Arsenal Transfer News: Alan Smith reckons Alexis Sanchez will leave for Champions League football
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08:00: A reminder of some interesting quotes from Gary Cahill on FA Cup final day.
He's come out and revealed he could have been lining up for the Gunners – because he was close to joining them in 2011 from Bolton.
Cahill said: “It was close. The move broke down on the fee, nothing to do with me.
“It never got down to whether or not I wanted to go there, it was between the two clubs. They showed interest, but they couldn’t agree a fee.
“It seemed like it went on forever, there was speculation for about a year and a half. I thought it would never happen. It was not distracting on the pitch, but personally.
“I had a fantastic time at Bolton, but as a player when you hear the big clubs are sniffing, you want to achieve as much as you can.”
07:30: Arsenal legend Alan Smith reckons the Gunners' failure to qualify for the Champions League could see Alexis Sanchez leave this summer.
The Chile international will enter the final 12 months of his Arsenal contract next month and has been linked with a move to Premier League champions Chelsea.
He told talkSPORT: "Champions League football might play a part [in Sanchez’s decision].
"All the top lads want to be involved in that competition.
"I don’t know, I can’t read his mind how happy he is there. How badly does he want to win trophies?"
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07:00: Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit has played down the Gunners' hopes of signing Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema and Monaco hitman Kylian Mbappe this summer.
He told bwin: "If I am Benzema, I don't leave Real Madrid for Arsenal. Never. If Madrid want me to stay, I don't leave.
"Mbappe will never come to Arsenal as he will cost at least €100m and you have to break the salary cap and I don't see Arsenal doing that."
06:45: Arsenal striker target Henry Onyekuru insists he is "ready" for the challenge of Premier League football.
The 19-year-old has enjoyed a stunning debut campaign at Belgian top-flight outfit Eupen, finding the back of the net 22 times to finish as the league's joint-top scorer.
Onyekuru admits he could opt to remain in Belgium but admits he has always dreamed of a move to the Premier League.
"Everything is possible. Anderlecht, Club Brugge, England … I still haven’t decided," the Nigerian said.
"I have had fun in Belgium, but I have always dreamed of the Premier League."