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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Wedding Date Clashes With FA Cup Final
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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Wedding Date Clashes With FA Cup Final

The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has been announced for May 19 next year, the same day for this season’s FA Cup final. The ceremony will hold at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, the same day for the famous cup decider at Wembley. This has thrown into doubt whether FA president Prince William – Harry’s brother – will present the trophy to the winning captain as usual. Harry is also a supporter of Arsenal, who won the FA Cup last season and were handed their winners medals by William; the Duke of Cambridge. The Gunners also beat William’s beloved Aston Villa in the 2015 final, where he handed losers medals to the Villa players. The FA have confirmed the final will not be moved to another date and a Kensington Palace spokesman said: “We are aware of it and we haven’t an...
Zinedine Zidane reiterates Gareth Bale Importance To Real Madrid Amid Arsenal & Manchester United links
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Zinedine Zidane reiterates Gareth Bale Importance To Real Madrid Amid Arsenal & Manchester United links

Zinedine Zidane has talked up Gareth Bale’s importance to Real Madrid amid transfer links with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United. Newspaper reports have consistently suggested the Welshman could move to Old Trafford in the future, while Arsene Wenger’s Gunners have also popped up as a potentially interested part in recent days. The 28-year-old has not played since limping out of Madrid’s 3-1 Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund at the end of September with a calf injury, with a strained adductor muscle in his left leg having further delayed his comeback. Los Blancos host Malaga on Saturday and while the game will likely come too soon for Bale, Zidane hopes to be able to bring him back soon and reiterated he is important to the Liga giants. “We know what Gareth c...
Derby Win Over Tottenham Creates Blueprint For Arsenal Success
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Derby Win Over Tottenham Creates Blueprint For Arsenal Success

But it also raised the question: Why can't they play like that in every game? Consistency has always been the main problem for Arsene Wenger's men, who look capable of beating anyone when they're on form and equally capable of losing to anyone when they're not. The win over Spurs didn't showcase Arsenal's attacking play at its free-flowing best, but was perhaps the most complete performance they've delivered in a long time. And there were several key aspects of the game that Arsenal will have to replicate every week to live up to this blueprint going forward. Here's a look at five of them: Playing well off the ball Arsenal are known for playing well when in possession, which is most of the time. But in Saturday's derby, they were more impressive off the ball for once. The high pressing...
Arsenal Have The Quality To Beat Tottenham In North London Derby – Arsene Wenger
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Arsenal Have The Quality To Beat Tottenham In North London Derby – Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger has dismissed the idea that Arsenal are underdogs for Saturday’s north London derby against Tottenham. The Gunners finished behind their huge rivals last season for the first time since Wenger took charge in 1996 and are four points adrift of third-placed Spurs already this term. But Wenger denied the tide had turned to the extent that he considered his side the underdogs for the eagerly-awaited derby at the Emirates. “Not at all,” said the Arsenal manager. “I think Tottenham is a good side but we have the quality to win this game and that is what we want to show.” Wenger has a superb record in the north London derby and agreed that it is a fixture he always looks forward to. “There is always pride involved, a desire to beat your opponent,” he said. “You ...
Barcelona ‘To Bid For Monaco Midfielder Thomas Lemar’
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Barcelona ‘To Bid For Monaco Midfielder Thomas Lemar’

The Daily Telegraph report that Barca are showing interest in the France international as they face having to reshape their midfield next summer. They are looking for a long term replacement for Andres Iniesta, and with their pursuit of Philippe Coutinho continuing to be frustrated by Liverpool, are now considering Lemar instead. Arsenal almost signed Lemar on transfer deadline day in the summer for a club record £90million, and although the deal fell through the Gunners remain keen. There is a complication, however, in that Arsenal were only able to bid £90m after accepting a bid for Alexis Sanchez, which also fell through. Sanchez is set to leave on a free next summer, along with Mesut Ozil, with both showing little inclination to extend contracts that expire in 2018. The situation l...
Arsenal Ready To Make A Fresh Move For Napoli Playmaker Jorginho
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Arsenal Ready To Make A Fresh Move For Napoli Playmaker Jorginho

The Italy international has been instrumental to Napoli's flying start to Serie A, where they have won 10 of their first 11 matches and lead the standings by two points over second-place Inter Milan. According to Tuttomercato, Arsenal could move for the 25-year-old next summer. He has scored twice in 110 appearances for Napoli since joining from Verona in January 2014. He was initially linked with Arsenal in March 2016 after his agent Joao Santos claimed the Gunners and Real Madrid were impressed by the player's form. 'Interest from Arsenal? It's true,' Santos told Radio Kiss last year. 'After the game against Palermo, compliments arrived from Real Madrid as well.' 'Only compliments, nothing more. But it's pleasing to receive expressions of respect from one of the most prestigious club...
‘Write In If You’ve Got A Problem’ – Arsenal’s Fans Deserve Better From Patronising Chips Keswick
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‘Write In If You’ve Got A Problem’ – Arsenal’s Fans Deserve Better From Patronising Chips Keswick

