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.
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 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
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
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
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.”
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. Continue reading