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Sanchez and Ozil contracts to wait until the summer 0

Posted on March 22, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed contract talks with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will be in the summer. The two players have less than 18 months left on their respective deals and have stalled on extensions thus far. It was believed Arsenal failed to meet their demands but Sanchez and Ozil might now wait for the season to finish before deciding to commit their future.

Arsenal risk missing out on Champions League football for the first time in Wenger’s tenure at the club, which would almost certainly see the world-class duo leave this summer. And the Gunners boss admitted being unable to come to an agreement with the pair. “At the moment we have not got an agreement,” he said.

Are Arsenal regretting giving Giroud a contract extension? 0

Posted on March 22, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has found himself subsidiary at the club his season and was given just 25 minutes of playing time in Saturday’s defeat to West Bromwich Albion. The French international has made just one start in the Premier League since January, and with the club extending his deal that month for another two years, will they be regretting the decision?

Giroud has a fantastic scoring record in 2016/17 despite being low down on the pecking order, scoring eight goals in seven league starts. He’s made 12 substitute appearances, being left out entirely against Hull City last month, and is now behind Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck in the manager’s reckoning. But surprisingly he was offered a contract extension in January, meaning it’s unlikely he would be sold in the summer.

Will Arsenal miss Petr Cech? 0

Posted on March 22, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal number one Petr Cech will miss up to a month of action, according to the Evening Standard. The veteran goalkeeper pulled-up in the Gunners recent 3-1 defeat at West Brom and had to be replaced by back-up David Ospina.

That means that Cech will miss games against Manchester City, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Middlesbrough. The Gunners are hoping to have him back for their FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City towards the end of April.

The 34-year-old was acknowledged as one of the best goalkeepers in the English top-flight when he arrived at the north London club in 2015 from London rivals Chelsea.

Fenerbahce consider Mesut Ozil swoop 0

Posted on March 22, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Turkish giants Fenerbahce are thought to be looking at a possibility to sign the Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil.

The German international has come under great criticism of late and the summer ahead is likely to provide answers to some big questions regarding Mesut Ozil’s future at the Emirates.

The 28-year-old midfielder is currently recovering from a hamstring problem that has ruled him out from Germany’s friendly international against England tonight, but his overall Arsenal form has been in decline recently.

Detailing the 12 Arsenal players away on international duty 0

Posted on March 21, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have 12 players away on international duty this week which doesn’t help manager Arsene Wenger given he’s been desperate to turn the side’s poor form around but can’t work on training with all the squad.

The Gunners boss is also sweating on the fitness of his two key players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil who are both expected to feature for Chile and Germany respectively despite not being 100%.

So who else is away for the international break?

Should Francis Coquelin be sold in the summer? 0

Posted on March 21, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin has lost his place in the side in recent weeks with manager Arsene Wenger preferring Granit Xhaka to operate in the deep-lying destroyer role. Even Aaron Ramsey has etched himself ahead of the French ball-winner which could spell the end for Coquelin at the Emirates Stadium.

The 25-year-old has made 22 Premier League appearances this season but has largely struggled for form, resulting in him being dropped in 2017. Coquelin qualifies as a homegrown player given the years he trained in England under the age of 21 but he’s not developed since his breakthrough season in 2014/15.

Arsenal to go head-to-head with Juventus for Leon Goretzka 0

Posted on March 21, 2017 by Milos Markovic

The North London club are reportedly one of the sides keen to land Schalke star midfielder Leon Goretzka during the summer transfer window.

The 22-year-old German international has emerged as one of the brightest prospects in the country with his stellar performances for Schalke alarming host of Europe’s clubs, who are looking to take advantage of Goretzka’s current contract status.

Goretzka is on a deal which is due to expire in a year’s time and although the Gelsenkirchen club officials are keen to tie him down on a new long-term deal, chances are the German starlet will be changing clubs during summer.

Time to bring Mertesacker back after the international break? 0

Posted on March 20, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

With Shkodran Mustafi struggling for consistency at the heart of the Arsenal defence this season, supporters have called for club captain Per Mertesacker to be reinstated. The former has looked suspect in recent weeks and such defensive frailties came to a head against West Brom in the weekend defeat. As a result, fans want the leader back in the defence to restore the past resilient partnership with Koscielny.

Is Bellerin playing with an injury? 0

Posted on March 20, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has struggled for form since his return from an ankle injury in December, and it’s believed the Spanish international could be playing without being fully match fit. Bellerin started the season strongly with Arsenal but has been poor for a number of weeks which could be attributed to the injury he’s yet to fully recover from.

The 22-year-old has made 22 Premier League appearances this season, making just two assists. Bellerin found himself exposed on a number of occasions in 2017, most recently being caught flat-footed and outpaced by West Brom’s James McClean in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat, and the lack of a better right-back option might be the reason the former Barcelona man continues to feature.

Arsenal deny Thomas Tuchel reports 0

Posted on March 20, 2017 by David Nugent

Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel has not been approached by Arsenal, according to Sky Sports. The reports come after German newspaper Bild claimed that the Gunners had approached the highly-rated boss to become the club’s next boss.

Current incumbent Arsene Wenger’s future has of course been in doubt, with his contract expiring this summer. A 3-1 defeat at West Brom on Saturday hindered the team’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League.

Wenger decision ‘very soon’

As I talked about yesterday in my article Wenger stated after the Baggies game that he would reveal his future ‘very soon’. The club have insisted that the decision will be a mutual one between the club and Wenger himself.

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