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Turkish sensation on Jose's radar but competitors aplenty lurk

Turkish sensation Hakan Calhanoglu could soon become the unheralded star of the next transfer window, following reports in the Daily Express that Chelsea and Atletico Madrid are lining up bids to bring home the playmaker, dubbed the ‘next Mesut Ozil.’

Calhanoglu currently represents Hamburger SV in the German Bundesliga and has impressed this season with 10 goals in 28 league games. His top drawer displays has caught the eye of national selectors earning him the coveted international debut this campaign.


Arsenal look to outgun Liverpool in the race for Lille sensation

With this year’s footballing campaign drawing nearer to its exciting end, English clubs are already busy working hard behind the scenes to ensure that the rich vein of talent flooding the English scene remains bountiful for the near future. Old foes Arsenal and Liverpool after battling it out on the pitch to establish their footballing supremacy will now once again do battle on the transfer market to woo 18 year old Belgian sensation Divock Origi, according to reports in The Daily Mail.

Origi currently plies his trade in the striking position for Lille with whom he made his senior team debut on the 2nd  of February, 2013. He has represented Belgium at all levels from the under 15s right through to the under 21s and currently has the option of representing Kenya as well, after the Kenyan coach, Adel Amrouche was recently quoted as saying, “We are keenly following Origi and will not give up yet in our intentions. Hopefully he (Origi) will one day make up his mind and decide to play for Harambee Stars.”


Arsenal 3-1 West Ham United: Player Ratings

A brace from German winger Lukas Podolski and a crucial goal early in the second half from French striker Olivier Giroud helped Arsenal overturn a brief deficit and notch up a 3-1 win against West Ham United at the Emirates on Tuesday night. The win crucially puts the Gunners back in fourth place in the Premier League standings, and fans of the North London club will be hoping that one of their London neighbours Crystal Palace led by the man who never goes down Tony Pulis does them a favour tomorrow night when the Eagles head over to Goodison Park to take on Everton.

Here's how the Arsenal players performed on the night.


Podolski brace helps Arsenal reclaim 4th Place

Arsenal reclaimed fourth spot in the Premier League standings for 24 hours at the very least with a hard earned 3-1 win over a tough West Ham United side at the Emirates in the sole fixture on Tuesday night. Playing less than 72 hours after their win against Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup semi-final, the Gunners were forced to make some changes to their side as they put out an ageing side with no player other than their goalkeeper under 27, and named no British players in the starting eleven.

West Ham, who tend to typically score first against the Gunners, did just that with Matt Jarvis sending the Hammers ahead in the 40th minute with an opportune header at the near post after a good run from Antonio Nocerino down the right flank. West Ham's lead though lasted just over 3 minutes with Lukas Podolski firing home from inside the box after being found expertly by Santi Cazorla following a mis-kick by Stewart Downing.


Arsenal eye move for Brazilian midfieder

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Arsene Wenger can claim to have an abundance of talent in the midfield area while lacking depth and quality in other departments. But the Arsenal manager is targeting more midfielders as the Mirror reports that the Gunners are plotting a move for Real Madrid’s Casemiro and have already made enquiries about the 22-year old.

Having made his senior team debut with Sao Paulo in Brazil, Casemiro was loaned to Real Madrid in January 2013 where he made 15 appearances for the club’s B-team. Madrid made the move permanent last summer and the youngster has since gone on to feature in 9 La Liga games for the first team. The midfielder played for the Brazilian Under-20s at the 2011 South American U-20 Championship before earning his full international cap the same year.


Chelsea to challenge Arsenal for future England superstar

Chelsea and Arsenal had some far from thrilling duels on the pitch this season but the London rivals are set to battle it out in the transfer market this summer. According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea and Arsenal could challenge each other for the signature of Everton defender John Stones with the 19-year old impressing so much with his recent performances that he has even been tipped as an outsider to make England’s World Cup squad.

The Blues are keen to find a long-term replacement for John Terry as manager Jose Mourinho has lost faith in David Luiz. With Branislav Ivanovic cementing his place in the side as a right-back, Mourinho wants cover for his centre-backs in the form of Stones but will have to beat Arsene Wenger to the youngster. The Arsenal manager is willing to sell Thomas Vermaelen and wants cover in the defensive department.


Premier League Transfer Rumours: April 15, 2014

Chelsea to compete with Arsenal for young Stones

The Daily Mail reports that Chelsea will not let Arsenal have an unopposed run at signing young Everton defender John Stones with the Blues also eyeing a move for England's newest teenage sensation.

Arsenal want another Real Madrid midfielder

Arsenal are considering a return to the Santiago Bernabeu for some summer shopping, this time for a considerably lower profile target in 22 year old Brazilian Casemiro. Inter Milan are likely to compete with Arsenal for the youngster's signature, who joined Real Madrid for £5m from Sao Paolo reports the Daily Mirror.


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