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Monday, November 28, 2016

Bayern Munich star prefer Arsenal Deal to Manchester United


Bayern Munich defender David Alaba would favour a move to Arsenal over Manchester United should he leave Allianz Arena, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The Austria international has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks with Jose Mourinho believed to be keen to strengthen his defence.

The controversial Portuguese has publicly criticised both Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw recently for a perceived unwillingness to play through the pain barrier.

With summer signing Eric Bailly also injured the Red Devils have been short of numbers in defence and reportedly scouted Alaba on international duty for Austria recently.

However, the defender is reportedly a boyhood Arsenal fan and should he be tempted away from Bayern he would be keen to move to London and not Manchester.

The defender signed a new contract with the Bundesliga champions earlier this year but Carlo Ancelotti’s side have been knocked off the top of the table and currently lie three points behind RB Leipzig.

One stumbling block for the Gunners, who are thought to be interested in Alaba, could be his price with the 24-year-old valued at around £34 million.

Alaba’s quality is undeniable and his versatility, he can play either in defence or midfield is a huge asset, although having signed a new Bayern deal only six months ago a move away looks unlikely.

While Arsenal fans will be delighted to hear such a quality players favours a move to the Gunners rather than Manchester United, there is little to suggest Alaba is in any rush to leave Ancelotti’s side at the moment.

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Olivier Giroud picks up hamstring injury in Bournemouth win


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed striker Olivier Giroud is a doubt with a hamstring injury picked up in the weekend win over Bournemouth. The French international was a late introduction from the bench, setting up Alexis Sanchez to make it 3-1 at the death, but reportedly pulled the muscle not long after coming on.

“The only worry we have is Giroud. He looked to touch his hamstring. We have to see how deep the damage is. He told me on his first movement he felt a twinge,” said Wenger. The 30-year-old has been used sparingly this season, playing second fiddle to Alexis Sanchez in his preferred No.9 role, but has impressed from the bench so Arsenal won’t want to lose him.

Lucas Perez is returning from his own recent injury and may be brought into the matchday squad in place of Giroud if the latter’s hamstring problem keeps him out of action for a number of weeks. The London club are currently suffering a fitness crisis in the winter months and haven’t been at their creative best of late as a result.

Arsenal have relied on Giroud’s cameo appearances in many games but could be without last season’s top goalscorer until later in December.


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Holding And Martinez To Start – Predited 4-2-3-1 Arsenal Line-Up To Face Southampton In The EFL Cup Tie

Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal managed a comfortable 3-1 victory over Eddie Howe led Cherries at the Emirates on Saturday. A brace from Alexis Sanchez and one from Theo Walcott was enough for the Gunners who will now turn their attention towards the League Cup quarterfinal against Southampton on Wednesday. With a trip tot the Olympic Stadium looming large over the weekend, Wenger is expected to field a weakened side for this game as he hopes that Claude Puel’s men do not provide too much of a competition.

Here is the predicted lineup that Wenger might play for this game against Reading:

Team News:

In early team news, Chuba Akpom, Hector Bellerin, Santi Cazorla, Danny Welbeck, Per Mertesacker and Lucas Perez are all ruled out for this League Cup game. Mathieu Debuchy who was forced off early against Bournemouth is not too badly injured but may not be risked for this game.

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Emiliano Martinez:

Kept a clean sheet in the previous round of the competition and should keep his place in the side in what will be a huge game for the 24-year old.

Carl Jenkinson:

With Debuchy picking up a knock at the weekend, Arsene Wenger will have to use Jenkinson on the wing for this game against Southampton.

Gabriel Paulista:

The 4th choice centre back for Wenger, Paulista will get his chance to impress the manager in this League Cup encounter against Southampton.

Rob Holding:

The English defender has not been able to get back into the first team at the club but he will get his chance in this League Cup encounter.

Kieran Gibbs:

With Nacho Monreal busy with the Premier League duty, Gibbs will be back in action for Arsenal, playing in a left-back position in this game at the Emirates.

Francis Coquelin:

An unused substitute in the game at the weekend, Coquelin should be bought back into the starting XI for this game against Southampton.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles:

The youngster put in a commanding performance in the previous round against Reading and should keep his place in the midfield for this fixture.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain:

The English winger has been in decent form this season but has not been able to find consistency. However, he will be back in action this week against Southampton.

Aaron Ramsey:

The Welshmen has also found it hard to get into the first team at the Emirates but he should start this game against Southampton in the League Cup.

Alex Iwobi:

Another unused substitute in the game against Bournemouth, Iwobi should start on the wing for the Gunners in this game against Southampton.

Olivier Giroud:

The Frenchman got just over 10 minutes at the weekend and he should lead the attacking line for the Gunners in this quarter-final.

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Arsenal News Summary: Transfer Boost, Ukrainian Wonderkid on Radar, Wenger Backed Paulista

Arsene Wenger Handed Transfer Boost in Chase For Rapid No.7

Arsene Wenger has been  long-term admirer of French superstar Griezmann and earlier this week Atletico Madrid ace has  given hope of one day signing him stating taht Premier League could be his next destination.

The los Colchoneros head-coach Diego Simeone has been linked with an exit from Vincente Calderon at the end of the current campaign and it has increased rumours surrounding rapid No.7 Griezmann.

Frenchman is believed to be a transfer target for Arsenal rivals Man United and Chelsea, with reports stating that Jose Mourinho planning to make him his next marquee signing after luring Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Old Trafford earlier in the summer.

The 25-year-old forward is also believed to be a transfer target for French giants Paris Saint-Germain, however,  Griezmann  admits he is not interested in a return to Ligue 1 and would prefer to make switch in Premier League.

‘I am in Madrid, we have a good team, I want to win titles,’ Griezmann told Telefoot.’

‘PSG is an interesting project but I don’t want to move to Ligue 1 now.

‘I prefer to stay in La Liga or the Premier League. If I had to leave La Liga today, it will be for England.

‘But my objective is not to leave.”

 

Agent Confirms: Arsene Wenger Desperate to Sign Ukraine Midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reportedly was desperate to sign Ukraine midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko earlier in the summer, according to 19-year-old starlet’s agent.

Ukraine international awas one of the finest performers at Euro 2016 and was quickly signed by Manchester City at the start of July and the agent of 19-year-old starlet has revealed that Wenger was begging him to sign the player ahead of their rivals.

Zinchenko spent five years of his youth career at Shakhtar Donetsk and currently has been on loan to Dutch club PSV Eindhoven.

‘Wenger called and said: ‘I have a need for that player. He’s going to play in the first team. I know he is only seventeen, but I’m going to write a letter to his family that I will take care of him when he is with us and he’ll play in the first team’,’ Varga told Championat.

‘Arsene had seen a youth game of Shakhtar and took 20 minutes to assess the potential of Oleksandr.

Varga claims Wenger remained persistent over Zinchenko, who is currently on loan at PSV, despite receiving no response following his efforts.

Arsenal News Summary: Injury Update, Ozil on Chelsea Radar, Transfer Blow

‘Wenger asked me ten times about Zinchenko and I later informed him and felt even a bit sad because I couldn’t help him,’ said the agent.

‘He teased me and said: ‘I thought you were an authority in Eastern Europe’.’

Arsene Wenger Heaped Praise on Versatile Brazilian Defender Paulista

Arsenal head-coach Arsene Wenger has been impressed with the performance of Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista after 3-1 win over Bournemouth.explained his decision to use centre-back Gabriel as a right-sided defender in the 3-1 triumph over AFC Bournemouth while revealing he was happy with the Brazilian’s contribution.

Frenchman had explained his decision to use centre-back Gabriel as a right-sided defender in their clash with the Cherries and after that heaped praise on Brazilian stars performance.

“When I picked the squad I imagined that something could happen to Debuchy,” Wenger said at a press conference.

“I had Francis Coquelin ready to play right-back as well because he can play there, but I went for Gabriel because he’s a defender and is very quick.

“He adapted well. I watched tapes of him playing full-back at Villarreal. On two or three occasions he played at left-back and I found just one tape of him playing at right-back.

“He was playing in Brazil and I must say that it was not super convincing, but today he did well.”

After the long-term injury Gabriel Paulista has finally returned to action and expected to play a vital role in the Gunners title-chasing season.

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Arsenal Injury Update – Giroud, Debuchy, Bellerin, Cazorla, Welbeck & Others

The injury list at Arsenal threatened to get longer at Arsenal after this weekend’s meeting with Bournemouth.

Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud was slumped to the turf at the final whistle and Arsène Wenger quickly confirmed the striker was feeling his hamstring,

“With the hamstring. In the first moment, he told me that he felt a twitch in the back of his hamstring and we will see. I hope it’s not too bad because he told me after that when he sprinted he didn’t feel anything.”

It seems like we may have dodged a bullet on that one.

Mathieu Debuchy

At 31, the run of bad luck he’s having with injuries is nothing to laugh at. If you do, you probably still pull the wings off flies.

Arsène said after Sunday’s match:

“He thinks it’s a severe one. Don’t go too far because I have to speak to medical people, but you can only assess it really after 48 hours. You have to let it bleed and after, usually they have an MRI 48 hours later to see how big the damage is.”

Whilst we all hope for the best for the Frenchman, it’s not unexpected that everyone fears the worst.
Carl Jenkinson was rested ahead of the EFL Cup tie against Southampton and Arsène later suggested that Francis Coquelin could play right back. Anyone who saw him play at Freiburg will beg to differ.
All of which means:

Hector Bellerin

Over to you, Hec,
“It’s going better than expected because it’s a pretty hard injury but, at the moment, it’s recovering really well.”

Which is just about the most exciting news anyone can expect at the moment. Hector is on his way back and I’m guessing will return in Basle, to give him some match time before the trips to Everton and Manchester City.
And from one Spaniard to another…

Santi Cazorla

No news either way. His return is when it is and Arsène is not putting any pressure on him. Achilles injuries are notoriously difficult to gauge and the update before the Bournemouth game was a terse downplaying of our chances of seeing him any time soon.

Per Mertesacker

Remember him? Easy to forget so good has Shkodran Mustafi’s form been. Per is still on course for a return in the New Year when the fixtures come thick and fast.

Chuba Akpom

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Danny Welbeck

Still walking and alive as Sky viewers will attest but no sign of them before the end of January in training so in the first team, who knows?


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Arsenal forward open to surprise move as contract situation rumbles on

Things aren’t going all that badly for the Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern right now, who’ve enjoyed watching their side make slow and steady improvements to years gone by at the Emirates. 

Though the Gunners did indeed suffer their annual November slump, Arsene Wenger’s side did not lose games as they would have done last year, representing a slight improvement.

Still, our north London locals have seen their moods crushed by reports from the Sun.

They’ve claimed talismanic forward Alexis Sanchez ISN’T ruling out a move to the ludicrously wealthy Chinese Super League, despite his standing as one of the elite players plying their trade in Europe.

Such is the nature of the rise of the CSL in recent months, the punters in the Tavern have watched on as a number of big-name, though not true superstars, make moves East for huge sums of money.

Sanchez would probably be the biggest name yet to move and is reportedly aware he could bank up to £300k per week should he leave Arsenal.

Since joining from Barcelona in 2014, the Chilean has established himself as one of the club’s most important players, though issues surrounding his contract extension have been in the news for months.

Will Sanchez stay at Arsenal? Let us know below…


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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Ambitious Italian giants targeting Arsenal’s Alexis?

Inter Milan are claimed to be eyeing a move to sign Alexis Sanchez next summer, according to reportsin Italy.

The Serie A side have had ambitious targets in previous seasons, and are now looking to spend big after getting a large transfer budget to work with by the owners.

Inter are claimed to be lining up a whopping £128 Million transfer spree, and are keen on Alexis being their marquee signing.

The Chilean forward is currently playing hard-ball with Arsenal over a new contract, with the Gunners’ desperate to tie him down to a new long-term deal, with his current one set to expire in 2018.

Alexis has enjoyed a spell in Italy previously when starring for Udinese, which earned him his big move to Barcelona in 2011, and may well be open to the idea of a return, but they would need to offer a substantial wage in order to tempt him.

Manchester City and Juventus have also been linked with our forward in recent windows, and our club simply must buck up their ideas and persuade Sanchez to extend his deal before it’s too late.

Inter are also believed to be interested in James Rodriguez of Real Madrid and Marco Verrati of Paris Saint-Germain as they look to reestablish themselves as a force in Serie A, having failed to finish in the top three since 2011.

We are also trying to break a trend this term having failed to win the Premier League since 2004, and Alexis has been crucial to our challenge for the title so far this term.

Will Alexis sign a new deal? Surely if he leaves, it will not be to go to a failing Italian side?


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Will Benik Afobe come back to bite Arsenal’s bum!

The Arsenal oldboy Benik Afobe was scoring for fun when he was a youngster and started out by scoring 40 goals for the Arsenal U16’s and 20 goals for the Gunners U18 side. He was signed up on professional terms at 17 and he then started out on a succession of loans away from the club in the lower Leagues.

He really came back to our attention three seasons ago when he scored 10 League goals for the MK Dons and a well-noticed brace against Man United in the League Cup. The next season Arsenal surprisingly sold him to Wolves in the Championship and continued his scoring feats, until just a year later Wolves made a blinding profit by selling him on to Bournemouth, but he has hardly been prolific in the Premier League.

This season he has scored precisely zero so far, but could he up his game in today’s match at the Emirates? He is feeling good right now and believes that his new team could cause a surprise this afternoon. In the official Bournemouth FC website, he said: “In the last couple of weeks the training sessions have been really good. The manager is happy with the attitude of the lads and the way we’re training, but the key thing is that we now take that into games.

“We’re going to Arsenal looking for a result. There won’t be any nerves. We’re ready to put in a performance for our fans and this football club.

“We’ve worked on tactics and systems this week and the manager wants us to go out there and express ourselves. We want to move the ball quickly and press.”

Arsenal are yet to win in Nasty November and really need to get back to winning ways today, but can a confident Bournemouth and a determined Afobe put a dent in our title hopes?


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Arsenal v Bournemouth Preview, Line Up and Score Prediction

The Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is very highly respected for his work at the South Coast club and he sets his team out to be effective and entertaining, so there is no surprise that he is often tipped to be Arsenal’s new manager when Arsene Wenger retires. He has done amazing things with Bournemouth in his four years in charge and is actually the second longest serving manager behind our own boss.

Last weeks surprise away win at Stoke saw the Cherries move comfortably into tenth in the Premier League. Admittedly at this stage of the season that is only 4 points above the relegation zone, but it is worth noting that if they should somehow beat Arsenal today they will move up to 8th, just one point below Man United!

Wenger had nothing but good to say about his opposing manager today. “You must say he has done well, so that’s an encouraging example for the other clubs to follow,” said Wenger. “Overall I think he is a very young, promising manager who certainly has a bright future in English football.

“I would say Bournemouth is a team who has a good possession game, it is a team who tries to play in a positive way, who tries to go forward very quickly. And as well, a team where there is a good physical ability to cover distance, so we have to respond on that front.”

Although Howe has got Bournemouth punching above their weight, the fact is that last weeks win at Stoke was their first away victory since beating relegation-fodder Aston Villa back in April, and they will have their work cut out to get anything from Arsenal, who are unbeaten in their last 18 games. They may take heart from playing the Gunners in Nasty November, but Wenger will be keen to put our last three draws behind us and return to winning ways.

As Wenger said: “When you go through a spell where you’re less good and you don’t lose, it’s still a sign of quality and of spirit. I think what you want is to acknowledge what we can improve. We have lost a bit of creativity, fluency and speed in our movement. That’s what we want to find back and keep our strengths. If you start to win again, the whole thing together will look great.”

Interesting fact of the Day! Since the start of the 2014-15 season, Arsenal have won 65.5% of the Premier League matches in which Santi Cazorla has started (36 out of 55), compared with 39.4% when he has not (13 out of 33).


Arsenal have only played the Cherries three times before and have never conceded a goal, in fact both of last season’s fixtures ended 2-0 in our favour and I can’t really see this game as a banana skin for the Gunners.

As to the team selection, that has already beendiscussed in detail here in the light of Wenger saying he will be rotating some players, and here is the line-up that I am expecting this afternoon….

Cech
Jenkinson Koscielny Mustafi Monreal
Xhaka Coquelin
Walcott Ozil The Ox
Alexis

This team will definitely have far too much class for Bournemouth, especially with Jack being ineligible to play. The Cherries may have improved from last season, but Arsenal are also much much stronger squad-wise, so I am going to stick my neck out and predict an easy 3-0 win for the Gunners to keep in touch at the top of the League, and create a small gap ahead of Tottenham!


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Friday, November 25, 2016

Arsenal Star Set To Return To La Liga following Latest Development

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Atletico Bilbao are reportedly not prepared to give up their pursuit of Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal just yet, according toDailycannon.com.

