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Enjoying the international break 0

Posted on March 26, 2021 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal may have another week or so to go before they can get back to domestic action, but that doesn’t mean fans can’t try and enjoy the international break for what it is – a break.

The next few months are going to be crazy and after that, we’re going to bleed into the rescheduled UEFA Euro 2020 and Summer Olympics with barely any time to breathe before the 2021/22 season kicks in. That’s the definition of a loaded schedule and because of that, we all need to embrace the time off while we can.

Arsenal linked with a move for Ivan Perisic 0

Posted on January 27, 2019 by David Nugent

Arsenal are in talks to sign Inter winger Ivan Perisic according to Sky Sports, with a possible loan deal mooted and an option to buy next summer. However, the same report claims that Inter would only consider a permanent deal. Nerazzurri boss Luciano Spalletti has also stated the Croatian will not leave on the cheap in January.

Perisic is a very good player

Ivan Perisic has proven his quality in recent years at club and international level with Croatia. The winger played a key part in his country getting to the World Cup last summer. He is the sort of player that makes things happen and a player that would definitely add something to the Gunners attack.

Laurent Koscielny retires from international duty 0

Posted on October 15, 2018 by David Nugent

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.

Will Arsenal sell Shkodran Mustafi this summer? 0

Posted on August 03, 2018 by David Nugent

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.

Positive atmosphere since the appointment of Unai Emery 0

Posted on August 02, 2018 by David Nugent

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.

Lucas Torreira already showing positive signs for Arsenal 1

Posted on July 31, 2018 by David Nugent

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.

Alex Iwobi set to sign new Arsenal deal 0

Posted on July 27, 2018 by David Nugent

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.

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.

Arsene Wenger targeted by Japan 0

Posted on July 20, 2018 by David Nugent

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.

Prediction: France vs Croatia – World Cup Final 0

Posted on July 14, 2018 by Harry Kettle

Prediction: France win

Best Odds: 19/20

Bookmaker: bet365

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.

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