Arsenal news day! Arsenal close in on £44 million French deal as Rosicky and Sokratis send class messages
Former Gunner Tomas Rosicky has opened up on his time at the Emirates and has admitted ‘Me and Arsenal felt like a good marriage’
Rosicky left the Czech Republic in 2001 when he moved to Borussia Dortmund, establishing himself in the side before Arsenal came calling. He won two FA Cups during his time at the Emirates Stadium.
He played 246 times for the Gunners during his 10-year spell in north London, and he received a guard of honour from his team-mates after the 4-0 victory over Aston Villa on the final day of the 2015-16 Premier League season – many of them sporting No7 shirts with his name on the back.
He told the fans that Arsenal was always the club for him, stating on the official website: “It started really soon for me as I actually played for Sparta Prague against Arsenal in the Champions League group stage and that was the time when Robert [Pires] played, Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry and those guys.
“Since then I started to follow them and I always liked the way Arsenal teams played, the free-flowing football, pass and move, I always felt this was something I wanted to play, I was this type of player too.
“I felt that match of Arsenal and me could be a good marriage and I think it was. It was not how I thought it would be because I had many problems with injury and never showed my full potential but I never regretted making that step.
“Arsenal is a great club and it was great to be part of it for such a long time and to be a Gunner.”
Meanwhile new Arsenal signing Sokratis has announces he will do everything he possibly can to help youngster Konstantinos Mavropanos.
Sokratis arrived at the Emirates at the beginning of the month after weeks of transfer speculation, as Unai Emery needed a leader at the back.
The big Greek International has earned a reputation for himself as one of the finest defenders in the Bundesliga and also a great role model on and off the pitch.
And having seen having seen his compatriot Mavropanos struggle to adapt to life at the Emirates ice his move in January, he is happy to offer him the benefit of his years of experience.
“I think this is my work and the work of the other guys with experience, to help the young guys,” Sokratis told Arsenal Player.
“From the first day, I will do everything so that the young guys feel like they have been here for a lot of years.
“[Dinos and I] spoke two or three times on the telephone, and also when he came here. I said to him that it’s OK, Arsenal is one of the big teams but he has to be happy and needs to put in a lot of work.
“I also saw some games. He improved a lot and I think that if he improves again in the next year, he can be one of the best defenders.
“The first year is difficult because it also depends if you speak the language or not. Now I’m here I also have to help him to be more calm, more easy, more friendly here with the other guys. I think we can have one good relationship together, we can be friends.”
And finally The Gunners are reportedly closing in on a shock summer transfer deal for Bayern Munich star Kingsley Coman, who is all set to depart the German side this transfer window.
Unai Emery has spent the baulk of his transfer kitty this summer on trying to improve the defensive side of the Gunners squad, with Sokratis, Bernd Leno, Stephen Lichsteiner and Lucas Torreira all brought in.
But he is reportedly looking to add one more attacker to his squad and has not switched his attentions to Coman, who is reportedly surplus-to-requirements at Bayern after failing to make the impact many expected when he arrived at the Champions.
It is believed Emery has made initial contact with Bayern about a possible deal, and is ready to offload a number of players to acquire the services of the Frenchan.
And according to the Guardian, £44 million would be enough to seal a transfer deal for Coman.