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The Guendouzi issue 0

Posted on February 24, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

You’ve probably heard or read somewhere by now that there were some disciplinary issues with Matteo Guendouzi during Arsenal’s winter-break trip to Dubai, after which the midfielder was dropped for the Newcastle encounter. In his weekly column for The Athletic, David Ornstein has thrown some light on what happened there.

Apparently, Guendouzi was involved in a row with another player (whom Ornstein doesn’t name), after which manager Mikel Arteta spoke sharply to both culprits. However, it was Guendouzi who received a stronger reprimand, with Arteta perceiving him as the more guilty party.

Arsenal to head for Dubai during the break 0

Posted on February 03, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal are heading for a warm-weather training camp in Dubai during the winter break from games, according to David Ornstein of The Athletic.

The team will officially fly out on Thursday, and until then the players have been given leave to go wherever they want and do whatever takes their fancy, providing they are at the base in Dubai by Thursday evening and ready to start training on Friday morning.

The change of scenery comes from manager Mikel Arteta’s idea to get his players to bond and continue working in a relaxed atmosphere. To that end, the boss has suggested the players take their wives, children or girlfriends with them, and one evening he will organize a get-together for an informal dinner for all of them.

Arsenal to sack Emery 0

Posted on November 29, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

As reported exclusively by the ever-reliable David Ornstein of The Athletic, Arsenal are likely to part ways with head coach Unai Emery today (Friday).

The Spaniard has been in charge of the team for 18 months, and it’s fair to say that no tangible progress has been made in that time. He failed to improve on the results of the last stretch of Arsene Wenger’s reign and qualify for the Champions League. He had been backed in the transfer market during the summer window. The season started well enough, losing only once in the opening 11 games in all competitions, but the wagon soon started rolling downhill.

Sacking Emery a matter of time – Ornstein 0

Posted on November 26, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

David Ornstein, formerly of BBC and now writing for the Athletic, believes it’s only a matter of time before Arsenal part ways with manager Unai Emery.

The club have backed the boss on a few occasions when he cane under fire due to poor results this season, but Ornstein says that the messages coming out of the club are now different. On a podcast the respected journalist did for his current employers, together with Mark Chapman, he said that things looked as it was now ‘a matter of when, rather than if’, but it would still depend on the immediate results.

Arsenal still behind Emery ‘100%’ 0

Posted on November 10, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal bosses are still behind manager Unai Emery and will not give in to ‘noises’, according to David Ornstein of The Athletic, formerly of BBC.

The Spaniard has come under heavy fire from the public, both the supporters and football pundits, with most of the faith in his coaching ability gone after the latest string of disappointing results, as well as the situation surrounding the Granit Xhaka incident. Most notable among those results are the draws which were the consequences of leads wasted, and of course, the defeat at the hands of Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

“I’m going nowhere” – Ozil 0

Posted on October 17, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

There has been a lot of talk about the situation in which Mesut Ozil finds himself at the moment. The 31-year-old has played only two times this season, and many believe his time at Arsenal is all but over. Some are saying the reason behind it is that he doesn’t fit in with manager Unai Emery’s tactical ideas, while others,the club’s head of football Raul Sanllehi being one of them, claim he isn’t putting enough effort in training.

However, the player himself feels differently. Speaking exclusively to David Ornstein, formerly of BBC and now with The Athletic, Ozil said that when talking to people in the streets, he always makes it clear he isn’t going anywhere because this is his home.

Arsenal to complete Saliba signing 0

Posted on July 10, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal are set to complete the signing of William Saliba from Saint-Etienne, according to David Ornstein of the BBC, arguably the most reliable journalist when in comes to the Gunners.

The fee that will see the 18-year-old centre-back become an Arsenal player is set at €30 million (around £27 million) which the club will be paying in installments. In that way they will ensure that the transfer doesn’t bear much influence on their budget for this summer’s window of around £45 million.

Ramsey signs Juventus pre-contract agreement – Confirmed 0

Posted on February 11, 2019 by Veselin Trajkovic

Aaron Ramsey has today signed a pre-contract agreement with Juventus which will see him join the Italian giants once his contract with Arsenal expires in the summer, multiple sources have reported.

Even before this piece of information broke out, a move away from the Emirates looked almost certain, ever since Arsenal pulled out of the negotiations over a new deal and withdrew the offer that was on the table. As of yet, no club official (or anyone from Ramsey’s camp for that matter) has come out with a statement as to why the talks fell through. Of course, with the public bereft of anything substantial, a large number of media outlets came forth with conclusions of their own, mostly spinning around the assumption that the Welshman demanded wages in the region of that of Mesut Ozil, by far the highest paid player in the squad.

Arsenal unlikely to replace Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer 0

Posted on August 31, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to BBC Sport’s David Ornstein, Arsenal won’t sign a replacement for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain when the 24-year-old officially joins Liverpool, reports the Express.

Supporters will have been hoping the club had a contingency plan in mind when the English international made the move to Anfield, but it appears Arsenal don’t have the money.

It’s a big blow and is likely to further sour the mood among fans towards the board and manager as this summer’s transfer window hasn’t turned out as they’d liked.



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