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Matteo Guendouzi confirms he snubbed big club interest to join Arsenal

French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has confirmed that he snubbed advances from Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund among others to join Arsenal this summer. The 19-year-old was a rather surprise signing from Lorient last month but he has since adjusted fantastically to become one of the regulars under manager Unai Emery.

Speaking to The Evening Standard, Guendouzi confirmed that there were plenty of suitors for his signature but ultimately, he had no second thoughts about heading to the Emirates Stadium. He added that former Gunner Jeremie Aliadiere also encouraged him to join the north London giants, he said: “It’s true there were a lot of clubs interested in me — I had talks with some of the biggest clubs in Europe.

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Ray Parlour: Giorgio Chiellini would be a dream signing for Arsenal

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour believes the club may need to strengthen the defensive department further before the transfer deadline. Unai Emery’s side have shown a keen emphasis to bolster the backline with the likes of Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis Papastathopoulos joining the club but Parlour feels the club should bolster the ranks further.

In a report covered by Goal.com, Parlour has highlighted Juventus’ Giorgio Chiellini as a dream signing for the Gunners, though the Italian has reached the twilight of his professional career, he said: “Arsenal badly needed to improve their defence following last season and Emery has clearly made that a priority this summer.

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Joachim Loew speaks about Mesut Ozil’s future with Germany

Germany head coach Joachim Loew has refused to rule out the involvement of Mesut Ozil during the latter stages of the summer World Cup. The Arsenal star was hugely criticised following his average showing during the shock 1-0 defeat to Mexico and this witnessed him being benched for the 2-1 triumph over Sweden.

As such, there have been suggestions that Ozil may no longer command a significant role at the tournament but Loew has seemingly denied the claims by suggesting that the 29-year-old can still make an influence, he said: “We have strong competition with us in the squad. We will still need his creativity in the tournament.”

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Petr Cech welcomes chance to don Arsenal’s number one jersey

Petr Cech has welcomed the opportunity to wear Arsenal’s number one jersey for the 2018/19 season. The 36-year-old joined the Gunners from Chelsea during the summer of 2015 and he spent the past three seasons wearing the number 33 shirt. Speaking on the club’s official website, Cech admitted that he wanted to make the change much earlier but had to wait until Wojciech Szczesny, who previously wore the number, left the club.

He told the club’s official website: “I already wanted number one when I came but it belonged to Wojciech Szczesny at the time. Last season when he left, it was at the last possible moment so I couldn’t get it either.When they asked me if I would take it this year, of course I was happy to have the opportunity.”

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Tony Adams aims dig at Tottenham Hotspur players ahead of World Cup

Arsenal legend Tony Adam has claimed that England’s chances of winning the World Cup could be hampered by the presence of Tottenham Hotspur players in the squad. The Gunners favourite has suggested that the Spurs’ players don’t possess a winning mentality from the club level and this could have an effect on the Three Lions squad this summer.

Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Danny Rose, and Kevin Trippier are the Spurs players representing England at the tournament but Adams doubt their credentials on the bigger stage, he said: “You must be able to handle winning emotionally and mentally and if they don’t know how to win it, they aren’t going to win it. I’m really worried about these Tottenham players. I don’t think they know how to win. They’re very good players, but at certain points in seasons and tournaments, you have to step up. There’s a psyche [that] players must have.”

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Both teams to score – a punter’s favourite

With the season over we decided to take a break from our usual coverage and look at one of our favourite bets ahead of the World Cup, both teams to score.

The proliferation of online sports books that are now dominating areas of the internet has changed many aspects of our betting lives. Beyond simple score-draw selection and selecting the winning side in any contest, a great number of ‘other’ bets are available that eager football bettors can take advantage of.

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Santi Cazorla Confident Of Returning To First-Team Action After 18 Months

Santi Cazorla has claimed that he wants a return to first-team action before the end of the campaign. The Spaniard has been unavailable for the gunners since 2016, as he has been suffering from an Achilles problem. This has forced him to undergo several surgeries. The forgotten man at Arsenal is aware that it will be an incredibly difficult time at Arsenal considering that manager Arsene Wenger is stepping down at the end of the campaign. The Frenchman has been in charge of the club for more than two decades and he was responsible for bringingCazorla to the club.

After having spent a huge amount of time on the sidelines, it would be difficult forCazorla to make a comeback without a pre-season. However, he says that he has done enough prep work in the last few weeks to think that his return before the end of the campaign could be possible.

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Is Fellaini the Answer?

Every summer, the transfer window rolls around and pundits discuss the areas of the Arsenal team in dire need of improvement. Every year, the defensive midfield positions are identified as a key area of weakness within the Gunners’ squad. And, every time, Arsene Wenger has failed to address this issue. Now that Unai Emery has taken over in the hot seat, will this close season be a different story? Arsenal are in need of big changes, and this gaping hole needs plugging immediately.

Unfortunately for the new boss at the Emirates, he will be expected to make the best of the summer transfer market with a limited budget of around £50 million according to The Telegraph. In the current climate, this is the kind of money that Premier League contenders are spending on singular players. Rebuilding a squad that is riddled with problems on this allowance will be nigh on impossible. With that in mind, Emery needs to play the market cleverly and look to bring in some bargains.

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Arsene Wenger Backs Mohamed Salah To Impress At The World Cup

Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger has spoken fondly about Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah, who he reckons as one of the best players in Europe on present form. The 25-year-old has been a revelation during his maiden season with Liverpool, and he has already contributed 35 goals across all competitions for the club.

Speaking to BeIN Sports, Wenger was asked about the impact of Salah in this season’s Premier League, to which he replied: “For me, he’s one of the best players in Europe at the moment. He can score goals against anybody because in England. You have many good defenders and he’s top scorer in the Premier League. He’s scored in Italy and in England. So overall, I think to keep him quiet will be very difficult at the World Cup.”