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  • Wenger must do whatever it takes to keep...

    EXCLUSIVE Arsene Wenger has been told by former Gunners goalkeeper David Seaman to do "whatever it takes" to keep Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain target Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal.  Get odds on Arsenal-Leicester  The Chile international playmaker reportedly was made a ...

    Wenger must do whatever it takes to keep PSG target Alexis at Arsenal, says Seaman

    EXCLUSIVE Arsene Wenger has been told by former Gunners goalkeeper David Seaman to do "whatever it takes" to keep Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain target Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal.  Get odds on Arsenal-Leicester  The Chile international playmaker reportedly was made a priority target by City boss Pep Guardiola and a deal looked close, with Alexis agreeing terms at the Etihad club. However, Arsenal's reluctance to sell to a Premier League rival apparently slowed the process and allowed PSG to hold talks with the 28-year-old and his representatives in Paris last week.  City remain determined to land Alexis, though PSG are reportedly willing to throw a substantial amount of money on top of whatever the Premier League side offer.  Seaman, however, believes Wenger and the Arsenal chiefs must not let their talisman leave north London under any circumstances if they are to stand any chance of mounting a serious title challenge next season. "[Arsene Wenger's] main problem is going to be holding on to Alexis Sanchez," Seaman told Goal. "I would do whatever it takes to hold on to him because he’s a quality player who you wouldn’t want to be leaving the club, especially to your rivals. "Sanchez-type players are the ones Arsenal should be bringing in." Alexis struck 24 Premier League goals last season with another six coming in cup competitions, and registered 13 assists across the board.  With just a year remaining on his contract at the Emirates, however, and with Arsenal having failed to qualify for the Champions League next season, a lucrative move away seems likely.  Neymar needs to confirm Barca future Arsenal have brought in Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon to bolster their forward unit, but Seaman believes the Gunners would have a hard time finding a direct replacement for Alexis should he leave the club. "To replace him, It’d be hard," he added. "What are they going to get for him? He’s got a year left on his contract, his price-tag, I’d guess, would be around £50-70 million – you can’t guarantee spending that money and getting a player as good as Sanchez. "He’s a guy who is just brilliant all over the pitch." The failure to finish in a top-four position last term has seen a host of first-team players linked with a summer exit, with Mesut Ozil at the forefront of the speculation.  The Germany international also sees his deal expire at the end of the upcoming season, though contract talks are currently ongoing.  And, like Alexis, Seaman believes it'd be a major blow for Arsenal to lose Ozil, though is confident they are in a position to offer him what he wants.  All the latest transfer rumours "I think that is more or less settled now. I think he’s going to stay," Seaman said. "He’s another one of those players who splits the fans but he’s a quality player. You can’t take that away from him — when he’s on his game he is brilliant. "It’s just the way he looks on the pitch sometimes, like he’s not trying, but trust me he is, you can tell he is. It’s the same situation as Sanchez, you don’t want players of the standard leaving Arsenal. "Arsenal were at this stage a few years ago when Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy left — they were reaching their prime but leaving. It was sad.  "I think the club have moved on from that now and they can offer the right contracts for the big players and also pay the fees." David Seaman is the Brand Ambassador and leads the judging panel for SpottoCash, a spot-the-ball competition for the digital generation. Visit spottocash.com for details.

  • Conte slams Ospina over Pedro challenge

    Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has hit out at Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina for the challenge that forced Pedro to come off during Saturday’s 3-0 friendly victory over the Gunners. Get Chelsea at 10/3 to win the Premier League The Colombia international clattered into the at...

    Conte slams Ospina over Pedro challenge

    Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has hit out at Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina for the challenge that forced Pedro to come off during Saturday’s 3-0 friendly victory over the Gunners. Get Chelsea at 10/3 to win the Premier League The Colombia international clattered into the attacker early on in the match and the injury has proven more serious than his manager would have hoped, although Conte is confident the player will be fit in time to face the same opponents in the Community Shield on August 6. Asked if the challenge was a fair one, he told reporters: “No, absolutely not. I was a player and I know the difference, he didn’t go to win the ball. “The injury is more serious than I wanted – I hoped it was only a concussion but I think with a mask and about 10 days work, he could come back to work with us.” Meanwhile, the Italian brushed off the controversy surrounding Kenedy, who made two controversial social media posts about China, which were perceived to be racist by some and led to the Brazilian’s name being jeered when it was read out over the public-address system prior to Saturday’s clash in Shanghai. “He understands his mistake and he’s sorry,” Conte said. Now in Singapore to face Bayern Munich on Tuesday, the former Italy and Juventus boss continues to be impressed by the level of support his side receives. “To play these type of games is very good,” he continued. “In modern football, to have this type of pre-season is normal.  “We prepared for 10 days in Cobham and then we prepare for our season in China and then in Singapore.  “It’s great to play here and also in China.  City to go for Mbappe if Alexis joins PSG “We had a fantastic atmosphere in China.  We saw a lot of fans with our shirts and also those of Arsenal.  “It’s great that these countries, which are so far away from London, see their passion for the team. I hope to see the same passion tomorrow.”

  • Van Dijk left out of Southampton squad a...

    Virgil van Dijk has been left out of Southampton's squad for a pre-season training camp in France. Get odds on Southampton to win PL opener Manager Mauricio Pellegrino has chosen a panel of 25 players to head for Evian-les-Bains, but the Netherlands international centre-back wi...

