The last few days have seen more talk of players leaving Arsenal rather than joining the Gunners this summer.
One pending arrival though is Olivier Giroud, and it now looks more certain than ever as if the Montpellier striker is going to make the move to North London from the French champions.
Despite many claiming it was a done deal both Arsene Wenger and Giroud had said the deal wasn’t close to being anywhere near concluded.
Wenger told French TV:
“I won’t say anything to you. Even under torture!”
While the last year’s Ligue 1 top scorer commented saying:
“I have not signed for Arsenal.”
Now however it looks as if it is near-enough a done deal as Wenger, who is known for his reluctance to discuss transfers publicly, revealed his excitement about the prospect of the 25-year-old moving to the Emirates.
The Frenchman told TF1: “Giroud didn’t play much, but he’s going to be an Arsenal player 90% next season.
“I think he has exceptional potential and will integrate very well in our collective and our way of playing.
“He’s a real team player and knows how to combine with other players and I’m sure he will do well with us.”
While it looks as if Giroud is coming in, one player who may or may not be on his way out of Arsenal is Brazilian midfielder Denilson.
The 24-year-old spent the whole of the last season on loan at Sao Paulo and was eager on making the move permanent after a less than successful time in North London.
However, the club appear to be ruling out the possibility of signing the player due to his transfer fee.
The club president, Juvenal Juvencio, is keen on keeping the player at the club for another season, although this may, yet again, only on loan. He said:
“Denilson won’t stay.
“Arsenal want €6million (£4.9million) for him, but we won’t pay that so we expect him to leave soon.
“Of course we will try to get the loan deal extended for another year, but it won’t be easy.”
Another player with question marks looming over his Arsenal future is Andrey Arshavin.
The Russian spent the latter part of the last campaign winning the league title with former club Zenit St Petersburg before enjoying a captivating start to Euro 2012 with a 4-1 win over Czech Republic.
However, Russia somehow failed to advance from the group stages which prompted widespread abuse from fans in their home country.
This led to Arshavin criticising the supporters about their expectations which has resulted in Zenit owner Valery Golubev slamming the player. He said:
“How can a citizen of Russia treat the honour of his country like that?
“He should be deported.”
Doesn’t look a good omen for his chances of a permanent move back to the club.
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