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
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
Australia were crowned as the Asian Cup winners in January 2015 and they are rewarded for their excellent performance is the involvement in the FIFA Confederations cup 2017.
The event will be the precursor to the World Cup 2018 and it will be held in Russia. Australia’s manager Ange Postecoglou believes that taking part in this competition is a great reward for all those hard work put into winning the Asian Cup. Australia were at crossroads after the World Cup 2014 that saw them fare very poorly against the top teams. They have, however, recovered sufficiently to dominate once again under the management ofPostecoglou.
The former Brisbane Roar’s manager has suffered just one defeat in the last six matches. These are not just any other friendly matches, but important World Cup qualification deciding encounters. The 2-0 defeat against Jordan is the only sour note for Australia during this period. The Confederations cup is only 500 days away and the official emblem was recently revealed. Winners of the Confederations Cup do not always gone to win the World Cup, but doing well in this tournament is a priority for all participating teams since it provides them with knowledge of competitors like Mexico and Chile. Continue reading
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stated that the club do not need a player like Arturo Vidal. The defensive midfielder has been acclaimed as one of the best in the world for his performances with Juventus. The Italian club have benefited fromVidal’s ability not just to make tackles, but to also start attacks. He has formed an impeccable partnership with Paul Pogba in the centre of midfield and this has seen the club make an appearance in the Champions League final after more than a decade of absence.Vidal has constantly turned down transfer rumours, but speculation continues to grow that Arsenal will make an offer for him.
Rejecting any chance of signing the Chilean international to go along with Alexis Sanchez, Wenger stated that the club do not need a defensive midfielder likeVidal. This is against the opinions of several fans and pundits, who feel that Arsenal will be much stronger with a defensive midfielder of the highest quality. Towards the second half of last campaign, Wenger was largely trusting FrenchmanFrancis Coquelin as the defensive linchpin, but the 24-year-old is only now starting to establish himself as a first-team regular. He does not have the experience that can come close to a player likeVidal. Continue reading
The Mirror understands that Arsenal are set to offer Tomas Rosicky a new contract amid surprise interest from European Champions Bayern Munich.
The Bundesliga leaders, who will face the Gunners in the last sixteen of this season’s Champions League, have registered an interest in the Czech Republic international, who moved to North London from Borussia Dortmund in 2006.
Mesut Ozil has heaped praise on his teammate Tomas Rosick by saying that he is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League, the Express understands.
The Czech Republic international has enjoyed some of the best football of his Arsenal career this season, playing alongside Ozil and Santi Cazorla.
Arsenal target Alvaro Morata has suggested that he will consider leaving Real Madrid if he continues to be used sparingly, according to the Mail Online.
The Spain U21 international has been linked with a January move to the Premier League, with Arsenal leading the chase for his services though Liverpool and North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur are also said to be monitoring his situation at the Bernabeu.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has said that reported Arsenal target Edin Dzeko will not be sold in January, according to the Daily Star.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina international scored the only goal of the game as City beat Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon to briefly rise to first position in the Premier League.
Arsenal missed out on top spot in Group F after losing 2-0 to Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo yesterday evening.
Goals from former Gunners target Gonzalo Higuain and Jose Callejon secured victory for Rafael Benitez’s men, who joined Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund on twelve points but miss out due to their head to head record against both teams.
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Arsene Wenger has no fresh injury concerns for this evening’s crucial Champions League clash with Napoli.
Bacary Sagna, Lukas Podolski, Yaya Sanogo, Abou Diaby, Ryo Miyaichi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all remain side-lined for the match against Rafael Benitez’s side, who can book their place in the knockout stages with victory, should Borussia Dortmund drop points against Marseille.
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