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Arsenal round-up: Transfer confirmed, Emery favourite eyeing switch

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Arsenal round-up: Transfer confirmed, Emery favourite eyeing switch

A selection of news and gossip from Arsenal.

N’Zonzi waiting

Another day, another report concerning Steven N’Zonzi and it seems that the World Cup winner, just like the rest of us, is eagerly anticipating the end of what is proving to be the Arsenal saga of the summer – and Italian outlet Gazzetta, as shown by Sport Witness, claim he is holding out for a transfer.

Sevilla are playing hardball and are demanding any interested party, with Roma and Everton also in the hunt, must activate the 29-year-old’s release clause and then front his wage demands that are said to be in the region of €4m-a-year.

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Sporting want Perez

It is easy to forget that Lucas Perez is still on Arsenal’s books following his single season at the Emirates Stadium before returning to Deportivo on-loan last term, suffering relegation with his beloved club, but we can confirm he is still kicking about – even showing his face in pre-season!

Fans may not be set to see him on a more regular basis though as A Bola, cited by Sport Witness, have stated in their print edition that the 29-year-old is the favoured option for Sporting Lisbon this summer – although the Portuguese side will struggle to finance a deal.

Carjan on the way

Arsenal earned a reputation for securing top young talents during Arsene Wenger’s long stint at the Emirates Stadium and it seems things will not be changing under the guidance of Unai Emery, as a midfielder has confirmed his future switch.

Romanian talent Catalin Carjan has told Digi Sports in his homeland that he will be joining the Gunners when he turns 16 in December, having previously spent time on-trial in north London, and even suggested he could push into the first-team frame in the next two years.

“I will sign when I’m 16, but I do not want to come in, they’ve been watching me for more matches and that was it, after that they sent me the tickets to go to them, they told me that I was a good player and that they wanted [me] to go to the big team in two years.”

– Carjan will be a Gunner at the end of 2018.

Koscielny’s exit

We hate to be the bearers of bad news but Laurent Koscielny will not be an Arsenal player forever and the France defender has dropped a hint that he could leave when his current deal expires in 2020 in comments made to Nice-Matin.

Turning 33 next month, Arsenal should already be well into their preparations to find a long-term replacement for the experienced centre-back and fans will have a sneak preview of life without him at the start of the 2018-19 campaign as Koscielny is expected to be sidelined until the new year.

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