The Spanish club are long-term admirers of the defender and are said to be keeping tabs on his situation. Reports claim they have made signing the fullback a priority target, with a view to making a move in the nearest future.

Recently, Monreal claimed he is happy at the Emirates and wants to stay here for a long time but also refused to close the door on a move to the Spanish club.

“I do not close the door to anyone,” the defender said about a future move to Bilbao.


 This has reportedly given the Spanish club hope that a deal can be done and are still keen on the defender. They will explore the possibility of signing the winter , if not, then next summer.

However, there is no need for Gooners to panic, the defender still has three years left in his contract here, so there is no possibility that he will be leaving us anytime soon, considering his importance to our club.

Monreal is a key player at Arsenal, having featured in all but one of our league games this season and I don’t think Wenger will want sell any of our starting xi, considering our ambition to challenge for major honors.


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Now It’s Official: Arsenal Confirmed Deal WIth 24-year-old

Premier League giants Arsenal have completed deal for highly-rated Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez who has committed his future to the Arsene Wenger’s team after signing a contract extension.

The South American stopper has moved to the north London club from his native club Independiente back in 2010 after two-year he had already an opportunity to play in the first team of Gunners, however, he failed to secure place under Arsene Wenger.

The 24-year-old star had spells at Oxford United, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham United, and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

For 2016/17 season Arsenal have decided to kept player at the club and played him at the EFL Cup games where he played a vital role with the Gunners and had kept two clean sheets in the competition.

Matinez has committed his future to the club by signing a new long-term contract.

The 24-year-old Argentinian star has expressed his delight after signing a new deal with Emirates side.

“It feels amazing, to be honest. I’ve been here for six or seven years already and to have the opportunity to sign a new deal is a great achievement for me and my family,” Martinez told Arsenal Player.

“This is a big step for me, signing a new deal for Arsenal, training every day with big goalkeepers, big players and I feel like I’m one of them now.”

“Arsenal means everything to me. I grew up here, I learned English here and I’ve got everything in the UK. I love this club.”

“It’s not just about playing well in a game, it’s about being the first one to arrive and the last one to leave training too. I’m one of them, which is why my future is here.”

Martinez is currently a third choice goalkeeper for Arsene Wenger’s team after Petr Cech and David Ospina.


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Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal concerns, Gunners could face one of these six clubs

Arsene Wenger has admitted his concern at Arsenal’s inability to see out the game after they were held to a 2-2 draw by PSG in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The north London side took the lead in the second half, only to be pegged back by Lucas Moura’s header.

The result leaves Arsenal likely to finish second in Group A and with a tricky tie against one of Barcelona, Napoli, Atletico Madrid, Monaco, Juventus or Borussia Dortmund.

It was Arsenal’s third draw in a row in all competitions and Wenger could not hide his concerns about his side’s recent stuttering form.

Speaking at his post-match news conference on Wednesday night, Wenger said: “We got a point. It might not be enough, but you never know. We lacked creativity. We gave a lot, and we came back from 1-0 down to lead 2-1 but then gave away an own goal.

“We had good spells but we could not dominate. My concern is that we were 2-1 up and allowed them to come back at us. It’s difficult to understand how easily we gave away a goal at a corner.

“We lack something in our creativity but we got a point. It might not be enough but you never know.”

Arsenal now turn their attentions back towards Premier League affairs and their crunch clash against Bournemouth at The Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

The north London side have been held to draws by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in recent weeks.


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Revealed: Wenger has already found a Fantastic replacement for Sanchez

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Arsene Wenger has lined up Marco Reus as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez who is stalling on signing a new contract at Arsenal, according to The Daily Star.

Sanchez will be entering into the final 18 months of his contract at Arsenal in January and he is not even close to signing a new contract despite talks ongoing since August.

Reports claim negotiations have not made much progress because the striker has demanded a significant pay rise and a release clause in his new deal.

While Arsenal are prepared to offer him an improved deal, we are reluctant to include a release clause in his contract as it would leave us powerless should another club comes in for him.

This has placed the Chilean’s long-term future at Arsenal in doubt and Wenger wants Reus as his replacement, should he decide to leave.

Wenger is reportedly a big fan of the Germany attacker and is keen to bring him to the Emirates but will only make a move for the German if Sanchez leaves the Emirates.

Reus has established himself as one of Europe’s best forward in at BVB and will be a great addition to our squad. However, his injury problems should be a concern. Reus has spent more time on the treatment table than on the pitch and I don’t think Arsenal need such players at the moment.

In a league like the Premier League that is very competitive, it wouldn’t be a good thing having your best players out injured more than when they are involved on the pitch and I think that should be the only stumbling block to Reus’ move.


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Thursday, November 24, 2016

The possible bad news for Arsenal fans this weekend

There is one player still on the books of Arsenal who would not mind witnessing the Gunners succumb to defeat this weekend.

Arsene Wenger’s men have now drawn their last three games after failing to beat Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United or Paris Saint-Germain.

However, the encouraging note for Arsenal is that Wednesday’s 2-2 result has seen them go 18 games without defeat in all competitions.

That long unbeaten run could be put to test on Sunday when AFC Bournemouth take a trip to the Emirates stadium.

The clash will see on-loan Arsenal star Jack Wilshere miss out due to Premier League rules. But the 24-year-old, who is not happy with the idea of being omitted from the clash, insists he will be support only one team on Sunday.

“It’s frustrating of course, I’ve just got a run of games. But it might be a good thing in a way, just to miss one and refresh and go again” the midfielder said.

“But I will be there so it will be alright. At the minute I’m a Bournemouth player so I want Bournemouth to win.”

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Arsenal Desperate to sign deadly young striker with 10 goals in 7 Apps

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Arsenal are interested in signing Inter Milan striker Andrea Pinamonti, according to reports.

Pinamonti is one of Inter’s most talented academy players and has been impressive form for the young Nerazzurri’s this season, scoring 10 goals in seven appearances so far.

His hot form has attracted a lot of clubs, who are keen to tempt him away from the San Siro and Thehardtackle.com claims Arsenal are one of the three Premier League clubs chasing the 17 year old striker.

Manchester City and Liverpool are the other two English clubs believed to be interested in the striker. European giants Juventus, Barcelona and Villareal are also said to be monitoring the striker.

The number of clubs interested in the player just goes on to show he possesses so much talent. As expected, Inter are looking to tie him down to a new deal and the prospect of joining a club like Arsenal will be too good for the player to turn down

There is every likelihood that we can convince the player to make the switch to the Emirates. His contract at Inter expires in 2018 and there is a possibility that a move can happen next summer.

Arsenal have a good track records in developing young players that have joined from other countries into top players with Hector Bellerin and Cesc Fabregas as prime examples. That could just appeal to Pinamonti and influence his decision.


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Sanchez reveal why he’s happy at Arsenal, could sign new deal for this Reason…

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Alexis Sanchez has revealed he is enjoying his role as a centre forward for Arsenal this season.

At the beginning of the season, Wenger switched Alexis Sanchez to the centre forward position to the surprise of many and so far, it appears the boss made the right decision.

Arsenal was without a recognised striker at the beginning of the season, Giroud’s extended summer break and our inability to sign a striker early on in the transfer window meant Wenger had to adapt. He opted to play Sanchez upfront which seem to be bringing the best out of the Chilean.

 The striker has already scored six Premier League goals this season, provided many assists and he appears to be enjoying himself. He believes Wenger’s decision to play him upfront is making the most of his qualities.

“I like it as a centre forward because I can get involved in the play more,” Sanchez told the club’s official website , prior to the international break.

“I have the chance to drop deep a little bit more and that means I can link up with my team-mates more.

“[The manager] is the one who decides, he’s the one who changes things around and decides where we play.

“He asked me to play there so I said fine – I looked up some videos on the internet to see how I needed to adjust my movement and I’ve been adapting since then.”


The news that Sanchez is enjoying his football will excite Gooners as it erases any doubt about his happiness at the Emirates.

Hopefully, his happiness on the pitch will persuade him to sign a contract extension with us and stay here for a long time.

The Chilean is into the final 18 months of his contract but is yet to agree a new deal. Reports claim Sanchez is demanding the inclusion of a release clause in his new deal which will give him an escape route out of the club and we are unwilling to do that.


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Liverpool Fan Favourite Sturridge Could Make Shock Move to Arsenal


Daniel Sturridge could reportedly be on his way out of Liverpool and Arsenal are believed to be one of the favorites to sign him alongside with Tottenham Hotspurs.

