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Angry Lucas Perez demands transfer from Arsenal

Lucas Perez Arsenal

Losing his shirt number to Alexandre Lacazette was the last straw for Lucas Perez as the incensed forward looks for the exit at the Emirates.

According to the Spanish newspaper, Perez was left fuming by the decision to hand his No.9 jersey to the ex-Lyon man.

That slight led to an apparent conversation with Arsenal director Dick Law, who was told in no uncertain terms that the Spaniard wants a transfer to Deportivo as soon as possible.

Arsenal set to land Virgil van Dijk

Transfer news: The latest rumours from Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal and all the top teams

 Arsenal are preparing a £45 million bid for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, according to report.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is keen to keep improving his squad ahead of the new season, and is also targeting Celtic striker Moussa Dembele to replace Alexis Sanchez.

But report said Virgil van Dijk could still end up at Liverpool after making clear he only wants a move to Anfield, .

The Dutchman’s chances of joining Liverpool seemed to end a month ago when the Reds apologised for improper conduct in their pursuit of the player, but Van Dijk could now hand in a transfer request to help facilitate a £60 million move.


Allow me to join Arsenal, Lemar tells Monaco

Thomas Lemar Monaco

Monaco winger Thomas Lemar has demanded the club allow him to join Arsenal, according to report.

The Gunners are set to make a £45 million offer for the France international, but the Ligue 1 champions are worried about losing too many players this summer. arsenal had earlier secured the services of another French international, Lacezade from Olympic Lyon.

Sanchez has not said he wants to leave -Wenger:

Wenger: Sanchez hasn't asked to leaveThe forward has been heavioly linked with a move from Arsenal, but his manager denied reports that the Chile international requested an exit

 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger denied reports Alexis Sanchez had told him he wants to leave the Premier League giants.

Sanchez is heavily linked with a move in the off-season, with Manchester City and Bayern Munich reportedly interested in the Chile star.

Asked on Tuesday if the 28-year-old had informed him his desire was to leave Arsenal, Wenger replied: “No.”

Wenger was speaking at a news conference in Sydney as Arsenal prepare to begin their pre-season tour without Sanchez, who is on a break after the Confederations Cup.

Amid City’s reported interest, Wenger again said he was unwilling to sell to a Premier League rival.

“It’s a continuity of what I said at the end of the season,” the Frenchman sai 

Sanchez is out of contract in mid-2018 and Wenger remains hopeful the star forward will extend his stay at the Emirates Stadium.

“The easiest way to manage the players in the final year of their contracts is it’s in his interest to do as well as he can,” he said.

“Nobody knows today if Sanchez will be in the final year of his contract next season because he can as well extend his contract with us at the start of the season or during the season.

“It’s not necessarily the last year of his contract at Arsenal Football Club.”

Sanchez has been at Arsenal for three seasons and scored 24 Premier League goals in 2016-17.

Alexandre Lacazette completes move to Arsenal

Alexandre Lacazette signs for Arsenal  

Alexandre Lacazette has been announced as Arsenal’s latest signing, with the club confirming his arrival from Lyon.

Lacazette is understood to have become the Gunners’ record transfer, with the fee understood to be in the region of £46 million.

The club confirmed the news on Wednesday, indicating that that the French striker has agreed a long-term contract with the north London outfit.

“Alexandre Lacazette has agreed to join us on a long-term contract, for an undisclosed fee,” read a statement posted on the official Arsenal website.

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“He is expected to travel with the tour party to Sydney this weekend and is likely to make his home debut in the Emirates Cup on July 29 or July 30.

“The deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.”

The 26-year-old, who scored 37 goals in 45 appearances for Lyon last season, underwent a medical at London Colney on Tuesday, and eclipses Mesut Ozil – who cost £42.5m – as the most expensive purchase the Premier League club have made.

With hopes of signing Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe – a Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain target – fading, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger managed to convince another of Ligue 1’s star forwards to play at the Emirates Stadium.

