Cech looking forward to bigger tests and could Arsenal cash in on Ozil?

Afternoon Bulletin

Arsenal to cash in on Ozil?

It looks as though clubs are lining up to tempt Mesut Ozil away from Arsenal when his contract expires in the summer. The German international has just months remaining on his current deal but it seems the two parties cannot reach agreement. Ozil is reportedly seeking an increase of wages to £350,000 a week but the club are standing firm and could look to move him on in January. Manchester United are now looking to be interested in the playmaker but if Arsenal want to challenge in the league again they would be better to sell abroad. Italian giants Inter were interested and another bid in January could materialise. Ozil has not featured in the past few games for Arsenal and performances of the team have been good.

Sanchez and Draxler could swap in January

Arsenal could also cash in on their other contract rebel Alexis Sanchez. A January swap for PSG attacker Julian Draxler could be on the cards. Sanchez almost moved to Manchester City on Deadline Day in the summer but Arsenal could not agree on a replacement for the Chilean in time. Their failed move for Monaco’s Thomas Lamar put an end to Sanchez’s move away but he is still yet to agree to a new contract. The word from Draxler in the summer was that he was happy to remain in Paris but having appeared in only half of the league games so far he may change his mind and seek regular football.

Cech looking forward to bigger tests

Petr Cech is excited by Arsenal’s current form and can’t wait until the bigger tests come so they can close the gap at the top. Since the 4-0 defeat to Liverpool in August Arsenal have kept four league clean sheets. This defensive resilience has helped the team move up the league and back into contention for a top four place. Cech said:

“We have still to play City and United, so there will be opportunities to get closer to them, but we have responded well to the disappointing defeat at Liverpool. Everybody has been doing their job and the positive results have given us the confidence we need. We are playing better as a team. We’re covering our mistakes with our hard work and the cohesion and defensive attitude is there. This is the way to go forward.”

Arsenal are currently 6th and six points away from the Manchester clubs at the top. Wins in games against them will surely close the gap.

Arsenal star to ask good friend to sign

Arsenal and France forward Alexandre Lacazette will try to persuade fellow country man Antoine Griezmann into joining him at Arsenal. The Atletico Madrid forward was subject to strong links with a move to Manchester in the summer. It seems that Jose Mourinho would still like to make the deal happen once Atletico’s transfer ban is lifted but now that they have Lukaku in place it may not go ahead. That could leave he door open for Arsenal to step in but may have to pay up to £100million for the highly rated forward. Lacazette and Griezmann are good friends and Arsenal’s record summer signing joked:

“We are very good friends and have lots of fun. Our nicknames for each other are Griezzy and Lacaz. If Griezzy visits me in London, I’m going to ask him to sign for Arsenal!”

Although possibly not fully serious the chemistry the pair have could help to tempt the player to the Emirates in the future.