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Friday, March 24, 2017

Koscielny finally breaks silence

Laurent Koscielny has demanded Arsenal's players take the blame for their current run and take the heat off manager Arsene Wenger.

Six defeats in their last nine matches have seen the Gunners knocked out of the Champions League and drift out of the top four in the Premier League.

Wenger's future as manager has been the subject of increasingly keen scrutiny as he approaches the end of his contract in the summer.

After almost 21 years in charge, Wenger has yet to announce whether he will stay at the club beyond this season, although he teased at the weekend he has reached a decision and will soon declare his intentions.

France defender Koscielny says the players must step up their performances as they look to ease the strain on their under-pressure boss.

He said in a national team press conference on Thursday, when asked about Wenger: "He's someone who's been very important in my career.

"It's him who gave me my chance at Arsenal, who fashioned me as a player and as a man.

"We're in a complicated situation but it's not only his responsibility.

"It's us, on the pitch, who have to do more."

Arsenal are next in action on April 2 when they face Manchester City in the Premier League.

Asked about his Arsenal career, Koscielny added, according to "I feel good, I know the club and the people who work there perfectly.

"I appreciate my life in London, and so do my family. At the moment, I've got no reason to want to leave. I've got a long contract, and I'm happy where I am."


Arsene Wenger Set to sign new 12-month deal

Arsene Wenger has reportedly reached a compromise on his future as Arsenal boss and is set to sign a new one-year contract.

The Frenchman finds himself under intense pressure heading into the final few months of his existing deal with some sections of the Arsenal fan base calling for him to step down at the end of the season. 

A string of poor results, including back-to-back 5-1 losses to Bayern Munich and Saturday's 3-1 defeat at West Brom, has only intensified the scrutiny as to whether Wenger is the right man to take the club forward. 

The Gunners' hierarchy are thought to have offered Wenger a new two-year deal and following the defeat at West Brom on Saturday the 67-year-old revealed a decision on his future would be made "very soon". 

Reports in Sunday's newspapers are now claiming that Wenger has agreed to stay on for one more season, despite Juventus boss Max Allegri having verbally agreed to takeover at the Emirates Stadium should he walk away.


Saturday, March 18, 2017

WBA vs Arsenal review – Weak and lazy Gunners get well beaten

Surely Arsenal would have prepared for this must win Premier League game away to West Brom, but you would hardly have known it with the way we performed at the Hawthorns today. Not only did Arsenal let the home side take the lead after failing to defend properly from one of their notoriously strong set pieces, we failed to learn from that mistake and did exactly the same in the second half.

Those two free headers from corners were bad enough, but on top of that we were slow and predictable in our general play and despite having the lion’s share of possession and more than five times the number of passes we hardly created anything apart from the equalizing goal by Alexis Sanchez.

That came just three minutes after the opener and it should have spurred us on but after the break it was pretty poor all round. If the two headed goals were bad from an Arsenal point of view, West Brom’s second was almost comical to watch if it had not neen so damaging.

Ospina was on for the injured Cech and he and Bellerin got in a right old muddle to allow the ball to be rolled in by Robson-Kanu. To complete our misery Alexis Sanchez went off after picking up a knock. Arsenal were done by the end oif this match and could well have conceded more. This time I am struggling to see Arsenal finishing in the top four.

Will that mean the end of Arsene Wenger?


Friday, March 17, 2017

Wenger Blocked Arsenal move for this man – Fans won’t like this

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Reports are claiming Arsene Wenger blocked Arsenal’s approach for Pep Guardiola last season.

Midway into last season, Guardiola who was managing Bayern Munich at the time revealed he was going to leave the German giants for the Premier League at the end of that campaign.

The Spanish tactician was quickly linked with all Premier League top clubs including Arsenal. The Spaniard even spoke glowingly about our style of play and reports claimed we were his preferred destination if he were to choose an English club.

The report claims Arsenal board approached Wenger about ending his contract last summer in order to bring in Guardiola but the French man declined to step down, insisting he wants to see out the remainder of his career.

Wenger told the board he still has a lot to offer and that he thinks he was still the right person to lead us to success.

Wenger who claimed he still has a lot to offer to the club has been unable to guide us past the UCL round of 16 for the fifth consecutive season while Guardiola’s City is poised to reach the quarter final stage.

In hindsight, this seem like a big opportunity missed as the arrival of Guardiola would have gone a long way to boost our squad.


Arsenal boss reveals importance of ‘big-game player’ Walcott

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has moved to praise attacking star Theo Walcott, who is currently enjoying his best season with our side.

The forward has just been left out of England’s squad for the upcoming matches against Germany and Lithuania, but that’s of little importance to Arsene Wenger, who will most likely be happy for his player to get the extra break.

Walcott has bagged himself 17 goals in all competitions this term, and currently sits second in our club’s goalscoring charts behind Alexis Sanchez.

Wenger has decided to speak out with praise on his speedster, talking up a number of aspects to his game which he has improved on in recent years.

Arsene said: “He has become more of a complete player, more efficient.

“He does better in the tactical part of his game and works hard defensively and offensively. He has been less injured as well, that helps.

“He has turned up in big games as well, he can score goals in big games. He showed that against Bayern, he scored the goal and I think it was a penalty on him and he can influence games.

“The major quality of Theo is the quality of his receptions. That means he gets the ball in areas where he is extremely dangerous and that is a very intelligent part of a football player.”

He added: “I was always convinced, because of the quality of his runs, that he was a central striker.

“He for a while was as well but he made up his mind during the summer break and he feels more comfortable on the right.”

Does Theo now deserve more respect for his role within our side? Is Walcott now a key starter in our first-team?


West Brom v Arsenal – Match Preview, Line-up and Score Prediction

Arsenal travel to the Hawthorns tomorrow to take on West Bromwich Albion at this crucial time in the season.

Our side have fallen to five points behind Liverpool who currently occupy the fourth and final Champions League place, but the Reds have played twice more than us, although this still adds pressure to the places.

Plenty of speculation is currently surrounding Arsene Wenger’s future which must be somewhat of a distraction for our players, and our opponents can not be taken lightly.

