Arsenal held their AGM on Thursday so there are plenty of talking points at the Emirates Stadium with Arsene Wenger, as is traditional, addressing the club’s supporters.
Wenger was open about his plans for the club moving forward and spoke candidly about transfer troubles, and the comments from the Frenchman feature among the biggest Arsenal stories of the day…
Gerard Pique visited Arsenal before rejecting them
Gerard Pique had agreed to sign for Arsenal before joining Manchester United as a teenager, but Arsene Wenger was unable to conclude a deal due to the player’s age.
This is according to Guillem Balague, everyone’s favourite Spanish football expert, who claims Pique was set to become a Gunner after visiting the club’s training facilities, but Manchester United eventually stole in.
Lucas Piazon attracting Arsenal transfer interest
Arsene Wenger forwent the opportunity to sign Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona in the summer transfer window, which allowed Chelsea to recruit the Spaniard, and perhaps the Arsenal boss now feels it is time Jose Mourinho did him a favour.
Arsenal are being linked with a move for Lucas Piazon, who is currently on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt, but uncertainty over his long-term future has led to links with a move to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsene Wenger plans to sign defender as fight for success continues
Arsene Wenger has revealed that he had hoped to complete a good summer in the transfer market by signing another defender, and has promised fans he will ensure to rectify this in the January window.
The Gunners signed Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina, Calum Chambers and Danny Welbeck over the summer months, and they are likely to be followed by further new arrivals in the winter period.
Theo Walcott set for Arsenal comeback with Aaron Ramsey not far behind
Wenger, speaking at the club’s AGM, has also confirmed that Theo Walcott will be available for selection this weekend having not featured for Arsenal since suffering ligament damage in January.
Walcott was injured in the derby defeat of Tottenham at the very start of Arsenal’s run to FA Cup glory, and will rejoin the first-team for the encounter against Hull along with recent absentees Mikel Arteta and Serge Gnabry.
Arsene Wenger in close contact with Monaco
Monaco have not given up hope of making Arsene Wenger their manager at some point in the future, and had even spoken to him in the summer to gauge the possibility of him taking over from Claudio Ranieri.
Wenger, however, chose to extend his Arsenal contract rather than pursue a move elsewhere. But, despite having done so, he is still in contact with Monaco, the club where he was first able to display his managerial credentials.
William Gallas announces retirement from football
Finally, former Arsenal captain William Gallas has today announced his decision to retire from football, and ends his career in Australia with Perth Glory.
Gallas made 140 appearances for Arsenal having initially made his name in England with Chelsea, while he later went on to join Tottenham. The Frenchman spent 12 years in the Premier League before his departure.