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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.

Arsenal linked with a move for Manchester United star 0

Posted on March 20, 2019 by David Nugent

According to the father and agent of Manchester United star Antonio Valencia, Arsenal are a summer option for the Ecuadorian this summer. Luis Valencia has revealed that his son will definitely leave the Red Devils in the summer when his contract in Manchester expires.

Valencia has many summer options

Valencia senior told Ecuadorian El Universo: “He definitely will not continue in Manchester. He wants a change in the air and the club is not going to renew him either. Like everything in life, everything comes to an end.”

Hector Bellerin will be a big loss to Arsenal 0

Posted on January 21, 2019 by David Nugent

Arsenal are waiting on news of the severity of the injury picked up by Hector Bellerin in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Chelsea. The full-back went down holding his knee and the fears are that the injury is a serious one that will sideline him until at least the end of the season.

Bellerin is due to have a scan which will tell the north London club more about the injury and how long he will be sidelined. The 23-year-old had only just returned to the team after injury.

Emery needs funds – Wright 0

Posted on December 31, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Having spent six years with Crystal Palace, Ian Wright joined Arsenal in 1991, where he would spend the following seven seasons. He made a total of 288 appearances and scored 185 goals in all competitions for the Gunners, and many consider him to be a true Arsenal legend. Currently working as a television pundit for BBC, BT Sport and ITV Sport, the former striker spoke his mind about what he saw on Saturday at Anfield.

Wright was far from impressed by the individual displays in various areas of the pitch, and it is his belief that Arsenal need to acquire upgrades on three or four members of the team that started the game against Liverpool.

Emery speaks ahead of Europa League opener 0

Posted on September 19, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal are set to face Ukranian side Vorskla at the Emirates in their first European game of the season on Thursday evening, and manager Unai Emery spoke to the press ahead of the clash.

Changes in the team?

Although, like every season, Arsenal play in four competitions, the best 11 players will take to the pitch as the manager believes it’s all about improving both tactically and individually at this point. It seemed as Emery was announcing a line-up pretty much the same as the one he’s been fielding in the Premier League, but then he made things a bit clearer.

Lichtsteiner’s bold claim 0

Posted on September 11, 2018 by Harry Kettle

Over the course of the summer Arsenal brought in a series of players in order to try and bolster their ranks ahead of the new season. Some were more notable than others, with arguably the biggest ‘name’ so to speak being Stephan Lichtsteiner. The defender has done a solid enough job during his first few weeks with the Gunners, while not quite being able to get as much game time as he initially desired, and he’ll be hoping that he can continue to fight for his place as the months go on.

Lichtsteiner’s presence at Arsenal can help Hector Bellerin 0

Posted on September 11, 2018 by David Nugent

When veteran Switzerland international Stephan Lichtsteiner joined Arsenal from Juventus as a free agent in the summer, most Gunners fans assumed that he would be back-up for first-choice right-back Hector Bellerin.

Expecting competition

True to form, that is what has happened, as the new arrival has played just 55 minutes as a substitute in the Gunners season opener against Manchester City. The 34-year-old was expecting to compete with Bellerin for the right-back spot.

He told the Standard: “I could have changed to five other clubs in the summer, knowing that I would certainly play 47 out of 50 serious matches,”

Lichtsteiner receives criticism 0

Posted on June 18, 2018 by Harry Kettle

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is in full swing, and we’ve already seen plenty of surprising results. Argentina were held to a draw by Iceland, reigning champions Germany were defeated by Mexico, and last night, Switzerland managed to grab a point from their opener against favourites Brazil. Despite that, however, new Arsenal signing Stephan Lichtsteiner’s performance wasn’t received particularly well by pundits and fans alike.

Many thought that he was slow to read the ball, didn’t deal with pressure all that well and looked out of place. Gunners legend Ian Wright has defended the 34-year-old in the wake of the criticism, stating that he was facing an uphill battle when going head to head with Brazil’s fantastic attacking options.

Xhaka signs new deal 0

Posted on June 16, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Granit Xhaka has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal, the club have confirmed on their official website.

The future of the midfielder was somewhat uncertain after the departure of Arsene Wenger, but the man who has replaced the Frenchman has assured the Swiss international that he will remain an important player for the team.

Xhaka joined Arsenal from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2016, and so far he has made 94 appearances and scored seven goals for the Gunners from his role in central midfield. A relentless player, packing a powerful shot and boasting great passing range and vision, and his new deal is nothing but excellent news for Arsenal as they strive to overcome the difficulties that come with being in transition.

No surprises on Arsenal’s retained list 0

Posted on June 09, 2018 by David Nugent

There were few surprises on Arsenal’s yearly retained list. The biggest players moving on are German defender Per Mertesacker and Santi Cazorla.

Mertesacker revealed earlier in the season that he would retire this summer and will take up the role of academy boss. Cazorla has endured a nightmare 18 months through injuries and has re-joined former club, Villarreal.

The other players released from their Gunners contracts are Marc Bola, Alexander Crean, Aaron Eyoma, Ryan Huddart, Chiori Johnson, Hugo Keto and Tafari Moore. None of the youngster’s exits will have an effect on the Unai Emery’s first-team plans.



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