There have been reports in the Spanish media outlet ‘El Mundo’ that the club are after 20 year old midfielder Sergi Samper. The title says that ‘He is ready to bring Samper to Arsenal, paying his clause of €12m. With Mathieu Flamini on the edge of a move to Turkey that would leave just Mikel Arteta as back-up for Francis Coquelin, meaning it would be plausible that Wenger is looking for another defensive midfielder.
Despite only being at the club a few weeks, Petr Cech says he’s enjoying life at Arsenal and that he thinks the whole squad are ambitious:
“What I’ve found is a group of players who work very hard and are focused on what they are doing on the pitch to get ready,” he said.
“I’ve found the team spirit quite extraordinary. Everybody pulls in the same direction, which is why I believe we will have a successful season.”
The Czech international believes the balance between youth and experience at Arsenal is such that it gives Arsene Wenger’s side a boost ahead of the new season.
“We have a good balance,” he said. “We have players with a lot of experience, who have won the World Cup for example, and young players who want to prove their point and play as much as possible.
“We have experienced players and hungry players so that balance gives us an advantage. Everything depends on how well we do on the pitch. We have to compete with the strongest teams.
“There are a lot of talented players in our team, but the real strength lies in our numbers. This squad has a number of players ready to compete for every position, and we will need them all during the course of the season.”
Flamini’s future at the Emirates Stadium has been in uncertainty lately in the midst of reports that Wenger was listening to offers for the defensive midfielder. After speculation with Galatasaray throughout the weekend, Turkish outlet Medya Haber says terms have been concurred with Arsenal for Flamini to leave the club.
They say the arrangement will be sealed in the following 48 hours, with the 31-year-old set to link up with Lukas Podolski who has already sealed a move to Galatasaray. The Frenchman has a year left on his Arsenal contract however the player has slipped behind Francis Coquelin in the pecking last season.
After Theo scored Arsenal’s first goal in the 3-1 victory over Everton in the Barclays Asia Trophy, the manager was asked about the future of the striker. With 12 months left on his contract he’s yet to agree a new deal with the club.
After the match yesterday Wenger was asked about the player and whether he would sign a new deal, this is what he had to say:
Wenger on if he has plans to discuss Walcott’s contract…
Yes, because he is close to the end of is contract next season.
Wenger on Theo Walcott…
He is sharp and prepared well. He is like every player – they look fit, close to full fitness. It’s quite amazing how the players are back to a good body shape and a good [level] of fitness because they prepare well. Now football has changed – they come back after holidays and they don’t start from zero. They have done their homework and he is one of them.
Last season Arsenal defence started with Thomas Vermaelen having just been sold, Per Mertesacker returning from the winning the World Cup with Germany and Laurent Koscielny carrying an Achilles problem.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, the Arsenal manager confirmed that the young Englishman would be used in the centre back role, as well as providing cover in the right back position for Hector Bellerin and Mathieu Debuchy.
“I will use Calum Chambers more as a central defender but he can also help out at right back as well,”
Chambers made 39 appearances in his debut season for Arsenal, including 23 appearances in the league and one goal which he scored against Burnley.