Mesut Ozil claims that he has become a better player since he made the switch from Real Madrid five years ago. The German became the most expensive signing for Arsenal back in 2013 when he made the £42 million switch from the Spanish club. He made an instant impact at Emirates after contributing in nine assists and five goals in just 26 league appearances in the 2013-14 campaign.
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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
Breakout young talent of last season Marcus Rashford has heaped praises on Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny.
The Red Devils striker has played against some top players for club and country – the Three Lions – but opines that the French player is the toughest he has come up against.
The Manchester United youngster has enjoyed a decent rise to fame since his debut under former United boss Louis van Gaal. His pace, directness and goal sense has helped him score in even in high profile games, making him the impact substitute under present boss Jose Mourinho. Yet, the United starlet says the Gunner defender is one of the toughest centre backs there is in football currently.
“Laurent Koscielny at Arsenal. He was a difficult defender to play against,” Rashford said. The young player added that the physicality of the defenders has been surprising even for him being a young player. He admits to getting smashed by big, tough defenders who want to stop him in his tracks. The player quickly busted into the international scene, getting invited for Euro 2016 under former boss Roy Hodgson though he wasn’t used much. Current Three Lions interim manager Gareth Southgate has returned him t the Under 21 set-up so he could further develop. Continue reading
Arsenal have joined Zenit St Petersburg in the race to sign Benfica striker Rodrigo, according to the Metro.
The Gunners have been mulling over numerous attacking options this month as they look to bolster their attack ahead of a crucial part of the season.
Arsenal won for a sixth game in succession after beating Fulham 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Santi Cazorla bagged a second half brace to secure the points for Arsene Wenger’s men, who remain top of the division, one point clear of second place Manchester City, who beat Cardiff City 4-2 on Saturday and two ahead of Chelsea, who stay third after their 3-1 win against champions Manchester United yesterday afternoon.
The Gunners will now turn their attention to Friday evening’s FA Cup fourth round tie against Coventry City, before returning to Premier League action at Southampton on Tuesday week.
Meanwhile, reported Arsenal target Alvaro Morata has ruled out a move from Real Madrid to the Premier League, according to the Mirror.
The Spain U21 international, who came off the bench to score in Real’s 5-0 win over Real Betis on Saturday afternoon, has insisted that he is happy with life at the Bernabeu.
Elsewhere, Paris Saint Germain are preparing a big money offer for Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye, the Metro understands.
Cabaye, who like Morata was on the score-sheet at the weekend, netting twice as Alan Pardew’s men beat West Ham United, has also been linked with a move to both Arsenal and Manchester United.
Arsenal will give late fitness tests to Tomas Rosicky and Nacho Monreal ahead of tomorrow afternoon’s Premier League clash with Fulham at the Emirates Stadium.
Rosicky may play with the aid of a mask after having an operation on his broken nose, while Monreal is doubtful with a foot injury.
Arsene Wenger has admitted that the extent of Theo Walcott’s injury may force his hand in this month’s transfer window.
The Gunners, who are no strangers to an injury crisis, are once again low on numbers with only North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur currently having more first team players on the side-lines.
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.
Arsenal are set to offer Real Madrid a £2m loan fee as they try to secure the services of Alvaro Morata for the rest of the season, the Metro understands.
The Gunners are desperately short of attacking options, with Theo Walcott joining an already extensive injury list at the club after being ruled out for six months with the knee injury he sustained in the 2-0 FA Cup third round victory over Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend.
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.