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.
Duo doubts for Manchester City clash
Arsenal square off against Manchester City in the semi-finals of the FA Cup on Sunday and the Gunners have been handed a double injury scare ahead of the clash.
According to reports, the duo of Danny Welbeck (toe) and Shkodran Mustafi (thigh) are struggling with injury problems and having missed the 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough, the two players might once again be ruled out for the blockbuster encounter against City.
Wilshere ruled out for the rest of the season
Jack Wilshere had managed to stay relatively injury free since joining Bournemouth on loan from Arsenal during the summer but the terrible injury curse seems to have struck the midfielder once again.
Wilshere hobbled off during Bournemouth’s 4-0 defeat against Tottenham during the weekend and the Daily Telegraph have claimed that the 25-year-old could now be ruled out for another lengthy spell after he suffered a suspect fracture on his lower left leg.