    Van Dijk left out of Southampton squad amid Liverpool rumours

    Virgil van Dijk has been left out of Southampton's squad for a pre-season training camp in France. Get odds on Southampton to win PL opener Manager Mauricio Pellegrino has chosen a panel of 25 players to head for Evian-les-Bains, but the Netherlands international centre-back will not travel with the team as speculation grows that he could make a switch to Arsenal or Liverpool in the coming weeks. Southampton have been fighting to retain the services of the 26-year-old former Celtic centre-back, stating in June that he is not for sale "at any price" and even threatening legal action after indicating they felt Liverpool had made an illegal approach for him. For a period, that quelled the Reds' apparent interest, yet over the course of the last fortnight, reports have steadily increased linking the Anfield club with a renewed push to sign the defender. On July 21, Pellegrino confirmed that Van Dijk had asked to leave the club and said that as a result he would have to train alone.  Arsenal have also been associated with a move for the Dutch defender, who has played 55 times in the Premier League since moving to the Saints in 2015.

  • PSG cannot get Sanchez so they go for Ne...

    Arsene Wenger says Paris Saint-Germain are trying to buy Neymar from Barcelona as they cannot sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal. PSG are reportedly willing to meet Neymar's €222million release clause to sign the Brazilian superstar, although Gerard Pique went on social media on S...

    PSG cannot get Sanchez so they go for Neymar - Wenger

    Arsene Wenger says Paris Saint-Germain are trying to buy Neymar from Barcelona as they cannot sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal. PSG are reportedly willing to meet Neymar's €222million release clause to sign the Brazilian superstar, although Gerard Pique went on social media on Sunday to say his team-mate was staying. With Sanchez entering the last season of his contract and seemingly unwilling to sign a renewal at the Emirates Stadium, PSG have been among his mooted suitors. Get odds on Arsenal-Leicester But a defiant Wenger continues to insist Arsenal will hold onto the Chile international - who was reportedly seen in Paris this week - and risk losing him for nothing when his deal expires in a year's time. "No, I don't think he was in Paris. No," Wenger said. "Paris Saint-Germain cannot get Sanchez so they go for Neymar. "I read L'Equipe in the last three or four days. It has moved from Sanchez to Neymar. Today they speak about Neymar, three days ago they speak about Alexis. They need as well, like you [reporters], subjects. "My mind has been made up for a while now. I think I've made it clear a few times that he is not for sale and this is my stance." Arsenal are among the clubs to have been linked with a world-record move for teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe, who Monaco have complained has been the subject of illegal approaches. And Wenger is clear that the 'tapping-up' of top players such as Mbappe and Sanchez is rife within the football world. "Honestly, it is a problem, I don't deny that," Wenger said. "But is there a realistic way to fight against it? That's the question that I ask. The latest Arsenal transfer rumours "We've fought against this for 20 years but it still happens. How can you check when an agent meets a director from another club or which player speaks to who? "It happens every day. Monaco do it as well! In the end they sell their players to the clubs who they complain against. I don't know what we need to do really because no one has found the right solution. But we know it happens and we know in the job that one of the sources of information comes from agents. "We are respectful with the clubs. We ask them what they want to do and if they don't want to sell then we don't insist. For some, that is where the difference is. Once the club says no, some say: 'ok, we respect that'. And some continue and do not take no for an answer. That maybe is where Monaco complained. If you have top players you cannot stop it from happening. It's frustrating but you've got to fight against it."

  • Koscielny: I have no reason to leave Ars...

    Laurent Koscielny insists he has no plans to leave Arsenal this summer, claiming he is happy in London and that his loyalties lie with Arsene Wenger.  Get odds on Arsenal-Leicester The France international has been linked with a move to German champions Bayern Munich, as well a...

    Koscielny: I have no reason to leave Arsenal or 'inspirational' Wenger

    Laurent Koscielny insists he has no plans to leave Arsenal this summer, claiming he is happy in London and that his loyalties lie with Arsene Wenger.  Get odds on Arsenal-Leicester The France international has been linked with a move to German champions Bayern Munich, as well as a return to boyhood club Marseille, despite signing an extension with the Gunners as recently as November of last year. Koscielny appeared 50 times for Arsenal last season and remains a key part of Wenger's defensive unit ahead of the 2017-18 Premier League campaign. The defender turns 32 at the start of the upcoming season and it was suggested he may push for one big-money move before his career began to slow, with recent interviews with French publications putting no end to the matter. And, though speculation of an exit continues, the defender can't see why he'd leave the Emirates. “When I first got here, I didn’t think about how long I would stay at this club - but now I am starting my eighth season so I am very happy with this,” Koscielny is quoted by the Standard. “I am happy in my life every day, not just the football but my life with my wife and kids in London. City step up Mbappe interest "We enjoy it, that’s why I have stayed for a long time here.  “I have a long contract with Arsenal and I have [no reason] to leave the club. I am just here to enjoy my job and give everything for the team, and get the best results for the club. If I can do all of that, then I am happy.” Koscielny has also shared his admiration for Arsenal boss Wenger following a turbulent campaign for the long-serving Gunners boss.  Sections of supporters protested against the Frenchman's leadership of the first team before he eventually signed a new two-year deal at the club. Questioned on Wenger, Koscielny says he has learned a lot from his fellow countryman and is ready to fight by his side. Lacazette will need time - Pires “Arsene Wenger is a big [inspiration] for me," he added. "He bought me from France and has given me everything to help me play for Arsenal, and has helped me as a man too. “I have a big [loyalty] to this club and to the boss too. I have stayed here for seven years and I have learnt a lot from him, so I am happy to be here with him and to fight for him because he is a great person.”

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