Arsenal legend Tony Adams has admitted that he is not a fan of Granit Xhaka and he was surprised why manager Unai Emery opted to start him against Manchester City. The Switzerland international was paired alongside summer signing Matteo Guendouzi for the season opener but he was not efficient enough unlike the debutant.
Speaking to TalkSPORT, Adams was not one pleased with the showing of Xhaka and stressed that he would have started Lucas Torreira, who offers more cover to the back four, he said: “Granit [Xhaka] is not for me. The lad Torreira came on, he looked tiny, but we’ve missing that role, missing that guy in front of the back four. He [Torreira] looks intelligent, he looks like he can protect, there’s been little ones in the past – Didier Deschamps, [N’Golo] Kante is doing a fantastic job for France and Chelsea and I think he [Torreira] might be able to do it for us.”
Arsenal legend David Seaman has warned the supporters that they cannot expect instant success with Unai Emery at the helm. The Spaniard took over the head coach role with the Gunners in May after Arsene Wenger made the shock decision to end his 22-year tenure with the north London giants.
Since then, Emery has acted swiftly to make five signings in the summer transfer window but Seaman does not expect the Spaniard to instantly change the fortunes of the club. The former Gunners shot-stopper added that a return to Champions League football could be regarded as a great season for the Capital outfit next term.
Arsenal legend Paul Mariner has said that he is not entirely excited by the signing of Stephan Lichtsteiner. The Switzerland international became the Gunners’ first signing under new boss Unai Emery but Mariner does not believe the defender will make a mark after having entered the twilight of his professional career.
Speaking to ESPN, he said: “Well, yeah, incredible. Look, 2012, 2014, absolutely, sign him tomorrow.One of the best wing-backs that we have seen for a long, long time. Up and down for fun, putting balls in the box, defending well. On a free transfer, what is he, 34, 35 now? He’s had heart surgery, I’m assuming he’s still okay.If he comes in it will be as backup to Bellerin, be in the squad.Unai Emery, one of his first signings, am I excited? No. Will it possibly work as a free?Why not?”
Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Gary Neville is pleased that Arsenal have chosen Unai Emery for the managerial role but remains surprised with the urgency with which the decision was made. Until Sunday, Mikel Arteta had been touted as the favourite for the Gunners job after allegedly agreeing on a three-year deal but the club have since made a surprise U-turn to discuss terms with Emery instead.
Reacting to the news, Neville replied to The Mirror’s John Cross saying: “He’s a brilliant coach John. Late change in the process?They’ve bounced all over the place on it! However,he’s a good appointment for Arsenal…the process a mess. You must have been hearing what was going on. Like a pinball…anyway the end result is a very good coach.”
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.