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Borussia Dortmund secured a morale boosting 2-0 win over Arsenal at the Signal Iduna Park to establish themselves as the firm favourites in the Champions League group D. The competition in the group D was primarily between Arsenal and Dortmund, as many do not expect Galatasaray and Anderlecht to post much of a challenge. Arsenal came into the encounter after having won 1-0 in the same stage last season. However, they appeared no match for the Germans who could have scored much more with some clinical finishing.
Arsenal only had a glimmer of opportunities throughout the 90 minutes, but they were unable to take any of them with Danny Welbeck guilty of not finishing some good opportunities. The former Manchester United striker was playing up front in place of the injured Olivier Giroud just a few days after completing his £ 16 million transfer from Old Trafford. Welbeck’s finishing qualities has been criticised by many pundits in recent years, and it came to the fore against Dortmund. Opposition manager Jurgen Klopp said that the day could not have gone much better for the German club.
Dortmund have been imperious in the last few league matches. Apart from the opening day defeat against Leverkusen, they have managed to reach the heights they hit when they won the league a few years ago. “I’m very pleased. Three players went out of the team because of muscle problems [last night]. In the morning we made some decisions and I have to say it was a really great performance from my team. It was pressing and counter-pressing to perfection. We were brave, we were fast. We had everything we needed for this game because if you let them have one metre of space they are so strong,” said Klopp, whose team face Mainz in the league during the weekend.
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A few weeks ago Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw made their way to Old Trafford as they joined Manchester United and David de Gea stated that this pre-season schedule will help them on getting acclimated with their new team and surroundings.
De Gea said: “I have a very nice memory of my first moments on tour with United. I remember vividly meeting the players and the first training sessions with them and Sir Alex. It was a truly unforgettable experience. The tour helps you learn to live and train with great footballers such as the ones at this club. It is such a big club and you realize how big it is when you travel abroad to countries like the United States and Japan. The club has such a huge fan base.”
Manchester United has a pre-season program that will see them playing against: Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, As.Roma and Inter Milan in United States which will be a perfect period of time for the new signings to make their presence be felt and prove why the manager and the club was willing on spending their time and money in order to sign them.
The combined total of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera’s transfer to Manchester United made the Premier League club having to offload €60 million in order to secure their services.
Considering the disastrous campaign that Manchester United finished going through both of the new signings want to avoid making an awful debut season in their new club.
During the first few seasons of David de Gea at Old Trafford he received heavy criticism as he had the huge task of following in the footsteps which was left behind by Edwin van der Sar but the Spanish shot-stopper has managed to make a name for himself as one of the most promising rising stars in the world.
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Arsenal has signed a shot stopper in the form of Hugo Keto. He belongs to Finland and is only 18 years of age right now.
He is not expected to feature for the first team of Gunners in the upcoming season though. The Arsenal management would definitely like him to make appearances for the youth side for a couple of seasons before they try him at the league stage.
The Gunners were in competition with the Reds to secure the services of Keto. Both the clubs had the player on trial for a short period of time and both were ready to sign him up.
Therefore, the player himself had to make the decision which club he wanted to play for and he eventually opted for Arsenal.
Keto is a fantastically built goalie with a height of more than 6 feet. The Arsenal scouts were believed to be very impressed having seen him play in Finland.
Liverpool was actually expected to leave Arsenal behind in this deal. Keto has been a fan of the Reds since his boyhood days and thus, he was supposed to make his way to Anfield, but, it wasn’t to be. The teenager decided to go to Emirates for some reason.
Some of the Arsenal supporters were not happy with the fact that the manager Arsene Wenger is currently working as an expert in Brazil and not focussing on transfer activities properly. Now, they would be slightly happy that a promising, young goalkeeper has been brought in. There have been reports that the works have been done on Alexis Sanchez deal as well.
Arsenal’s pre-season would start on 19th of this month when they take on Boreham Wood. Thereafter, they will travel to the United States of America to face New York Red Bulls in a friendly fixture.
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Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud has sensationally claimed that the team failed to win the Premier league title last season largely because they are not mature enough to hold onto the lead that they had during Christmas. Arsenal went on to the New Year with a five-point advantage, which soon became a huge deficit towards the end of the season. They saw Manchester city winning the second league title in three years, but Giroud feels that Arsenal could have certainly won the title had they showed more maturity over the course of the campaign.
Despite this disappointment, the season was still a memorable one for the gunners since they finally managed to lift a major trophy for the first time in nine years. Giroud was a major reason towards the club winning the FA Cup title last season. He says that there is no reason why Arsenal cannot build on the success going into the new campaign. Arsenal are expected to strengthen in several areas of the pitch including the attack. Giroud said a few months ago that the club needed to sign a new striker in order to share his burden.
The Frenchman started most of the matches in the first half of the campaign and he finished the season with 16 league goals.
“We were on top for a good half of the season and then we cracked. I believe we lacked maturity and that we had a lot of injuries at an important time. Above all we weren’t able to adapt to the big teams. We have to show progress in these matches, to maybe play less football, but it’s difficult because it’s our playing philosophy,” said the Frenchman, who is going to take part in the World Cup 2014 with the national team squad. He will hope to reach the latter stages of the World Cup 2014.
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