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Arsene Wenger says Jack Wilshere deserves an Arsenal contract extension that makes him happy and still believes the 26-year-old can be one of the club’s future leaders. Having returned from last season’s loan spell at Bournemouth with another injury and with his current deal set to end in June, few saw the midfielder’s long-term future […]

When Arsenal completed the signing of prospect Jordan McEneff last summer there was a considerable amount of excitement amongst the youth coaching staff that the Irishman could go on to become a fine player. His initial period of development at Arsenal, though, has been hampered by an injury that has prevented him from being able […]

According to leaked kit specialists Footy Headlines, Arsenal could be wearing a turquoise coloured third kit next season. The Gunners are also set to wear red and white at home (surprise, surprise) and a navy strip on their travels. The trio of new designs are rumoured to be the last that Puma make for the […]

Arsene Wenger says the arrival of Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi doesn’t alter the fact that he still has the final say on all Arsenal’s transfer business but he has admitted that change is needed on the recruitment front. The hiring of the German from Borussia Dortmund as the club’s new head of recruitment and […]

Arsenal face Crystal Palace tomorrow in the Premier League, in real need of three points and a win to boost the confidence. Here are some of the pictures from today’s training session, and there’s one face in particular people might not have expected to see with everything that’s going on and reports he’d been banished […]

• Michael Zorc unhappy with Arsène Wenger’s comments • Striker left out of Dortmund’s squad for Hertha showdown

Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, has hit out at Arsène Wenger after the Arsenal manager spoke admiringly about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Dortmund striker has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal and Wenger, asked about the Gabon international’s character, said: “Yes, a character can be very positive or very negative. Overall you look at achievement over career and if he has done well the character has been used in a positive way.”

Related: Sánchez-Mkhitaryan deal ‘likely to happen’, says Arsène Wenger

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• Swap with Manchester United’s Mkhitaryan ‘makes it smoother’• Manager interested in Aubameyang but Malcom unlikely to join

Arsène Wenger has made it clear that he expects to swap Alexis Sánchez for Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan, as he suggested the loss of Arsenal’s star player may not be as painful as it was in 2012 when Robin van Persie left for Old Trafford.

The Arsenal manager said Sánchez’s transfer to United was likely to happen and quickly, too – possibly in the next 24 to 48 hours. He also spoke candidly on Mkhitaryan, saying it was his understanding that the attacking midfielder would move in the opposite direction.

Related: Everton’s Cenk Tosun targets goals as Theo Walcott completes £20m move

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His departure for Everton is a symbol of the later Wenger years, of always being same old Theo when new Theo was required

In the end the writing on the wall was spelled out boldly enough for Theo Walcott to recognise the comfort zone was not really that comfortable at all. Perhaps the most surprising thing about the departure of a forward who spent more than a decade at Arsenal, mostly in this strange space where he grew older and signed new contracts while being judged about how far he was – or ever could reach – on the potential fulfilment scale, is that he uprooted at all. Walcott has in some ways been a perfect symbol of the later Wenger years: flashes of undeniable talent mixed with unreliability, a sense of sticking with the same old familiar tune rather than finding a way to fire up the rhythm.

Walcott always looked like the last person who would want out of Arsenal. It was a good life for him and his family and, as a decent and polite sort, he tended to prefer to play safe rather than agitate. The message this season, however, encouraged him to make a break for it and seek a new challenge. He could not get more than 63 minutes of Premier League football during a period where the team have struggled. Last weekend at Bournemouth, with no Alexis Sánchez, Mesut Özil or Olivier Giroud, the manager picked Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi to support Alexandre Lacazette in attack. Last season Welbeck and Iwobi scored four goals each. Walcott delivered 19. They were trusted to start and he was not. There was not much comfort to be found on that bench.

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• Turkey striker hopes to fill Romelu Lukaku void• ‘I want the club to push to the next level,’ Walcott says

Cenk Tosun believes he and Theo Walcott can fill the void created by Romelu Lukaku’s departure from Everton after the winger completed his move from Arsenal for an initial £20m.

Everton have spent more than £40m overhauling their attack this month with an initial £21m paid to bring Tosun from Besiktas followed by the arrival on Wednesday of Walcott. The England international ended a 12-year Arsenal career to become Sam Allardyce’s second signing as Everton manager. He is expected to earn £110,000 a week plus bonuses at Goodison Park – matching his Arsenal salary – over a three-and-a-half year contract.

Related: Manchester United may land Alexis Sánchez without Mkhitaryan move

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• Mourinho hopeful club’s robust finances can fund signing• Some disquiet at Old Trafford over stance of player’s agent

Manchester United could buy Alexis Sánchez from Arsenal even if Henrikh Mkhitaryan refuses to move the other way. José Mourinho hopes Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman, would sign off a deal financed without money from the Armenian’s sale.

Mino Raiola, Mkhitaryan’s agent, has claimed his player holds the key to Sánchez’s transfer to United in a transaction that would be worth around £60m once the Chilean’s fee and that of his agent are factored in.

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