West Brom currently occupy eighth spot in the Premier League, and a win would leave them only seven points behind us in the race for European football, and the Baggies will not be rolling over for us. They have lost their last two consecutive matches however, and we may be catching them at a good time.

We do not carry much form into the match either however, having won only three of our last eight matches, including two wins over non-league opposition in the FA Cup, and we need to target this to get our season back on track.

We come into the match without Santi Cazorla and Mohamed Elneny, and with doubts over the fitness of Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but our squad should have plenty in hand to deal with their absences.

Predicted XI:

Bellerin  Mustafi  Koscielny  Monreal
Xhaka  Coquelin
Walcott          Ozil         Iwobi

As much as our opponents should not be taken lightly, our club has had no match for over a week, and are much the superior in quality. They wont be making it easy for us, but we should pull through with a 3-1 win.

Could West Brom deny us a much-needed win? Is the Alexis saga raising questions over his first-team place?


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Full Arsenal injury update ahead of West Brom clash

Arsene Wenger has revealed the latest on the fitness of Arsenal’s first team squad members, and is expecting to have a near-full list available for selection.

There are doubts over Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who had to be taken off against Lincoln last weekend with a hamstring injury, as well as Kieran Gibbs.

The English midfielder has been impressing as a makeshift central midfielder this season, but is set to undergo late tests before assessing how much game-time to grant him against West Bromwich Albion this weekend. Gibbs has also been confirmed as an unlikely feature.

There is good news on Mohamed Elneny however, and he is expected to be made available in the near future, although this game is coming too soon. His recovery is proving to be a rapid one regardless, with his ankle injury rejuvenating quickly.

Wenger said: “Gibbs is uncertain at the moment. Oxlade-Chamberlain has a test today, but overall it’s the squad that was available [for Lincoln]. Elneny has joined in again. Apart from Cazorla, we should have everybody available.”

He was then asked if the Egyptian would be playing against West Brom, to which he replied: “No, because at the start it looked like it was a very bad ankle injury. He has recovered well because he’s a very strong boy and very keen to come back as quickly as possible. It worked well for him.”

Should we rush Elneny or Oxlade back into the first-team, or do we trust in Ramsey, Coquelin and Xhaka to star centrally?


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

SAD NEWS: Another Arsenal star Player Wants to leave

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David Ospina could push for a move away from Arsenal in the summer transfer window, according to The Sun.

The Colombian goalkeeper has been made to share goalkeeping duties with Petr Cech this season but it seems he is unsatisfied with the number of games he is getting despite being the club’s choice for cup games.

Ospina has featured in all of Arsenal’s Champions League games and FA cup games this term but is yet to make a single league appearance.

And with the 28 year old still at the peak of his career, he is looking to move to a club where he will play regularly.

Arsenal have been linked with a number of goalkeepers as a successor for Cech who turns 35 later this year and the arrival of a new man would make it inevitable for Ospina to leave.

Even though Arsenal fail to sign a new goalkeeper, it wouldn’t be surprising if Ospina wanted to go. He is one of the best goalkeepers in the South America continent and deserves to be playing regularly. The decision to give him cup games was only a short-term solution to keep him happy.

Besiktas and Galatasaray have been linked with the Columbian in the past and are sure to renew their interest again in the summer transfer window.

However, this is a sad time to be a Gooner, the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mesut Ozil are being linked with summer moves away from the club and Ospina has joined that list.


Arsenal man “Verbally” Agree to sign new deal before the end of the season

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Arsene Wenger has verbally agreed a two year deal with Arsenal chiefs but is still unconvinced if he should continue or not, according to The Mirror via

The boss future has been the subject of speculation in recent months and it was thought he wasn’t going to make a decision on his future until April.

Club chiefs have succeeded in convincing the manager into giving an indication of what he wants to do and he appears to have told them that he would prefer to continue at the Emirates.

The report claims Wenger held talks with the club’s hierarchy recently and has agreed the financial package of the new two year deal.

 However, he is worried about the growing unrest among Gooners at the Emirates, Wenger has come under serious criticism following a string of poor performances which left us out of the title race.

 Fans staged a protest against him in Tuesday’s Champions League game against Bayern Munich, the second massive protest against the boss within a year, after same was held in a league game against Norwich May last year.

And Wenger is still unconvinced if he should continue as he is running out of patience with the fans.

This is a big hint that he could still sign a new deal here as he wouldn’t consider talking to the club about a new contract if he was seriously considering an exit.

Most Gooners may not like this, A poll held on twitter last weekend revealed that majority of the fans want Wenger to leave and any confirmation that he would stay could irk some of us.

Honestly, I don’t know what to think of this Wenger saga, it does look like we need a fresh hand in charge if we want to challenge for major titles again but he has been a part and parcel of this club that he knows everything about us and how best to run it. How he is failing to get things right is a bit baffling.

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Arsenal Beating Two European giants in race to sign this star Midfielder – Reports

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Arsenal are one of the clubs chasing Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud

We have been linked with a host of midfielders in recent weeks as we prepare to strengthen its squad ahead of next season.

Arsenal’s midfield was seriously exposed this season by injuries and suspensions and it appears club chiefs are looking to avoid same scenario happening next year.

Dahoud who was one of football’s most sought after players last summer is reportedly on Wenger’s wish list. Premier League rivals Liverpool tried to sign the German U21 star last summer but Monchengladbach were not willing to lose another midfielder after losing Granit Xhaka.

The midfielder’s form has deteriorated this year, scoring just one goal and providing five assists in 29 games this season compared to the five goals and nine assists in 41 games he had to his name last year.

But that hasn’t deterred Arsenal, Juventus and AC Milan who are all interested in the young man. However the former duo are leading Milan in the race to sign the midfielder.

Arsenal’s interest in Dahoud isn’t surprising, considering our struggles this season but I don’t think he is our first choice target to strengthen the midfield position this summer.

He may be our easiest target considering we have a good relationship with Monchengladbach after the Xhaka deal and that could give us an edge over others in the race for his services.


MUST READ: Arsenal players finally give verdict on Wenger’s deal

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Hector Bellerin says Arsenal stars all want Arsene Wenger to remain as manager beyond the current campaign.

