Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits he is a big fan of Riyad Mahrez; while the Gunners boss wants Lacazette to emulate Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Jack Wilshere drops down to Arsenal Under-23s squad to boost recovery; while Mesut Ozil poised to sign new Arsenal deal.
5. Mesut Ozil poised to sign new Arsenal deal
Arsenal are reportedly confident that playmaker Mesut Ozil is on the verge of signing a new contract with the club.
The 28-year-old is now into the last 12 months of his existing contract. Ozil has been in discussions with the Gunners over a new deal for the best part of the last year.
The major sticking point between the two sides has been wages, with the German thought to have been seeking at least double his current weekly pay of £140,000.
According to The Sun, Ozil’s representatives have been looking at potential new clubs for the player around Europe. But have failed to receive much interest, leading Arsenal to believe that their most recent offer of £225,000-a-week will now be accepted.
Ozil missed last weekend’s Community Shield win over Chelsea with injury. but has now returned to training and is in line to feature for his side in the Premier League opener.
4. Jack Wilshere drops down to Arsenal Under-23s squad to boost recovery
Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere is reportedly returning to action at Under-23 level in a bid to step up his comeback from injury.
The 25-year-old has been out of action since April when he broke his leg while on loan at Bournemouth.
Wilshere is not expected to feature for the Gunners in their Premier League opener against Leicester City on Friday evening.
According to Evening Standard, the club’s medical staff advising him to rack up game time at a lower level.
The midfielder could turn out for Arsenal U23s in their season curtain-raiser against Derby County on Monday evening.
Wilshere’s future at the London club is said to be uncertain as he enters the final year of his contract. But reports suggest that he is ready to fight for his place in the first team.
3. Arsene Wenger wants Lacazette to emulate Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has challenged striker Alexandre Lacazette to match the success of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his maiden Premier League campaign.
The France international joined from Lyon for a club-record fee of £46.5m earlier this summer. The French striker has been tasked with scoring the goals to fire the Gunners to title glory.
“With Lacazette it is simple,” Wenger told reporters. “He is an intelligent player who can integrate our game well as we have a game backed on mobility, technique. After that we get the efficiency. His record in France is to score one in 80 minutes. If he can maintain that record that would be ideal for us.”
“As a game is in 90 that would guarantee you a goal. Goalscoring record is not necessarily transferable from the French League to the English league, that’s for sure. But you could say that Ibrahimovic transferred an identical amount of goals from France to England. So that’s the target Lacazette should set.”