Arsenal drew 2-2 against Manchester United on Wednesday evening at Old Trafford in the 15th round of this season’s Premier League roller coaster, adding game number 20 to their truly impressive unbeaten run. The Gunners led twice, but the home team managed to pull level both times. Shkodran Mustafi gave Arsenal the lead in the 26th minute only to have to cancelled out by Anthony Martial just four minutes later, and the hope for victory briefly reignited by Alexandre Lacazette in the 68th minute was dashed by Jesse Lingard after 60 seconds.
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It was a marvelous day for Arsenal on Sunday.
There are many fierce rivalries in football. Some develop over time between two most successful clubs in a league, but mostly they bear a strong local flavor, wherever this sport takes roots.
The North-London Derby is certainly in that category, and while Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur aren’t exactly two biggest clubs in England (they are certainly big), the bragging rights in the part of the capital north of the river are a huge deal.
Transfer news might be the last thing Arsenal fans want to hear at the moment but we can’t run away from them, especially when they involve some rather tasty players such as Benfica starlet Andrija Zivkovic.
The 21-year-old Serbian winger continues to put in impressive displays for Portuguese champions this season as he hopes to land a regular first-team spot at Benfica.
Former Partizan star managed 12 Primeira Liga appearances thus far and saw the total of 720 minutes of action, including 90 minutes in a comprehensive 5-0 over Maritimo this weekend.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is the talk of the town at the moment with Frenchman being heavily linked with imminent departure following yet another disappointing result.
Back-to-back defeats at the hands of Manchester City – first in the Carabao Cup final last weekend and in the Premier League on Thursday night – have put the Arsenal boss under increasing pressure.
The fans are once again turning against the Premier League’s longest serving manager who could be set for an immediate end to his 22-year tenure at the north London club.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is the longest serving manager in the Premier League.
With a reign nearly two decades long it appears that the Frenchman is finally closing in on the end of his time with the Gunners.
Having failed to guide his team into the Champions League places last season Arsene Wenger survived the pressure only to sign a new two-year contract with the London-based club but he is once again feeling the heat.
Arsenal’s poor display in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City appears to have been the biggest blow this season and with another showdown against the Citizens in place for tonight, all eyes are back on Wenger again.
Following a highly proactive winter Gunners are expected to get back in the business next summer with more signings.
Arsene Wenger landed Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the January transfer window to make a significant boost to Gunners’ attacking line but the Frenchman is now shifting focus to defensive reinforcements.
Arsenal have been linked with a move for Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij but the Netherlands international now looks closest to joining Liverpool.
De Vrij has recently admitted he would not be signing a contract extension with Lazio which prompted speculation about his future but Arsenal have admitted defeat in the race to sign the 26-year-old and shifted their attention to another target.
Arsenal forward Joel Campbell is hoping to stay at Real Betis ‘for many years’ although he acknowledges such a decision is not his to make.
Costa Rica international sealed a season-long loan deal with the La Liga side on transfer deadline day last August although it looked as if he could finally be given a chance to shine at the Emirates.
The 25-year-old played for Sporting Lisbon last season and it’s now looking increasingly likely that he won’t be returning to Arsenal in the future.
Gunners are said to be eyeing Paris Saint-Germain youngster Yacine Adli, according to fresh reports emerging from L’Equipe.
The north London club will face tough competition for the signature of this highly-rated 17-year-old with Barcelona, Manchester City and Juventus all said to be keeping close tabs on him.
Adli is representing the French heavyweights in the UEFA Youth League this season where he’s made a string of compelling performances in an attacking midfield position. The young star made 11 appearances for PSG in this competition, adding one goal in the process.
Arsenal are looking to revitalize the backline this summer and are said to be looking towards Newcastle to boost their defensive options.
Gunners have done well to reinforce the front lines of their squad over the past two transfer windows but their defensive frailties are once again exposed and Arsene Wenger is keen to bolster his backline at the end of the season.
According to the reports coming from Daily Star, Arsenal have set their sights on Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles who has gone through a steady rise to prominence ever since he had been handed a skipper’s armband 18 months ago.
Jack Wilshere’s future is once again one of the hottest talking points.
The rejuvenated midfielder is heading towards free agency as contract talks over a new deal continue to be dragged on. Wilshere spoke with Arsene Wenger over an extension back in December but an agreement has yet to be made.
Arsenal made an offer in January but Wilshere was not content with a proposed deal that reportedly included a cut to his basic wage but instead compensated on a difference with a number of performance-related bonuses.