Wenger’s future has been subject of speculation since the beginning of the campaign because of his refusal to give an indication if he will sign a contract extension to his current deal which expires at the end of the season.

The speculations have been heightened in recent days after a 10-2 aggregate defeat in the hands of Bayern Munich saw us exit the Champions League competition in the round of 16 stage for the fifth consecutive year and a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield ended our title hopes.

A section of Arsenal fans want Wenger to quit after the team’s poor showing in recent weeks but Bellerin says the players want the boss to stay.

“We all back him and of course we want him to stay. The whole team is behind the manager” , Bellerin was quoted as saying by The Straits Times, as quoted by Inside Football.

“He’s played a big part in making me the player that I am, and there are loads of players in the dressing room who will be in the same position as me” , the Spanish defender added.

Wenger achieved big things with Arsenal in the early years at the club, winning three league titles and four FA Cups but he has struggled to match such achievements in the last decade.

However, he has never finished outside the top four in his 20 year reign but Gooners are now demanding for more. It remains to be seen whether Wenger will take up the challenge by penning a new deal or decide to quit for fresh hands to take over.

Regardless of whether he signs a new deal or not, Wenger’s legacy will be his ability to help nurture young players into top footballers with Bellerin being a prime example.


Arsenal favorite to land Stuttgart starlet

Arsenal are keen to land Stuttgart starlet Berkay Ozcan in a deal to bolster their midfield ranks, the Turkish ace’s  Football.London.

19-year-old Ozcan has impressed with Stuttgart this season, as the German club hold a two-point advantage at the top of the second-tier, and the teenager has provided a huge impact in the club’s quest to secure a return to the Bundesliga.

Ozcan has attracted vast attention following his performances this season as he’s scored three goals and secured a further three assists for his team, establishing himself as one of the most exciting young players within German football.

Stuttgart will certainly struggle to retain his services in the long-term though and his agent, Baris Yukselsen, has confirmed the Gunners are one of the sides holding an interest in his signature.

‘Many top clubs are interested at Berkay. Arsenal has Berkay on its list, but at the moment he is focusing on Stuttgart’s resurgence.’

Would Ozcan be a good signing for Arsenal?


GOOD NEWS: Arsenal Star commit future to Arsenal

Arsenal Star has openly discussed his future at Arsenal and insists that his decision on whether to extend his current deal does not depend on Arsene Wenger.

The Germany international has seemingly backtracked from comments he made some months ago when he claimed he would stay only if Wenger did.

Ozil admits there have been talks but seems to suggest he will wait until the end of the season before deciding where his future lies.

“There were talks with the people in charge of Arsenal, but I am currently concentrating on the current season, just like the leaders of Arsenal,” he told Bild.

“I’ve always said I feel happy at Arsenal: the club, the fans, the city – it’s all here.

“Arsene Wenger was one of the main reasons why I came to Arsenal

“But I also know that it can sometimes go fast in football and much different than you plan.

“So it would be wrong to say that my future depends only on the coach.”

Wenger’s future remains the subject of intense speculation with fans again protesting against the Frenchman before 5-0 FA Cup win over Lincoln City.

Ozil returned to action during the clash, appearing as a first-half substitute for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who was forced off with a hamstring problem.

The World Cup winner has been linked with several top clubs this season but his latest comments suggest he could well opt to remain in north London, even if there is a change in management.


Arsenal planning Sanchez - Benzema swap

Arsenal are considering a summer swap deal that would see Alexis Sanchez move to Real Madrid with Karim Benzema heading to north London, according to Spanish outlet Don Balon.

The report claims that Arsenal have accepted that Sanchez will leave at the end of the season having so far failed to convince him to sign a contract extension with the club.

While Atletico Madrid have expressed an interest in signing the Chile international, Arsenal would rather sell him to Real Madrid with long-term target Benzema heading the other way.

Benzema’s future at Madrid has come under scrutiny this season due to a lack of form and also following the return of Alvaro Morata from Juventus.

The France international has managed just seven La Liga goals in 21 appearances this season while  Morata has eight in 18, only nine of which have been starts.

However, Morata is reportedly frustrated with a lack of starts at the Bernabeu and could also be tempted away from the club this summer in search of regular football.

That could well change this summer of course should Sanchez leave, and with Lucas Perez also reportedly unhappy with life on the bench.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, have also been linked with a whole host of strikers already including Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Paulo Dybala amongst others.

Whether Arsenal retain an interest in Benzema remains to be seen, and may also depend on who is managing the club next season – it’s also worth mentioning that Don Balon is hardly the most reliable source in Spain.


Cech Explains Why Sanchez Was Laughing On Bench Against Bayern

Petr Cech has defended Alexis Sanchez after the Chilean was pictured laughing on the bench during Arsenal’s 5-1 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.

Sanchez was pictured sitting next to Cech smiling and laughing as the Gunners crashed out of the tournament with a humilating home defeat to the German giants.

However, Cech insists that Sanchez was deeply hurt by the defeat and says he was disappointed at the criticism his team-mate received for the incident.

“It is sad and he was as sad as I have seen him,” he said via Standard Sport. “Unfortunately when you say the sentence, ‘had we scored the second goal, everything could look different’ and then you say ‘ooph’…you know, but in the end, the reality is you are 5-1 .

“I found it very disrespectful to the player. But obviously you can take the picture and you can interpret it the way you want, unfortunately.

“But the players we know exactly what he said and we know how he was hurting. He was as disappointed as anybody else. It is unfortunate and disappointing.”

Cech has also defended Arsene Wenger who has come under increasing pressure following the defeat to Bayern with some supporters calling for him to step down.

“In a way the manager plays as big part but you as a player are on the pitch. He cannot make you run if you don’t want to; he cannot make you make the right decision in the heat of the moment,” he added.

“The players obviously have to share the responsibility, everybody has to share the responsibility for the position we are in and everybody has to work to get ourselves out [of it].

“This is the way it is. We have been…this week after Bayern especially was a difficult three days, we had to make sure we got ready and we got ready and this is the reaction you need.

“In football, everything goes fast and as fast as you can go up, you can go down. So basically every day you work to be ready.

“In football you only work for the things you can control, you cannot control the outside world. You can only control your preparation, your performances.

