Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is on the way out, and because of that, the rumours have begun regarding who will replace the Frenchman as manager. After more than two decades of the same man being in charge many fans are wondering whether or not the club will go for a different change of pace this time around, but if this specific man is put in charge, you could argue he’d implement the same kind of style that Wenger did for many years.
Olivier Giroud is no longer an Arsenal player, and that’s been the case for a few months now. While most supporters had time to come to terms with that disastrous revelation, a lot of us are still hoping this is some kind of sick nightmare which we’re going to wake up from imminently.
As it stands, however, the Frenchman is still a member of Chelsea Football Club, and our hearts are still broken. Now while that sentence alone is likely enough to make you either vomit or want to dig your head in the sand, bear with us as we explain our reasons behind missing Olivier so much.
There would not have been a single Arsenal fan at the start of the season that would have thought that the EFL Cup would quite possibly be their last likely option for winning a trophy, yet here we are.
Arsenal were knocked out of the FA Cup by Nottingham Forest in an embarrassing 4-2 defeat, while they are a huge 23 points short of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League. The Europa League is, of course, a viable option for a trophy, but they are some way short of making the final, with a number of very strong outfits in the competition still.
Arsenal travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, and are big underdogs given their poor form on the road this season.
However, the Gunners have picked up wins against the Blues at home and in neutral venues which could give them hope of seeing past Antonio Conte’s side to boost their title hopes.
As for the hosts and defending champions, Conte’s Chelsea side are currently third in the Premier League table with nine points from four games this season, having won three on the bounce ahead of this weekend’s meeting after losing on the opening day.
According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has his pick of clubs this summer, with Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea reportedly keen on his signature. The England international, who has just 12 months left on his current deal, looks set to leave Arsenal as a result of a lack of playing time in his favourite position, but where will he go?
Liverpool still lead the race for the midfielder, with manager Jurgen Klopp a big fan of Oxlade-Chamberlain. The Arsenal player’s industry and creativity would see him fit into the Reds side and be a useful player for their Champions League campaign in 2017/18. And with Arsenal out of the prestigious competition, while having reportedly not offered a formal deal to the 23-year-old, it’s hard to see him remaining at the Emirates Stadium.
According to the Metro, Arsenals fans are hoping that the Gunners make a move for former captain Cesc Fabregas this summer. Reports suggest that Fabregas’ boss at Chelsea Antonio Conte will allow the Spaniard to leave this summer.
Fabregas was not always in the starting line-up for the Blues last season, as just 13 of his 29 Premier League appearances came from the substitute’s bench. However, the 30-year-old still managed to produce 5 league goals and 12 assists.
In fact, Fabregas was highly influential in the title run in, grabbing five assists and a goal, which were crucial in the Blues winning the title.
Arsenal face a tough task on Saturday lunchtime as the Gunners visit league leaders Chelsea in a game that could be massive in both team’s Premier League campaign.
The visitors are at the top of the Premier League, leading the table by nine points from second-place Tottenham and the third-place Gunners. The Blues have been in formidable form of late, winning 15 of their last 17 Premier League games.
Last time out Antonio Conte’s side could only draw 1-1 at top-four rivals, Liverpool. It could have been so different if Diego Costa would not have missed a 75th-minute penalty. Despite the draw, Conte’s team maintain a healthy lead at the top of the table.
Arsenal travel to face leaders Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, at a time where they’re at their most vulnerable. In addition to seeing their midfield depleted through injuries, suspensions and international duty, the Gunners have also recently lost at home to Watford which has put a dent in the title hopes. They can afford nothing short of a win to the leaders this weekend at a ground they haven’t won at since 2011.
According the Telegraph, Chelsea have emerged as favourites to sign Leicester and France central midfielder N’Golo Kante this summer, despite reported interest from Arsenal in the star.
Kante was outstanding for Leicester last season, helping the Foxes win the Premier League title and in turn gathering a reputation as one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe.
Kante prefers a move to Chelsea
His performances for Leicester and France have made him one of the most in-demand players in Europe this summer. The likes of Juventus, PSG, Manchester United and of course Arsenal have all been linked with the midfielder.
At a time when Arsenal are enjoying one of the most promising starts to a season in recent years, the club chiefs are forced to consider the possibility of long-serving boss Arsene Wenger leaving at the end of the current campaign.
The Frenchman has just a year left on his current deal and it appears as though the board will wait to see how this season is going to pan out before making a decision on Wenger’s future.
Meanwhile, they also need to have a contingency plan in place in case the Professor does not sign a contract extension, and the latest reports suggest that the Gunners are lining up a move for Juventus manager Antonio Conte.