Gabriel joins Valencia from Arsenal

Arsenal have sold Gabriel to Valencia for a fee understood to be £10m.

The Brazilian defender had fallen down the pecking order under Arsene Wenger after signing from Villarreal in January 2015, following the arrivals of Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi.

Gabriel made 64 appearances for the Gunners during his two and a half years at the club, soring once and winning the FA Cup on two occasions.

The 26-year-old made just 19 Premier League appearances in his final campaign at the Emirates Stadium.

Valencia announced the signing in a statement on their official website.

It read:

“Valencia have reached an agreement with Arsenal for the transfer of … Gabriel Paulista.

“The Brazilian player has signed for the next five seasons until June 30, 2022, with a termination clause of 80 million euros.”

Gabriel sustained a serious knee injury in Arsenal’s final Premier League game of last season and did not feature in pre-season.

Gabriel could be the first of a number of departures at the Emirates, with Lucas Perez, Calum Chambers and Joel Campbell also linked with moves away.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have turned down an approach by Inter Milan to sign Mustafi on loan

Nigerian Billionaire Aliko Dangote to sack Arsene Wenger if he buys Arsenal

Arsene Wenger looks set to be sacked as Arsenal manager if billionaire Aliko Dangote buys the club.

The Nigerian, who is Africa’s richest man, is said to be planning a takeover bid once construction of an oil refinery in Lagos is completed.

And his main priority is to axe Wenger, who has been in charge since 1996 and extended his stay until 2019 by signing a two-year contract this summer, according to the report in theDaily Star.

“The first thing I would change is the coach,” Dangote said.

“He has done a good job, but someone else should also try his luck.”

The majority of Arsenal’s shares are controlled by two individuals, American Stan Kroenke, who owns around 66% of the club, while Uzbek-born Russian Alisher Usmanov possesses roughly 30%.

However, Dangote is confident of striking a deal with both individuals. He told Bloomberg:

“If they get the right offer, I’m sure they would walk away.

“Someone will give them an offer that will make them seriously consider walking away. “And when we finish the refinery, I think we will be in a position to do that.”

EPL result – Super subs Ramsey and Giroud complete Arsenal comeback victory against Leicester

Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City

Substitute Olivier Giroud headed in a dramatic late winner as Arsenal fought back to beat Leicester City in a thrilling start to the 2017-18 Premier League season.

Arsene Wenger’s men were 3-2 down with seven minutes remaining but goals from substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud stole the game from under Leicester’s noses.

Alexandre Lacazette headed the Gunners ahead 94 seconds into his top-flight debut, only for Shinji Okazaki to nod in an equaliser just two minutes later.

Vardy then slid the visitors ahead from Marc Albrighton’s cross, before Danny Welbeck drew Arsenal level at the end of a pulsating opening half.

Leicester took the lead again when Vardy headed in Riyad Mahrez’s corner before Arsene Wenger made an inspired double substitution which sparked Arsenal’s comeback.

Substitute Ramsey smashed in an angled drive – from a corner which was won after Mesut Ozil handled in the build-up – before Giroud showed athleticism and strength to meet Granit Xhaka’s corner.

Arsenal started the new Premier League season having won just one of their previous five opening matches – all of which were also home fixtures.

Giroud’s days at Arsenal appeared to be numbered following the arrival of fellow France striker Lacazette from Lyon for a club-record £46.5m fee.

And Wenger revealed after Friday’s win that Giroud, who has scored 97 goals in 231 appearances since joining from Montpellier in 2012, could have left the Gunners this summer.

“At one stage I opened the door for him as I knew I had many strikers, and in the end he decided to stay,” said Wenger.

“He doesn’t want to leave and I’m happy he wants to stay.”

The 30-year-old wasted no time in proving his worth with another vital goal after coming on as a substitute.

Giroud offers a different, more physical option for Wenger, but is hoping for a more substantial role at the club.

Since the start of last season, he has scored seven Premier League goals when coming off the bench – three more than any other player in the same period.

“I prefer to be on the pitch as much as I can but I want to help the team reach the targets,” he said.