“So as a player you focus on that and I believe as a manager he does the same thing. This is going to be the key now, be ready, be prepared as a team and then do the best we can do. Then I think if you bring the results, the atmosphere will change.”

Cech’s comments are fairly revealing and may go some way to placating fans who were left frustrated by the sight of Sanchez smiling in the face of such a heavy defeat. They also suggest that the Chilean is far from the “outcast” that some tabloids have claimed he is becoming at Arsenal due to his recent behaviour.


Arsenal eyes defender swoop

Arsenal are ready to splash out £8.7million to sign Eibar centre-back Florian Lejeune in the summer, reports have claimed.

Arsene Wenger will be looking to bolster his defence in the close season if he remains in charge of the Gunners, and Lejeune has emerged as a target.

Reports in Marca claim that Wenger's scouts have been monitoring the 25-year-old's progress in La Liga this season and will launch a bid when the transfer window re-opens.

Lejeune was on the books of Manchester City after they snapped him up from Girona in 2015, but he then joined Eibar for £1.3million in the summer without making an appearance for them.

However the Paris-born defender has shone for Eibar this season as they have climbed to eighth in the La Liga standings, and his performances have clearly caught the eye of Wenger.


€35m Alexandre Lacazette ‘On The Verge’ Of Signing For Arsenal In The Summer

Reports in Spain indicate that Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette is on the verge of signing for Arsenal in the summer. The long-term Gunners target has been linked heavily with a move to the Emirates in the past but it seems that the Gunners now face opposition from Atletico Madrid (via Sport Witness).

We may still be in March but that doesn’t mean that summer transfer rumours are out of the question. This one is a rumour which has been covered so often with such little real movement that it’s almost at the levels of Yoann Gourcuff.

New reports in Spain claim that Arsenal are the frontrunners to sign Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette in the summer ahead of a number of other clubs.

Liverpool have been linked with the player in recent weeks but Marca claim that Atletico Madrid are also interested in the 25-year-old.

The Spanish publication claims that the player has given a ‘firm commitment’ to sign for Arsene Wenger and that he is ‘on the verge’ of moving to the Gunners.

Lacazette has been a consistent goalscorer in recent seasons. His 27 Ligue 1 goals in 2014-15 was followed up by 21 the next season. However, this term has been his most lethal. The Lyon frontman 22 in 24 domestic matches as well as another 4 in his 7 European games. A sizeable return.

It seems that this rumour is going to run and run until Alexandre Lacazette moves clubs, be it to Arsenal or another. The Frenchman is undoubtedly a very good goalscorer and would certainly improve the Gunners squad. The quoted price of €35 million is also drastically lower than the €60 figure which was being discussed last term. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens with this one.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Wilshere coy on Gunners future

Jack Wilshere says he is not thinking about his future at Arsenal and is focused on keeping Bournemouth in the Premier League.

Wilshere joined the Cherries on a season-long loan deal at the start of the season in order to get his career back on track following a number of injuries that kept him out of the Gunners side.

So far so good, as Wilshere has stayed injury free, and with regular football under his belt, has shown glimpses of getting back to his best.

However it has been a difficult season for the Cherries, who despite having Wilshere in the side, have flirted with relegation, and the midfielder says keeping Eddie Howe's side in the top flight is the only thing dominating his thoughts right now.

"I'm not thinking about it," Wilshere said when quizzed about his future. "I've got a year left at Arsenal. As soon as the season ends, I'll sit down and I'll think about it.

"But my main concern at the moment is trying to keep Bournemouth in this league. No matter what happens next year – if I'm here, if I'm not, if I'm at Arsenal, whatever – you know no-one wants a relegation next to their name.

"You don't want to be involved in a team that got relegated so that's what we' re doing now, trying to put Bournemouth in a good position. At the end of the season I'll have a think about it."


Arsenal Star on Bayern Munich's list

Ex-Bayern Munich boss Ottmar Hitzfeld says he expects his old club to make a move for Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka in the future.

The Bundesliga champions will need to find a replacement for Xabi Alonso this summer after the Spaniard announced he was retiring at the end of the season and Xhaka reportedly features on the Bavarians' shortlist.

Hitzfeld, who had two stints in charge of Bayern totalling seven years, has revealed that Xhaka's name often comes up in conversations at the top clubs and feels he would be a good fit at Allianz-Arena having worked with him during his time as Switzerland's head coach.

“Bavaria certainly has Xhaka on the radar. Xhaka is always a topic of conversation for current top clubs and his development is not yet completed," he told German publication Bild.

Xhaka only made the move from German side Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer and has admitted his performances for Arsenal this season have not been good enough.

The 24-year-old, who is thought to have cost the Gunners £34million, has been sent off twice already since moving to the Emirates.


DEAL CLOSE: Arsenal in talks with Toffees ace

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is reported to be lining up a summer swoop for Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye.

It remains to be seen if Wenger will remain in charge of the Gunners next season as the pressure continues to mount, but Gueye is said to be a target if he does stay at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners are desperate for a midfield enforcer, a leader on the pitch and in the dressing room, and reports have suggested Gueye could be that player.

The 27-year-old has impressed at Goodison Park since arriving from Aston Villa last summer and the Toffees could be facing a battle to keep hold at the end of the season.

The Senegal international has been compared to Chelsea star N'Golo Kante, and clubs in Spain and Italy have also been alerted by his displays for Everton this season.

Gueye cost Everton £7.1million when signing him from Villa and they stand to make a huge profit on him if Ronald Koeman does decide to cash in.


Three things Arsenal need to do to become Champions again

It is a new week folks! I am sure we are all happy going into another week of hustling and struggling, partly because our darling Arsenal won a game by a great margin over the weekend. It has been a while we saw such a wide goal margin from our team. Can we even remember when last we won a game? Nevertheless, we are relieved that Arsenal showed us they still knew how to score goals.

Winning leads to happiness and happiness is what every Arsenal fan wants for this great team; I am sure nobody was happy watching us lose games scandalously to fellow big teams. However, what everybody will be praying for is for us to maintain the winning streak and also beat the big teams in the process. So, what can Arsenal do to become Champions again? Well, my theories may be not totally proven to work but at least, I am allowed to chip in a few words of advice, right? So, here we go….

