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Bernd Leno Credits Compatriot For Summer Move

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New Arsenal shot-stopper Bernd Leno has revealed that compatriots Shkrodan Mustafi and Mesut Ozil played a big role in him moving from Germany to England during the last transfer window in the summer.

The 26-year-old spoke about his move to the Emirates Stadium in a chat with the club’s official website and that the two players convinced him to swap Bayer Leverkusen for Arsenal during the summer’s transfer window.

He further revealed that he has known Mustafi for over a decade having played together with him through the various German youth teams.

Bernd Leno signed a long-term contract at Arsenal this summer after the Gunners agreed to pay a reported fee of around €22m for his services.

Since moving to the Emirates Stadium, Leno has had to play second fiddle to the club’s vice-captain and first-choice goalkeeper Petr Cech especially in the Premier League.

He featured in the cup competitions (Carabao Cup and Europa League games) until Cech suffered a hamstring injury during the Gunners’ 2-0 victory over Everyone at the Emirates Stadium.

The injury has since ruled out the retired Czech Republic international goalkeeper for one month and Bernd Leno has been in the Arsenal goal since then.

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Revealed: Arsenal To Step Up Interest In 7-Goal Playmaker Next Week

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North London giants Arsenal will reportedly step up their interest in Bournemouth midfielder Ryan Fraser by next week.

This is according to the publication from the Independent which claimed that the Gunners will firm up their interest in Fraser after the Europa League clash with London rivals Chelsea next week.

Arsenal will face Chelsea in an all-English Europa League final billed for Baku in Azerbaijan on Wednesday night.

The Gunners can seal qualification for the Champions League next season by beating the Blues in the Europa League final.

On their part, Chelsea have qualified for Europe’s premier club competition via a third-placed finish at the end of the just concluded Premier League season but manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed his desire to end the campaign with a silverware in the Europa League.

Chelsea are also interested in a move for the aforementioned Fraser but the Gunners are in pole position to sign the Scottish international player.

Other major Premier League clubs like Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are also interested in him.

Ryan Fraser was one of the best players for the Cherries during the just concluded Premier League season after he scored seven goals and provided 14 assists.

He has one year left on his contract with Bournemouth.

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Transfer Cry: Bayern Urged To Sign Arsenal Target

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Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has urged the Bavarian giants to make a move for Manchester City winger Leroy Sane amidst the talks over his long-term future at the Etihad Stadium.

At a press conference on Wednesday via Goal, Robert Lewandowski talked about his desire to play alongside Leroy Sane.

The German international winger has been linked with a move away from Manchester City with two years left on his contract.

Manchester City are prepared to sell him if he does not put pen to paper on a new deal with the Citizens not prepared to take the risk of the player running down his contract till next summer or the summer of 2021 when he’ll be a free agent.

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He has been linked with a return to Germany with Bayern Munich as well as a move to North London giants Arsenal.

Leroy Sane became a Manchester City player in the summer of 2016 after joining from German Bundesliga club Schalke 04.

The 23-year-old had been a big part of the successes recorded by Manchester City in the last two seasons.

Sane was instrumental to the Manchester City team that won both the Premier League and the Carabao Cup last season before playing his part in the domestic treble triumph this season.

He scored 10 goals and provided 10 assists in 31 appearances in the Premier League this term.

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Bad Move: Arsenal Legend Says NO To Ozil Sale

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Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright is adamant that the sale of star player Mesut Ozil this summer will be a bad move from the club.

The Arsenal legend talked about Mesut Ozil and transfers during his recent interview as monitored by Goal.

Recent reports had claimed that Arsenal manager Unai Emery is looking to move several first team players on during this summer’s transfer window.

The Arsenal boss wants to sell Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan but he’s aware that finding a new club for both players would be difficult mainly because of their outrageous wages.

German World Cup winner Ozil has two years left on his contract at Arsenal and the Gunners will struggle to find a buyer for him due to his £350,000 per week salary.

The former Real Madrid and Werder Bremen player reiterated his desire to stay at Arsenal for the remainder of his contract in his last interview.

