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Posted on June 30, 2017 by David Nugent

Alexis Sanchez is no doubt Arsenal’s star player, but the situation over his future with the club is now becoming tiresome. The Chilean has just a year left on his contract and there are no signs of him signing a new deal with the Gunners.

Last season Sanchez scored 30 goals in 51 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal. The 28-year-old would be very hard to replace, especially taking into account the fact the Gunners are likely to receive a smaller fee as the months on his contract tick down.

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Holding and Chambers make the England squad for this summer’s U21 Championships 0

Posted on June 06, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s defensive duo Rob Holding and Calum Chambers have both been called up by England manager Aidy Bothroyd for the U21 Championships in Poland. The full list of names can be read here.

Holding, signed from Bolton for £2m last summer, spent a large part of his debut season out of the Arsenal first-team but was recalled successfully with a series of impressive performances before the campaign came to a close.

The 21-year-old, who has made five appearances for the England U21 team, ended up making nine Premier League starts for the Gunners, winning seven, drawing one and losing one. His form late-season even led to him signing a new deal at the club.

Wojciech Szczesny agrees Napoli move 0

Posted on May 30, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojchiech Szczesny is set to leave Gunners for good with a permanent contract offer from Napoli already agreed, according to the reports coming from Italy.

The 27-year-old Polish shot stopper has spent two seasons on loan to Serie A heavyweights AS Roma and is set to stay in Italy with Napoli close to securing his services, Italian media outlet Il Mattino reports.

Szczesny met Napoli officials earlier this month and has already given thumbs up to a three-year deal with the Partenopei, who will now have to negotiate the transfer with Arsenal officials.

Napoli readying Wojciech Szczesny bid 0

Posted on April 21, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojcieh Szczesny is believed to be subject of increased interest from Serie A hot-shots Napoli, La Gazzetta dello Sport has learned.

Partenopei are not thoroughly satisfied with their goalkeeping options and are willing to bring the Arsenal goalkeeper to challenge Pepe Reina for the spot in goal next season.

Napoli’s back-up ‘keepers Rafael Cabral and Luigi Sepe are both likely to leave the club at the end of the season, whereas Spanish shot stopper Pepe Reina has come under heavy criticism this term due to some rather shaky performances.

Koscielny picks up head injury in friendly defeat to Spain 0

Posted on March 28, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny had an eventful outing for the France national team against Spain, giving away a penalty and clashing heads as Les Blues suffered a 2-0 defeat at home. However, the Gunners defender isn’t thought to have sustained any lasting damage that could rule him out of this weekend’s Premier League clash with Manchester City.

In Arsenal’s recent slump, Koscielny has been key to keeping the defence somewhat together. His absence in the Champions League saw the side crumble in both legs of their last-16 tie with Bayern Munich, and the form of partner Shkodran Mustafi has been disappointing alongside him in 2017. Mertesacker is waiting in the wings but is short on match fitness while the athletic Gabriel is error-prone at centre-back.

Detailing the 12 Arsenal players away on international duty 0

Posted on March 21, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have 12 players away on international duty this week which doesn’t help manager Arsene Wenger given he’s been desperate to turn the side’s poor form around but can’t work on training with all the squad.

The Gunners boss is also sweating on the fitness of his two key players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil who are both expected to feature for Chile and Germany respectively despite not being 100%.

So who else is away for the international break?

Time to bring Mertesacker back after the international break? 0

Posted on March 20, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

With Shkodran Mustafi struggling for consistency at the heart of the Arsenal defence this season, supporters have called for club captain Per Mertesacker to be reinstated. The former has looked suspect in recent weeks and such defensive frailties came to a head against West Brom in the weekend defeat. As a result, fans want the leader back in the defence to restore the past resilient partnership with Koscielny.

Wenger: “International break makes it hard to arrest the slide” 0

Posted on March 19, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted the upcoming international break has come at the worst possible time given the side’s woeful run of form. The Gunners recently suffered a 3-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion, their fourth loss in five top-flight outings, and they’ll have to wait until April to play another Premier League game.

Arsenal’s first game back after the break is a home clash with Manchester City who boast the second-best away record this season, and Wenger believes the fortnight wait to return to league action makes his job harder to immediately turn things around. “You find confidence back by working hard. Now, on top of that, the players go away so it will not be easy,” he said.

Elneny likely to be away on international duty until at least February 0

Posted on January 24, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny looks set to be away on international duty for another week as things stand with Egypt on course to reach the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations. The 24-year-old, who signed from FC Basel in January 2016, has made 11 Premier League appearances for the Gunners this season. He last featured against Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day and won’t be returning for Arsenal for a couple of weeks.

Mohamed Elneny joins up with Egypt for the Africa Cup of Nations 0

Posted on January 02, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal will be without midfielder Mohamed Elneny for a number of weeks as the 24-year-old joins the Egypt national team for the African Cup of Nations. The tournament commences on January 14 and could see Elneny unavailable for Arsenal until early February should his side go all the way to the final.

Egypt are joined by Mali, Uganda and Ghana in Group D of the 2017 tournament, their first game coming against Mali on Tuesday, January 17. Elneny is expected to play a key role in the midfield for his country, leaving Arsenal to look to Francis Coquelin as a deep-lying partner for Granit Xhaka.

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