The international break can sometimes mean that the usually fertile fields of football gossip are reduced to a barren wasteland, with news desks quite literally clutching at straws in an attempt to feed the ever-hungry mouths of expectant fans.
Fortunately, with the summer transfer window looming like an ominous beast on the horizon, that’s not the case at the moment. England’s superpowers - and yes, that does include Arsenal - might not be gearing up to do battle this weekend but nonetheless the speculation is flooding in thick and fast.
As a result our banks are bursting at the seams with threads you’ll want to see. Here we give you the low down on all things Arsenal this morning, and you can trust us when we say there’s some intriguing filler to peruse.
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Where better to start than with the latest on Thierry Henry’s position in relation to succeeding Arsene Wenger as manager at the Emirates Stadium. There is nowhere better, so don’t try and tell us otherwise you smart alecks.
In an interview published by French newspaper L’Equipe this morning the Gunners’ favourite son has revealed that he is under no illusion that he is going to fall into the north London hot-seat when Wenger vacates the job, though he is striving to ensure he’s ready to take the opportunity if it presents himself.
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"I don’t have pretension to think I could manage a team or succeed Arsene Wenger. I just want to be ready if opportunity arises." - Henry
With his old mentor approaching the end of his managerial career there’s much talk as to who will replace him, and whilst Henry isn’t nearly as experienced as some of the other mooted candidates, he does already have the fans on board, which is half the struggle.
Elsewhere another breaking story surrounds Theo Walcott and his antics on Twitter - don’t worry, he hasn’t ‘been hacked’ and had suspect images posted n his profile. The England international took to social media to inform fans that thus far there have been no contract talks between himself and Arsenal, which would infer that the prospect of him leaving is plausible indeed.
Most recently Walcott was linked with Liverpool, though he did say in his tweet that he was solely concentrating on playing for Arsenal. Sorry fans, no real clarification either way, I’m afraid.
Last but not least goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has been advised to leave the Gunners by compatriot Jerzy Dudek, having been dropped by Wenger in favour of David Ospina. The Polish international was warned not to stay as long as former teammate Lukasz Fabianski did, though whether or not he’ll heed that advice remains to be seen.
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