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Arsenal’s poor form at the start of the season continued after a 2-0 defeat against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. The result leaves Arsene Wenger’s team with just one win in the last five matches. The poor start to the Champions League campaign is unlikely to worry the gunners since they saw the other group opponents – Galatasaray and Anderlecht – only manage a draw themselves. As a result, they are only one point below the final qualification spots to the knockout stages.
Dortmund, though, could have won the match even more comprehensively had it not been for some poor finishing by the Germans. Recalling this fact, midfielder Sebastian Kehl says that the Premier League outfit will consider themselves lucky to be returning home with a small defeat. Dortmund took the lead just a few minutes before the half-time break through Ciro Immobile. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled the advantage for the Germans just after the break, but there were several opportunities for Dortmund especially on the counter-attack.
Arsenal left themselves wide open on several occasions and Jurgen Klopp’s team were only prevented by the bar on some occasions. Kehl says that he is surprised at the dominance that Dortmund had over Arsenal. He is expecting a much tougher game in the return leg at the Emirates.
“Arsenal never really offered much. I was very confident after we got the first goal and I knew we’d be going for it again in the second half. We could easily have won three or four-nil. I’m not really surprised by how dominant we were. We know we can be very good when we put a lot into it and that’s what happened Tuesday night. Arsenal never really got into the game, they never really got going, and in the end we scored and deserved to win based on the way we played,” said Kehl.
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A last minute winner from Fernando Torres secured a 2-1 victory for Chelsea against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge yesterday afternoon.
Andre Schurrle opened the scoring on thirty-three minutes with his first goal for the club, only for Sergio Aguero to pull the visitors level four minutes into the second half.
The game looked to heading for a draw before Fernando Torres capitalised on a defensive mix up to steal in and grab the winner on ninety minutes to hand all three points to Jose Mourinho’s men, and keep the pressure on leaders Arsenal who beat lowly Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The Blues will reclaim top spot if they beat Newcastle United on Saturday lunchtime, with Arsenal hosting Liverpool in the day’s late kick off.
However, they will first turn their attention to the League Cup fourth round tie with the Gunners at the Emirates tomorrow evening.
Meanwhile, the Blues will reignite their interest in Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney when the transfer window reopens in January, according to the Mirror.
Mourinho failed in his attempts to take the England international, who’s current deal at United expires at the end of next season, to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
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The Aston Villa centre back Ron Vlaar has said that he is unsure about his future at the moment. According to the 29-year Old, he would make any decision only after having a chat with his representative.
Vlaar was a vital part of Holland’s back line in Brazil. His performance was the key reason why the Oranje had made it to the Round of 4 there without any hiccups. He was rock solid as wall in the heart of Holland’s defence.
After Vlaar’s great display in the World Cup, it has been rumoured that he might be taking a transfer this summer. He is just a year away from the completion of his contract at Villa Park and thus, he is free to hold talks with the other clubs.
Vlaar, however, made it clear in one of his interviews earlier this week that he hasn’t thought about it till now as he had been holidaying for a couple of weeks. He would now have a meeting with the agent of his and then, he would decide what the best option for him is.
Speaking in that interview, Vlaar said, “The club (Villa) is not in favour of me leaving and I know that. There is still a season remaining for my contract to expire here. Let’s see what happens. I am not in a position to say anything right now because I am not certain myself what I would do. I haven’t had the time to give it a proper thought.”
“I would like to talk to my representative first and know what options I have got. Meanwhile, Villa would be playing a friendly this weekend and I would definitely be there. I would not be in action though as I have been away from training for a while.”
The manager of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, is believed to be looking to place a bid for the Real Madrid playmaker Sami Khedira.
Khedira who is 27 years of age at the moment has been pretty good both at the club as well as at the international level of late. He is currently in Brazil featuring for his country Germany in the FIFA World Cup 2014.
Wenger reckons that he doesn’t have players who can make a difference is the midfield. Thus, he is keen to have one or two class acts there and Khedira is one of those whom he has set his eyes on.
However, the Gunners will have to work hard to secure the Khedira deal because they are not the only club to be interested in the player. Their arch rivals Manchester United and the west London based club Chelsea are also in the race. Even Liverpool is understood to be willing to have the services of the German ace. So, it will be an interesting battle.
According to the reports, Wenger would offer Madrid an amount of about 25 million Pounds for Khedira.
As far as Khedira’s performance in La Liga in the 2013-14 Season is concerned, he remained out for a long time because of getting injured in November last year, but, in the games that he had featured in before that, he had made an impact.
If Khedira takes a transfer to Arsenal this summer, he would be the first choice there right from his first season and would, in all likelihood, play in almost all the league games.
In the meantime, however, Khedira needs to guide Germany to the World Cup glory in Brazil. He is a vital part of his national squad. Germany’s chances of winning the competition depend a lot on his form.
Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has stated that he wants the club to bring back Spanish international Cesc Fabregas in the summer. Fabregas is widely expected to leave Barcelona after just two years at the club. Arsenal will have a huge say in his next destination, as they are believed to hold the first refusal in his contract. This clause was inserted into his contract when he was originally sold to Barcelona for £ 35 million two years ago. With the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United being interested in him, Fabregas is set to become one of the biggest transfer deals in the summer.
However, Cazorla does not want Arsenal’s rivals to get the midfielder. Instead, he wants Arsenal to sign the player despite the wealth of attacking midfielders they haven at the club. After signing Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid for £ 42 million last summer, the club will be thinking twice about signing another attacking midfielder. However, the expected departures of Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky in the next few years will help them convince that Fabregas is a player that they needed the moment.
Cazorla has revealed on several occasions that he enjoys a great relationship with the 27-year-old, who is a star for the national team.
“I have read that Cesc could go to Chelsea but I prefer it if he came to Arsenal. He has given a lot to the club and he knows it well. I hope that he is happy, he chooses his club well and is comfortable there. I don’t see any differences between his performances in the Premiership and with Barca. His record is spectacular at Barcelona and he has demonstrated that he has adapted but they haven’t given him the same value as in England,” said the Spanish star ahead of the World Cup 2014.
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