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Arsenal star talks about ‘taking the next step’ in his career 0

Posted on March 23, 2019 by David Nugent

Arsenal central midfielder Granit Xhaka has raised question marks over his future with the club in an interview with a publication in his homeland.

In part of the interview with newspaper Tagblatt, Xhaka is quoted as saying: “I’m very ambitious, I want to take the next step, Arsenal does not have to be the last stop,”

Typical interview on an international break

This is typical of what the foreign press tends to do when players are back in their country on international duty. They tend to take their opportunity to stir the pot, as it were and encourage players to say things they probably would not to the British press.

David Alaba talks about his love of Arsenal 0

Posted on March 22, 2019 by David Nugent

Highly-rated Bayern Munich and Austria star David Alaba has been talking about his childhood love of Arsenal. An interview given to German publication Bild has led to speculation linking the 26-year-old with a switch to the Emirates Stadium.

Talked about Spain and England

In his interview with Bild, Alaba said: “I can imagine trying something else but I really feel very comfortable at Bayern.

“Every year there a new challenges and new objectives and the pressure will always be there. I’m happy in Munich but of course, I can imagine seeing something else. Spain, England. In Spain it would be the two big clubs, I guess? Real or Barcelona. Also the big clubs [in England].”

Lichtsteiner unsure of Arsenal future 0

Posted on March 22, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Stephan Lichtsteiner is uncertain of staying at Arsenal past the upcoming transfer window.

The experienced Swiss defender arrived to the Emirates last summer from Juventus as a free agent to boost the options for the newly appointed manager Unai Emery, and at the time it certainly seemed like a shrewd piece of business for both the club and the player.

However, his performances in the absence of Hector Bellerin have been rather poor, occasionally bordering on catastrophic. His errors have been known to lead to goals conceded, and turned out rather costly for Arsenal in terms of points. Emery has therefore recently preferred to use centre-back Shkodran Mustafi as the right-back, knowing full well that he would be sacrificing attacking input from the right flank in order to gain some defensive stability.

The Dubai positives 0

Posted on March 22, 2019 by Harry Kettle

Wouldn’t it be nice in the middle of the working year to jet off to Dubai for a few days? The answer is yes and if you say otherwise, then we’d be forced to question your sanity. Anyway, that’s the position this Arsenal squad find themselves in as they enjoy a quick break away in the sunshine (well, more like impossible humidity, but still).

A lot of fans have questioned the logic behind this kind of ‘holiday’, even though it isn’t really a holiday, because they want to know why this type of thing is happening outside of pre-season. We can somewhat understand the logic behind that, but we also think there are a few positives here that people aren’t really picking up on – or simply don’t want to pick up on.

The Monreal dilemma 0

Posted on March 22, 2019 by Harry Kettle

It’s never a smart idea to write off players prior to them actually retiring, because let’s face it, we’ve all been proven wrong in one way or another over the years. Whether it be due to a late career resurgence or a veteran player suddenly losing his mojo, you truly never know what is waiting around the next corner. So, with that in mind, we want to try and be a little bit conservative when it comes to discussing the Nacho Monreal dilemma.

Overmars extends Ajax contract 0

Posted on March 21, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Following Monchi’s decision to return to Sevilla rather than come to north London, former Arsenal winger Marc Overmars became the favorite for the role of technical director at the club. However, the Dutchman has now picked a different option as well, rubbing salt in Arsenal’s wounds.

“There are still plenty of challenges at Ajax and I’m having a good time here,” said Overmars, as quoted by the BBC.

“We are taking steps with both the youth academy and the first team and we still want to show a lot.”

Arsenal’s 23-man squad for Dubai camp 0

Posted on March 21, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has taken his players on a trip to Dubai, where they are set to have a warm-weather training camp.

He has taken 23 of his players on the trip as he tries to take advantage of the international break to make the last preparations for the final stage of the season. The Gunners currently sit in fourth place with 60 points from 30 games to their name, one less than Tottenham Hotspur in third, two more than Manchester United in fifth, and three more than Chelsea in sixth. With eight rounds to go, it’s going to be a very interesting battle for places three and four which lead to the Champions League next season. Liverpool and Manchester City are long gone up front as they battle it out for the Premier League title.

International break plans 0

Posted on March 21, 2019 by Harry Kettle

The international break is considered to be a massive, massive pain by a lot of people, and we haven’t really decided what camp we fall into yet. The qualifiers are important but it does kind of bring the momentum of domestic football to a big stop, which then needs to be started up again pretty quickly. With that being said, we do think there are some positives to international football taking over for a little bit – with the primary one being that domestic football fans can actually enjoy a break for once.

Wenger wanted Ancelotti? 0

Posted on March 21, 2019 by Harry Kettle

Pretty soon it’ll be a year since Arsene Wenger left Arsenal, in a move that many fans had seen coming for quite some time now. After a few poor years in charge it felt like a change of pace was needed, and that was pretty much a unanimous decision amongst fans and media members alike. Since then Unai Emery has taken over as the new boss at the Emirates, and while there have certainly been some bumpy moments along the way, we’d say that things have gone pretty well up to this point.

Aubameyang has a good chance of winning the Golden Boot 0

Posted on March 21, 2019 by David Nugent

The international break gives us a chance to reflect on what has happened so far this season at Arsenal. The Gunners are enjoying a promising campaign and at the heart of that campaign has been the goals of Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The former Dortmund striker has been a prolific scorer of goals since his days playing for Saint-Etienne in Ligue One. Since then he has been prolific for both Dortmund and Arsenal.

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