“Thank you for your interest in our affairs” was a closing statement from ex-Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood at the 2012 Annual General Meeting. The former Eton College pupil avoided a question on whether the Gunners would consider making changes to an ageing, all-male board. Fast forward five years and not much has changed in that regard. The same shareholder posed the same question to another old Etonian in Sir Chips Keswick and wasn’t even given the courtesy of an answer until heckles from the crowd saw the question asked again. “Will you look at the make-up of the board and stop saying ‘we’ll look at it’ every year?” asked a clearly frustrated shareholder. Arsenal’s bumbling chairman was at the centre of a PR disaster at Emirates Stadium as 240 shareholders and a large media presenc...
Arsenal Ace Reiss Nelson: I’ll Be Delighted If I Get Anywhere Near To Neymar’s Level
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Arsenal Ace Reiss Nelson: I’ll Be Delighted If I Get Anywhere Near To Neymar’s Level

Arsenal starlet Reiss Nelson has played down comparisons with Neymar but he does admit that he has learned a lot from club legend Thierry Henry. Nelson made his first start in continental competition in last month's Europa League win at BATE Borisov and former Gunners defender Martin Keown was enthused by the 17-year-old's performance. "It's quite phenomenal the ability this boy has," the retired defender told  BT Sport  . "There’s certainly a big future there, he really does look a wonderful talent. "He showed the sort of touches that you often see or associate with a Neymar or a real top player." Speaking exclusively to  Goal  , Nelson confessed to have being left a little embarrassed by having been likened to the world's most expensive player. "That is a very big stretch to say som...
Arsenal To Sell Germany Midfielder Mesut Ozil In January
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Arsenal To Sell Germany Midfielder Mesut Ozil In January

Arsenal has given up on Mesut Ozil signing a new contract with the club and are ready to find a buyer in January. Gunners boss, Arsene Wenger, has already said they may be forced to sell Alexis Sanchez and Ozil in the next window, rather than lose them for free. There is now a growing disenchantment with Ozil’s attitude and recent performances, particularly after Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Watford. Arsenal have offered Ozil £275,000-a-week, but his representatives are demanding £350,000-a-week. Although Sanchez is not short of admirers, there has been a lack of interest in Ozil. Inter Milan have however publicly admitted they are keen and that is why Arsenal are now actively looking round for a buyer.
Iwobi Relieved New Deal Was Signed: Arsenal Players Feared Wenger Would Walk
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Iwobi Relieved New Deal Was Signed: Arsenal Players Feared Wenger Would Walk

Arsenal players were “concerned” that Arsene Wenger could walk away from the club over the summer, admits Alex Iwobi. Having faced intense criticism throughout the 2016-17 campaign, including regular protests against his reign, the French coach reached the end of the season with his future very much up in the air. His contract was expiring and questions were being asked of his ongoing suitably to a role that he had filled for over 20 years. Wenger eventually signed a new two-year deal on the back of another FA Cup triumph, and Iwobi was among those relieved to see fresh terms agreed. The 21-year-old forward, who was handed his big break by Wenger after graduating out of Arsenal’s academy system, told the Evening Standard: “We were all concerned [that he might leave] because nobody knew...
Lacazette And His Girlfriend Pop To Tesco Express In £250k Ferrari Super Car
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Lacazette And His Girlfriend Pop To Tesco Express In £250k Ferrari Super Car

The Arsenal superstar, who earns in the region of £200,000 a week in north London, took a trip to Tesco with his partner on Wednesday to pick up some essentials. Lacazette is not in the Gunners' squad to face BATE Borisov on Thursday, so while his team-mates headed to Belarus, he ran some errands with his girlfriend. The Frenchman arrived at the supermarket in a bright red Ferrari 488GTB, worth in the region of £250k, parking at the side of the street before heading inside. He and his partner grabbed their shopping, including two cucumbers, before queuing to pay in the Hampstead Express store. Lacazette then headed back to his supercar, with a 10p bag for life in hand, before driving home - perhaps to enjoy a night of Champions League action. The Arsenal man will surely be desperate t...
Wenger Explains Decision To Deny Lacazette A Shot At First Arsenal Hat-Trick
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Wenger Explains Decision To Deny Lacazette A Shot At First Arsenal Hat-Trick

Arsene Wenger says Alexandre Lacazette was denied an opportunity to net his first Arsenal hat-trick because he was “tired”. The France international continued his impressive start to life with the Gunners on Monday as he bagged a brace in a 2-0 victory over West Brom. Lacazette opened the scoring in the Premier League encounter at Emirates Stadium in the 20th minute, before going on to convert a 67th-minute penalty. The 26-year-old would have had his eyes on the match ball at that stage, but was replaced seven minutes from the end by countryman Olivier Giroud. Explaining that decision, Arsenal boss Wenger told the Evening Standard: “I took him off because he was tired. “I would have loved him [to score a hat-trick]… he had an opportunity. But I gave him the penalty as well you know. O...
‘Was That When You Were Good?’ Szczesny Brutally Trolls Wilshere Over Career Dip
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‘Was That When You Were Good?’ Szczesny Brutally Trolls Wilshere Over Career Dip

