Ahead of Saturday’s London derby clash at Stamford Bridge, former arsenal captain, Cesc Fabregas has payed a heartfelt tribute to his former side (Arsenal FC) and his then coach, Arsene Wenger.

Having joined Arsenal’s Hale End Academy from boyhood club, FC Barcelona, he signed for the London club on 11 September 2003, the midfielder rose through the ranks to become a real fan favorite and club legend before his return to the Los Blancos in 2011.

During his time at the Emirates, he formed a strong tie with both his manager and the fans, but he soon angered many Gunners fans when he agreed to join their local rivals, Chelsea in 2014 where he picked up his maiden premier league title in his first season at the Bridge. (more…)

Mustafi Confident of Arsenal Winning the Title after Burnley Win

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi managed to score his first goal for the club since his move from Valencia in the summer.

His goal against Burnley helped the gunners take a 1-0 lead in the match before ending up as a 2-1 winners after two dramatic injury time penalties. Burnley received the first of the penalties which appeared to have put a major dent on Arsenal’s title challenge, but a late, late goal from Alexis Sanchez paved way for the gunners moving into the second spot.Mustafiwas signed from Valencia for around £ 34 million in the summer and he has been one of the best defenders in the Premier League this season.

The German international claims that he is aware that table leaders Chelsea have an eight point advantage at the top of the table, but he is confident that the gunners can remain in the hunt for the title and eventually overthrow the London rivals. Arsenal have not won the league title since the 2003-04 season, while they have only managed two runners-up finishes since then.

As the club have finally emerged stronger after construction of the 60,000 seater stadium, they have opened up their wallets in recent transfer windows. Better players are expected to arrive soon, but Mustafi reckons that Arsenal have already shown signs of resilience required to win the title.

“It [the win] is important for us even if you don’t look at the other results. Playing at home to Burnley, you want to take the three points and if you want to stay up there it is something you have to do and that is what we did. As Arsenal you want to go for it and you look in the eyes and see that no-one gives up until the last second and it shows how much belief we have in ourselves and that we are going to go for it,” said Mustafi.


Arsenal legend Robert Pires has hailed Mesut Ozil, likening the German to Gunners ex-playmaker Dennis Bergkamp. Ozil led the club’s players providing assists last term.

In addition, this term he has scored his first hat trick in an impressive goal scoring form. Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has said that the German international could only be compared to the likes of Bergkamp when he signs a new deal with the club. However, Pires, who used to play alongside Bergkamp, opines that Ozil is already an equivalent of Bergkamp in the current set-up.

“Something has clicked. What’s happened in the head is like a click because he’s scored a lot of goals.

“This is a difference between the last season with Mesut Ozil and now because he’s thinking just for himself, and sometimes when you are in front of the target it is very important to score a goal,” Pires told Arsenal official website.

“Mesut has very good qualities, he can normally score a minimum of 12 goals during the Premier League so in my time the maestro was Dennis Bergkamp, and now it is Mesut Ozil. I love them both because they play very good football but they play for the team. Not for himself, they play for the team. This point is very important for the future and of course for Arsenal,” Pires added.

The Mirror reports that Ozil is close to agreeing a new deal with the club that would see him earn £200,000 per week. Representatives of the former Real Madrid star reportedly met with the club’s officials over the international break to refine contract details. The club values Ozil’s contributions and are willing to make him the highest paid player in the club with the new deal. The 28-year old player would see an increase of £60,000 from his current weekly wages at the Emirates.


Robert Pires has recently come out to back Arsenal to take down Tottenham in their upcoming derby on Sunday.

The Gunners Legend is of the opinion that Arsenal make for a stronger team than rivals Chelsea and Tottenham.

Also, in what seems like an endorsement, Robert Pires has said that the Emirates stadium dwellers are ‘the best team in London’ and so therefore, there is definitely no reason why they can’t bring back the Premier League title this season to the Emirates Stadium.

Pires was amongst the last Gunners side that took the top-flight crown back during the 2003/04 season and since then, that squad has been known in football folklore as “The Invincibles.’

However, the 2016/17 squad will be unable to match that achievement as they have already lost one match. Yet, they are at present in second position on the table with 15 games unbeaten in all competitions so far. With the team’s high morale and momentum building, Arsenal seems to be in perfect shape for their derby game against North London rivals, the Spurs.

Pires believes in the Arsenal set-up, and has endorsed them to come out victorious. However, he sees this as one sterner test of the Gunners’ title credentials.

He words when speaking to the Evening Standard: (more…)

Arsene Wenger has surprisingly been approached by other clubs

For a manager that has been struggling so much to win major pieces of silverware in this past decade, it’s fairly remarkable and unexpected to find out that Arsene Wenger has actually been approached by other clubs and this is the case of the French tactician.

It has recently been revealed that the 66 year old manager has received offers to coach Paris Saint-Germain on multiple occasions but he has rejected all of those approaches as he has stated that his only true desire is to remain at the forefront of Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger has been in charge of Arsenal since 1996 and in this time lapse of 20 years, he has developed a love-hate relationship with the supporters of the Premier League club. There are fans that aren’t so happy to see him at the Emirates Stadium as he has consistently failed to push Arsenal to the 1rst place position in any season of the Premier League from the past decade but there are supporters that have faith and trust in him.

