In today’s news roundup, the biggest story is the rumour that manager Arsene Wenger is planning a surprise swoop for Liverpool star Raheem Sterling. The 20-year old is in the midst of contract talks with the club and Arsenal are closely monitoring those talks to gauge the availability of the player.
In other news, Theo Walcott has answered Roy Hodgson’s call to prove himself and has promised to do his best for the country. Also, Chilean Charles Aranguiz has spoken of his desire to move to Arsenal. All this and more in today’s roundup.
Arsenal-Liverpool swap deal on the cards?
Arsenal are monitoring contract talks between Raheem Sterling and Liverpool as Arsene Wenger plans a sensational move for the 20-year-old, according to the Evening Standard.
Sterling is stalling on negotiations for a new deal and Reds boss Brendan Rodgers recently revealed that the England man doesn’t want to discuss a new deal until the summer. Whilst last season’s runners up in the Premier League are under no immediate pressure to sell, the Evening Standard say that Arsenal have asked Sterling’s representatives to be kept updated on the situation.
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Liverpool’s interest in our own contract-rebel Theo Walcott has also been well documented, which means a swap deal isn’t completely beyond the realms of possibility. The pair both play in wide attacking positions however, and as we already have a wealth of attacking midfielders, this move might not be the top priority for Wenger.
Walcott can’t wait to prove himself for England
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has responded to comments made by Roy Hodgson this week where he challenged the 26-year-old to prove himself, reports the Telegraph.
Walcott has fallen down the pecking order for both club and country during his year out, having suffered a cruciate ligament injury last season, with the likes of Raheem Sterling and Arsenal teammates Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck ahead of him in the pecking order for the England wide-spots.
Competition is always going to be there.
It’s been there from the age of 17 and I’ve managed to get through. Competition is healthy. We want, as a nation, for all the players to be playing well.
It’s only going to spur you on and make you a better player. Bring it on. Definitely.
What do you think? Will Walcott manage to break into the England first team?
Chilean midfielder Charles Aranguiz ‘dreams of Arsenal move’
Chile is certainly in favour at Arsenal right now. Thanks largely to the exploits of Alexis Sanchez earlier on in the season, we are in a comfortable position in the League and also the FA Cup. The forward, who only came to the club this season, has adjusted perfectly to life at the Emirates and is one of our guaranteed starters every game.
And inspired by is success, Sanchez’s Chile teammate Charles Aranguiz has expressed his desire to play for the north London club as well. This is what the player had to say:
They’re a great team, and it would be a dream [to move to Arsenal] but for now that’s all it is, a dream.
I don’t know anything about it.
I’ve heard about it through the press but nobody has talked to me.
Aranguiz is a defensive midfielder, a position Arsenal have had a lot of problems with prior to the triumphant return of Francis Coquelin. With Arteta and Flamini both reaching a certain age, it is certainly within the realm of possibility that the manager might choose to invest in a player like Aranguiz to add depth to a crucial position. Only time will tell.
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