Arsenal transfer news: Arsenal warned off Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Arsenal are preparing a second bid of £30 million for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after Borussia Dortmund rejected the first offer.
The Gabon international has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League after establishing himself as one of the leading marksmen in the Bundesliga, firing 26 goals last season.
Speaking to German magazine Kicker, Dortmund's sporting director Michael Zorc said: "We rely heavily on Aubameyang - that is no secret. I've heard a lot about this (a transfer to Arsenal) but I can say very clearly that it is blocked for him. He is simply not for sale."
Aubameyang has three years left on his contract after signing for the German club in the summer of 2013.
Aubameyang was in blistering form for a faltering Dortmund side last year and at 26 he may be at just the right age to make further progress in his career.
The allure of Champions League football that Arsenal can offer may swing things in their favour, however Dortmund appear to be reluctant sellers.
Should Arsenal firm up their interest there are few strikers available in Europe who could offer Arsene Wenger what he craves in a striker: pace, directness and goals.
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Hector Bellerin is to sign a new deal, according to reports.
The 20-year-old moved to Arsenal from Barcelona as part of the deal that saw Cesc Fabregas move to the Camp Nou.
Bellerin has been a revelation since coming into the Arsenal team last September. He has been solid at the back and offers a great outlet going forward. He has been capped at every level from U-16 to U-21 for Spain and will soon no doubt become a full international. Bellerin will most likely start the season as Arsenal’s first choice right back and is full deserving of his wage rise. If he continues on his current trajectory, Bellerin will soon knocking on Arsene Wenger’s door for improved terms yet again.
AC Milan's midfielder from France Jeremy Menez (R) fights for the ball with Empoli's defender Daniele RuganiAFP
Arsenal are apparently keen to land Juventus defender Daniele Rugani in a deal worth an estimated £15.4 million.
Rugani spent last season on loan at Empoli. Arsenal apparently had a bid rejected for the player, but are said to be willing to return with a fresh offer.
Juventus could make a handsome profit if they decide to sell a player they paid €3.5 million to take ownership of in 2012.
Arsenal could certainly do with reinforcements in defence, but a fee of £15m sounds a lot for a player who has admitted he must "be quicker on the ball." Rugani is the only outfield player in Serie A to turn out every minute of last season. He did not pick up a yellow last card last season which hints at pace and an ability to read the game, a tradition that is an natural in Italy as finding good wine.
"Rugani is a player of great promise and is such a good professional. We already noted his quality when he was in the Primavera youth team. He doesn’t pull back and is humble, so over these last few years his growth at Empoli has been exponential," said the Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci in discussing Rugani. The signing of the youngster would put question marks over the future of Per Mertesacker.
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Euro Papers: Arsenal poised to sign £25million William CarvalhoEurosport
Arsenal target William Carvalho has been sidelined for three months.
The injury looks set to rule the Portugal U-21 star out for between 10 and 12 weeks, which therefore means he is unlikely to leave Sporting Lisbon during the summer window.
Despite Francis Coquelin’s near meteoric rise last season, Arsenal are still a touch light in the holding midfielder department. Carvalho, who excelled for Portugal at the Euro U21s, is a deep lying midfielder in the mould of Xabi Alonso and has a reported £25 million release clause in his contract – a fee that would be well within Arsenal’s budget. That said, Carvalho’s injury looks to have put paid to any prospective deal until January at least.
The Express claim that the French international’s Real Madrid career is in doubt following the appointment of Rafa Beitez, who intends to use Cristiano Ronaldo as the focal point of the club’s attack. Benitez will give Ronaldo a central role which will see Benzema’s first-team opportunities limited.
Louis van Gaal’s United have been linked with the 27-year-old striker in recent weeks, but the report states that Arsenal are interested in bringing Benzema to England and will rival the Red Devils for his signature. Arsene Wenger apparently called his fellow Frenchman personally to discuss a move, but is willing to bide his time and see how Benzema’s situation unfolds.
Not a transfer window goes by without Arsenal being linked to Benzema, and this one is very much the same. There are doubts over whether Olivier Giroud will ever be the man to help fire the Gunners to the title, so it comes as no surprise to see Benzema – who has netted 133 goals in 281 appearances for Real Madrid – mooted for a switch to the Emirates once more.
