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Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal believes he did the right thing selling Welbeck 0

Posted on November 21, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Ahead of Manchester United clash with Arsenal this weekend, manager Louis Van Gaal remains adamant that he did the right thing in selling Danny Welbeck to the Londoners this summer.

Welbeck is currently thriving for club and country playing as a centre-forward, with the 23-year-old having bagged a Champions League hat-trick last month, while scoring five goals in his last four Euro 2016 qualifiers with England.

“He takes all the benefit from playing every week. That was a question mark with Manchester United. He could have also played for Manchester United, but we have decided that he could go,” said Louis Van Gaal.

Jack Wilshere studying elite holding-midfielders in Europe to develop his game 0

Posted on November 21, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has revealed he’s watching the likes of Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) and Xabio Alonso (Bayern Munich) to develop his game into that of a holding-midfielder.

“I’m watching the best the best players in the world in that position and trying to pick up things from them. You also have to analyse your own performance. I always get the clips sent after a game and I go through it and question myself so that I can try and demand a bit more from myself. The main thing is to be a bit more intelligent,” he said.

Olivier Giroud to return for Manchester United clash 0

Posted on November 20, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud will make his long-awaited return when the Gunners host Manchester United in the Premier League this weekend, manager Arsene Wenger has revealed.

“Giroud is available. We have him back. It’s just a question of how ready he is. He is three or four weeks ahead of schedule. Originally we planned to have him back for competition at the beginning of next year. So he’s one month ahead. Slowly he will integrate into the team again and give us different options,” he said.

Arsene Wenger reveals Laurent Koscielny and Mathieu Debuchy are recovering well 0

Posted on November 20, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given an injury update of centre-back Laurent Koscielny and right-back Mathieu Debuchy, revealing that the two French defenders are recovering well from their respective injuries.

“Koscielny and Debuchy are doing well, they are out on the field again. We have to see now. Usually field work is three weeks away from full group training. Then there is fitness. It looks straightforward for Debuchy. It’s not inflammation, it’s just repairing surgery. For Koscielny, it depends how well he responds to training. At the moment he looks good,” he said.

Arsenal interested in signing Chelsea keeper Petr Cech 0

Posted on November 20, 2014 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Star, Arsenal are ready to pay £7million for Chelsea keeper Petr Cech in January. The Czech star is now second choice keeper at Stamford Bridge, with Belgian star Thibaut Courtois now considered first choice for the Blues.

Unhappy

Cech is understandably believed to be unhappy at being demoted to second choice at Chelsea and considering his options in the January transfer window. The Czech Republic international has been first choice keeper with the Blues for a decade.

Mertesacker urges Khedira to join Arsenal 0

Posted on November 20, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has moved to admit that he has tried to persuade international teammate Sami Khedira to leave Real Madrid in favour of a switch to the Emirates.

The Germany international will be out of contract in the summer at Santiago Bernabeu and chances are that he will be leaving los Blancos in search of first team football either in January or at the end of the season.

Khedira has been repeatedly linked with a move to Arsenal and with the Gunners on the lookout for a new holding midfielder, the Premier League giants are likely to be interested.

Di Maria and Shaw hoping to face Arsenal 0

Posted on November 19, 2014 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Manchester United stars Angel Di Maria and Luke Shaw have expressed their hopes of facing Arsenal at the weekend despite suffering injuries while on international duty.

The Red Devils face all sorts of problems ahead of the weekend’s clash with the Gunners, as a host of first team players are either out injured or doubtful for the high-profile fixture.

Marquee signing Angel di Maria has suffered a foot injury while playing for Argentina against Portugal, but the highly rated footballer believes he will be fit to face Arsenal.

Who should be Arsenal’s main striker when Giroud returns to fitness? 0

Posted on November 19, 2014 by David Nugent

As my colleague Crippy Cooke reported on yesterday, Arsenal’s French striker Olivier Giroud is close to returning to fitness and could be fit to face West Brom on November 29th, a game the Gunners are odds of 4/5 to win.

Giroud has been told he must fight for his place in the Gunners starting line-up when he does recover from his ankle injury.

Competition

French international Giroud carried the burden of the Gunners attack for much of last season. His only real help or competition for his first choice starting berth was French youngster Yaya Sanogo, who has yet to register a single for the Gunners senior team, despite scoring for the France under-21’s.

Arsene Wenger says Olivier Giroud will have to earn a starting place when he returns 0

Posted on November 19, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted returning striker Olivier Giroud won’t be guaranteed a place back in the side when the French international finally recovers from his lengthy injury.

The 28-year-old picked up an ankle injury in only the second game of the new Premier League season, and was originally ruled out until the New Year. But Giroud has recovered fast, and is now targeting Arsenal’s clash against West Bromwich Albion at the end of the month. Arsenal are 4/5 to get all three points against the Baggies on the 29th of November.

Sevilla deny Arsenal approach for midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak 0

Posted on November 19, 2014 by Crippy Cooke

As reported by Sky Sports, La Liga side Sevilla have publicly revealed no bids have been put in for coveted midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, with a number of European clubs said to be keen on his services.

“We’ve not received any offer for him. Things are going very well with Krychowiak. We’re going to let him enjoy being at Sevilla because he’s delighted to be here. There’s nothing (to announce),” said Sevilla’s sporting director Monchi.



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