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Top La Liga playmaker confirms Arsenal talks

The highly talented Turkish midfielder Arda Turan has been linked with Arsenal ever since he was a precocious teenager at Galatasary, but he preferred to serve his apprenticeship in his home country. When he finally decided to leave Turkey, he was snapped up by Atletico Madrid for just £12million and moved to La Liga.

He has been so successful in Spain, especially in his partnership with the prolific hitman Falcao, that he is now valued at double that price. He is now 26 years-old and is apparently considering a move to the Premiership and his agent, Ahmet Bulut, has revealed that he has been in talks with Arsenal and Liverpool.

Arsenal star’s international career hits the skids

Tomas Rosicky has struggled to force his way back into contention for a starting place in the Arsenal team since returning from injury. The 32-year old midfielder may be worried about his international career as well due to his lack of regular football, so the last thing he needed was to have to retire early from yesterday’s game against Turkey.

Rosicky had to rush to the toilet halfway through the friendly game, possibly after a dodgy kebab. That was the end of his involvement, but not his embarrassment, as he was asked about his `intestinal problems` after the match.

Arsenal need a boost-OK Santos is leaving

Arsenal fans are like bears with sore heads this morning after seeing a promising start and early goal against Everton cancelled out which led to the Gunners hanging on a bit for a point. The result meant that Tottenham went up to fifth, while Arsenal lie in seventh, a massive 12 points off the league leaders, Manchester United.

Besiktas confirm firm interest in Arsenal striker

Arsene Wenger may be having trouble convincing Theo Walcott to sign a new contract extension, but he also has just a few days to offload the unwanted Arsenal squad players in cluding the Morrocan international striker Marouane Chamakh.

But it looks like he has some good news on that front as the as the Turkish newspaper Milliyet have reported the Besiktas manager Samet Aybaba as saying, “We have decided to push forwards in our attempts to sign a striker, there is a high possibility we sign Chamakh.”

Arshavin move to Zenit back on?

Andrey Arshavin has been on loan at Zenit St Petersberg for the last six months, but after his performances at the Euros (and his post-tournament comments) looked like he had blown any chance of returning to his boyhood club, especially when Zenit’s owner Valery Golubev declared: “How can a citizen of Russia treat the honour of his country like that?

“He should be deported.”

But now it seems that the manager of the club, Luciano Spalletti, has completely contradicted the words of his boss, saying: “He is one of the players who can strengthen Zenit. When a team win the league by almost 15 points you need to look for players like that.”

Agent – Arsenal don’t want Arshavin back and we will find a buyer

Although Andrei Arshavin seems to have alienated himself from his fellow Russians after his country’s early exit from the Euros his agent, Andrey Lakhter, seems pretty certain that a buyer can be found for the out-of-favour Arsenal midfielder.

Lakhter is also pretty certain that there is little chance of Arshavin returning to the Emirates. “Arsenal will do everything to get rid of Arshavin” Lakhter said. “Just look at how many new players Wenger has bought for the attacking line.”

WHO wants to sign Arsenal’s Tomas Rosicky???

In a rather bizarre transfer approach, it has been reported that Turkish outfit Eskisehirspor are looking to sign Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky.

The 31-year old Czech playmaker, who signed for the Gunners in 2006, had arguably his best year in an Arsenal shirt in the recently concluded season, emerging as a huge influence from the centre of midfield in the second half of the campaign and rightfully coming third in the side’s end-of-season Player of the Season poll.