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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Our 2-0 win in the North London derby after the international break in mid-November has been the start of a four-game winless streak for Mauricio Pochettino’s side heading into this weekend’s fixture at home to Stoke City. Continue reading