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MLS All-stars to showcase their talents against top Arsenal side

MLS All-Stars will be looking to prove themselves against English and European giants Arsenal on Friday. The match will be broadcast live in the early hours of Friday on Sky Sports 2, with the American side having been selected via a voting process.

Arsenal can give up on this top centre-back

Manolas will not being leaving Roma for Arsenal!
One name that had been doing the rounds on the Arsenal transfer rumours lately was Roma’s central defender Kastos Manolas.
Despite signing Rob Holding from Bolton last week Arsenal are supposedly still in the market for a centre back given the uncertainty of Mertesacker’s fitness, Gabriel’s adaptation to England and Chambers’ potential loan away. The name that has featured on numerous occasions is Manolas, who despite previously being a talented young star when Arsenal were last linked with him, he has now become an experienced centre back at 25.
The 25 year-old possesses a lot of the qualities Arsenal will be looking for in a potential new centre back signing, however his manager Luciano Spalletti seems certain that the Greek international will not be leaving the Italian side this summer.
Spalletti told the press: ‘In my opinion, and especially for those who are here, it is easy to see that there are no problems.

‘Manolas is a good footballer, like there are many good footballers, and so it can happen that he will be linked in the transfer market – indeed it is inevitable. But his intentions are clear, so there are no issues. Why not talk instead about the problem of writing about issues that are not there? Manolas will stay with us.’

At least failed Lacazette bid shows Arsenal ARE trying

It would be better if the Arsenal transfer rumours were confirming that Arsene Wenger had been successful in his attempt to sign another striker to compete with and cover for the France international centre forward Olivier Giroud. But at least we know that the boss is trying to get a deal done.

Arsenal signing Mahrez and others is unrealistic!

Arsenal signing Mahrez and others is unrealistic! By Konstantin

Good day to all of you lovely Arsenal people! With the summer going as quietly as ever for us, amongst rare rumours, the Mirror suggest we might be preparing a bid for Riyad Mahrez and Alexandre Lacazette.

Rob Holding tells Arsenal fans what to expect from him!

Holding tells Arsenal fans what to expect from him!
When Rob Holding signed for Arsenal from Bolton he was named a classic conventional Arsene Wenger style signing given that he was young, cheap and held plenty of promise. Many expected him to be a quiet player ahead of the upcoming season and it seemed likely he’d be heading out on loan. The English youth product however seems to be slowly growing on some people and he’s beginning to make a better name for himself at Arsenal.
Bearing in mind Holding has just signed from League One outfit Bolton, not too much was known about his style of play and what we can expect from the club’s latest signing. Luckily in an interview with Arsenal.com, Holding was keen to tell Arsenal fans that they can be excited to see him out on the pitch.
Holding said: “[In terms of my qualities], from the videos that have gone on the internet, a couple of tricks maybe in the box, which I probably won’t do straight away! Then just bringing the ball out and playing it on the ground to feet is what I think I do best. But I know when to clear it if there’s any danger. I’m not one to take risks.”
Holding is very much a ball playing defender, something that Arsene Wenger seems to love in a centre back. We see both Laurent Koscielny and Calum Chambers content with the ball at their feet, especially the former and now Wenger can also utilise Holding in that style.
Despite receiving a little stick due to the fact Arsenal fans wanted a world class centre back rather than a £2.5 million buy from Bolton, I think Holding seems to be pretty promising. Admittedly I have seen very little from the guy aside from the Internet videos that he mentions in his interview, however he is a regular in the England set up alongside Calum Chambers and seems well trusted by Wenger to go straight into working with the first team.
At 20 years old and with little experience on the top level, it was anticipated that Holding would probably go out on loan this season to gain more competitive experience. However it seems that Holding could get his chance to show us what he’s got earlier than expected.
Per Mertesacker and Gabriel are ruled out with injury and illness respectively and we await to see how much of pre-season they will miss. Koscielny will not return to training with the Gunners until a week before the Liverpool game due to his progress with France to the final of the Euros and so it shows that Arsenal are once again weak at the back when the injuries kick in.
This means that as things currently stand, we only have two fit centre backs in Chambers and Holding going into the start of the season and so we could see these two pairing up on the pitch sooner than we think!
By AH
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Leicester set to discuss the sale of Mahrez? 

Leicester set to discuss the sale of Mahrez? By AH
The latest rumours surrounding Riyad Mahrez may suggest that deal is underway with the Gunners, but in reality we all know to take this with a pinch of salt considering Arsenal’s track record when it comes to transfers. Arsenal may not be in full negotiations with Leicester, but are the Premier League champions set to discuss a potential sale?
The Metro are reporting this evening that Leicester City owners are meeting in Los Angeles to discuss the futures of Mahrez, Chilwell and Schlupp, who are all reportedly under the watchful eye of other Premier League clubs. Schmeichel and Drinkwater are also on the agenda, whilst Simpson, who is in his final contracted year, is set for talks about his future.
The Metro quote Sky Sports sources behind the reason to believe that those players mentioned are currently attracting interest from other parties outside Leicester and so it was deemed that an ’emergency meeting’ would be called between club officials.
The owners will of course be discussing Mahrez’s link to Arsenal and although there seems to be nothing concrete in the works yet, Arsenal’s interest is clear. Arsenal were actively in the market for a winger earlier in the summer in the shape of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, whilst the Gunners have also been linked with the likes of Draxler and Turan. At a rumoured £41 million, Mahrez would be the most expensive option of the window but perhaps Wenger is willing to play such kind of money for the talent that Mahrez, the PFA Player of the Year, has to offer to the Premier League.
We can all hope that there are some more developments in Arsenal’s hunt for Mahrez, but given that Ranieri is under the impression that no more of his stars will leave after Kante, perhaps the Gunners will be set up for disappointment again.
By AH
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