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has brutally trolled midfielder Jack Wilshere! The Gunners midfielder, who has made his first-team comeback for the club after spending last season at Bournemouth, posted a picture on Instagram of himself from his "digs days", when he was sharing a house with the Pole. “TBT to the digs days and living with the mad man Wojciech Szczesny," he wrote. “Can’t believe he let me have my hair like this.” While he used the hashtag #stillbetterlookingthanhim, it was Szczesny who had the last laugh, replying: "Was that when you were still good at football?" A number of fans commented on the burn, crowning the Juventus goalkeeper as the winner of the exchange.
Sanchez To United: Mourinho Wants To Snatch Arsenal Star From Man City
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Sanchez To United: Mourinho Wants To Snatch Arsenal Star From Man City

The Manchester United boss has been quoted a £25million signing-on fee for the Arsenal striker, who will be a free agent next summer. Sanchez cannot sign an official pre-contract with the Red Devils until the new year as it is an internal transfer between two clubs in the Premier League. But an agreement could be put in place for the deal to go through. City tried to get Sanchez in the summer but had a final bid of £60m rejected. The Chile superstar, 28, wanted the switch to the Etihad but his advisers also sounded out United at the time. Many at City were surprised boss Pep Guardiola went for Sanchez in the summer, given that would mean dropping one of Sergio Aguero or Gabriel Jesus. That pair have struck up a great understanding on the pitch this season, which may mean City will re...
‘Arsenal Don’t Need Alexis And Ozil’ – Keown On Gunners’ Want-Away Stars
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‘Arsenal Don’t Need Alexis And Ozil’ – Keown On Gunners’ Want-Away Stars

Arsenal proved against Chelsea that they do not need contract rebels Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, says Martin Keown. The Gunners headed to Stamford Bridge on Sunday aware that they needed a positive performance to help answer some of the uncomfortable questions which continue to be asked of them. In a brave move, Arsene Wenger opted to leave want-away forward Alexis on the bench – with the Chilean yet to start a Premier League game since failing to secure a deadline-day move to Manchester City. World Cup winner Ozil was also missing through injury, but Arsenal held their own against the defending champions to earn a 0-0 draw and praise for their approach without two star turns. “There has been so much fear at Arsenal of losing Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil,” former Gunners defender K...
Koscielny: I Have No Reason To Leave Arsenal Or ‘Inspirational’ Wenger
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Koscielny: I Have No Reason To Leave Arsenal Or ‘Inspirational’ Wenger

Laurent Koscielny insists he has no plans to leave Arsenal this summer, claiming he is happy in London and that his loyalties lie with Arsene Wenger. The France international has been linked with a move to German champions Bayern Munich, as well as a return to boyhood club Marseille, despite signing an extension with the Gunners as recently as November of last year. Koscielny appeared 50 times for Arsenal last season and remains a key part of Wenger's defensive unit ahead of the 2017-18 Premier League campaign. The defender turns 32 at the start of the upcoming season and it was suggested he may push for one big-money move before his career began to slow, with recent interviews with French publications putting no end to the matter. And, though speculation of an exit continues, ...
Wenger Reveals Making The Top Four Is Best Hope Of Reaching Champions League
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Wenger Reveals Making The Top Four Is Best Hope Of Reaching Champions League

The Gunners kick off their Europa League campaign at home to Cologne on Thursday. Wenger saw Manchester United win the competition last season after finishing sixth in the Premier League as Jose Mourinho prioritised European fixtures. But the Arsenal boss believes the Premier League still offers the best opportunity for his side. "It is not the best chance but it is one of the opportunities," he said. "I think the best way to do it is through the Premier League. We did that for 20 years. "We don't calculate this is the best way to the Champions League qualifiers. "But it is an opportunity and we want to win every competition we play in." Wenger also insisted missing out on Europe's premier competition has not been a blow to his or the club's reputation. "There was a...
Cech: Arsenal Must Decide If They Want Europa League Success
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Cech: Arsenal Must Decide If They Want Europa League Success

The London side host Germany's Cologne in Europe's second-tier competition on Thursday and Cech, who won the title with Chelsea in the 2012-13 season, said the club must take a call on how they approach the tournament. "You make your decision," he told London's Evening Standard. "At Chelsea, we were really disappointed to have been knocked out of the group stage (of the Champions League) but we decided that for the first time and the last time, hopefully, we play in the Europa League so we want to win. "...either you take it seriously and you go to win it and you give yourself the chance to do it or you give yourself different priorities and see how it goes." Arsenal, fifth in the Premier League last season, missed qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years and ...
Hector Bellerin Calls On Arsenal To Replicate Chelsea’s Title-Winning Streak
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Hector Bellerin Calls On Arsenal To Replicate Chelsea’s Title-Winning Streak