Sturridge, whose head header lead the England’s national team to the 3-0 victory over Scotland last night, is yet to play a full match under Jurgen Klopp in the Premier League and could be considering exit during the January transfer window.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has doubts over the striker’s fitness and has preferred Brazilian duo Coutinho and Firminho upfront alongside with summer signing Sadio Mane.

According to the Mirror reports,Sturridge will move when the transfer window reopens, however, Sturridge is open to listening offers from English clubs to remain in Premier League.

The reports add that possible destinations for the 27-year-old include Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham.

The two London clubs are believed to being desperate to strengthen their offensive options in the middle of the season to push their title tilts and Sturridge seems to be an ideal candidate for both team.

Olivier Giroud has struggled for fitness throughout the season, new signing Lucas Perez has failed to make an impact and Danny Welbeck is a long-term absentee and Wenger is desperately seeking a quality striker ahead of January transfer window.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Arsenal Desperate to Sign Bundesliga Superstar


Premier League giants Arsenal are ready to sign their long-term target Marco Reus From Borussia Dortmund as a replacement for contract Alexis Sanchez if Chilean decides to leave, according to the Mirror reports.

Arsene Wenger’s side are still hoping to tie down Alex Sanchez to a new long-term deal at the Emirates Stadium, though talks over a £200,000-per-week deal are ongoing, however, the club are believed to preparing an alternative move if they fail to reach the agreement with the Copa America winner.

European giants Juventus and City are ready to sign Alexis Sanchez for the next season and ready to offer Chilean forward big money contracts.

The Germany international has been linked with the Gunners in the past, as Wenger has long been a big fan of his.

As per  Mirror reports, Arsenal are lining up a move for the £30million-rated attacker Reus as Arsenal would look for a big name to fill Sanchez’s boots up front.

Reus recently returned from a six-month injury layoff and will be eager to show he can reach top form with Dortmund again before considering a big move away

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Arsenal To Get Another Chance To Sign This German Attacker: Why They Should Make It Happen



The Gunners could get another chance to get their hands on the highly-rated German winger Julian Draxler as reports have yet again emerged of the Wolfsburg player nearing an exit from the club. It seems more authentic now, however, as sporting director Klaus Allofs has confirmed the possibility.

Draxler was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League during the summer after it became clear that he wanted to leave Wolfsburg. Wolfsburg’s former boss Dieter Hecking had, however, said that the club would not be looking to sell Draxler. But judging the way the club has performed this season, some of the stars could leave as they are unlikely to challenge for the Champions League places, let alone the title that they managed a season ago.

Allofs has admitted that they will now consider selling the 23-year-old. He toldSport1: “We’d evaluate it differently now and maybe give our approval the next time.”

Draxler has long been a target of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger as his quality and versatility has impressed the gaffer. Making his mark after progressing through the youth ranks of FC Schalke 04, the winger spent almost six years at the club making 170 appearances for them in all competitions, scoring 30 goals in total.

Arsenal have seen some excellent display from Alex Iwobi and Alexis Sanchez on the left flank and although Wenger has always maintained that he will not shy away from a signing if he feels that it would improve the team and Draxler certainly is one who fits that description, Wenger will surely think twice before buying him now.

Although Arsenal’s latest recruit Lucas Perez is yet to show his grit and quality for the club and is currently out with an ankle injury, Wenger is expected to give him time. Draxler is primarily an inverted winger who likes to cut infield and run at opponents using his exceptional speed and dribbling ability and there is no denying the fact that he will bring a lot more dynamism to the Gunners side.

If tricks and turns are concerned, Draxler is a better player than Iwobi at any given day although the Nigerian is very young. Draxler’s import would lead to the Iwobi moving to some other club for a first team chance. But Draxler isn’t that old a player either, so it might not be the worst decision to lose Iwobi as the German is pretty much a complete player.

Arsenal are currently fourth in the Premier League table and have already qualified for the Champions League knockout stages. If Wenger does make a move to bring in the German, Arsenal may finally be looking at a major silverware this season.

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Arsenal transfer rumour round-up – Sturridge, Draxler, Gimenez to Arsenal and possible exits


We are less than six weeks away from the January transfer window, and we thought we’d bring you a little insight into the latest Arsenal gossip. We refuse to overload you with pure speculation, but you never know which of these stories will prove to be true.

Three players who are being linked with the exit door at present are Jack Wilshere, Mathieu Debuchy and Lucas Perez. The latter was the most surprising, given he only joined the club in the summer and had been beginning to impress before falling foul of injury.

The Spaniard’s agent has moved to rubbish the loan links, stating that his client is only interested in Arsenal. “He’s not playing because he is injured,” his agent told Italian website Calcio Mercato.

“He has no intention of leaving, Arsenal and Wenger are very happy with him. Maybe try asking them!

“He’s only thinking about Arsenal at the moment.”

Debuchy is also being linked with a move, having found himself as the club’s third choice right-back this season behind both Hector Bellerin and Carl Jenkinson. The Frenchman is said to be eagerly wanted by Roma and Galatasaray in January, and I’m pretty sure only a serious injury to Bellerin or Jenkinson could scupper his exit.

Wilshere is also being linked with a permanent move, although that story will have no end until his loan with Bournemouth is completed come the end of the season. AC Milan are hoping to lure him to Italy, although a switch to Italy already fell through in the summer.

Another player who has been linked with the Rossoneri is Julian Draxler. The German international has fallen out with his club, asconfirmed by Wolfsburg’s general manager, and he has also conceded that the situation could result in his exit. Arsenal have been linked with him for a number of seasons, with Wenger believed to be a long-term admirer.

The two others linked with potential moves to the Emirates are also in tough situations with their clubs. Daniel Sturridge has found himself out of favour under Jurgen Klopp this term, and has been urged to think about his career in January.

Atletico Madrid’s highly rated defender Jose Gimenez is said to be pushing to leave his current club this winter, with a keenness to land regular first-team action. Spanish newspapers tend to be worse than our English ones (as hard as that can be to believe), and I would take this with a pinch of salt.

Can you imagine any of these moves proving to be true?

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Arsenal Strongest Lineup vs PSG – Giroud Starts, Alexis dropped

Arsenal take on PSG at the Emirates on Wednesday in their fifth match of the Champions League group stage. The winner of this match will likely finish first in the group, although a draw would put Arsenal in good standing as they slightly edge out PSG in goal difference.

PSG will have to do without the services of Adrien Rabiot and Javier Pastore, who are both injured, while there are serious doubts over the availability of Angel Di Maria who hobbled off with a hamstring injury over the weekend. Arsenal will miss Hector Bellerinand Santi Cazorla, who are both out for at least the next few weeks. There are also doubts over Alexis Sanchez, who despite playing over the weekend with a hamstring injury, could be held out to prevent further damage.

Arsene Wenger will again have some tough lineup choices to make. Against Manchester United, he played Aaron Ramsey on the left in an attempt to solidify the center of the pitch. That choice stymied Arsenal’s attacking vibrancy and the manager will now have to decide whether he wants to force Ramsey into the lineup out of position again. There will also be decision to be had over Granit XhakaAlex Iwobi, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – all of whom are pushing for a first team birth this week.

Here is Arsenal’s most probable starting lineup versus PSG on Wednesday. 

Goalkeeper – Ospina

David Ospina starts in goal. He’s impressed in the Champions League so far this season and will look to continue his good form.

Right Back – Jenkinson

Carl Jenkinson starts at right back in place of the injured Bellerin. Mathieu Debuchy could soon provide Jenkinson competition, as the Frenchman is about two weeks away from contention, according to Wenger.

Center Backs – Mustafi & Koscielny

Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny start in central defense. Considering the amount of games the two have played without much rotation this season, expect them to be rotated a bit through the heavy December schedule.

Left Back – Monreal

Nacho Monreal starts at left back. Kieran Gibbsshould see some opportunities in the coming weeks as Arsenal’s schedule becomes somewhat clustered.

Defensive Mid – Coquelin

Francis Coquelin appears to have solidified his place as the preferred defensive mid ahead of Xhaka. Coquelin provides better defensive cover but lacks the same passing vision as Xhaka. When paired with a player like Ramsey, or even Xhaka himself, Coquelin’s lack of adventurous passing becomes less of an issue as his defensive capabilities become more valuable.

Central Mid – Ramsey

Ramsey starts next to Coquelin. Ultimately Wenger will have to choose between Xhaka and Ramsey at this position. Mohamed Elneny is better paired with Xhaka because of the Egyptians inconsistencies with passing through the lines, so he isn’t an option.

If Xhaka starts here, that would force Ramsey out wide, but that presents Arsenal with problems up front. Wenger has a tendency to force Ramsey in the lineup, which usually means he plays out of position. That could happen again on Wednesday, but it’s not the right choice.

