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Arsenal Close In On Fifth Signing As Player Lands In London To Undergo Medical

Greek defender Kostas Manolas is in England and undergoing a medical with Arsenal ahead of a proposed £6million switch from Olympiakos, according to reports.

The summer transfer window is now reaching its climax and managers are working hard to make some last minute additions to their squad, so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip. Today, Gooner Mac brings us news of Arsenal’s pursuit of Kostas Manolas.

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Greek defender Kostas Manolas is in England and undergoing a medical with Arsenal ahead of a proposed £6million switch from Olympiakos, according to widespread reports.

Boss Arsene Wenger is on the look out for a replacement for Thomas Vermaelen after the Belgian’s move to Barcelona and speculation claimed the Frenchman had short-listed Manolas as a potential target.

Further reports suggested Wenger had stepped up his interest by opening formal talks with Olympiakos last week and it now appears we are closing in on the 23-year-old’s signature.

After Sky Sports had claimed Manolas had flown in to England to finalise a move to the Emirates, the Express are one of several newspapers who are reporting that the Greek international is now undergoing a medical in north London ahead of a £6m switch.

The news comes after Wenger confirmed last week that he was short at the back and would sign another centre-back if he can find the right player.

“Vermaelen behaved outstandingly last year – I am grateful for him and I wish him very well,”

“If I can find another centre-back I will do it.” Wenger is quoted as saying by the Express

It appears the Frenchman has now identified Manolas as the man he wants to strengthen his back-line and the youngster could now become our fifth major signing of the summer following the arrivals of Mathieu Debuchy, Alexis Sanchez, Calum Chambers and David Ospina.

Manolas enjoyed an excellent debut season following his free transfer move from AEK Athens last summer as he played a key role in helping Olympiakos cruise to the Greek Super League title.

He also played in the Champions League and was superb for Greece at the World Cup this summer, so I’m sure this top level experience has played an important role in Wenger’s decision to bring him to the Emirates.

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If the move goes through as expected, Manolas will provide some much-needed depth to our centre-back position but he’ll face a stiff fight to break into the first team with the likes of Koscielny, Mertesacker and the impressive Chambers also vying for starting spots.

40 Comments

40 Comments

  1. Ebuka

    August 20, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Even if we sign ronaldo nd messi as far as giroud is our striker we will forever be fourth position club

    • bezabih tadesse

      August 20, 2014 at 11:37 am

      thanks ebuka…you are right .giroud is our all times flop player…..even he is not fit for the most lower league in the world

  2. trugun

    August 20, 2014 at 10:53 am

    “Widespread Reports” meaning everybody has jumped on the same bandwagon, bugger the truth lets all spread the same rumour and get everyone to think its true!

  3. Gab

    August 20, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Giord cannot perform in a big match. Wenger should forget about being ur country man or not. The more u waste time the more difficult u play your matches.

  4. Bernard

    August 20, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    I think Giroud is Wenger In-law,otherwise football loves cannot see what hw was doing in the football pitch for 94 mins at Turkey. popular opinion is that AFC should sale him and add few quids to whatever the club get from his sale, and buy a quality player.

  5. mbarak

    August 20, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Giroud giroud Arsenal should throw him on loan or sell him if not we better let hin rot on bench an Arsenal flop.

  6. mbarak

    August 20, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    better Baloteli 100 tymz than giroud

  7. ogedengbe ige

    August 20, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Giroud is not a striker,he shul better quit footbaal and turn to artists

  8. Rak

    August 20, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Giroud need to be thrown out he’s not a football player as long giroud will play for arsenal as striker arsenal will never win the epl and forget cl we badly need a striker or play Campbell as striker

  9. Uchenna Sylver

    August 20, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    We’re desperately in need of a prolific striker, a striker who can score @ any angle, Giroud is a striker but has never reached the level to become Arsenal’s top striker, not even Sanogo…I can still admit that Arsenal strikers now are the least in EPL!!

