A very good morning to all you Arsenal fans, and welcome to our official Gunners roundup for this fine summer morning.
With the international break being in effect shortly before the summer transfer window opens we’ll be the first to admit that it’s fairly slim pickings out there today regarding juicy gossip and topics to fuel hearty pub debates, but we’ve given it our best shot anyway.
Let’s face it, transfer rumours are never going to be an obsolete entity, whilst the international fixtures that were played earlier this week might have thrown up one or two interesting avenues to explore. *Hint, they have. So read on, have your fill and let us know what you think to the stories in the comments box below.
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Mesut Ozil was left with more than just a friendly reminder of Arsenal’s long-standing rivalry with Tottenham Hotspur last night, after being on the receiving end of a less than savoury tackle coming from DeAndre Yedlin.
The feisty young Spurs defender, who is a fully-fledged USA international, picked up a booking during his country’s shock win over world champions Germany in the latter’s backyard, and from watching the footage it might be discerned that he knew exactly what he was doing.
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Ozil’s never been the type to flare up in outrage so the tackle prompted no ill-response, but had it been another player things might have been different.
The fact that the classy playmaker was clearly free of Yedlin before the youngster scythed him down could be purely because of a miscalculation. Headlines aren’t made in such ways though, so we’re sticking with the Arsenal/ Spurs angle for now.
In other news despite the furore surrounding Abou Diaby’s release from Arsenal it appears he might re-sign with the Gunners. The midfielder is in talks over a pay-as-you-play deal, according to sources in France, so could yet feature again for Arsene Wenger’s men.
Despite boasting notable quality in the middle of the park Diaby has never been able to be a regular fixture for Arsenal due to his ongoing injury woes. If Wenger can get him fit it remains possible that he would be an enviable asset to have. Why else would the French coach entertain the idea of keeping him on?
Last but not least we turn to FC Porto star Yacine Brahimi, who rumour has it won’t be allowed to leave his current club for anything less than £40 million.
The striker has impressed in the Primeira Liga, but the theory coming from the papers is that Porto won’t sell him unless a bidding club matches his release clause.