont need a replace,buy parker n a solid centre back,switch verm or kos to the left as gibs mature

  14. Hamis

    July 5, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    He’s not good enough for arsenal better for l.Baines because he has already successful in English football, this is just a romous but what i know Wenger will not even tempt to buy any player this time till big club take all the good player, look at Gervinho’s Cahil,Samba,Schwazer,O’shea,Hazard, and the talented Argentinian midfielder saga, we are approaching to an 8weak now but nothing has been finalized yet, i don’t know how he’s thinking may be he want to sell all the good player to their rivals! i think its a time now for the Arsenal Board to let him (wenger) go to avoid a lot of confusion with the fans, Another disappointing seasonal for Arsenal fans!

  15. alfred "AZ" Mukarakate

    July 5, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    I would prefer Michel Bastos to take overf from the lousy Clincy, he cost us the CL quarter final, was just but a ball of nerves allowing Danny Alves too much room to have a party on both nights

  16. Dayyabu TJ KANO NIG.

    July 5, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    let wenger buy proven LB player in the english. We need results this time. stop experimentation!

  17. vio

    July 5, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    It would be a dream to have him at LB..tall , strong , good crosses, attacking wing-back..better than clichy..

  18. Lewie Mullings

    July 5, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Clichy was a great player for us and really why is everyone so obsessed with getting english players their clearly not good enough are they lets be honest
    and this guy would probably fit in a lot better than baines would u know then itd be 3 of the 4 back four are french so better communication !!!

  19. CheekyMonkey

    July 5, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Its surprising that Gooner fans don’t have any faith in Kieron Gibbs but why was Clichy allowed to run down his contract and then sold for only £7m? Any replacement will almost certainly cost more/won’t be as good/will take time to settle/and will leave for a bigger club after another trophyless season (delete as appropriate). As Kenny Sansom said today, Arsenal need at least 5 new quality players to replace those who are either leaving (Clichy, Fabregas & Nasri) or who weren’t good enough last season (Almunia, Arshavin, Bentner, Chamakh, Denilson, Djourou, Eboue, Fabianski, Koscielny, Rosicky, Squillaci & Walcott). Actually, make that at least 10 new players!

  20. HADEHYEHME HAKHUREH

    July 5, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    In my own view,i will like you people to leave wenger alone and do what pleases him,because saying go for enrique not cisso he may end it up buying neither ciss’ nor enr’ and put Gibbs there as his left-back.

  21. Didier

    July 5, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    why obsesseed with english player. England cant beat nobody and ManU won because of vidic, chicharito, van der sar,nani, park ,berbatov evra, and the last time i checked none of them are english

  22. EeeK

    July 5, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    I think the manager should be left to do the job that he’s paid to do. this are just paper talk.

  23. Stowie

    July 5, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    You lot should forget this Baines thing..Everton dont sell players on the cheap..He would easily cost you £18 mill upwards..No way will whinger buy at that price..

  24. Palluau

    July 5, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Why oh why do some of you think that Arsenal should try to bankrupt themselves by paying crazy money for so-called proven players. Look at Torres at Chelsea and no end of cash spent on duds by Man City. Get rid of Wenger? Rubbish, for whom? We Arsenal fans are lucky to have a solvent club that on its day plays fantastic football with style. I for one would like Arsenal to win trophies, but the ups outweigh the downs, and if those “stars”made by Wenger want to leave for money, let them go, most of them go downhill when they leave Arsenal anyway.

  25. Awoshiri Williams

    July 5, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Wenger has experimented enough. We have seen our boys mature to men and when you think that the time has come to win trophies with them, what do we hear; they are sold to trophy ambitious teams while “ARSENAL” remains trophy-less. Enough is enough dear Wenger. We need something this time and not Sexy football.

  26. Simon

    July 5, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    [Palluau 5/7/11 3:43pm] has posted the only sensible comment thus far. Thank you Palluau.

  27. CJandtheSoup

    July 5, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    The guy who commented on the lack of faith in Gibbs – he is still young and is very injury prone. Therefore he needs a guiding hand as well as cover.

    Vermaelan is too good to go on the left. We need one or two quality centre backs and a left back. Also a goalscorer who will stand on the last man all game and get scrappy goals. Depending on other players leaving they must obviously be replaced (if Cesc goes, no one will fill the role for a couple of years – i’m thinking Ramsey). Also we need to replace midfielders like Denilson with decent players – they can be young but a couple of older heads would certainly help. Anyone is better than Denilson.

    I doubt we will get a proper EPL centre back. I will be surprised if we get a good striker. I’m sure we will get a midfielder or two but they won’t be top class. Depressing time to be an Arsenal fan – well run club, but we don’t do anything with it. I’m even beginning to fear that in a couple of seasons we will be mid-table if drastic action isn’t taken.

  28. stewie

    July 6, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    we need to buy good defenders and a good finisher infront of the goal the players need to look at them self and stop blaming the coach they are the ones out there and not the coach we could have won the carling cup if nasri take matters in his hand and score the goals he gets we would have won the game but i guess it wasnt what they wanted

  29. Robbie llewellyn

    July 25, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Quite agree. Think about it before rushing in like a bull in a china shop

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Arsenal boss Unai Emery insists midfielder still has a future at the club

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery has insisted that troubled midfielder Granit Xhaka still has a future at the club and will be considered for selection in the Gunners upcoming fixture against Southampton.

Xhaka has yet to feature for the North London side since his confrontation with the club’s supporters at the Emirates in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace.

The Swiss midfielder was booed whilst being substituted which triggered the 27-year-old, who responded by cupping his ears and swearing at the section of fans who were jeering him.

He threw the captain’s armband to the floor and quickly took the Arsenal shirt off before storming into the changing rooms.