  10. bakura

    August 20, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    giroud is not strike that big team like Arsenal to defend with it

  11. Ochucu Alex

    August 20, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I think Ozil,Sanchez and Cazorla can make abetter attack,Giroud is dragging us behind

  12. Kib

    August 20, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Giroud & frid are the same. They are not striker, they are stacker

  13. magnus Deol

    August 20, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Giroud? I suggest Mr Wenger go out there for a formidable & sharp striker who can push us forward. Giroud is a woman not a man. I personally prefer Campbell over Mrs Giroud upfront. We are in need of a striker ooo

  14. bayogunners

    August 20, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    if wenger want to b sucesful in dis new season we need sharp striker. nt lik giriod or sanogo they ar d same feather. we ned sum1 lik falcao, cavani. also defensive midfielder. sum1 lik calvarho,khadira,vidal.pogba,. wit any of dis 2 playerrs arsenal is complicated.

  15. liangoyape@yahoo.fr

    August 20, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Mr Wenger.. I hope u are not blind enough to see like the rest of the world watching that Giroud cannot be counted to strike, the lazy man is just below average. As a great manager we hope that the prob will be rectified during this transfer window.. Coz we are fed up of his flops!!

  16. nellov

    August 20, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    About Giroud am so sorry is a player but is not a sriker pls mr wenger we need charp sriker like Baloteli to stop rubish frm chelsea manager mouriho.. Up gooner

  17. kiyingi Richard

    August 20, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    please wenger bring sami khedira

  18. wanjala joseph

    August 20, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Wenger should remove his relationship with giroud in football if not we wil end the season empty handed. According to me joel c is better than giroud & sanogo so its the right tym 4 him 2 play if not we should go for cavani.

  19. Steep

    August 20, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Giroud will pass 100% for a model and NOT a footballer thinkless of calling him a striker ..(more like a weakling). he should quit Arsenal we dont need slacker like him. Mr Wenger wake up please with Giroup upfront means no epl and cl for us

  20. akasa

    August 20, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Girudi. ….. da waste strike ever in arsenal 11

  21. Chebet martin

    August 20, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Regardles of being a countrymate i wish wenger decides as a manager en bring a better striker than giroud.

  22. sulaiman kai kai

    August 20, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Mr Wenger please save us from this embarasment.Giroud is not the arsenal class like stricker.If you stick with him trust me we can never get the best of Sanchez,ozil and other play makers.I think campbell can do far better

  23. Alhsssan Arsenal

    August 20, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    please mr wenger forget about “LAZY” giroud, he is the worst striker arsenal ever had. Please get us a competent striker.

  24. Issa Dumbuya

    August 20, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    let us 4get about Giroud. giroud is not arsenal problem. wenger is the problem in arsenal team cos his time over in the team because he did not know where team has problem

  25. akschamberlain

    August 20, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Pls,we’re tired of sisi kola Giroud,for the sake all arsenal fans pls get us a new striker this summer.

  26. akschamberlain

    August 20, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Pls,we’re tired of sisi kola Giroud,for the sake of all arsenal fans pls get us a new striker this summer.

  27. john cytam

    August 20, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    its no gud to save giroud and the best its to signing another stricker not giroud thats all

  28. isakantos

    August 20, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    god of mankind…i wonder why… what… howcomes…wenger bother wt dis deadwood after many trials wit failure..do u think person lk geriod wl get chance wt morinho???…double impossiblee wat ever jose mornho say about wenger is okey..

  29. Goonerbeall

    August 20, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Let’s look at it this way, Arsenal needs a speedier striker Now! Another emergency need is of CB anda DM. The sight of Giroud wasting 3 chances and unable to impose himself on or scare defenders is disappointing to say the least. What annoys most is seeing him ambling around whenever he loses a ball. A DM is as necessary as oxygen coz Arteta is neither strong or can run to foil attack and protect defence. My hope is we can sign Manolas the grGreek a decent CB whose tenacity was visible in world cup. Injury to Koschielny now is sign of things to come. Wenger may as well bring Loic Remy who is better option and may even keep Giroud out of the team.

  30. George roseker

    August 20, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    please we need striker and defending minfild

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