Having failed to qualify for this season’s Champions League thanks to a disappointing fifth-place finish in the Premier League last term, Arsenal now face the serious prospect of missing out for the second season running. Prior to the 2016/17 campaign, the Gunners had made it into Europe’s elite competition every season since 1997.
While such a record may not seem like anything to panic about, it should be taken into consideration the impact that finishing outside of the top four can have a on a club over the long term. Former Champions League regulars such as Liverpool and more recently, Manchester United, have struggled to get back into the competition after repeatedly missing out on the top four. In fact, the Manchester side only returned to the competition this season after a two-year absence thanks to a rule change which offered the Europa League winners a spot in the group stages. Continue reading →
Arsenal FC are working towards keeping Mesut Ozil over Alexis Sanchez as contract negotiations resume. The German would see his contract lapse at the end of the season. He is free to sign pre-contract with foreign sides with Catalan club Barcelona topping the list of interested sides.
However, Arsenal have resumed talks with the midfielder with the hope of luring him to agree to an improved offer. Arsene Wenger has confirmed that talks have resumed with reports that the player would earn close to £300,000 in the new deal. Continue reading →
Something happened at Arsenal last season that had not happened for over 20 years: Arsene Wenger’s men failed to finish in the top four of the Premier League and therefore missed out on qualification for the 2017-18 Champions League. It was a huge disappointment for the fans, who are used to seeing the Gunners competition in the group stage of Europe’s premier club competition. Not only did Arsene Wenger’s side fail to book a place in the Champions League, but the Gunners also finished below their bitter North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who ended up as high second after finishing third in the league during the 2015-16 campaign.
Arsenal are unlikely to win the Premier League title this season. Manchester City are running away with the crown, with city rivals Manchester United barely able to keep up with them. Just like Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, Arsenal have been left to fight for one of the three remaining Champions League spots. Just like last season, the North London outfit are going to find it hard to finish in the top four of the Premier League in 2017-18, and one should not be really surprised if they end up outside the Champions League places yet again this season. Continue reading →
The 2017-18 Premier League is turning into another forgettable season for Tottenham Hotspur. After heading into the campaign with hopes, or should I say, dreams, of winning the title, they have fallen away badly in recent weeks.
Nabil Fekir is a 24 year old attacking midfielder who can also be deployed as a 2nd striker that has managed to score 12 goals in 15 matches for his current club Lyon and this has attracted the attention of various teams including: Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool.
The French player used to play alongside Alexander Lacazette as they both played in Lyon before Lacazatte eventually went on to complete his switch over to the English Premier League club. Continue reading →
With Arsene Wenger being given a two-year deal despite the outcry of many Arsenal fans, there is, at least, a sense of urgency felt around the club again; they want to send out their longtime boss out on a high. To bring Wenger some final success as a Gunner, the club knows that it needs to make marquee signings, as they have done with Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac, but it will be more crucial to keep their star players.
Two rumour mills that have been spinning this summer have been that of right-back Hector Bellerin and forward Alexis Sanchez. Luckily, despite renewed interest, Barcelona have been unable to land Bellerin despite spending as much as €56 million on trying to fill their Dani Alves-sized hole. Delayed by his extended summer break – following participation in the Confederations Cup with Chile – Alexis Sanchez remains a Gunner despite being pursued by big clubs around Europe. Continue reading →
Arsenal were humiliated for a third successive game versus German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich as they were beaten by the same scoreline yet again – 5-1.
Bayern Munich scored all five goals in the final 36 minutes of the game at the Emirates, leading to more and more calls for the Gunners boss to be dismissed this month, or at least before the start of next season. Continue reading →
Where would Arsenal be without Alexis Sanchez? The Chilean stepped up to the plate to slot cheekily past Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton in the dying seconds of their recent Premier League clash to keep pace in the title race. It looked like Arsene Wenger’s side had thrown away their one-goal lead when Andre Gray scored from the spot in the 93rd minute but 10-man Arsenal were handed a last-gasp lifeline after a foul on Laurent Koscielny.
Sanchez produced the deftest Panenka to fool Heaton in the Burnley goal and secure a vital three points as the Gunners climbed above north London rivals Tottenham into second place, just eight points behind leaders Chelsea. The Chile international has now bagged 15 goals this season – the joint most in the top flight alongside Diego Costa. Continue reading →