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.
Rumours in football can either create excitement or dread, depending on the nature of the specific rumour. Thankfully for Arsenal fans, this specific ‘rumour’ is a little bit more substantial than most, with Daily Mirror reporting that Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa may not be fit for their UEFA Europa League semi-final first-leg game against Arsenal. Yes, it’s the same Diego Costa that once played for Chelsea and was vilified for being the sport’s equivalent of a supervillain.
There are plenty of rumours surrounding players from around the world potentially coming to Arsenal, but none will strike a chord as much as this story involving Cesc Fabregas. Apparently, according to the man himself, he’d consider returning to the Emirates as a coach once his playing days are over – and while that’s all well and good, we’d be curious to see whether or not he’d entertain the idea of something more.
A murky road
It seems that Arsenal are one of the main characters in the ‘Where will Thomas Tuchel be managing next season’ saga. Recent reports from the German media really confused the situation surrounding the talented boss.
One German media organisation claimed that Tuchel had signed a deal with Arsenal, while another completely contradicted its competitor saying that Tuchel is more likely to move to Paris.
Bayern the preferred option for Tuchel
Now according to Sky Sports, the former Dortmund boss’ most likely destination this summer is German giants Bayern Munich. The move would be an understandable one for Tuchel.
According to the Daily Express, Arsenal and Chelsea are set to go head-to-head this summer to sign Atletico Madrid’s highly-rated goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
The Slovenian international has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in European football in the past few seasons. The stopper has a release clause of £88million in his contract and Atletico are not likely to let him go without a fight.
On Arsenal’s wanted list
The Express claims that Oblak is on the wanted list of both London clubs as they look to add to their goalkeeping options. The Gunners are claimed to have scouted Oblak on a number of occasions.
According to German media outlet Kicker, former Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel has turned down the overtures of Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich to replace Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger this summer.
Kicker claims they have inside information on the move, which if true could mean a big change at Arsenal. The report suggests that Tuchel is in negotiations with officials over joining the north London club. The German boss was previously linked with a move to Arsenal last summer, only for Wenger to sign a two-year deal.
According to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, France international forward Olivier Giroud wanted to stay at Arsenal, but had to move to Chelsea in January in search of first team football.
Wenger told Arsenal Magazine: “Olivier is an Arsenal man as well.
“He left for similar reasons to Theo Walcott, by being sad to leave but also objective enough to analyse his situation. His professional career demanded that he moved, but his heart wanted him to stay.
“Both Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud are similar cases on that front.
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.
Olivier Giroud has revealed the difference between Arsenal and Chelsea after the striker secured a January switch to the latter in an attempt to strengthen his hopes of making it into France’s World Cup squad.
Arsenal fell to a hugely damaging 1-0 defeat at the hands of Tottenham on Saturday as their top four hopes took a major blow.
Harry Kane was once again the difference for Spurs as he netted the only goal of the game, with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette failing to get on the scoresheet.
Arsenal might have lost their star player Alexis Sanchez this winter but all will be forgotten should Arsenal pull off a couple of high-profile transfers that are currently being mentioned in the press.
Arsene Wenger has been given plenty of stick for his transfer policy over the past couple of season during which an apparent lack of high-profile players has been highlighted as the major problem.
The appointment of Sven Mislintat as chief scout seems to have made an instant impact at the Emirates with former Borussia Dortmund man making firm moves to overhaul Arsenal’s outdated scouting system and recruiting service which put too much pressure on Arsene Wenger.