Barcelona will look to tempt Arsenal into selling Hector Bellerin this summer by offering Brazilian midfielder Rafinha in a part-exchange deal, according to reports. Rafinha is believed to want more playing time, seeking a move away from the Camp Nou to get that opportunity after featuring on the bench for Barca during much of last season. According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Bellerin is a key target for the Spanish giant that would look to use Rafinha in a part-exchange with Arsenal, plus a fee.
Arsenal’s first and, so far, only signing of 2017 was done a few weeks ago, with Sead Kolasinac committing his next few years to the club. The left back arrived on a free and is expected to play a big part in Arsene Wenger’s plans this coming season. You can’t do that without a shirt number, though! For those of you without access to or desire for Twitter, young Mr. Kolasinac has decided to wear the number 31, no doubt in honor of the number of days in May. Or of the number of flavors at Baskin Robbins. Or that it’s a prime number. Or maybe he’s just a big fan of gallium? Anyway, Kolasinac is all official now, and you can buy his swag here should you so desire.
How NOT to launch a new home shirt starring Arsenal Football Club. Alexis, who has just one year left on his current contract with talks ongoing over an extension, has been strongly linked with a departure, with Manchester City in the mix. Arsenal quickly corrected the mistake, with Welbeck soon appearing as an option for his current number 23 jersey, in what was an unexpected mix-up from the club.