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After a summer of rumors of a high profile departure from Arsenal, Alexis Sanchez will arrive in London to begin training with the club in advance of the upcoming season.

After featuring for Chile in the Confederations Cup, Arsene Wenger held with his tradition and gave Alexis some extra time off to ensure that he is rested for the season. Sanchez's absence from the Arsenal camp has done nothing to curb the flow of rumors connecting him with big money moves to Manchester City, PSG, and other high profile destinations. Where Sanchez ends up remains to be seen but Arsenal have continued to tow the party line that he will remain at the Emirates at least through the end of his current contract which runs through the end of the upcoming season.
Source: arsenal.com
Jul 27 - 12:34 PM

Arsenal were well beaten by Chelsea 3-0 at the Bird's Nest Stadium as they concluded their tour of Australia and China on Saturday.

There really weren't many positives to take from the match other than that the club seemed to be largely recovered from the digestive issues that struck them earlier on tour. The attack never really got going as the defending Premier League champions pressed from the kickoff. The defense was let off on a couple of botched Chelsea breaks in the early going but their luck didn't hold as first Willian and then Batshuayi scored within minutes at the end of the first half. The second half didn't start any better as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain slipped trying to defend Marcos Alonso allowing the Spaniard a clear run at goal that saw him center for Batshuayi who scored his second from distance for the final 3-0 scoreline.
Source: arsenal.com
Jul 22 - 9:45 AM

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has officially moved to Juventus after two years on loan in Serie A at Roma.

Szczesny and Arsene Wenger seemed to have something of a falling out as the goalkeeper never really seemed to be considered as part of the future plan. This despite Petr Cech advancing in years and David Ospina never really convincing anyone he is a Premier League starter. Arsenal were happy to loan Szczesny out for the past two seasons to Roma and have now sold him permanently to Juventus, a club that knows a thing or two about goalkeeping talent. It seems possible that this will look like a bad move in the not too distant future.
Jul 19 - 12:21 PM

Arsenal drew 1-1 with Bayern Munich in regulation and won the tie 3-2 on penalties as they faced off with the Bundesliga champions in China in the International Champions Cup pre-season tournament.

Robert Lewandowski scored a 9th minute penalty as the German champions dominated the early going. They had a second goal wrongly ruled out due to an incorrect offside call. Arsenal generated some solid chances themselves with Mesut Ozil and new arrival Alexandre Lacazette both forcing good saves from reserve goalkeeper Tom Starke. Arsenal left it late to equalize as Alex Iwobi won the ball in midfield, sent an outlet to Aaron Ramsey and then hustled into the box to score Ramsey's cross in the 4th minute of stoppage time. Emiliano Martinez saved two Bayern penalty attempts and saw another miss the target as Arsenal won the penalty shootout 3-2.
Source: espnfc.com
Jul 19 - 12:15 PM

Youngster Dan Crowley has been sold by Arsenal to Eredivisie club Willem II and has signed a 3-year contract with the Dutch club.

Crowley never made a dent in the Arsenal first team but spent his three seasons on professional contract at the club out on loan to Barnsley, Oxford United, and Go Ahead Eagles. Crowley has generally stalled in both his club and international career after featuring for England and Ireland at the youth levels he hasn't made a youth international appearance since 2015. This move is probably best for player and club as Crowley looks to earn the type of playing time that can get him going in the right direction again.
Source: @WillemII
Jul 17 - 8:55 AM

Nacho Monreal set out to remind Arsene Wenger of his quality with two assists in the Gunners' 3-1 win over Western Sydney.

The assumption after Arsene Wenger brought in Sead Kolasinac was that Nacho Monreal would be relegated to the bench. Monreal did his best on Saturday to fight for his spot. He set up Arsenal's first two goals. The first saw the Spaniard drive to the touch line and center for Olivier Giroud who converted smoothly. His second was a lofted ball that Aaron Ramsey chipped nicely over the keeper. Mo Elneny scored the third on a deflection.
Source: Arsenal.Com
Jul 15 - 8:41 AM

Arsenal’s hopes of offloading forgotten man Joel Campbell during the summer transfer window have suffered a major setback.

The 25-year-old joined the club in 2011 but has made just 23 Premier League appearances having spent most of his time away from the Emirates on-loan. Arsene Wenger was said to be keen on selling Campbell during this window with his current deal set to expire next year. However, any move now looks to have been scuppered after he suffered a serious knee injury during his country’s Gold Cup draw with Canada. "We will see what the doctors say, but it is a pretty big tear and I will have to undergo an operation," he told the waiting press. Initial reports suggest Campbell could be sidelined for around 6 months although tests are ongoing. "I come to the country to wait on what the doctors say to see when I have to have an operation. I have to have an operation, but I do not know anything about times."
Jul 14 - 6:58 PM

With Barcelona announcing an agreement with Benfica over the arrival of Nelson Semedo and Manchester City having signed Kyle Walker, it looks like Arsenal have won the fight to keep Hector Bellerin.