2017 Community Shield: Courtois and Morata miss penalties as Arsenal beat Chelsea to win community shield

Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea (PK 4-1)

Alvaro Morata and Thibaut Courtois missed penalties as Arsenal won the Community Shield with a dramatic 4-1 shootout victory over 10-man Chelsea.

Premier League champions Chelsea had gone ahead through Victor Moses, before Pedro was sent off for an ugly lunge on Mohamed Elneny.

From the resulting free-kick, debutant Sead Kolasinac headed the Gunners level to take the match to penalties.

The shootout – the first in English football to follow the ABBA format- saw Chelsea miss back-to-back penalties to allow Olivier Giroud to win the match from the spot.

Trailing 2-1 in the shootout, Courtois took Chelsea’s second kick but failed to equalise, blazing over, before club-record signing Morata fired wide.

That handed Arsenal the initiative, allowing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to score before Olivier Giroud netted the decisive strike to secure the Shield, and a timely boost ahead of their Premier League opener against Leicester on Friday Night Football.

Alexis Sanchez was present as a spectator, as was Eden Hazard but Diego Costa remained in exile.

Alexis Sanchez meets with PSG sporting director ahead of move

PSG are also ready to make a £70m offer for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 28 and offer him £400,000 a week.

Alternatively, PSG will make a £35m offer for Alexis Sanchez next week.

The dynamic Chilean forward has just 12 months left on his Arsenal contract and has been linked with several of Europe’s top clubs this summer.

Alexis Sanchez and his representatives were in Paris on Friday to meet with Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Antero Henrique.

Henrique and his assistant travelled to the United States with PSG last weekend but returned to Europe before the club’s International Champions Cup opener against Roma in Detroit because of urgent transfer business.

According to the source, that transfer business concerns Sanchez and Neymar, and Henrique swiftly moved to London after his return to Europe.

Henrique’s flying visit to London was fruitful as he then received Sanchez and his representatives, including agent Fernando Felicevich, at Le Royal Monceau in Paris.

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny joins Juventus on a four-year deal

​Wojciech Szczesny has completed a reported £10million move from Arsenal to Serie A champions Juventus.

The Poland international has agreed a four-year contract with the Serie A champions, where he will provide competition for Gianluigi Buffon
The Pole fell out of favour at the Emirates when Arsene Wenger opted to bring Petr Cech to the club two years ago, and enjoyed a good season on loan at Roma last season.

However, it is Roma’s Serie A rivals Juventus who has won the race to sign the goalkeeper permanently, even though he knows he’ll have to play second fiddle to “legend” Gianluigi Buffon for the time being.

The Polish international played 38 times for Roma last season and kept 14 clean sheets – the most in Serie A.

“I’m delighted to be at Juventus,” he told reporters.

“I’ve spoken to Gianluigi Buffon — a true legend of the game.

“When you join Juve, it’s because you’ve been chosen. I didn’t hesitate one moment before coming here

“I’m ready to take on this challenge, Juventus is the best possible choice for my career. I’m 27 years old and I want to win.

“At this club there’s the right mentality to do so — I hope that we’ll succeed in winning the Champions League.”

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny arrives for Juventus medical ahead of £10m move


Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has arrived in Italy with a view to completing a move to Juventus.

The Serie A champions tweeted a video of the Poleintroducing himself to the Turin club’s fans.

It has been reportedthat Arsenal have accepted a £10m bid for 27-year-old Szczesny, who has spent the past two seasons on loan at Roma.

Szczesny played in 38 Serie A games last term and finished with 14 clean sheets, the most in the league.

He has made 132 appearances for Arsenal in his eight years at the club and has won 28 caps for his country.

Though Szczesny was highly regarded by Arsene Wenger he had struggled to convince some at the Emirates who doubted his attitude after an incident in January 2015 when he was fined £20,000 for smoking in the changing room showers after a defeat to Southampton.
David Ospina is also expected to depart this summer, with Turkish side Fenerbahce consistently linked with a move for the Colombian international, paving the way for the highly-regarded Emiliano Martinez to serve as Petr Cech’s back-up next season.