Attacking Mid – Özil

Mesut Özil starts at the number 10. Özil had a tough time influencing the match this weekend because Arsenal’s midfield was so congested with Ramsey, Elneny, and Coquelin all in the side. Add in the fact that Alexis likes to drop deep, Özil had little space in between the lines to work with. A lineup change should present Özil with more space.

Wide Right – Walcott

Theo Walcott starts on the right. He had trouble getting involved against Manchester United last weekend, but that was due to a lack of service and Arsenal’s overall lack of chemistry with the lineup they played. Walcott’s defensive work rate has been good, which is indicative of his overall attitude towards his performances this season.

Wide Left – Iwobi

Alex Iwobi will be put back into the lineup. Arsenal lacked width and creativity from the left without him as Ramsey constantly moved to the center of the pitch. Arsenal are a better team with Iwobi on the pitch, even if his form has dipped slightly compared to early in the year.

Striker – Giroud

Olivier Giroud cut a frustrated character after scoring Arsenal’s equalizer late in the game on Saturday. You can’t blame him considering he’s scored in 7 of his last 8 shots. The problem is, he’s more valuable on the bench because he provides Wenger on option to change Arsenal’s style of play. With him in the starting lineup, it limits what Wenger can do to make tactical changes.
Considering Alexis is recovering from a hamstring injury that almost kept him out of last weekend’s match, coupled with Giroud’s form, the Frenchman will start and he deserves to, as well.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Confirmed – Arsenal Superstar To Leave Club In January!

As per latest reports emerging from England, Arsenal’s summer signing, Lucas Perez could well be offloaded from the team. Arsenal are willing to loan out the midfielder once the transfer window opens in January.

Lucas Perez signed for Arsenal barely 5 months ago on deadline day from Deportivo la Coruna for a reported fee of £17.1m. The 28 year winger has failed to secure his spot in the starting line up under Arsene Wenger.

Arsene Wenger prefers to play Alexis Sanchez and Oliver Giroud, and Lucas Perez is barely given any game time. Perez has played only 87mins combined in 12 matches in the Premier League this season despite being fully fit and available for selection on most of the occasions. Perez has only scored two goals in his Arsenal career so far, both coming in a 4-0 victory over Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup.

Calciomercato has stated that Perez could well be shown the temporary exit doors in January once the transfer window opens. A series of European clubs are interested in a possible loaning out of Lucas Perez. With the transfer window just around a corner, its only a matter of time until Lucas Perez’s Arsenal fate is decided.


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“He’s just thinking about Arsenal” – Agent confirms $21m forward’s transfer plans

With the January transfer window now just around the corner, transfer rumours and agent remarks are dominating the headlines again. 

Arsene Wenger’s most notable bit of business in the summer saw him secure the signing of two players during the final week of the transfer window.

One of the stars from that double deal is Lucas Perez who opted to leave Deportivo La Coruna to join the Gunners in a $21 million transfer deal.

The Spaniard, who has registered two goals so far for his new club, has rarely featured for Arsenal, following Wenger’s decision to deploy Alexis Sanchez at centre-forward.

That has resulted in rumours suggesting Perez is a target for a host of clubs in a possible loan deal which could see him leave in January, only months after moving to the Emirates stadium.

However, the striker’s agent Rodrigo Fernandez Llovelle has dismissed those reports, insisting Perez will see out his first season season at Arsenal at least.

“He’s not playing because he’s injured,” Llovelle told calciomeracto.com.

“He has no plans to leave, Arsenal and [Arsene] Wenger are very happy with him.

“Inter or Napoli? Not at the moment. Now he’s just thinking about Arsenal. He was playing, but then he injured his ankle and he’s been out for a month.”

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Arsenal star inks new long term deal


Spanish defender Hector Bellerin on Monday signed a long-term contract with Arsenal. The 21-year-old, who joined the club in 2011, is a regular member of Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger’s starting line-up.

He signed a new long-term deal in July 2015 and has now been rewarded with another contract. FC Barcelona and Manchester City had reportedly expressed their interest over Bellerin and the new deal should hopefully end all speculation of him leaving the Gunners.

Bellerin tweeted about his new contract, sharing, “Yess Gunners!! I’ve just signed my new contract.”

Then in a formal interview with Arsenal’s official website, the youngster said, “I’m really, really happy and this club is my home right now. I’ve been here for more than five years now so I was really, really excited when the club told me that they wanted to extend my contract. I wasn’t thinking about anything else other than staying here and continuing my development here. This is where I’m happy. I’m just very grateful and pleased to have signed.”

The youngster added, “Arsenal is not only about being a footballer, you have to be a good person to play here. That’s what everyone transmits inside the club. You represent more than just a football club. I’m a player who tries to be an example for everyone, not just on the pitch but off it as well.

“Now I’ve just got to keep on progressing, keep working hard to be the best player I can be, and hopefully help the team to be where its got to be, to win some silverware. That’s what everyone wants and that’s what I’m working towards.”

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

PSG Suffer Double Injury Blow Ahead of Arsenal Clash

Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery has admitted that the French champions have injury concerns ahead of Wednesday’s crucial Champions League clash at the Emirates.

The two teams go into the game locked on points at the top of Group A and knowing that victory for either side will likely see them finish as group winners.

Arsenal salvaged a late draw at Parc des Princes in the first fixture between the two sides and go into the game buoyed by having rescued a late point against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.

PSG, meanwhile, beat Nantes 2-0 on Saturday but saw both Angel Di Maria and Javier Pastore forced off due to injury which marred the win.

Di Maria opened the scoring but lasted just 36 minutes of the game although Emery says his substitution for a thigh problem was a “precaution” and is hopeful he will be fit.

“There is a rest day tomorrow,” Emery said according to ESPN. “He will be given time to recover but I think he will be in London for the match on Wednesday.”

Pastore, meanwhile, came on late and won a penalty but then was forced off with a knee problem and Emergy was unsure of his prognosis:  “We know he will have to do some exams with the doctor, some analysis.”

The victory puts PSG level on points with Monaco at the top of Ligue 1 and Emery is now turning his attention to the Gunners.

“For the moment, we are doing some things well but we need to improve,” he said.

“Arsenal? This evening, we were fully concentrated on Nantes. Now we will prepare to face Arsenal. We want to do a good job in London.”

Arsenal required a late equaliser to grab a point against PSG in September and face a tough test on Wednesday, particularly with top spot up for grabs.

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PSG Suffer Double Injury Blow Ahead of Arsenal Clash

Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery has admitted that the French champions have injury concerns ahead of Wednesday’s crucial Champions League clash at the Emirates.

The two teams go into the game locked on points at the top of Group A and knowing that victory for either side will likely see them finish as group winners.

Arsenal salvaged a late draw at Parc des Princes in the first fixture between the two sides and go into the game buoyed by having rescued a late point against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.

PSG, meanwhile, beat Nantes 2-0 on Saturday but saw both Angel Di Maria and Javier Pastore forced off due to injury which marred the win.

Di Maria opened the scoring but lasted just 36 minutes of the game although Emery says his substitution for a thigh problem was a “precaution” and is hopeful he will be fit.

“There is a rest day tomorrow,” Emery said according to ESPN. “He will be given time to recover but I think he will be in London for the match on Wednesday.”

Pastore, meanwhile, came on late and won a penalty but then was forced off with a knee problem and Emergy was unsure of his prognosis:  “We know he will have to do some exams with the doctor, some analysis.”

The victory puts PSG level on points with Monaco at the top of Ligue 1 and Emery is now turning his attention to the Gunners.

“For the moment, we are doing some things well but we need to improve,” he said.

“Arsenal? This evening, we were fully concentrated on Nantes. Now we will prepare to face Arsenal. We want to do a good job in London.”

Arsenal required a late equaliser to grab a point against PSG in September and face a tough test on Wednesday, particularly with top spot up for grabs.

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Arsenal News Summary: £31m For Serie A Forward, Cazorla Travel’s to Barcelona, Sanchez on Juventus Radar

Arsenal Ready to Sign £31m-rated AC Milan Star M'Baye Niang

Seire A giants AC Milan’s M’Baye Niang, who has been previously linked with the Gunners switch once again rumoured to be a target by Arsenal manager Arsen Wenger, according to the Calciomercato reporst.

According to Calciomercato, Arsenal are still keeping tabs on the Frenchman progress with the Rossonerri and Arsene Wenger is believed to be ready and pay  £31 million asking price for 21-year-old forward during the Januayr transfer window to boost Arsenal’s title chances this term.

