We all have players that we hate and sometimes outright despise in the world of football, and that, to an extent, is a bit too silly when you really think about it. Sure, we may not like some of the things they do both on and off the pitch, but at the end of the day they’re just trying to do their best (most of the time) for the badge on the shirt.
When Lacazette is playing at the top of his game, he’s one of the best strikers in the Premier League and it really is that simple. The Frenchman gives 110% every time he’s out there, and hopefully, he’s still got enough confidence to take him through a full season in the Premier League.
There have been too many near misses and too many mistakes to warrant keeping him at the club. Mesut Ozil has been a controversial figure in the last few years, and getting rid of him now would be a massive statement – but in a good way. Arsenal need the best of the best within their ranks, and this man doesn’t fit into that category in 2019.
Arsenal lost the Europa League final to Chelsea in pretty humiliating fashion last night, to the point where a lot of fans probably couldn’t quite believe what they were seeing. Aside from Alex Iwobi’s goal there was nothing to really shout about for the Gunners, in a game where they just kind of collapsed on themselves. It’s disappointing, to say the least, but at this stage we really shouldn’t be all too surprised.
According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal are set to offer young French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi a new contract worth around £75,000 per week, which would double his salary in north London.
The youngster has made a promising start to his Gunners career after a move to the Gunners from homeland club Lorient for a fee of around £7million plus bonuses.
This is a strange move
I have to say I don’t understand why the Gunners are handing him a new contract so soon after joining. The youngster still has three years on his current contract to run, so why double his wages?
Arsenal will move to secure the futures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette by giving them fresh contracts, according to Daily Mail.
Both strikers starred in Arsenal’s two-leg triumph over Valencia in the Europa League semifinal, but that only confirmed what has been obvious for a long time; that their contribution is immensely important for this Arsenal side. Recognizing that, the club will look to make sure they don’t go anywhere any time soon.
Mesut Ozil intends to stay at Arsenal to the end of his contract, his agent has revealed.
Speaking to Turkish-Football.com, as relayed by Sky Sports, Dr Erkut Sogut was adamant that the attacking midfielder will honor the remaining two years on his current contract, and the reason for such a strong resolve is – because he “bleeds Arsenal”.
According to the Daily Express, Arsenal boss Unai Emery will attempt to sell attacking midfielders Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan this summer. Both have previously been linked with exits.
However, as they are two of the highest earners at the club and funds are tight as Emery attempts to rebuild a fragile Gunners squad.
Both enjoyed mixed fortunes at Arsenal
It would be hard to say that either Ozil or Mkhitaryan have been roaring success in north London. Ozil is such a mercurial character, obviously talented. However, the biggest frustration with the playmaker is that we have seen what he can do when on form.
With Aaron Ramsey, Petr Cech and Danny Welbeck leaving Arsenal next month, there may be more players walking towards the exit door after them. The stance that the squad isn’t of sufficient quality to compete for the top of the Premier League and that an overhaul is badly needed can hardly be argued against at this point, especially given that the Gunners failed to beat Brighton and Hove Albion at the Emirates on Sunday and have practically lost all hope of finishing within the top four.
Arsenal succumbed to defeat at the hands of Everton on Sunday as the Toffees took the lead in the 10th minute through their former captain Phil Jagielka, who had only come into the starting XI at the last possible moment to fill in for the ill Michael Keane. The Merseysiders then held out for the rest of the game and condemned Arsenal to remain in fourth place, a point behind bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
It was a frustrating affair altogether. Everton’s winning goal came after a foul throw-in as Lucas Digne clearly stepped over the touchline while taking it, but there’s no hiding from the fact that the throw-in was well designed by Everton and poorly defended by Arsenal.
There has been plenty of talk in the media of late linking Arsenal with a summer move for Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser, who has not exactly distanced himself from a switch to north London.
In fact, the Scot is quoted by the Daily Star as saying “I’m not going to lie, it’s very nice. It means you are doing something right,”
“They are a huge club, a massive club. When you see your name thrown around you always think to yourself that you are a Bournemouth player and you try to do well.