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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 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

Arsenal at the Edge of Expensive Signings

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

Flamini own goal denies Arsenal victory

A ninetieth minute own goal from Mathieu Flamini gave Swansea City a share of the spoils at the Emirates Stadium yesterday evening, further denting Arsenal’s hopes of clinching the title.

The visitors took the lead on eleven minutes through Wilfried Bony, though two quick fire second-half goals from Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud turned the game on its head.

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Arsenal out of Europe after draw in Munich

Arsenal have exited the Champions League after only managing to draw 1-1 with holders Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena yesterday evening.

Bastian Schweinsteiger put the Bundesliga leaders three up on aggregate on fifty-four minutes before Lukas Podolski scored to make honours even on the night.

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Arsenal through to FA Cup quarter finals

Arsenal kept their hopes of winning this season’s FA Cup alive by beating Liverpool 2-1 in the fifth round at the Emirates yesterday afternoon.

The Gunners, who were thumped 5-1 by Brendan Rodgers’ men at Anfield eight days earlier, took the lead on sixteen minutes through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with Lukas Podolski doubling their advantage two minutes into the second half.

Steven Gerrard pulled one back for the visitors from the penalty spot just ahead of the hour mark, though they could not find an equaliser.

Arsene Wenger’s men will now face Everton in the quarter finals at the Emirates, with the tie scheduled for the weekend of the 8th/9th of March.

However, they will first turn their attention to Wednesday evening’s clash with holders Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League last sixteen tie.

Meanwhile, Schalke’s Sporting Director Horst Heldt has claimed that Arsenal’s bid for Julian Draxler was not high enough, the Metro understands.

The 20 year old, who looked set to secure a move to the Emirates during the winter transfer window, had also been linked with switch to Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich though Heldt has denied that the European Champions tabled a rival bid.

Arsenal still keen on Draxler

With the transfer window set to slam shut tomorrow evening, Arsenal are stepping up their efforts to sign Schalke starlet Julian Draxler, the Express understands.

However, it has been reported that the Bundesliga club will consider accepting a £30m bid, under the proviso that they can keep the midfielder for the rest of this season in a deal similar to that which saw Lukas Poldolski arrive from FC Koln eighteen months ago.

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Arsenal to face Liverpool in fifth round after brushing aside Coventry

Arsenal eased past Coventry City in the FA Cup fourth round Friday evening, beating the League One side 4-0 to set up a mouth-watering tie with Liverpool.

A first half double from Lukas Podolski gave the Gunners a 2-0 lead before the break, while late goals from Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla but the result beyond doubt.

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Arsenal reclaim top spot with victory over West Ham

Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League after coming from behind to beat West Ham United 3-1 at Upton Park yesterday afternoon, ending a four match winless run.

Former England international Carlton Cole put the visitors in front just after the break, though three goals in eleven minutes turned the match on its head.

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