Arsenal’s summer transfer plans revealed

Following weeks of uncertainty, there might just be a bit of clarity regarding Arsenal’s plans for the upcoming summer transfer window – if reports from the Daily Mirror are to be believed.

Mirror writer John Cross has revealed under pressure manager Arsene Wenger is expected to extend his stay at the Emirates Stadium by signing a new two year deal and that the veteran has already laid out his plans for next summer.

Claims have been made that Schalke defender Sead Kolasinac is close to signing a four year deal with Arsenal, while Kieran Gibbs has also been offered a new deal. Nacho Monreal is expected to leave but if Gibbs decides to do the same, Arsenal will look to sign either Celtic’s Kieran Tierney or Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon.

In a separate report, the Daily Mail have stated that Kolasinac has already been told Wenger will stay put at Arsenal next season and the Gunners are confident of beating AC Milan to the signing of the 23-year-old full-back.

Arsenal are also said to have begun talks with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere, both of whom are entering the final years of their respective contracts. There looks set to be an overhaul of the backroom staff as well, with goalkeeper coach Gerry Peyton and fitness coach Tony Colbert to be departing.

The futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil remain in doubt though and if the duo do not sign, Wenger is said to have earmarked Lyon superstar Alexandre Lacazette as a potential replacement.

Arsenal beat Everton to the signing of Sead Kolasinac

Arsenal are usually known to be very slow movers in the transfer market but the Gunners have wasted no time whatsoever in securing their first signing of next season by agreeing a deal for Schalke left-back Sead Kolasinac.

It can be confirmed that Kolasinac will be joining Arsenal on a free transfer at the end of his current contract at Schalke and the North London side are said to have beaten off competition from Everton to secure the services of the Bosnian international.

Since breaking into the Schalke first team back in 2012 as a teenager, Kolasinac has managed to slowly earn a reputation as one of the most promising young defenders in Europe and had grabbed the attention of the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, Everton, Juventus and Milan with his performances.

Kolasinac, who can play left-back, central defence as well as on the wing, has however decided to join Arsenal and the versatile defender will be a great addition for the Gunners – especially with the likes of Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs struggling this season.

Wenger offered two-year deal confirm BBC


There have been conflicting reports in the media regarding Arsene Wenger’s long term future at Arsenal beyond the end of the current campaign and it is anybody’s guess as to whether the Frenchman will remain with the Gunners.

Murmurs are rife that the Arsenal board have already offered Wenger a new two year contract extension and now even the reliable BBC have gone on to confirm that the 67-year-old has been provided with an option to prolong his stay at North London.

However, Wenger has not decided whether to accept the offer from Arsenal and he is most likely to take the decision at the end of the season.

Wenger: Sanchez wants to stay

Alexis Sanchez is clearly not happy at Arsenal at the moment and many believe that the Chilean international will be leaving the Emirates Stadium following the conclusion of the current campaign, especially as he has not yet signed an extension to his contract which expires in 2018.

Despite the mounting speculation, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that Sanchez actually wants to stay put at the Emirates Stadium and that the only thing stopping the deal from taking place is the player’s agent.

Sanchez eyeing Chelsea move, PSG also interested

With every passing week, it does look more and more likely that Alexis Sanchez will be leaving Arsenal at the end of the season and a host of clubs have unsurprisingly expressed an interest in signing the Chilean superstar.

Chelsea have been mentioned as a surprise contender to sign Sanchez and now in reports which will worry the Gunners’ supporters, the Daily Telegraph have claimed that the 28-year-old attacker is also preferring a switch to Stamford Bridge.

However, it does look unlikely that Arsenal will want to sell Sanchez to one of their fiercest rivals following the debacle with Robin van Persie a couple of seasons ago and Paris Saint-Germain could be in the driver’s seat to land the services of the ex-Barcelona man despite his desire to join Chelsea.