Backpage Roundup: No Arsenal Bid for Rooney But Sanogo Deal Is Close, Gunners Almost On Par With City and Chelsea, Mertesacker Staying and More

No Arsenal Bid for Rooney But Sanogo Deal Is Close
Arsene Wenger has rubbished media reports which claimed that Arsenal have already launched a bid to sign want-away Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.
The 27-year-old England international wants to leave the Red Devils for a new challenge, and the press recently claimed that Wenger has contacted his club with a view to signing him this summer.
However, the Gunners boss has denied those reports and made it clear that his sole focus at the moment is on Sunday’s game against Newcastle United and not on recruiting Rooney.
He said: “At the moment, we have no interest in anybody. We have only one interest, which is of course Sunday’s game. The first thing we would do is to call Man United, which we have not done.”
But at the same time, he did confirm that Arsenal are close to signing Auxerre starlet Yaya Sanogo on a free transfer.
We are advanced with him but it’s not done,” Wenger said.
 
We’re Almost As Good As City and Chelsea – Wenger
Arsene Wenger believes that there isn’t a big difference in the quality of his Arsenal side and that of their league rivals like Chelsea and Manchester City.
City are set to end the season without any major trophy, while the Blues only have two more points than the Gunners in the PL. And that makes Wenger to say that his side is almost as good as their top rivals’.
Ahead of Arsenal’s season-ending trip to Newcastle United, Wenger told the press: “We are not far from Manchester City, we are not far from Chelsea.
Having been seven points behind, we are happy [the race for a top-four finish] goes to the last day. I said that to the players, that we would have a great second half of the season. It’s always down to mental strength in our job and we responded. I must give my players huge credit.”
A defeat for Arsenal on Sunday coupled with a win for Tottenham will push the former out of the top four, which makes it a very crucial game. While Wenger admits that the pressure would be huge, he claims he likes such situations.
The pressure is big but I always say the worst thing in my job is to play games without pressure. It’s boring,” he added.
 
Mertesacker Going Nowhere
Per Mertesacker feels that he has become an integral part of Arsenal’s first-team squad and will therefore be at the club next season too.
After struggling to find his feet in his debut campaign in the Premier League, the 28-year-old German has improved significantly this season and is now regarded as one-half of the Gunners’ first-choice defensive pairing alongside Laurent Koscielny.
It was suggested earlier this season that he might be sold in the summer but the player himself says he is going nowhere.
Sport1.de have quoted Mertesacker as saying: “I do not think they want to get rid of me after this season here. I have become an integral part of the team and have really earned respect here. Sometimes you have to be self-confident enough and just let the press write what they want, but it is always getting quieter in this regard, and that is a good sign.”
 
Chamakh Expects Arsenal Exit
Marouane Chamakh has admitted that it doesn’t seem likely that Arsenal will retain his services this summer, and therefore, he would be open to signing for his former club Bordeaux.
The 29-year-old Arsenal outcast, who spent the second half of the ongoing season at West Ham, made his name at Bordeaux before joining the North London giants in 2010. After a promising start to his career in the PL, he soon fell out-of-favour with coach Arsene Wenger, and now he says that he will be seeking a move back to his boyhood club at the end of the season.
In an interview with 10 Sport, Chamakh said: “I am always nostalgic. I spent so many good times here.Everyone knows that Bordeaux is a club that is in my heart. If I find an agreement with Bordeaux, why not.”
When asked if a deal could really happen, he replied: “Yes, this is possible because there is a good chance that I will not stay at Arsenal. If I come back to France, it will be in Bordeaux.”
 
Adler Not too Keen On Arsenal Move
Hamburg goalkeeper and rumoured Arsenal FC transfer target Rene Adler says that he is not looking to leave his current club this summer.
Arsene Wenger is in the market for a new goalie, and it is believed that Adler’s name is high on his shopping list. But the Frenchman’s hopes of recruiting the 28-year-old German have been dealt a blow, as the player doesn’t seem too keen to sign for his side on anyone else for that matter.
Sport-BILD have quoted Adler as saying: “I am under contract with Hamburg, that is a fact. I can say that I have not thought about leaving or considered a transfer since I joined Hamburg (in May 2012).”

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