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Wenger looking at Mkhitaryan as Cazorla’s successor 0

Posted on February 05, 2018 by David Nugent

According to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, the Frenchman signed playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan as a replacement for veteran Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla.

Asked about the two players having similarities, Wenger is quoted by the Metro as saying: ‘There are similarities, yes. ‘I wish [he could take over Cazorla’s role]. ‘Santi was an exceptional football player, technically to find Santi [would be difficult]. ‘[Mkhitaryan] for sure has the technical level to play in our team.’

Santi Cazorla has been out a long time

Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla has failed to play for Arsenal in over a year. The 33-year-old Spain international has had nine operations in an attempt to cure an Achilles tendon problem.

Ex-Dortmund pair shines on home debuts for Arsenal 0

Posted on February 04, 2018 by David Nugent

The January transfer window was a successful one for Arsenal. The signings of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looked to be shrewd ones by Arsene Wenger.

The pair made their home Premier League debuts in the Gunners 5-1 demolition of Everton on Saturday evening. Both had big impacts on their maiden home games for the north London team.

Impressive contributions from both

Aubameyang came straight into the starting line-up despite the fight that the striker was supposedly ill. The Gabon international displaced France star Alexandre Lacazette and did what he did best by scoring on his debut, although replays showed that the striker was in an offside position.

The January transfer window has been a success for Arsenal 0

Posted on February 01, 2018 by David Nugent

The January transfer window has closed and all Arsenal’s deals are done. For me, the January transfer window has been a success for the Gunners. Too many players at the club were complacent, unhappy or just good enough.

Instead of those aforementioned players, Arsenal have brought in two players that under the right conditions could be key players for the club.

Walcott, Sanchez and Giroud sold

The fact that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has decided to allow Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud leave the club in January shows that the veteran Frenchman is determined to overhaul the team.

Could improved team spirit lead to a top-four finish for Arsenal? 0

Posted on January 27, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal have not been known for their character and team spirit in recent years. In fact, there seems to have been tension in the Gunners dressing room in recent years. The doubts over the futures of star player Alexis Sanchez must have had an effect.

An end to the Sanchez saga a relief

As good a player as Alexis Sanchez is, his presence at the club may have harmed team spirit in recent months. It seemed obviously he wanted to leave the club and his exit seems to have lifted a cloud over the club and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

Olivier Giroud may need to leave Arsenal to save his career 0

Posted on January 26, 2018 by David Nugent

As my one of my colleagues wrote earlier today, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is a reported transfer target of Chelsea, if the Blues fail to sign Roma’s Edin Dzeko.

The 31-year-old had previously been linked with a move to Dortmund as part of a deal for BVB striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang. However, according to Sky Sports, the French forward will not be moving to the German giants this month.

Struggle for playing time

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has stated that nobody will leave if nobody comes in. The French veteran also admitted that he wanted Giroud to stay at the club. However, you get the feeling that if the Gunners struck a deal for Aubameyang, then Giroud would be surplus to requirements.

Ivan Gazidis in Germany to pursue Aubameyang deal 0

Posted on January 22, 2018 by David Nugent

According to Sky Sports, Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis is in Germany in an effort to sign Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gunners have been long-term admirers of the striker and speculation in the media suggests that BVB may be willing to sell for around 60m Euros this month. The Gabon international has endured a number of disciplinarian problems of late at the German club, as it is believed he wishes to make the move to north London. It seems the players wish to leave may persuade Dortmund to sell.

Aubameyang is a prolific scorer

Could Arsenal finally sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this month? 1

Posted on January 16, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal have reportedly been on the trail of Dortmund striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang for the past few years. The national and international media have informed us in the past that the Gunners were set to sign the striker on a number of occasions.

However, it seems that the Gunners are optimistic about signing the striker this month, according to Sky Sports Spanish football expert Guillem Balague. He told Sky Sports: “It’s clear that Arsenal are in conversations with the player (Aubameyang) and Borussia Dortmund.

“They think they’ve convinced the player to join Arsenal, but of course there’s still a big obstacle to beat, which is: Borussia Dortmund.

Arsenal set to nab Dortmund’s chief scout extraordinaire 0

Posted on November 20, 2017 by David Nugent

According to Sky Sports, Arsenal are in talks with German club Dortmund about appointing their chief scout Sven Mislintat. The Gunners are reportedly set to appoint Mislintat as the head of recruitment working alongside chief scout Steve Rowley, who was rumoured to be set for the Emirates exit.

Reports last week claimed that Rowley was leaving the club. However, it now seems the pair are set to work together. The Sky report claims a deal is close for the Gunners to complete the move for the highly-rated Mislintat, who is nicknamed ‘the diamond’.

Unearthed a lot of gems

Olivier Giroud to decide Arsenal future in next few days 1

Posted on August 02, 2017 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Express, Arsenal’s French international striker Olivier Giroud will decide his future in the next couple of days. The 30-year-old’s Gunners future is in doubt by the club-record arrival of compatriot Alexandre Lacazette.

Media reports last month suggested that the striker may move on this summer in a bid for regular first-team football elsewhere. It would not be a surprise considering there is a World Cup next year. However, reports from France suggest he may stay and fight for his place in north London.

A battle with Lacazette for starting position

Olivier Giroud could be off to Dortmund 0

Posted on July 16, 2017 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mirror, German giants Borussia Dortmund have entered into formal talks over signing Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud this summer.

The 30-year-old had been strongly linked with a £20million move to the Gunners Premier League rivals Everton. However, it seems that Dortmund could be set to land the striker, as they are reportedly set to sell star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Chelsea for a fee in the region of £65million.

Despite the reported talks with BVB, Everton are still the favourites to sign the French striker at odds of 10/11. The Merseysiders will no doubt be monitoring the situation carefully, as they look for a like-for-like replacement for Romelu Lukaku.



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