Henry thinks Lacazette can take Gunners forward
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry thinks that record signing Alexandre Lacazette can be the catalyst to fire Arsenal back towards the title. The £52 million summer signing has impressed in pre-season and hit the post in Sunday’s Community Shield but needs to have a good start in the league season if he is to be regarded an immediate success. Henry believes that the 26-year-old French international has improved Arsenal’s attack and given them a different option of play compared to Olivier Giroud. “It’s ironic when you think about it that Giroud starts for France and Lacazette is his sub, and it looks at club level like Giroud will be the sub. I don’t know if that’s ever happened in the history of the game! He did it in the French league and people might say it’s a different league but, with due respect to Lyon, he’ll also be with better players. I’m backing him to have a good season.”
Elneny to stay at Arsenal
After some summer speculation surrounding his future at the club, midfielder Mohamed Elneny has insisted he will stay and fight for a place. Elneny has made just 25 appearances since joining Arsenal in January 2016 and could have left during the window with Leicester City able to offer first team football. After having his “best game” for Arsenal during the Community Shield win over Chelsea the Egyptian has put aside any talk of moving and aims to feature more regularly this season. “There has been a lot of criticism recently, and I wanted to prove that I deserve to play for a big team like Arsenal,” said the 25 year-old. With Arsenal busy schedule including Europa League games this season it will be vital to have as many first team players able to fight for a place on merit as possible.
Everton eying up Gabriel as replacement
Arsenal could cash in on centre back Gabriel Paulista this summer and recoup £10 million in the process. Everton could be the most likely destination after they lost defender Funes Mori to a knee injury which is likely to keep him out all season. Gabriel has fallen out of favour at the Emirates and with Rob Holding’s emergence and Kolasinac’s arrival he will need to move to keep his career progressing.
Walcott talks up ‘incredible’ Kolasinac
Theo Walcott believes that team mate Sead Kolasinac has what it takes to be a success in the Premier League. After coming on as a substitute for Per Mertesacker during the Community Shield Kolasinac scored a late equaliser and Walcott believes there is more to come. “He’s incredible. I see him in the gym every day, you can just tell he looks after himself well, he eats the right food and he’s professional. You can see the power he’s got when he’s got the ball, his pace and everything. It’s beautiful to watch and he’s a great addition to the squad.” Fans will be hoping that the 24 year old can help to solve some of the defensive frailties over past seasons.
Gunners go green
The Emirates Stadium is set to go green this season as it will be powered totally using energy from renewable sources. After a successful year long trial, the club have signed a deal with Octopus Energy to provide renewable energy to the club.