Arsenal Transfer News: Latest Reports After Gunners' Win vs. West Brom

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistMay 5, 2014

Newcastle United's Loic Remy celebrates his goal  during their English Premier League soccer match against Cardiff City at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Saturday, May 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
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In the final home game of their 2013-14 season, Arsenal saw out a 1-0 win over West Brom on Sunday, with Olivier Giroud's early finish driving the Gunners on to a bright Emirates ending.

However, that victory shouldn't cloud the fact that changes are needed in North London, and Arsene Wenger should look to utilise this summer's transfer market if his side are to remain competitive.

Read on for all the latest news and transfer speculation to emerge around the club in the wake of Arsenal's penultimate league fixture this term.


Loic Remy, Queens Park Rangers 

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Intensifying the rumours that he could complete a summer switch from Queens Park Rangers, Loic Remy was spotted in the Emirates audience to watch Arsenal's tight win over the Baggies on Sunday.

However, Arsenal fans may not get their hopes up too quickly as, in his post-match comments, Wenger is quoted by the Daily Mail's Craig Hope as stating the Frenchman was merely along as any other spectator: "I have just been informed Loic Remy was here. I honestly did not know. I hope he paid for his ticket."

The striker, currently on loan at Newcastle United, has been one of the Magpies' bigger positives this term, scoring 14 goals in 26 Premier League appearances, per Squawka.

OptaJoe recently noted Remy's landmark goal against Cardiff City, and there's the possibility that this season may not be his last opportunity to extend his credentials in England's top tier.


Kim Kallstrom, Spartak Moscow

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Having failed to impress sufficiently while on loan in North London, Kim Kallstrom will return to parent club Spartak Moscow this summer, unable to stake his claim for a permanent spot in the Arsenal team.

Having only played in four fixtures for the Gunners, Kallstrom will return to Russia, with Wenger confirming the departure following the win over West Brom, per Nick Lustig of the Daily Star: "Kallstrom belongs to Moscow and will go back to Moscow."

Bleacher Report's Graham Ruthven agrees that the Swedish anchor isn't suited to life at Arsenal:

Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain make for some potentially devastating options in central midfield, but Wenger has seen injuries disrupt his use of the trio.

That being said, the club can hope to see a renewed bill of health among the trio next term, meaning reinforcements in that area of the pitch may not be a top priority.


Arsene Wenger and Bacary Sagna Contract Extensions

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With both manager and player nearing the end of their respective contracts at Arsenal, Wenger has confirmed that he will remain at the Emirates next season, and hopes that defender Sagna will do the same.

George Ankers of quotes Wenger as saying of the expiring deals:

I want him to stay. There are two players at the end of their contracts, Sagna and [Lukasz] Fabianski. If it's down to me, they both stay.

No, no. Don't be impatient; my last game will come. Don't worry. 

Yes, [I will be here next season]. I have told you many times, my word is my word.

Fabianski's deal isn't of as much concern to the club given what an essential figure Sagna has been for the club in recent years.

Fans can now only hope the right-back is as eager to remain in North London as his helmsman, who wouldn't appear to have eyes on any other destinations.