Arsene Wenger has warned Manchester City off making a move for Jack Wilshere this summer, and the Gunners manager is ready to fight north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur for the services of Hector Moreno.
Arsenal have lost a number of stars to the Etihad Stadium's allure in recent years, including Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Kolo Toure. However, Wenger was quoted by James Olley of the London Evening Standard as saying on Thursday the club no longer have the same need to cash in:
Wenger's side have even started to make more of an impact in the transfer market themselves after splurging almost £80 million on the signatures of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
Wilshere is looking to make his return to Arsenal's first team after almost six months on the sidelines, having featured in a 4-1 win for Arsenal's under-21s against Stoke City this past Tuesday.
Currently second in the Premier League, Wenger clearly feels the Emirates Stadium has renewed its own allure and no longer will the Gunners be concerned with their players fleeing for greener pastures.
Wenger is quoted by The Telegraph's Matt Law as stating Wilshere should be fit to feature from now until season's end, along with fellow midfielders Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby:
Everybody can have a big impact until the end of the season, Jack included. Every player who doesn’t play is very frustrated when he cannot perform. Abou Diaby has been out for a year, Theo Walcott has been out for a year. That’s difficult cases and Wilshere has played games this year. He has played many games. He was out, but not for as long as Walcott or Diaby.
Diaby, Arteta and Wilshere came through the game on Tuesday well. They were at a good level physically and they should all be available from now on until the end of the season, hopefully.
Wilshere is different to those aforementioned names who have departed for City in that he is a homegrown product, while the club's former names were mainly brought in from the continent.
James Goldman of Goal agrees that cashing in on the 23-year-old now would be folly:
Wilshere has grown to become a prominent member of Wenger's lineup since emerging from Arsenal's academy seven years ago, but a slew of injuries have impeded his development. Regardless, it would appear the player's manager still has long-term plans in mind for Wilshere.
Bleacher Report's James McNicholas suggests international team-mate Raheem Sterling could be a good fit alongside him in the Arsenal lineup, if links from the Mirror's John Cross are to be believed and the Liverpool star moves to the capital:
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Arsenal's ability to contend with their fellow Premier League big guns in the transfer market will be a key component if the club are to retain the services of their top talents moving forward.
Wilshere will have his chances to prove in the coming weeks just what an important figure he can be for the Gunners, although his mentor already values his services highly.
Hector Moreno at the Centre of North London Tug-Of-War
Arsenal and Tottenham are preparing to go head-to-head this summer as the north London titans look to gain an edge in the hunt to sign Espanyol defender Hector Moreno.
That's according to Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb.com (h/t Metro's Lewis Rudd), with it being suggested the Mexico international could leave Spain for as little as £5 million.
The low-cost nature of Moreno's acquisition makes his prospective purchase a difficult one to ignore as both the Gunners and Spurs seek to freshen up their back lines.
Moreno looked set for a big-money move last summer, but a broken leg suffered at last year's World Cup put the transfer on hold. Now fit again, the La Liga figure told ESPN's Radio Formula (h/t Goal's Jon Arnold) that he now feels better than ever:
There must be three parts of an agreement: the person who wants to sell, the one who wants to buy and myself. I haven't been given the situation to leave, but I'm prepared.
I'm better than I was when I got injured, stronger, faster, with more mental calmness and I believe that will help me this summer. But like I always say, it's a lack of respect to say I want to leave Espanyol. I'm happy here, and we'll see.
Arsenal brought in Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal this past winter, but Wenger may understandably look to add another centre-back to his ranks after being caught so short of resources at the back earlier this season.
Football Italia claims Serie A champions Juventus are looking at the player, too, which could throw a considerable spanner in the works for both Arsenal and Tottenham this summer:
The 27-year-old has made 19 appearances across all competitions this season, with Espanyol managing to keep clean sheets in six of his 12 La Liga outings.
Moreno sits as one of Spain's most promising assets, and with such an affordable price tag, the Gunners may be hard-pressed to ignore the potential upside of such a low-risk move.