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Arsene Wenger won’t give up pursuit for Manchester United’s Chris Smalling 1

Posted on March 27, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Various reports are suggesting Arsenal are renewing their interest in Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, with a view to make a £12M bid to sign him. The England international came somewhat close to making the move to the Emirates when United were in the market for Thomas Vermaelen. Arsenal wanted a part exchange for Smalling, which Unite rejected, so the deal broke down.

But manager Arsene Wenger isn’t giving up in his pursuit to sign the 25-year-old. He’s building a young defence, with Hector Bellerin, Calum Chambers, Gabriel Paulista and Kieran Gibbs the future backline of the side, while Carl Jenkinson has shone on loan at West Ham too. United don’t appear keen to sell, however, as they have little currently in the way of better options.

Will we see much of Wellington Silva next season? 0

Posted on March 27, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Wellington Silva will be available to play for the Gunners as of next season, with the Brazilian U21 international having spent the last four years being loan out to a host of clubs before being finally awarded a work permit.

(2011) Levante (loan) 2 games
(2011/12) Alcoyano (loan) 16 games, 3 goals
(2012/13) Ponferradina (loan) 20 games, 3 goals
(2013/14) Murcia (loan) 38 games, 3 goals, 5 assists
(2014/15) Almería (loan) 16 game, 0 goals, 5 assists

Walcott denies falling out with Arsene Wenger 1

Posted on March 26, 2015 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has rubbished speculation that he had fallen out with manager Arsene Wenger over the new contract talks at the Emirates.

The footballer’s long-term future in North London is in doubt given that his current deal is due to expire in just over a year, especially considering that he is still trying to rediscover his form after the lengthy injury lay-off.

Reports have recently emerged suggesting that Walcott has clashed with boss Arsene Wenger over the contract talks, but the player revealed there was no truth in the rumours.

Mesut Ozil claims he could win Ballon d’Or 0

Posted on March 26, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal and Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil has claimed that he would like to win the Ballon d’Or in the next few years. Ozil is currently away with Germany international team and featured in Wednesday night’s 2-2 friendly draw with Australia.

The midfielder is also expected to feature in Germany’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia on Sunday, in a game that the Germans are heavy favourites to win at odds of 1/8.

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Ozil revealed his ambitions in German sports paper Bild by saying: “If I continue to develop well and stay healthy, I would like, in the next few years, to hold the Ballon d’Or in my hands,”

Out-of-contract French midfield duo expected to leave this summer 0

Posted on March 26, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielders Mathieu Flamini and Abou Diaby are both expected to be leaving the club on a free transfer at the end of the season, with the London outfit not looking to renew their respective deals. This season, Flamini has been used when Mikel Arteta has been out-of-action, and now finds himself behind Francis Coquelin in the pecking order.

The former AC Milan star, 31, has amassed 53 minutes of Premier League football in 2015, while the injury-prone Abou Diaby has played just one Capital One Cup game all season. Manager Arsene Wenger has a strong squad now, and the midfield is more difficult than ever to break through.

Could Arsenal struggle to hold onto PSG-target Olivier Giroud? 0

Posted on March 26, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been in fine form for the Gunners this season, and has been attracting interest from a host of European giants as a result. The 28-year-old has scored 13 goals in 14 Premier League starts, and was being linked with a potential move to two-time French Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain at the start of the campaign, but could the Champions League hopefuls renew their interest this summer?

Kieran Gibbs reveals competition for places is getting the best from the squad 0

Posted on March 25, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs has attributed the Gunners impressive Premier League form down to the players’ competitive nature on the training ground. The England international revealed how players are desperate to impress at training to boost their chances of getting the nod on game week. The Gunners have impressed of late, and are 12/5 to finish in the top-two of the league come May.

“There’s a bit of a hidden battle going on in the dressing room about winning training games which is good and healthy. The players really enjoy it,” he said. “The only way to get better is to put pressure on yourself. You have to set your own standards and that’s the best way.”

Could Nacho Monreal become first-choice left-back next season? 0

Posted on March 24, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal has impressed in the Gunners backline ever since being given a chance in the starting eleven following injuries all through the defence this season. He was initially second in the pecking order to Kieran Gibbs at least-back, but has been successful deployed as a central defender at times this campaign, and has excelled on the left too.

The 29-year-old has played 22 league games this season, and has missed only two matches from Arsenal’s previous 10 in the Premier League. Gibbs, on the other hand, has made just two starts in the English top flight in their last 10 games. Only Laurent Koscielny, Ashley Williams, and Jose Fonte have made more interceptions than Monreal, which showcases how well he’s reading the game in the defence.

Gabriel Paulista called up to the Brazilian national team 0

Posted on March 24, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Gabriel was recently called up for the Brazilian national team ahead of their clash against France and Chile at the Emirates Stadium, and expressed his delight to have finally been given a chance to impress for his country.

“I am very happy with the news, and it is a dream for any player to wear the shirt of your country. I’ll play the best possible way. It is a valuable opportunity and I hope that is the first call of many. It will be an incentive for me to continue working hard at Arsenal. It will not be easy, because the Brazilian team has great quality, but I will work hard to get my place in the team,” he said.

Does Yaya Sanogo have a future with Arsenal? 0

Posted on March 23, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo has been on loan with Crystal Palace this season, but has so far failed to make an impact. The Frenchman, 22, has played just 10 minutes of football in the last few weeks at Selhurst Park, failing to make the squad entirely for three games in a row.

Sanogo has made just two starts for Palace since signing in January, and he stands little chance of forcing his way into Arsenal’s attack, with Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck to be his competition. Chuba Akpom is also ahead of him in the pecking order according to Wenger, so there’s every chance Sanogo could be sent out on a season-long deal in the summer.



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