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Newcastle lead chase for Lucas Perez 0

Posted on August 08, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Arsene Wenger once again all but confirmed that Spanish striker Lucas Perez will not play a part in the forthcoming season after the former Deportivo La Coruna forward was left out of the squad for the Community Shield final against Chelsea.

Alexandre Lacazette led the line in attack from the kick-off whereas it was Olivier Giroud who got introduced in the second term with Lucas Perez failing to make it to the bench even.

Mesut Ozil wanted back at Real Madrid 2

Posted on December 14, 2015 by David Nugent

According to Spanish publication Don Balon, Real Madrid is set to launch a bid to re-sign Arsenal’s in-form German playmaker Mesut Ozil.

The playmaker has been at his best this season for the Gunners and in the last ten Premier League appearances has produced 11 assists and 13 assists in all this season. He seems to have returned to the form that led to him being considered the European assist king not so long ago.

Should Arsenal give up on Karim Benzema? 0

Posted on August 05, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal are once again being linked with a move for Real Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema by every tabloid, including the Guardian and the Metro among others.

This story seems to hang around like a bad smell. Sure Arsenal does seem interested in a striker and Benzema would be a good signing. However, neither his club, nor the player has stated that they are interested in a move.

In fact the player’s agent even stated that Benzema was 1,000 per cent staying in the Spanish capital. Now we know how untrustworthy agents are, but even Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez has stated that he wants the French striker to stay at the Bernabeu.

Koscielny linked with move to Real Madrid 0

Posted on June 25, 2015 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mail, Real Madrid are looking at Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny as a potential replacement for Spain international Sergio Ramos, who is being linked with a big money move to Premier League Manchester United.

Koscielny has been a key player for the Gunners over the past few seasons and only signed a contract extension last summer. The 29-year-old had formed an effective partnership at the heart of the Gunners defence with German international Per Mertesacker.

Brazilian Gabriel Paulista was brought in as cover for the pair in the January transfer window and is likely to provide competition in the new campaign.

Arsenal vs. Napoli Champions League preview 0

Posted on September 30, 2013 by David Nugent

Arsenal host Italian club Napoli at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night on match day two of the Champions League. Both clubs opened their group stages campaigns with 2-1 wins. The Gunners won 2-1 at French club Marseille, while the Azzurri defeated last season’s finalists Dortmund at the Stadio San Paolo.

The Italian side have made a good start to their domestic campaign under-former Liverpool and Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez. They currently sit second in the Serie A after six games, after winning five and drawing one of their opening games.

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