Good morning Arsenal fans, welcome to the roundup specifically designed to give you the biggest breaking Gunners-related news to be found today.
Since the transfer window’s open now it’s all systems go on the rumour front, and you can trust us when we say the spin doctors and gossip creators don’t need telling twice.
Fortunately for you we’ve sifted through some of the chaff in an effort to find the most appealing stories that are actually credible. You won’t find any ‘Alexis Sanchez to join Manchester United’ here, but you will find… Well, read on below and see.
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Lukas Podolski’s Arsenal career is all but over. It’s a sad fact but fans are going to have to get used to it given that his agent has now practically confirmed that a move to Galatasaray will be taking place.
The Germany international has been hotly linked with an exit from the Gunners following a failed loan spell away from the club at Inter Milan, and his agent has confirmed that although Arsene Wenger did try and convince the forward to stay, he couldn't guarantee him game-time.
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"We had very good talks with Wenger," Podolski's agent Nassim Touihri told Bild.
"He wanted to keep Lukas, but couldn’t give him a guarantee that he will be starter. That’s why we agreed on a transfer."
As a result Podolski has apparently signed on the dotted line at Gala. Here’s to hoping he doesn’t flop in Turkey, although he could if he struggles to adapt to the new league. Since he’s a player with vast experience and proven ability you’d back him to perform in the Super Lig, but you really never know.
Of course he might not be the only Arsenal player to leave this summer if Wenger gets his way. It’s believed five others could follow him, with Yaya Sanogo, Joel Campbell, Carl Jenkinson, David Ospina and Mathieu Flamini close to getting the dreaded axe.
Fresh reports this morning claim that six players in total could be shown their marching order by Wenger as he seeks to build a squad capable of winning the Premier League title. Of the aforesaid host it’s Flamini’s inclusion that will surprise fans the most, though the Frenchman is edging toward the twilight of his career.
In other news Arsenal could still sign Barcelona full-back Martin Montoya this summer, irrespective of his impending move to Inter Milan.
It’s said the 24-month loan deal in the pipeline can be ended if any suitors lodge and official offer, though Wenger might decide against doing so.