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
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
Arsene Wenger was happy with the spirit shown by his players after their 4-0 win over Aston Villa on the final day of the season lifted them into the second spot.
They have managed to leapfrog Tottenham in the most remarkable circumstances. After having been challenging for the title until a few weeks ago, Arsenal seemed to be heading for a very disappointing season. Spurs may have missed out on the league title in the last few games, but they were looking to finish above Arsenal for first-time in almost 2 decades. However, Spurs capitulated by losing 5-1 against relegated Newcastle United at St James’s Park.
This result coupled with Arsenal’s comfortable win over Villa helped them to seal the second spot. Apart from increased financial rewards, it also represents the club’s best finish in the league since 2005. Especially in the last decade, the club has become increasingly used to third and fourth place finishes. For this reason, Wenger is happy to see his team get the second spot and finish as the rumours are to Leicester City. Leicester City completed the campaign 10 points ahead of Arsenal. Wenger, who has faced increasing protests from supporters ahead of this game, praised the spirit shown by his players in the final game. Continue reading
Arsenal kept themselves in the race for the top three after a 1-0 win over Norwich City.
This allowed them to take full advantage of Manchester City’s 4-2 loss against Southampton. The gunners now have a three-point advantage over City with two games remaining. More importantly, they can now afford to slip up in the next league match against City, but Manuel Pellegrini’s team can take advantage of their slightly better goal difference. Arsenal’s struggles in front of goal continued in the game against Norwich, who are threatened against relegation.
The gunners have now scored only three goals in as many games and this is not sufficient to reduce the goal difference deficit compared with City. Still, getting three points gives the team morale boost and they will be hoping that City are tired following their Champions League exertions against Real Madrid in the midweek. There are several aspects that still have to be improved like the form of striker Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman has been struggling in front of goal for quite a while now. He has managed to score only once in the last 21 games of all competitions and once again failed to find the net during the weekend. Continue reading
Arsene Wenger finally conceded defeat in the title race after claiming that the 3-3 draw with West Ham has left them with a huge gap to close. Leicester City were able to increase their lead to 13 points after a win over Sunderland.
Arsenal fans and players were still feeling confident about the title going into the match at Upton Park. For the opening 35 minutes, it looked like they would reduce the deficit at the top to just seven points. Mesut Ozil opened the scoring inside 20 minutes before Alexis Sanchez provided a second goal cushion.
Iwobi created both goals for Arsenal in a dominant half an hour of football. However, things changed dramatically when Andy Carroll pulled one back with only minutes to go before the half-time whistle. Amazingly, West Ham were level deep into injury time of the first half. Going into the break after having thrown away a two-goal lead seemed to destroy Arsenal’s morale, as they were a shadow of the team in the second half. West Ham continued their dominance and took the lead through Carroll, who completed a brilliant hat-trick to boost his chances of featuring in the England national team in the Euro 2016, in the 52nd minute. Continue reading
One of Arsenal’s largest shareholders, Alisher Usmanov, says that Arsenal should consider retaining Arsene Wenger at all costs.
Recent discontent amongst fans has seen a campaign against the Frenchman calling for him to leave the club at the end of the campaign. This is after yet another faltering league title challenge. The club has been looking like being capable of winning league titles only to falter massively at some stage in the season. Often, the club leave themselves with a huge distance due to poor early-season form or end up throwing away the title at the business end of the campaign.
The 2015-16 campaign is reflecting the latter since Arsenal were leading the table towards Christmas. They have since fallen way behind and are 11 points behind table leaders Leicester City. After being knocked out of the FA Cup and the Champions League, the club are set to finish trophy less once again. Arsenal fans have seen their club win a major honour only twice in the last decade. Those two successes came in the FA Cup with many blaming Wenger as the reason for failing to mount a title challenge.Usmanov, who is still hoping to become the sole owner of Arsenal, gave his views about retaining Wenger. Continue reading
Australia were crowned as the Asian Cup winners in January 2015 and they are rewarded for their excellent performance is the involvement in the FIFA Confederations cup 2017.
The event will be the precursor to the World Cup 2018 and it will be held in Russia. Australia’s manager Ange Postecoglou believes that taking part in this competition is a great reward for all those hard work put into winning the Asian Cup. Australia were at crossroads after the World Cup 2014 that saw them fare very poorly against the top teams. They have, however, recovered sufficiently to dominate once again under the management ofPostecoglou.
The former Brisbane Roar’s manager has suffered just one defeat in the last six matches. These are not just any other friendly matches, but important World Cup qualification deciding encounters. The 2-0 defeat against Jordan is the only sour note for Australia during this period. The Confederations cup is only 500 days away and the official emblem was recently revealed. Winners of the Confederations Cup do not always gone to win the World Cup, but doing well in this tournament is a priority for all participating teams since it provides them with knowledge of competitors like Mexico and Chile. Continue reading
Arsene Wenger has rejected claims that Liverpool could be without a number of players when they are up against the gunners this weekend.
Jurgen Klopp has been complaining about the long list of injuries that his team has suffered in the last few weeks. The likes of Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren are out for a considerable amount of time. This is in addition to the ever present injury problems for striker Daniel Sturridge. A number of young players from the youth team were picked for the recent FA Cup match against Exeter City by Klopp.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager says that he could adopt a similar policy for the replay at Anfield after the two teams could only manage a 2-2 draw. Liverpool’s inability to perform against the lower teams has been an issue underKlopp. However, they have alternatively managed to raise their games to new levels against the top teams. Wenger expects a very tight contest at Anfield this weekend. There is a possibility of Arsenal going five points clear at the top or they could succumb to pressure and suffer a loss on this away trip. The next few weeks could be a major test for Arsenal since they not only take on Liverpool but also Chelsea. Continue reading