Former Arsenal player Remi Garde has claimed that Olivier Giroud is capable of partnering Alexandre Lacazette upfront next campaign
“The seasons are long and the aims are high for a club like Arsenal. To have these two players at his disposal is not too much, and it is possible to put them both in the same XI.
“The proof, at Lyon, is that Alex and [former Lyon and Swansea striker] Bafe [Gomis] played alongside each other at Lyon with me. We got the balance right by playing a diamond midfield.
“That is something that Arsene could do with these two players. Alex is a player who is sufficiently intelligent to adapt to that, Olivier Giroud too.”
Shaka Hislop has backed Per Mertesacker’s decision to become the club’s academy manager at the end of next season
“For me, a club’s character – a club’s DNA – runs from, or at least should run, from the first team all the way down to the academy. So just in terms of you knowing what the club is about and the direction the club wants to go in in short, medium and long-term, he should be aware of right now.
“And the challenge for Per Mertesacker would be bringing his own experiences, expertise, lending it to that DNA, and bringing it across to the academy.”
Monaco sporting director Antonio Cordon gave an update on Kylian Mbappe’s future
“I heard he wants to stay in Monaco. I am not aware of any offer from Real Madrid for Mbappé.
“He has a lot of opportunities because he’s a great player. We will know the outcome soon.”
Nice manager Lucien Favre has said Jean Micheal Seri will not be leaving in the transfer window
“Seri? He stays, that’s definitive. We’ve lost four starting players. That’s enough. It’s not easy to replace them.”