Backpage Roundup: Arsenal Tracking Juventus Defender and Sunderland Goalie, Wenger Assures Fight Back in Munich, Walcott Urges Gunners to Move On and More

Arsenal Tracking Juventus Defender

Arsenal FC have identified Juventus’ second-choice right-back Martin Caceres as a potential signing for next summer, according to the latest Arsenal transfer news on talkSPORT.

After suffering a humiliating exit in the FA Cup at the hands of Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers last weekend, it was reported that the Gunners will hand manager Arsene Wenger a £70 million war chest to inject some real quality in his squad.

However, judging by their interest in Caceres, it seems that the North Londoners will stick to their tried and failed policy of buying players with potential rather than proven quality.

It should be noted that the 25-year-old Uruguayan, who is naturally a centre-half,  has started only 10 games for the Old Lady so far this season and plays second fiddle to Swiss defender Stephan Lichtsteiner. He did miss a large part of the first half of the 2012/13 season due to muscular injuries though.

Wenger Assures Gunners Will Try to Overturn Deficit in Munich

Arsene Wenger has admitted that Arsenal’s first leg display in their Champions League clash with Bayern Munich on Tuesday has made things very difficult for his side but believes they can still overcome the 3-1 deficit in Germany.

After watching his players get dominated by the Bundesliga leaders, the Arsenal boss told Sky Sports: “Let us not hide the truth, it will be very difficult. But we will try to make the impossible, possible. We have to go there and play completely like we play at home. We have to try to change the score. The third goal makes it very difficult but we have to try.”

In a separate interview with Arsenal.com, Wenger added some more comments regarding Arsenal’s chances of progressing to the next round. He said: “We are the underdogs – you just need to read the English press to understand that. We have pressure, because we want to do well and we want to win. I believe that whether you are favourites or underdogs, what counts is to play well, make a good pass when you have the ball and defend well when you don’t have the ball. All the rest, in our job, you have to take a distance from it.

“What is important is that when you play to win a competition, at some stage you have to play a big team. If I listen to your questions, we are not favourites but I trust our quality, our spirit and our mental strength.”

Walcott: No Time to ‘Dwell’

Theo Walcott has urged his Arsenal teammates to instantly bounce back from last night’s disappointing 3-1 Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich.

The England international believes it is not the time to repent since there are some crucial Premier League games coming up. Therefore, he wants the Gunners to move on from their European disappointments and get their focus back on the domestic competition.

In an interview with Arsenal.com, Walcott said: “We need to try and not dwell on this result. We need to think about getting back to the Premier League. We’ve got some important matches coming up thick and fast.

“That Tottenham game (on 3 March) could be a massive game for us. And we need to win against Aston Villa first (on Saturday). Our Premier League form has been very good so we can’t dwell on this result for too long. We need to get back to where we should be and start getting a winning run at home.”

Arteta ‘Disappointed’ with Bayern Loss

Mikel Arteta has revealed that Arsenal players are very disappointed after being comprehensively beaten by Bayern Munich in their Tuesday night’s Champions League fixture.

The Spanish midfielder also claimed that there was not much wrong with the Gunners’ play but some defensive mistakes cost them the game.

“We are very disappointed with the result. I think for them to be 3-1 up is not good enough from us. We made some mistakes that cost us a lot in the game. That was the difference. We have to go for it. We know it is very difficult at the moment but you never know in football. We may score early in the game and if we keep believing, as we did in the second half,” Arteta said.

“I think we put everything into the game. I think we started the game well and the first time they got around the box they scored. After we conceded a sloppy goal at a corner again. Once it is 2-0 to a big team like this, it is a difficult game to play. We kept trying, kept believing and we got in the game through Lukas’ goal and we kept trying to get the goal. We took some risks and we paid for it on the break,” he added.

Gunners and Red Devils Chasing Mignolet

Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is a summer transfer target for both Arsenal and Manchester United, according to a report published by The Sun.

The Belgian international has been in superb form for the Black Cats this season and is set to be awarded the North-East Football Writers’ Association’s Player of the Year award in a few days.

Both the Gunners and Red Devils are purportedly in the market for new goalies due to the erratic displays of their respective number ones Wojciech Szczęsny and David de Gea.

The 24-year-old Mignolet is regarded as one of the best glovemen in England and so his signing by either of the two clubs will greatly bolster their options between the sticks.

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