After having spent so many years at the Emirates Stadium, Arsene Wenger has recently voiced his love for Arsenal as the French manager said:

Arsene Wenger has once again confirmed that he will be prepared to spend big money

Arsene Wenger has once again confirmed that he will be prepared to spend big money on a player should there be a necessity.

Arsenal have been linked with a number of forwards during the summer, but they have failed to make any major significance signings so far. There is growing concern amongst Arsenal fans with the season upon them. Arsenal were thought to be very close to securing Jamie Vardy for around £ 20 million from champions Leicester City. However, Vardy chose to stay at Leicester by signing a new four-year contract. Following this major blow, Arsenal shifted their attention towards Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette.

Negotiations have been going on for several weeks and it now looks highly unlikely that the club will be able to sign him since Lyon are unwilling to sell at Arsenal’s asking price. In contrast, Arsenal have given a take or leave offer to the French club. Even though performances in the pre-season friendly games have been extremely good, Arsenal fans feared that the upcoming 2016-17 season will be a repeat of the club’s performances in the last decade whereby they have not been consistent over the course of the season to create any major impact in the table.


Serie A giant Juventus want Arsenal forward Alexis Sánchez to replace Álvaro Morata this summer, according to reports.

Real Madrid activated their buy-back clause they had with Juventus to get Morata. The club is believed would resell the player for profits, after interests in the player increased following his impressive performance for Juve last season.

Arsenal, Chelsea and a few other top clubs are in a battle to sign the Spanish forward this summer. It is likely that Madrid will sell to the highest bidder. On the other hand, Juventus are looking to replace the forward with Arsenal’s Sanchez. The Chilean was part of the team that defeated Argentina for the second time in a row to lift the Copa America played in the United States recently.

Juventus having signed Dani Alves from Barcelona want Sanchez to replace Morata upfront. There are still reports that the club might sell Paul Pogba to Real Madrid for the right price, but as the team is losing players, the club is also seeking for other talented talents to join in. (more…)

Aaron Ramsey claims that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given him a lot of belief

Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey claims that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given him a lot of belief that the nation will be able to do something great that the Euro 2016.

Wales are considered as one of the minnows amongst the home nations and they are taking part in the first major tournament in close to 60 years. Everyone from the coaching staff to the playing staff do not have experience of a major international tournament. This has been seen as a major disadvantage for Wales is specially being placed in a group like England, Russia, and Slovakia.

All teams apart from Russia are considered as having a good squad capable of winning the title. Wenger has matured Ramsey since the youngster came through the ranks at Cardiff City before going on to join Arsenal in the summer of 2008. Ramsey hit his peak a few years ago when he was scoring goals for fun. Even though he has struggled to replicate his form since then, Ramsey is expected to be an important player for the Welsh national team at the Euro 2016. So much so that Ramsey has revealed that the private between him and Arsene Wenger in which the Frenchman claimed that Wales have the possibility of creating an upset at the tournament. (more…)

Ray Parlour believes that Arsenal will be able to compete in the Premier League title race

Ray Parlour believes that Arsenal will be able to compete in the Premier League title race only they make some big signings in the summer.

A promising title challenge has once again become a race for the top four. This has been a replica of the gunners’ campaign or more than a decade. Only in the summer, it looked like Arsenal would be able to take advantage of Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United suffering from poor form since the start of the campaign. Arsenal were in the race only with Leicester City back then.

However, they have slipped far behind the top of the table since the turn of the year. Arsenal are now fighting to even remain in the top four with four games left. Parlour believes that there are a number of weak links in the Arsenal squad and Wenger has been unable to overcome them especially during injuries. The injury to Danny Welbeck meant that Olivier Giroud had to play almost the entire season up front on his own. The gunners were challenging on all fronts when Giroud was scoring, but they have fallen behind once those goals dried up. The end of the title challenge was confirmed with a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace at home. (more…)

Branislav Ivanovic: ‘’We couldn’t handle with the pressure’’

The 32 year old Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic has recently spoke out about the current Premier League season which has seen Chelsea going from being the champions of England to dropping dangerously low in the league and are now settled in the middle section of the standings.

Chelsea’s Premier League season has been a rollercoaster ride as they have gone from highs to lows and Branislav Ivanovic has also been a turbulent one.

Branislav Ivanovic has revealed details as to why he believes were one of the main reasons of Chelsea’s inconsistency in this season. The Serbian defender said: ‘’We didn’t know what was going wrong around us. No-one inside the club knew. We finished brilliantly last season. We won the trophy. We knew how difficult it was. Jose told us the hardest season in football is the year after you win because everyone else has extra motivation. We were ready for that, but we didn’t start well and we lost control of our game, of our minds.’’

‘’For me that period of three or four months was one of the most disappointing moments in my career. Player by player, we could not deal with the pressure of what being champions of England means. Your opponents have big motivation and they look at you differently, they start to be scared of you. But when we didn’t win for six or seven games, people realized we were not as strong as last season.’’ (more…)