The first step to be taken if any team wants to be a champion is to hire and maintain the service of a coach who knows what it takes to be a title winning coach. Teams, who have won trophies in the past, always had a coach who knew how to make them play to win. Real Madrid, Chelsea or even Juventus, have constantly been winning trophies because they had coaches with a winning mentality. Arsene Wenger has paid his dues in the game of football; he has won several trophies for the club but as of now, he seems to have lost the Midas touch. The board needs to relieve him of his job and go for a title winning coach, or else risk not winning trophies for many years to come.

The second step is to recruit the right players to make you a champion. It is no hidden secret that Arsenal football club is a club with a lot of average and below average players! With the exemption of Sanchez, Ozil, Koscielny and probably Cech, every other player in the Arsenal set up right now, are not the right players Arsenal needs to win trophies. After recruiting the right coach for the team, the next sensible thing to do, will be to get rid of the wrong set of players and recruit the right set of players.

The right form of Motivation, which is the third step, is also crucial in shaping a team into a title winning team. Football today has been highly commercialized and nothing can be done about that for now! If the truth must be told, Arsenal needs to improve on its wage structure. Not paying your players wages that their counterparts earn in other clubs, is a sure way of losing them to other clubs. If it means paying your players wages to motivate them, then do it and do it fast and let us start by paying Sanchez and Ozil their worth. Another way of motivating your players to put in their best is to provide them with good training facilities and the best medical care available. When you have all these in place, I don’t see any reason why a footballer will not put in his best.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Alexis Out, Costa In... Arsenal found replacement for Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal sent scouts to watch Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Helder Costa this weekend, amidst speculation linking Alexis Sanchez with a possible exit.

The Chilean has supposedly told his team-mates that he wishes to leave the club this summer, and his exit will leave the club with some seriously big shoes to fill.

Our club are unlikely to line up any signings before the end of the season due to the unknown uture of our boss, but whether Arsene Wenger remains in charge or not, our manager of next season will have a number of targets recommended to him from our scouting network.

One player who could potentially come in to take some of the slack off his exit is Helder Costa, who is currently the stand-out star for Wolves.

The 23 year-old joined the club on loan during last summer, before the club made the move permanent in January for a club-record £13 Million, and his agent, super-agent Jorge Mendes, is supposedly keen on earning him a move already, with a £20 Million fee being talked of.

Chelsea and Arsenal are said to have had scouts watching the Portugese star this weekend, while his side took on Rotherham in the Championship, although he did not put in the perfect display, including missing a penalty to put us ahead in the opening half, and found himself taken off just after an hours play.

The young star has racked up 10 goals for his side this season, but has failed to earn a regular role in any of his former sides, and could pose a risk signing at this point in his career.

Monaco chose to overlook trying to sign him permanently after using him on loan during the 2015-16 term, but after thoroughly impressing Wolves, the club moved to tie him down to a four-and-a-half year deal only half-way through his pre-agreed loan deal.

Wolves clearly felt they had to move fast to secure his signature, but is he ready for the top level? Should Arsenal make their move this summer? Could he prove a long-term replacement for Alexis?


Sunday, March 12, 2017

GOOD NEWS : Arsenal reach Agreement With Key Target

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 Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic could be Arsenal’s first summer signing if Maximilliano Allegri replaces Arsene Wenger this summer. 

Arsenal have reportedly reached a verbal agreement with Allegri to replace Wenger if he leaves the club at the end of the season.

And according to The Sunday Express via The Metro, Allegri has told Arsenal to sign Lazio’s midfielder Milinkovic-Savic.

The report claims the Juventus manager has handed his shortlist of targets over to Arsenal chiefs as he prepares to move to North London.

Milinkovic-Savic has been one of Lazio’s best players this season and has impressed everyone with his form. The box to box midfielder has scored four goals and provided three assists in 24 league appearances this term.

The midfielder still has a contract with Lazio until 2020 and his club could resist attempts to sign him but Arsenal should be able to wrap up a deal if we are really interested in his services.

Arsenal’s midfield has faced somewhat of a midfield crisis this season, missing star players due to injuries and suspensions and the arrival of Milinkovic-Savic would go a long way to solve the problem. It isn’t known how much the midfielder will cost but he isn’t expected to be an expensive signing.


Mesut Ozil Offers Update On Arsenal Future & Clarifies Wenger’s Role In Decision

Mesut Ozil has offered an update on his contract situation at Arsenal and confirmed that Arsene Wenger’s future won’t play a role in his decision, according to the Mirror.

Ozil is approaching the final year of his contract at Arsenal and so far we’ve been unable to agree terms over an extension despite holding lengthy discussions with his representatives.

It’s led to speculation the German international could be on the move this summer with the newspaper suggesting that Bayern Munich are keen to lure Ozil back to the Bundesliga this summer.

The Mirror claim that we’ve now offered the 28-year-old a new deal worth £280,000-a-week including bonuses, which if accepted would make Ozil the highest paid player in the clubs history.

However, while Ozil has confirmed talks have been held with Arsenal, the playmaker is yet to commit his future to the club and he insists his only focus is on finishing the current campaign.

Previous reports suggested that Ozil was waiting to see if Wenger signed a new contract before agreeing terms over his over extension, but Mesut has now dismissed that myth by confirming that his future does not depend on the Frenchman.

Ozil is quoted by the Mirror as telling Bild:

“Everything is open. We had talks with Arsenal. Right now I concentrate on the current season,”

“Arsene Wenger was one of the main reasons I joined Arsenal. But I know that sometimes things go very fast in football and that you can never plan something.

“This is why it would be wrong to say that my future depends on my coach.”

“You are never satisfied as a sportsman. You need the motivation.

“I want to win the Champions League one day, preferably with Arsenal. I have one more year on my contract here.”

It’s an interesting time for Ozil to distance his own future from Wenger’s considering the growing pressure on the manager to leave the club at the end of the season.

If Ozil wanted out, this would have been the perfect opportunity for him to align himself with Wenger and say how important it is that the boss remains at the club.

