As a game in the Premier League goes, it was about as easy a win as Arsenal are likely to get all season. Everton failed to ever really press the Gunners, and even when they went a goal up, they did not ever really look like they wanted to score a second. Indeed, the London side found it far too easy to dominate the ball and punish their hosts with five goals of their own.
According to Sport Bild, Arsenal have competition from Barcelona and Manchester United for Leon Goretzka’s signature. Bayern Munich have also been linked with the Schalke midfielder recently and were previously rumoured to have agreed a pre-contract deal. However, such claims turned out to be false.
The German international helped his country win the Confederations Cup in the summer and will be hoping for more opportunities with Joachim Lowe by continuing to impress at club level. Goretzka looks to be running his contract with Schalke without any plans to extend his stay at the Veltins-Arena, so he’ll have a host of suitors in January and next summer.
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.
According to the Gazzetta dello Sport via talkSPORT, Arsenal and Liverpool have competition for AS Monaco goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, with Napoli entering the race for his signature.
The 32-year-old is first-choice between the sticks at the Stade Louis II, coming off the back of winning the Ligue 1 title with Monaco last season, and could be the subject of a number of offers in the January transfer window. Napoli are looking to replace Pepe Reina and are keen on the Croatian international, so say such reports from Italy.
According to BBC Sport’s David Ornstein, Arsenal won’t sign a replacement for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain when the 24-year-old officially joins Liverpool, reports the Express.
Supporters will have been hoping the club had a contingency plan in mind when the English international made the move to Anfield, but it appears Arsenal don’t have the money.
It’s a big blow and is likely to further sour the mood among fans towards the board and manager as this summer’s transfer window hasn’t turned out as they’d liked.
Premier League champions Chelsea’s attempts to land the England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have been given huge blow as Arsenal star refused a proposal to move to Stamford Bridge.
Even though Blues agreed a £35 million fee with Arsenal over a proposed transfer for the Gunners midfielder, Oxlade-Chamberlain is said to have refused a chance to become the Chelsea player in hope Liverpool will turn up with a bid before the transfer window closes on Thursday night.
The Reds have also been closely linked with a move for the 24-year-old footballer as Jurgen Klopp looks set to launch a late attack on the transfer market hoping to further bolster his ranks.
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
Arsenal’s 4-0 defeat at Liverpool on Sunday should not have surprised anybody really. For years Arsenal have produced the same sort of inept performances, no matter the opponents.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is taking a lot of stick at the moment. Yes, he made some frankly bizarre selection decisions and his man-management is questionable. Wenger signs the players and gives the players tactical instructions. He must take some of the blame.
However, the players must take a long hard look at themselves, simply because of a terrible attitude and almost disdain for the fans. The Gunners players have been accused of lacking bottle in the past and yesterday’s performance was simply spineless. However, Arsenal fans have seen it all before with the Gunners in recent years.
Former Manchester United and Everton defender Phil Neville believes the majority of Arsenal players want to leave the club, after the Gunners fell 4-0 to Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday afternoon. Speaking to NBC via the Express, Neville said: “I grew up challenging Arsenal as a player for Manchester United and it’s all just a bit sad.
“I saw things on that football pitch that every Arsenal supporter in that away end and watching around the world, must make their blood boil. I thought it was a disgraceful performance – lack of effort, quality and no system. It’s not about systems and it’s about fight and determination and desire.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was left frustrated after his side went down to a 4-0 defeat away to Liverpool on Sunday afternoon. The Gunners were below-par for the majority of the game, saw their mistakes punished with goals and were not at the races, according to the manager.
“From the first minute to the last we were not at the required level for such a game,” Wenger said, reports talkSPORT. “Not physically, not mentally, not technically – we were not at the level – and we were punished. We can analyse the chances we gave away but I think overall the performance was not at the requested level.”