Arsenal football club have long been one of the game’s more progressive clubs, with Arsene Wenger rightly hailed as one of the key catalysts involved in modernising the English Premier League in line with the rest of Europe. When he first came in, Tony Adams et al were having daily beer binges straight after training, before eating a kebab, smoking a few cigars, and grabbing a few hours sleep ahead of the next dya’s training, when the whole cycle repeated itself.
Traditionally, the January transfer window is a quiet time in terms of player trading, but all that can change when a major tournament is on the horizon. We’re heading into World Cup year and those who are on the fringes of their national squads are eager to get as much game time as possible in order to increase their chances of making the plane.
One of those players is Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere. Back to fitness after a catalogue of injuries, the midfielder continues to be overlooked by Gareth Southgate as younger, untried men are used in Wilshere’s preferred slot. A move away from the Emirates is a possibility but given Arsenal’s mixed start to the season, Arsene Wenger should really be looking to bring this considerable talent back into the fold.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has insisted that Alexis Sanchez is indeed suffering from flu which could restrict his participation in first-team training.
A recent report from The Mail suggested that the Chile international could be pushing for a move elsewhere after he posted an Instagram image with the caption of being ‘sick’.
However, the Gunners manager has clarified that his main attacker ‘has flu’ but he will nevertheless arrive at the English capital tomorrow. The 28-year-old is therein expected to resume training in a couple of days with Wenger maintaining his stance to not sell Sanchez this summer.
Wenger said: “He has flu, yes. I had him on text yesterday. He will come back as soon as possible and we were in touch with him and his doctor and he has no basic problem apart from the fact that he should come back tomorrow, but he comes back on Tuesday.”
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.
Arda Turan’s representative has insisted that his client is not going anywhere amid the alleged verbal agreement to join Arsenal in the summer transfer window.
A recent report from Haberturk suggested that the north London outfit had agreed terms with the Turkey international ahead of his £25m from Spanish giants Barcelona.
The 30-year-old joined the Catalonia-based club from Atletico Madrid back in the summer of 2015 but their transfer embargo restricted him from participation until 2016. He has since endured one of his toughest spells in professional football with former boss Luis Enrique utilising him as backup to his starting lineup. Both Neymar and Lione Messi are irreplaceable owing to their ever-growing status, and this has seen Turan earn a regular role off the substitutes’ bench.
Haberturk recently suggested that the Catalan giants had given the green light for Turan to complete his preferred move to London in the summer, but his agent Ahmet Bulut has poured cold water to the speculation by suggesting that the attacker is happy where he is, he told AS:
Like an old-school dad trying on his first pair of jeans, Arsene Wenger has relented for the first time since his spectacled, waist-height jacket days to implement a 3-4-3 system that is seemingly in vogue this season.
In a match where Tony Adams saw red after just 13 minutes, Dennis Bergkamp’s sublime chip remains the stand-out moment of a day where Arsenal secured a third-placed finish.
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.
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.
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.
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.