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Arsenal line up £35m Wilfried Zaha transfer to replace Alexis Sanchez at the Emirates

ARSENE WENGER wants Wilfried Zaha to replace Alexis Sanchez. The Arsenal boss is preparing for Sanchez’s departure and is ready to launch a £35m bid for the Crystal Palace talisman. The Eagles are determined to keep Zaha, 25, at Selhurst Park but are braced for interest in the Ivory Coast forward. Zaha has returned from […]

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ARSENE WENGER wants Wilfried Zaha to replace Alexis Sanchez.

The Arsenal boss is preparing for Sanchez’s departure and is ready to launch a £35m bid for the Crystal Palace talisman.

Arsene Wenger has targetted Wilfried Zaha as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez
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 Wilfried Zaha at last has something to smile about with Palace this season
Arsenal are planning a £35 million swoop for Wilfried Zaha
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The Eagles are determined to keep Zaha, 25, at Selhurst Park but are braced for interest in the Ivory Coast forward.

Zaha has returned from injury to earn Palace’s ONLY points of the season with the winner against Chelsea and last-gasp equaliser in their clash with West Ham.

He agreed a fresh five-year deal in the summer but interest in him has remained.

Tottenham were tracking Zaha’s progress since returning to Palace from Manchester United permanently almost three years ago.

 Flier Wilfried Zaha angles his Selhurst Park winner late in the first period
Wilfried Zaha was sidelined for nearly two month with a knee injury earlier this season
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 Wilfried Zaha scores an injury time equaliser to save Palace from another loss
Wilfried Zaha has scored two Premier League goals in five matches this season
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 The Arsenal striker was disappointed not to have signed on at the Etihad this summer
Alexis Sanchez future at Arsenal is unresolved and he could leave the club in January
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 Arsenal have been urged to sell Alexis Sanchez as soon as possible
Arsenal have been urged to sell Alexis Sanchez as soon as possible
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And Wenger believes he has the ability to replace Sanchez, who will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season or in January.

Sanchez’s departure will leave a huge gap in Wenger’s forward line and the Frenchman is already looking at his options.

Porto forward Yacine Brahimi has been scouted by Wenger but Zaha is seen as a player with proven track record in the Premier League.

Zaha started his career playing for Palace in the Championship but clubs no it will be almost impossible to keep him in the second tier should the club get relegated.

Palace headed into the international break rock bottom of the Premier League despite Zaha’s displays and are effectively seven points from safety given their goal difference.

 Arsene Wenger wants to keep Sanchez until the end of the season
Arsene Wenger wants to keep Sanchez until the end of the season but may be made to cut his losses in January
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 Arsenal will compete with AC Milan and Inter Milan in a £35m deal for Algerian international Brahimi
Algerian international Yacine Brahimi is also a target for Arsene Wenger
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Sven Mislintat joins Arsenal as head of recruitment after leaving Dortmund

ARSENAL have confirmed the appointment of Sven Mislintat as their new head of recruitment. Current chief scout Steve Rowley has stood down after 25 years’ service and the Gunners have acted fast to bring in his replacement. According to Sport Bild, Arsenal will pay Borussia Dortmund around £1.8million for the 45-year-old super scout – dubbed ‘Diamond […]

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ARSENAL have confirmed the appointment of Sven Mislintat as their new head of recruitment.

Current chief scout Steve Rowley has stood down after 25 years’ service and the Gunners have acted fast to bring in his replacement.

Arsenal have appointing Borussia Dortmund scout Sven Mislintat
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According to Sport Bild, Arsenal will pay Borussia Dortmund around £1.8million for the 45-year-old super scout – dubbed ‘Diamond Eye’.

In a statement, the Gunners were quick to point out Mislintat “is credited with creating the pipeline of young talent at Dortmund which has produced the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Shinji Kagawa and Ousmane Dembele.”

Arsene Wenger added: “We are delighted that Sven is joining us. Identifying and developing talent is a core part of our philosophy and Sven has an outstanding track record over many years.

“We would like to thank Steve Rowley for all his hard work over many years for the club.

“He has been a key figure in our recruitment of so many top players and has travelled thousands and thousands of miles, watching hundreds of games for us during his time at the club. We wish him well for the future.”


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Steve Rowley is leaving the Gunners after 25 years
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Arsene Wenger’s side have been quick to find a replacement for Steve Rowley
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Mislintat had a contract at Signal Iduna Park until 2021, and had been with the club since 2007.

He has also been credited for the discovery and signing of Robert Lewandowski from Lech Poznan.

Bild also report that Bayern Munich were keen on nabbing Mislintat, but he will not be the latest star to move to their rivals.


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Lewandowski, Mats Hummels and Mario Gotze have all made the switch to the Allianz Arena in recent years, though Gotze has since returned to Dortmund.

