France international Olivier Giroud could make a move to Everton this summer after Borussia Dortmund decided to keep hold of Pierre-EmerickAubameyang for the campaign.
The Bundesliga outfit had been strongly linked with a move for Giroud over the past week, but this interest is likely to diminish with sporting director Michael Zorc citing that Aubameyang would stay put at the club.
According to The Telegraph, the Toffees are now favourites to wrap up a deal for Giroud, who is valued at around £20m by Arsenal.The French marksman was a regular starter from the substitutes’ bench over the course of the previous campaign, and the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette has increased speculation of him leaving the Emirates.
Giroud has continued to show his commitment to the north London club, but the offer of regular first-team football at a domestic rival could be hard to refuse – with the World Cup coming along next year.
The striker has earned a regular spot alongside Antoine Griezmann in the France setup, and the lack of first-team action could hinder his prospects of maintaining his role with a young Kylian Mbappe and Lacazette providing competition. Continue reading Arsenal striker could join Premier League rival this summer
Arsene Wenger has claimed that his team collapsed in the 5-1 defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Arsenal are once again starring at the possibility of going out of the Champions League knockout stages rather early. This was the third defeat for the team in the last four matches, and one that raises pressure on manager Wenger to great highs. The Frenchman has been coming under increasing pressure from fans to step down from his role. Despite being injured after the gunners for more than two decades, Wenger has seen a lot of uncertainty surrounding his role in the last couple of years.
Fans, who have stood by him even during the toughest times, have seen that there is no light at the end of the tunnel when Wenger remains in charge. Despite being the only Premier League manager to have stayed unbeaten throughout the campaign, it seems that Wenger does not match the best in the business of late. At 67 years of age, it seems that his tactical knowledge has also not been up to date. Continue reading Arsenal Collapsed against Bayern Munich, Admits Arsene Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that his team was a bit fortunate to win the game at Burnley.
Despite being dominant and having the most possession, the Gunners fail to score and were frustrated throughout the whole match. It is only in the dying seconds of the game that Koscielny managed to score a goal that is marred by controversy. Not only the goal appeared to be scored with the hand, but the French defender also appears to be offside as well.
Arsene Wenger stated that his team might have been lucky to win the game against Burnley. The French manager said that he has not seen the goal yet but believes that his team has been lucky if they have scored this kind of goal.
Arsenal was frustrated with a superb defensive display by Burnley, and they were denied the necessary space at the back. Wenger believes that his team was also a bit tired after playing 3 games in 8 days and that this was evident on the pitch. Continue reading Arsenal lucky to win
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. Continue reading Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan says that he has not yet made a decision on his future
Koln striker Lukas Podolski has said that there has been no agreement with him and Premier league club Arsenal over a potential transfer in the summer transfer window.
Lukas Podolski has been linked with a move away from his hometown club Koln. Even though Lucas Podolski joined Koln willingly from Bayern Munich after stating that he felt never happy with the German giants, the German striker is now willing to move on in life after failing to win any trophies with his hometown club.
Koln are currently struggling against relegation in the German Bundesliga, and the 16 goals scored by Lukas Podolski this season has been one of the reasons they have been kept afloat so far.
Recent reports suggest that Arsenal have agreed a £ 10.9 million deal with Koln, while they have also appeared to have struck a deal with Lukas Podolski. These reports have been dismissed by both Koln and Lukas Podolski. Even Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger did not speculate on the possibility of Podolski being at the Emirates stadium next season.
Podolski was close to joining Arsenal in the January transfer window itself, but rejected any approaches due to the fact that he would not be a regular with Robin van Persie in the squad.
“The final die is not yet cast. It’s part of the business and so it is generally agreed that only when the die is cast and everything is signed – when it comes to a transfer, as it is being discussed in the newspapers – only then can the parties involved make comments. It is still not settled and therefore we have no comment,” Koln sporting director Finke stated in a recent interview. Robin van Persie has so far scored 32 goals this season, but is widely expected to leave the club in the summer.