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Silver lining for the Gunners

With the opening of the Premier League season drawing closer and closer, the race for transfers to be completed is reaching its conclusion.

While Arsenal have treated themselves with impressive signings this season like Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla, they face the prospect of losing two of their star performers from last campaign.

The Gunners have not won a trophy since 2005 and the pressure is on Arsene Wenger's men to end the drought this season.

Losing Robin van Persie and Alex Song would further agitate Arsenal fans.

Barcelona's growing interest

The new transfer uncertainty surrounding Song (pictured) looks to be concluded, with him staying put.

Several Barcelona players have made their high regard of the Cameroon international known in the last few days, although the midfielder has said he is happy at Arsenal.

El Mundo Deportivo claims Barcelona have made a bid for Song in the region of €15m (£11.7m).  

The 24-year-old has two more years to run on his contract with the North Londoners, where he has played over 200 games since his emergence in 2006.

He said: "Im not going to lie, if I said there is no interest but I am at Arsenal and I am happy at Arsenal.

"Barcelona are the best team in the world and speculation will always continue until the window closes.”

Future in the air with Van Persie

Van Persie's future remains up in the air, despite Wenger insisting that he will stay at the club.

Manchester United have shown their interest and former Gunners midfielder, Ray Parlour, believes that the Dutchman is bound for Old Trafford.

The North London legend said: "Manchester United have been a little bit cheeky with their bid of £15m. They know Van Persie wants to get away.

They know he's desperate to leave and they are trying to nick him for £15m. He would be a bargain at that price."

RVP returned as skipper for Arsenal's final pre-season match in Cologne last weekend and, although he will not sign a new deal, looks set to at least start the season as a player at the Emirates Stadium.

Over the weekend, Wenger said: "There's no news on Van Persie. Our fans want him to stay, so you can understand they are excited.  

"Anything I could say about Van Persie would be a lie because he's our player and that's it."

With less than 72 hours to go until the big Premier League kick-off, he will probably feature in the Gunners opener, at home to Sunderland.

However, with the Red Devils missing out on Lucas Moura, Sir Alex Ferguson will be determined to do some more business before the window slams shut. 

By Otonye Young-Harry

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