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Arsenal: Wenger for England; Morata latest; full-back targeted; Newcastle midfielder linked


Arsenal: Wenger for England; Morata latest; full-back targeted; Newcastle midfielder linked

Arsene Wenger has one year remaining on his Arsenal contract, and The Telegraph are reporting that the FA want to press ahead with talks with the Frenchman regarding the England job.

Though the Arsenal board are keen to hand Wenger a further extension, they are acutely aware of how divisive an issue this is with Arsenal fans.

Should Arsenal start next season strongly, it is likely they will try to capitalise on the good feeling around the club and offer Wenger two more years.

The FA however, want a decision soon from Wenger so that they can pursue other avenues should he turn them down.

The prospect of him in the England hot-seat is extraordinary but Wenger ticks a lot of boxes from the FA’s perspective.

Though a foreigner with vast experience, he is almost Anglicised in footballing terms having worked in England for 20 years and immersed himself in the culture.

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At their best, his teams play front-foot football based on possession and quick passing combinations in the final third.

England struggled to break down deep-lying defences in Euro 2016, and this is a conundrum that Wenger faces every week at Arsenal, unlike Sam Allardyce at Sunderland or Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace.

It has been widely reported that Wenger is also the players’ choice, who are said to be unimpressed by the quality of English candidates touted for the job.

Elsewhere, things may finally be moving on the striker front with Alvaro Morata returning to Real Madrid from Juventus after Los Blancos exercised their buy-back clause.

It is believed that Real will look to sell Morata on now that the option of using him as a bargaining tool to land Paul Pogba is no longer on the table.

Reports that Arsenal have an interest in Morata, as well as Romelu Lukaku and Alexandre Lacazette, persist with the Gunners forced to move on quickly following Jamie Vardy’s decision to stay at Leicester.

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Morata seems the best fit of those three strikers, though he is likely to cost in the region of £40 to £50million and Chelsea are circling.

The Spaniard is a mobile forward, who has the technical gifts to seamlessly tune into Arsenal’s intricate link up play.

He also has experience, though not much as a regular starter, of playing for big clubs in highly pressurised environments.

Morata’s goalscoring record looks underwhelming with seven goals in only 16 starts for Juventus last season.

He does have a happy to knack for scoring on the big occasion however, netting in a Champions League final, Coppa Italia final and at Euro 2016.

Links with Lacazette are reminiscent to past links with Loic Remy; a promising French striker with a solid goalscoring record.

However, you get the feeling that if Arsene Wenger really fancied him Arsenal would have put the money on the table in windows past.

Lukaku is a striker with genuine scope to improve, but when you consider Arsenal pushed for Vardy it seems Wenger wants to move away from a physical centre forward and change style slightly.

The Daily Express say that Arsenal and Liverpool are interested in German right-back Jonas Hector.

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Mathieu Debuchy is likely to move on having kicked up a fuss and forced a loan move to Bordeaux last January, Calum Chambers may also be loaned out and doubts remain over Carl Jenkinson’s future.

Another right back might not be a priority for Arsenal in this window, but they could end up with two Hectors competing for the same spot.

Finally, Arsenal have purportedly been dealt a ‘blow’ because Moussa Sissoko has turned them down.

You have to admire the persistence of Sissoko and his agent in trying to drum up interest, but Arsenal have no interest whatsoever in Sissoko.

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