Good morning Arsenal fans, and welcome to a roundup you probably couldn’t care less about reading.
Well, if you fall into that category then we’d like to inform you that you’re extremely naive, as we’ve accumulated a series of stories that are sure to be of interest to you as you combat the haze of BS usually associated with the summer transfer window.
What we’re trying to say is that today’s edition of Arsenal-related news really is worth reading, if for nothing else than to dispel a huge rumour or two.
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Widespread reports that broke earlier on today had Arsenal fans buzzing with excitement as it was said that the Gunners were ready to pay £40million for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.
As much as we’d like to concur we’re here to tell you that the rumours are nothing but lies, and we’ve got comments from Arsene Wenger to back up that bold claim.
The Frenchman has rubbished claims that he has made a bid for Benzema, stating that he didn’t know where the story had been conjured. Nice try whoever started the rumour, but Wenger’s too switched on to be swindled like that.
"I don't know where that story comes from," he said, as per talkSPORT.
"That's not happening at the moment, no."
Indeed such fanciful gossip will reign supreme in an age where click-baiting is considered a skill and a time wherein the general public are regularly seduced into thinking that impossible transfers can happen. Benzema to Arsenal certainly isn’t impossible, but highly unlikely is a description that fits well.
Bellerin deal in the offing
In more positive north London news Hector Bellerin is to be handed a new four-year deal with the Gunners despite increasing interest from Barcelona.
The Spaniard enjoyed a breakthrough campaign last term and looks to be the part, hence why Wenger is trying to tie him down as soon as possible.
Whether or not the youngster is reciprocating his manager’s enthusiasm will be determined when a formal offer is placed on the table, though it would be a surprise to see him reject since Dani Alves’ new deal has confirmed Barca aren’t in need of a right-back anytime soon.
Lastly it’s back to Wenger, who has admitted his surprise over Robin van Persie’s move to Turkish giants Fenerbahce.
The Gunners boss said that Van Persie’s decision to depart English football would be a loss to the English game, and heralded his former captain as an exceptional player with exceptional technique.