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.

Carvalho linked with moves across Europes

Sporting Lisbon have one of the most wanted midfielders in Europe right now. Their defensive giant William Carvalho has been linked with a move to England, Spain, or Italy for a long time. It now appears that Arsenal are moving closer to signing him after the player confirmed that England might be his next destination. The 22-year-old is rated at around £ 25 million. It is this transfer fee that put off a couple of clubs during the summer. However, Arsenal appear to have taken a different stance by realising the importance of a top-quality defensive midfielder in the team.

They appear ready to make an offer for the Portuguese. The Premier League has witnessed a number of players coming from Porto to another Portuguese clubs and going on to become a great success. Carvalho will become one of the several imports who have preceded him. Carvalho has been a regular first-team player for the Portuguese club, who have been involved in the Champions League this season. They recently came up against English opponents Chelsea. This pitted Carvalho against the Brazilian players like Oscar in a Chelsea team. Sporting came out with a narrow defeat against the 2012 champions.

Carvalho, however, has also said that rule to Spain cannot be ruled out with Barcelona and Real Madrid monitoring his situation. “I would not say I was disappointed [to stay], but despite being very happy at Sporting, we all have ambitions and I hope one day to be playing in the best leagues in the world, the English or Spanish. It did not happen this year, but if I continue to do my job as I have been doing for sure that sooner or later it will happen. I understand the proposals, but I think that there was no value for the clause and therefore they have been refused,” said Carvalho.

Dortmund happy with victory

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.

De Gea Believes Preseason Will Help Shaw

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.

WENGER WANTS TOP 4

Arsene Wenger insisted in saying that it is vital for him and the club to secure a spot in the top 4 spots of the Premier League as the French coach went on stating that the Champions League is a top tier competition that just about any club wants to compete in.

“It’s vital to me to do it qualify for the Champions League. I want this club to play in the top level competition. For that you want to be in the Champions League. What will be an advantage is our desire to play in this competition because we love the Champions League and just to imagine how much we love it will help us to achieve it. I would like them rather to concentrate on the pleasure to be in it than worry about not qualifying’’. (more…)

ARSENAL STRUGGLE FOR FORM

This Premier League season has seen Arsenal being at the top of the standings for a significant time as they started off strong the campaign and early into the season they showed signs of turning themselves into genuine candidates on winning the league but as the season and weeks progressed on, Arsene Wenger and his players started slipping and falling down a few spots at the top of the English league.

It has now reached a point where it remains unclear if Arsenal is going to be able to secure a top 4 spot after suffering a 3-0 loss against Everton. This Premier League campaign is intense and extremely competitive with 3 clubs battling it out to see who will be crowned as the champions.

Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City all have chances of winning the league in this season as the distance between each other is just a few points but the 4th spot is also being tightly contested with Arsenal and Everton both hoping they can snatch the Champions League qualifying spot.

With the Premier League reaching its last stages of the season, some clubs are giving it their all in order to finish the campaign on a high note but Arsenal on the other hand are struggling to find victories.

The latest victory that Wenger managed to secure with Arsenal was in March 16 when they overcome Tottenham with a scoreboard of 1-0 and ever since then they have been suffering losses against Chelsea and Everton as well as having to settle with a number of draws.

If Everton manages on winning the remaining matches of the Premier League then they will be able to push Arsenal out of the Champions League qualifying spot which is going to be disappointing news for a club that has now managed on securing a major piece of silverware in over 8 years.

ROBBEN BACKS DRAW

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has claimed that Arsenal certainly deserved a draw from their second leg Champions League match against the German outfit. Arsenal were coming into the encounter after having lost the first leg 2-0. Many had already written off Arsenal’s hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the competition since they were up against a Bayern Munich team that were coming into the match as the holders of the competition. They are also regarded as one of the strongest in the world right now. However, Arsenal proved that they can be a match for any top team by managing a 1-1 draw.

Bastian Schweinsteiger scored the opening goal for Bayern Munich early on in the second half, but the German outfit were unable to hold onto this lead for much longer, as Lukas Podolski scored against his former club a few minutes later. Robben was a constant menace against Arsenal, but he was unable to help Bayern Munich get the victory. However, he came close to doing so after winning a penalty late on in the match. Thomas Müller, though, missed this penalty that would have given them a win. Robben says that Arsenal did extremely well and that a draw was a fair result.

The Dutch international also said that the club are not planning to rest on their laurels this campaign.