A 3-0 defeat for Chelsea at Arsenal in September seemed to suggest that Antonio Conte’s side were some way from winning the Premier League title, but the Blues followed that defeat with a 13-game winning streak that took them to the top of the table - a position they would not concede for the rest of the campaign. The Gunners have endured a mixed start to the new term, losing two of their four league games, but Bellerin hopes the visit to Stamford Bridge on Sunday can give Arsenal further momentum after Saturday’s 3-0 win at Bournemouth. "Look at how Chelsea began last season and how they ended up winning the title," Bellerin told International Business Times. “It doesn't only matter how you start but to be consistent. "Check the Chelsea results at the beginning of last season. They had...
Bellerin: Football Is Not Just About Spending Money
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Bellerin: Football Is Not Just About Spending Money

Paris Saint-Germain broke the £200million barrier for the first time with the capture of Neymar from Barcelona. And the Premier League’s top clubs also showed their willingness to spend big, with a number of them surpassing their previous record transfer fees. The Gunners’ summer outlay by comparison looked small, with just £46million being spent on former Lyon man Alexandre Lacazette. However, Hector Bellerin is not concerned by Arsenal’s summer spending and thinks they can achieve success without overspending. "Football is not just about spending money," the defender told website IBTimesUK. "There are some clubs paying £100m and £200m on players but I do not think that's the philosophy. “The important thing is to build a good team, a good block and get results from there. “Sometim...
‘Mbappe Is the New Pele’ – Wenger Praises Exceptional PSG Talent
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‘Mbappe Is the New Pele’ – Wenger Praises Exceptional PSG Talent

Arsene Wenger has heaped praise on Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe, hailing him as 'the new Pele'. The France international opted for a move to the Parisian club over a host of European suitors this summer, joining on a one-year loan deal before making is €180 million switch permanent next season. Mbappe opened his PSG account during the club's 5-1 thrashing of Metz on Friday evening, lifting Unai Emery's side to the top of the Ligue 1 table with five wins from five. The 18-year-old's strike prompted Wenger to reiterate his belief in the extraordinary promise of Mbappe, who the Arsenal boss revealed he was close to signing for the north London club last summer. "I think he is exceptionally intelligent, he has an exceptional character, and exceptional belief," he told beIN Spo...
Time For Alexis To Put Up, Shut Up And Give His Absolute All For Arsenal
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Time For Alexis To Put Up, Shut Up And Give His Absolute All For Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez arrived back in London on Wednesday a week after he was denied his dream move to Manchester City on transfer deadline day. The deal itself had been common knowledge for several months and covered extensively on  Goal  , yet it was only a  mixture of City’s lateness and Arsenal’s dallying which saw the move break down  . Now, Arsene Wenger’s side have a player on their hands who has been forced to stay and will have to accept a huge economic loss if he doesn’t agree to sign a contract extension. "You take a Sanchez into the final year of his contract, you sacrifice £60-£70 million income and at the end of the season you will have to buy somebody for that amount of money," Wenger told  beIN Sports  . Alexis drew criticism for his negative body language at times and...
Wenger Reveals He Hopes To Have Cazorla Back After Christmas
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Wenger Reveals He Hopes To Have Cazorla Back After Christmas

Fears had been raised over the long-term fitness of the Spaniard after he was left out of the Gunners Europa League and Premier league squads. The 32-year-old has not kicked a ball in over a year, with his last appearance comeing against Ludogorets in the Champions League in October last year. But despite undergoing eight operations in that time, Wenger revealed that he hopes to welcome the player back into the fold in 2018. Asked if Cazorla's injuries were career-threatening, Wenger said: 'No, he is having his first run today, so that’s quite positive. 'The flexibility of his ankle and his mobility looks good. It’s now about getting back to full fitness without having any setbacks. 'It’s very difficult not to set a time before before Christmas that’s why I didn’t involve him in the E...
Wenger Calls For Closing January Window Among Transfer System Changes
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Wenger Calls For Closing January Window Among Transfer System Changes

Arsene Wenger believes the January transfer window should be eliminated to stop the distraction of players looking for midseason exits.The Arsenal manager saw his club close out a chaotic summer transfer window with talk of a deal for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar and a sale of Alexis Sanchez both fall through on deadline day.Sanchez was reportedly unhappy by his inability to move to Manchester City, with the Gunners’ Premier League rivals possibility returning in January for a new bid.Elsewhere, talk remains Barcelona will renew their approach in January for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.And Wenger believes such situations are detrimental to the game, believing players become distracted for a January move as early as October.“The players who do not play or the players who are tapped up in October...
Man City Will Try Again To Sign Alexis Sanchez In January
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Man City Will Try Again To Sign Alexis Sanchez In January

