Arsenal fans, hello and welcome to your daily news roundup.
It’s an important week all things considered. Not only are you busy celebrating the Community Shield victory over arch-rivals Chelsea, but you’re also trying to contain the excitement over the new Premier League season kicking off this weekend.
Alas, to bring you back to reality with a rather tedious thud, it’s time to deliver the latest from the transfer rumour mill. Think of us as being like the Jehovah Witnesses you don’t want at your door - we’re going to make our presence known regardless. Knock, knock.
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Arsene Wenger remains keen to capture a new centre-back before the end of the summer transfer window, but there’s one thing potentially standing in the way of him landing his preferred target.
Reports today suggest that a deal for AS Roma star Alessio Romagnoli will be pursued by Arsenal, but that the desired fee of £25m for his signature could prove to be a stumbling block.
The sum has already halted AC Milan in their tracks - they were said to be close to agreeing terms over a move - and it’s yet unknown whether Wenger will consent to paying such a figure.
At the moment the Gunners boss has four options for the heart of his defence, with the usual pairing of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny being backed up by Gabriel Paulista and Calum Chambers. They could certainly do with another high-profile option, but does Romagnoli tick that box?
Benzema not going anywhere
In other news Rafael Benitez has quashed rumours that Karim Benzema will move to Arsenal, instead stating that he believes the Frenchman would stay with Real Madrid.
Much has been made over the striker’s potential switch to north London, but it now looks like it’s a non-starter with the new campaign rapidly approaching. There have been many calls for Wenger to add a potent goalscorer to his band of merry men, but Benzema just doesn’t seem like the chosen one.
The Ox hits back
Last but not least it’s over to team news, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain having hit back at Roy Keane for suggesting Arsenal cared more about taking selfies than winning titles.
The England international, who scored the all-important goal against Chelsea in the Community Shield, said he and his teammates had always been serious, insisting that the Premier League was the trophy they wanted this year.