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Arsenal in advanced negotiations to sign CSKA Moscow midfielder

Arsenal are reportedly in advanced negotiations to secure a summer deal for promising Russian midfielder Aleksandr Golovin.


Sports.ru suggests that CKSA Moscow are close to finalising a £10m agreement which will see Golovin commit his future to the Gunners.

The 21-year-old made his debut for the Russian heavyweights during the 2015/16 campaign, and it was left season where he really made a mark with the Capital outfit. The youngster notched three goals and three assists in 30 outings for CSKA, who finished runners-up to Spartak Moscow for the league title.

Golovin is capable of plying his trade at either central midfield or on the left flank, and CSKA are likely to propose to take him on loan next season as part of any agreement. Meanwhile, there is the other option of the player linking up with Hull City, who are currently under the management of former CSKA boss Leonid Slutsky.

Arsenal are already crowded with players with creativity in the midfield department, and the club are more concerned over the striking department which needs an upgrade ahead of the new campaign. As a result, a temporary move could so well with Golovin, who could become the Gunners’ first Russian signing since Andrey Arshavin in 2009. Continue reading

ARSENAL TO VISIT SOUTHAMPTON MIDWEEK

Arsenal are set to make the trip midweek to Southampton as they fight for a top four finish this term.


They face a big test at Saint Mary Stadium as they are under pressure to get the needed result if they want to play Champions League next season.

The Saints have no major injury concern but the stress might limit their competition. Charlie Austin and Matt Targett are nearing a return to the team after time out due to injuries. Virgil van Dijk has had his surgery so the club would continue to monitor him as he recovers as they want to keep him, manager Claude Puel revealed. The Gunners might rest Laurent Koscielny and Granit Xhaka as they have little fitness concerns.

Arsenal are still riding on the waves of their Manchester United victory and the confident boost might lift them against Southampton. Southampton lost to Arsenal in the FA Cup and this seems like a perfect opportunity for revenge as Arsenal need the result more. Continue reading

Arsene Wenger Admits Tottenham Are Favourites Ahead of North London Derby

Arsene Wenger has admitted that Tottenham may be the favourites going into the north London derby this weekend, despite Arsenal’s impressive record of finishing above Spurs in each of the last 20 seasons in the Premier league.


Arsenal are looking likely to concede this record, and they trail by a whopping 14 points with just five games left in the campaign. This would be a huge disappointment for Wenger, but the Frenchman has the possibility to change the outcome once again when his team visits White Hart Lane this weekend. Spurs this be feeling the title pressure coming into the match.

Eventhen, Wenger says that there is every possibility that bookmakers will back the home team considering the excellent record when it comes to the home games. Spurs have had wins over Manchester City and Chelsea at this ground. They have been on an extraordinary winning spree in the overall Premier League form table. Arsenal, meanwhile, are facing a losing fight just to finish in the top four. Continue reading

Arsene Wenger Confirms His Future Plans Remain a Closely Guarded Secret

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that none of the players nor the club’s transfer targets are aware of his future plans.


The Frenchman’s contract comes to an end in the summer. He has been widely to leave the club after more than two decades, as a result of widespread discontent amongst fans. Arsenal have been going through one of the worst seasons in recent memory. Even when the club has not been winning trophies since the 2003-04 campaign, they have been able to qualify regularly for the Champions League. Now, even this aspect seems to be going away from the club, who are sixth in the table with a seven-point deficit over the top four places.

Arsenal are looking set to finish the campaign only with Europa League football for next season. This would be a huge disaster considering that the club have been heavily reliant on the finances provided by the Champions League. Due to the lack of a rich benefactor like at other clubs, Arsenal have depend on TV money in order to make signings. Continue reading

Antonio Conte Defends Arsene Wenger’s ‘Top Four’ Ambition

Antonio Conte says that Arsene Wenger should not be criticised for his work at Arsenal – especially in recent years – amidst plenty of mounting pressure on the Frenchman.


Wenger has transformed the club as a whole, but there have been plenty of calls for the manager to leave the club at the end of the season. Wenger has especially faced a lot of criticism after his team were hammered 10-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League over two legs. Conte, however, says that Wenger has shown plenty of resilience and quality to keep Arsenal in the Champions League consistently over the last 20 years.

He says that it is one of the biggest achievements of the manager, as it is becoming increasingly hard in order to qualify for the Champions League every year. Only the top four teams are eligible to qualify for the competition. Liverpool and Manchester United have certainly learned in recent years that it is not easy to finish in the top four by any means. Continue reading

ARSENAL CHARGED FOR FIELD INVASION

Premier League side Arsenal FC have been charged by UEFA for “field invasion” by the fans of the club during the game against Bayern Munich on Tuesday, according to reports.


