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Wenger “angry” at the refereeing decisions made in Stoke City defeat 0

Posted on August 20, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed his frustration at the match officials following Saturday evening’s 1-0 defeat away to Stoke City, believing his side should have had a penalty and believing Alexandre Lacazette’s goal should not have been chalked off. “I think we were unlucky with some decisions from the referee because we scored a regular goal,” Wenger said, reports Sky Sports.

The Gunners had a penalty shout in the first-half after Hector Bellerin was adjudged to have been fouled in the area by Mame Diouf. However, referee Andre Marriner didn’t give it. Wenger was asked if Arsenal should have been awarded a penalty.

Wilshere offered to Milan 0

Posted on August 20, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has reportedly been offered to Italian Serie A side AC Milan, according to Corriere dello Sport via Football Italia. The 25-year-old is currently stepping up his recovery after suffering a leg fracture in April last season, featuring for the Arsenal U23s on Monday and helping them to victory over Derby.

But his future with the Gunners is unknown. Manager Arsene Wenger says he wants to have Wilshere stay at the club, but the talented midfielder might have to leave the Emirates to get regular playing time this season. Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey, Mohamed Elneny and Francis Coquelin are all ahead of Wilshere in the pecking order.

Steven Gerrard says Arsenal are “too easy to play against” 1

Posted on August 20, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Former Liverpool midfielder Steve Gerrard believes Arsenal don’t make life hard enough for their opponents and have become too easy to play against. The ex-English international criticised Arsenal’s defence, highlighting instances where Stoke breached the backline with ease, and says the Gunners’ won’t win a major trophy playing like this.

“They don’t compete well enough, they’re not solid enough, they’re wide open to counter attacks. “They got away with one (against Stoke), (leading) to a fantastic save from Petr Cech. It’s just weak defending and against better opposition they would get punished for this like Leicester did last week,” he said, reports the Express.

Martin Keown says Stoke defeat shows why Arsenal won’t win the title 0

Posted on August 19, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes the Gunners’ 1-0 defeat away to Stoke City is exactly why they won’t win the Premier League title this season. The Londoners travelled to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday evening, but put in a disjointed performance with a makeshift side and suffered their first league defeat just two games into the new season.

The 51-year-old said on BT Sport: “Arsenal were loose in the midfield. They’ve just gone through the Arsenal defence so easily. They really didn’t create enough, not enough opportunities. It’s a disappointing afternoon for Arsenal so early in the season. They have aspirations to win the league, they didn’t look like champions to me today,” reports the Express.

Jese scores on Stoke debut to down Gunners 0

Posted on August 19, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal suffered a 1-0 defeat at Stoke on Saturday evening, losing courtesy of a debut goal from on loan forward Jese.

Stoke offered the first real threat on goal after just three minutes. Darren Fletcher found debutant Jese, who took on Shkodran Mustafi before forcing a low save from an acute angle from Petr Cech.

Arsenal has their first sight of goal on 11 minutes, as Mustafi got his head onto a Granit Xhaka ball at the far post, only for Danny Welbeck to fail to get to the ball. The Gunners went slightly closer a few minutes later, as Jack Butland comfortably saved Aaron Ramsey’s tame low shot.

Manchester United interested in Monaco’s Thomas Lemar 0

Posted on August 19, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to Football.London, Manchester United are keen to sign AS Monaco winger Thomas Lemar, a player who has been linked all summer with Arsenal. The Gunners have had three bids rejected by the Ligue 1 champions for the 21-year-old, but United may have more luck given they’re able to offer considerable more for his signature than Arsenal.

Arsenal had an initial bid of around £30m-£35m turned down by Monaco, before being equally unsuccessful with a £40m offer. And the Metro reported the Gunners had a £45m bid turned down at the end of July. Manchester United are now going to try their hand, with the winger’s asking price believed to be more than £60m.

Tony Pulis reveals Arsenal approached Jonny Evans last summer 0

Posted on August 19, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis revealed Arsenal an approach for Manchester City-target Jonny Evans 12 months ago. “He had a chance to go to Arsenal last year. It didn’t affect him in any way,” said Pulis, reports the Express.

“You could say Manchester City are different because they will be hoping to win the title, the Champions league, and the FA Cup. It is difficult. We don’t want to sell him, or need to sell him, we are not desperate to get the money in, so it would have to be a very, very good offer. Then we would sit down and talk to Jonny about the situation,” he added.

Gabriel Paulista joins Valencia for £10m 0

Posted on August 19, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista has joined Spanish La Liga side Valencia for £10m, after making 64 appearances for the Gunners in two years. The Brazilian centre-back was yet to feature this season as he’s recovering from a knee injury, but manager Arsene Wenger deemed him surplus to requirements given the vast options in his stead.

The 26-year-old joined Arsenal in 2015 from Villarreal for around £15m but never managed to nail down a starting place for a prolonged period of time. With the likes of Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding and Laurent Koscielny ahead of Gabriel in the pecking order, chances were always going to be limited. Per Mertesacker and Calum Chambers provide the cover at centre-back, while new-boy Sead Kolasinac and Nacho Monreal can also play in the middle.

Why Arsenal may be forced to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 1

Posted on August 15, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Mirror, Arsenal might have to consider selling midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain if they can’t offload the deadwood this summer. Chelsea have been linked with the 24-year-old’s signature and are reportedly close to a completing a deal. The Ox’s dead expires in 12 months and has rejected a contract extension.

Manager Arsene Wenger has been keen to keep the England international but may need to cash in while he has value as the London club have been unable to sell their unwanted players from the squad. The likes of Kieran Gibbs, Mathieu Debuchy, Carl Jenkinson, Calum Chambers, Mohamed Elneny, Lucas Perez are believed to be up for sale but aren’t shifting this summer.

Wilshere makes long awaited return against Derby 0

Posted on August 15, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere returned for the U23s in Monday night’s clash against Derby, having recovered from a leg fracture and now looking to build up his match fitness for the new season, reports the Daily Mail. The English international picked up the injury in April during a season-long at Bournemouth last season but is making positive steps to returning.

He played 75 minutes at St George’s Park in the Premier League 2 and impressed on the ball. The pace of the game is a lot slower, but Wilshere still stood out as one of the better performers on the pitch. It’s good news for Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger, as having the 25-year-old back will be like a new signing.



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