Laurent Koscielny has stated his desire to remain an Arsenal player despite interest from both Bayern Munich and Barcelona.
The French defender was pivotal in helping Arsenal qualify for the Champions League. After missing much of the middle part of the season, Koscielny came back to form and fitness with 10 games to go, helping Arsenal pick up 26 points and concede just four times in the process.
Given his excellent form, club captain Thomas Vermaelen was forced to sit on the bench and news Koscielny wants to stay is music to Arsenal fans ears.
“I have a four-year contract. I am an Arsenal player and happy to stay at the club.” the Frenchman said.
Arsene Wenger is looking to progress Arsenal from fourth placed contenders to title rivals next season and keeping his best defender is vital to doing that.
Higuain move takes step closer
Arsenal’s move for Gonzalo Higuain moved a step closer last night after their closest rivals for the player signed a different forward.
Carlos Tevez looks set to join Juventus for £12million and that should end the pursuit of Higuain from ‘The Old Lady’.
Arsenal and Real Madrid have agreed a fee for Higuain and the it’s just down to personal terms between them and the player.
After years of being linked with world-class players, Arsenal fans will no doubt be pleased to see this deal be complete, after being let down in previous seasons.
Higuain’s goals to game record is excellent and being able to kill of teams has been Arsenal’s Achilles heel for the past few seasons meaning Higuain should be a fantastic signing.
The Argentine scored 107 times in just 186 games for Real Madrid and has 20 goals in 32 caps for the national side.
Arsenal exit list
Having released the likes of Denilson and Andrey Arshavin, Wenger looks set to continue his summer clear out.
Nicklas Bendtner and Johan Djourou have both been told they can find new clubs.
Four clubs have agreed a fee with Bendtner, however Eintracht Frankfurt lead the chase to sign the Danish international.
Frankfurt enjoyed a fantastic 2012/13 campaign, narrowly missing out on Champions League football in their first year back in the Bundesliga and believe Bendtner could be the man to kick them further on.
Djourou is another who looks set for a German move following a loan spell with Hannover.
The club want to make the move a permanent one, however face competition from Hamburg who have matched Arsenal’s valuation of the defender.