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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.

Stronger

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?

Petr Cech admits that he is ready to leave Chelsea 0

Posted on March 25, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s mooted transfer target Petr Cech has admitted that he is ready to leave Chelsea this summer, after spending this season as back-up to Belgian starlet Thibaut Courtois.

Confirmation

The Czech Republic international told the newspaper Idnes: “I don’t know what the club’s idea will be. It looks like it works well with me and Thibaut as a duo,”

“But that can work for one season only. I don’t want another one like this. There always will be speculation, I leave it for the summer,”

Loan spell could help Chuba Akpom’s development 0

Posted on March 24, 2015 by David Nugent

It appears that Arsenal’s young striker Chuba Akpom is set to leave the Gunners on-loan in the next few days. The football league deadline for loan deals is Thursday and a number of Championship sides are mooted to be interested in signing the striker.

Championship

According to the Independent, promotion-chasing Norwich and midtable Nottingham Forest are currently the favourites to sign the highly-rated youngster in a deal until the end of the season.

Norwich are currently fourth favourites to be promoted to the Premier League at evens this season. Bournemouth, Wigan, Derby, Ipswich and Fulham are also being linked with a move for Akpom.

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.

Where will Jack Wilshere fit in the side when he returns from injury? 1

Posted on March 23, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere could potentially return to the side after the international break in time to face Liverpool at the Emirates stadium on the 4th of April, with manager Arsene Wenger saying he was “two weeks away” on Thursday the 19th. But where will the England international fit in the side?

Wilshere is a player heavily engrained in the Arsenal mould under Arsene Wenger, as he’s industrious, boasts high levels of ball retention and creativity, while providing entertaining football too. But the Gunners have been in such fantastic form, so it’s going to be very difficult for the 23-year-old to force his way in.

Olivier Giroud continues good scoring form 0

Posted on March 22, 2015 by David Nugent

French striker Olivier Giroud seems to be on fire in front of goal at the moment. Giroud was again the goalscoring hero in Saturday’s 2-1 away win at Newcastle, grabbing both of the Gunners goals in the north east.

Run

The former-Montpellier striker has now scored nine goals in nine games in all competitions for the Gunners, including four goals in his last three games. The 28-year-old is the sort of striker who does score goals in streaks and he is certainly on a hot streak at the moment.

Quality



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