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
Arsene Wenger insisted that Arsenal remain up for the huge challenge against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
The gunners are once again set for a difficult opponent in the last 16 stage of the competition. In the last few years, they have faced such tough opposition largely as a result of finishing second in the group. This time around, the club have been unlucky to come up against the Bavarian giants despite finishing top of the group. Arsenal come into the game under a lot of pressure as a result of falling 10 points behind Chelsea in the Premier League.
Any slim hopes of winning the Premier League title for the first time since the 2003-04 season seemed to have vanished. There have been calls for Wenger to step down from his role at the end of the campaign. These have intensified speculation about the Frenchman’s future, as his current contract with the club runs out at the end of the campaign. 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
Arsene Wenger’s comments about the referee in the 2-1 defeat against Everton have been mocked by Everton boss Ronald Koeman.
The Dutchman has had an impressive record against Wenger since he came to the Premier League. Even with Southampton, Koeman managed to get some impressive results including a 4-0 win. However, he has pointed out that Wenger is a bad loser as he always comes up with other excuses for his teams in the ability to win. In the cases of the losses against Southampton and Everton, Koeman says that there was a strange consistency with the Frenchman decided to criticise the referee for the inability to win.
In the latest loss against a Koeman-managed outfit, Wenger claimed that his team should not have considered a freekick that led to the goal in the dying minutes of the game. Ashley Williams scored a late winner for Everton, and it has prevented Arsenal from moving three points behind Chelsea. 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
Jack Wilshere has left Arsenal for Bournemouth on a loan until the end of the season.
The England international has only recently come back from injury and clearly, lack match fitness. Many pundits believe that the player has taken the right decision, and this should allow him to recover his lost form.
Jack Wilshere has missed the whole of last season with some recurring injuries, and it is only in the last weeks of the season that he managed to come back into the Arsenal team. Despite clearly lacking match fitness he was selected for the England national team where he spent the majority of the tournament on the bench.
With Arsenal having signed Xhaka in the summer, Wilshere would have found it hard to compete for playing time at the moment, and Arsene Wenger has agreed to allow the midfielder to leave on loan. There were many clubs that were interested in the player among which was Bournemouth and Roma.
It is believed that Arsenal blocked the move to Roma because they were disappointed by the way the Italian club deal with them on a previous transfer. Instead, it was Bournemouth who was chosen, and the player has already had a medical with the team.
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 defender Hector Bellerin remains supremely confident of reaching the last 16 of the Champions League.
They need to overcome Olympiakos by more than two goals in order to have any chance of qualification. The task is made tougher since it will be away from home. If it was at the Emirates stadium, Arsenal would have been seen as favourites to get the two goals and complete the job. As it is in Turkey where the home supporters are fanatical, it does get a lot tougher for the gunners.Bellerin is expected to continue in the right back for the gunners.
The 20-year-old has already evolved into one of Arsenal’s important players in the back. The Spanish star has been an ever present in the Premier League by making 13 appearances already.Bellerin continues to remain as one of the few squad members to have not witnessed a game while coming on for the bench. Olympiakos have a three-point advantage and will be able to comfortably go to the next round even with a draw.However, this is likely to provide a few nerves within the team. Arsenal know clearly what they want and the way to get it according toBellerin. 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
On March 17 of the current year, As.Monaco knocked Arsenal out of the Champions League thanks to away goals and Arsene Wenger later went on expressing his dissatisfaction towards that rule as the French manager believes stated that it should be eliminated from the Champions League and the Europa League.
Arsene Wenger has once again voiced his opinion concerning something in the world of football and this time it’s involving referees.
A few weeks ago, Zlatan Ibrahimovic received a red card after he tackled Chelsea’s Oscar during a Champions League match but after seeing replays of the tackle, the red card did appear to be way too harsh as the Swedish player did not deserve to be removed from the match due to the tackle.
When the match was over, Ibrahimovic stated that he felt he was around 11 babies in the pitch as the Chelsea players surrounded the referee and the Swedish attacker. The players of the squad of Jose Mourinho tried to put pressure and complain to the referee who still had not made his decision on giving away the red card. Continue reading