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Feb
08

BUSY ARSENAL AT THE TRANSFER MARKET

Sources from Spain have revealed that arsenal will renew interest in the Real Madrid virtuoso, Alvaro Morata this month.


The admiration of Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger over the Spain International has been a long time coming and an official bid could be just around the corner.

Despite injuries during the course of the season, Morata has managed to score nine goals for his club in all competitions. Morata, who has been very hungry for real game time, may be willing to join the Gunners if he will be offered a starting role.

Although, reports from a Spanish website says that Real Madrid – whose transfer ban have been lifted – are not willing to let Morata go just yet, but additional enrolment in the club may drive the 24-year old Spaniard down the pecking order.

In other news, the gunners have revealed that they have no intention of releasing Per Mertesacker, the club captain on loan. The 32-year old, who missed several matches of the season due to a serious knee- injury, has been working hard to regain fitness. He has also been assured that the manager will not endorse a move away from Emirates. (more…)

 February 8th, 2017  
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Dec
14

ARSENAL WANT ALABA BUT NOT AKPOM

Arsenal are interested in landing Bayern Munich’s David Alaba even as other Premier League top sides have been linked with the Austria international.


The 24-year old defender has been seriously linked with a move to England despite recently signing a new deal that will tie him down in Germany until 2021.

Bayern Munich players rarely moved straight to England. Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal tried to poach Thomas Muller but the deal could not happen. Several other transfer attempts did not see the light of day except Owen Hargreaves and recently Bastian Schweinsteiger. Arsenal are believed to keen on landing Alaba from Bayern, and if the player decides to move, he would likely fly to London for talks than Manchester United – the only side that has successfully worked with Bayern.

Alaba is valued at £34 million for the player to leave Bavaria even as it is unlikely. United boss Jose Mourinho is keen on landing defenders in the next transfer window and would be willing to sign the youngster but London is the preferred destination for the player.

Aside Alaba, another highly sought defender is Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk. The Saints want £40 million for the player. Liverpool are likelier to get the signature of the player compared to United, The Mirror claims.

Southampton signed the player from Celtic for £13 million but his performances has seen his valuation rise swiftly, aside signing a six-year deal earlier this year. After splashing £145 million this summer, Mourinho wants to add more players in January but he would have a hard time doing convincing the board.

On the other hand, Gunners want striker Chuba Akpom to continue in the Championship despite spending last term on loan at Hull. The 21-year old has been making progress despite suffering a back injury in September. Cardiff, Brentford and Fulham are interested in the player. Any of them would have him as Arsene Wenger has sanctioned that he continue in England’s second division.

 December 14th, 2016  
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Nov
20

WENGER URGES TEAM TO END NOVEMBER CURSE

In two days’ time, Sunday to be precise, Arsene Wenger’s men will face Tottenham in a North London Derby.


Ahead of the clash, Wenger has reached out to his players, asking them to ensure that they break November’s curse by securing a win against Tottenham.

However, a potential selection crisis will disturb the Gunners manager, as ahead of the clash, five of his players will be facing a fitness test. Since his 20-year reign in Arsenal, November has been his most challenging month more than any other, as they have suffered the worse results in this month.

Their upcoming game against Tottenham is not helping matters, as it signals a tough beginning into November for the Emirates Stadium dwellers. After the international break, Arsenal will also be meeting Manchester United before going ahead on a visit to Bournemouth.

“We have an opportunity to show we are ready for a challenge like that and do better than we have done historically,” said Wenger.

‘We have already started November in a positive way. I’m sure this team can face history by showing that we can do better than we have done before.’

However, the fitness of five important players have been a source of worry to Wenger. These players are Santi Cazorla, Kieran Gibbs, Nacho Monreal, Theo Walcott and Hector Bellerin.
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 November 20th, 2016  
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Oct
22

Laurent Koscielny is a world-class player, according to Wenger

Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny is not such a well-known or highly rated defender as others such as: Thiago Silva, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique or Vincent Kompany but this has not stopped Arsene Wenger in voicing his thoughts concerning the vice-captain of his squad as the French manager stated that Koscielny is one of the best defenders in the world.


When it comes to winning individual awards or being included in the team of the season, this is something that Koscielny has never achieved but Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos had indeed accomplished as the Spanish defender was named as the best defender of La Liga in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Thiago Silva on the other hand has consistently been included in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year and in the UEFA Team of the Year as well.

These accomplishments are something that Laurent Koscielny has not been able to seal but Arsene Wenger is confident that Koscielny is one of the best players in the world in his position as the head coach of Arsenal has recently said: (more…)

 October 22nd, 2016  
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Aug
19

Arsenal reportedly shifted their interest towards PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez

After having failed in their attempts to convince Jamie Vardy to join the club, Arsenal reportedly shifted their interest towards PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez.

The Algerian international has been a surprise in the Premier League, but he has become one of the most wanted players in the last few months. Arsenal were thought to be heading the list of potential suitors. However, Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has confirmed that the player has agreed to stay at Leicester after negotiations. This comes as a major blow for Arsenal, who have been repeatedly unable to sign big names in the summer.

Mahrez would have been a significant addition to the Arsenal team especially with rumours about Theo Walcott’s future. The England international has been linked with a move away from the Emirates stadium after failing to secure a first-team spot in the last decade. Even though the failure to sign Mahrez might come as a blow, there have been those who potentially doubted his impact at the Emirates. Incredibly, one of those doubters included former Arsenal defender Lauren who claimed that Arsenal do not need another winger likeMahrez. He feels that Arsenal already have a number of players capable of playing in this position like Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Jack Wilshere.
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 August 19th, 2016  
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Jul
26

WHY VARDY REJECTED ARSENAL MOVE

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy refused the move to join Premier League giant Arsenal despite the club meeting his transfer clause and offering way more weekly wage if he agreed to the move.


According to those close to the England international, the player was not very convinced if the style of football at the Emirates will suit his game.

The player, who joined Leicester from Fleetwood town for £1m four years back, signed a deal that will keep him for another four years at the club. His recent deal, which many wanted him to have delayed till the end of the season, was agreed that he would receive weekly wages of £70,000 but the new deal means the player will be earning close to £100,000 weekly.

Sky Sources also claim add that the reason was because Arsenal preferred the possession-hungry style of football unlike the counter-attacking style of Claudio Ranieri’s side that he was used to and he loved. Those close to him say he deeply believes the team has something to offer in the UEFA Champions League in the coming season. They would also defend their Premier League title aside other local tournaments. He also allegedly feels leaving the club, even as other stars are not yet sure of their future at the club, will cause a dip in performance. (more…)

 July 26th, 2016  
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