Arsenal Gossip Round-Up: Ox Off, £30m Offer Prepared For Defender & Benzema Still A Target

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After yet another setback in Arsenal’s dim title challenge, the season seems all but over. The squad is lacking the quality needed to win the tile and it is clear reinforcements are needed this summer, here’s our Arsenal gossip round-up.

Oxlade-Chamberlain to be sold in summer overhaul (Daily Mirror)

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According to the Daily Mirror Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is Southampton’s number one target this summer as the club prepares to make a bid. Southampton are willing to make him their highest paid player and are even prepared to offer him vice-captaincy as they try to win over his services and bring him back to his childhood club.

Chamberlain’s current contract expires in 2018 and clubs have been alerted to this, they feel if the price is right they may be able to tempt Arsenal into selling their winger. It is said they are willing to offer him a huge contract and make him a senior player at the club if he was to re-sign for them.

Southampton will have to beat of several clubs for his services as Manchester City, West Ham, and Chelsea are all monitoring his current situation. See our analysis on whether or not Chamberlain would be a good signing for Southampton. 

Arsenal have their sights on Karim Benzema (Daily Mail)

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According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal will reignite their long-term interest in Real Madrid’s prolific striker Karim Benzema, the reports claim Real Madrid are keen on signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who has himself not hid his desire to play for the La Liga giants.

The report goes on to say Benzema’s availability may depend on an ongoing situation with regards to an investigation taking place after it was alleged Benzema was negotiating with a gang blackmailing his France international team-mate, Mathieu Valbuena. Benzema will be omitted from the France squad because of this and so will have a rest this summer.

If a deal for Aubameyang does go through, it is likely Arsenal will try and sign their long-term target Karim Benzema this summer.

Gunners to sign Leicester starlet Chilwell (Daily Mirror)

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Arsenal are reportedly back in for Leicester City’s defender Ben Chilwell after failing to secure his signature in January.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool are all monitoring his current situation as he has not yet signed a new contract with Leicester City as he feels he could get as much as £18,000 per week elsewhere. Although he is yet to sign a new contract the club remain hopeful he will before the summer.

If this deal was to go through it is likely it would end Kieran Gibbs’ nine-year stay with the club as he would be sold this summer.

Arsenal keen on signing Kostas Manolas (Telegraph)

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Arsenal are interested in bringing long-term target Kostas Manolas to the Emirates stadium this summer according to the Telegraph. The 24 years old Greek international was considered a target for Arsenal two years ago but were priced out of any deal, baulking at Olympiacos’ asking price.

Arsene Wenger knows he has to strengthen his side this summer and after what an abysmal season Arsenal’s defence has truly been exposed for its frailties.

Arsenal have reportedly revived their interest in Manolas and are hopeful of a deal this summer, although Chelsea remain favorites Arsenal are hopeful they can offer him Champions League football which will persuade his move. See our analysis on whether Manolas would be a good signing for Arsenal.