Frenchman has long been regarded as one of Milan’s brightest young prospects, and he’s finally starting to make good on his vast potential. Plagued by inconsistency and poor finishing for years, the 21-year-old has been much more efficient in the 2016-17 season.

His physical tools and impressive athleticism have always been his biggest calling cards, and the young forward has finally added a solid eye for goal to his repertoire.

Niang is one o the best young players in Europe and has been tipped to have a bright future, he could be Arsenal’s long-term answer at the striker position if AC Milan allow him to leave San Siro.

Arsenal Have Allowed 31-year-old Midfielder Santi Cazorla to Travel to Barcelona.

According to the Metro reports, Arsenal have allowed Spaniard midfielder Santi Cazorla to travel to Barcelona and find a cure for an ongoing Achilles problem.

The Blaugrana have a history of signing the key Arsenal players,however, it has just a trip to recover from the injury.

Spaniard has been on the sidelines for the past month and will arrive in Catalonia to see Dr. Ramon Cugat  in an attempt to end the issue on his Achilles and return

Arsenal manager Wenger is desperate to have back midfielder into the action for the “boxing day” as it should be a vital period for the Gunners chances to win the title.

Spaniard midfielder has scored twice and added two more assists in eight Premier League games for Arsenal this season, and the Gunners look to struggle without him in the heart of the midfield after failing to secure the 3 points against Man United at Old Trafford.

With Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny in central midfield, Arsenal were unable to create as many chances as they are usually able to.

Italian Champions Planning January Move For Arsenal Superstar Alexis Sanchez

According to the Mirror reports, Serie A defending champions Juventus are still keen on to sign Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, contract talks over extension is believed to be stalled and it has boosted Italian giants chances to lure Chilean star in Turin.

Copa America Winner forward’s current deal with the Emirates side is set to expire in 2018 and contract extension negotiations between the two parties have been stalled thus far.

As per Mirror reports, Arsene Wenger is already considering move for Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus as a potential replacement for Chilean superstar.

Sanchez, on the other hand, is a transfer target of both Juventus and Manchester City. Guardiola and Allegri could consider making a big money offer to Arsenal in the summer in case Sanchez fails to sign a new deal with the club by the end of the season.

Arsenal are currently on the fourth place of the Premier League table with only two points separating from league leaders Liverpool and with the current situation they should keep their star players to compete for the trophy and should do their best to tie Chilean down with new long-term deal.

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Arsenal News Summary: £31m For Serie A Forward, Cazorla Travel’s to Barcelona, Sanchez on Juventus Radar

Arsenal Ready to Sign £31m-rated AC Milan Star M'Baye Niang

Seire A giants AC Milan’s M’Baye Niang, who has been previously linked with the Gunners switch once again rumoured to be a target by Arsenal manager Arsen Wenger, according to the Calciomercato reporst.

According to Calciomercato, Arsenal are still keeping tabs on the Frenchman progress with the Rossonerri and Arsene Wenger is believed to be ready and pay  £31 million asking price for 21-year-old forward during the Januayr transfer window to boost Arsenal’s title chances this term.

Frenchman has long been regarded as one of Milan’s brightest young prospects, and he’s finally starting to make good on his vast potential. Plagued by inconsistency and poor finishing for years, the 21-year-old has been much more efficient in the 2016-17 season.

His physical tools and impressive athleticism have always been his biggest calling cards, and the young forward has finally added a solid eye for goal to his repertoire.

Niang is one o the best young players in Europe and has been tipped to have a bright future, he could be Arsenal’s long-term answer at the striker position if AC Milan allow him to leave San Siro.

Arsenal Have Allowed 31-year-old Midfielder Santi Cazorla to Travel to Barcelona.

According to the Metro reports, Arsenal have allowed Spaniard midfielder Santi Cazorla to travel to Barcelona and find a cure for an ongoing Achilles problem.

The Blaugrana have a history of signing the key Arsenal players,however, it has just a trip to recover from the injury.

Spaniard has been on the sidelines for the past month and will arrive in Catalonia to see Dr. Ramon Cugat  in an attempt to end the issue on his Achilles and return

Arsenal manager Wenger is desperate to have back midfielder into the action for the “boxing day” as it should be a vital period for the Gunners chances to win the title.

Spaniard midfielder has scored twice and added two more assists in eight Premier League games for Arsenal this season, and the Gunners look to struggle without him in the heart of the midfield after failing to secure the 3 points against Man United at Old Trafford.

With Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny in central midfield, Arsenal were unable to create as many chances as they are usually able to.

Italian Champions Planning January Move For Arsenal Superstar Alexis Sanchez

According to the Mirror reports, Serie A defending champions Juventus are still keen on to sign Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, contract talks over extension is believed to be stalled and it has boosted Italian giants chances to lure Chilean star in Turin.

Copa America Winner forward’s current deal with the Emirates side is set to expire in 2018 and contract extension negotiations between the two parties have been stalled thus far.

As per Mirror reports, Arsene Wenger is already considering move for Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus as a potential replacement for Chilean superstar.

Sanchez, on the other hand, is a transfer target of both Juventus and Manchester City. Guardiola and Allegri could consider making a big money offer to Arsenal in the summer in case Sanchez fails to sign a new deal with the club by the end of the season.

Arsenal are currently on the fourth place of the Premier League table with only two points separating from league leaders Liverpool and with the current situation they should keep their star players to compete for the trophy and should do their best to tie Chilean down with new long-term deal.

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Expected Arsenal lineup (4-2-3-1) vs PSG, Alexis, Walcott out and more


Arsenal will host Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday night knowing that a win would guarantee them the top spot in the group standings.

Arsene Wenger’s side have lost out in the round of 16 in the last six seasons, and this makes the game with Les Parisiens all too crucial as they seek to avoid the big boys in the knock-out stage.

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Wenger has rarely experimented with his tactical formation over the years, and it is highly unlikely he will change the club’s style of play in midweek.

Goalkeeper:

Colombian international David Ospina has pulled out a string of stunning saves in the Champions League this term, and this has warded off some of the fears the Gunners’ faithful had over him between the sticks.

Defence:

In-form right-back Hector Bellerin is ruled out for the best part of a month with an ankle problem, and this will see Carl Jenkinson once again deputize in his place.

Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi are deemed the best centre-back partnership in the Premier League (for now), but their credentials will be tested against Les Parisiens, who clearly outplayed the Gunners in the 1-1 reverse in September.

Kieran Gibbs has been earning his fair share of game time in Europe this season, but there are still doubts whether he would start ahead of Nacho Monreal, given the high intensity likely to be displayed by the French champions.

Midfield:

Mohamed Elneny is expected to be benched for the encounter with Granit Xhaka set to accompany Francis Coquelin in the heart of the defence.

Aaron Ramsey made his first league start since August at Old Trafford last weekend, and he could take on the right-wing position with Theo Walcott doubtful for the clash. Walcott is expecting the birth of his second child, and it is believed that Wenger could exclude the Englishman from his squad.

In the number ’10’ role would be Mesut Ozil. The German did not show up against Manchester United. Questions have been raised over the German’s influence in the big games, and the World Cup winner will seek to prove his doubters wrong in midweek.

Alex Iwobi will take up the left-wing role for the Gunners having not played a part in the 1-1 draw at Manchester United on Saturday.

Striker:

Alexis Sanchez played the full 90 minutes against the Red Devils despite having his right thigh tightly strapped. The Chilean ace is nursing a minor hamstring niggle, and this will urge Wenger to drop him to the bench at best.

Olivier Giroud has proved to be an effective ‘plan B’ for Wenger in the league, but this is something the Frenchman is not happy about. The 30-year-old wants to feature for the Gunners on a regular basis, and the game against Paris Saint-Germain could be one he could revel in following his red-card incident in the reverse fixture.


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We Are Working On That” Claims Wenger On Negotiations Of £50k-a-week star


He might be out injured but Hector Bellerin can still put a smile on Arsenal fans’ faces after Wenger revealed he is “not far away” from signing a new contract.

It is not surprising that clubs all over the world keep a close eye on Arsenal players as it seems to be the club that nourishes players and where they grow to become fine players as time and development are important aspects of their manager’s philosophy.

Barcelona were the latest to line up a deal for the Gunner’s right-back Hector Bellerin during the winter transfer as they look for a permanent replacement for Dani Alves.

Arsene Wenger though has confirmed that he is working on securing new deals for most of his stars as many rival clubs look to poach from Wenger’s team for their own needs. Bellerin who still has three years left on his Arsenal contract is said to be signing another one very soon which includes a wage rise with a tie-down to the Emirates.

