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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,”

Arsenal in advanced talks to sign another goalkeeper 0

Posted on July 23, 2018 by David Nugent

According to Spanish sports publication Marca, Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign Switzerland international goalkeeper Yann Sommer from Borussia Monchengladbach this summer.

Too many goalkeepers

The Swiss star’s arrival would make the goalkeeping situation in north London very interesting. The Gunners already had two international goalkeepers at the club in Petr Cech and David Ospina before the summer arrival of Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen.

If the Gunners did manage to sign Sommer, Ospina and Cech would both leave the club in the summer. One of the pair is already set to leave the club, with the other staying and likely being number two to new arrival Leno.

Prediction: Sweden vs Switzerland 0

Posted on July 02, 2018 by Harry Kettle

Prediction: Sweden win

Best Odds: 21/10

Bookmaker: bet365

There are few things that satisfy 90% of football fans but seeing big teams fall in international tournaments in favour of unfancied nations certainly falls into that category. As we continue on through the Round of 16, which has already given us a phenomenal selection of games, it’ll be interesting to see how some of these countries navigate their way through the knockouts. One game, in particular, that intrigues us is the upcoming showdown between Sweden and Switzerland.

Prediction: Serbia vs Switzerland 0

Posted on June 21, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

Prediction: Total goals over 2.5

Best odds: 8/5

Bookmaker: Ladbrokes, Coral.

On Monday evening, Serbia and Switzerland will confront each other in the second round of group E of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Both teams achieved satisfactory results in the opening round as Serbia beat Costa Rica by 1-0, courtesy of a superb free-kick by Aleksandar Kolarov, and the Swiss held off Brazil to a 1-1 draw with Steven Zuber’s header cancelling out Philippe Coutinho’s long-range stunner.

Prediction: Brazil v Costa Rica 1

Posted on June 20, 2018 by David Nugent

Verdict: Brazil win

Best Odds: 2/9

Bookmaker: Coral

On Friday afternoon, one of the World Cup favourites Brazil faces Costa Rica in their second Group E game, as the Selecao look to get back to winning ways in Russia. Their opponents cannot afford defeat or could face an exit from the competition.

Brazil

Brazil dazzled in the early stages of their opener against Switzerland. However, the Selecao dropped the pace and the game ended 1-1 after a highly disciplined performance from the European side.

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.

Prediction: Brazil vs Switzerland 0

Posted on June 16, 2018 by Harry Kettle

Prediction: Brazil win

Best Odds: 2/5

Bookmaker: bet365

The 2018 FIFA World Cup has already thrown up a series of shocking moments and great goals, and we’re only just getting started. Over the next few days or so every single team in the tournament will play their first game in Russia, with one of the more notable encounters being Brazil vs Switzerland. The five-time world champions are expected to ease their way through this group and into the knockout stages, whereas the Swiss are being tipped to follow the South Americans through to the Round of 16.

What can be expected of Stephan Lichtsteiner? 0

Posted on June 04, 2018 by Veselin Trajkovic

On Sunday evening, Spain welcomed Switzerland for a friendly game as the 32 national teams prepare to embark upon the World Cup in Russia that starts next week.

With Arsenal set to finalize the deal to sign Stephan Lichsteiner, there is very little doubt that the likes of Unai Emery, Ivan Gazidis, Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi will already know everything there is to know about the player. However, this particular game offered some useful insight into what the fans can expect from the 34-year-old fullback. It would certainly have been better if we had the chance to see Granit Xhaka alongside him, but the Arsenal midfielder is still battling against time to be fit for the upcoming tournament.

Wilshere: ‘Xhaka is a leader who can hold the midfield together’ 0

Posted on July 27, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was full of praise for Granit Xhaka, describing the summer signing as a ‘leader’ and the man capable of kick-starting attacks for the Gunners, while providing the defensive protection. Xhaka was brought in from Borussia Monchengladbach for around £30M, and Wilshere believes the money was well spent from how difficult he found playing against him in the past.

“I’ve played against him a few times at youth level for England and also for the first team with England so I know him quite well. I’ve always thought he was a good player, he’s very strong and has got a good left foot. He’s a leader, he can hold the midfield together and can get things going from back to front. He’s a good signing,” said Wilshere.

Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka misses penalty as Switzerland crash out of Euro 2016 0

Posted on June 26, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s new midfielder Granit Xhaka missed a penalty as his Switzerland side suffered elimination to Poland in a shootout. Poland’s Jakub Blaszczykowski opened the scoring for the favourites, but saw his goal cancelled out late on by a screamer of an effect from Xherdan Shaqiri.

Penalties ensued after the two sides remained inseparable at extra time, and Xhaka was the one who missed to cost his side a place in the quarter-finals. “He’s disappointed, but that’s football and mistakes can happen. I think Granit is very professional and he can cope with it. He will stand up again,” said international teammate Xherdan Shaqiri.



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