Manchester City have not given up on Alexis Sanchez and will try to sign him again when the window re-opens in January, according to Sky Sports. City had a £60m bid for Sanchez accepted by the Gunners on Deadline Day but the deal collapsed when Arsenal were unable to sign Thomas Lemar as a replacement from Monaco. Sanchez’s Arsenal contract runs out next summer and he will be able to discuss a move with foreign clubs as soon as 2018 begins. Sky Sports reports Sanchez thought everything regarding his transfer to City would be sorted on Thursday and he would be playing under Pep Guardiola this season. The 28-year-old was in Chile, where he is preparing to play for his country in their upcoming World Cup Qualifiers, as City tried frantically to get the deal over the line on Thursd...
BREAKING: Liverpool Have Agreed A Deal For Oxlade-Chamberlain From Arsenal
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BREAKING: Liverpool Have Agreed A Deal For Oxlade-Chamberlain From Arsenal

The player's management company, Colossal Sports Management, have tweeted that they have a "deal agreed" for one of their clients to join the Reds.Oxlade-Chamberlain is not involved in the tweet, but it would appear logical that the Gunners star is the player in question after he turned down a move to Chelsea with his preference to work with Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool Opened Talks With Arsenal Over A Deal For Oxlade-Chamberlain
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Liverpool Opened Talks With Arsenal Over A Deal For Oxlade-Chamberlain

The Gunners had agreed to sell the England international to their London rivals Chelsea for a fee believed to be £35m.But Sky Sports News understands the 24-year-old has turned down a move to Stamford Bridge because he favours a transfer to Liverpool ahead of Thursday's transfer deadline.Oxlade-Chamberlain is out of contract at the end of the season and will see out the remaining 11 months of his Arsenal deal should a transfer to Anfield not get over the line for any reason.
Report: Lazio Are Interested In Arsenal’s Lucas Perez
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Report: Lazio Are Interested In Arsenal’s Lucas Perez

The Spanish forward joined the Gunners last summer, but appears to be surplus to requirements for this season.Deportivo La Coruna have been heavily linked with a move for him, but LaLazioSiamoNoi reports that sporting director Igli Tare has also been in contact with his entourage.However, the Aquile wouldn’t be able to meet his €3.5m per season wages, so would look to take Perez on loan with an option to buy.Having spent over €20m to buy him, Arsenal would prefer an outright sale or at least an obligation to buy.With interest from Spain, it’s therefore thought to be unlikely that the Biancocelesti can get a deal done, though not impossible.
Sanchez Would Be Good Addition For Man City – De Bruyne
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Sanchez Would Be Good Addition For Man City – De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne backs Manchester City’s pursuit of Alexis Sanchez and says the side would benefit from signing the Arsenal forward. Reports have suggested that the unsettled Chilean wants to leave the Gunners, with Sky Sports saying that Arsenal have rejected a £50m bid from City. When asked what he thought of the Arsenal forward, the Belgian replied: “He’s a very good player, obviously but I don’t know what’s happening about the other transfers. “I think City is doing the business perfectly this summer and if they want him they will try everything to get him. And if he comes to us that’s a good addition.” De Bruyne also admits that a quick deal is better for all parties concerned. His own move from Wolfsburg to the Etihad Stadium in 2015 was protracted, taking a number of w...
Wenger Needs To adopt Mourinho’s Tactics – Vieira
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Wenger Needs To adopt Mourinho’s Tactics – Vieira

Former Arsenal captain, Patrick Vieira, has asked manager Arsene Wenger to adopt similar tactics to his Manchester United counterpart, Jose Mourinho. Vieira wants the Gunners to be more physical, following their poor start to the Premier League season. Wenger’s men lost their second consecutive game on Sunday, getting crushed 4-0 to Liverpool at Anfield. They were defeated 1-0 at Stoke City a week before. Vieira, who is now head coach of MLS side New York City FC. believes Wenger needs to implement more discipline. “Would I like my team to be more like a Jose or an Arsene team? I would like to be the balance of both,” Vieira told the Daily Mail. “I would like my teams to have the discipline that Jose has but also allow players to express themselves into that discipline like ...
Arsenal Face Cologne, Red Star Belgrade in Europa League
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Arsenal Face Cologne, Red Star Belgrade in Europa League