Then, if Wenger does leave, Ozil would have the perfect excuse to force a move, however, he’s chosen to distance himself from Arsene which to me suggests Mesut is keen to stay at Arsenal.

Ozil’s form has been questioned in recent weeks and the German has missed several games due to illness and I think the constant speculation surrounding his future has been affecting him.

However, he’s made two substitute appearances in our last two games so hopefully he can start to get his season back on track as there’s no doubt we’re a much better side with Ozil on top form.


Saturday, March 11, 2017

VIDEO : Watch how Arsenal trash Lincoln City, all goals and highlights

It would  have been interesting, for the FA cup neutrals at least, if Arsenal had reached halftime without scoring against Lincoln City, because up until THeo Walcott did score the opening goal in first half stoppage time we had struggled for fluency and penetration while the visitors were looking confident, solid and dangerous. In fact they had come closest to scoring befgore that with Cech forced into a very good save after 29 minutes.
That was probably a lot to do with the recent records of the respective sides and I would not have been surprised to hear booing from the home crowd if it was all square at the break. As it was the goal from Theo produced a collective sigh of relief and set us up for a dominant second half in which the Arsenal players were able to play with more freedom and show the gulf in class.

 We did that and did it well. Although I feel a bit sorry for Lincoln it was just what the doctor ordered for Arsenal. As we turned the screw more and more, Giroud added a second from close range in the 53rd minute and then an own goal from an Alexis cross put the game to bed.
Alexis with a super curler and then a very cool Ramsey showed great feet to beat the keeper and make it five. Yes it was against a non-league side but we got through a tough test in the first half and we won the game well to reach the FA cup semi-final.

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GOOD NEWS : Arsenal get green light from target

It looks like it is not just the Arsenal fans and the players in the current squad who are being left in limbo by Arsene Wenger and the club and all this talk about the decision on his future as our manager being made at some unspecified time in the vague and distant future.

According to the Daily Star the current Juventus boss, who is widely reported to be one of the favourites to take over in north London if the Frenchman steps down, is keen to know just where he stands. In fact the paper claims that Massimiliano Allegri has told the powers that be at Arsenal thast he needs to know in no less than three weeks if the job is going to be his or not.

It seems that the Italian coach is passing on the pressure and the deadline that he has received from his own club, with the Serie A champions pushing him to sign a new contract or let them know that he will be leaving in the summer. Allegri has a great record at Juve and before and he looks certain to lead then to another title this year.

So if the Arsenal rumours are true then Allegri does want the job and surely Wenger or someone on the board at Arsenal will give him the thumbs up soon.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Arsenal are in real danger of losing the fan-favourite

According to the reports from ESPN, Arsenal versatile Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is determined to leave the Gunners in summer as the crisis at North London club deepens.

Two key superstars Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are yet to agree new deals at the club and Oxlade-Chamberlain is understood to have told the club that he wants to leave.

Ozil has been offered a 280,000-a-week deal but the former Real Madrid playmaker is holding out for a bigger offer and Arsenal are unwilling to offer more.

The 23-year-old Oxlade-Chamberlain has joined the club back in 2011 and has taken on a more prominent role in Arsene Wenger’s team this term during a satisfactory campaign for the England international.

However, the same sources claim that the winger has decided that he wants to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer – regardless of whether Arsene Wenger stays or not.

The French tactician is yet to commit his future to the club and is out of contract at the end of the season.

A large number of Arsenal fans protested outside the Emirates before Tuesday’s match against Bayern Munich at Arsene Wenger and the board and there’s uncertainty if he’ll remain beyond the summer.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, however, could be one of the first out of the door and only has 15 months to run on his existing deal.


Theo Walcott Needs To Help Captain Koscielny To Lead Arsenal

Time and again since the turn of the New Year the words ‘Arsene Wenger has reached has lowest point as Arsenal manager’ have cropped up, but no one thought it could get this bad.

The Gunners boss is facing fresh questions after his side were beaten 5-1 by Bayern Munich for the third successive time, having suffered the same fate in Munich three weeks ago as well as in 2015.

The north Londoners have been dumped out of the Champions League at the round of 16 stage for the seventh consecutive season, but it has never been quite as bad as going out with a 10-2 aggregate defeat.

Regardless of injuries or refereeing decisions, the Gunners failed to show any bottle on both occasions they lost captain Laurent Koscielny.

Any side will suffer when they lose a key player, whatever the circumstances, but the top sides deal with it. Looking at it in terms of the time their French skipper was on the pitch, Arsenal won the tie 2-1, however conceded eight goals during the time he was gone, that is simply unacceptable.

At times like that, other top sides look to the likes of Michael Carrick at Manchester United, Sergio Ramos at Real Madrid or Xabi Alsonso in the case of Bayern, those that understand what it takes to play for their respective sides.

Look around the home dressing room at The Emirates and, despite having top talents in Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, there are no characters who embody what it means to be an Arsenal player, no one to see Koscielny walk off and think, ‘I need to take charge.’

Theo Walcott, who has been at the club for half of Wenger’s reign (surprising, I know) has turned heads in recent weeks with some fiery exchanges with opponents on the pitch, showing fight and desire but then shying away from any further confrontation.
The former Southampton youngster has a bark, but must add bite. His comments of letting the manager down are all well and good but, considering he has been with the Gunners for eleven years now, he must translate that to the rest of the squad.

It’s time for the England international to step up and take up the mantle of that man that Arsenal fans can look to and see someone who understands what they want and what the club needs.

If the forward can embody that mind set, and add some fire to the belly of a confidence ridden squad, they may be able to make something of the rest of this season.


Arsenal DID get good news this week from Man United and City

Although it is pretty hard to take the fact that along with Arsenal being knocked out of the Champions League at the first knockout stage yet again, making it seven years in a row, we did so with a record breaking aggregate scoreline of 10-2, it has not been all doom and gloom for the Gunners this week.

I am not going to try to give you Gooners out there any hope that we could still win the Premier League title, and I hope that Arsene Wenger is not daft enough to suggest it either. Even before Chelsea beat West Ham at the London stadium on Monday that ship had long sailed, but we are still very much in contention for a top four finish.

