October 15, 2018 by
Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny has called time on his international career with France after Les Bleus World Cup triumph ‘did the defender a lot of psychological damage’. The defender also criticised French boss Didier Deschamps.
Confirmation of retirement on French TV
Talking to French TV station Canal+ Koscielny said: “I think that I have given everything I can for France, I am 33, I have done two Euros, one World Cup,”
“France has a great generation of great players now. My injury does not change my decision. For Les Bleus, it is finished. .......Read more here.....
August 03, 2018 by
According to the Daily Mirror, Arsenal are willing to sell German international centre-back Shkodran Mustafi for a fee in the region of £22.3million. With the transfer window shutting in a week’s time, it seems like time is running out for a move elsewhere though.
An expensive mistake
It seems signing the German centre-back was an expensive mistake for the Gunners. Mustafi joined the north London club for a fee of around £35million from Valencia two summers ago.
The former Sampdoria and Everton defender was supposedly the answer to Arsenal’s centre-back conundrum. Unfortunately, Mustafi has struggled to live up to his billing of a top centre-back. .......Read more here.....
August 02, 2018 by
The last few seasons have been hard to bear for Arsenal fans, as the Gunners have struggled from disappointing result to disappointing result under veteran boss Arsene Wenger.
Finishing outside the top four of the Premier League in consecutive campaigns has also not helped the atmosphere amongst the fans. However, since the appointment of Spanish boss Unai Emery there seems a freshness about the team from north London.
Positive pre-season so far
The Gunners have enjoyed a largely positive pre-season, with the team gaining vital minutes and producing some good displays. The performances of the likes of youngsters Emile Smith-Rowe and Matteo Guendouzi have been particular highlights at times. .......Read more here.....
July 31, 2018 by
Arsenal’s new Uruguayan central midfielder Lucas Torreira took part in his first training season with the Gunners on Monday after an extended break due to the World Cup. Pictures from his first training session have since emerged of the midfielder shouting and pointing to his teammates. Unfortunately, for the Gunners, there has been very little shouting and pointing going on during recent seasons.
Could be a leader
It may only be one training session, but Torreira has already shown in his short career so far that he is a feisty character. He is not scared of a challenge and for one so young he seems to have a lot of confidence. .......Read more here.....
July 27, 2018 by
According to the Independent, Nigerian international winger Alex Iwobi is set to sign a new four-year deal with Arsenal. Gunners boss Unai Emery has confirmed that he has been told that Iwobi will sign a new deal with the north London club.
The 22-year-old has two years left on his Gunners contract to run, so the north London club look set to avoid another contract stand-off.
The club from north London has got themselves in a mess on numerous occasions when it has come to players running down their contracts. Even as we speak Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey has yet to agree on a new deal, despite the fact he is in the last year of his contract. .......Read more here.....
July 23, 2018 by
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. .......Read more here.....
July 20, 2018 by
According to the Daily Mail, former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a target for the Japanese FA to become the next national team boss.
The veteran boss left Arsenal earlier this summer after 22 years in charge of the Gunners. The Frenchman recently admitted that he might have stayed too long in the capital with the Gunners.
Linked with a number of moves
Since announcing that he was leaving Arsenal, Wenger has been linked with a number of high-profile jobs, including at European champions Real Madrid and big-spending French outfit PSG. .......Read more here.....
July 14, 2018 by
Prediction: France win
Best Odds: 19/20
After one of the most entertaining international tournaments in recent memory, the 2018 FIFA World Cup will finally come to an end tomorrow night at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. France and Croatia are the two teams who have made their way through six gruelling games in order to get to the final, and now, they’re just 90 minutes away from becoming the world champions. Both have what it takes to cross the finish line, but in the end, there can only be one. .......Read more here.....
July 13, 2018 by
Verdict: Belgium Win
Best Odds: 6/5
On Saturday afternoon, Belgium and England meet in the World Cup 2018 third-place play-off game in Saint Petersburg. Neither side will have wanted to participate in this game, but both will be keen to end their adventures in Russia on a high.
For much of World Cup 2018, Belgium has looked like a team that could lift the trophy. In fact, the Red Devils were unbeaten in 24 games heading into their semi-final with France, only to suffer a 1-0 defeat against Les Bleus. .......Read more here.....
July 11, 2018 by
In case you hadn’t heard or have been living under a rock, England are playing in a World Cup semi-final today against Croatia for the right to face France in the final. That’s not a joke and that’s not some kind of wind-up ahead of the new domestic season, because it’s true. While we fully understand that the title of this video will probably confuse some of you given that most people reading this are likely English, there’s always a chance that you haven’t been fully embracing the World Cup fever that’s been sweeping across the nation. .......Read more here.....