Mesut Ozil still remains confident that Arsenal will be able to win the league title this season.
The 2015-16 campaign was seen as Arsenal’s title to lose. For much of the first half of the campaign, Arsenal were the only top team who were performing consistently. This, however, changed abruptly in the second half when Arsenal have fallen way behind leaders Leicester City. Many expected Leicester’s challenge to falter after a few months in the top, but this has not been the case. Claudio Ranieri’s men have been equally consistent in every part of the campaign.
As a result, the unlikely team from Leicester find themselves with a five-point advantage over second placed Tottenham with only seven matches left in the season. Arsenal are a further four points behind in the title race. Even then, Ozil says that the club remain aware that they should take advantage of any points dropped by their rivals. This has been a fantastic season on a personal level for the German midfielder. He is on course to creating a new record of assists in the Premier League. Former Arsenal star Thierry Henry holds the record for making 20 assists in a campaign while Ozil is only two short of this figure.
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Paul Merson has come down hard on Arsene Wenger saying that he has got to win the Premiership at any cost to earn the right to stay in his job.
According to Merson, in case the Gunners fail to become the Champions, it would be hard for Wenger to make a justification to the supporters as to why he didn’t go for the new signings at all last summer.
Merson is also of the opinion that it’s no big deal for a manager to guide Arsenal to top 4 as the squad is good enough to do it itself. There is no astuteness on the part of Wenger in making that happen.
Speaking on television, the Englishman, who played for the Gunners for a long time, from the mid eighties to the late nineties, said, “Arsene Wenger shouldn’t remain in charge if the weaker rivals beat Arsenal to the title.”
“I mean ahead of the season, you come and say there are no signings needed and then, you can’t go past a couple of weaker oppositions to the title. You would just not be able to justify that.”
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Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan says that he has not yet made a decision on his future, which has raised speculation that he could leave the club when his contract expires in 2017.
Gundogan is one of the important assets for Dortmund, who have been on a decline in recent years. Even when Jurgen Klopp was the manager of the club, a number of top players left Dortmund on a free transfer in order to join arch rivals like Bayern Munich. Along with Marco Reus,Gundogan’s key towards building the next great Dortmund team. At 25 years of age, he has the capability to be the part of the spine for at least a decade.
The great times with the German appears to be coming to an end, as he states that he has not yet made up his mind on signing a new contract with Dortmund. This would likely mean a sale in the summer since the club would not want to lose another player on a free transfer. It was only recently that they succumbed to the loss of Robert Lewandowski to Bayern Munich in similar circumstances.Gundogan was persuaded to sign a new two-year contract only in 2017. The lack of a lengthy deal has been a major reason behind the speculation.
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Arsene Wenger claimed that it was the perfect display from his players after they managed to do the unimaginable by qualifying for the Champions League last 16 by the skin of their teeth.
Arsenal looked seemingly out of the group stages just after they suffered two back-to-back defeats at the start of the campaign. These two defeats looked even worse when considering that title favourites Bayern Munich were the opponents in the next two games. Arsenal were not expected to even get a point against the German team in these two games. A huge lifeline came in the form of a shock win over Bayern at the Emirates stadium.
This coupled with other results going their way meant that Arsenal went into the last group game still with a chance to qualify for the last 16. Olympiakos, meanwhile, had the simple task of holding onto even a draw. Arsenal had to win by two or more goals in order to stand any chance of qualification. They comfortably achieved this target with goals from Olivier Giroud being a crucial factor. The Frenchman scored a hat-trick just at the time when it mattered the most for the gunners, who will now look towards the knockout round.
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Arsene Wenger believes if his team manages to get better of Bayern Munich for the second time in the ongoing season, they would send a strong message to the Football fraternity that they’re growing into a really strong side.
Arsenal defeated Bayern Munich by 2-0 in a Champions League affair at home the previous month.
Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil got onto the score sheet in that game, and it is this form by Ozil that has led to him being strongly tipped for a move to Barcelona by the Transfer Rumours website.
That win, however, was not enough for the Gunners to be able to move up from the last position in Group F. They are still there with only 3 points in their kitty in as many games.
