Arsene Wenger finally conceded defeat in the title race after claiming that the 3-3 draw with West Ham has left them with a huge gap to close. Leicester City were able to increase their lead to 13 points after a win over Sunderland.
Arsenal fans and players were still feeling confident about the title going into the match at Upton Park. For the opening 35 minutes, it looked like they would reduce the deficit at the top to just seven points. Mesut Ozil opened the scoring inside 20 minutes before Alexis Sanchez provided a second goal cushion.
Iwobi created both goals for Arsenal in a dominant half an hour of football. However, things changed dramatically when Andy Carroll pulled one back with only minutes to go before the half-time whistle. Amazingly, West Ham were level deep into injury time of the first half. Going into the break after having thrown away a two-goal lead seemed to destroy Arsenal’s morale, as they were a shadow of the team in the second half. West Ham continued their dominance and took the lead through Carroll, who completed a brilliant hat-trick to boost his chances of featuring in the England national team in the Euro 2016, in the 52nd minute. Continue reading
Arsenal will be without midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for this evening’s Champions League play-off first leg against Fenerbache.
The 20 year old injured his knee in Saturday’s defeat to Aston Villa and will be out of action for up to six weeks though defenders Bacaray Sagna, Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal should all be available for selection.
Newcastle United have rejected a bid of around £10m from Arsenal for midfielder Yohan Cabaye, according to Sky Sports.
The Gunners are desperate to bring in some new faces after so far failing to land any of their top transfer targets, and have begun with a bid for the France international.
Liverpool have told Luis Suarez’s suitors that they will not even consider bids of less than £40million, the Metro understands.
The Gunners were reported to be preparing a fresh bid for the Uruguayan striker, who has repeatedly expressed his desire to leave Anfield this summer.
Gonzalo Higuain’s father has confirmed that Arsenal are in advanced talks with the Argentina international, with a move set to be completed in the next few days.
However, the Express have reported that Juventus could still pip the Gunners to landing the Real Madrid man, with Higuain senior confirming that an agreement with both clubs have been reached.
Arsenal have activated a release clause in Marouane Fellaini’s Everton contract, ESPN understands.
The Belgian midfielder can reportedly leave Goodison Park for a side in the Champions League for £22million, while teams outside of Europe’s elite competition must offer an extra £2million.
The 25 year old has been linked with moves to Chelsea and Manchester United in recent weeks, though the Gunners appear to have stolen a march on their rivals.
Fellaini was Everton’s top scorer last season, with eleven goals in thirty-one Premier League appearances.
Meanwhile, the clubs chief executive Ivan Gazidis has revealed that the club could afford to move for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, after he claimed the club are entering a new “escalation of financial firepower”.
The Mirror reports that Gazidis went on to hint that Arsene Wenger could be offered a new contract at the Emirates, after declaring that he hopes the Frenchman wants to “do what he is doing for the long term”.
Finally, Arsenal have been linked with a surprise move for Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor.
The 27 year old is the latest centre-back to be linked with the Gunners, following talk that a deal may be agreed for Swansea City and Wales captain Ashley Williams.
Arsenal have been placed on high alert after Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup hinted that his captain Ashley Williams may leave the club.
The Gunners have long been linked with the Wales defender, who has been valued at £10 million.
Christian Benteke has alerted his potential suitors by hinting that he may be willing to leave Aston Villa, even if the club insist on the Belgian international staying at Villa Park.
The £30 million striker, who has been linked with moves to Arsenal and north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, hit 19 goals to help Paul Lambert’s men secure their Premier League status.
Thomas Vermaelen’s days at the Emirates look numbered, as the club continue their pursuit of Swansea City captain Ashley Williams.
The Belgian international spent most of the final two months of the season on the substitute’s bench, with Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker Arsene Wenger’s preferred pairing at the heart of defence.
Arsenal are reportedly in advanced talks with Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic, and are considering a move for a second striker, according to Goal.com.
Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski and Edin Dzeko of Manchester City are the latest names to be linked with a move to the Emirates, who have also been told they will need to spend £10 million to secure a deal for Swansea City defender Ashley Williams.