October 15, 2018 by
Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny has called time on his international career with France after Les Bleus World Cup triumph ‘did the defender a lot of psychological damage’. The defender also criticised French boss Didier Deschamps.
Confirmation of retirement on French TV
Talking to French TV station Canal+ Koscielny said: “I think that I have given everything I can for France, I am 33, I have done two Euros, one World Cup,”
“France has a great generation of great players now. My injury does not change my decision. For Les Bleus, it is finished. .......Read more here.....
October 12, 2018 by
Reiss Nelson is without a doubt one of Arsenal’s brightest young prospects. In the summer, Gunners boss Unai Emery rather surprisingly decided to allow the youngster to join German Bundesliga side Hoffenheim on a season-long loan deal.
Eying up a first-team spot at Arsenal
Despite his temporary summer move, Nelson is looking forward to returning to Arsenal and playing first-team football. Talking about making the move to Germany, the youngster told Talksport: “It was difficult,” .......Read more here.....
September 10, 2018 by
Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck has vowed to keep working hard and prove he merits a place in the England squad. The former Manchester United striker appeared as a substitute in the Three Lions 2-1 home defeat by Spain.
In fact, he was highly unfortunate not to equalise in stoppage-time when he saw a goal harshly disallowed for what looked like a non-existent foul on Spain goalkeeper David De Gea.
In England squad by default
Welbeck is a decent attacking option for England boss Gareth Southgate. However, he almost just a default option for the Three Lions boss, who currently has a dearth of quality attacking cover for first-choice striker Harry Kane. .......Read more here.....
July 10, 2018 by
According to reports from the German press, Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil is set to retire from international duty with Germany following a disastrous World Cup in Russia.
Went go into the tournament in a negative frame of mind
Ozil and Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan met the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the World Cup, as both have Turkish heritage. This meeting did not go down well with anybody in Germany.
In fact, some fans and observers claimed that the pair should be omitted from the squad for the World Cup, as they believed that the visit showed the players lacked commitment to Die Mannschaft’s cause. .......Read more here.....
July 04, 2018 by
England are into the 2018 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals, and isn’t that just a great thing to say out loud?
We may have made hard work of it as we always seem to do, but in the end, we were able to come away with a result that half of us were expecting and half of us refused to admit was a possibility. Still, this piece isn’t about that, and instead, it’s about praising the act of a Dutchman who revolutionised the way in which we view centre-forwards in this game. .......Read more here.....
June 15, 2018 by
Verdict: Germany win
Best Odds: 1/2
On Sunday afternoon, world champions Germany will start the defence of their title as they face Mexico in Group F of the World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium.
Germany cruised through qualifying with a perfect record. No team scored more than Die Mannschaft’s goal tally of 43 in European qualifying. At the other end of the pitch, they conceded just four times.
The team ranked first team in the world will be looking to become the first team since Brazil in 1962 to retain the World Cup. .......Read more here.....
June 07, 2018 by
According to Sky Sports, Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil is struggling to be fit for Germany’s World Cup opener on June 17th against Mexico after picking up a knee injury in a friendly game against Austria last weekend.
The attacking midfielder scored in the 2-1 win over their neighbours. However, he was substituted on 76 minutes. Ozil has been training away from his Die Mannschaft teammates and missed Tuesday media day.
Reportedly, the 29-year-old is also still suffering from a long-standing back problem that saw him miss games for Arsenal last season. .......Read more here.....
May 18, 2018 by
France boss Didier Deschamps named his 23-man World Cup squad on Thursday. Deschamps has an abundance of talented players to choose from but decided to omit Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette from his squad for Russia 2018.
The decision will have come as a slight surprise for the former Lyon striker after he played in France’s November friendlies, scoring a brace in a 2-2 draw with world champions Germany.
French boss has a lot of attacking talent at his disposal
Deschamps admitted his omission was due to the sheer number of attacking players available to him. The likes of Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann and Nabil Fekir were all named in that 23-man squad. .......Read more here.....
May 17, 2018 by
Gareth Southgate has officially revealed his England squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and if you’re an Arsenal fan, there’s some good news and there’s some bad news. The bad news is that Jack Wilshere hasn’t been selected, whereas the good news lies in the fact that Danny Welbeck will be on the plane to Russia. .......Read more here.....
May 16, 2018 by
According to Sky Sports, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will miss out on Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England squad for this summer.
Wilshere had earned a recall to the Three Lions squad for the recent friendly internationals against the Netherlands and Italy. However, unsurprisingly the midfielder had to pull out due to injury.
Wilshere was in England’s squad for the ill-fated euro 2016 campaign, despite having barely featured for the Gunners in the previous season. .......Read more here.....