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Arsenal star talks about ‘taking the next step’ in his career 0

Posted on March 23, 2019 by David Nugent

Arsenal central midfielder Granit Xhaka has raised question marks over his future with the club in an interview with a publication in his homeland.

In part of the interview with newspaper Tagblatt, Xhaka is quoted as saying: “I’m very ambitious, I want to take the next step, Arsenal does not have to be the last stop,”

Typical interview on an international break

This is typical of what the foreign press tends to do when players are back in their country on international duty. They tend to take their opportunity to stir the pot, as it were and encourage players to say things they probably would not to the British press.

David Alaba talks about his love of Arsenal 0

Posted on March 22, 2019 by David Nugent

Highly-rated Bayern Munich and Austria star David Alaba has been talking about his childhood love of Arsenal. An interview given to German publication Bild has led to speculation linking the 26-year-old with a switch to the Emirates Stadium.

Talked about Spain and England

In his interview with Bild, Alaba said: “I can imagine trying something else but I really feel very comfortable at Bayern.

“Every year there a new challenges and new objectives and the pressure will always be there. I’m happy in Munich but of course, I can imagine seeing something else. Spain, England. In Spain it would be the two big clubs, I guess? Real or Barcelona. Also the big clubs [in England].”

Wenger wanted Ancelotti? 0

Posted on March 21, 2019 by Harry Kettle

Pretty soon it’ll be a year since Arsene Wenger left Arsenal, in a move that many fans had seen coming for quite some time now. After a few poor years in charge it felt like a change of pace was needed, and that was pretty much a unanimous decision amongst fans and media members alike. Since then Unai Emery has taken over as the new boss at the Emirates, and while there have certainly been some bumpy moments along the way, we’d say that things have gone pretty well up to this point.

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.”

Denis Suarez has no future at Arsenal 0

Posted on March 19, 2019 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Express, Arsenal’s Barcelona loanee Denis Suarez will return to the Catalan capital this summer after failing to hit the heights expected of him in north London. This will be a blow to Barcelona, who are keen to offload the midfielder.

Struggled to have an impact at Arsenal

Suarez only joined the Gunners on loan in January and was expected to thrive under boss Unai Emery, who he had previously with at Sevilla. The midfielder has shown potential in flashes at Sevilla and Villarreal.

Rivals struggles encouraging for Arsenal 0

Posted on March 18, 2019 by David Nugent

Arsenal head into the international break in fourth place in the Premier League table. It is a good position for the Gunners to find themselves in at this stage of the season. Unai Emery’s side also has a favourable run in. One other factor that is encouraging is the fact that their nearest rivals are suddenly struggling for form in the Premier League. Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat at Everton yesterday was an unexpected bonus, especially as Maurizio Sarri’s side dominated the first half at Goodison Park.

Arsenal linked with a move for Spanish star 0

Posted on March 17, 2019 by David Nugent

According to Spanish Publication Sport, Arsenal are competing with Manchester City to sign Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo this summer. The 23-year-old has been in great form this season, scoring three times and producing seven assists in his 42 appearances for the Eagles this season. His form over the last few seasons has attracted interest from a number of Europe’s top clubs.

Grimaldo has a good pedigree

Grimaldo is a product of Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy and was just 15 when he made his debut for the Catalan giants B team back in 2011. Despite being highly-rated, Grimaldo struggled to get into Barcelona’s first team. In fact, he never made a senior La Liga appearance for Barcelona, as he was competing with Spanish full-back mainstay Jordi Alba for a starting spot at the Catalan club.

Arsenal linked with a move for Monchi 0

Posted on March 16, 2019 by David Nugent

According to the Metro, Arsenal set to offer former Roma sporting director Monchi a three-year contract worth £2.5million per week. The Spaniard left the club from Rome last week along with head coach Eusebio Di Francesco, as the Italian club look to revive their flagging fortunes.

The Metro report suggests that Arsenal face competition from Monchi’s former club Sevilla, where he worked so successfully with current Gunners boss Unai Emery.

One of the best in the business

Monchi is regarded as one of the best sporting directors/directors of football in the world game. The Spaniard is seen as the man behind Sevilla staying financial stable, while also being competitive on the pitch.

Napoli a tough draw for Arsenal in the Europa League 0

Posted on March 15, 2019 by David Nugent

As one of my colleague’s reported earlier, Arsenal have been drawn with Italian side Napoli in the last eight of the Europa League. The draw is probably one of the hardest the team from North London could have for in the quarter-finals of the competition. Arsenal produced an impressive display to beat French club Rennes 3-0 on Thursday night in the second leg of their last 16 tie. The win saw the Gunners head through 4-3 on aggregate.

Napoli second favourites to win the Europa League

Napoli are current second favourites to win the Europa League at odds of 4/1. Only Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea are shorter odds to lift the trophy this season.

The Ozil conundrum for Unai Emery 1

Posted on March 10, 2019 by David Nugent

When it comes to technical ability German playmaker Mesut Ozil is probably Arsenal’s best player. However, technical ability is not always enough for a player to contribute successfully to a team.

A player also has to have the right mental attributes to become a top player or a successful team player. Mesut Ozil has never developed beyond into a truly world-class player and his lack of mental strength is arguably the reason for his lack of development improvement.



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