Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has come in the defence of countryman Mesut Ozil, who was deemed a liability by club legend Steven Gerrard last week.
The Germany international had one of his not so impressive performances for Arsenal last weekend as the club succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at Stoke City. While there were a few players who failed to show up, Ozil was once again made the scapegoat for the showing with BT Sport pundits Gerrard and Martin Keown criticising the World Cup winner.
Speaking at a news conference ahead of the Arsenal game, Klopp was full of praise for his compatriot who he feels is ‘an outstandingly skilled boy’. He added that the 28-year-old remains a player to watch for during Sunday’s game whilst insisting that the attacker is treated in a different way back in Germany.
He said: “I remember the 3-3 we played against Arsenal here. Without Ozil and Olivier Giroud, we would have won 3-0. One long ball, Giroud gave it to Mesut and it was five players on him, no chance. He is an outstandingly skilled boy. I don’t watch Arsenal often enough to be right to have an opinion about it. If people are not happy with him, I don’t know why. ‘There is no doubt in Germany about the quality of Mesut Ozil. Germany is really blessed with a lot of world-class players in his position and he is a fix in the German national team, so that should be a sign.” Continue reading
Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith feels that the Gunners should cash in on the services of Alexis Sanchez with his contract due to expire at the end of next season.
The Chile international has shown no signs of extending his deal, but manager Arsene Wenger is adamant that the attacker will remain at the Emirates.
Sanchez came off a bright season with the Gunners last term with 30 goals and 15 assists in all competitions. However, this was not sufficient to propel them into the top-four as they lost the final Champions League qualification spot to Liverpool, who held onto their one-point lead going into the final week of the campaign.
The Chilean has publicly stated that he would like to ply his trade in the Champions League next season – something the Gunners cannot offer for a change, but they are still willing to risk him for another year with the knowledge that he could leave on a free next summer. Continue reading
Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Antero Henrique is reportedly in the English capital as he looks to finalise a deal for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez.
The 28-year-old has been reluctant to extend his contract beyond June 2018, and this has spread speculation over his future in the past few months.
According to Le Parisien, Henrique will try and seal an agreement for Sanchez after having travelled to London to speak with Gunners officials over the player.Wenger has repeatedly stated that Sanchez would remain at the Emirates next season, but Les Parisiens are nevertheless prepared to test the Gunners’ resolve with a €40m bid on the cards.
The Gunners have shown their transfer ambition this summer with the record signing of Alexandre Lacazette, but this does appear sufficient for Sanchez, who is eager to test himself among the Europe’s elite.Arsene Wenger’s side will not be participating in the Champions League for the first time in nearly 20 years, and this seems to have turned the Chilean’s head during this summer’s transfer window. Continue reading
England centre-back Callum Chambers have confirmed that he will return to parent club Arsenal this summer following an impressive loan spell with Middlesbrough last season.
The 22-year-old appeared in a total of 25 league outings for Boro, but he was unable to prevent the Riverside club from Premier League relegation.
Chambers played through all four games in the recent Under-21 European Championships where the Three Lions lost out on penalties to Germany in the semi-final stage. The England Under-20 side recently ended the nation’s long hunt for silverware but their older age counterparts failed to progress due to a familiar shoot-out exit. Continue reading
Chelsea emerged as the champions of the latest season of the English Premier League as the team of Antonio Conte gathered 93 points while the 2nd place team Tottenham Hotspur could only collect 86 points.
It was a fairly dominating campaign for Chelsea as they had the upper hand throughout the majority of the 2016-17 season.
Arsenal had to settle with the 5th position as Arsene Wenger and his squad went through yet another disappointing season but despite this recent underwhelming campaign, the 67 year old French manager is certain that his team only needs 1 or 2 signings in order to make a genuine and true charge for the top spot of the top tier English Premier League.
‘’I think this group of players is good enough to come back. They have learned a lot and they have gone through difficult periods this season and they have bounced back in a very strong way’’ Continue reading
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 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 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 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 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