“They (Arsenal) have a very good team, they have a lot of quality on the pitch. If you give them the ball, they can play and cause you troubles. The main thing for us was to keep ball possession and to control the game. And that’s what we did in the first half. We played really well, created chances and with a bit more luck, we should have scored a goal,” said the former Chelsea man.

NEW LOW FOR UNITED

Manchester United has reached a new low after losing 2-0 against Olympiakos as they

played their 1st leg of the Champions League at the Georgios Karaiskaki Stadium and goals from Alejandro Dominguez and Joel Campbell has allowed the Greek team on placing 1 foot into the next stages of the European competition.

Joel Campbell scored the 2nd goal for Olympiakos but the moment that surprised just about everyone was the wonder goal that the Costa Rican player managed to score as he got past a Manchester United defender before unleashing a thunderous shot that curled its way into the back of David de Gea’s net.

Campbell is a 21 years old player capable of playing as a lone striker or down the wings and that goal displayed just a glimpse of what he has been doing in this season. He is playing on a 1 year loan deal with Olympiakos as Arsenal is his parent club but due to work permit issues, the Costa Rican forward has not been able to play in the Premier League.

He has finally worked it out and now has a valid work permit which allows him playing for Arsenal in the Premier League but his impressive season and recent wonder goal has arised speculation that Olympiakos is interested in agreeing a permanent move for Campbell.

However it will be hard for the Greek side on signing Campbell on permanent basis as the player himself has admitted his intentions on playing for Arsenal as he is a fan of the club and he believes, he is ready on playing with the big boys

Campbell told Sky Sports: “As soon as Arsenal came, I wanted to join them and I believe I am ready to play for Arsenal next season.

“I know I have the capacity to play there. I am only waiting for the opportunity. With hard work I know I can get there. United showed an interest in me when I was moving to Europe but I have been an Arsenal fan since I was a child and that’s why I chose them.”

OZIL HAILS ROSICKY

Mesut Ozil has hailed Tomas Rosicky for his contributions for Arsenal over the years and has rated him as one of the best league players at the moment.

Rosicky had found the back of the net for the Gunners in their FA Cup game against Tottenham Hotspur about 10 days back. Arsenal had won that game by 2-0 and had moved ahead to the fourth round of the tournament.

Rosicky can now be considered as an Arsenal veteran. He has been at the club since a long time and has already played close to 150 league matches.

As far as his form in the 2013-14 Season is concerned, it has been as good as anyone in the Arsenal squad. He has featured in 13 league games so far and has put up solid performances.

Arsenal had bought Rosicky from the German club Borussia Dortmund 7 and half years back in 2006.

Ozil who himself has become a superstar at the Emirates Stadium in a very short period of time was full of praise for his 33 years old team member in one of his interviews yesterday.

When asked about Rosicky, the German player said, “I don’t think there are too many players in the league who can play better than Tomas in the midfield. He is a player who always makes useful contributions.”

When asked how his life has been at Arsenal so far, Ozil said, “Arsenal is similar to what I had expected it to be. I had the idea that they put emphasis on technique and those sorts of things.”

“The coaching structure at this club is amazing and that’s why, some quality players have come out of the club academy.”

Ozil has so far scored 4 league goals for Arsenal this season.

WENGER PLEASED

The manager of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, is pleased with the way his team recovered from the defeat against Manchester United and put up a solid show against Southampton yesterday.

Arsenal defeated Southampton by 2-0. The result suggests that it was a dominating performance by the Gunners, but, that wasn’t the case. They were given good, tough fight by the Southampton side, but, a couple of individual brilliances from Olivier Giroud, one in each half, helped them to secure 3 points from the game.

It was the 9th victory for the Gunners in the Premier League this season. With this victory, they maintained their first position in the points table. They have got 28 points in the bag at the moment which is 4 more than the no. 2 side Liverpool.

Arsenal had gone into the international break with a bit of a setback as they had been beaten by Manchester United by 0-1 in an away game. But, the way they have come back after the break, it seems they are ready for another good run.

Talking to the reporters in the press conference after the match against Southampton, Wenger said, “Southampton is a fine side and if they had secured 3 points today, they would have equalized with us in terms of points. So, it was important for us to play well and we did that. We made sure that we pounced on the mistakes committed by them. These are vital 3 points for us.”

Meanwhile, with his two goals against Southampton, Olivier Giroud got into top 5 in the list of leading goal scorers in the league this season. He has found the net 7 times for the Gunners so far. The top position in that list is acquired by the Liverpool duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.