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Arsenal missed out on Howedes on deadline day – agent 0

Posted on September 14, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to Volker Struth, agent of defender Benedikt Howedes, Arsenal and Leicester City tried and failed to bring the German international to the Premier League on deadline day, reports Sport Bild.

Howedes, now of Juventus, was keen to leave former side Schalke in the summer after being stripped of his captaincy and ended up joining the Serie A giants on a season-long loan. In addition to Arsenal and Leicester, the 29-year-old was believed to have interest from AS Roma too.

Gunners emerge as 5/2 favourites to sign Riyad Mahrez 0

Posted on August 31, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez has been attracting plenty of attention around Europe as the 26-year-old is looking to leave the King Power Stadium before the transfer window closes on Thursday night.

The Algeria international has been released from international duty in attempt to finalize his future, knowing he formally handed in a transfer request earlier in the summer.

Mahrez was reportedly promised by club officials Leicester City would not stand in his way this summer, but the Foxes star still failed to solve his situation during the entire summer during which he was strongly linked with a move to Serie A giants AS Roma. Giallorossi, however, failed in their £32 million bid for the Foxes winger earlier this summer and are thought to be out of the race.

Arsenal finally break opening day duck 0

Posted on August 11, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s 4-3 victory over Leicester City in Friday’s Premier League opener was a rare victory for the Gunners when looking at their past record.

Arsenal’s opening day record since 2009

  • 15/8/10: Liverpool 1-1 Arsenal
  • 13/8/11: Newcastle 0-0 Arsenal
  • 18/8/12: Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland
  • 17/8/13: Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa
  • 16/8/14: Arsenal 2-1 Crystal Palace
  • 9/8/15: Arsenal 0-2 West Ham
  • 14/8/16: Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool
  • 11/8/17: Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City

Arsene Wenger’s men have endured a terrible run in the first league fixture of a new season but have oddly often enjoyed a fantastic run of form in the handful of games that followed.

Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City: Giroud scores late as Gunners come from behind in seven-goal thriller 0

Posted on August 11, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score the winning goal late on as Arsenal came from behind against Leicester City to finally win an opening day fixture.

Arsenal took the lead inside of two minutes through Lacazette. The French international brilliantly headed a powerful first-time cross from Mohamed Elneny past Kasper Schmeichel, but the Gunners’ celebrations were shot-lived.

Shinji Okazaki levelled for Leicester within minutes after Petr Cech failed to claim a cross and found himself in no man’s land, allowing Okazaki to head home the cutback with the goal gaping.

Arsenal 1/2 to win against Leicester City 0

Posted on August 11, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal welcome Leicester to the Emirates in their Premier League opener on Friday night, and are big favourites to pick up all three points given how strong the Gunners are on home soil, compared to how poor the Foxes have been on the road in the last 12 months.

Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side finished fifth in the Premier League last season, boasting 14 wins and three draws from their 19 home games, and have been in good form in pre-season too. The Gunners are coming off the back of three wins from their last five games this summer and will fancy their chances against a Leicester outfit struggling for consistency.

Arsenal Team News: Lacazette and Ozil start, Giroud and Ramsey on the bench 1

Posted on August 11, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s club record signing Alexandre Lacazette starts in tonight’s Premier League opener against Leicester City, with Olivier Giroud on the bench.

Midfielder Mesut Ozil returns from injury, pushing Alex Iwobi to the bench. Aaron Ramsey was in contention of starting, but Mohamed Elneny starts ahead of the Welshman alongside Granit Xhaka.

Arsenal’s starting XI against Leicester City: Petr Cech, Rob Holding, Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac, Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka, Hector Bellerin, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck, Alexandre Lacazette.

Galatasaray interested in Elneny 0

Posted on July 25, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Metro, Turkish Super Lig side Galatasaray are keen to sign Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny this summer. The two clubs are believed to have agreed a £10m fee for the 25-year-old and this news comes just a day after Elneny rejected a move to Leicester City for a similar asking price.

Elneny, signed from FC Basel in January 2016 for around £5m, made just 14 Premier League appearances for the Gunners last season and spent much of the campaign on the periphery. His debut season at the Emirates Stadium was successful, twice being voted Arsenal’s Player of the Month, but he’s since failed to uproot Granix Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey from midfield.

Mahrez to snub Roma for Arsenal switch 0

Posted on July 23, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to The Sun, Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez is willing to snub interest from Italian Serie A side AS Roma to push for his Arsenal move. The Algerian international has been linked with a switch to the Emirates Stadium for 12 months, having been the subject of interest from Arsenal last summer, and could be on his way to London if latest reports are to be believed.

Mohamed Elneny rejects Leicester City approach 0

Posted on July 20, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny rejected a chance to move to Leicester City listing an interesting reason behind his decision.

We are very much aware that lifestyle plays a great part in the career of every professional footballer and Mohamed Elneny is no different.

This is why it can hardly come as a surprise to see a player reject an opportunity to secure first-team football by moving elsewhere simply because he enjoys life at his current club too much.

Mohamed Elneny listed this particular reason to justify his decision to rebuff a £10 million approach from Leicester City, claiming he ‘enjoys life in London too much’.

Arsenal could lose out on Mahrez to Roma 0

Posted on July 14, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Daily Star, Arsenal could lose out on Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez, with AS Roma reportedly keen on his signature. City manager Craig Shakespeare recently revealed there had been no offer for the Algerian, with Arsenal putting their focus on Monaco’s Thomas Lemar this summer.

Arsene Wenger’s side have had two bids rejected for the 21-year-old and are believed to be preparing a third bid up to £50m. If Arsenal are successful in signing Lemar, they aren’t going to approach Mahrez. Roma, however, do want the latter as a replacement for Mohamed Salah, who joined Liverpool.



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