Arsenal new midfielder Granit Xhaka has revealed that he was quite nervous to be playing for Arsenal. He said that the first few days at the club were overwhelming for him as it was quite a change from what he was used to.
He stated that he was not used to be playing with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, and Santi Cazorla and this is definitely a step up from what he has been used. Xhaka said that Arsenal is one of the biggest clubs in the world and it is normal that they have such players there. It has always been a tradition at Arsenal to have the best players such as Thierry Henry, Bergkamp, and Patrick Viera and this is likely to follow.
He said that Ozil and Sanchez are pure world class players, and this can be seen by the way they trained and controlled the ball. He admits that he will learn a lot from these players and that he is looking to progress by training with such players.
Arsene Wenger says that the era of a £ 200 million signing is not far away.
However, they were unable to secure the signing of Paul Pogba, who has instead moved to United for a record fee of £ 89 million. It is an astonishing sum of money for a player who had left the club for just £ 1.5 million a few years ago. Since his move to Juventus, Pogba developer himself into one of the finest midfielders in world football. Even though his talent was apparent to be seen even at United, former boss Sir Alex Ferguson was not ready to hand him the responsibility at a young age while Pogba felt otherwise.
“I have said that since I have been in the game that at some point it has to stop, but as long as football continues to develop and becomes more popular, more money will come in.What is interesting to see is that today, you have a local business and you just want to survive or you have a world business and the money comes in, whether it is Google, Facebook, football or any other sport, they are worldwide so you can’t set any limitations on the income,” said Wenger.
English Premier League side Arsenal FC are set to make a bid for Atletico Madrid player Yannick Carrasco should Henrikh Mkhitaryan join Manchester United this summer, according to reports.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan is having issues with leaving his club and has even hinted at a likely transfer to Manchester United if the club finally agrees. Wenger, who has lost out in the purchase of several players in recent times, has prepared to lure Carrasco from Atletico after the player’s impressive performance in the UEFA Champions League and at the ongoing Euro 2016 tournament in France.
According to Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli, Arsenal are prepared to meet the release clause of the player as they hope to reach greater heights in the Premier League and Europe, despite the increased competition. There are reports that Mkhitaryan is still the top choice but it is increasingly tough as the Red Devils made an improved £28m bid for the player who has told his club he wants out.
Arsenal FC are keen on landing Alvaro Morata from Juventus amidst reported interests from other clubs, leaving the player now wanting to cash in on the interests.
Arsenal and Chelsea are leading the pack to sign him in England and Real Madrid are reported to be willing to activate the buy back clause for the player when they sold him to the Italian side two years ago. The club is believed to want the striker back so they could sell to the numerous c6ed7edlubs who want his services.
Arsenal have seen moves to land a top rated striker like Edinson Cavani and Mario Gotze stalled and will be willing to get Morata. They are currently planning on making Jamie Vardy the main man in front but the Gunners move for the Leicester City have been rebuffed leaving Morata as a good alternative to add to the team. (more…)
Theo Walcott has been omitted from the provisional England squad for the Euro 2016, but this news will not come as a major surprise to the player according to Alan Smith.
Walcott has been struggling for game time at Arsenal especially in the second half of the 2015-16 season. There have been heavy rumours about Walcott being prepared to leave Arsenal in the summer with even Arsene Wenger admitting that the future of England international at the Emirates stadium was not certain. Wenger promised Walcott a role as the central striker when he was persuaded to sign a new four-year contract in 2015.
Now with only three years left on his existing deal, Arsenal are reportedly considering cashing in on the player. Walcott remains a saleable asset as he is only 27 years old. Even the player will feel confident about featuring for the England national team at a major tournament before the end of his career. Even though he has made 43 appearances for the national team since his debut in 2006, he has played in very little major tournaments. Walcott has been forced out of rage tournaments like the World Cup 2014 because of injuries. He was last seen in the Euro 2012 making an impact as a substitute. (more…)
With Jamie Vardy now deciding to take his time to think over a possible move to the Emirates there are some fans who wonder whether the Leicester striker is having second thoughts. With his £20 million release clause triggered and personal terms apparently agreed, Arsenal fans were getting ready to welcome one of the season’s sensations.
But now that Vardy has said he will make a decision over a possible move after the European Championships in France will Wenger be looking elsewhere? Big money has been made available, so who could Arsene go for instead? (more…)
Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has blamed the poor atmosphere at home for the failed title challenge this season. He believes that Arsenal form has been impressive away from home, and it is at home that the club has failed to take maximum points.
According to him, it is the toxic atmosphere at home matches that has caused Arsenal to lose points against some of the smaller teams. He said that at a crucial stage of the season the team has been playing in a very difficult atmosphere, and this has not really helped the team at all. (more…)
Arsene Wenger says that he feels sorry for not having given 100% satisfaction to every supporter of Arsenal.
The protests inside the stadium were held at the 12th minute as a symbolic gesture that the club has now gone 12 seasons without winning the league title. Even as there was dissent amongst some supporters, there was praise for Wenger in various quarters of the stadium. Prior to the match, the Frenchman claimed that he committed to Arsenal during a difficult financial times even when there were offers from several other clubs. His commitment to stay was revealed as the reason behind banks offering the club almost £ 400 million in loan to construct the Emirates stadium, which has been a major source of revenue for the club in the last five years. (more…)
This summer, a number of Arsenal’s first team players will link up with Roy Hodgson and the rest of his 23-man squad ahead of the European Championship in France.
The likes of Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Petr Cech are all set to be involved for their respective nations but Gunners fans will be primarily watching how their English stars perform ahead of what could be a defining season in the club’s history. (more…)
Arsene Wenger watched his team suffered a 3-3 draw with West Ham and this has effectively ended their hopes of winning the title.
It would take an astonishing collapse from Leicester City and Tottenham in order to get Arsenal back in the race for the Premier League. As another trophyless campaign beckons for the club, the Frenchman claims that his team is defending against headers left him disappointed. Andy Carroll came up with a hat-trick and he seemed unstoppable against the gunners. Like on numerous occasions in the last decade, Arsenal threw away a two-goal lead and ended up going behind.
It required a second-half goals from Laurent Koscielny in order to at least get a point from their last visit to Upton Park. After keeping a clean sheet in the last two league matches, Arsenal would have been feeling confident going into the game. Wenger sounded reasonably confident about winning the league title this position. The club have now fallen 13 points behind leaders Leicester with only six matches left for Arsenal. Leicester were able to improve their advantage after a 2-0 comfortable victory over Sunderland on Sunday. Wenger was happy with his team’s defensive recordoverall, but he claimed that headers continued to be a weak point. (more…)