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£35m Juventus defender Daniele Rugani eyed by Gunners chiefs

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Arsenal are preparing to launch a summer bid for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani.
The Gunners are preparing for a summer of upheaval on and off the field after a poor season in the Premier League.

Arsene Wenger is nearing the end of his 22-year tenure in north London and will step down at the end of this campaign.

And it appears scouts at the club are already eyeing new recruits for whoever takes over at the Emirates.

According to Italian outfit Calcio Mercato, Arsenal are keen to bring Rugani to the club, as confusion continues to surround his career at the Serie A champions.
The 23-year-old is a talented player but has struggled to oust Giorgio Chiellini, Benedikt Howedes and Medhi Benatia from Juventus’ first team.

Arsenal will be looking for a long-term replacement for German defender Per Mertesacker.

But Calcio Mercato report Juventus will not consider selling Rugani for less than €40m (£35m)
It is also reported that the Italy star’s future depends on whether Massimiliano Allegri remains at the club.

The former AC Milan boss has been linked with the Arsenal job and touted as a potential replacement for Antonio Conte, should he leave Chelsea this summer.

Rugani has featured 22 times for Juventus this season.

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Leno is not responsible for our defeat – Unai Emery

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Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, has refused to blame goalkeeper Bernd Leno, for their 3-1 defeat at Wolves on Wednesday night.

Ruben Neves scored a stunning free-kick to put the hosts ahead, with Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota also on target before half-time.

Leno misjudged Jonny Castro Otto’s cross to allow Doherty to nod home, then he looked to be beaten too easily by Jota, leaving Arsenal with a mountain to climb.

Although the Gunners scored a late consolation through Sokratis Papastathopoulos, their Champions League qualification hopes have been dented by back-to-back Premier League defeats.

Emery, however, chose not to point the finger of blame at Leno, after Arsenal fell to their heaviest Premier League defeat against a newly promoted team since 1994.

“I don’t want to speak about individuals. We need to continue together and not look at one player, defensive or attacking.

“We need to think to recover our confidence, our good moment. When we were in the worse moments we can recover to take possibilities like we have now.

“In the last two matches we lost good options but the last three matches we are going to play we will play our possibilities,” Emery told a news conference after the game.

Arsenal have lost six of their past 10 Premier League games away from home and Emery conceded he was frustrated by his team’s latest poor performance on the road.

“I usually am very critical of myself. I am angry with myself when we didn’t do the game plan I wanted.

“My idea, my style is to look in front and find the solution, not who is the player who is playing worse or not doing what we spoke of before.

“First I think of the solution. That is to think about Sunday and take the possibility to come back with our best performance to take the three points.

“When we win, we win together and when we lose, we lose together. In general I think we have possibilities to be in the top four.

“We lost the chance to have it in our hands but we will continue and take the opportunity on Sunday,” Emery added.

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Why Arsenal lost to Wolves – Unai Emery

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Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, has admitted his team did not create enough chances, as they lost 3-1 to Wolves on Wednesday night.

The Gunners’ top-four ambitions took a dent at the Molineux, as they suffered a second successive defeat in the Premier League.

Ruben Neves, Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota all scored in the first half, before Sokratis grabbed a consolation goal after the break.

“We can be frustrated but the Premier League is about being consistent over 38 matches.

“We knew before the match that it was going to be difficult because all season Wolverhampton are feeling strong, defensively they are a good team and offensively they have very fast players. Their organisation was very good and to break this was going to be difficult.

“In the first 25 minutes we started very well, controlled the possession but did not have many chances to score,” Emery told BBC Sport.

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Man United lose to Man City, Wolves shock Arsenal

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Manchester City defeated Manchester United 2-0 on Wednesday night, to take control of this season’s title race.

Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane scored two second-half goals, to give City all three points at Old Trafford.

For United, it was their seventh loss in nine fixtures.

City now have 89 points, one more than Liverpool.

At the Molineux, Arsenal’s top four hopes suffered a crushing blow, as they were beaten 3-1.

The Gunners were three goals down in the first half, thanks to strikes from Ruben Neves, Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota.

Sokratis’ header in the second half, was only a consolation for Unai Emery’s men.

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