Benzema is the man that everybody loves to hate at Real Madrid, and if reports are true that Ronaldo will be given the central striker’s role then the Frenchman could well look for a move elsewhere. Would he favour Arsenal over United, though?
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Former Arsenal favourite Marc Overmars is director of football at the Amsterdam club, and he has been monitoring Sanogo's situation with a deal all but agreed between the clubs.
Sanogo spent the second half of last season on loan at fellow Premier League club Crystal Palace, scoring one goal in 11 matches. He has scored only one goal for Arsenal, making only eight starts out of 19 in all competitions.
Sanogo signed on a free transfer from Auxerre two years ago, but has yet to provide evidence that he will be a long-term solution for Arsenal up front. Simply can't get enough opportunites at the Emirates in what has been a frustrating time. Remains a work in progress, and it would make perfect sense for his development to turn out for Ajax for a season in the Eredivisie. Perhaps with a view to a permanent move if he does well. Or even a return to London.
Everton will provide solid competition for Fenerbahce, who are also reportedly keen on Ospina. Now the Colombian has proven himself as a capable stopper in the world's most lucrative league, it would take a very big wage offer from Fenerbahce to lure him to the Turkish league instead.
Arsenal have left Jon Toral and Wellington Silva out of their pre-season tour squad, with reports mounting that they're on their way out of the club.
Toral was signed at the same time was Hector Bellerin but has suffered from serious injury problems over the past few years, while Wellington has played abroad in a bid to earn a work permit, but neither have done enough to merit a place on the tour.
The pair's time at the club is probably coming to an end. Failing to make the squad for a pre-season tour when the only confirmed senior absentees are Alexis Sanchez and David Ospina, due to their participation in the Copa America, paints their future in a bad light.
Arsene Wenger will look to raise some money and invest in areas of the squad that need strengthening ahead of the new season, particularly in defensive midfield or attack.
Arsenal have reportedly made an enquiry about Roma's Kostas Manolas.
The Greek defender is currently on holiday ahead of the new season but Arsenal have reportedly contacted his agent, Mino Raiola, about his availability.
Manolas is also on the radar of the Gunners' North London rivals Tottenham, but Roma are likely to fight off all offers with everything they have.
After losing the likes of Marquinhos and Medhi Benatia in recent years, the Serie A outfit will be keen to keep hold of their defensive talents in future.
This would be a good signing, on paper. However, the different between signing defenders to signing attackers is that while playmakers and goalscorers can come into a side and, for the most part, add their talents to the team's current abilities, a defender must slot in fluidly with the other three men in that back line.
So, if Roma fight hard to keep Manolas and demand a large transfer fee, would it really be worth it when Arsenal could recruit an equally-useful defender for less money with a little extra scouting work?
Kostas Manolas e Icardi en el Inter-RomaEFE
Mikel Arteta has signed a new one-year contract with Arsenal despite missing the second half of last season due to a calf injury.Arsene Wenger's side delayed agreeing a new contract despite the Spanish midfielder's willingness to stay at the Emirates Stadium.
The Daily Mail claims Arsenal were assessing their options before offering Arteta a new contract.
Arteta last turned out for Arsenal in the Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund on November 26.
He will begin next season having not appeared in a Premier League match for eight months.
Arsenal's decision to stick with Arteta is likely to cool their interest in prospective alternatives. Sporting Lisbon's William Carvalho and Artuto Vidal have been touted as possible alternatives. But Arsenal are unlikely to be spending any more money before they begin their pre-season tour of Sinagpore later this month. It could be regarded as risk by Wenger to place his faith in Arteta's fitness if he breaks down again this season.
Sporting Lisbon's newly-appointed head coach Jorge Jesus has stressed that midfielder William Carvalho will be staying at the club this summer, despite being heavily linked with a move to Arsenal.
Arsenal have been linked with a move for the holding midfielder for more than a year but so far have not made a concrete offer to sign the 23-year-old.
Carvalho impressed during the recent Euro U21 tournament in the Czech Republic, being voted player of the tournament despite missing the decisive penalty in the final against Sweden.