Yes it is not enough for a club like Arsenal but it is better than finishing out of the top four and going into the Europa League with it’s unhelpful Thursday night fixtures. That brings me onto the good news, because with Arsenal losing away to Liverpool and missing this weekend’s round of Premier League games because of our involvement in the FA cup we could have found ourselves cut adrift when our next EPL game comes around.

As it is though, both Manchester United and their local rivals Man City slipped up and drew games at home that should have been nailed on three pointers, United being held by AFC Bournemouth and then on Wednesday Stoke frustrated Pep Guardiola and his players at the Etihad.

They both play in the FA cup this weekend as well, so with Arsenal’s game against West Brom up first next weekend we could move to within three points of City and the spuds after the same number of games and move out of reach of Mourinho’s team.

All is not lost for Arsenal and after next weekend things could be looking a lot better with us back in the top four and with an FA cup semi to look forward to.


GOOD NEWS – The Arsenal Board has a positive plan

The Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick said: “We are fully aware of the attention currently focused on the club and understand the debate. We respect that fans are entitled to their different individual opinions but we will always run this great football club with its best long-term interests at heart.

“Arsène has a contract until the end of the season. Any decisions will be made by us mutually and communicated at the right time in the right way.

Chips summarises quite succinctly how this will pan out. Thank goodness we have a board of people that run our club with their heads and not their hearts. Come the end of the season a scenario that the majority want, including myself, will come to fruition.

I posted an article asking for Arsenal fans to show Wenger a little respect for 10 weeks more but several felt that was overly generous. 10 weeks of restraint for 20 years is clearly an overly generous consideration…

Its fascinating that our clubs fans are diverse on multiple levels. We are all passionate about our club but we are not necessarily playing on the same intellectual pitch….

I’m intrigued by the amount of contributors who are keen to share their opinions challenging an articulate article yet are unable to present a detailed plan moving forward beyond “lets get the best manager, give him a bottomless pit of money and everything will be fine”……

Is it at all possible you’ve forgotten who the manager David Dein brought in was way back when? That bloke nobody had ever heard of……you know, the one that has won more FA cups than any other manager….

What's your say Gooners???? 


Ozil To Reject New £200,000-Per-Week Arsenal Deal

Arsenal fear Mesut Ozil will reject the club’s latest £200,000-per-week contract offer and are now willing to listen to offers for the Germany international, according to the Daily Mail.

The report claims Ozil has been offered a new and improved deal but is stalling although talks are continuing between both the player and club.

Arsenal are willing to sell Ozil if he does not extend his deal to avoid him leaving for free next summer when his contract expires.

The Daily Mail also claim that Arsenal could be set for a summer exodus with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere, Lucas Perez, David Ospina and Alexis Sanchez all ready to quit the club.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has been a rare bright spot in recent weeks, is believed to be considering his future and is expected to be in demand should he decide to leave with Liverpool, Manchester United and City all reportedly admirers.

The midfielder could be joined by Wilshere with Arsenal yet to start contract talks with the England international who is currently enjoying a loan spell with Bournemouth.

Lucas Perez and David Ospina have both been linked with moves away with the duo reportedly frustrated with a lack of game time at Arsenal and ready to seek regular football elsewhere.

Sanchez’s future, meanwhile, has been well-documented and recent events suggest there is now little chance of him staying at the club past the end of this season.

There seems very little good news around for Arsenal fans at the moment, after a string of awful results and rumours of discontent in the dressing room. However, Saturday’s clash against Lincoln gives the club the chance to get back to winning ways and book their spot in the last four of the FA Cup before they return to Premier League action.


Walcott: Things Have Happened But We Can’t Be Fighting Each Other

Theo Walcott has admitted “things have happened” on the Arsenal training ground but has called for the club to stop fighting after the Gunners were dumped out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich.

Arsenal went into the game under something of a cloud amid reports of a training ground bust-up involving Alexis Sanchez that saw him left out of the starting line-up against Liverpool.

Manager Arsene Wenger has since insisted the reports are completely false but Walcott appears to have contradicted his boss by admitted there have been problems behind the scenes.

“Things get taken out of proportion — we all know this,” he told Standard Sport. “There are certain things that happen at training grounds.

“I’m sure it happens at every other training ground, most of the time, really.

“You don’t see it often at Arsenal. Things have happened. They need to stay in the dressing room and the players and staff need to sort it out. We are in it together here. We can’t be fighting each other.

“I don’t really want to go into it but the stuff that has gone on did not affect our first half here. At certain times when things don’t go well, you don’t want to have anything in your head that you are giving up.”

Walcott has now urged Arsenal to put the defeat to Bayern behind them and try to finish the season strongly, starting with an FA Cup quarter-final against Lincoln City.

“The 5-1 scoreline looks like we have given up but we haven’t. It just looks like that. That’s the disappointing thing because we know as players we don’t give up,” he added.

“We hurt every day. It could stay in a lot of players’ heads for a long time but we need to make sure it doesn’t because in the league, it is very tight and we have Lincoln at the weekend. We are obviously favourites for that game and it is a good opportunity to go to Wembley.

“We need to think of the positives now. We have a great team and we can’t forget that. Some of the players will be beating themselves up and doubting themselves but that’s the worst thing we could do at this moment in time when things are going badly.

“We are playing for Arsenal, one of the biggest clubs in the world. It is as simple as that.”


Star Player Wants out of Arsenal - Reports

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has put a host of clubs on red alert by revealing he wants to leave Arsenal in the summer, reports claim.

The 23-year-old reportedly believes he has become stale at the Emirates after struggling to play regular football, and needs to re-ignite his career elsewhere.

Oxlade-Chamberlain feels he has been taken for granted by Arsenal and is frustrated by limited first-team opportunities and a lack of contract talks, despite having only 15 months left on his present deal.

The chances of Oxlade-Chamberlain agreeing to any new deal at this late stage are understood to be unlikely.

In recent months, he has been reportedly linked with summer transfers to Manchester City and Manchester United as well as Liverpool and he now sees his future away from north London. 

The England international was one of the few players to impress in Arsenal's 5-1 loss to Bayern Munich on Tuesday, playing in his new role in the centre of midfield. 