Lyon club president Jean-Michel Aulas, who sanctioned the transfer on Sunday, has previously said the Premier League side must part with €65m to prise Lacazette away from Parc Olympique Lyonnais and the newly agreed deal includes bonuses worth £6m.

France international Lacazette was close to joining Atletico Madrid before the Spanish club’s transfer ban was upheld and Aulas confirmed via French news outlet Le Progres that Wenger’s side that the move is closer to €50m (£44m/$57m) rather than an “unrealistic” €65m (£57m/$74m).

Lacazette reveals inspiration behind Arsenal move

Lacazette reveals inspiration behind 'dream' Arsenal switch

The French striker claims he will realise a childhood dream by playing for the Gunners and trying to emulate his country’s greatest

Alexandre Lacazette hopes to follow in the footsteps of Thierry Henry at Arsenal after becoming the Premier League club’s record signing.

Lacazette completed his much-anticipated switch from Lyon to Emirates Stadium on Wednesday for a fee reported to be in the region of €60million.

The 26-year-old France striker has long followed Arsenal’s progress from his homeland due to the exploits of Henry and other Les Bleus stars in London.

“I am, of course. delighted and very proud too because Arsenal is a legendary club,” Lacazette, who admires the club’s “stability” under Arsene Wenger, told the Gunners’ official website.

“Throughout my childhood, thanks to Thierry Henry and other French players, I always dreamed of playing for this club so that dream has been fulfilled.

“[I like] Arsenal’s past – I like clubs with a history. Also the fact that the manager has been here for a while shows it is a stable club, which I like.


“In addition, there are quite a few French players here, which makes it easier to settle in.

“In my opinion, Arsenal is also the club that plays the best football in England so I really wanted to play here.

Lacazette arrives in the Premier League after a prolific return of 37 goals across 45 matches in 2016-17 helped Lyon to fourth place in Ligue 1 and a run to the semi-finals of the Europa League.

“When I play I like to use my pace to link up with my team-mates. As a forward, I like to score goals of course, but that not all that I’m about,” he said when discussing his style of play.

“Every time I take a shot at goal it’s because I believe I can score. I don’t just shoot for the sake of it.

“I also try to keep as calm as possible. All that is achieved by a lot of hard work in training.”

Lacazette added: “I want to give 100 per cent in every match. I want to show I’m worthy of the shirt. I want to do everything I can to make sure we win titles.”

Transfer News: Lacazette set for Arsenal move

Arsenal in advanced talks for €55m-rated Lyon striker Lacazette

While the Ligue 1 club do not want to part with the sought-after attacker, the Frenchman is believed to want to leave.

Arsenal are in advanced talks for €55 million-rated Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, Goalunderstands, although no fee has yet been agreed.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed talks have been held for Lacazette at a media conference introducing the signing of Mariano Diaz from Real Madrid, but said no deal has been reached.

“There are exchanges and it’s true that Arsenal are pressing,” Aulas told RMC. “But the moment has not come. I am not ready to give an agreement in the current conditions to Arsenal.”

The Gunners are €4m away from Lyon’s valuation of Lacazette, 26, and negotiations look set to continue over the coming days as Arsenal hope to seal the deal for the France international.

Alexandre Lacazette Lyon Europa League

It is believed Lacazette wants to leave Lyon and was set on a move to Atletico Madrid until the Spanish club’s transfer ban was upheld, preventing a move until January at the earliest.

Any move could end up costing the Gunners €55m (£48m/$63m) plus add-ons. There have been rumours of a swap deal involving Olivier Giroud but Aulas suggested it had not been discussed.

Instead, Diaz, who signed Friday after a reported €8m move, is expected to be Lacazette’s replacement.

The Gunners hope to keep Giroud, although they are prepared to let Lucas Perez – who joined last August but scored only once in 11 Premier League matches – leave the north London club this summer.

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