The Gunners were thrashed 5-1 in the return leg of the Round of 16 fixture at the Emirates Stadium. A fan was picked up as he ran onto the pitch in the final minutes of the game.

The result was a very humiliating one for the team, since they had lost the first leg in Germany by the same scoreline – this makes 10-2 aggregate.

The German side did not escape a charge as UEFA found them culpable as well. The club supporters threw objects onto the pitch after the game began. This forced the game to be stopped for a while. The fans were not happy with the ticket prices and decided to let their feelings known that way.

Bayern Munich qualified for the last eight of the tournament, with goals from striker Robert Lewandowski, wingers Arjen Robben and Douglas Costa and a brace from former Juve player Arturo Vidal. They join Real Madrid – who dispatched Napoli 1-3 in Italy – to go onto the next stage. Continue reading

Arsene Wenger Ready for a Huge Challenge against Bayern Munich

Arsene Wenger insisted that Arsenal remain up for the huge challenge against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.


The gunners are once again set for a difficult opponent in the last 16 stage of the competition. In the last few years, they have faced such tough opposition largely as a result of finishing second in the group. This time around, the club have been unlucky to come up against the Bavarian giants despite finishing top of the group. Arsenal come into the game under a lot of pressure as a result of falling 10 points behind Chelsea in the Premier League.

Any slim hopes of winning the Premier League title for the first time since the 2003-04 season seemed to have vanished. There have been calls for Wenger to step down from his role at the end of the campaign. These have intensified speculation about the Frenchman’s future, as his current contract with the club runs out at the end of the campaign. Continue reading

MORATA CONSIDERING ARSENAL OPTION

Alvaro Morata could be on his way from Real Madrid, according to reports.


The forward is said to be unhappy at the Bernebeu and could be on his way to England if things do not change at the end of the season.

The Spanish international returned to the club last year after the club triggered a clause in his contract with Juventus. Morata was successful at Juventus but agreed to a return to the defending Champions League side. However, he has struggled since his return, with Diario Gol reporting that the drop in form at the club and Manager Zinedine Zidane’s insistence on Karim Benzema as the first choice irrespective of form the player would exit Madrid.

Morata has managed to get nine goals despite few playing time and is rumoured to be near highest levels of dissatisfaction. A lot of Premier League and La Liga side would sign him at the slightest chance they get. When the player reportedly voiced his unrest at the club the president Florentino Perez asked that any interested club offer over £50 million for his services. Continue reading

Ronald Koeman Not Surprised by Wenger’s Referee Criticism in 2-1 Loss

Arsene Wenger’s comments about the referee in the 2-1 defeat against Everton have been mocked by Everton boss Ronald Koeman.


The Dutchman has had an impressive record against Wenger since he came to the Premier League. Even with Southampton, Koeman managed to get some impressive results including a 4-0 win. However, he has pointed out that Wenger is a bad loser as he always comes up with other excuses for his teams in the ability to win. In the cases of the losses against Southampton and Everton, Koeman says that there was a strange consistency with the Frenchman decided to criticise the referee for the inability to win.

In the latest loss against a Koeman-managed outfit, Wenger claimed that his team should not have considered a freekick that led to the goal in the dying minutes of the game. Ashley Williams scored a late winner for Everton, and it has prevented Arsenal from moving three points behind Chelsea. Continue reading

WLSHERE TO GET NEW ARSENAL DEAL

Arsenal are set to offer Jack Wilshere a new deal despite the player’s loan deal to Bournemouth and interests by other clubs to sign him permanently.


Arsene Wenger sent Wilshere on a season-long loan this summer even though he said he wanted the player to return to the Emirates.

Wilshere would not appear against Arsenal this week due to loan rules but he has played every Premier League game for Bournemouth since his move. Wenger seems happy to allow the player continue under coach Eddie Howe particularly due to how he is being managed being injury prone.

Wilshere’s current deal is set to end in 2018 but Wenger has revealed that there would be a new deal for the player.
“Of course,” he said when asked about a new deal.

“Ideally we have to plan around the new year. I ask every week how did he play but I haven’t spoken to him. I leave him to talk to his manager. When I can watch him, I do watch him,” Wenger added.

Wenger said Wilshere was getting stronger every week and that it was a good decision to send him out to get regular football. The French coach said the new deal for the player would solely be for football reasons not to protect value.

Wenger explained why he sent the player out, citing the options at the club and his fitness concerns.

He said: “I let him go this season because we bought Granit Xhaka, we have Mohamed Elneny, Aaron Ramsey, and I thought if he doesn’t play regularly and wasn’t fit enough to be in the position to start games…so I let him go.”
Wenger revealed that Wilshere could return to the club if he returns “back to his right level.”