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Lichtsteiner receives criticism 0

Posted on June 18, 2018 by Harry Kettle

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is in full swing, and we’ve already seen plenty of surprising results. Argentina were held to a draw by Iceland, reigning champions Germany were defeated by Mexico, and last night, Switzerland managed to grab a point from their opener against favourites Brazil. Despite that, however, new Arsenal signing Stephan Lichtsteiner’s performance wasn’t received particularly well by pundits and fans alike.

Many thought that he was slow to read the ball, didn’t deal with pressure all that well and looked out of place. Gunners legend Ian Wright has defended the 34-year-old in the wake of the criticism, stating that he was facing an uphill battle when going head to head with Brazil’s fantastic attacking options.

Xhaka signs new deal 0

Posted on June 16, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Granit Xhaka has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal, the club have confirmed on their official website.

The future of the midfielder was somewhat uncertain after the departure of Arsene Wenger, but the man who has replaced the Frenchman has assured the Swiss international that he will remain an important player for the team.

Xhaka joined Arsenal from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016, and so far he has made 94 appearances and scored seven goals for the Gunners from his role in central midfield. A relentless player, packing a powerful shot and boasting great passing range and vision, and his new deal is nothing but excellent news for Arsenal as they strive to overcome the difficulties that come with being in transition.

No surprises on Arsenal’s retained list 0

Posted on June 09, 2018 by David Nugent

There were few surprises on Arsenal’s yearly retained list. The biggest players moving on are German defender Per Mertesacker and Santi Cazorla.

Mertesacker revealed earlier in the season that he would retire this summer and will take up the role of academy boss. Cazorla has endured a nightmare 18 months through injuries and has re-joined former club, Villarreal.

The other players released from their Gunners contracts are Marc Bola, Alexander Crean, Aaron Eyoma, Ryan Huddart, Chiori Johnson, Hugo Keto and Tafari Moore. None of the youngster’s exits will have an effect on the Unai Emery’s first-team plans.

No-nonsense Emery 0

Posted on June 07, 2018 by Harry Kettle

One of the most important things you can do when you enter a new job is to make a strong first impression, one way or another. When it comes to being a football manager that couldn’t be any more accurate because the pressure associated with any given job means that you’re always going to be viewed under a microscope. With Unai Emery, however, that pressure is multiplied x1000 courtesy of the fact that he’s taking over from Arsene Wenger as the new manager of Arsenal Football Club.

Confirmed: Lichtsteiner in, Cazorla out 0

Posted on June 05, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

The signing of Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus has been confirmed as imminent by the club via their official website.

The Swiss defender arrives on a free transfer from Juventus, where he won the Serie A title in each of his seven seasons there. After stints at Grasshopper, Lille and Lazio, he made a total of 257 appearances for the Old Lady, and now he joins Arsenal as a vastly experienced player, a proper defensive leader.

He captain his Switzerland team on Sunday in a pre-World Cup friendly against Spain, and directly facing world-class players he admirably stood his ground, leading by example like a true captain.

What can be expected of Stephan Lichtsteiner? 0

Posted on June 04, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

On Sunday evening, Spain welcomed Switzerland for a friendly game as the 32 national teams prepare to embark upon the World Cup in Russia that starts next week.

With Arsenal set to finalize the deal to sign Stephan Lichsteiner, there is very little doubt that the likes of Unai Emery, Ivan Gazidis, Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi will already know everything there is to know about the player. However, this particular game offered some useful insight into what the fans can expect from the 34-year-old fullback. It would certainly have been better if we had the chance to see Granit Xhaka alongside him, but the Arsenal midfielder is still battling against time to be fit for the upcoming tournament.

Stephan Lichtsteiner a no-brainer signing for Arsenal 1

Posted on June 02, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for out-of-contract Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner. The veteran Switzerland international is weighing up his options in Turin, as he can move elsewhere as a free agent this summer.

According to reports from the Metro, the 34-year-old has been in talks with the north London giants for the last few weeks. However, the player himself has admitted that he is not sure there will be any developments before this summer’s World Cup.

Transfers: A Friday roundup 0

Posted on June 01, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

The transfer window has begun in England and various pieces of news and rumours regarding players’ movements are popping up on a daily basis.

When it comes to Arsenal , different media outlets have different things to report. For example, Daily Mail have the Gunners linked with Paris Saint-Germain teenager Yacine Adli. The report claims Adli has rejected an offer of a professional contract from the French champions and is now set to sign a three-year deal with Arsenal, with an extension option for another two years.

Transfers: A news roundup 0

Posted on May 29, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal are closing in on signing Borussia Dortmund’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos, according to BBC, the Telegraph, Sky Sports and various other sources. The reported sum which the club would pay for the centre-back is £16million.

At 29, Sokratis has a year remaining on his contract at Dortmund. Along with Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner who is set to join Arsenal for free, the Greece international would represent another low-cost experienced addition to the squad’s defence department. Given the reported size of the funds available for transfers this summer, this is certainly the type of targets the club will be going for.

The summer transfer kitty to be increased by £20million 0

Posted on May 28, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

According to the Telegraph, Stan Kroenke has decided to make extra £20million available for transfers this summer.

It had been initially announced that the club’s transfer kitty would amount to £50million plus any income generated by player sales, but now that sum has gone up to £70million. A small increase, but a welcome one, nevertheless.

Money aside, the first signing of the Unai Emery era might come as a free transfer. The contract of Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner is about to expire and at Arsenal they believe the presence of the Switzerland captain would bring some much needed leadership qualities to the back line, as Laurent Koscielny remains unavailable at least until November. The team captain suffered knee ligament damage in the second leg of the Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid.



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