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Leicester say they’ve received no offer from Arsenal for Mahrez 0

Posted on July 07, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Daily Star, Leicester City have not received an offer from Arsenal for Algerian forward Riyad Mahrez. Manager Craig Shakespeare revealed there hasn’t been an approach from any club and are expecting him to stay at the King Power Stadium as a result.

“I’m not worried. Can it be disappointing when a player comes out publically? Yes. I think we have to look what is behind that as well, in terms of advice,” he told Sky Sports. Arsenal, who were unsuccessful in signing Mahrez last summer, reportedly bid £35m for the Leicester winger but no progress has been made.

Lemar won’t hand in transfer request to force Arsenal move 0

Posted on June 30, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to Goal, AS Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar is still happy to stay at the Stade Louis II if his deal to join Arsenal falls through. It’s believed the 21-year-old won’t force a move away from Monaco should the two clubs not agree a deal.

Arsenal have had a first bid rejected and have since made a second offer. But reports suggested Monaco wouldn’t sell any more players given Bernardo Silva’s departure and Tiemoué Bakayoko’s potential Chelsea move. The Gunners could miss out on Lemar this summer as a result.

Arsenal set to sign Riyad Mahrez as Leicester star gives up on Barcelona dream 0

Posted on June 26, 2017 by Milos Markovic

According to reports from Spanish media outlet Sport, Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez could complete a £32.5 million move to the Emirates this week.

The 2015/16 Premier League player of the year is said to be tired of waiting for Barcelona to initiate the transfer from Leicester City and is set to switch his focus to Arsenal as he eyes a move away from the King Power Stadium.

The 26-year-old creative Algeria international was instrumental in Leicester City’s title charge back in 2016, but is ready to make a next step in his career after failing to replicate his stellar season with the Foxes last term.

Oxlade-Chamberlain could feature against Leicester 0

Posted on April 25, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be fit to start against Leicester City in Wednesday’s Premier League clash, with manager Arsene Wenger revealing the English international hasn’t suffered a serious knock. “It was precautionary and not a serious injury. We will test him. It was a foot injury. We have medical checks to see who is available (for Leicester). Nobody else picked up any injuries in the game,” he said.

Leicester City’s Champions League accomplishments highlight Arsenal’s shortcomings in Europe 0

Posted on March 15, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Leicester City booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after seeing past perennial Europa League winners Sevilla, progressing further in their maiden European campaign than Arsenal have in seven years. The Foxes are 25/1 to win the Champions League this season, and will now face either Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, AS Monaco/Manchester City, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid/Bayer Leverkusen, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.

For Arsenal, it’s seven straight years of last-16 disappointment, their latest of which saw them lose 10-2 on aggregate to a Bayern Munich not considered to be at their best this season. The German Bundesliga giants weren’t good enough to win their group prior to the knockouts but made light work of a fragile Arsenal side enduring one of their most disappointing campaigns as things stand.

Why Arsenal need to sign a creative attacking player in January 0

Posted on December 22, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has played down talk of spending big in January, having long suggested the preferred targets are seldom available in the winter window, despite their existing wingers looking bereft of the required quality for a genuine challenge for the Premier League crown.

The Gunners’ title-hopes have taken a big hit following a recent dip in form, and there are some startling statistics from their existing wingers which suggests Wenger desperately needs to bring in a new face. Alexis Sanchez (44) and Mesut Ozil (38) lead the squad charts for chances created, but the chasing pack haven’t even managed half of Ozil’s tally – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (15).

Holding deserving of Wenger’s adulation 0

Posted on August 21, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger singled out centre-back Rob Holding for praise after the summer signing helped the Gunners keep a clean sheet in their weekend stalemate with Premier League defending champions Leicester City. Signed from Bolton Wanderers, the England U21 international overcome a tricky opening game defeat to Liverpool with a convincing showing at the king Power Stadium.

Against Leicester City, Holding won five aerial duels and made nine clearances. No Arsenal player blocked more shots than the new recruit (2), and Holding even showed confidence in possession to bring the ball out of the defence. “Nobody is speaking about the performance of Rob Holding today. You should be happy; he is English, he is 20 years old, but I’m sorry he didn’t cost £55m, so it cannot be good,” said Arsene Wenger after the game.

Alexis Sanchez to start up front against Leicester City 0

Posted on August 19, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hinted that Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez could retain a central role ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash against Leicester City.

The former Barcelona man has primarily been deployed out wide, given the freedom to cut inside, but Wenger has often used him as a makeshift centre-forward when the Londoners have been missing their first choice attackers, and recent comments made suggest Sanchez could stay as a striker in the near future.

Arsenal-target Riyad Mahrez signs a new deal with Leicester City 0

Posted on August 18, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their pursuit for Leicester City forward Riyad Mahrez with the Algerian international having signed a new deal with the Foxes. The Gunners had penned Mahrez as a transfer target to compete with the likes of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right flank, but he’s now extended his stay at the King Power Stadium until 2020.

With the 25-year-old having scored and assisted 28 goals in 37 Premier League appearances last season, Arsenal were reportedly keen to add him to their attack to supply a similar threat as Alexis Sanchez on the left. With right-back Hector Bellerin keen to get forward to affect the game in the attacking third, having a right-winger who will cut inside and take the fullback away would be key for Arsenal.

Arsenal’s bid to sign Valencia defender Mustafi a long way off 1

Posted on August 18, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

According to Plaza Deportiva, Arsenal’s deal to sign Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi hasn’t taken off as the Gunners are yet to make an official bid. Reports in the last few weeks had suggested Arsenal and Mustafi had agreed personal terms, but Valencia still haven’t received an acceptable bid from the London club despite their desperation for a defender.

Arsenal have less than two weeks until the summer transfer window closes but they only have two fit centre-backs and one senior defender who has been afforded a late summer holiday. Their first game of the new season could hardly have been worse either with Liverpool putting four goals past them at the Emirates Stadium, so the pressure is on Wenger to shore up the backline before the Gunners are left behind in the title race.

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