His new manager sees him as a key part of the Sporting lineup, however, telling Portuguese television network SIC:
"William is a certainty. Sporting has young people who are already certainties, are not hopes or doubts. William will be enhanced if the team is also.
"Only players who value the team respond to winning titles. He's a player with features to play more. I have no doubt that with me will play more."
William Carvalho Imago
William Carvalho, like so many defensive midfielders before him, is rumoured to be the one that Arsene Wenger will sign and turn into the new Gilberto Silva or Patrick Vieira... or Emmanuel Petit. But like so many other cases in recent times, it's probably not going to happen.
Carvalho is still very raw in certain aspects of his game and it would be a huge call to make him Arsenal's first-choice holding midfielder now. Equally, paying £25m or thereabouts for backup to Francis Coquelin is probably not the wisest investment when a major forward signing is also needed.
Arsenal are ready to offer £17.8million for Karim Benzema with Real Madrid ready to sell, according to reports.
Having secured a deal for goalkeeper Petr Cech, Arsene Wenger is said to have turned his attentions to adding a top class striker to his ranks.
If Arsenal – or anyone can sign a player of Benzema’s calibre – for a fee as low as £17.8million then they should immediately do so. Make no mistake about it; Benzema is a forward of the highest calibre, who could turn Arsenal from Premier League also-rans into Champions League contenders. He is that good, so why on earth Madrid would let him go for such a pittance is anyone’s guess.
Arsenal's Santi CazorlaPA Photos
The Times claim that Cazorla, who has one year left on his deal at Atletico, may seek a return to Spain this summer with Atleti known admirers.
With Turan looking certain to leave Vicente Calderon this summer, a mutually beneficial arrangement could be struck involving a swap of the two players.
Arda Turan is a fantastic footballer but it would be serious folly for Arsenal to let a player as important as Cazorla leave the club. The Spaniard was instrumental in Arsenal’s renaissance last season; he was a revelation at the base of Arsenal’s midfield.
Turan certainly appears to have the skillset to suit the hustle and bustle of the Premier League but that does not mean he would necessarily excel there. He would represent a risk. If Arsenal can get a deal done whereby the Turkish international joins without Cazorla leaving then they should get such a deal done but not at the expense of Cazorla.
Arsene Wenger is said to be a huge fan of the 23-year-old and is believed to have made Carvalho their new top target.
Manchester United are also keen on the Sporting midfielder but are reportedly lagging behind Arsenal in their efforts to sign him.
Carvalho, who was voted the player of the Under-21 European Championships, could fetch a fee of around £18million.
However, although it would be no surprise if Wenger is a fan, this could well be a simple case of linking a young player with the gaps in Arsenal’s squad following some outstanding performances.
JULY 1st, 2015
Arsene Wenger has been accused of misleading Wojciech Szczesny, reports the Metro.
Arsenal finally completed their protracted move for Petr Cech on Monday, which cast further doubt over the future of Szczesny.
Szczesny has not played in the Premier League since being dropped following the defeat at Southampton on New Year's Day.
Legendary Polish keeper Jan Tomaszewski believes that Wenger, may have misled Szczesny over his pursuit of Cech.
“In January I spoke to [Poland manager] Adam Nawalka and he said that Arsene Wenger had told him that if Szczesny worked hard in training he would play again soon,” he told Polish newspaper Przeglad Sportowy.
“It turned out that he didn’t tell the truth. I’m sure that when Szczesny said that he was going to stay at Arsenal, he didn’t know that Cech was going to come because Wenger didn’t tell him about his plans.
It would have been highly remiss of Arsenal not to move for a goalkeeper of Cech’s quality when it became apparent that they could get a deal done. At 25, Szczesny remains relatively young for a goalkeeper and could do a lot worse than further himself from learning from a player of Cech’s calibre.
JUNE 30th, 2015
Arsenal will not move for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal after changing their transfer strategy, according to reports.
Morgan Schneiderlin was also a rumoured target, but the emergence of Francis Coquelin and versatility of Aaron Ramsey - plus a host of other midfield options - has apparently prompted Arsene Wenger to reshuffle his shopping list.