Arsenal face a tricky Europa League group stage with ties against Cologne and Red Star Belgrade as Arsene Wenger’s side play in Europe’s second-tier competition for the first time since 1997. The Gunners were also paired with Belarus club Bate Borisov in Friday’s draw, but it was kinder to another European giant, AC Milan, who face Austria Vienna, AEK Athens and Rijeka of Croatia. Wayne Rooney’s Everton have a stern test in a group containing French club Lyon, who host the final on May 16. Europa League groups in full Group A: Villarreal, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Astana, Slavia Prague. Group B: Dynamo Kiev, Young Boys, Partizan Belgrade, Skenderbeu. Group C: Braga, Ludogorets, Hoffenheim, Istanbul Basaksehir. Group D: Milan, Austria Vienna, Rijeka, AEK Athens. Group E: Lyo...
Wenger Wants Oxlade-Chamberlain To Stay At Arsenal
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Wenger Wants Oxlade-Chamberlain To Stay At Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has revealed Arsenal will spend the remainder of this summer’s transfer window largely focusing on outgoings, but confirmed he intends to keep hold of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. While uncertainty continues to surround Alexis Sanchez’s future, Wenger on Wednesday turned his attention towards other members of the squad and admitted he has “opened the door” for Lucas Perez to leave, as he spoke of plans for his players. The manager, who revealed he expects the club to be busy as the window draws to a close, hailed Oxlade-Chamberlain’s progress and said he hopes the 24-year-old will remain at the Emirates “for a long time.” “I rate him highly and he’s one of the players who is on his way up,” Wenger said of the England midfielder, who is entering the last year of his contr...
Wenger Admits Uncertainty Over Future Affected Arsenal
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Wenger Admits Uncertainty Over Future Affected Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has admitted rumours over his Arsenal future last season caused some confusion in the dressing room among his Gunners stars. The Frenchman, 67, eventually signed a new two-year contract extension in May following an end to a campaign which finished on a high with victory in the FA Cup final after failing to secure Champions League qualification for the first time under his almost 21-year reign. Wenger was in central London on Wednesday night attending a Football Writers’ Association Live event which raised money for the London Fire Relief Fund, set up in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire. During a wide-ranging panel discussion, Wenger took questions from the audience and was asked directly if the negativity from some sections of Arsenal fans over his future ha...
Henry Backs Lacazette Fire Arsenal To Glory
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Henry Backs Lacazette Fire Arsenal To Glory

Arsenal great Thierry Henry is trusting countryman Alexandre Lacazette to follow in his footsteps and find success with the Gunners but warns that Arsene Wenger’s full squad will be required to make it happen. The former Olympique Lyon forward joined Arsenal for a club record fee and his set to be Wenger’s first-choice striker ahead of fellow France striker Olivier Giroud. Henry, Arsenal’s all-time top goal scorer with 228 goals, believes both Lacazette and Giroud will offer versatility for the current squad’s benefit. “(Lacazette) has a different game to Giroud, which I think is good because you need different types of strikers,” Henry said on Sky Sports. “He did it in the French league and people might say it’s a different league, but, with due respect to Lyon, he’ll also be ...
Pedro Red Card Correct Decision By Referee Madley – Ex-Ref
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Pedro Red Card Correct Decision By Referee Madley – Ex-Ref

Retired referee Graham Poll has thrown his weight behind referee Bobby Madley’s decision to send off Chelsea’s Pedro for his rash tackle on Arsenal’s Mohammed Elneny in Sunday’s Community Shield game at the Wembley Stadium which the Gunners won 4-1 on penalties after regulation period ended 1-1. The moment of controversy came in the 80th minute when Pedro was sent off with 10 minutes remaining for studs up tackle which caught Elneny on the ankle. This was at a time the Blues looked to be cruising to a victory. Poll asserted it was the right decision even though Arsenal seized advantage to equalize and then went on to win the game. He said: “The Community Shield is always seen by referees as a chance to set the scene for the season. For me the red card for Pedro was a strong but ju...
Unsettled Sanchez Back In Training With Arsenal
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Unsettled Sanchez Back In Training With Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez finally returned to training with Arsenal on Tuesday amid persistent speculation the Chile forward is keen to leave the Gunners. Sanchez missed Arsenal’s pre-season tour of Australia and China, as well as last weekend’s Emirates Cup tournament, as he rested following international duty at the Confederations Cup. The 28-year-old was due to resume training with his Arsenal team-mates on Sunday, but he was unable to fly back to London until Tuesday after going down with the flu. Some cynical Arsenal fans feared Sanchez’s illness was a ruse to further distance himself from the Premier League club as he weighs up whether to push for a transfer. Sanchez is in the final year of his Arsenal contract and his decision not to accept boss Arsene Wenger’s offer of a lucrative...
Sanchez Has Not Asked To Leave Arsenal – Wenger
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Sanchez Has Not Asked To Leave Arsenal – Wenger

