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English Premier League side Arsenal FC are reportedly set to make changes to their set-up at the end of the season, reports claim.
Sources are reporting that the Emirates are making plans to ship off England international Jack Wilshere away from the club at the end of the season. Serie A’s AC Milan seems to be the likely destination according to Italian news sources, Corriere dello Sport. The out-of-favour midfielder is currently spending time at Bournemouth, and with the stability in the first team, it is unlikely that he would return anytime soon.
Wilshere has admitted that he could exit Arsenal on a permanent basis if things do not quickly change. A move for Italy could be favourable as the Rossoneri are keen on adding him to their ranks. AS Roma are also believed to be interested in the midfielder.
Elsewhere, Arsenal are hoping that Rennes winger Paul-Georges Ntep agree to a move to the club despite interests from Liverpool. The 24-year old is expected to exit the side when his current deal lapses next summer. TMW reports that Rennes are willing to release the player if a suitable offer surfaces. The player is expected to enter transfer talks with interested parties by the January transfer window.
Arsenal would have to lure the player, as the Reds are keen on getting him. Watford and Southampton are also in the background. Ntep joined Rennes from Auxerre, and has been decent for three seasons now. He has received two caps for France and is expected to agree if the Arsenal deal works out.
On the current set-up, Olivier Giroud keeps insisting that he would remain at the Emirates despite his future being cast in doubt. The France international has vowed to fight for his shirt despite losing his spot to Chile international Alexis Sanchez.
Breakout young talent of last season Marcus Rashford has heaped praises on Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny.
The Red Devils striker has played against some top players for club and country – the Three Lions – but opines that the French player is the toughest he has come up against.
The Manchester United youngster has enjoyed a decent rise to fame since his debut under former United boss Louis van Gaal. His pace, directness and goal sense has helped him score in even in high profile games, making him the impact substitute under present boss Jose Mourinho. Yet, the United starlet says the Gunner defender is one of the toughest centre backs there is in football currently.
“Laurent Koscielny at Arsenal. He was a difficult defender to play against,” Rashford said. The young player added that the physicality of the defenders has been surprising even for him being a young player. He admits to getting smashed by big, tough defenders who want to stop him in his tracks. The player quickly busted into the international scene, getting invited for Euro 2016 under former boss Roy Hodgson though he wasn’t used much. Current Three Lions interim manager Gareth Southgate has returned him t the Under 21 set-up so he could further develop. Continue reading
It seems that Arsenal currently has a team that can allow them to challenge for the title.
Indeed during recent weeks the team has hit top form and currently winning their games comfortably. New players such as Mustafi and Xhaka have adapted quickly to the pace of the English game and have definitely strengthened the team.
Players such as Ozil and Cazorla are also playing well, and this is helping the Gunners win games comfortably. This was particularly true in the game against Chelsea where they have restricted their London rival to only one shot on target in the 84th minute. Cazorla was superb in the center of the park in his deep-lying playmaker role. The Spanish midfielder was not only good in creating openings for his teammates; he was equally good at breaking down the opposition attack.
The only bad news is that they have lost Coquelin and the French midfielder is likely to miss out a couple of games due to injury. However, with the arrival of Granit Xhaka, they have a more than capable replacement and we will have to see how Arsene Wenger is going to use him in the midfielder. Xhaka is more than just a defensive midfielder and will want to participate in the attack. However, with Cazorla alongside him, this could be a problem as both players tend to play in the same position and have the tendency to play the same kind of pass. Continue reading
Jack Wilshere has left Arsenal for Bournemouth on a loan until the end of the season.
The England international has only recently come back from injury and clearly, lack match fitness. Many pundits believe that the player has taken the right decision, and this should allow him to recover his lost form.
Jack Wilshere has missed the whole of last season with some recurring injuries, and it is only in the last weeks of the season that he managed to come back into the Arsenal team. Despite clearly lacking match fitness he was selected for the England national team where he spent the majority of the tournament on the bench.
With Arsenal having signed Xhaka in the summer, Wilshere would have found it hard to compete for playing time at the moment, and Arsene Wenger has agreed to allow the midfielder to leave on loan. There were many clubs that were interested in the player among which was Bournemouth and Roma.
It is believed that Arsenal blocked the move to Roma because they were disappointed by the way the Italian club deal with them on a previous transfer. Instead, it was Bournemouth who was chosen, and the player has already had a medical with the team.
Rumours have been growing at Arsenal that expensive signings Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez were considering the possibility of a move elsewhere.
The duo are yet to sign new contracts despite having come to the club several years ago. Ozil was the earliest as he came from Real Madrid for a whopping £ 42.5 million in 2013. After initially struggling at the Emirates stadium, he has established himself as an important first team regular. However, it is three years since he came to the club and it have only two years left on his deal.
Arsenal do not have the policy of revealing the length of the contract of each player since the club believes that it would lead to unnecessary rumours. Even then, they have been unable to prevent the rumours surrounding Ozil’s future. Almost a similar situation is that of Sanchez, who came to the club a year later for £ 35 million from Barcelona. When asked about the duo extending their contracts, Wenger said that this was an internal decision between the club and the player. Hence, he is not going to reveal any details about the same. After an extended absence, Ozil was back at his best in the 2015-16 campaign by finishing the season with 19 assists. Meanwhile, Sanchez scored 13 goals in 30 league matches. Continue reading
Arsenal long time coach Arsene Wenger says he wouldn’t take the international coaching job before him.
The French tactician says it is too late for him to take up international management, successfully ruling himself out of the coaching the national teams of France or England. The coach who is 66 years old will celebrate his 20th year at Arsenal this October. He has just one year left and has openly said he wouldn’t decide on his future until the coming summer. The calls for him to leave the club finally were loudest in the last campaign when the club were sure to miss out of the Premier League trophy.
Wenger was linked to the France national team job but he was reported to have said: “I think this time has gone now. I have been asked a few times to do it. I was always busy somewhere else.”
He has acknowledged that the performance of his team in the coming season would determine his next plans. He had earlier hinted at possible retirement soon when he said he was “a bit old now to make long-term plans.” Continue reading
Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger shared an intense rivalry when the duo were consistently involved in title challenges.
Ever since Wenger came to Arsenal in 1996, they have been loggerheads with each other. The fight between the two were largely limited to mind games. The intensity of the rivalry did subside in the last decade when Arsenal were no longer competing for the top honours just like Manchester United. Now, there seems to be peace between the two after Sir Alex Ferguson has come out with various pleasant words about the Frenchman. Continue reading