Backpage Roundup: Bitter Adams Dismisses Arsenal's Title Challenge, Juve Still Alive in Higuain Chase, No Arsenal Bid for Williams and More

Bitter Adams Dismisses Arsenal’s Title Challenge
Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams has criticised owner Stan Kroenke’s decision to appoint the aged Chips Keswick as the club’s new chairman and claimed that he was the better man for the job.
Kroenke recently installed Keswick as the new chairman after Peter Hill-Wood decided to step down due to health reasons. Adams revealed he had pleaded to the board to make him Hill-Wood’s successor but was overlooked in Keswick’s favour.
He said: “Look, I would make the tea for Arsenal Football Club, but I thought I ticked all the right boxes for the board. I don’t need the money, I would put the good of the club first in every case and I could mediate well within the club.
“Chips is a great guy but not a very imaginative choice. And he is 73. But then it boils down to just being a figurehead with no power these days. Arsenal are a different club now from the days when Chips’ son Toby did work experience in the office and everybody knew each other.”
Santi Cazorla recently said that he believes the Gunners would mount a serious title challenge next season. While Adams would like that to happen, he believes it is not a realistic ask.
He added: “It’s still a fantastic club but it’s time for them to win something again. I can’t see it, to be honest. They are still not good enough in certain areas of the team. They are MILES off a title — even if they have got two of the richest men in the world fighting over them.”
Juve Still Alive in Higuain Transfer Battle
Real Madrid star Gonzalo Higuain’s father has claimed that his son has received offers from both Arsenal and Juventus and is negotiating with both the clubs.
After Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta recently admitted his club’s defeat in the Higuain-transfer battle, it was thought that the Gunners will surely secure his signature. But the Old Lady are still in the running to sign the in-demand Argentine, according to his father Jorge Higuain.
“Nothing has been signed yet but I can assure you there are advanced talks between the clubs. We wouldn’t arrange any personal contract before the clubs agree for the transfer. I’m aware Arsenal has made a strong offer, as well as Juventus,” the Higuain senior told the Daily Mail on Sunday.
No Arsenal Bid for Williams
Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins has revealed that this club has not received any formal offers from any club for their star defender Ashley Williams.
The Welsh centre-half’s excellent form in the 2012/13 season saw him linked with summer moves to big clubs such as Arsenal and Liverpool, but so far neither of them has shown any intent to recruit him.
The South Wales Evening Post have quoted Jenkins as saying: “While there seems to be constant speculation about Ashley Williams, I can honestly say that I have not had one call from anybody about him. There have been all sorts of stories in the press about what is happening with Ash but I have never heard anything from anyone.”
Gunners to Offer Wenger Extension Due to PSG
Arsenal FC are preparing a contract extension for coach Arsene Wenger after speculations surfaced that Paris Saint-Germain might try and lure away the Frenchman to Parc des Princes next summer.
It is believed that the rich Ligue 1 outfit are going to appoint their incoming manager Laurent Blanc on only a one-year rolling contract with the reason behind the short-termism of that deal being their interest in Wenger, who only has one more season left on his current Arsenal deal.
In order to fend off the Parisians’ future interest in Le Professeur, the Gunners would offer him renewed terms as soon as the season starts.

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