Arsenal Blow As Liverpool Agree £38M Fee For Sensational Striker – reports

Arsenal have been dealt a huge blow in their chase for French international striker Karim Benzema, after it was reported that Liverpool have agreed a £38 million fee for the striker to move to Anfield, as reported by the Daily Star.

The Real Madrid man has been consistently linked with a switch from the Santiago Bernabeu club, with the summer months seeing links to both Liverpool and Arsenal.

Reports at the time suggested that the player himself was keen on a switch.

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However, with both Arsenal and Liverpool thought to be interested, the rumours dried up after Benzema signed a new five year contract with the Champions League winners in July.

Benzema is thought to be unsettled now, however, and reports from Spain believe that Brendan Rodgers has agreed that the player can be signed for £38 million, which would provide his profligate front line with a significant boost in January.

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Arsenal Woe As Chelsea’s £32M Hot Shot Declares Himself Fit For Sunday

Arsenal have suffered a blow after Chelsea striking sensation Diego Costa declared himself fit for Sunday’s clash between the two London rivals, despite not being able to train in recent days, as reported by the Daily Star.

The Spain international forward has suffered consistent problems with a hamstring issue since the end of last season, and that has raised questions about his ability to play more than one game in a week.

He played the full 90 minutes against Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday night, which might have made some Arsenal fans wonder whether he would be available for Sunday’s huge game at Stamford Bridge.

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That would have been a boost for fans of the Emirates Stadium club, who will be fearful of the Brazilian born former Atletico Madrid man, given his unbelievable return in front of goal since the start of the season.

However, Costa has said that he is ready to play, despite not being fully involved in training.

He said: “There are a few niggles that are annoying me.

“There are days when I do not train so I can prevent problems, but there are other days when I can train.

“I am certain I will play against Arsenal.”

Arsenal Boss Insists £32M Star’s Injury Worry Is Nothing

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has insisted that Alexis Sanchez’s injury worry after last night’s game against Galatasaray is nothing, with the Chilean international having been pictured with ice strapped to his ankle after being substituted, as reported by the Daily Star.

The wing wizard played exceptionally for the north London side yesterday, but a shocking tackle by Felipe Melo saw him withdrawn as a precaution ahead of Sunday’s clash with Chelsea.

The Galatasaray defender was only booked for the tackle, with many surprised that the challenge did not merit a straight red card, due to the violent nature of it.

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As a result, Sanchez was later pictured with ice strapped to his ankle while sat on the bench, but the Arsenal manager has moved to assuage fears over one of his star players, and believes that Sanchez should definitely be fit for the Chelsea game.

He said: “It could have been a red. I’ll have to see it again.

“It looked from where I was that it was a red.

“I took Alexis off to be a bit more solid defensively once we were down to 10 men.

“Unfortunately, in my life I haven’t met many players who are happy to come off.”

Danny Welbeck secured the win with a hat trick, with Sanchez also scoring.