Arsenal Transfer News: Emmanuel Petit thinks Arsene Wenger will splash the cash
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Thursday June 1
02.40: Arsene Wenger could decide who will become the next Arsenal manager, reports claim.
The Frenchman agreed a new two-year deal which will take him up to his 69th birthday.
And according to the Daily Star, Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is a leading candidate for the position.
It is said Wenger will have the final say on who the club appoints as their next boss.
Wednesday May 31
22.45: Juventus have reportedly entered the race to sign Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
The Poland No 1 has spent the last two years on loan at Roma, having fallen behind Petr Cech and David Ospina in the pecking order at Arsenal.
He has been a huge hit in Italy, keeping more clean sheets (14) than any other goalkeeper in Serie A this season.
And according to the Daily Mail, Italian champions Juventus are keen on signing Szczesny this summer.
22.30: Thierry Henry has urged Arsene Wenger to win the title after extending his Emirates stay.
"As an Arsenal fan, and as a guy who had Arsene as a coach and have maximum respect for him, I'm happy to see him at the club. But time will tell (if the decision is correct)," he told Sky Sports.
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"They finished the season strong, although they have done that before. Raising yourself for the FA Cup final, to beat one team on one day is one thing. To do it over 38 games is a different story.
"Everyone is waiting for the title; the club, the players, the fans and Arsene himself.
"That's what I want to see because raising your game for one day is one thing, but everybody is waiting for that to be done over 38 games."
21.40: Arsenal are the bookies' favourites to sign Leicester star Riyad Mahrez this summer.
Mahrez has been linked with a move from the King Power after Leicester failed to secure European football for next season.
The Algeria international has made it clear he wants to join a top club this summer, and bookmakers Betfair have priced Arsenal as 6/4 favourites to sign him.
Premier League champions Chelsea (17/2) and Arsenal's north London rivals Tottenham (14/1) are also in the running for Mahrez's signature.
18.30: Lucas Perez's agent has said the striker wants to quit Arsenal.
Rodrigo Fernandez Lovelle says a lack of game time at the Emirates is behind his decision.
"The idea is to be able to play for another club," he told Press Association Sport.
"We want to leave and Arsenal already know. Do you know anyone who is happy but has no opportunities?"
17.25: Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain has reportedly been in London for to negotiate a deal for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.
Manchester City have wasted no time bringing in new players ahead of the summer window, having already completed a £43million deal for AS Monaco midfielder Bernardo Silva.
And according to Goal, City's director of football Begiristain was in London over the weekend in an effort to beat Bayern Munich to Arsenal forward Sanchez.
He was also said to have held talks about a potential move or Tottenham right-back Kyel Walker.
13:56: Arsene Wenger will now begin his search for new players after wrapping up his contract negotiations today.
Wenger announced he has signed a new two-year contract at Arsenal (13:50).
And the Frenchman is already plotting a number of deals this summer.
Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke said: "Our ambition is to win the Premier League and other major trophies in Europe.
"It's what the fans, players, staff, manager and board expect and we won't rest until that is achieved. Arsene is the best person to help us make that happen.
"He has a fantastic track record and has our full backing."
13:50: Arsene Wenger has signed a new two-year deal with Arsenal that will keep him at the Emirates Stadium until 2019.
Wenger's contract was due to end at the conclusion of the current season but despite a backdrop of supporter unrest, he has now committed to the club with a fresh deal that will extend his reign to almost 23 years.
The Frenchman told Arsenal's website: "We're committed to mounting a sustained league challenge and that will be our focus this summer and next season."
Arsene Wenger is ready to start signing players at Arsenal
13:00: Former Arsenal star Emmanuel Petit thinks Arsene Wenger will splash the cash after sealing a new contract.
The BBC claim Arsene Wenger has signed a new two-year deal at the club, although Arsenal haven't made any official announcement, and Petit thinks the Frenchman will break the wage structure to bring Champions League football back to the Emirates.
He said: “I think they need to be more intelligent in the transfer market.
"I’m pretty sure he will break the wages policy at the club and put big money on the table to bring in big big players for the team next season."
Arsenal News: Gunners star Santi Cazorla could be sidelined for another five months
11:25: Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla could be sidelined for another five months after undergoing an eighth operation on Monday.
Cazorla, 32, suffered his Achilles injury during a 6-0 demolition of Ludogorets in October, and will likely have missed an entire year of football by the time he returns.
His absence could accelerate Arsene Wenger’s transfer business with a central midfielder on his shopping list.
10:30: We're still awaiting news on Arsene Wenger's new contract, which WILL be announced today.
But, for now, Gunners fans have to sit tight.
Rest assured, as soon as we hear anything we'll have the news straight to your fingertips.
In Arsene they trust…
10:15: I must confess, I like this one. It's a list of a HOST of world stars who could sign for Arsenal – and the chances of doing so.
It's come from Paddy Power and makes for very interesting reading.
Arsenal transfers: Most likely summer deals Wed, May 31, 2017
Express Sport takes a look at the most likely summer signings Arsenal might secure according to the bookmakers (odds provided by Paddy Power)
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Who is Arsene Wenger tipped to sign this summer?
10:00: Arturo Vidal has urged Alexis Sanchez to ditch Arsenal and join him at Bayern Munich.
Sanchez, 28, is entering the final 12 months of his current contract and still hasn’t agreed new terms with the club.
Manchester City have already spent heavily this summer, and are known to be interested in the Chilean international.
But Vidal thinks he should ignore Pep Guardiola's advances and play alongside him at Bayern Munich instead.
He said: “I told him it was the opportunity for him to be in a big team. If he wants to compare with the best, he has to go to the best team.”
09.08: Arsenal are reportedly planning a bid to sign Monaco right-back Djibril Sidibe this summer.
The Gunners are wary that they could lose Hector Bellerin to Barcelona if the Nou Camp giants come in for their academy product.
And French newspaper L’Equipe claim Arsenal have set their sights on Sidibe.
Monaco will not likely sell for cheap, meaning manager Arsene Wenger may have to cut deep into his transfer budget to land the Frenchman.
Sidibe only joined Monaco last summer but helped the club win Ligue 1 this season.