Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has highlighted that he has no plans of leaving the north London giants despite the interest from Napoli. The Serie A outfit had expressed their desire to pursue the former Czech international shortly after the arrival of Bernd Leno at the Emirates but the 36-year-old has supposedly dismissed the prospect of exiting the club.
Speaking to reporters in Zruc, Cech indicated that he is keen on fighting for the number one role next term and is set to honour the remaining year of his Gunners contract, he said: “My contract with Arsenal still has a year to run. The only thing I’m preparing for is the fight for the No.1 spot in goal. Napoli were interested but my future is at Arsenal. I didn’t think of changing clubs.” Continue reading
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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