On his part, Henrikh Mkhitaryan earns £170,000 per week at the Emirates Stadium but he has not lived up to his hefty weekly pay with his performances for the Gunners.

For now, the target for Unai Emery and his Arsenal Players is to deliver the Europa League trophy at the expense of London rivals Chelsea.

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Confirmed: £50m Transfer Fee For Arsenal Target

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South London giants Crystal Palace have reportedly slapped a big transfer fee on highly rated defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka in their quest to ward off the interest of other clubs like North London giants Arsenal.

This is according to the specific publication from the London Evening Standard which claimed that Crystal Palace are taking a hard stance on Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

It was revealed that Crystal Palace have slapped a £50m transfer fee on the England junior international.

Arsenal are not the only club interested in a move for the Crystal Palace right-back.

Premier League champions Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United have also previously indicated their interest in the 21-year-old defender.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka could be the long-term replacement for Cesar Azpilicueta on the right side of the defence at Chelsea.

He broke into the Crystal Palace XI at the start of the season and never looked back afterwards.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka displaced the experienced Joel Ward as the first choice right-back at Selhurst Park.

He churned out several impressive performances for the Eagles throughout the course of the just concluded Premier League season and was rightly rewarded with the Player of the Season Award at Crystal Palace ahead of more established professionals like the skillful duo of Ivorian international Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend.

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Done Deal: Arsenal Defender Joins FC Twente

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Arsenal defender Julio Pleguezuelo has signed for Dutch Eredivisie club FC Twente following the expiration of his contract with the Gunners.

His transfer to FC Twente was confirmed by the Dutch club.

The 22-year-old has signed a two-year contract with FC Twente with the option of another year.

Spanish defender Julio Pleguezuelo joins FC Twente after his Arsenal contract ended this summer.

Julio Pleguezuelo spent two years at the famed La Masia Academy before signing for Arsenal in 2013.

The Spaniard spent six years in North London before moving to FC Twente.

He didn’t make any single appearance in the Premier League.

His only outing for the Arsenal senior team came during the 2-1 win over League One side Blackpool in the Carabao Cup earlier this season.

Julio Pleguezuelo captained the Arsenal youth teams during his time with the Gunners and also spent some time in Spain with clubs like Mallorca and Gimnastic de Terragona.

The Spaniard was sent out on loan to the two aforementioned Spanish sides.

Despite the average defensive showing from Arsenal during the just concluded Premier League season, Julio Pleguezuelo didn’t get his chance to shine for the Gunners in the league.

The Gunners conceded 51 goals in just 38 games in the Premier League.

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Deal on!!! Chelsea suffer major blow, Cech plays down move

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The West London outfit Chelsea have suffered a major blow in their bid to land Arsenal legendary goalkeeper Petr Cech as their sporting director ahead of the coming season.

Petr Cech has already announced his decision to quit active football at the end of the season with his next step yet to be known but will not happen until after he has played his last Arsenal game, the Europa League finals, against Chelsea later on Thursday.

It was earlier reported that the stopper has got an offer from Chelsea and Arsenal to take charge of the youth team but a report yesterday claims that the West London outfit are offering Petr Cech a sporting director role to have him return back to the Stamford Bridge.

However, the legendary stopper, who is one of the best the English Premier League has ever had refuted the claim that he would be joining Chelsea as their new reporting director.

According to him, no decision has been made, stressing that it would only happen after he has played his last Arsenal game.

Howbeit, Petr Cech seeks to leave the stage while the ovation is very high by lifting the Europa League title with the North London outfit Arsenal later on Thursday.

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Deal On: Arsenal Plotting Summer Move For £25m-rated Defender

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North London giants Arsenal are eyeing a big money move for young Saint Etienne defender William Saliba.

According to the publication from popular media outlet Goal, the Gunners are pushing for a summer move for the 18-year-old utility defender.

William Saliba can play in several positions across the defence.

The highly-rated French defender has impressed a great deal since making his first team debut for Saint Etienne this season.

Saint Etienne has made 16 appearances for the French Ligue 1 club this season.

