Arsenal Transfer News and Rumours Saturday 13 April


Podolski Frustrated Over Bench Role

Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski is apparently fearful for his future at the club after failing to start a game in over two months.

The German striker arrived from Cologne last summer in a move worth £10.3million but has scored just eight goals in 21 Premier League starts and five appearances off the bench. He last started a game for Arsenal in February and is expected to be on the bench today for the game with Norwich. However, a ‘source’ has told The Sun that while Podolski enjoys living in London he is concerned that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may have a problem with him.

“He is frustrated at not playing for such a long time,” the ‘source’ said.

“He is an experienced player and he wants to play football.”

Podolski has been linked with interest from Juventus who are expected to be in the market for a striker this summer.

Bayern In Koscielny Link

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny could be a summer target for Bayern Munich. That’s according to reports from Spain which speculate that after the France international was being tracked by Barcelona prior to joining Arsenal he could be a target once former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola takes over at Bayern at the end of the season.

Veteran Belgian centre-back Daniel van Buyten is expected to leave Bayern at the end of the season and Koscielny is being tipped as a replacement.

However, Arsenal could be in for Bayern centre-back Dante, possibly as part of the same deal, according to some reports. But the problems here are twofold: Dante’s age – he will be 30 in October – puts him at the higher end of Arsene Wenger’s criteria; while Dante has only been at Bayern for a year since moving from Borussia Monchengladbach for £4.5million last summer.

Rami Wants Big Move

Valencia centre-back Adil Rami has admitted he could be on his way out of the club this summer and says he wants to move to a bigger club.

The former Lille centre-back has been linked with a Arsenal but he has ruled out a move to big-spending Russias side Anzhi and is mindful of his chances of playing at the World Cup next year.

“I’m not going to Anzhi Makhachkala, even though I had a good proposition from the club,” he told French newspaper Le Parisien.

“I have not said my last word on the France team and I will consider this factor when choosing my future.?

“England? Could be … I need to be at a big club in Europe.”

Arsenal are said to be one of a number of clubs interested in the 27-year-old whose contract with Valencia expires at the end of next season.


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