Arsenal Champions League team news, transfer rumours
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will ask his team to put their Norwich nightmare behind them and focus on tomorrow’s crucial Champions League game against German hotshots Shalke at the Emirates, which could catapult the Gunners ahead of the group.
Off the field the two sides will also duel for the signature of Japanese international Keisuke Honda, who is edging towards an exit from current club CSKA Moscow, reports German football source 4-4-2.com.
Honda, 26, has surfaced on many Premier League shopping lists over the last few seasons with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United all keeping tabs on the tricky midfielder’s availability, now Arsenal may go one step further and make a solid offer.
The Japanese sensation is currently plying his trade in the Russian Premier League, the set piece specialist has earned 20 goals in 88 appearances for CSKA Moscow.
During the media build-up to Arsenal’s Champions League encounter in Europe, critics have noted the lack of creative midfield players behind premium passer-come-dribbler Santi Cazorla, many believe Hinda may be the man to step in and bolster the ranks.
Jack Wiltshire and Tomas Rosicky are being handled with care following long lay offs and Abou Diaby has revealed his inconsistent form so far this season, highlighting the need for extra help in the middle of the park.
Last week we reported that Arsenal would also pursue a move for Arsenal Atletico Madrid star Radamel Falcao, now it seems he may be on his way to who else but Real Madrid, leaving the door open for a sneaky Karim Benzema enquiry.
Its no secret that Wenger is a big fan of the French striker and if Madrid do choose to import Falcao then he may be surplus to requirements, giving Arsenal leverage for a potential summer bid.
Tomorrow’s Champions League expected line-ups:
Arsenal: Mannone, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Santos, Arteta, Ramsey, Gervinho, Cazorla, Podolski, Giroud
Shalke: Unnerstall, Uchida, Howedes, Matip, Fuchs, Neustadter, Hoger, Farfan, Holtby, Afellay, Huntelaar