Wenger signs new contract

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has signed a new two-year deal with the Gunners despite protest from some fans.

The French manager has taken this decision after having met the Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke.

Indeed the French manager has been under intense pressure this season with the club failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years. However, he managed to win the FA Cup by beating Chelsea convincingly.

Wenger said that he has some unfinished business at Arsenal and that he believes that he is the right man for the job. He said that the current team could win the Premier League, but they will need to add one or two quality players to help them.

He said that he is disappointed with the way some of the fans have behaved this season and that he believes that he does not deserve this after what he has done for the club. He said that he will never forget the treatment they have given him and that he is concerned at the moment about the team. Continue reading

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Wenger on Stoke

Arsene Wenger said that he is expecting a tough game against Stoke City.

He said that they have not enjoyed a lot of success in this fixture throughout the years and that he is expecting it to be hard this time as well.

The French manager said that his team is still in the race for the Champions League qualification places and that he will never give up the fight until the season is over. He admitted that their fate is not in their own hands and that they will need to win all their remaining games and hope that the teams above them drop some points.

At the moment he said it is important for the players to focus on their result against Stoke City and not to worry about the performance of the opposition. Continue reading

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There are reports making the round in England that Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata could end his boring spell in Spain as he prepares to make a switch to England to play for the Blues.

Chelsea have comfortably pushed off competition to maintain their pursuit of the English Premier League this term. They are set to play in the UEFA Champions League next term hence the move to strengthen the team.

Blues manager Antonio Conte has reportedly earmarked Morata has a top pursuit for the summer when Real Madrid would have their transfer ban lifted. All along Morata has always been linked with a move to Arsenal. He is reported to have told friends that Chelsea is now the preferred choice.

The Telegraph claims that the player said he was a big fan of former Italy national team coach Conte and would love to play under him. Whilst there have been lot of rumours linking Chelsea pointman Diego Costa with a likely move to China, the report adds that Morata is the man to replace the Brazil-born player when he exits Stamford Bridge. Continue reading

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Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is slated to make a comeback next week from a 7-months-old ligament injury he sustained at the Etihad Stadium in May this year.

The former Manchester United man was billed to fully heal next month but seems to have had a sped up healing process.

As his return buffers Arsene Wenger’s options going forward, the coach says there is need for the 26-year-old to take all the time he needs, stressing that Danny has a lot of catching up to do as regards match fitness.

“Danny Welbeck is one week away from completing normal training. To be back in the squad, that will take some time because he wasn’t played for a long long time.”

As the England international resumes training next week, it won’t be of any harm to ask Santa Claus for a favour as regards injuries. Prior to this latest setback, he had actually been on to a forced vacation to the treatment table for 10 months before making a return to football in February this year. Continue reading

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Arsenal, on Tuesday night, will be going into another Champions League game against Ludogorets.

This has seen the Arsene Wenger’s men train ahead of their game on Monday morning.

Arsenal would be heading to Bulgaria in their aim to earn an early qualification into the last 16 teams for the Champions League competition. The Gunners are in Group A and have come away with seven points so far in their first three opening games. They currently top the League side by side with Paris Saint-Germain. The two teams could however be able to qualify for the first knockout stage.

Arsenal would have to beat Ludogorets whilst PSG must endeavor to win their game against Basle this week as well before they can advance to the next stage. In their first leg played at the Emirates Stadium in the early periods of October, the Gunners were in top form as they came off with a six goal thrashing of the visiting Bulgarian Champions.

A hat-trick scored in the second half by Mesut Ozil, goals from Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott ensured that Ludogorets were completely routed.

This result ensured that Arsenal advanced above PSG on the league table with goal differences. By November 23, Wenger would be hosting PSG in what could represent a play-off.

Also, at the last weekend, Arsenal showed off top form as they thumped over Sunderland, coming off with four goals in a 4-1 win at the Stadium of Light. Continue reading

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English Premier League side Arsenal FC have finally agreed transfer fee with Spanish side Valencia in order to land talented German defender Shkodran Mustafi.

The summer long term target for Arsenal is likely to complete the move before the August transfer deadline ends on the last of this month, Sky Sports reports.

The Gunners are in a major injury crisis this summer, and it is already threatening their title hopes this term. They have been on the chase to land the 2014 World Cup winner, and Euro 2016 participant for Germany all summer. The deal has been delayed for several reasons, but largely due to a stall in negotiation as both parties couldn’t agree on the transfer fee. Sky Sports announced that the player in question agreed to move to the London-based outfit, yet the price remained a hindrance.

Mustafi used to be with Premier League side Everton as a youngster, before his exit to play for Sampdoria, then Valencia. The 24-year old could make a return to England with reports claiming this would cost Arsenal about £35 million.
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Arsenal Looks Elsewhere For Vardy’s Replacement

There is fresh news coming in about Jami Vardy and Arsenal. While there were rumors that Jamie would be looked at by Arsenal, there has been another interesting development.

The player decides not to accept the offer made by Arsenal. Indeed, Wenger was making a pitch for Jamie, stretching the resources of his team. This move of Wenger was compared to that of Sir Alex Ferguson, who put in a lot at stake when he took up van Persie. That had not worked well for the Gunners and many suspected that a similar fate might be in for Wenger. However, things have taken a different turn this time. Vardy himself has showcased his reservations to joining Arsenal, especially under the managership of Arsene Wenger.
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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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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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