Arsene Wenger says Paris Saint-Germain are going after Barcelona’s Neymar because they know they have no chance of signing Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal. The Gunners boss insists Sanchez has not asked to leave this summer and is adamant he will not be sold regardless. Wenger’s continued defiance comes despite Sanchez stating last week that he had informed Arsenal of his position and wanted to play in the Champions League. Wenger said: “Has he asked to leave? No. PSG can’t get Sanchez, so they are going for Neymar. “My mind has been made up for a while now. I think I’ve made it clear a few times; that this is my stance. “We are in a strong financial position. Sanchez has got one year to go on his contract and we have no need to make money. “He will be part of the team next y...
Batshuayi Nets Twice As Chelsea Ease Past Arsenal
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Batshuayi Nets Twice As Chelsea Ease Past Arsenal

Michy Batshuayi scored twice as Chelsea hammered Arsenal 3-0 at the Bird’s Nest stadium on Saturday in a Chinese edition of the London derby. Batshuayi doubled Chelsea’s lead in the 42nd minute and then curled in a long-range effort shortly after the break to show new signing Alvaro Morata that he intends to fight for the main striker’s role next season. Chelsea outclassed a tired-looking Arsenal side throughout this preseason friendly and had taken the lead through Willian in the 40th minute, with Batshuayi getting the second less than two minutes later. Arsenal may blame tired legs for this defeat as it was the last of four games they have played on a two-week tour of Australia and China, while Chelsea were playing their first match of their preseason trip to Asia. Chelsea ma...
Arsenal’s Szczesny Arrives In Turin For Juventus Medical
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Arsenal’s Szczesny Arrives In Turin For Juventus Medical

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has arrived in Turin to have a medical ahead of a proposed move to Juventus. Sky Sports reported last month Juventus agreed a four-year contract to sign the player for around £14m. Szczesny has spent the past two seasons at Roma and played regularly for the Italian club who finished runners-up to Juventus in Serie A. The 27-year-old is likely to find his playing time limited in his first season as he will face competition from 39-year-old Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. Szczesny joined Arsenal’s academy from Legia Warsaw in 2006 and made a total of 181 appearances for the Gunners. The Polish international had signed a long-term deal in November 2013 to keep him at the Emirates until 2018. However, manager Arsene Wenger has prefer...
Arsenal Fear Missing Out On Signing Monaco’s Lemar
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Arsenal Fear Missing Out On Signing Monaco’s Lemar

Arsenal believe they could miss out on the signing of key target Thomas Lemar from Monaco. The Gunners are still trying to land the 21-year-old France international but the French champions may not be keen to let another player leave. The Monaco exit of Tiemoue Bakayoko to Chelsea and the likely departure of Benjamin Mendy mean a deal for Lemar is looking increasingly difficult. Meanwhile, Arsenal’s intention remains to keep Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean is going into the final year of his contract with the club and is reportedly keen to leave, but the Gunners want to hold on to last season’s top scorer. Monaco sold midfielder Bakayoko to Chelsea in a reported £40m deal, while left-back Mendy has been heavily linked with a switch to Manchester City. There is also speculatio...
Arsenal Urged To Accept Everton’s £30m Bid For Walcott
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Arsenal Urged To Accept Everton’s £30m Bid For Walcott

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has said the club should accept a £30m offer for Theo Walcott, amid reports Everton is chasing the England international. And while Wright insists he will “always love” Walcott, he accepts that the time could be right to move on. “Sad to see the amount of disrespect that Theo gets from the fans. I’ll always love him, but if it is a 30 million bid, got to take it,” Wright tweeted. Walcott scored 14 goals for the Gunners by January last season, but quickly faded off, only adding five more as Arsene Wenger’s men failed to qualify for the Champions League. The arrival of Alexandre Lacazette this summer and the club’s pursuit of Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, may see Walcott spend more time out of the team.
Eagles Forward Iwobi Aims To Prove A Point At Arsenal
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Eagles Forward Iwobi Aims To Prove A Point At Arsenal

Alex Iwobi is determined to prove himself in Arsenal to earn a regular playing time when the 2017-18 season starts in August. The Super Eagles forward admitted that he did not play as much as he wanted for Arsene Wenger’s men last season. The 21-year-old disclosed that he needs to be more lethal in front of goal as he targets an improved campaign with the Gunners. “I have a point to prove. I didn’t play as much as I’d like to last year. I want to start the season with a bang. I’ve been doing a bit of running and ball work to prepare,” Iwobi told The Mirror. “I need to be a bit more hungry this year, add more goals and assists. At the start of last season I played a lot. I want to do that all year. Consistency is the key with me. “Goals win games. I need to add that. Arsene W...
I Want To Stay At Arsenal – Ozil
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I Want To Stay At Arsenal – Ozil

Mesut Ozil has indicated that he wants to remain at Arsenal and plans to discuss his future with the club when the team returns from Australia. Together with star striker Alexis Sanchez, playmaker Ozil has been tipped to leave Emirates Stadium after the Gunners failed to qualify for the Champions League. However, it is believed there are few clubs able to meet the wage demands of the Germany international, who joined Arsenal from Real Madrid in 2013. And, perhaps due to a lack of realistic alternatives, the 28-year-old now appears willing to consider extending his contract, which expires at the end of the 2017-18 season. “It is definitely my preference to stay,” he said at a kit launch in Sydney. “It is such a great club and I have always said that I feel very good at Arsena...
Mesut Ozil Urges Alexis Sanchez To Stay At Arsenal
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Mesut Ozil Urges Alexis Sanchez To Stay At Arsenal

