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Why Arsenal may be forced to sell Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 1

Posted on August 15, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Mirror, Arsenal might have to consider selling midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain if they can’t offload the deadwood this summer. Chelsea have been linked with the 24-year-old’s signature and are reportedly close to a completing a deal. The Ox’s dead expires in 12 months and has rejected a contract extension.

Manager Arsene Wenger has been keen to keep the England international but may need to cash in while he has value as the London club have been unable to sell their unwanted players from the squad. The likes of Kieran Gibbs, Mathieu Debuchy, Carl Jenkinson, Calum Chambers, Mohamed Elneny, Lucas Perez are believed to be up for sale but aren’t shifting this summer.

Chelsea stepping up interest in Oxlade-Chamberlain 0

Posted on August 08, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea are looking to hijack Liverpool’s deal to sign Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer and may bid £25m for the Englishman’s signature. The Blues have struggled to strengthen the squad as much as manager Antonio Conte wanted, which sees Chelsea desperately targeting homegrown midfield reinforcements as a result.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is out of contract at Arsenal in 12 months and has so far rejected a contract extension. The 23-year-old is believed to be frustrated with a lack of playing time in his favourite position for Arsenal while playing second fiddle to the competition. When featured as a wing-back, Hector Bellerin remained first-choice. And when played in midfield, Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey remained first-choice.

Sead Kolasinac could prove to be the bargain of the summer 0

Posted on August 08, 2017 by David Nugent

Some Arsenal fans may well have criticised Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for his cautious nature over transfers in recent years, but the free signing of versatile Bosnia and Herzegovina defender Sead Kolasinac could be the bargain of the summer.

Kolasinac was the focus of attention for a number of other clubs prior to his free transfer to the Gunners from German club Schalke in the summer. In fact, the likes of AC Milan, Chelsea and Everton were all reportedly looking to sign the defender.

Arsenal win the Community Shield on penalty kicks 0

Posted on August 06, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal won the Community Shield on Sunday against Chelsea courtesy of a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes.

The game started in a lively manner and it was Arsenal who saw the first real sight of goal. Winger Alex Iwobi ghosted past two Chelsea defenders, before seeing his centre across the fact the face of the goal hit Alexandre Lacazette and bounced clear.

A minute later and Chelsea ‘keeper Thibaut Courtois produced a comfortable save from a Danny Welbeck header. The Blues goalkeeper was in action soon afterwards denying Iwobi at close-range after the Nigerian had received a clever through-ball from Mohamed Elneny.

Coquelin out for two weeks with ankle injury 0

Posted on August 06, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed midfielder Francis Coquelin will be out of action for Sunday;s Community Shield with Chelsea and may not return two weeks as he battles an ankle ligament injury.

At the time, Wenger said: “He has a scan tomorrow and I don’t think he will be available for the weekend. It is not too bad but he may not be available – it’s an ankle ligament problem,” reports the Metro.

But now, the Arsenal boss indeed confirmed Coquelin would be missing out, saying to Arsenal.com: “No, he is not available. He got injured in the Emirates Cup but we don’t think it will be too bad – two weeks.”

Wenger confirms Alexis will feature in Community Shield 0

Posted on August 06, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gave an update on Alexis Sanchez ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield clash with Chelsea, revealing the Chilean international would be fit enough to feature this weekend. Alexis has returned to training and is now building up his match fitness ahead of the new season.

He may not start against Chelsea, but the 28-year-old will make the bench and could feature late in the game. “He is good, as you can see from training. He had a good rest, so he needs to work on his fitness but once he is in a game he is sharp. He doesn’t look like he has been away. He is over the flu, yes. I told you it was never a problem for us,” said Wenger to Arsenal.com.

Arsenal v Chelsea Community Shield Preview 0

Posted on August 05, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal face London rivals Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday in the traditional curtain raiser for the English Premier League campaign the Community Shield.

Arsenal head into this clash as the FA Cup holders, having beaten Premier League champions Chelsea 2-1 in May’s final. The Gunners have endured a relatively quiet summer in the transfer market with Chilean star Alexis Sanchez’s future dominating the headlines.

The former Barcelona looks set to stay and see out his contract in north London. The Gunners only two new arrivals are defender Sead Kolasinac and striker Alexandre Lacazette, two players who will expect to be regular starters for the Gunners this season.

Arsenal enter the race for Chelsea star 0

Posted on July 14, 2017 by David Nugent

According to the Metro and journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Arsenal are interested in signing Chelsea defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic in a swap deal involving England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Matic is seemingly in-demand this summer, with the likes of Juventus, Inter and Manchester United reportedly hoping to sign the Serbian star. However, it seems Arsenal have now emerged as a very viable destination for the 28-year-old.

The former Benfica star may find himself pushed down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, as the Blues are reported to be close to signing Monaco star Tiemoue Bakayoko. He is believed to be looking for an escape route from the English champions.

Wenger expected to stick with 3-4-3 formation in the new season 1

Posted on July 12, 2017 by Milos Markovic

As the team plunged forward into a disappointing closure of the 2016/17 season, there was a single moment of positivity introduced and provoked by Arsene Wenger himself who decided to wake his team up and shake things up with a different tactical approach.

The experienced tactician switched to a three-man defence line and a 3-4-3 formation which brought plenty of success towards the end of a torrid campaign that left Arsenal without Champions League football for the first time in Arsene Wenger’s era.

Would Juan Cuadrado be a worthwhile signing for Arsenal? 1

Posted on July 01, 2017 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Star, Arsenal are holding talks with Juventus over signing Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado. A fee of around £22million has been mooted for the for the former Chelsea star.

The Colombian international has only recently joined Juventus on a permanent deal from Chelsea after spending the last two campaigns on loan at the Bianconeri.

However, according to reports from Italy Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a fan of the winger and the Italian club are willing to let him leave this summer.

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