“We are working on that,” Wenger said, “And we are not far. It will be great. Let’s say ‘it is great’ when it is done.

Not only Barcelona but other clubs in Europe are keen admirers for certain key players at the Emirates and Wenger will have to be penning down a few more contracts for the other starlets in his team.

Form like this could attract other star players to the club from around the world as they did this summer and the Gunners are making efforts to complete deals before the transfer window opens in terms of keeping their players at the club.

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

[Player Ratings] Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal: Giroud The Hero As Ramsey’s Flops

Olivier Giroud was the hero for a below-par Arsenal side as he came off the bench to score a late header to rescue a 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.

Here are Gooner Mac’s player ratings for Arsene Wenger’s men:

Cech  8/10 | Great save to deny Mata and Martial and keep it at 0-0 in the first half but could do nothing about their goal.

Jenkinson  7/10 | Stood firm as United tried to target him early on and rarely put a foot wrong.

Mustafi  7/10 | Continued his fine partnership alongside Koscielny with another solid display.

Koscielny  7/10 | Made a few important tackles and kept Rashford relatively quiet.

Monreal  6.5/10 | Failed to track Herrera for their goal but was otherwise solid enough. Offered little going forward.

Coquelin  6.5/10 | Effective in patches but struggled to take control of the game.

Elneny  5/10 |  Not an effective partner for Coquelin as neither player offer enough in terms of incisive passing.

Ramsey  5/10 | Very wasteful at times and didn’t look comfortable on either wing. Far happier when he moved in the middle but very poor overall.

Ozil  6/10 | Disappointing performance from the German. Just couldn’t get in the game enough.

Walcott  6.5/10 | Keen to get involved going forward and test United with his pace but wasn’t utilised enough. At fault for their goal as he failed to track Mata’s run.

Sanchez  6.5/10 |  Worked hard to get himself in the  game but was forced to drop far too deep at times.

Subs:

Giroud 7.5/10 | Rescued a point with a superb header.

Xhaka 6.5/10 | Should have started ahead of Elneny.

Oxlade-Chamberlain 7.5/10 | Surprise choice to come on at right-back but produced a superb cross to set-up Giroud for the goal.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Manchester United vs Arsenal – Preview, Line-ups, Stats And Prediction, three in-form Players missing

By Oladipo Ibukun  on November 19, 2016

Two of the biggest juggernauts of English Football will go against each other today as Manchester United host Arsenal at Old Trafford. While Mourinho has never left an opportunity to term his fellow manager a specialist in “failure” it is Wenger who truly holds the upper hand in this fixture.

Unbeaten in their last eight premier league games, The Gunners are high on confidence and would be aiming to stretch their good form. The Red Devils though have made a less than impressive start to the season. Despite their 3-1 win against Swansea which would inject much-needed confidence, they still need to address quite a few significant issues. United’s cause wouldn’t be helped by their injury situation and Zlatan’s suspension either.

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Team News and Tactics

Chris Smalling and Eric Baily will not be available as both of them are yet to recover from their injuries. Valencia is on the path of recovery but might be a doubt lack of match fitness. Despite being sent home early from international duty due to an injury, Fellaini might be in contention. Zlatan will be out due to suspension and his presence will definitely be missed. Lastly, even though Rooney didn’t feature in England’s draw against Spain, he still might feature in this line-up.

The biggest selection question has to be the replacement for Ibrahimović. Martial, Rashford, and Rooney will fight it out for the role. Though if healthy, it is the United Captain that should get the nod to go ahead with the other filling in spaces in the wings.

Probable Lineup (4-3-2-1) : De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Blind, Rojo; Herrera, Carrick, Pogba; Mata, Rashford; Rooney

Arsenal

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Sanchez should return to the squad after scoring twice for Chile in the international break. Bellerin won’t feature and has been ruled out for the next four weeks. Hector’s absence should pave way for Carl Jenkinson.

Probable Lineup (4-2-3-1) : Cech; Jenkinson, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Ramsey, Xhaka; Walcott, Ozil, Sanchez; Giroud
 

Key Stats (from FourFourTwo)

Manchester United have lost just one of their last 10 Premier League matches against Arsenal, a 3-0 loss at the Emirates in October 2015 (W6 D3).Manchester United have drawn their last two league games at Old Trafford – the last drew three successively at home in April 1992.Arsenal has lost 22 times against Manchester United in the Premier League – more than they have against any other team, with 15 of those losses coming at Old Trafford.

Arsene Wenger’s only win in 15 previous encounters as a manager in any competition against Jose Mourinho came in the 2015 Community Shield (W1 D6 L8).Jose Mourinho has never lost a Premier League game against Arsenal, winning five and drawing six of his 11 previous meetings with the Gunners.

Prediction – Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal

Even though both of the teams would be looking to secure maximum points from the fixture, I only see this ending as a draw. United lack the firepower in the final third to score enough goals. Arsenal, on the other hand, have historically been very power at Old Trafford and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.


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This Arsenal Line Up Will Destroy Manchester United’s 4-2-3-1 Formation!

When Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal will travel to Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon, revenge will be on their minds. Apart from the Wenger-Jose Mourinho rivalry that has always made games involving the teams of both these managers spicy ones, Arsenal would fancy their chances of winning their first game against United at Old Trafford in the Premier League since 2011, when an Aaron Ramsey strike had separated both the sides, who were gunning for the title that season.

And since then, a lot has changed. While Arsenal’s manager hasn’t, United have changed three managers and the ambitions and standards of both the clubs have undergone a change. And all of it will come down to both locking horns on Saturday, when Arsene Wenger will renew his long-standing rivalry with his arch-rival- Jose Mourinho.

And here’s how the Gunners are likely to line-up:

GK: Petr Cech

The Czech International has made sure that David Ospina has only played second fiddle to him, as the former Chelsea man has kept six clean sheets in the last ten games in all competitions this season.

While Cech’s form has been patchy, but he has done well in some of the games such as the one against Middlesbrough and was important during Arsenal’s 3-1 win over. The 34-year-old’s performance against his former club during the 3-0 hammering of Antonio Conte’s men proved that why he still is one of the best goalkeepers in the world right now.

RB: Carl Jenkinson

The 24-year-old Englishman has made only a single appearance in all competitions this season and has failed to feature in the Premier League. The presence of Hector Bellerin did keep his football limited, but the Spaniard’s injury issues has handed him a much-needed opportunity to prove his worth in the first-team.

His stint at West Ham last season, which saw him make 20 appearances in the Premier League, certainly proves that he is capable of playing regular first-team football. And the game at Old Trafford provides him the perfect chance.

CB: Shkodran Mustafi

The German has been one of Arsenal’s best players this season, despite having joined this past summer only. The former Valencia, Everton and Sampdoria man has made 15 appearances in all competitions already this season, acting as the defensive wall that the Gunners were yearning for since time immemorial.

The performance against Spurs, which helped the Gunners hold Mauricio Pochettino’s men to a 1-1 draw, saw Mustafi come up with a key-performance. And his completeness as a defender has helped Arsene Wenger’s men a lot.

CB: Laurent Koscielny

Although, the experienced Frenchman was at the receiving end of a nutmeg at the hands of Spurs’ Hueng Min-Son, the moment was in stark contrast to the kind of season he has had. Alongside Mustafi, Koscielny has finally got to play against a defensive partner, who is quicker and stronger than Per Mertesacker. And the partnership is clearly working out quite well.

Koscielny has already appeared 21 times in all competitions this season, popping in with two goals and although, the Frenchman’s last two games were below par ones, but he could be placed within the bracket of being one of the best this season.

LB: Nacho Monreal

The Spaniard returned to first-team action against Spurs after missing the three games prior to that and struggled against the presence Kyle Walker’s presence down the right. He recently scored his first goal for the Spanish national side, after having earned a call-up for Julen Lopetegui’s side.

While the former Malaga man has appeared 12 times for the Gunners this season, he has done well enough to keep Kieran Gibbs away from regular first-team action.

CDM: Granit Xhaka

While comparisons to Saturday’s counterpart Paul Pogba are slightly far-fetched, Xhaka has rightly lived upto the fee that Arsenal signed him for from Andre Schubert’s Borussia Monchengladbach this season. And Santi Cazorla’s absence hasn’t hindered his progress too much.

Xhaka has made eight Premier League appearances this season, scoring once against Hull and getting the second of his Arsenal career against Nottingham Forest in the League Cup. Its quite clear that the Swiss International has already assumed the form of being a fan-favorite at a club that was in need of a tenacious holding midfielder since the departure of Alex Song.

