ARSENAL MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO LAND BIG STAR PLAYERS THIS SUMMER

English premier League side, Arsenal FC might not be able to land any star player this summer, based on various reports making the rounds.


Supporters  of the London club were given hope that they could spend heavily in July of last year, when director Lord Harris claimed the club had the funds to sign “anyone but Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi”.

However Lockyer, who is “no football fan myself”, warns fans that their aspirations may simply be out of touch with the realities of Arsenal’s balance sheet.

He told Standard Sport:

“What we have with Arsenal is a number of expectation gaps.

“First and foremost that is between what the fans expect from the club and what the club could comfortably spend.

“But also another gap between what the club could spend and what they likely would spend, which I expect to be short of the £54.1m.

“This is not a club that is being run for short-term success. Arsenal are showing that they want to be a team that is in the Premier League in five, 10, 15 years’ time.”

Lockyer believes selling players may be the most logical approach to fund any investment though there’s the alternative of overdraft facilities.

Wenger has long come under criticism for his hesitance over spending similar sums to his Premier League competitors. Whilst Manchester City lavished £152m on the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi Arsenal were the only club in Europe’s top five divisions. The report, however, offers a more generous assessment of Wenger’s achievements over 19 years at the helm when Lockyer writes:

“Since Wenger was appointed in 1996, Arsenal has been transformed from reliance on gate receipts to diverse income streams. Arsenal has rapidly grown broadcasting, commercial and retail revenues. Continue reading

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PETR CECH RETURNS AGAINST WEST HAM

Arsenal first choice goal keeper, Petr Cech returns to first team action after missing out for about a month now. The 33-year old goal stopper returned to full training last week after recovering from the calf injury he picked up few minutes to the end of the disappointing game against Swansea on March 2nd.

In the game against Watford, last week, he could have played but Head Coach of the EPL team, Arsene Wenger decided not to risk it. David Ospina had been a capable replacement as he kept a clean sheet during the game; Arsenal went on to demolish Watford by four goals to nothing.

For this encounter at Upton Park against The Hammers, Wenger is eager to let Petr Cech play again.

Arsene Wenger has criticized for several years now regarding his limited options when injuries creep up on the team, especially as they are always involved in several tournaments. He signed David Ospina in 2014. The Colombian has been a decent relief for Petr Cech since. The 27 year-old goal keeper impressed during the World cup games in Brazil before eventually moving to the Emirates. He moved from Columbian club, Atletico Nacional after spending six years there, for an undisclosed fee. Continue reading

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Hamza Hamzaoğlu is not worried about Galatasaray’s current form

Hamza Hamzaoğlu is the manager of Galatasary and even though his squad has failed to win a single match from any of their 3 opening matches of the season, the Turkish coach is certain that his team will be able to bounce back and defend their league title.

Galatasaray are the current champions of the Turkish Super Lig after being able to clinch the previous season and they now have the task of defending their piece of silverware but the start of the 2015-16 season has seen Galatasaray drawing twice and losing once from their 3 initial matches.

The 45 year old manager wants to keep his players and the fans of the club assured that this early struggle in the season is not something that should keep them worried as it’s only a temporary bump in the road.

Cesare Prandelli is the previous manager of Galatasaray and predecessor of Hamza Hamzaoğlu but the Italian coach had to be sacked after he kicked off his campaign with an underwhelming start of a season. Hamza Hamzaoğlu is now going through a slow start but he isn’t worried about their current form as he said: Continue reading

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Arsenal have confirmed that flops Ryo Miyaichi and Semi Ajayi will be moving to German

Arsenal have confirmed that flops Ryo Miyaichi and Semi Ajayi will be moving to German outfit St Pauli and Cardiff respectively from next season.

The duo have featured a very little to the gunners. The former came to Arsenal in January 2011 and has been on loan spells to various clubs like Bolton, FC Twente, and Feyenoord. He does not appear to have a future at the Emirates stadium just likeAjayi, who was signed from Charlton’s Academy two years ago. He spent the last season on loan at Cardiff and he appears to have sufficiently impressed to the Championship club to offer a permanent contract.

More departures are expected at the Emirates stadium in the next few weeks, as the futures of players like Joe Campbell and Lukas Podolski will be sorted out. Podolski spent the last season on loan at Inter Milan, but they are not interested in a permanent deal after the poor performances of the German international. A return to Germany appears to be on the cards for the striker. Arsenal have always been a club to offer young players their chance in the first-team and one of the latest to try and get a regular spot is Gedion Zelalem. Continue reading

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Arsenal has really been unlucky with the injuries of Players

Arsenal has really been unlucky with the injuries of the players this season.

The strength of their squad has already been halved by the injury of the big players and last night, one more name got added to it as Gabriel Paulista, the Brazilian centre-half, injured his hammy playing versus the Rangers.

Paulista is not that prominent a player for the Gunners, but, recently, he had started featuring in the heart of defence and had been going fine. Arsene Wenger could have done with him till the end of the season.

Hamstring injuries happen to be pretty nasty at times and it can make a player remain out for weeks.

In some cases, if it’s quite bad and can even take months. There is no definite time period for recovery.

And, that’s why; Wenger said that he was not sure how long Paulista would be out for.

The Frenchman, however, admitted that it’s unlikely that the defender would be coming back in less than 3 weeks.

After the game which his team clinched narrowly by 2-1, Wenger was quoted as saying, “I can’t tell you much about Gabriel. The only thing I know is that he pulled up his hammy and he was hurting enough to leave the pitch.” Continue reading

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