Arturo Vidal (Reuters)Reuters
Although Arsenal have a wealth of central midfield options, they lack gritty defensive midfielders. Vidal is too attacking to fit that brief, despite his feisty nature, but Schneiderlin could prove the perfect acquisition given his appetite for protecting the back four.
He has formed a solid partnership with Victor Wanyama - a somewhat unsung player - and looks comfortable in the Premier League. Does his lack of European experience worry Wenger? Perhaps, but if he doesn't move for the Frenchman in this window then someone else will.
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JUNE 29th, 2015
LYON STRIKER ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE AVAILABLE FOR £21 MILLION
Lyon are willing to sell striker Alexandre Lacazette for £21 million, claim the Telegraph.
Lacazette is one Europe’s most sought-after players after scoring 30 goals in 40 appearances last season.
Lyon were ready to reject all offers for the youngster but have now accepted that it may have to sell their star after contract negotiations broke down.
Reports in France suggest that an offer of £21 million would be bough to persuade Lyon to sell, with Arsene Wenger said to be very interested in the player.
This could turn out to be a very fruitful window for Arsenal - having secured the services of Petr Cech, Arsenal look a top class striker away from becoming an elite European football club.
Lacazette looks that top level forward and, for a player of his calibre, £21 million is a very good price. If Arsenal sign him then they would have to be one of – if not the favourites – for the league next season.
Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette (L) challenges Lille's Simon Kjaer during their French Ligue 1 soccer match at Pierre Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve d'AscqReuters
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26th JUNE 2015
CECH HAVING MEDICAL WITH DEAL AGREED
Arsenal are inching ever closer to the capture of Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, according to BBC reporter David Ornstein.
Ornstein is pretty reliable when it comes to all things Arsenal and seems to have a well-placed source. As such, you can assume this report is legitimate and that Cech is probably hours away from becoming an Arsenal player. And what a coup it will be. Taking arguably the third best goalkeeper in the league away from Chelsea is a fantastic piece of business, even if Thibaut Courtois is one of only two goalies actually better than the Czech.
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25TH JUNE 2015
Arsenal could lose Laurent Koscielny to Real Madrid, according to a report in Thursday's Daily Mirror. With Sergio Ramos seemingly set for the exit, the paper reports that Real Madrid are going to bid £21m for the Gunners defender as a replacement.
Arsene Wenger is said to be very wary of selling up; as he made clear in the interview with Arsenal's official SoundCloud page, he thinks the world of a player he has brought in and nurtured for several years.
The problem, of course, is that if Real Madrid also think the world of Koscielny, he will be off - especially if Rafa Benitez promises him status as the new Sergio Ramos.
Koscielny isn't as good as Ramos, but he would be considerably cheaper than what Real Madrid would sell Ramos for and there aren't that many great centre-back options out there. Arsenal won't want to sell the Frenchman, but if they can get closer to £25m, it wouldn't be bad business. That's a hefty chunk of change for a 29-year-old and if Real Madrid don't want to pay up, they can always keep him, just like they want to.
Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger (L) and Arsenal's French defender Laurent Koscielny look out from an open top bus during the Arsenal victory paradeAFP
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24TH JUNE 2015
It seems that Arsenal's search for a defensive midfielder may soon be over amid growing speculation that a deal has been agreed with Southampton for French international Morgan Schneiderlin.
It's suggested that Arsenal have offered the £24m fee that Southampton are looking for, with Schneiderlin said to be very keen on a move to the Emirates.
France midfielder Morgan SchneiderlinEurosport
That led to a furious response on Twitter from the former Strasbourg trainee, who has been at St Mary's since 2008.
After a successful season that saw Southampton qualifying for the Europa League, it seems that he will be allowed to go this time.
Morgan Schneiderlin has been an obvious transfer target for Arsenal for more than a year, so it seemed strange that the Gunners had apparently gone cold on him. If the rumours of a £24m deal are true it seems a fair price for an impressive midfield player who offers a similar level of passing accuracy to Mikel Arteta from the deeper-lying role.
He could play alongside Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin or Santi Cazorla in a variety of systems and, alongside Petr Cech, will be an excellent addition if Arsenal can get him.
19TH JUNE 2015
Adrien Rabiot has put Arsenal and Tottenham on red alert by handing in a transfer request at PSG.