Oxlade-Chamberlain has scored two goals and has provided four assists in 22 appearances in the Premier League this season.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

23 year old Ligue 1 Star Confirm Arsenal Offer Before Signing New Deal

Monaco youngster Allan Saint-Maximin has revealed that he turned down a move to Arsenal in 2015.

Allan, 19, who is currently on loan at French club Bastia has made 23 league appearances so far, scoring three goals. A number of clubs around Europe are still keeping tabs on the winger with the hope that he can still fulfill the potential he showed earlier in his career when he was at Saint Etienne.

Arsenal were one of the clubs monitoring the winger’s progress back then in 2014 but a move never materialized and everything went quiet afterwards.

The youngster has however now revealed that we did follow up our interest in his services but he rejected a move to the Emirates in order to remain in France.

Arsenal’s approach was in 2015 but apparently, the player felt it was best to remain at Saint Ettiene.

He told France Football: “Saint-Etienne promised me game time, but I was also a year off my deal coming to an end.

“Despite my situation, I still had a lot of big clubs, including Arsenal, who wanted me.

“I owed Saint-Etienne something, and I was also proud to impose myself in the club that developed me. Therefore I signed a new deal”.

Few months after Arsenal’s approach, the winger chose to join Monaco. Unfortunately, he is yet to make his senior debut for Monaco and has been farmed out on loan since he joined.

Looking at the likes of Alex Iwobi and Jeffe-Reine Adelaide both of whom have broken into the first team in the last two years, Allan may be wishing he had chosen to join us when we did try to sign him.


Arsenal fans do not deserve this humiliation every season

Ten two on aggregate. I’m not even mad because I predicted this. I was expecting it and I can’t be disappointed when I know what will happen. People say the fans are negative. Well I mean look at that second half performance again!

Some players did show some character this time. The Ox looks a beast at CM, and I heard his contract also runs out next summer. Theo put in a hell of a performance. Sadly it only happens once in a while. But it was all over in Germany.

The ref was pathetic to send off Koscielny but his absence made our defence a complete mess. Do you honestly believe on recent evidence Arsene deserves a new deal? We can live in 2004 all we want but in 2017 Arsenal is crashing down like a plane heading down a volcano pit.

Someone has to be held accountable for this. The protest needs to be as loud as ever, every game until this useless board takes some action. This is ridiculous. Wenger would’ve been sacked in any other club if he got hammered like that. We are a business, not a football club, but even a business has it’s marketing and ours is terrible.

Arsene is destroying his legacy and the club’s image as well. We are a wreck. The ship is sinking and it needs a new crew and a new captain, because the current lot can’t do it. But I’m looking at the Board now. Action has to be taken. How the hell are we still even considering Arsene’s new contract?

If, and I wonder how this is an if anyway, but if Arsene is leaving, it should be announced right now so that we can look for a new manager to rebuild this club and major rebuilding is needed. We are becoming what Liverpool became.

I can moan about the fact that Arsene does literally everything from training to transfers, to managing the bills. Not all of this is his job, but even if I assess him only on the managerial side it still stinks. He has to leave, there is no other choice. If he signs a new contract it’ll be spitting in our faces.

We took enough humiliation, we really did. We do not deserve this! Once is acceptable, twice is okay, three times unlucky, but this is year after year, big game after big game. Enough really is enough and I am struggling to find words that can highlight it as much as necessary.

Action has to be taken. Wenger OUT! And take the board members with you!


Griezmann urged to better himself at Arsenal not Manchester United

Robert Pires has told Antoine Griezmann that he should join Arsenal this summer, as he would have more to learn by joining us over Manchester United.

The French forward has become one of the most wanted players on the market following an amazing three seasons with Atletico Madrid where he has scored a total of 77 goals, as well as earning the European Golden Boot Award at last summer’s European Championships, where he was key in guiding his France international side to the final of the competition.

Manchester United have been heavily linked with his signing this summer, with his relationship with club record signing Paul Pogba only bolstering that speculation, but the player himself has moved to pour water on any prospective move away from Atletico on a number of occasions.

Griezmann is under contract until 2021, having signed a new five-year deal before the Euro 2016 tournament last year, but that contract did include a buy-out clause, which is believed to sit at €100 Million, which currently converts to around £86.2 Million, but will no doubt have changed by the end of the season.

I don’t think there is much chance that the Arsenal we are used to would be willing to shell out such a fee, but with our place in the top four this season having come under huge threat, it wouldn’t be too much of a shock to see the board invest to secure our place in the Champions League spots.

Robert Pires has now told the star that he would be better off making the switch to the Emirates, instead of joining United, as he would have much more to learn from doing so.

He said : ‘I think it is just speculation for now that Griezmann is joining Manchester United, just rumours. Why could we not see him at Arsenal?

‘I think he has a good profile for Arsenal. I think he can learn a lot from [Arsene] Wenger, with [Mesut] Ozil, Alexis [Sanchez], [Santi] Cazorla. Fingers crossed.

‘You have to buy good players for the fans and you have to spend a lot of money. This is the new football.’

Could Arsenal break the mould and make that big-money signing?


Arsenal planning £30m bid to sign 24-year-old Premier League star

According to the latest transfer news, Arsenal are considering a transfer move for Middlesbrough centre-back Ben Gibson, who has attracted attention due to his impressive performances this season.

The 24-year-old English defender, who can operate at both centre-back and left-back, has made 137 appearances for Aitor Karanka since 2010 but has been strongly linked with a move away from the Riverside Stadium in recent times.

It is believed that Arsenal have to face competition from other Premier League top clubs including Chelsea and Manchester City, as both sides are very keen on the former England Under-21 starlet ahead of the summer transfer window.

The reports from Evening Standard claim the Gunners, as well as Slaven Bilic’s West Ham, have also expressed an interest in Gibson.

However, with doubt remaining over Arsene Wenger’s future in north London, the club’s transfer plans could change by the end of the campaign.

As per the same sources, Middlesbrough will demand around £30m for Gibson’s signature, though, which could scare off Arsenal if they attempt to land the versatile Englishman.

The Gunners captain Per Mertesacker is expected to move on from the north London club in the summer which would leave Arsene Wenger in need of another defender.