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Arsenal once again linked with move for Barcelona forward 0

Posted on August 01, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal are once again being linked with a big-money move for Barcelona’s highly-rated France international forward Ousmane Dembele. According to Football London, Arsenal’s head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has made contact with Barcelona about the forward’s availability.

A loan move could be realistic

It seems highly unlikely that Arsenal are going to secure the young forward on a permanent deal, as the Gunners have reportedly already spent their very limited. Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has also ruled out a permanent exit for the France international.

Prediction: France v Argentina 0

Posted on June 29, 2018 by David Nugent

Verdict: France win

Best odds:29/20

Bookmakers: Bet365

On Saturday afternoon, France and Argentina clash in the first knockout game of World Cup 2018. The two teams produced highly contrasting displays in the group stages, but will both see the quarter-finals as a realistic aim.


France made it through to the knockout stages with very little fuss, beating Australia and Peru, while drawing with Denmark in their final group game. However, there is a sense that Didier Deschamps team are still performing within themselves in Russia.

Prediction: Nigeria v Argentina 0

Posted on June 25, 2018 by David Nugent

Verdict: Argentina win

Best odds: 11/20

Bookmakers: Bet365

On Tuesday night, the complicated Group D of the World Cup reaches matchday three, as Nigeria and Argentina go head-to-head Saint Petersburg. A draw could be enough to see the African side make the knockout stages, while nothing but a win will see the South American giants make the last 16.


Following an opening game 2-0 defeat against group leaders Croatia, Nigeria recorded a 2-0 win over Iceland in their last outing to put their chances of qualifying for the knockout stages back in their hands.

Prediction Argentina v Croatia 0

Posted on June 19, 2018 by David Nugent

Verdict: Draw

Best Odds: 12/5

Bookmakers: Bet365

On Thursday night, Argentina and Croatia clash in a potentially crucial clash in Group D of the World Cup. A win for either side could be pivotal in deciding who makes the knockout stages of the group.

Both sides head into this clash unbeaten in five World Cup games, including qualifiers, so this could be a tight encounter.


Argentina headed into World Cup 2018 with a number of concerns surrounding their team. Many of those concerns were confirmed in their opening match, as La Albiceleste drew 1-1 with Iceland after Lionel Messi saw a penalty saved.

Arsenal interested in Antoine Griezmann 0

Posted on August 24, 2016 by David Nugent

According to Sqwawka via the Daily Telegraph, Arsenal were interested in signing Atletico Madrid and France forward Antoine Griezmann earlier this summer. There were even claims that Arsenal were willing to pay £60million for the striker.

Jesus whose football fantasy is this?

Arsenal were interested in Griezmann were they? Were they also interested in raiding Barcelona for Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez or Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo as well?

This story sounds like the stuff of fantasy or fantasy football. Of course, Arsenal were interested in the striker, but they were never going to realistically make a move for the striker. The Gunners need a top striker this summer, but top strikers cost top money.

Barcelona record comfortable win over Arsenal 0

Posted on March 16, 2016 by David Nugent

Arsenal were defeated 3-1 by Barcelona on Wednesday night in the second leg of their last-16 Champions League clash, which means the north London side exited the competition 5-1 on aggregate.

The Gunners had the first shot on goal on three minutes, as Danny Welbeck saw an effort on-goal blocked by Javier Mascherano. The visitors also had the next shot on goal on ten minutes. Mesut Ozil curled an effort from 25 yards out wide of Marc Ter-Stegen’s goal.

Arsenal’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny fired an effort wide of goal from 25 yards out went wide of Ter Stegen’s far post on 15 minutes.

No shame in losing to Barcelona for Arsenal 1

Posted on February 24, 2016 by David Nugent

I have to say for much of Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat against Barcelona on Tuesday night I thought that the Gunners produced a decent performance. However, when you play against a team as good as Barcelona, you have to be switched on all the time.

Lionel Messi’s brace has rendered the second leg an almost formality. According to Arsene Wenger Barcelona are ’95 per cent’ of progressing to the last eight.

Beaten by a team with better players

This tie was always going to be highly difficult for Arsenal to negotiate. The Gunners were never going to be handed a nice draw in the last-16 of the competition simply because they struggled to finish second in their group.

Messi double downs the Gunners 0

Posted on February 23, 2016 by David Nugent

Despite battling bravely Arsenal suffered a 2-0 defeat against Barcelona in the Champions League last-16 first leg at the Emirates Stadium, as Lionel Messi scored a second half brace.

Arsenal had the first attempt on goal on eight minutes, as Aaron Ramsey saw an effort on goal by Javier Mascherano. The Gunners had the second attempt on goal on 22 minutes. Mesut Ozil cut the ball back to Hector Bellerin whose effort was blocked by a Barcelona defender, only for the ball to fall to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the winger shot straight at Marc Ter-Stegen.

Arsenal v Barcelona Champions League Preview 0

Posted on February 22, 2016 by David Nugent

Premier League Arsenal host European champions Barcelona at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night in the Champions League last-16 first leg. It seems the Premier League club faces a difficult challenge in making the quarter-finals against the formidable Catalans.

Arsenal made hard work of qualifying for the knockout stages after suffering defeats against Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos in their opening group games. However they made it through to the last 16 by winning their last two games at home to Zagreb and away at Olympiakos.

A standard season for Arsenal really 0

Posted on December 15, 2015 by David Nugent

It seems that not much changes at Arsenal. It seems every season the Gunners look like Premier League title contenders, but then miss out while going out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage.

The inevitably difficult draw that saw the Gunners paired with European champions Barcelona was the price the Gunners had to play for complacency in the group stage. Like every season though, the journey may have been different, but the destination is likely to be the same.

Unlikely to qualify

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