Good afternoon Arsenal fans, we sincerely hope you’re ready for more enthralling transfer news and hard-to-digest gossip.
As the football transfer market can be more frenetic than a Saturday morning at a livestock exchange we’ve done our best to sift through the poor cuts in a bid to serve up the prime steaks on a platter. In other words we’ve opted not to relay the questionable ‘transfer bombs’ delivered from places like Metro, and focused on components that at least have some grounding in the truth.
It may transpire that you read this article and find it difficult to fathom how much tosh it is, but you’ll only be able to tell once you’ve seen what we have to say. What are you waiting for? Go get ‘em champ.
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If you’re one of the many Arsenal fans expecting to see David Ospina leave the club in the coming weeks following the arrival of Petr Cech then prepare to eat your words, or thoughts, something like that.
The South American stopper has confirmed that he has no intention of leaving the Gunners and wants to stay and fight for his place in Arsene Wenger’s fold irrespective of the fact he now has two competitors for his position.
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"I have always had to fight for the title position at all of my clubs. You expect a big club like Arsenal to improve the squad but you must always impress the manager in training" - Ospina.
It’s believed that Ospina will sit down with Arsenal when he eventually returns to north London having been given an extended break after his participation in the Copa America.
Those negotiations could well change his optimism if Wenger fails to give him assurances on the amount of opportunities he’ll be handed next season, though only time will tell.
Elsewhere it’s bad news as Barcelona’s Pedro has apparently rejected the chance to join the Gunners. The Spaniard has struggled to get game-time at the Nou Camp lately but isn’t willing to leave the Catalans despite interest from Arsenal.
We’ll be the first to admit that the rumours suggesting Pedro has been the subject of talks between Arsenal and Barca are a little hard to believe, but in any case it doesn’t matter now since his ‘move’ to the Emirates Stadium is categorically off.
Ozil's ultimate XI
Last but not least Mesut Ozil has revealed his ultimate fantasy XI of current players, and only included one Arsenal player in Santi Cazorla. Usual suspects such as Sergio Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo and Philipp Lahm made the cut, but Cazorla was the only Gunners man who featured elsewhere.
Actually that’s technically a lie since Serge Gnabry was picked for the role behind Karim Benzema, although that selection was made under duress since the youngster was sitting with Ozil at the time.