According to the old Spurs boss Tim Sherwood. This summer Arsenal will face a fight with West Ham to secure place in European. According to the sources, Irons have shown their intent to challenge the position by spending nearly £100m this summer all on new players. The West Ham has broken their transfer record this summer all to capture Felipe Anderson the attacking midfielder from Lazio spending the amount £36m.
BBC Sport pundit David Ornstein has confirmed that Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos is close to sealing a summer move to the Emirates Stadium. The Greece international has just a year left on his existing deal at BvB and he has apparently turned down the prospect of an extension.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Henrikh Mkhitaryan is expected to miss upto two weeks of first-team action after suffering a knee injury during the first-leg of the Europa League quarter-final against CSKA Moscow. The Armenian played through an hour of the 4-1 victory before he sustained medial ligament damage on his left knee from a tackle.
Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley believes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang must be regretting his record switch to Arsenal during the winter transfer window. The Gabon international made a surprise move to the Gunners last month despite being ineligible to feature in the club’s Europa League campaign.
Speaking on ESPN FC, Burley sympathised with the 28-year-old, who was once linked with a big-money move to Real Madrid, he said:“We can talk about players all we want. Ultimately this is a club and this is a manager and this is a coaching staff that have brought all these players in. Aubameyang must be thinking ‘what the hell have I done? Why the hell have I signed here?’ He was at Dortmund, right, okay, they’re not the biggest club in Germany but they’ve had some success.He was linked with Real Madrid, he was linked with this club, he was linked with that club, and he ends up at Arsenal.He’s worse off, did you see his face yesterday? As they were all scurrying around about 50 yards away from him.”
Arsenal great Martin Keown feels his former club are unlikely to challenge for the Premier League this season with Arsene Wenger giving less importance to the defensive side of their game. The Gunners have not won the English crown since the 2003/04 season where they unbeaten through the campaign. The north London outfit have since come close, with a runner-up spot in 2016, but they faced the embarrassment of losing out to Leicester City, who put in a string of top-notch performances under the management of Claudio Ranieri.
Speaking to The Mail, Keown insisted that the Gunners have stuck to an attacking mentality over the past decade, and they will have to find a balance between both sides in order to lift the title, he said, “Arsene Wenger has not won a Premier League title since 2004. His Arsenal teams since have been committed to attacking but have not respected the defensive side of the game enough. I’ve said it time and again — the team which strikes the best balance will win the title.”
Most observers expected Arsenal to get hammered by Manchester City on Sunday but in all fairness, they did not play too badly. Everybody else that has played at the Etihad Stadium has got destroyed.
The Gunners had City on the rack at one stage when Alexandre Lacazette pulled a goal back to get it to 2-1. Eventually as we know, City ran out 3-1 winners but it was a contest.
BBC Pundit Garth Crooks does not regard Danny Welbeck to be a natural goal-scorer despite his impressive start to the season with Arsenal.
The England international has notched three goals in the Premier League this term – including a man of the match brace in the 3-0 win over Bournemouth.
Despite this, Cooks is critical about the former Manchester United man who he feels cannot be compared with club legends Thierry Henry and Ian Wright, he said: “The number of times I have seen Welbeck score goals that aren’t clean connections makes me wonder, is he what you would call ‘a genuine finisher’ in the same way you would categorise other Arsenal forwards like Ian Wright, Dennis Bergkamp or Thierry Henry? Not in my opinion.”
Welbeck has struggled with a series of knee injuries in his short Arsenal career, but he has nevertheless bagged 17 goals in 69 games for the north London giants. Time and time again, the Englishman has missed glorious opportunities to score, and Crooks insists that the likes of Henry, Bergkamp and Wright would not have let that happen, he added: “The difference is that I’ve seen Wright, Bergkamp and Henry all score goals like the one Welbeck went for and missed with remarkable regularity.” (more…)
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has insisted that he will not change his transfer plans for the summer following a disappointing 1-0 defeat at the hands of Stoke City.
The Gunners commanded the game with more than 77 percent possession, but they failed to find the cutting edge on the day. The Gunners have brought in just two players in Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette during this summer’s transfer window while their pursuit of Monaco’s Thomas Lemar appears to have reached a standstill.
With just 10 days left in the transfer window, teams from across the Premier League are looking to reinforce their respective squads, but Wenger appears content with the options in hand. The long-standing manager insists that he is focused on reducing the overall numbers in his first-team squad as it is already unmanageably big. (more…)
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger appears to have told his close confidants that the club could miss out on signing top target Kylian Mbappe during this summer’s transfer window.
The Gunners are looking to fend off interest from Real Madrid and Manchester City as they look to secure the services of the French wonderkid.
Mbappe, 18, bagged 26 goals during his breakthrough spell with the Principality outfit last season, and this has earned him a whole host of admirers with Paris Saint-Germain being the latest to have joined the list. Wenger has been confident of luring Mbappe to the Emirates in recent weeks due to the player’s childhood love for Arsenal, but he is now said to be pessimistic about the Gunners prospects, according to Get French Football.
A tweet from the source read: “Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger is privately pessimistic about Arsenal’s chances for Kylian Mbappé, according to tomorrow’s L’Équipe.” Wenger made the visit earlier in the week to open up negotiations for Mbappe, but the club look less likely to lodge a bid which could exceed £100m. (more…)
Jack Wilshere is currently on loan to Bournemouth but is expected to return back to his parent club, Arsenal in lieu of the upcoming season. There is an uncertain air hanging over Wilshere’s future at the Emirates stadium with the new season just in sight.
This is especially as his spell with the Cherries in the 2016/17 season was far from convincing, and he had been besieged with a lot of injury problems. However, Martin Keown, Arsenal legend expects that Wilshere will be offered a new contract by Arsene Wenger upon his return to the club. (more…)