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Will Arsenal’s BAAD luck change in tomorrow’s UCL draw?

It feels like things are really on the up for Arsenal Football Club, with money in the bank, top new players in the squad and a shiny new FA cup trophy in the cabinet. But if the Gunners are to avoid the disappointment of last season in the Premier League and Champions League, I think we need our luck to change.

Has Arteta played and talked his way out of Arsenal?

There are growing rumours that the Arsenal vice-captain could be on his way out of the club this summer. With the Gunners being linked with the likes of Sami Khedira of Real Madrid, Arturo Vidal of Juventus and Morgan Schneiderlin of Southampton, Mikel Arteta was already facing the prospect of much less time on the pitch for Arsenal next season.

Now it looks like he could be leaving us altogether, as the Daily Star is reporting that he could be heading back to Spain with La Liga club Athletic Bilbao.

Arsenal to lose transfer target to Barcelona! 1st of many?

Arsene Wenger may be set to spend more money in this summer transfer window than in any other since he joined the club back in 1996, but the Gunners’ spending spree is still likely to be beaten by a number of clubs around Europe, maybe even three or four in the Premier League.

So I wonder if the Talksport report which claims that FC Barcelona are on the verge of beating Arsenal to one of their transfer targets, with money being the main factor, is the shape of things to come for Wenger and the fans. Aymeric Laporte is one of the most highly rated young central defenders in the world, but at 19-years old, the Prof was never going to meet the £30 million release clause that is included in his contract with current club Athletic Bilbao.

Bilbao defender confirms Arsenal talks

The highly experienced Athletico Bilbao defender Fernando Amorebieta has been linked with a move to Arsenal recently, and it seems that the Venezuelan international is keen to make a move to the Premier League, despite interest from Russia.

Amorebieta’s agent, Gines Carvajal, has been talking about his clients impending move at the end of the season, and he has been quoted in the Spanish press as saying: “We are in talks with Arsenal, he could join them in June.”

“We have had some contact with Anzhi Makhachkala, they were ready to make a good offer, but my client wants to play in England so the transfer to Russia was not possible.”

Pressure on Bayern who are wary of Arsenal revenge mission

After Arsenal lost at home to Bayern Munich three weeks ago, their midfielder Franck Ribery admitted that the German side was surprised at how easy the Gunners had made it for them. He certainly had a point, especially on their goals which were all quite preventable. Not many football experts expect Arsenal to overturn the 3-1 deficit, but the Bayern players are steeling themselves for a much better performance in the second leg.

Arsenal can see off competition for Bilbao defender

It was only a few wekks ago when the name of Fernando Amorebieta was relatively unknown in England. That was before the Athletic Bilbao defender was linked with a transfer to Arsenal. Now the Venezuelan international is being tracked by a host of clubs, including Everton, Liverpool and Stoke City. The latest club to show concrete interest in the 27-year old is the Russian outfit Anzhi Makachkala, according to the Russian newspaper Izvestia.

Arsenal can get Bilbao star for free in summer!

Arsenal are not the only club interested in Fernando Amorebieta, but the Gunners should have a head start because they already tried to sign him in January, according to rumours. The 27-year old central defender will certainly be leaving Athletic Bilbao at the end of the season, after the Spanish club lost patience and withdrew the offer of a new contract from him.

That seems a bit like sour grapes, because the Venezuelan had already rejected the new contract, but Bilbao do operate in an unusual way sometimes. Arsenal were hoping to persuade them to sell Amorebieta last month, apparently, but they will make him see out his contract, as they will with Fernando Llorente. Their principles could have cost them a lot of money this year.

Arsenal close in on Bilbao defender

There may be some news after all for Arsenal fans, although nothing is official yet. Arsene Wenger may be finalising a deal to bring the centre back Fernando Amorebieta from Athletic Bilbao. The 27-year old is a Venezuelan international but has lived in Spain’s Basque country for most of his life. He has played for Bilbao since the start of his professional career, but has rejected the offer of a new contract.

Yesterday, the president of Bilbao, Jose Urrutia, withdrew the contract offer and said that Amorebieta would be leaving in the summer. Arsene Wenger has decided not to wait, according to the Daily Mail, and has got less than five hours to complete the deal before the window shuts.

Arsenal could still go for Llorente!

Arsenal were one of a number of teams interested in the Spanish international striker Fernando Llorente. He had dropped out of the papers recently because it was widely reported that Juventus had almost sealed the deal with Llorente and Athletic Bilbao. That is no longer thought to be the case, so he could still become a Gunner, either in January or next summer.

His manager at Bilbao, Marcelo Bielsa, and the owners of the club have stated thast they want to keep him for the season, even if they will then lose the 27-year old for nothing as his contract expires. I doubt that, however, as the finances are not in good shape and they really need the money.

Arsenal for Llorente if Huntelaar transfer fails?

It is being reported today that Arsenal are no longer favourites to land the Dutch international striker, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, from Schalke when the transfer window opens in January. The 29-year old has apparently heard about interest from the Serie A club Inter Milan, and would love another chance to prove himself in Italy, according to his agent Arnold Oosterveer.

There is also the possibility that Schalke may decide to keep Huntelaar for the remainder of the season and try to ensure qualification for the champions league this season, while going as far as they can in it this season. One striker who is available and would love to come to the Premier league is Fernando Llorente of Athletic Bilbao.

Arsenal youngsters cruise past Bilbao 4-2 to reach NextGen Knockout Stages

Arsenal 4-2 Athletic Club de Bilbao by DH

Arsenal ensured their position in the knockout stages of the NextGen Series after an impressive 4-2 victory over highly-rated Athletic Bilbao at Underhill.

Zak Ansah, Jon Toral and Isaac Hayden all scored in quick succession in the second half to see off the Spaniards in an enthralling clash.

Arsenal took the lead after nine minutes; a well-worked move was finished off by a Sead Hajrovic header.

Bilbao responded instantly, a clumsy challenge in the box from Hayden gave the referee no option but to point to the spot after he brought down Gorka Santamaria.

Arsenal transfer target Llorente WILL be leaving Bilbao

Fernando Llorente told his bosses at Athletic Bilbao that he would not be signing a new contract in the summer, which immediately put a number of clubs, including Arsenal, on alert. With his contract due to end in less than a year, the Spanish international striker thought the club would listen to offers for him but they refused point blank, while selling his team mate Javi Martinez to Bayern Munich.

There were accusations between the club and the player about false stories being planted in the press, and Llorente became a target of abuse from his own fans. The situation was even stranger because despite refusing to sell the striker, the manager refused to play him, and the two ended up having a bust up during training.