Arsenal to buy ‘new Gareth Bale’
Arsenal are looking to buy 20-year-old left-sider Acharaf Laazar, dubbed the 'new Gareth Bale'.
With Andre Santos and Kieran Gibbs not being able to deliver at left-back Wenger is looking at Lazaar to take up that defensive position.
His agent Ali Barat told talkSPORT: “There’s been a lot of interest from plenty of clubs from around Europe. He’s very similar to Gareth Bale in terms of his pace and athleticism.
Lazaar plays for Serie B side Varese.
Mikel Arteta could cost Arsenal third place
Mikel Arteta could end up costing Arsenal their third-place finish.
Arteta has been key to Arsenal’s revival and his hold up play and attacking flair will be sorely missed as an injury is likely to keep him out for the rest of the season.
What’s worse for Arsene Wenger is that Jack Wilshere is also out for the season and Aaron Ramsey is not in the best of form.
As Newcastle continue their relentless push for a top four finish, Arsenal might find themselves lacking in the midfield department.
With Tottenham not out of it yet, Arsenal’s clash with Chelsea becomes very important.
A loss there could open the door for trouble and end up costing Arsene Wenger a strong finish to the season.
Arteta’s goal against Manchester City only further strengthened the beilief that without him the Gunners are a weak side.
Just ask Wigan.
The Robin Van Persie danger
The stakes for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal could not be higher. Not only do they face a resurgent Chelsea looking for revenge.
They also face the harsh reality that should they miss out on a Champions League spot, they may very well lose Robin Van Persie – a player, who this season, is spoken about in the same terms as Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid.
Lose top four and you will lose Van Persie. That pretty much sums it up.
Arsenal have a four-day window to resolve Robin van Persie's future. The striker is entering the final 12 months of his contract.
In fact no one is more aware of this than Van Persie himself.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun the Dutch striker was quoted as saying, “We have worked hard to get back into the Champions League qualifying places — and we must stay there.
“That is why we have to get three points against Chelsea.”
Van Persie says it is Chelsea’s counter-attacking game that Arsenal need to be most wary of.
“I have watched the game and saw how well they defended their lead. That is the danger of Chelsea, their counter-attack.”
Van Persie also mourned the loss of Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere.
“Mikel has been a great signing since he arrived from Everton.
As for Jack it is a sad end to a miserable season. It has been a blow for us to be without the services of such an exceptional player.”
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