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Ancelotti could replace Wenger at Arsenal 0

Posted on September 14, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to ESPN, Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti could return to England in search for a new challenge if he exits the Allianz Arena this season, and the Arsenal job is believed to be one he could end up pursuing.

Ancelotti won the German Bundesliga title and DFL Supercup in his first season in Germany, but there’s reports of discontentment behind the scenes after their early Champions League exit and failure to reach the German Cup final.

Arsene Wenger has stated the new season under pressure among Arsenal supporters following their poor start in the Premier League, and defeat to Chelsea on Sunday could almost make his position untenable.

Bellerin says Arsenal are fully focused on the Europa League not Sunday’s meeting with Chelsea 0

Posted on September 12, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin says the Gunners are completely focused on Thursday’s Europa League clash, rather than Sunday’s Premier League meeting with Chelsea. Arsenal are 2/7 to win against FC Koln before they face the defending champions on the weekend, but Bellerin says the squad aren’t thinking about anything other than beating Koln.

“Our focus is on Thursday’s game. It is a very important match to start the Europa League on the right foot. We have to give our best and only after that will we start to think about Chelsea [Sunday 1.30pm]. The Europa League is a very important competition for us,” he said to IBTimes.

Arsenal enquired about Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller this summer 0

Posted on September 06, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal were one of four clubs who enquired about the availability of Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller, reports Sport Bild. The German international struggled for form under manager Carlo Ancelotti last season, scoring just five goals in the Bundesliga, leading to suitors trying their hand at procuring his signature.

In addition to Arsenal being keen on Muller, Chelsea, Liverpool and Serie A giants Juventus have also been linked and are believed to have made an enquiry, which was rebuffed by the player who is keen to stay at the Allianz Arena.

Should Arsenal have signed Danny Drinkwater? 0

Posted on September 03, 2017 by David Nugent

According to Arsenal hero Paul Merson, Arsenal should have made a move for now-Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater in the summer. The England international joined Premier League champions signed Drinkwater for £35million from Leicester on deadline day.

Merse in his column in the Daily Star wrote, “Arsenal should have bid for Danny Drinkwater rather than let him go to Chelsea. At least he will fight for you. This lot just give up.

“In my day, the dressing room after a performance like that would have been a war zone. You would have had to call the police because there would have been fights everywhere.”

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain set for move to Chelsea 1

Posted on August 29, 2017 by David Nugent

It was reported yesterday by the BBC, that Chelsea agreed a fee of around £35million with Arsenal for versatile England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The 24-year-old is out of contract next summer and has reportedly refused a number of offers of a new deal in north London. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had previously insisted that Oxlade-Chamberlain was staying at the club.

However, his latest rejection of a new contract may just have persuaded the veteran French boss to part with the midfielder.

A mixed Arsenal career

Jeff Stelling says Arsenal should sell these three players 1

Posted on August 27, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling has named three players he believes Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger should consider selling, in order to raise funds for signing in key areas.

Speaking to Sky Sports via the Express, Stelling named forward Alexis Sanchez, playmaker Mesut Ozil and midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in his list of players to be sold by Arsenal, the three players who have rejected terms on a new contract this summer and will be free transfers in less than 12 months’ time.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain turns down latest Arsenal deal 0

Posted on August 25, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has reportedly rejected a new contract offer worth £180k-per-week, with Liverpool and Chelsea closely linked with his signature. The 24-year-old has made it clear that he wants out of Arsenal amid interest elsewhere, but the Gunners are digging their heels in on a transfer.

Manager Arsene Wenger has made it clear he will not sell Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer, despite his contract having less than 12 months to run, and would instead try to convince the former Southampton man to commit his future with a deal nearly three times his existing salary.

Roma sporting director tells Arsenal and Chelsea that Manolas is not for sale 0

Posted on August 22, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

AS Roma’s sporting director Monchi has revealed defender Kostas Manolas is not for sale this summer, reports talkSPORT. The 26-year-old looked set for a move to Russian Premier League side Zenit St Petersburg before the move broke down.

And with Arsenal and Chelsea linked with his signature, Monchi made the club’s stance clear, saying: “Manolas for sale? No, we are working to sign players, not sell them,” he told Mediaset Premium. “I spend all day with the players and can see they have faith in the coach and the system they are adopting.”

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.

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