Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs played a full 90 minutes for England in a 3-0 win against Lithuania on Monday night, with the Three Lions ending a successful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a 100% record. The 26-year-old had a lot of the ball but struggled to make a difference going forward. Gibbs was outshone by right-back Kyle Walker who didn’t stop getting involved in the attacks, and it’s clear his lack of attacking threat is the reason Monreal is ahead of him in the pecking order.
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Arsenal’s French international striker Olivier Giroud has revealed that he believes he needs to be mentally tougher to win back his place in the Gunners first team, with England international Theo Walcott currently occupying the lone striker role for the north London side.
He also revealed that he is not accustomed to being out of the starting line-up. The 29-year-old told the Guardian: “At Arsenal, I am in competition with Theo for the striker position. But he is doing well at the moment, so there is no reason to change,”
Arsenal are reportedly set to make Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez the clubs highest paid player with talks over a new deal set to take place in the next few weeks. The former-Barcelona star is currently on £130,000 a-week, which is less than top earner Mesut Ozil, who is paid £140,000 per week.
Sanchez looks set to leapfrog the German in the pay ranks with a wage rise. The Gunners are attempting to secure their top players futures, and Sanchez is certainly one of those top players.
Earlier I wrote a story about the Gunners chasing Brazilian starlet Luiz Henrique. Well the Gunners are also being linked with Midtjylland winger Pione Sisto according to Danish publication Tipsbladet.
The 20-year-old is highly-rated and recently won his first cap for Denmark. The winger has an average of a goal every other game for his club side and is reportedly being tracked by a number of Europe’s biggest clubs.
The likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, PSG and Inter Milan have all been linked with moves for the winger. It is also believed that both West Ham and Celta Vigo failed with bids for the Danish international in the summer.
According to the Daily Star and Goal Brazil, Arsenal is considering a £10.5million January swoop for young Brazilian forward Luis Henrique. The 17-year-old is currently on the books of Botofogo in his homeland and is regarded as a star of future.
Henrique’s agent is Kia Joorabchian, the man who brought Argentinian pair Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano to the Premier League. Now he is looking to facilitate the sale of another young South American talent in Henrique in January. It seems Arsenal is one of the clubs interested in signing Henrique in the January transfer window.
Liverpool recently confirmed the appointment of former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp on a three-year deal in a move that has seen supporters rejoicing again. The Merseysiders parted company with ex-incumbent Brendan Rodgers swiftly to bring in their coveted coach, but could Arsenal have considered following suit as a long-term replacement for Arsene Wenger?
Klopp’s rise to prominence came following back-to-back Bundesliga titles with Dortmund, while taking the German outfit to the final of the Champions League. His success didn’t happen overnight, and the young coach made it clear to his new fans that Liverpool’s end goal of winning the Premier League title is four years away. Arsenal have now gone 11 years without a domestic crown, and supporters are growing impatient.
Robin van Persie looks far from happy at new club Fenerbahce this season, with the experienced striker being used sparingly in games, while reports allege of a bust-up between the Dutchman and manager Vitor Pereira. The 32-year-old ended an 11-year stay in England to join up with the Turkish Super Lig title-chasers, but has made more appearances off the bench than he has starts in the division.
Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez scored a last-gasp effort for Chile as they defeated Brazil 2-0 on Thursday night in World Cup qualifying. The former-Barcelona star went into the international break carrying a knock, but Gunners fans will be breathing a sigh of relief that Sanchez came through the game unscathed.
Sanchez has hit form in recent weeks scoring six goals in his last three games in all competitions for the north London club, after failing to find his best form in the opening games of the season.
Much of that lack of form was put down to his involvement with his nation side at the summer’s Copa America.
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil struggled for Germany in their recent Euro 2016 qualifier to the Republic of Ireland on Thursday evening, with the 26-year-old failing to conjure up any real chance for his teammates, while struggling to retain possession at times too. Ozil failed to register a shot on target, pick out a teammate with a cross, and found himself outshone by fellow midfielders.
His form has been hit and miss for Arsenal, and for Germany the playmaker has endured contrasting fortunes. The Republic of Ireland earned an impressive 1-0 win against the world champions, and their stoic defence was enough to keep the likes of Ozil and co. quiet for 90 minutes at the Aviva Stadium. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be hoping he can turn things around when the Premier League returns.
Arsenal and Chelsea have been handed £30,000 and £40,000 fines by the FA for failing to control their players in the Blues recent 2-0 victory over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.
The game was a controversial one, which saw Arsenal defender Gabriel dismissed for kicking-out at Chelsea’s Diego Costa, who himself had been lucky not to have saw red card for putting his hands in Laurent Koscielny’s face. Referee Mike Dean missed the altercation completely.
Gabriel’s red card for the dismissal was later rescinded, but then he was handed a one-game ban and £10,000 fine for not leaving the pitch immediately. Costa was also handed a three-game ban for violent conduct. Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla was also send-off in the 79th minute of the game.