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
Chelsea emerged as the champions of the latest season of the English Premier League as the team of Antonio Conte gathered 93 points while the 2nd place team Tottenham Hotspur could only collect 86 points.
It was a fairly dominating campaign for Chelsea as they had the upper hand throughout the majority of the 2016-17 season.
Arsenal had to settle with the 5th position as Arsene Wenger and his squad went through yet another disappointing season but despite this recent underwhelming campaign, the 67 year old French manager is certain that his team only needs 1 or 2 signings in order to make a genuine and true charge for the top spot of the top tier English Premier League.
‘’I think this group of players is good enough to come back. They have learned a lot and they have gone through difficult periods this season and they have bounced back in a very strong way’’ Continue reading
Alvaro Morata could be on his way from Real Madrid, according to reports.
The forward is said to be unhappy at the Bernebeu and could be on his way to England if things do not change at the end of the season.
The Spanish international returned to the club last year after the club triggered a clause in his contract with Juventus. Morata was successful at Juventus but agreed to a return to the defending Champions League side. However, he has struggled since his return, with Diario Gol reporting that the drop in form at the club and Manager Zinedine Zidane’s insistence on Karim Benzema as the first choice irrespective of form the player would exit Madrid.
Morata has managed to get nine goals despite few playing time and is rumoured to be near highest levels of dissatisfaction. A lot of Premier League and La Liga side would sign him at the slightest chance they get. When the player reportedly voiced his unrest at the club the president Florentino Perez asked that any interested club offer over £50 million for his services. Continue reading
It seems that Arsenal currently has a team that can allow them to challenge for the title.
Indeed during recent weeks the team has hit top form and currently winning their games comfortably. New players such as Mustafi and Xhaka have adapted quickly to the pace of the English game and have definitely strengthened the team.
Players such as Ozil and Cazorla are also playing well, and this is helping the Gunners win games comfortably. This was particularly true in the game against Chelsea where they have restricted their London rival to only one shot on target in the 84th minute. Cazorla was superb in the center of the park in his deep-lying playmaker role. The Spanish midfielder was not only good in creating openings for his teammates; he was equally good at breaking down the opposition attack.
The only bad news is that they have lost Coquelin and the French midfielder is likely to miss out a couple of games due to injury. However, with the arrival of Granit Xhaka, they have a more than capable replacement and we will have to see how Arsene Wenger is going to use him in the midfielder. Xhaka is more than just a defensive midfielder and will want to participate in the attack. However, with Cazorla alongside him, this could be a problem as both players tend to play in the same position and have the tendency to play the same kind of pass. Continue reading
Arsene Wenger was happy with the spirit shown by his players after their 4-0 win over Aston Villa on the final day of the season lifted them into the second spot.
They have managed to leapfrog Tottenham in the most remarkable circumstances. After having been challenging for the title until a few weeks ago, Arsenal seemed to be heading for a very disappointing season. Spurs may have missed out on the league title in the last few games, but they were looking to finish above Arsenal for first-time in almost 2 decades. However, Spurs capitulated by losing 5-1 against relegated Newcastle United at St James’s Park.
This result coupled with Arsenal’s comfortable win over Villa helped them to seal the second spot. Apart from increased financial rewards, it also represents the club’s best finish in the league since 2005. Especially in the last decade, the club has become increasingly used to third and fourth place finishes. For this reason, Wenger is happy to see his team get the second spot and finish as the rumours are to Leicester City. Leicester City completed the campaign 10 points ahead of Arsenal. Wenger, who has faced increasing protests from supporters ahead of this game, praised the spirit shown by his players in the final game. Continue reading
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
The last time that Arsenal won the Premier League title was during the 2003-04 season and ever since then, Arsene Wenger has only managed to put the English club in the top 5 spots of the top tier English league which isn’t bad as this shows consistency from the manager and his players but the fans of the club are tired of seeing them getting so close but just not managing to pull it off.
The next Premier League season kicks off on August 8 and Arsene Wenger has already had some bad news to announce to the supporters of the club and it involves one of their most important as well as influential figures, Alexis Sanchez.
Alexis Sanchez will be missing out from the opening match of the season for Arsenal. Arsene Wenger talked during a press conference in Asia and said: “He’ll be back with us on Aug. 3 and it takes about three weeks to competitive. It could take him a little bit less time to get match fit but he’ll miss our first game.”
One of the main reasons of why Arsenal in the past few years have just not been capable on making it through an entire season in full force and pull off a Premier League win is due to injuries as the main stars of the team have had to miss out from a significantly large period of time and this has already started to affect the squad of Arsene Wenger. Continue reading
Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta believes that winning a trophy would be a huge turning point for the club, according to the Daily Star.
The Gunners crashed out of the Champions League on Tuesday evening, after losing their two legged tie with holders Bayern Munich by three goals to one, but they still have an outside chance of clinching the Premier League title, and booked their place in the last four of the FA Cup by beating Everton last weekend.
Arsenal have exited the Champions League after only managing to draw 1-1 with holders Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena yesterday evening.
Bastian Schweinsteiger put the Bundesliga leaders three up on aggregate on fifty-four minutes before Lukas Podolski scored to make honours even on the night.
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Arsenal will be without Kieran Gibbs for this evening’s crucial Champions League last sixteen second leg against Bayern Munich.
Yaya Sanogo will also miss out, along with Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Abou Diaby and Aaron Ramsey but Laurent Koscielny is back in contention after recovering from a hamstring injury.