Former Arsenal striker Paul Mariner believes the Gunners should stay away from signing Marouane Fellaini this summer. The Belgium international is likely to be available on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of this month and this has generated talk of the Gunners pursuing his signature.
However, speaking to ESPN, Mariner does not feel the Belgian would fit the scheme of things with his former club, who have mainly adapted to the possession-based game which involves plenty of passing, he said: “Fellaini to Arsenal, how does that make me feel?. Not great. I don’t get excited about it.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is said to part ways following his 22-year association with the north London club. The French tactician managed to secure a victory over Huddersfield Town in his final game in charge and shortly after, he confirmed that there is no such thing as relief after ending his long-term stay with the Gunners.
He said: “Of course it is very emotional after 1,235 games for the same club. To enjoy it we had to win it. Winning football games are what makes me happy and the boys did it.Do I feel relief? Not really, I’m sad. At some stage it has to end. I wish everyone well, the fans have been great until the end and I wish the club well for the future.It will be hard to adjust but I will have to deal with that. I will remain an Arsenal fan above everything else.I will stay in football for sure.” Continue reading
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he plans to make Jack Wilshere the new captain, once Per Mertesacker hangs up his boots at the end of the season. Mertesacker has mostly been on the bench during his final season in professional football, and this has earned Wilshere the captain’s armband at times when Laurent Koscielny is on the sidelines.
Speaking on BeIN Sports, Wenger hailed the progress of Wilshere over the years, and believes the Englishman is the right choice to become the next skipper, owing to his experience and knowledge of the game, he said: “He was born at the club basically. He has a long history with the club, strong link with the club.
Mesut Ozil claims that he has become a better player since he made the switch from Real Madrid five years ago. The German became the most expensive signing for Arsenal back in 2013 when he made the £42 million switch from the Spanish club. He made an instant impact at Emirates after contributing in nine assists and five goals in just 26 league appearances in the 2013-14 campaign.
Ozil quickly became one of the key players in the Arsenal setup, but it was with the availability of negative headlines too. Mesut Ozil was often criticised for being too lazy on the pitch and pundits often displayed the matches that led to a defeat for Arsenal largely because of the lack of defensive contribution from the German.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reiterated his ambition of keeping hold of midfielder Jack Wilshere, whose current deal expires at the end of the season. The England international is apparently in a contract standoff with the Gunners over an alleged pay-cut, but the manager remains hopeful of committing him to an extension beyond the summer.
Speaking ahead of the AC Milan game, Wenger confirmed that talks are ongoing between the club and the player’s representatives, and he is hoping that the Englishman prolongs his stay with the Gunners, he said: “I don’t know, but Jack will be free at the end of the season. We make a proposal to him, I want him to stay and my desire is to see him linked to the club for the future. I hope he will do it.”
ESPN Pundit Steve Nicol feels Petr Cech will stay put with Arsenal for another season at the least. The 35-year-old has produced a mixed performance in the Gunners shirt this term, and there has already been talk of him being replaced in the summer.
Speaking on ESPN FC, Nicol admits that the former Czech international is no longer dependable to produce ‘miraculous saves’ between the sticks, but he is still more capable in goal ahead of back-up shot-stopper David Ospina, he said: “I still believe in Petr Cech myself, he’s solid.
Arsene Wenger went on to defend his team in the 3-3 draw at Liverpool. The Frenchman saw his team go down 1-0 at the break to an early goal from Philippe Coutinho, but the gunners were able to get a valuable point in a 3-3 draw. Still, many saw this as points dropped at home. There were also concerns about Liverpool’s defence since they had allowed a lead to go away. Roberto Firmino came up with a late equaliser in order to make sure that Arsenal were unable to win this for match. Up until that point, Arsenal were on a high after having overturned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 position.
Alexis Sanchez, Granit Xhaka, and Mesut Ozil were the players who turned down the mood for Arsenal. Wenger was asked about the possibility of running down the time and holding onto the lead, as the gunners failed to do both in a critical situation. Firmino was able to come up with an equaliser in the 71st minute. Goals from Coutinho and Mohamed Salah were crucial in putting Liverpool ahead in the game. This poor result means that Arsenal have been able to take just a single win – a close 1-0 win over Newcastle – in the recent league match.
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.
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