Arsenal Linked To Three Time Champions League Winner And Midfielder ‘Held Talks’ To Leave

Afternoon Bulletin

Arsenal could be in line to sign Benzema

Real Madrid may look to offload striker Karim Benzema in the summer and Arsenal look to be at the head of the queue to sign him. The three-time Champions League winner has scored 181 goals in Madrid but could be forced to make way for new signings coming in. Madrid are aiming to make moves for Juventus star Paulo Dybala and Athletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann.

Wilshire ‘held direct talks’ with Trabzonspor

According to the president of Turkish side Trabzonspor Jack Wilshere was close to agreeing a loan move for this season. Muharrem Usta said.

“I held direct talks with Jack Wilshere. We wanted him on loan and were close to a deal but the move stalled at the last moment.”

Wilshere, who is yet to agree to a new deal at Arsenal, was linked to several clubs around Europe in the summer. He elected to stay at the Emirates and is in contention to start the Europa League tie against Köln on Thursday

Bellerin looks to emulate Chelsea from last season

After a poor start to the season Hector Bellerin believes that Arsenal should take inspiration in what Chelsea achieved last season from a similar start. After poor results early in the 2016-17 season Chelsea were then able to turn their form and win the title. Bellerin thinks it is not too late for Arsenal to do similar.

“Look at how Chelsea began last season and how they ended up winning the title. It doesn’t only matter how you start but to be consistent. Check the Chelsea results at the beginning of last season. They had a difficult time too, they lost two games and won several games in the last minutes. Then they won 13 consecutive games and eventually won the Premier League. Manchester City, however, started very well and then faded out. The important thing is to be consistent throughout the season. We have had two bad games but we now have six points and we have to look forward.”

He also is under the view that Arsenal’s lack of big spending in the summer is a good thing. Believing instead in building a solid team rather than buying the most expensive individuals is what counts.

“Football is not just about spending money. There are some clubs paying £100m and £200m on players but I do not think that’s the philosophy. The important thing is to build a good team, a good block and get results from there. Sometimes it takes time while other clubs use money.  Each club has its own resources and its way of working. What matters is that on the pitch we give the maximum to prove that money is not everything.”

Club preparing for large Köln support

Arsenal have issued a warning to away fans who will look to get a ticket in the home end on Thursday that they may be ejected. Köln sold out their 3,000 allocated tickets quickly and it is expected that up to 20,000 fans may make the journey to London. It is the Bundesliga side’s first season in Europe for 25 years and fans are understandably excited to see their biggest tie. Arsenal are aware of the major interest in the fixture from the away side and will aim to shut down any chance of trouble inside the ground.