Manolas Undergoes Arsenal Medical.

Olympiakos defender Kostas Manolas has undergone a medical at Arsenal prior to a move to North-London, Goal reported last night.

The Greece international centre-back is believed to be the number one target of Arsene Wenger who earlier revealed he is on the lookout for Thomas Vermaelen’s replacement. Arsenal in their quest to strengthen their squad in order to challenge for more trophies will now have to agree a fee in the region of £8million for the completion of the deal.

“Vermaelen behaved outstandingly last year – I am grateful to him and I wish him very well.”, said the Arsenal manager.

“If I can find another centre-back, I will do it [sign].”

The 23-year-old is on the verge of becoming the fifth signing of the 2014 FA Cup and FA Community Shield winners. He is expected to tread the same path as Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina and Calum Chambers who recently made switches to the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal began their 2014/15 Premier League outing on a good note on Saturday as they came from behind to defeat Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium. Laurent Koscielny’s late first half header from Sanchez’s free-kick gave Arsenal the equalizer before Aaron Ramsey sealed their first opening day victory in the last five seasons with a stoppage time strike from Doro Bucci’s rebound.

Though Arsenal were not at their best yesterday, they did not perform poorly all the same. They deserved all three points for the never-say-die spirit they showed against their opponents. The new signings need more time to blend fully into the squad. Don’t forget Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski are still there for us. When they all return to the team, we’ll surely be unstoppable.

Wishing you all a Happy Sunday and a splendid week as we prepare to start our UEFA Champions League qualifier campaign on Tuesday. Hopefully, we will do it as we have always been doing in the last 17 years. COYG!!!

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  1. It was a poor performance in that breaking difficult teams down should be well within the capacity of the squad that Wenger is so happy to have assembled.


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