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Arsenal kick-off Europa League campaign with a victory 0

Posted on September 14, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 3-1 victory over Koln on Thursday night. The kick-off was delayed by an hour due to crowd safety issues, but that mattered very little in the end to the Gunners, as they put in a strong second half display to see off the visitors.

The visitors scored with virtually the first attempt on goal on ten minutes. David Ospina rushed out of his goal to clear a long ball over the top, only for Bittencourt to find Cordoba, who lofted the ball back over the Colombian from around 40 yards out and into the net.

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.

Failing to sign Mbappe is the story of Wenger in recent years 0

Posted on September 07, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has down the years scouted most of the best stars in European football. He has not signed many of them, but was highly aware of all them and came close to signing them.

The way Wenger talks sometimes it sounds like he has known the players since they were babies. For once, though, a star has claimed that Arsenal were a ‘real option for me’. That young star is France wonderkid Kylian Mbappe.

The 18-year-old joined big spending French giants PSG on deadline day on loan. He will be making a reported £165million move to the French capital next summer. However, it seems Mbappe did consider Arsenal as a viable option.

Sead Kolasinac should play at left wing-back for Arsenal 0

Posted on September 05, 2017 by David Nugent

In a month where everything seemed to go wrong for Arsenal, summer signing Sead Kolasinac won the Gunners Player of the Month.

In truth, there were slim pickings among the Gunners players for the award. However, the former Schalke player managed to win the award, despite only playing in two of the team’s three league games this season.

The fans vote was maybe a vote of no confidence in the players that appeared in the 4-0 hammering at Liverpool, than a vote of confidence for the Bosnia and Herzegovina star.

Made a mixed start to his Arsenal career

Ox exit may bring back some tactical sanity to Arsenal 0

Posted on September 02, 2017 by David Nugent

For me, Arsenal losing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on deadline day to Liverpool was not a disaster. I just want to know why it took the two clubs until so late in the transfer window to agree a deal.

The midfielder never looked like signing a new deal in north London. If Arsenal would have sold him earlier in the summer, they could have brought a replacement in. However, this is Arsenal and nothing seems to happen the way it should.

Take for example Arsene Wenger team selection in recent weeks. At times Hector Bellerin has been playing as a left wing-back, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been playing on the opposite flank.

Marseille looking to sign Arsenal full-back 0

Posted on August 17, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal’s squad currently has a bit of dead wood lying around. These players never were and never will be good enough for where the Gunners want to be. One of these players is French full-back Mathieu Debuchy.

According to TalkSPORT and L’Equipe, Arsenal may well be about to offload the full-back to French club Marseille. The Ligue One club are reportedly interested in signing the 32-year-old on a free transfer, although the defender still has two years left on his contract.

Never good enough for Arsenal

Gunners receive important squad boost ahead of Emirates Cup 0

Posted on July 27, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Arsenal continue their preseason with the Emirates Cup that will this season see Premier League giants play host to the likes of Benfica, Sevilla and RB Leipzig.

This year’s edition of the tournament will be the ninth in total. The tournament will take place at the Emirates Stadium over the forthcoming weekend with all four teams playing twice.

The Emirates Cup precedes the Community Shield match and comes as a perfect opportunity for Gunners to gear up for the match against Premier League champions on 6 August.

Barcelona targeting five alternatives after admitting defeat in Bellerin 1

Posted on July 08, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to Marca, Barcelona have got five alternative transfer targets at right-back to Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin this summer, with the Spanish international looking set to stay at the Emirates Stadium.

The Catalans made Bellerin a priority after Ernesto Valverde was appointed manager but Barcelona have made little progress and the new season will start in a matter of weeks. As a result, the La Liga runners-up will have to target other names, and reports suggest they have five alternatives on their shortlist.

Barcelona target Hector Bellerin hands in transfer request 3

Posted on July 07, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Arsenal star Hector Bellerin is thought to have submitted a transfer request as speculation regarding his future at the Emirates heat up.

The 22-year-old has long been linked with a return to his former club and Barcelona have stepped up their efforts to land the Spanish international during the summer transfer window.

Bellerin spoke about his commitment to Arsenal and his appreciation of Arsene Wenger earlier in the season, but the Spanish reports claim that the right-back’s head has been turned by Barcelona prospect.

Wenger tells Bellerin he will not be allowed to leave this summer 0

Posted on July 04, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reportedly told defender Hector Bellerin that he will not be allowed to exit the Emirates Stadium ahead of the new season, reports the Mirror. The Spanish international has been linked with a return to Barcelona this summer but Arsenal are keen to keep him and have now made it clear to the player and the Catalans that he isn’t for sale.

Barcelona have been on the hunt for an attacking right-back this summer after having failed to find a convincing replacement for Dani Alves, who joined Juventus last summer and looks set to join Manchester City this summer. The Catalans had Sergi Roberto and Aleix Vidal sharing the responsibility at right-back but both players struggled for consistency over the course of the season.

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