CDM: Francis Coquelin

Someone who was plying his trade with Charlton Athletic two years ago during his loan stint at the London based club, Coquelin has slotted in effortlessly in the midfield, in the absence of Santi Cazorla, despite being a completely different player, when compared to the little Spaniard. Alongside Xhaka, Coquelin came close to overpowering a heavyweight Tottenham midfield.

The Frenchman has appeared nine times in the Premier League this season and has gone about his usual job with a certain degree of nonchalance. And with United likely to play Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba in the heart of the park, Coquelin’s ball winning abilities will be the most crucial part of Arsenal’s strategy at Old Trafford.

LM: Alex Iwobi

One of the breakout sensations of the season already, Iwobi has been one of the best Arsenal players this season, despite showings signs of inconsistency here and there. The Nigerian’s rise to prominence during the fag end of last season has impressed Wenger, who has afforded him a place ahead of Alex Oxlade Chamberlain quite regularly.

Iwobi has appeared 13 times in all competitions this season, assisting thrice and has shown flashes of pace, agility and the hunger to go past the opposition defenders in a lot many games.

CAM: Mesut Ozil

While the German has fallen short of the number of assists he would usually have racked up, if this was any other season, but his general play has been impressive. The absence of a towering target man in the form of Olivier Giroud has been a reason, but Ozil’s slick style of play and passing has been a key for Arsenal to lock open defenses.

The German has made a total 20 appearances in all competitions, racking up only four assists but his goal tally has increased. He has scored as many as eight times, more than he has had at Arsenal at this point, since joining in 2013.

RM: Theo Walcott

Rumors about him looking set to miss out the Old Trafford because his wife is about to give birth to a baby were quashed by his presence at training. The winger, who has asssumed the form of the Theo Walcott we knew from three seasons ago, featured for England in the last two games.

The forward, who has played more as a right winger than as a forward this season, has appeared 11 times this season and his goal tally has taken a bump too. He has racked up just as many goals as Ozil, assisting twice.

Alexis Sanchez

Another one of those players whose presence was in a major doubt going into the game, Sanchez’s brace for Chile during the international break proved that he is fit to feature and his presence on the training ground drilled the final nail in the coffin for those rumors.

While Sanchez has been used as an out and out forward by Wenger this season, he has shined in that role after struggling in the first two games against Liverpool and Leicester. And Arsenal could not have afforded to lose him going into such a gargantuan clash. The dynamic Chilean has scored eight times, assisting thrice in 15 appearances.

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This Arsenal Line Up Will Destroy Manchester United’s 4-2-3-1 Formation!

When Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal will travel to Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon, revenge will be on their minds. Apart from the Wenger-Jose Mourinho rivalry that has always made games involving the teams of both these managers spicy ones, Arsenal would fancy their chances of winning their first game against United at Old Trafford in the Premier League since 2011, when an Aaron Ramsey strike had separated both the sides, who were gunning for the title that season.

And since then, a lot has changed. While Arsenal’s manager hasn’t, United have changed three managers and the ambitions and standards of both the clubs have undergone a change. And all of it will come down to both locking horns on Saturday, when Arsene Wenger will renew his long-standing rivalry with his arch-rival- Jose Mourinho.

And here’s how the Gunners are likely to line-up:

GK: Petr Cech

The Czech International has made sure that David Ospina has only played second fiddle to him, as the former Chelsea man has kept six clean sheets in the last ten games in all competitions this season.

While Cech’s form has been patchy, but he has done well in some of the games such as the one against Middlesbrough and was important during Arsenal’s 3-1 win over. The 34-year-old’s performance against his former club during the 3-0 hammering of Antonio Conte’s men proved that why he still is one of the best goalkeepers in the world right now.

RB: Carl Jenkinson

The 24-year-old Englishman has made only a single appearance in all competitions this season and has failed to feature in the Premier League. The presence of Hector Bellerin did keep his football limited, but the Spaniard’s injury issues has handed him a much-needed opportunity to prove his worth in the first-team.

His stint at West Ham last season, which saw him make 20 appearances in the Premier League, certainly proves that he is capable of playing regular first-team football. And the game at Old Trafford provides him the perfect chance.

CB: Shkodran Mustafi

The German has been one of Arsenal’s best players this season, despite having joined this past summer only. The former Valencia, Everton and Sampdoria man has made 15 appearances in all competitions already this season, acting as the defensive wall that the Gunners were yearning for since time immemorial.

The performance against Spurs, which helped the Gunners hold Mauricio Pochettino’s men to a 1-1 draw, saw Mustafi come up with a key-performance. And his completeness as a defender has helped Arsene Wenger’s men a lot.

CB: Laurent Koscielny

Although, the experienced Frenchman was at the receiving end of a nutmeg at the hands of Spurs’ Hueng Min-Son, the moment was in stark contrast to the kind of season he has had. Alongside Mustafi, Koscielny has finally got to play against a defensive partner, who is quicker and stronger than Per Mertesacker. And the partnership is clearly working out quite well.

Koscielny has already appeared 21 times in all competitions this season, popping in with two goals and although, the Frenchman’s last two games were below par ones, but he could be placed within the bracket of being one of the best this season.

LB: Nacho Monreal

The Spaniard returned to first-team action against Spurs after missing the three games prior to that and struggled against the presence Kyle Walker’s presence down the right. He recently scored his first goal for the Spanish national side, after having earned a call-up for Julen Lopetegui’s side.

While the former Malaga man has appeared 12 times for the Gunners this season, he has done well enough to keep Kieran Gibbs away from regular first-team action.

CDM: Granit Xhaka

While comparisons to Saturday’s counterpart Paul Pogba are slightly far-fetched, Xhaka has rightly lived upto the fee that Arsenal signed him for from Andre Schubert’s Borussia Monchengladbach this season. And Santi Cazorla’s absence hasn’t hindered his progress too much.

Xhaka has made eight Premier League appearances this season, scoring once against Hull and getting the second of his Arsenal career against Nottingham Forest in the League Cup. Its quite clear that the Swiss International has already assumed the form of being a fan-favorite at a club that was in need of a tenacious holding midfielder since the departure of Alex Song.

CDM: Francis Coquelin

Someone who was plying his trade with Charlton Athletic two years ago during his loan stint at the London based club, Coquelin has slotted in effortlessly in the midfield, in the absence of Santi Cazorla, despite being a completely different player, when compared to the little Spaniard. Alongside Xhaka, Coquelin came close to overpowering a heavyweight Tottenham midfield.

The Frenchman has appeared nine times in the Premier League this season and has gone about his usual job with a certain degree of nonchalance. And with United likely to play Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba in the heart of the park, Coquelin’s ball winning abilities will be the most crucial part of Arsenal’s strategy at Old Trafford.

LM: Alex Iwobi

One of the breakout sensations of the season already, Iwobi has been one of the best Arsenal players this season, despite showings signs of inconsistency here and there. The Nigerian’s rise to prominence during the fag end of last season has impressed Wenger, who has afforded him a place ahead of Alex Oxlade Chamberlain quite regularly.

Iwobi has appeared 13 times in all competitions this season, assisting thrice and has shown flashes of pace, agility and the hunger to go past the opposition defenders in a lot many games.

CAM: Mesut Ozil

While the German has fallen short of the number of assists he would usually have racked up, if this was any other season, but his general play has been impressive. The absence of a towering target man in the form of Olivier Giroud has been a reason, but Ozil’s slick style of play and passing has been a key for Arsenal to lock open defenses.

The German has made a total 20 appearances in all competitions, racking up only four assists but his goal tally has increased. He has scored as many as eight times, more than he has had at Arsenal at this point, since joining in 2013.

RM: Theo Walcott

Rumors about him looking set to miss out the Old Trafford because his wife is about to give birth to a baby were quashed by his presence at training. The winger, who has asssumed the form of the Theo Walcott we knew from three seasons ago, featured for England in the last two games.

The forward, who has played more as a right winger than as a forward this season, has appeared 11 times this season and his goal tally has taken a bump too. He has racked up just as many goals as Ozil, assisting twice.

Alexis Sanchez

Another one of those players whose presence was in a major doubt going into the game, Sanchez’s brace for Chile during the international break proved that he is fit to feature and his presence on the training ground drilled the final nail in the coffin for those rumors.

While Sanchez has been used as an out and out forward by Wenger this season, he has shined in that role after struggling in the first two games against Liverpool and Leicester. And Arsenal could not have afforded to lose him going into such a gargantuan clash. The dynamic Chilean has scored eight times, assisting thrice in 15 appearances.

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