Arsene Wenger has admitted he “dreams” of signing Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.
Arsenal tabled two bids for the Uruguay international in the summer after they were led to believe an offer of over £40 million would trigger a clause in his contract.
That was eventually proved to be false and Suarez – despite his desire to swap Anfield for the Emirates – stayed put.
However, Wenger has now admitted he still admires the in-form star and refused to rule out making another bid in January.
He told Telefoot: “He is an angel.
“He turns into a demon when he is on the pitch. We all dream of having players like that. According to information I had about him, he is beyond reproach away from the pitch.
“He has a provocative personality. All the English defenders hate to play against him.”
Arsenal are eyeing a move for Hoffenheim winger Kevin Volland.
Blessed with blistering pace and mazy dribbling skills, the 21-year-old has emerged as a genuine talent this season and has alerted a number of English clubs.
Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool are also watching him, according to the Daily Mirror, and a bidding war could ensue when the transfer window reopens in January.
Volland is valued at around £12 million – a figure well within Arsenal’s budget.
Mesut Ozil has issued a grovelling apology to Arsenal fans after he decided against applauding the travelling support following the Gunners’ 6-3 defeat to Manchester City.
The £42.5 million signing from Real Madrid was berated by compatriot Per Mertesacker – as GunnersWatch reported earlier today – for his failure to show his appreciation to the support after Saturday’s loss at the Etihad Stadium.
However, he has now taken to Facebook to apologise.
He wrote: “Sorry I didn’t thank the fans at the end of the game!
“You have been brilliant to me and I know you had travelled a long way and spent your money to support us. I was upset with the result and know I should have come to you to say ‘thank you’ and I know it is a big Arsenal tradition win, lose or draw.”
Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal had a “bad day” on Saturday as they were thrashed 6-3 by Manchester City.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men ran riot at the Etihad Stadium and Wenger was disappointed with his side’s defensive indiscipline throughout.
Speaking after the game, he said: “It is not beyond a bad day, it is a bad day. We conceded six goals, we lost our discipline at end and were too open when I took [Mathieu] Flamini off.
“Out of the six goals we gave them five and when we came back to 2-1, we had a chance but could not take it.
“They scored the goals and you cannot say they did not deserve them. We have to come back to reality and it’s about us defending together and we have not done that today.”
Jack Wilshere faces an anxious wait to find out if he will be punished by the Football Association after he appeared to make an offensive gesture during Arsenal’s 6-3 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday.
The England midfielder was caught on camera by BT Sport appearing to aim the gesture at City supporters after protesting at the award of a goal-kick.
Martin Atkinson is not thought to have seen the incident but Wilshere may yet face suspension, as Liverpool’s Luis Suarez was fined £20,000 and banned for one game for making a similar gesture in a game against Fulham.
Laurent Koscielny posts picture of knee after injury saw him stretchered off during Arsenal’s 6-3 defeat to Manchester City.
Theo Walcott has returned from injury to face Manchester City on Saturday.
Full team: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Wilshere, Ramsey, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud
Man City team: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany (c), Demichelis, Clichy, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, Nasri, Silva, Aguero, Negredo