Arsenal are reportedly in advanced negotiations to secure a summer deal for promising Russian midfielder Aleksandr Golovin.
Sports.ru suggests that CKSA Moscow are close to finalising a £10m agreement which will see Golovin commit his future to the Gunners.
The 21-year-old made his debut for the Russian heavyweights during the 2015/16 campaign, and it was left season where he really made a mark with the Capital outfit. The youngster notched three goals and three assists in 30 outings for CSKA, who finished runners-up to Spartak Moscow for the league title.
Golovin is capable of plying his trade at either central midfield or on the left flank, and CSKA are likely to propose to take him on loan next season as part of any agreement. Meanwhile, there is the other option of the player linking up with Hull City, who are currently under the management of former CSKA boss Leonid Slutsky.
Arsenal are already crowded with players with creativity in the midfield department, and the club are more concerned over the striking department which needs an upgrade ahead of the new campaign. As a result, a temporary move could so well with Golovin, who could become the Gunners’ first Russian signing since Andrey Arshavin in 2009. Continue reading
Arsenal are set to make the trip midweek to Southampton as they fight for a top four finish this term.
They face a big test at Saint Mary Stadium as they are under pressure to get the needed result if they want to play Champions League next season.
The Saints have no major injury concern but the stress might limit their competition. Charlie Austin and Matt Targett are nearing a return to the team after time out due to injuries. Virgil van Dijk has had his surgery so the club would continue to monitor him as he recovers as they want to keep him, manager Claude Puel revealed. The Gunners might rest Laurent Koscielny and Granit Xhaka as they have little fitness concerns.
Arsenal are still riding on the waves of their Manchester United victory and the confident boost might lift them against Southampton. Southampton lost to Arsenal in the FA Cup and this seems like a perfect opportunity for revenge as Arsenal need the result more. Continue reading
Arsene Wenger has rejected claims that Liverpool could be without a number of players when they are up against the gunners this weekend.
Jurgen Klopp has been complaining about the long list of injuries that his team has suffered in the last few weeks. The likes of Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren are out for a considerable amount of time. This is in addition to the ever present injury problems for striker Daniel Sturridge. A number of young players from the youth team were picked for the recent FA Cup match against Exeter City by Klopp.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager says that he could adopt a similar policy for the replay at Anfield after the two teams could only manage a 2-2 draw. Liverpool’s inability to perform against the lower teams has been an issue underKlopp. However, they have alternatively managed to raise their games to new levels against the top teams. Wenger expects a very tight contest at Anfield this weekend. There is a possibility of Arsenal going five points clear at the top or they could succumb to pressure and suffer a loss on this away trip. The next few weeks could be a major test for Arsenal since they not only take on Liverpool but also Chelsea. Continue reading
A ninetieth minute own goal from Mathieu Flamini gave Swansea City a share of the spoils at the Emirates Stadium yesterday evening, further denting Arsenal’s hopes of clinching the title.
The visitors took the lead on eleven minutes through Wilfried Bony, though two quick fire second-half goals from Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud turned the game on its head.
Arsenal will be looking to put their Champions League disappointment behind them when they travel to North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon.
Arsene Wenger’s side could be as much as ten points behind leaders Chelsea at the time of kick off, as the Blues travel to Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon while Manchester City will also move ahead of them should they win at Hull City.
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Arsenal remain on course to end their trophy drought after booking their place in this seasons FA Cup semi-finals with a fine 4-1 win over Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Mesut Ozil ended his goal drought to put the host in front on seven minutes with a composed finish, only for Romelu Lukaku to draw the visitors level just past the half-hour mark.
Arsenal have kept the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea after thumping relegation threatened Sunderland 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Gunners took the lead after just five minute through Olivier Giroud before the France International, who sat out of the 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich on Wednesday evening, doubled the host’s advantage just after the half-hour mark.
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Arsenal will be looking for an immediate response to their midweek Champions League disappointment against Bayern Munich as they take on Sunderland, searching for three points that will keep them firmly in the Premier League title race.
The Gunners will remain without Aaron Ramsey and Thomas Vermaelen, with both expected to return to first team action next month. Loan signing Kim Kallstrom is still side-lined, Theo Walcott and Abou Diaby are long term absentees and Kieran Gibbs is doubtful after limping out of the action on Wednesday evening.
Arsenal missed the chance to return to the top of the Premier League after being held by champions Manchester United at the Emirates yesterday evening.
The hosts had the majority of the possession and the chances in a largely disappointing encounter, with Olivier Giroud coming closest to making the breakthrough while Santi Cazorla drew two fine saves out of United keeper David De Gea late on.
Olivier Giroud has said that his international teammate Hugo Lloris is keen to join Arsenal from North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, according to the Metro.
The Gunners top scorer is close friends with the goalkeeper, who according to the striker is willing to make the controversial switch.