Adrien Rabiot’s future has been up in the air for some time now – the talented midfielder who was briefly on the books of Manchester City as a youngster has been the periphery of the PSG team.
He has interested a host of Premier League clubs and was thought to be on the cusp of a move to Tottenham in January; while Arsenal are also known to be keen admirers.
However, the France U21 international elected to bide his time in the French capital but his patience has now run out, as his mum and agent Veronique revealed in an interview with Le Parisien.
“Adrien loves PSG, he’s attached and would love to make a career for himself there, but it’s not possible,” the Daily Mail reports she told Le Parisien.
‘”He needs 35 games per season to continue his progression, and this won’t happen at PSG next season.
“I’ve asked for a transfer."
France's midfielder Adrien Rabiot (L) is congratulated after scoring a goal by France's defender Benjamin Mendy (R) during the U-21 friendly football match between France and Paraguay at the Leo Lagrange Stadium in Besancon, eastern France, on June 16, 20AFP
Rabiot would represent a fine signing for Arsenal as he would provide further depth at the base of Arsenal’s midfield. Francis Coquelin has been a revelation in this season but Arsene Wenger would be foolhardy not to get competition/cover there.
Furthermore, Rabiot would add another dynamic to the Arsenal midfield as he is as adept at breaking up play as he is setting attacks in motion. However, Rabiot, as stated by his agent, is after first team guarantees and he would not be afforded that luxury at Arsenal where he would also not be a certain starter.
17TH JUNE 2015
Betfair have suspended betting on Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech moving to Arsenal after he was heavily backed for the move at odds as short as 1/10.
Cech has made it clear to Chelsea that he wants to stay in London, making Arsenal heavy favourites for his signature.
Petr Cech is on the verge of a move to ArsenalGetty Images
Although Blues manager Jose Mourinho is reluctant to sell Cech, the Czech international, who has one year left on his contract, is determined to leave after losing his place in the starting XI.
His signing would be a major coup for Arsenal, who have struggled to find a consistent number one in recent seasons, and it seems that the move is now close to completion.
Any transfer between rivals Chelsea and Arsenal is going to be a delicate negotiation but it seems that all three parties are now open to the move. Cech is too good to be a reserve goalkeeper and, at 33, could easily play at the top level for another five years. If Arsenal can get it over the line, it will be a major step towards a title challenge.
16TH JUNE 2015
The 30-year-old, who scored twice against the Turkish side in last season's Champions League, spent the second-half of last season on loan at Inter Milan and appears to be surplus to requirements at the Emirates.
Speaking about a potential transfer last week, Podolski said: "It looks like I will return to London but things can change in the upcoming weeks or even days."
It seems that Podolski was right with his latter prediction.
The moment Lukas Podolski was allowed to joint Inter Milan on loan last season his fate was sealed. Already on the fringes of the Arsenal team, the 30-year-old's chances of playing are only becoming more remote as time goes by. With Euro 2016 on the horizon, the 30-year-old needs to be playing regularly to secure his place in the Germany squad for the tournament and he will get that if he joins Galatasaray.
15TH JUNE 2015
Liverpool have already turned down a £30 million bid from Manchester City for the wantaway player.
Sterling is said to favour a return to London having moved to Liverpool from QPR in 2010 but Liverpool are insistent that the player is not for sale.
However, if a club were to lodge a bid of £50 million then the Anfield club may be swayed.
Do Arsenal really need Sterling? He would not be a guaranteed starter at the Emirates, such is the attacking wealth at Arsene Wenger’s disposal. If he were available for £10-15 million then a move would be justifiable but at £50 million it isn't.
Sterling may want to move back to London but, in all probability, the only club in England who could afford him AND be willing to pay that sort of money are Manchester City.
14TH JUNE 2015
Carl Jenkinson celebrates scoring his first goal for ArsenalReuters
"[Jenkinson] has had a great season for me and he has moved forward and overall he has gained a lot of confidence," said Wenger last month.
"The decision I have to make is do I bring him back now or does he need one more year now to play in the Premier League. It's not decided yet.”
Carl Jenkinson in action for West Ham against ChelseaReuters
Arsenal are certainly well stocked in the right back position with Hector Bellerin, Mathieu Debuchy and the versatile Calum Chambers all able to play there.
