TalkSPORT pundit Joey Barton feels Arsenal supporters have something to worry about as Arsene Wenger could potentially be sacked from the head coach role.
The 67-year-old signed a fresh two-year extension earlier in May after he guided the Gunners to their third FA Cup title in four seasons. The north London giants missed out on Champions League qualification with a fifth-placed finish last term, and they have started the new campaign in a relatively slow fashion with just 13 points from the opening eight games.
Speaking on TalkSPORT, Barton believes it is only a matter of time before the Gunners’ hierarchy decide to cut ties with the long-standing manager. The former Burnley midfielder also compared the Frenchman’s situation at the Emirates to one of a late night reveller.
He said, “These are worrying times if you’re an Arsenal fan, but if you’re [Wenger] you think the next good team is just around the corner and he’s building it. Whatever any of us thinks he’s been a phenomenal manager in the Premier League. Continue reading
Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has heaped praise on academy graduate Reiss Nelson stating that he has the potential to become a top player for the club.
The 17-year-old made a cameo appearance in the 3-1 Europa League win over Koln earlier this month, and he is in line to make his full debut in the third round League Cup tie against Doncaster Rovers on Wednesday night.
Lacazette, who is the Gunners’ record signing, is among those who are expecting the teenager to achieve big things at the Emirates, he said: “I think Reiss is very good. I believe he will be a top player for the club. He already impressed me during preseason and it’s great to see what he’s been doing for the under-23s.”
Nelson was promoted to the Under 23 side earlier in the summer, and he has since excelled with the development squad, netting six goals in a short period of time. As a result, his performances were recognised as he was named the Premier League 2 Player of the Month for August. Continue reading
It’s been a fairy-tale start to life in the Premier League for new Arsenal full-back Sead Kolasinac.
His swashbuckling displays, rampaging up and down the field, have made him an instant hit with the Arsenal faithful.
Gunners boss, Arsene Wenger, fended off competition from a whole host of clubs including Manchester City to get the Bosnian’s signature in the summer. He is one reportedly one of the top earners at the Emirates pulling in a cool £140,000 a week.
That eye-popping wage has made him a target of criticism from his former club, Schalke in the German Bundesliga. The story is that Schalke desperately wanted to keep him but would not allow themselves to be dictated to by Kolasinac and his exorbitant wage demands.
They say they were forced to let him go as a result of his demands and are refusing to let the matter lie. Kolasinac was voted the best left-back in Germany last season and Schalke believe all the adulation and acclaim got to Kolasinac’s head. Continue reading
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