The rumors of Bellerin going back to Barcelona have been rumbling for quite some time. The two most likely candidates to buy Bellerin both seem to have taken themselves out of the market for a right back today. Barcelona, where Bellerin grew up and trained as a youth player, and Manchester City, managed by former Barcelona, well, everything Pep Guardiola were the two most logical destinations. The signings of Semedo and Walker respectively likely mean that neither club is going to spend what it would take to pry Bellerin from Arsenal anytime soon. Looks like it's safe to invest in Bellerin as the starting right back/wing-back at the Emirates for the foreseeable future.
Source: @FCBarcelona
Jul 13 - 5:03 PM

Alexandre Lacazette scored within 15 minutes of his arrival on the pitch for Arsenal as the Gunners beat Sydney 2-0 in pre-season action.

The Arsenal starting line-up consisted of the expected mix of first teamers, reserves, and youth players as Arsenal kicked off their pre-season tour of Australia on Thursday. Per Mertesacker got the Gunners going early with a goal that came after a corner kick pinballed around the box. Arsenal dominated possession throughout and had a lot of chances go close without getting a second including a Danny Welbeck penalty miss. In the late going, Arsene Wenger introduced record signing Alexandre Lacazette who scored from close range from an Alex Iwobi assist within 15 minutes of his arrival on the pitch.
Source: arsenal.com
Jul 13 - 8:02 AM

Arsene Wenger's declaration that he will start the season in a 3-4-3 alignment will push Rob Holding's value in many fantasy formats.

Rob Holding was the primary beneficiary of Arsene Wenger's move to a 3-4-3 alignment late last season. The former Bolton player was typically the third center back selected. In salary cap leagues his low profile likely means he'll be cheap while he's likely to go undated in all but the deepest draft formats. That's great value for a starter on a top six team.
Source: Espnfc.com
Jul 12 - 5:04 AM

The Sun are reporting that Arsenal and Tomas Lemar have agreed to personal terms ahead of a proposed move from Monaco to North London.

Arsenal continue to be linked with a move for Monaco star and up-and-coming France international Tomas Lemar. After reportedly having two bids rejected by the Ligue Un champions, Arsenal are reportedly going back with yet another bid along with an agreement on personal terms with the player himself. The two clubs are reportedly far apart on their valuations of Lemar but this one seems to be rising to the surface frequently enough to believe it is more than spurious gossip. The bigger question for Arsenal supporters to consider is whether this signals overall strengthening or if Lemar is seen as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez whose status is still decidedly up in the air.
Source: The Sun
Jul 7 - 2:27 PM

Arsenal have announced that this will be Per Mertesacker's final season as a player after which he will take over as Academy Manager at the North London club.

After missing most of last season, Per Mertesacker returned with spectacular effect for the FA Cup final victory over Chelsea. Despite the quality of the performance, the fact that his presence as a starter required so many others to be out of action underscored that his time as a meaningful contributor to the first team is winding down. The club made that official as they announced that this season will be the BFG's final season as a player. He will stay with the club beyond his playing retirement as the Academy Manager.
Source: espnfc.com
Jul 7 - 11:58 AM

The arrival of Alexandre Lacazette could mean that Alexis Sanchez will score fewer goals in 2017-18 than he did in 2016-17 when he split time between center forward and wide attack.

Let's face it, wide attackers don't usually score 24 goals in a season. Alexis Sanchez's prolific 2016-17 owed at least something to the fact that he was deployed as a center forward for long stretches of the season. Alexandre Lacazette isn't an Olivier Giroud-type who has to be playing centrally to be effective but given what we've seen of both players, it seems reasonable to predict that Lacazette will spend more time centrally and Sanchez will spend more time wide on the left of the attacking formation. If you're betting on one of the two to score 20+ goals in the Premier League this season, you might want to bet on the one that will spend more time in the middle of the formation.
Jul 7 - 11:49 AM

After years of rumors, Alexandre Lacazette has arrived at Arsenal from Lyon as the Gunners' record signing.

Assuming that Alexis Sanchez stays at the Emirates then it seems likely that Sanchez, Lacazette, and Mesut Ozil will get the majority of the starts as part of the attacking trio that Arsene Wenger favored down the stretch last season. If you look at the production from Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott that he's likely to be replacing, those two combined for 22 goals in 34 starts. With Danny Welbeck available more regularly that might be Lacazette's ceiling rather than an expectation but it is a good place to start.
Jul 7 - 11:43 AM

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez said he has decided on his future in the Premier League—he just won't reveal what his plans are.

Following the club record signing of Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette, all eyes will turn to Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in contract talks as they enter the final year of their respective contracts. However, reports today claim Sanchez is demanding £400,000-a-week from the Gunners, more than £100,000 more than their current offer. When asked if he would join Chile teammate Claudio Bravo at Manchester City, Sanchez didn't offer a clear answer: "Good question. Right now I'm focused on the Confederations Cup. When this is finished I will see if I stay or if I go. I don't know...Yes it's clear but I can't tell you."
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 6 - 5:16 PM


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