BBC Sports journalist drops update on Arsenal’s interest in Sokratis Papastathopoulos

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.

“As per @JackPittBrooke Arsenal close to signing Sokratis Papastathopoulos from Dortmund. Latest acquisition led by Sven Mislintat, continues drive to rebuild defence/squad with experience/leadership. #AFC prioritising ready players & will integrate youth (eg Mavropanos) over time,” Ornstein wrote on his official Twitter account.
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Arsene Wenger Issues Worrying Injury Update On Henrikh Mkhitaryan

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.

Speaking after the Gunners’ league win over Southampton, Wenger admitted that Mkhitaryan could be sidelined for at least two weeks with the issue, and this would see him miss the return leg to CSKA as well as the league games against Newcastle United and West Ham United, he said: “He’s got knee ligament damage. He will not be available for Thursday and not for Newcastle and certainly not for the week after, when we play West Ham.I think he will miss these games for sure, but he could still play at the end of the season.” (more…)

ESPN Pundit: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Is Likely To Regret Arsenal Move

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.”
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Martin Keown gives his take on Arsenal’s Premier League struggles

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.”
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Shearer says Gunners were lost against City

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.
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Danny Welbeck is not a natural goalscorer – Crooks

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…)

Arsene Wenger delivers transfer update following Stoke City defeat

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…)

Arsene Wenger privately admits defeat in pursuit of Kylian Mbappe

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…)

KROENKE SAYS SHARES NOT FOR SALE

Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke has said that his shares are not for sale.


The American has 67 percent stake at the North London club. Following recent reports of £1 billion bid by AlisherUsmanov, the company of the American released a statement. The news of the bid circulated widely following the Gunners’ failure to secure a Champions League spot for the first time in 20 years.

KroenkeSports and Entertainment says it remains a “committed, long term investors in Arsenal.” Usmanov owns 30 percent stake but he is not part of the board or does is he involved in decision making.

The Russian earlier said Kroenke should be held responsible for the team’s failures. So his bid was to buy the club and try to turn it around.

Arsenal are set to play league winners Chelsea on Saturday for the FA Cup. They finished fifth so they would be playing in the Europa League next season but the FA Cup would provide some respite for the team.

Coach Arsene Wenger’s contract is set to end this summer. The French manager would likely continue with the club but the statement from Kroenke did not mention anything about Wenger’s future. Wenger admitted that the uncertainty over his future affected the team. (more…)

ARSENAL THRASH WEST HAM 3-0

Arsenal defeated West Ham United 3-0 to boost their hopes of making the top four at the end of the season.


The Gunners seem to have regained confidence after a few threats.

The visitors would be disappointed with the result as it is the first straight loss in the Premier League. United were one of the top teams few months ago but they face relegation concerns this term after a string of poor results.

The game started slowly as the air was tense. After the break, Man of the Match Mesut Ozil got the first goal in his 150th appearance for Arsenal. He was gifted the ball by defender Jose Fonte, which he converted from the edge of the box.

In the absence of Laurent Koscielny, Theo Walcott led the team. Ozil and Alexis Sanchez combined to set up Walcott for the second goal ten minutes after the opener. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain picked out striker Olivier Giroud who curled home the third of the match in the 83rd minute.

When the goals started pouring in, the Hammers seemed to collapse despite putting up a decent fight in the first half. Michail Antonio and Robert Snodgrass were not potent enough upfront, with only Manuel Lanzini and Edmilson Fernandes getting an attempt at goal when the game was already buried. (more…)