Mislintat’s signing comes after a fantastic weekend for Arsenal fans, after Arsene Wenger’s men beat rivals Tottenham 2-0 at the Emirates on Sunday.

And with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil’s future still unclear, Mislintat will have an influence on the Gunners’ business in January.

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Arsenal set to land Lyon star Nabil Fekir for club record £60million in January as Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil head for Emirates exit

ARSENAL are closing in on Lyon star Nabil Fekir, according to reports. Daily Star are reporting a deal worth more than £60million is close to being wrapped up by the Premier League side who are looking to add creative quality in January. A potential deal for the 24-year-old French international could mitigate to departures of […]

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ARSENAL are closing in on Lyon star Nabil Fekir, according to reports.

Daily Star are reporting a deal worth more than £60million is close to being wrapped up by the Premier League side who are looking to add creative quality in January.

Arsenal are close to landing Lyon forward Nabil Fekir
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A potential deal for the 24-year-old French international could mitigate to departures of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in the winter window.

The pair are free agents next summer with no suggestion either of them so far are prepared to sign new deals at the Emirates.

Manchester United are said to be monitoring Ozil’s situation with Sanchez almost certain to join Manchester City in January or for nothing next summer.

Fekir can operate as a central striker or in a withdrawn No.10 role with Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas dubbing the forward “my Lionel Messi”.

Nabil Fekir in action for France against Wales
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Arsene Wenger needs to add quality to his squad if he loses Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez
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Arsenal could offload Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in January
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The Gunners are no strangers to doing business with Lyon, with boss Arsene Wenger snapping up Alexandre Lacazette last summer for a club record £52m.

Arsenal are understood to be ready to accept as little as £30m for contract rebel Ozil, with a similar fee for Sanchez if Pep Guardiola comes knocking in January.


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Meanwhile, Olivier Giroud has withdrawn from the French squad ahead of Tuesday’s friendly with Germany in Cologne.

The striker suffered a thigh strain after scoring in last Friday’s win against Wales in Paris and is a major doubt for the North London derby on Sunday.

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Roy Hodgson wants Jack Wilshere at Crystal Palace to boost relegation fight and midfielder’s World Cup hopes

ROY HODGSON wants to sign Jack Wilshere in January to boost Crystal Palace’s hopes of avoiding relegation. Former England boss Hodgson believes Arsenal star Wilshere has the creative quality his side needs to climb out of the bottom three in the Premier League. The Telegraph say the Palace boss will try to tempt the midfielder […]

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ROY HODGSON wants to sign Jack Wilshere in January to boost Crystal Palace’s hopes of avoiding relegation.

Former England boss Hodgson believes Arsenal star Wilshere has the creative quality his side needs to climb out of the bottom three in the Premier League.

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The Telegraph say the Palace boss will try to tempt the midfielder to Selhurst Park in January with the lure of regular first team football.

And with Wilshere still retaining hopes about forcing his way into the England squad before the World Cup, swapping the bench for a starting role could be hard for the player to ignore.

The 25-year-old is yet to start a Premier League match for the Gunners this season after missing the first month of the campaign through injury.

Wilshere has put in the hours in training to get back to full fitness and produced a series of impressive displays in the Europa League and Carabao Cup.

Palace boss Roy Hodgson wants Wilshere to help his club climb away from relegation trouble
Palace boss Roy Hodgson wants Wilshere to help his club climb away from relegation trouble
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Jack Wilshere has yet to start a Premier League game for Arsenal this season
Jack Wilshere has yet to start a Premier League game for Arsenal this season
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But he is yet to gain the full trust of manager Arsene Wenger to name him from the start in the Premier League – and that has proved a big frustration.

Wilshere is desperate to force his way into the England reckoning ahead of the World Cup, but his lack of games cost him a call-up for the matches against Germany and Brazil.


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Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate says he couldn’t consider the Arsenal star because of his lack of game – and even when injuries struck he opted to turn to Jake Livermore and Jack Cork instead.

With a run of games and good form under his belt it seems logical Wilshere would be under consideration by Southgate, but until he plays that situation cannot change.

Hodgson is a huge fan of the midfielder, taking him to the World Cup in 2014 even though he was not fully fit and making it clear he would always start if possible.

That faith in his ability would be a big incentive for Wilshere to swap the Emirates for Selhurst Park on loan, even though his Arsenal contract expires at the end of the season.

Fellow strugglers West Ham have also retained a strong interest, and they would be open to a move in January if Wilshere became available.

Roy Hodgson took Jack Wilshere to the 2014 World Cup even though he was lacking fitness
Roy Hodgson took Jack Wilshere to the 2014 World Cup even though he was lacking fitness
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