It’s almost time to dive head first into domestic football once again, and by almost time, we mean that there’s still a month or so to go – but we’re still pretty excited. Arsenal haven’t made all too many moves in the summer transfer window just yet but we somehow feel like that’s going to change at some point in the not so distant future, so for now, we’re just going to put all of that talk to one side.
Boxing Day – Bournemouth (A)
Heading down to the south coast on Boxing Day isn’t going to be ideal, but we aren’t exactly expecting Bournemouth to do much next season. They’ll probably be down in the relegation mix, whereas Arsenal, by this point, should be right in the hunt for a place in the top four. This should be another win, no questions asked.
Chelsea Home – December 28th
The Premier League fixture list for 2018/19 has been officially released, and that means one thing: it’s time to get excited. The Premier League is considered by many to be the premier form of football entertainment throughout the domestic game, and in truth, it’s kind of difficult to argue with that thought process.
Of course, one of the primary reasons we believe that is because of Arsenal, despite how much they’ve let us down over the course of the last few months. The Gunners will be returning to Premier League action in August, which in itself is a pretty exciting prospect. After reading through every single fixture on the list we’ve decided to pick out some of the most important dates, so that you can remember to skip your own wedding in order to get to Sheffield United away. We’re only partly joking.
According to the Express, Everton are the favourites to sign Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck this summer. The report claims that the Merseysider’s are prepared to hand the 28-year-old a contract worth around £100,000 per-week this summer.
Welbeck is of course out of contract with the Gunners this summer and will leave the club on a free transfer.
Endured an injury-hit stint at Arsenal
Danny Welbeck’s Arsenal career has been injury plagued. The England international has spent five years with the north London club but has never really managed to nail down a regular starting spot at the club.
As I wrote yesterday’s article about Petr Cech’s return to former club Chelsea this summer as sporting director, I realised the gravity of the situation ahead of the Europa League final next Wednesday between Arsenal and the Blues.
Petr Cech is only human
It seems almost certain that Petr Cech is returning to his former club. There is nothing wrong with that, he enjoyed the best years of his football career at Chelsea. He obviously has a great affinity with the club from south west London.
According to Sky Sports, veteran Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech is returning to former club Chelsea this summer after he brings down the curtain on his trophy-laden career. The former Czech Republic international will become the Blues new sporting director.
Cech enjoyed his best years at Chelsea
Petr Cech enjoyed the best years of his football career at Chelsea, winning every trophy there was to win with the Blues in the club game. The 37-year-old was regarded as the best goalkeeper in the world while at Stamford Bridge.
According to the Standard, all six of last season’s Premier League top-six are monitoring the situation of Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser. The Scottish international’s contract expires in the summer of 2020 and noises coming out of the stars camp suggest that he wants to move on.
Arsenal have of course been heavily linked with a move for Fraser, who the Cherries rated in the £30million-bracket.
Competition for Fraser
The notion of all the top-six being interested in signing Fraser is a strange one. The winger enjoyed an impressive campaign for Bournemouth, scoring seven goals and producing 14 assists in the Premier League.
Europa League (cont.)
The knockout stages wound up being much more difficult than anyone could’ve anticipated, and when we say difficult, we mean BATE Borisov and Rennes just wouldn’t lie down. They did it a really great job of holding firm and pushing Arsenal all the way, and they deserve to be applauded for that. Then, in the big games against Napoli and Valencia, the Gunners proved once again that they can mix it up with the best of them when called upon. Now, one final showdown with Chelsea awaits – and there’s no reason to believe they can’t get the job done.
We’re of the belief that Arsenal have had an interesting season, and in truth, interesting is one of the best neutral words we can think to use. We’ve said it time and time again since the Premier League campaign came to an end, but here it is again: some things were good, and some were bad. It’s not like we get off on sitting on the fence or anything, either, because in many ways we actually aren’t sitting on the fence. Quite the opposite, in fact.
According to the Daily Express, Atletico Madrid are planning a big-money summer move for Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette. The French forward has been a vital player for the Gunners this season for both goals and assists.
Atletico looking for a Griezmann
Atletico Madrid look set to lose French World Cup winner Antoine Griezmann this summer, as a release clause in his contract of around a reported £104million becomes active on July 1st.
Griezmann has already revealed that he will leave the club from the Spanish capital this summer after five years. Reportedly he has already agreed a deal to sign to La Liga rivals Barcelona, who came close to signing the forward last summer.