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Would Wenger cut his losses with Ozil if clubs approached him in the summer? 0

Posted on March 29, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has question marks over his future with the Londoners in the summer, with manager Arsene Wenger likely to consider his options. The German international cost Arsenal £42.5M in the summer of 2013 from Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid, but hasn’t proven he was worth such outlay yet.

He was regarded as one of the best playmakers previously, due to the assists and chances he’d make in Spain, but Ozil has since slipped down the pecking after making the move to London. The 26-year-old has scored three goals and made five assists in 14 league games, taking his entire tally with Arsenal to 11 goals, 21 assists in 62 games for Wenger’s side.

Could Marco Reus be an Arsenal player next season? 2

Posted on March 29, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal continued to be linked with Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus, and manager Arsene Wenger is certainly keen on him, but could the German international really be a Gunner next season?

Reus has endured a difficult season in the Bundesliga, as Jurgen Klopp’s side found themselves rock bottom of the division earlier on in the campaign. As a result, reports suggested the likes of Mats Hummels and Marco Reus would be the first two players to leave the Westfalenstadion, but the duo have since remained.

Gunners linked with a move for Southampton star 1

Posted on March 29, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal are being linked with a move for a Southampton midfielder and this time it is not France international midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. According to the Metro the Gunners are interested in signing Kenyan defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama in a £20million deal.

Impressive

Wanyama has been impressive in the heart of the Saints midfield since his arrival from Celtic in 2013. At just 23 years-old he is yet to even hit his peak as a midfielder.

He has forged a good partnership with Schneiderlin which has been key to the Saints relative success over the last few seasons, despite the fact that injury has hampered his development slightly this season.

Where is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s Best Position? 1

Posted on March 28, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has enjoyed a bittersweet season for the London outfit. He’s shown signs of progression, and has enjoyed some moments of individual brilliance for club and country, but there are still question marks about his best position, and he‘s still yet to become a regular starter for the Gunners and England.

The former Southampton youngster, 21, has played the majority of his games as a wide midfielder due to his excessive pace, dribbling skills and industrious nature. He not only provides protection to his fullback, he can also press his opposite number high up the pitch. But in addition to his impressive work rate, Oxlade-Chamberlain is engrained in the Arsenal mould. He can play at a high intensity, creates chances for the forwards, and is very versatile.

Can Danny Welbeck now find form for Arsenal? 0

Posted on March 28, 2015 by David Nugent

Danny Welbeck has been a bit of an enigma throughout his short career so far. He has pace and trickery and works hard for the team. However, there always seems something missing from his game that makes a truly top-class player, usually it is his finishing.

Welbeck was England’s man of the match against Lithuania on Friday night in the Three Lions comprehensive 4-0 Euro 2016 qualifier.

Impressive

Some cynics will say that it is only Lithuania and he should be impressive against such a poor standard of opposition and that display should be the norm for the forward.

Danny Welbeck impresses during England’s win against Lithuania 0

Posted on March 28, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal had only one representative in the England starting eleven against Lithuania on Friday night, but forward Danny Welbeck put on a great display that ultimately saw him being named man-of-the-match. He’s been considerably better playing for the Three Lions than he ever has been domestically, boasting a 1 in 3 goal-to-game scoring run, compared to a 1 in 5 record he has at club level.

The former Manchester United starlet is the top scorer in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, and showed qualities that Arsenal supporters haven’t seen enough of in the Premier League this season, making seven dribbles, and creating chances for his teammates.

Arsenal readying bid for Uruguayan starlet 0

Posted on March 28, 2015 by Nemanja Lazarevic

Reports in Italy are suggesting that Premier League giants Arsenal are keeping close tabs on Club Atletico Penarol midfielder Federico Valverde.

According to the same source, the Gunners are ready to offer around €2.5 million for the talented footballer and will come forward with an official proposal in the coming months.

Italian media outlet La Repubblica reported back in January that the 16-year-old had already spent some time at the Emirates as Arsene Wenger wanted to take a closer look at his target.

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

Gunners on international duty 0

Posted on March 27, 2015 by David Nugent

A number of Arsenal players are on international duty over the next ten days representing their countries in various Euro 2016 and friendly games. Here is a list of those playing for their countries:

Mesut Ozil (Germany)

Ozil has already appeared for Germany this weekend in international duty, having appeared in Die Mannschaft’s 2-2 friendly draw with Australia on Wednesday night. The playmaker is also expected to feature in Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia.

Wojciech Szczesny (Poland)

The 24-year-old is part of the Poland squad that faces a trip to Dublin to face the Republic of Ireland on Sunday in a crucial Euro 2016 qualifier.



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