It was also revealed that the player has been attracting the interest of several clubs on the European football stage.

As many as 20 clubs are interested in the aforementioned Saliba.

Arsenal scouts were in attendance to run the rule over their transfer target Saliba at the weekend according to Goal reporter Charles Watts.

William Saliba played 90 minutes as he helped Saint Etienne to a 3-0 win over OGC Nice in their penultimate game of this French Ligue season.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery is most likely to strengthen his squad with a new centre back this summer in the wake of the average defensive displays shown by the Gunners during the just concluded Premier League season and French defender William Saliba fits the bill.

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No Deal: Arsenal Target Will Stay At Man City

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Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is adamant that in-demand winger Leroy Sane will stay at the club beyond this summer’s transfer window.

German international Sane has been linked with clubs like Arsenal and Bayern Munich but his club cum international teammate believes that he will stay at the Etihad Stadium.

Ilkay Gundogan talked about Sane during an interview with Sports Bild amidst the doubts over his own future at Manchester City.

The German midfielder has just one year left on his current deal with Manchester City.

Manchester City might need to sell him rather than let him leave on a free transfer next summer if the Citizens can’t agree on a new deal with the aforementioned Gundogan.

Ilkay Gundogan played a big role for Manchester City as they won the treble this season especially towards the end of the season when first choice defensive midfielder Fernandinho was injured.

The former Borussia Dortmund star filled in for the injured Fernandinho towards the end of the just concluded season.

For Sane, the young winger has two years left on his Manchester City contract and the Citizens might sell him this summer if he doesn’t agree on a new deal.

Leroy Sane has not always been a regular starter for Manchester City.

He scored 10 goals and weighed in with 10 assists as Manchester City retained their Premier League title at the expense of Liverpool.

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Vote Of Confidence: Arsenal Midfielder Would Flourish At New Club Juventus

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Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is certain that new signing Aaron Ramsey will be an instant hit at the club following his free transfer move to the Old Lady this summer.

Welsh international Ramsey has signed a four-year deal with Juventus and he’s expected to join them this summer upon the expiration of his Arsenal contract next month.

Wojciech Szczesny talked about former Arsenal teammate Ramsey during a chat with Italian news portal La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Polish international goalkeeper narrated the role he played in convincing Ramsey to sign for Juventus.

Szczesny is in his second season at Juventus after joining the Italian Serie A champions from Arsenal in the summer of 2017.

He has won two successive league titles with the Old Lady.

The former Arsenal shot stopper became the first choice at Juventus following the exit of veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon last summer.

Wojciech Szczesny had spent two years on loan at Italian capital club AS Roma before moving to Juventus permanently.

He was a teammate of Aaron Ramsey at Arsenal before his exit at the start of last season.

Both players will link up again this summer when Ramsey joins Juventus officially.

His first game for Juventus could be the International Champions Cup (ICC) clash with Tottenham Hotspur in July.

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Confirmed: Arsenal Target To Stay At Leverkusen

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Europa League finalists Arsenal have been dealt a major transfer blow following the news that one of their targets will stay at his German club.

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz has been strongly linked with a summer move to Arsenal but the young midfielder is almost certain to remain at the Bay Arena next season.

Club manager Peter Bosz confirmed in his recent interview that Kai Havertz will stay at the club beyond this summer.

In a chat with the official TV of Bayer Leverkusen, Bayer 04 TV, Peter Bosz revealed that Havertz will stay at the club next season while he was less convinced about the future of Julian Brandt.

Peter Bosz revealed that Liverpool target Brandt might still stay at the club after Bayer Leverkusen sealed a spot in the Champions League next season.

Bayer Leverkusen qualified for Europe’s premier club competition by beating Hertha Berlin 5-1 on Saturday.

Julian Brandt scored one of the goals for Bayer Leverkusen during the game that could be his last for the German Bundesliga club.

It was his 10th goal for Bayer Leverkusen this season in addition to his 17 assists.

On his part, Kai Havertz has scored 20 goals for Leverkusen this season in all competitions and was previously linked with Arsenal earlier in the season.

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