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has urged Alexis Sanchez to reject interest from Manchester City and remain at the Emirates Stadium. Goal reports City are confident of completing a deal for the Chile international despite the Gunners being reluctant to sell to one of their Premier League rivals. Alexis is currently on holiday following his participation in the Confederations Cup, and manager Arsene Wenger has refuted claims the forward has asked to leave north London. Despite that, both he and Ozil are yet to sign new contracts despite their current deals being up at the end of next season. And former Real Madrid star Ozil believes the team’s chances of winning the Premier League title would be hit severly if one of their main talismen left. “I hope Alexis stays but I don’t kn...
Wenger Refuses to Guarantee Arsenal Fans Trophies Next Season
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Wenger Refuses to Guarantee Arsenal Fans Trophies Next Season

Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has warned fans that there is no guarantee of trophies next season, despite masterminding the club’s biggest ever summer spending spree. Wenger has already broken their transfer record to sign Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, in a £52million deal and may have to do the same again to land Monaco midfielder, Thomas Lemar. Although the Gunners’ boss is adamant that he is still hungry for success, he did his best to play down expectations, while speaking to the media in Australia at the start of this year’s pre-season tour. But though the Gunners’ boss said his desire for success is as strong as ever, he did his best to play down expectations. “We want to win trophies, but you cannot live inside a club thinking you want to win the next trophy and, i...
Why Wenger Will Not Sell Alexis Sanchez – Keown
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Why Wenger Will Not Sell Alexis Sanchez – Keown

Former Arsenal defender, Martin Keown, has said that manager Arsene Wenger, will not allow Alexis Sanchez leave the club, because he wants to keep the best players at the Emirates. Sanchez has one year left on his current deal with the Gunners, but Keown does not expect him to “down tools” if he doesn’t get a move away. “Sanchez will be the one now which everyone talks about — and let’s see how Arsene Wenger handles that. He (Wenger) has his contract [extension], and I don’t think Wenger will be in any rush, he will want to keep the player,” Keown said. “I think he [Sanchez] is going to play, wherever he is, I don’t think he is the sort of lad who will down tools. “Wenger has two years to go now on his contract at Arsenal, and he will want that time spent with the best possible...
Sanchez Must Leave Arsenal To Win Champions League – Zamorano
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Sanchez Must Leave Arsenal To Win Champions League – Zamorano

Alexis Sanchez must leave Arsenal if he is to fulfil his ambition of winning the Champions League, Chile legend Ivan Zamorano has told SFR Sport. Sanchez, 28, is heading into the final year of his Arsenal contract and, with no Champions League football for the Gunners next year, has been widely tipped to leave. Speaking ahead of Sunday’s Confederations Cup final defeat to Germany, Sanchez, who scored 24 Premier League goals in 38 appearances last season, said his future is “clear” but would not be drawn on details. And Zamorano, 50, said he believed the attacker needed to leave if he wanted to lift European club football’s biggest prize. “I think Alexis knows very well what he has to do. He’s a guy who has goals and ambitions, they’re fundamental to making a choice,” he said. “...
Chelsea First Opponents For Spurs At Wembley
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Chelsea First Opponents For Spurs At Wembley

Premier League champions Chelsea will be the first opponents for runners-up Tottenham at their temporary home of Wembley on the second weekend of the 2017/18 campaign it was revealed on Wednesday when the fixtures were published. Spurs — who were beaten by Chelsea in their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley and lost two of their four European matches last season when they played ‘home’ matches there instead of White Hart Lane — are using Wembley while their new state of the art ground is developed in north London. Chelsea begin the defence of their title with a home fixture at Stamford Bridge on the weekend of August 12/13 against Burnley, who had a terrible time away from home last season. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have two testing fixtures on the third and fourth weekend of matches — h...
Giroud Warns Arsenal Over Playing Time
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Giroud Warns Arsenal Over Playing Time

France forward Olivier Giroud said on Tuesday he will not accept a bit-part role with Arsenal next season. The 30-year-old was often a substitute over the last campaign as Gunners manager Arsene Wenger preferred to line up Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott in attack. Giroud, who also had an injury-disrupted campaign, made only 11 league starts and, with 18 appearances from the bench, was the Arsenal player most used as a substitute last season. But while he said he’s happy at Arsenal, the former Montpellier striker says he wants to play more. “I still have two or even three years left on my Arsenal contract, for the moment my future is at Arsenal,” he said. “I feel good here, I want to win the Premier League with Arsenal. “But I don’t know what the future holds.” On Sund...

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