The Sun says Fab and AW have been left incensed by an ‘astonishing gaffe’ from Arsenal chief Hill-Wood. They say the Gunners chairman infuriated his star player and manager by claiming the Arsenal skipper “would not even get in” the Barcelona team.
And the paper adds that Guardiola has identified the need for a left back as a greater priority than a central midfielder like Fabregas, although the issue is clouded by the club’s presidential elections in the summer. Meetings were held between representatives of the two clubs when they clashed in the Champions League, the paper says.
They say AW will be afforded a £30m-plus budget for transfers and new contracts on the back of encouraging financial figures from the club’s Highbury property development which will be discussed at next week’s board meeting. But the current Arsenal hierarchy – including chief executive Ivan Gazidis and majority shareholder Stan Kroenke – want AW to stay, although there may be pressure to buy new players to keep fans happy.