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England could wait a year to land Arsene Wenger 0

Posted on June 29, 2016 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Express, the English FA could leave it a year to appoint a new England boss with a view to appointing Gunners boss Arsene Wenger next summer as the Three Lions permanent boss.

A three man committee of Martin Glenn, Dan Ashworth and David Gill are likely to be the men who choose the next England boss.

They are expected to appoint a caretaker-manager in the wake of Roy Hodgson’s recent resignation following England’s disastrous Euro 2016 exit against Iceland in the last-16. The Three Lions face their qualifier against Slovakia in September.

Why are West Ham United & Crystal Palace more forthright than Arsenal in their bid for a centre-forward this summer? 0

Posted on June 28, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s failed bid to sign Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has seen their search for a centre-forward halted this summer, while their London rivals have been making lucrative bids for a number of talented targets. West Ham have continued their pursuit for Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette, while Crystal Palace are reported to be set to sign Marseilles’ Michy Batshuayi.

West Ham saw a £31M bid rejected for the Olympique Lyonnais striker earlier this summer, but are still very keen to sign the talented Frenchman. Palace have had a £31M bid accepted for Batshuayi, but Arsenal are still in limbo about their next transfer target. The Londoners signed strong midfielder Granit Xhaka but they are still lacking a top centre-forward.

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez named Copa America Centenario Player of the Tournament 0

Posted on June 28, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez was named Copa America Centenario Player of the Tournament after leading Chile to a successful defence of the trophy. The former Barcelona man has been outstanding this summer, scoring and creating five goals in six games for the champions.

Alexis Sanchez celebrates with the Copa America trophy (R) and the Player of the Tournament award

He made the Copa America Centenario Best XI along with seven other Chile players and three Argentinean faces. Arsenal will be delighted to see their key players looking in such fantastic form ahead of the new season, but they won’t be happy to see his recent excursions leading to an injury that might infringe on pre-season.

Will Jack Wilshere get into the Arsenal team next season? 0

Posted on June 28, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been part of England’s horrible Euro 2016 campaign with ended on Monday night as minnows Iceland inflicted a 2-1 defeat on the Three Lions in the round of 16.

In truth Wilshere did not play much of a part in the game, only coming on at half-time and his display was not exactly encouraging for England or Arsenal fans.

Should have been left at home

It would have been better for everybody involved if Roy Hodgson had decided to leave Wilshere out of the European Championship squad. He went to France despite the fact he had played just there times for Arsenal, with two of those appearances coming off the bench.

Alexandre Lacazette is a good option for Arsenal 3

Posted on June 27, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal are set to make a move for Lyon striker Alexander Lacazette, according to the Daily Telegraph anyway. The Gunners are obviously still looking for a new striker after Leicester’s England forward Jamie Vardy snubbed a move to north London.

The Telegraph claims that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has sounded-out Lacazette’s representatives over signing the prolific striker this summer.

Arsene have you been reading my articles?

A couple of months ago a story was doing the rounds that West Ham had had a bid for the striker turned down and I wrote at the time that the Gunners should make a move for the Lyon. It seems Mr Wenger has been reading my articles!

Mesut Ozil misses a penalty as Germany romp to 3-0 win over Slovakia 0

Posted on June 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil missed a spot-kick for Germany as the Eagles thrashed Slovakia 3-0 to reach the quarter-finals of the European Championships. The World champions dominated the game from start to finish, and could have won by an even bigger margin had they taken more of their opportunities.

Ozil was given a chance to get himself off the mark in the tournament after Germany were awarded a penalty in the 14th minute, but his effort was well-saved. Slovakia defender Martin Skrtel committed the foul for grabbing and pushing Germany’s Mario Gomez in the box, but Ozil didn’t take advantage.

Giroud grabs an assist as France beat Republic of Ireland 0

Posted on June 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud set up the second goal for France as Les Blues came from behind to win against the Republic of Ireland in the last-16 of their European Championship clash on Sunday.

The 29-year-old occupied two defenders and flicked on a ball free Antoine Griezmann in the box, and the in-form Atletico Madrid forward buried his chance with aplomb. The first-half saw Giroud largely anonymous, but he got more of the ball when the match opened up after the break.

Ospina clean sheet as Colombia finish third in Copa America 0

Posted on June 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s second-choice goalkeeper David Ospina kept a clean sheet for Colombia as the South American outfit won 1-0 against USA in their Copa America Centenario third fourth place playoff clash at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday morning.

The 27-year-old has enjoyed a fine tournament from a personal point, pulling off a number of outstanding saves to help his side to three clean sheets in the Copa America. Colombia conceded just three goals with Ospina the sticks, and he’s certainly put himself in the shop window if he’s considering his future with Arsenal.

Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka misses penalty as Switzerland crash out of Euro 2016 0

Posted on June 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s new midfielder Granit Xhaka missed a penalty as his Switzerland side suffered elimination to Poland in a shootout. Poland’s Jakub Blaszczykowski opened the scoring for the favourites, but saw his goal cancelled out late on by a screamer of an effect from Xherdan Shaqiri.

Penalties ensued after the two sides remained inseparable at extra time, and Xhaka was the one who missed to cost his side a place in the quarter-finals. “He’s disappointed, but that’s football and mistakes can happen. I think Granit is very professional and he can cope with it. He will stand up again,” said international teammate Xherdan Shaqiri.

Juventus target Arsenal star as Morata replacement 1

Posted on June 26, 2016 by David Nugent

According to the Sunday Express, Italian champions Juventus are targeting Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez as a replacement for Spanish striker Alvaro Morata, who returned to former-club Real Madrid earlier this week.

Ironically Morata had been linked with a move to North London, but the striker has now vowed to fight for his place in the Spanish capital.

Juventus wanting Alexis Sanchez as Morata replacement

It is not surprising that Alexis Sanchez is being targeted by Juve. He made his name in Italy with Udinese and has impressed in his two seasons at Arsenal. His ability to play in a number of positions and energy have been two of the biggest facets of his game with the Gunners.

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