It's unlikely that any deal will be agreed until after the 2015 UEFA U21 Championship, with Jenkinson selected in the England squad for the tournament which starts on Wednesday.
OUR VIEW: Another season on loan for Carl Jenkinson makes total sense with Mathieu Debuchy and Hector Bellerin covering the right back spot for Arsenal at present. If Jenkinson can back up his impressive year at West Ham with another excellent campaign on loan then he could still become a regular at the Emirates in the years to come. He's a very popular figure at the club having been an Arsenal fan growing up and Arsene Wenger will be hoping he can continue his rapid improvement, whether that's at Sunderland or not.
11TH JUNE 2015
FENERBAHCE BID FOR JOEL CAMPBELL - Reports suggest that Turkish side Fenerbahce have offered €10m (£7.3m) for Arsenal and Costa Rica forward Joel Campbell, who spent the second-half of last season on loan at Villarreal. Real Sociedad are also said to be interested in the 22-year-old, meaning a bidding war could be on the cards.
After three seasons on loan it seemed as if Campbell would finally get a chance in the Arsenal side this season after an impressive World Cup showing with Costa Rica. However, Campbell got just four Premier League games for the Gunners before being sent out on loan to Villarreal. His next move is likely to be a permanent one.
Joel Campbell has made just four Premier League appearances for ArsenalEurosport
OUR VIEW: After playing in five different countries in the last five years, it's time for the nomadic Joel Campbell to settle down and develop the talent he showed at the World Cup. He is a long way from getting into the Arsenal team at present, behind the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott, and he must know it's time to go.
10 JUNE 2015
PSG PULL OUT OF CECH RACE - ARSENAL MOVE NEARS
OUR VIEW: Jose Mourinho does not like selling to rival clubs, but Cech's desire to stay in London has left Chelsea with little option. Despite his age (33) and position as a clear number two to Courtois, Cech will not come cheap and Mourinho has also mooted a possible part-exchange deal.
DIABY AND MIYAICHI SET FOR EXIT
Abou Diaby and Ryo Miyaichi are set to leave Arsenal after being included on the Premier League's free transfer list. Strictly speaking, the players could still be offered new contracts before 30 June, but it is likely that both have played their last game for the club. Semi Ajayi, Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill, Jack Jebb, Austin Lipman and Josh Vickers are also set for release.
OUR VIEW: Diaby's terrible injury problems restricted him to 124 appearances in nine seasons, and while many Arsenal fans will be sad to see him go, there is little chance of him establishing himself as a first-team fixture. We can only hope his health holds up well enough for him to continue his career elsewhere.
9 JUNE 2015
ARSENAL CAN HAVE BRAHIMI FOR £40m
Sky Italia is reporting that Porto have named their price for attacking midfielder Yacine Brahimi, and will let him go to Arsenal for £40m. Arsene Wenger is a long-time admirer of the Algerian international, who started his professional career in France with Rennes.
OUR VIEW: Wenger has shown he is prepared to spend big money - but will not pay more for Brahimi than the laid out on Alexis Sanchez last summer. It seems the clubs are currently far apart in their valuation of the player.
FC Porto's Yacine Brahimi in actionAFP
8 JUNE 2015
LUKAS PODOLSKI HINTS AT SUMMER MOVE
Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has hinted at a possible summer transfer during a press conference for the Germany national side. Podolski, who is part of the Germany squad for Wednesday's friendly against USA, is expected to leave the Emirates this summer after a disappointing six-month loan spell at Inter Milan. The 30-year-old has dismissed links with Bundesliga side Werder Bremen but knows he could soon be on the move.
He said: "It looks like I will return to London. But things can change in the upcoming weeks or even days. If need be, I will be at Arsenal next season. It's a great club, and I think that I can help the team."
OUR VIEW: Lukas Podolski is a big fan-favourite at Arsenal for his activity on social media but most people know it's now time for him to move on. After falling out of contention in the first half of last season, Podolski did nothing to improve his reputation during an underwhelming spell at Inter Milan. With Arsenal expected to sign a top-class forward this summer, competition will only become more fierce, and Podolski, now the wrong side of 30, should leave for the sake of his international career.