Lansbury Seeking Answers on His Future
Arsenal youngster Henri Lansbury is expected to hold a face-to-face meeting with manager Arsene Wenger before deciding whether to ask for a permanent transfer or ink a new deal with the Gunners. (Daily Mirror)
Lansbury, who is currently on loan at Championship outfit West Ham United, will return to his parent club once the Hammers’ ongoing play-offs campaign is over.
The 21-year-old midfielder has just a year left on his existing deal with Arsenal, and the club is willing to offer him an extension. However, the player himself isn’t too interested in signing new terms as he has spent the past four seasons on loans at lower division clubs.
If Wenger decides to make him available for a reasonable transfer fee, then clubs including Swansea, Norwich and Reading could be vying for his signature.
Bould to Replace Rice as Wenger’s Number Two
Arsene Wenger is set to make some several changes in his coaching staff this summer, with the most significant one being the appointment of former Arsenal player Steve Bould as his assistant coach. (Daily Mirror)
Wenger’s long-time number two Pat Rice is expected to retire at the end of the season and Bould has been earmarked as the man to replace him.
Bould currently coaches Arsenal’s reserves along with Neil Banfield and both of them have been lauded for successfully instilling Wenger’s style of football in the club’s youngsters. Hence, the Frenchman has decided to recognise their good work by promoting them to the first-team coaching setup.
Sagna Breaks Leg…Again!
Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has broken his leg once again and is now doubtful to be fit for the start of next season. The 29-year-old right back suffered the latest injury in Saturday’s 3-3 draw against Norwich City when no other player was around him. (Daily Mail)
He fell down in agony clutching his ankle and was then stretchered off the field. After a few hours, he told his Twitter followers: “Another injury…another fight starting for me…I’ll make sure I’ll win it and come back as I did before.. thanks for your messages xx”
Coach Arsene Wenger seemed to suggest one of the Norwich players was responsible for causing Sagna’s injury. He said: “It is a broken fibula, the same leg. He was kicked on it, it has not happened alone. When he was kicked, he has broken the leg. The guy closed him down and walked on him. I don’t know if it was deliberate or not.”
Wenger: Tour of Africa A ‘Sporting Comprise’
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that the Gunners’ summer tour of Africa and the Far East represents a ‘sporting compromise’ on their part. (Football365)
For the second consecutive year, Arsenal will not be following Wenger’s preferred pre-season plans, which include a training camp in Austria, some friendlies against easy opposition, followed by the Emirates Cup. Instead, the North London club will be heading to Malaysia, China, Hong Kong and Nigeria this summer, a program that Wenger admits is not ideal from the club’s sporting point of view.
“We have had to compromise on the sporting side, because we had a rational, methodical approach to our pre-season. We have sacrificed some of that to go on tour. But we are in a race with the other clubs as well.
“I realised when I was at the World Cup in South Africa how popular a club like Arsenal is in Africa, especially in Nigeria. It is unbelievable. I was even frightened at some stage by how popular Arsenal is. In Kenya as well, it is absolutely unbelievable.”
Gunners to Splash Major Cash
Arsenal FC recently signed German international Lukas Podolski and according to the Daily Mirror’s website, they will sign several more players in order to convince captain Robin van Persie that his future lies at the Emirates Stadium.
The Dutch striker only has one more year left on his current Arsenal deal and several big spenders such as Barcelona and Manchester City are reportedly interested in acquiring his services. The Gunners intend to sign some more quality players in the next few weeks and hope that their willingness to spend some money will lure van Persie into signing a new deal.
Wenger said: “Great players like to be with great players, so it helps always to get them in. First, we want Robin to stay, because he is convinced we can play for the championship. We have bought Podolski. Vertonghen is a defender. He is an interesting player but he is a centre-back. We look at all the players all over Europe every week.”