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Prediction: Brazil v Costa Rica 1

Posted on June 20, 2018 by David Nugent

Verdict: Brazil win

Best Odds: 2/9

Bookmaker: Coral

On Friday afternoon, one of the World Cup favourites Brazil faces Costa Rica in their second Group E game, as the Selecao look to get back to winning ways in Russia. Their opponents cannot afford defeat or could face an exit from the competition.


Brazil dazzled in the early stages of their opener against Switzerland. However, the Selecao dropped the pace and the game ended 1-1 after a highly disciplined performance from the European side.

Could Sanchez-Draxler January swap deal be on? 0

Posted on October 04, 2017 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal are looking to swap wantaway Alexis Sanchez with PSG’s Julian Draxler in January. Sanchez is of course out of contract next summer and is not signing a new deal with the Gunners.

Meanwhile, Germany international Julian Draxler has found himself out of favour in Paris after the summer arrivals Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, two of the most highly-rated attacking players in Europe.

This deal would make financial sense

If we are looking at this from a purely financial sense, it would be a good deal. Arsenal will receive absolutely nothing if Sanchez leaves in the summer and it would take mega money to replace the Chilean.

Wenger: Something will happen to the transfer system in 12 months 0

Posted on September 23, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes there will be an overhaul in the transfer system within a year, after seeing fees spiral over the summer. Paris Saint-Germain signed Neymar from Barcelona for around €200m, and have also signed Kylian Mbappe for €150m – to be paid next year.

Germany chancellor Angela Merkel said Paris Saint-Germain’s spending was “incomprehensible” while adding that: “UEFA and FIFA should still adjust the rules to achieve a more sporting balance”. Wenger says change will come, perhaps in the next year, revealing how things aren’t working.

The right time for Arsenal to move for Julian Draxler 0

Posted on August 16, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal have been consistently linked with a move for PSG and Germany attacking midfielder Julian Draxler. However, despite the constant links the attacking midfielder has eluded the Gunners grasp in recent seasons.

Maybe now is the ideal time for the club from north London to make a move for the undoubtedly talented playmaker.

Down the pecking order in Paris

Draxler joined PSG in January from Wolfsburg and enjoyed a decent first half a season in the French capital. He made 17 Ligue One appearances, scoring four times and producing one assist. The playmaker also played twice for PSG in the Champions League and scored against Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

Barcelona to beat Arsenal to the signature of Ousmane Dembele 0

Posted on August 05, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to L’Equipe, Barcelona are set to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele for £90m. The Catalans are desperately trying to replace Neymar who recently joined Paris Saint-Germain for £198m and have a number of options they’re making approaches for.

Dembele is one them. The 20-year-old scored and created 18 goals in 22 Bundesliga starts last season and is highly-rated in Europe. He represented France in the 2016 European Championships and looks to have a bright future ahead of him.

Barcelona considering return for Alexis with Neymar PSG-bound 1

Posted on August 02, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to Don Balon via the Express, Barcelona are weighing up whether or not to re-sign Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal this summer, with Brazilian forward Neymar close to completing a €222m deal with Paris Saint-Germain. The Catalans are targeting a credible replacement and Sanchez might be the best on the market ahead of the new season.

The 28-year-old scored 31 goals and made 13 assists for the Gunners last season, helping Arsenal to their third FA Cup in four seasons. However, they finished outside of the Premier League top-four and Sanchez has spoken out about his desire to compete in the Champions League. It’s believed he wants to leave this summer but his exit hopes have been dashed by manager Arsene Wenger.

Barcelona record comfortable win over Arsenal 0

Posted on March 16, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal were defeated 3-1 by Barcelona on Wednesday night in the second leg of their last-16 Champions League clash, which means the north London side exited the competition 5-1 on aggregate.

The Gunners had the first shot on goal on three minutes, as Danny Welbeck saw an effort on-goal blocked by Javier Mascherano. The visitors also had the next shot on goal on ten minutes. Mesut Ozil curled an effort from 25 yards out wide of Marc Ter-Stegen’s goal.

Arsenal’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny fired an effort wide of goal from 25 yards out went wide of Ter Stegen’s far post on 15 minutes.

No shame in losing to Barcelona for Arsenal 1

Posted on February 24, 2016 by David Nugent

I have to say for much of Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat against Barcelona on Tuesday night I thought that the Gunners produced a decent performance. However, when you play against a team as good as Barcelona, you have to be switched on all the time.

Lionel Messi’s brace has rendered the second leg an almost formality. According to Arsene Wenger Barcelona are ’95 per cent’ of progressing to the last eight.

Beaten by a team with better players

This tie was always going to be highly difficult for Arsenal to negotiate. The Gunners were never going to be handed a nice draw in the last-16 of the competition simply because they struggled to finish second in their group.

Messi double downs the Gunners 0

Posted on February 23, 2016 by David Nugent

Despite battling bravely Arsenal suffered a 2-0 defeat against Barcelona in the Champions League last-16 first leg at the Emirates Stadium, as Lionel Messi scored a second half brace.

Arsenal had the first attempt on goal on eight minutes, as Aaron Ramsey saw an effort on goal by Javier Mascherano. The Gunners had the second attempt on goal on 22 minutes. Mesut Ozil cut the ball back to Hector Bellerin whose effort was blocked by a Barcelona defender, only for the ball to fall to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the winger shot straight at Marc Ter-Stegen.

Arsenal v Barcelona Champions League Preview 0

Posted on February 22, 2016 by David Nugent

Premier League Arsenal host European champions Barcelona at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night in the Champions League last-16 first leg. It seems the Premier League club faces a difficult challenge in making the quarter-finals against the formidable Catalans.

Arsenal made hard work of qualifying for the knockout stages after suffering defeats against Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos in their opening group games. However they made it through to the last 16 by winning their last two games at home to Zagreb and away at Olympiakos.

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