Following the incident, Emery had no choice but to strip Xhaka from captaincy, which was then handed over to star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Swiss international posted an explanation on social media citing his anger at threats to his family to cause the trigger to his verbal assault on the fans.

It has been reported that the enigmatic midfielder has been house hunting in Italy as rumours to a move to AC Milan in the January transfer window strengthened.

Odds for Granit Xhaka’s Next Club

3/1- AC Milan

10/1- Borussia Monchengladbach

11/1- Newcastle

12/1- West Ham

12/1- Atletico Madrid

The midfielder is 1/1 to leave the club but the bookies think that the likelihood of the former captain staying is higher, with the odds of him staying at Arsenal being set at 8/11.

Xhaka still harbours some feelings over the way the Gunners handled the situation, especially the decision to strip him from captaincy, but is ready to make amends and move on.

The deep-lying playmaker was selected for Switzerland for the international break and scored in a 6-1 win over Gibraltar to help confirm his country’s spot in next years European championships.

Emery is willing to do the same as Xhaka and has stated that the midfielder’s mindset is becoming better over the coming days and thus, is going to consider the midfielder for selection.

The Gunners have been struggling this season under the Spaniard with Xhaka being one of the mainstays in the side prior to the incident against the Eagles.

Arsenal sit in 6th place in the Premier League but are well adrift of a top-four place currently. Only three points will do for the supporters especially considering the poor form of their opponents.

The Saints are currently in 19th place, just one point ahead of Norwich and have lost four of their last five league matches.

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Arsenal set to battle rivals Manchester United for the signature of teenage sensation Erling Haaland

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Arsenal and Manchester United have both registered their interest in 19-year-old Erling Haaland who has taken European football by storm this season.

The goalscoring sensation has scored 26 and assisted 6 in all competitions for his club side RB Salzburg in just 18 games.

The Red Devils have always been heavily linked to the striker due to his links with current United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Norwegian coach managed the youngster during his time at Molde and was highly impressed with Haaland during his come-up at the club and tipped the striker for greatness.

However, Arsenal have become somewhat shock contenders for Haaland’s signature. The teenager and his father Alf-Inge, who used to play for Manchester City, have reportedly visited the North London club.

Haaland’s 21 goal contributions in just 12 games in the Austrian Bundesliga have highlighted his great potential but it has been his performances in the Champions League that have lit up Europe.

The Norwegian international has scored in every group stage game thus far, having netted 7 times in 4 appearances against Genk, Napoli and the reigning European champions Liverpool.

He has already made history in the competition as he is the first player in Champions League history to score six goals in his first three games and is currently the top goalscorer in the competition.

The teenager has also created history in the youth levels of the national team in the U20 World Cup this summer.

Haaland scored an incredible 9 goals in a single game against Honduras U20 side in a 12-0 battering, which help end a disappointing tournament for the Norwegian side on a brighter note.

Manchester United are heavy favourites to sign the young giant according to the bookies, with the Red Devils 5/2 to pick up the teenager in the January transfer window.

On the other hand, the bookies deem it highly unlikely for Haaland to join Arsenal as the odds are currently at 20/1, but they could change in the near future.

Both Premier League giants are struggling so far, with both Solskjaer and Emery heavily linked with a departure from their respective clubs.

Solskjaer’s side sit one point and one position behind the Gunners in the league table with Arsenal already 8 points behind the top four.

Both clubs could use the help of Haaland despite the good form of their respective strikers Marcus Rashford and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

This is due to the fact that United and Arsenal have only scored 16 goals in the Premier League with the lowest goalscoring tally in the top four being rivals Chelsea, who have 27 goals.

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Arsenal academy manager Per Mertesacker admits he would love to work with Mikel Arteta

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Arsenal academy manager Per Mertesacker insists that he would love to work with his former teammate and current Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta, who has been heavily linked with the managerial position at the Emirates.

The duo played together for the Gunners for five years between 2011 and 2016 and Mertesacker was employed as the head of the academy following his retirement from football in 2018.

His former compatriot Arteta also retired at the North London club, but two years earlier, and was appointed as a City assistant soon after.

During their time together at the club, Arteta was the captain with Mertesacker serving as the vice-captain meaning that they shared a tight and professional bond.

The big friendly German admitted that the Spaniard is a top guy who trusted him and thus, would love to work with him again.

Arteta has been heavily linked with the managerial role at Arsenal following Unai Emery’s poor start to the 2019-20 campaign.

However, it has not been the first time that the ex-midfielder was linked with the job. When Arsene Wenger left the club in 2018, Arteta was reportedly one of the main candidates for the job alongside former Arsenal players Thierry Henry and Patrick Viera.

Arteta was said to have been interviewed by the club’s hierarchy to see whether he could be the one to lead a post-Wenger evolution of the club.

It was reported that the Citizens would let Arteta leave if Arsenal had offered him the job, but Emery was given the green light instead.

Due to the Gunners’ struggles thus far, Arteta is one of the favourites for the job with the bookies having the former Everton man 7/2 to take over from the former Paris Saint-Germain manager.

Only former Chelsea and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has shorter odds, with the odds of the charismatic Portuguese taking over set at 5/2.

Arsenal currently sit in 6th place in the Premier League with the likes of Leicester City and Sheffield United ahead as Emery’s side have failed to take advantage of the poor spells that rivals Manchester United and Tottenham Hostpur have been going through.

In just 12 games, they are already 8 points behind the elusive 4th place position, which would give them automatic qualification to the Champions League next season.

They do have the chance to qualify for the Champions League via winning the Europa League, which is perhaps their best opportunity to do so.

Emery’s side sit pretty at the top of their group having won 3 and drawn one, with their youngsters such as Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka heavily impressing.

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