However, their position can improve significantly if they manage to repeat that Emirates feat at Allianz Arena on the coming Wednesday.
Ahead of that potential cracker, Wenger was quoted saying to the media, “Bayern is and always has been a tough team to beat. They are strong in all departments, but, if we sneak past them this time around too, it would be a message to everybody out there that the Gunners are making strides.”
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Arsene Wenger has accused Diego Costa of foul play in the recent 2-0 defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
It was yet another poor result for Wenger against José Mourinho, but the result left a bad taste in the Frenchman’s mouth due to the refereeing decisions that largely went against his team. Arsenal were reduced to 9 men by the end of the game and they had played for the entire second half without defender Gabriel, who was sent off due to his involvement in a fight with Costa. The Chelsea striker, though, received only a yellow card for his actions.
Replays showed that Gabriel deliberately stuck his studs into Costa and this earned him a red card. The Chelsea striker, meanwhile, was seen having his hands on defender Laurent Koscielny at the start of the incident. Wenger admitted that Gabriel received a red card largely because of his naivety. Costa used it to his advantage and dragged the defender into a battle that ultimately resulted in the red card. Wenger says that even if an opponent spits during the game, players should not take the bait and instead focus on remaining on the pitch.
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Celtic go into the midweek match against Kilmarnock knowing that they can extend their lead in the Scottish Premier League to a very healthy eight points with the victory.
Currently, their lead over Aberdeen is only five points although the opposition have played a game more. Despite this comfortable position, Celtic boss Ronny Deila says that it would be unwise to dismiss Aberdeen out of the title race just yet. The club are on course to winning a treble this campaign. Apart from the league title, Celtic also have their focus on the Scottish cup. They will be up against Inverness in the semi-finals of the competition.
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has been trying to use mind games in the last few days. He was first to suggest that Celtic are almost certainties for the title despite his team closing the gap to 5 points. Since there are only two matches left for Celtic, they can seal the title with at least one win from the two matches. Their final game of the league campaign sees them take on Dundee United away from home. Celtic have already sealed the League Cup and this took a lot of pressure of a from manager Ronny Deila, who is at Celtic in his first season.
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Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has stated that his move to the gunners has been a crucial reason behind his good form for the England national team. Since the move to the Emirates stadium, Welbeck has been playing more consistently. Even though he has been shifted out wide after the return of Olivier Giroud, the fact that he has been a regular starter has helped him improve his match sharpness. This was clearly evident in the recent friendly matches against Lithuania and Italy. Welbeck scored in the 4-0 win over Lithuania and it helped him become the top scoring qualification stages with six goals from just five games.
Reflecting on this good run of form, Welbeck says that he is not surprised with the fact that he is scoring more regularly. After a mediocre start to his Arsenal career, Welbeck continues to be the foil for Giroud. He has scored only eight goals in 28 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions, which is a record that does not screen of quality. However, most of Welbeck’s goals have come in crucial matches and he has been an excellent signing at just £16 million. Recently, he scored against his former club Manchester United in the 2-1 victory for the gunners.
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The winter transfer window was shut down a few weeks ago but this doesn’t stop the rumors from pouring in involving the future of certain players and Arsenal is believed to be interested in signing a few players from different leagues around the world.
Edinson Cavani of PSG is a constant topic of discussion as the Uruguayan attacker is rumored to be leaving the French club at the end of the season. At this point in the season Cavani has made 22 appearances and scored 8 goals which just isn’t good enough for a player that was acquired for a transfer fee in the region of €64 million.
Another player who is on the radar of Arsenal and Arsene Wenger is Palermo’s Paulo Dybala who at the age of 21 is already being compared to Sergio Aguero due to their playing style being similar.
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The Premier League has not even reached its midway point but already there are certain clubs that are so far away from the top spot that it’s almost impossible for them to have any hope of winning the Premier League title of this season.
In the previous season of the Premier League, Liverpool snatched the 2nd spot and was only 2 points away from winning the league however in this season things have taken a huge turn as the team of Brendan Rodgers would be grateful if they are even able of securing a Europa League spot.
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