Alexandre Lacazette praises Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez for his good start to Arsenal career

December 11, 2017 by  
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Alexandre Lacazette has praised the impacts of teammates Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez on the club’s official website following the Frenchman’s good start to his Arsenal career.

Lacazette became Arsenal’s record signing in the summer, and spoke highly of their chemistry on the pitch since his arrival at the Emirates in the summer.

Speaking to the Gunners website, Lacazette said: “For Mesut, it’s about passes, his vision of the game and passes.” On Sanchez, he said: “And for Alexis [Sanchez], perseverance. He always wants to go further, be stronger and rise higher. As well as being very fast, he always wants go even further.”

Speaking on both players and his relationship with them, Lacazette added: “I already get on very well with them in every day life. On the pitch, we’ve gotten to a point where we understand one another better, better than at the beginning.”

The France international will be hoping the pair extend their contracts, as both Sanchez and Ozil look set to face the exit door at the Emirates when their deals expire at the end of the season.

Sanchez-Ozil-Lacazette trident put Spurs ‘on their backside’ in the North London Derby

November 20, 2017 by  
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The overcast sky above the Emirates on Saturday might have indicated a sense of gloom ahead of the North London derby, with home side Arsenal considerably off the Premier League title pace and scrapping to even be inside the top four, whilst Tottenham were aiming to close the gap on leaders Manchester City.

The sunshine that broke through the clouds came with the starting eleven chosen by Arsene Wenger, especially with his choice of attacking trio. Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez behind Alexandre Lacazette – in theory – is the most potent three-pronged attack he can choose, yet their start against Spurs on Saturday was only the third time this combination has been utilised.

Their impact was telling, as the talented trio caused no end of problems for the visiting defence and right from kick-off, creating fluidity to Arsenal’s play and a constant danger the Spurs defence struggled to deal with. Regardless of the ongoing debates over their respective futures, Wenger’s side are clearly stronger with Ozil and Sanchez than without them, whilst tip of the trident Lacazette looks most effective when they’re on the pitch behind him.

In a derby the football betting experts were predicting would be tightly fought, it was the influence of the trio that brought the two goals that would prove the difference between Arsenal and Tottenham on Saturday. Alexis drew the foul which lead to the opening goal in the 36th minute, with Ozil serving up the perfectly flighted free-kick to the head of Shkodran Mustafi; marking his return to action with a looping header beyond the reach of Hugo Lloris.

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Spurs were still grumbling about what they thought was a harsh free-kick decision by referee Mike Dean, when the next Arsenal goal arrived just five minutes later. Sanchez smashed in his finish from close range in the 41st minute, thanks to intelligent work inside the rival area by Lacazette, who crafted the pass back into the path of his arriving teammate.

Throughout the encounter Ozil not only produced the kind of elegance and creativity expected of him, he also tracked back and helped the team to defend; an aspect often lacking from his game that has led to much criticism for the German. “I’m convinced that Mesut Ozil adds physicality to his game and when he needs it, he can produce it. He got a standing ovation because he added to the team,” praised Wenger afterwards.

Highly critical of team performances, Wenger’s tactical choices, and of certain player loyalties; former Arsenal legend Martin Keown was much happier with Saturday’s overall display. “The Gunners were on it from the start, which wasn’t a surprise. Spurs have landed on their backside today,” he commented on BBC’s Final Score.

For Tottenham and Pochettino, this defeat comes as a further blow against another top-six rival, following their recent loss against Manchester United, whilst for Arsenal, the derby win can give them renewed impetus for the fight to finish amongst the Premier League top four. Wenger must also keep faith in the same Ozil-Sanchez-Lacazette attacking trio, because when they combine so effectively as during the derby, they’re a lethal force to be reckoned with.

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Report: Arsenal Lines up move Julian Draxler and Nabil Fekir as potential replacements for Alexis Sanchez

November 20, 2017 by  
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Arsenal appear to have finally made their peace with the fact that Alexis Sanchez will not be at the club much longer. All that’s left to be seen is if a buyer meets their £30m asking price for the Chile international in January or if Sanchez leaves as a free agent in June when his current deal with Arsenal expires.

Either way, Arsenal must look for a top class replacement if Sanchez’s departure is not to be a huge setback, and the North London club according to reports, has there eyes on two options.

A report from the Daily Star suggests that if Arsenal are to sell Sanchez in January, Arsene Wenger wants it to be to Paris Saint-Germain and not to strengthening league rivals Manchester City, but also because the Frenchman is apparently eyeing a swap deal.

The reports claims that Wenger is keen on securing the signing of longstanding target Julian Draxler, a player whose position with the Ligue 1 giants has come under serious threat since the summer arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe – that’s despite only the Germany World Cup winner joining the club himself from Wolfsburg in January.

The German has completed 90 minutes on only three occasions in Ligue 1 this season. Draxler has started just seven of 12 games, and one of four in the Champions League. However, Bayern Munich may proved as competition for Arsenal in the race to sign Draxler, as the Bundesliga giants have been tracking the winger since his Schalke days.

Depending on the timing of Alexis Sanchez’s departure, the signing of Draxler to Arsenal might not happen, but there is also a rumour linking the Gunners with a move for another oft-rumoured target: Lyon’s Nabil Fekir.

Report emanating from Spain via Metro suggest that La Liga giants Barcelona are interested in the Lyon captain, who has already netted 12 goals across all competition this season, but that the Gunners gaffer is keeping tabs on him as well.

If Sanchez remains at the Emirates until June and then face the exit door, that would be our opportunity to bring in Fekir, promising a reunion with his former Lyon teammate Alexandre Lacazette.

Alexis Sanchez to Manchester City: Five replacements to the Chilean Arsenal could sign including Julian Draxler

October 16, 2017 by  
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Who Should Arsenal turn to if Alexis Sanchez eventually leaves The Emirates. Football Weeks has rounded up five replacement we think could replace the Chile international including Paris Saint-Germain winger Julian Draxler.

With reports claiming that the whole of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester City saga could be the trending in the January transfer window, it’s fair to say the Gunners have some work to do.

Arsenal reportedly face fresh interest from Pep Guardiola’s side in Sanchez this winter, with a cut-price deal of around £20million being in talks according to the Daily Mirror.

Sanchez would be a huge loss for Arsenal, even if the ex-Barcelona striker hasn’t started this season in the kind of form that saw him netted 30 goals across all competitions last season.

Despite Arsene Wenger fighting off interest in Sanchez so far, the 28-year-old will be out of contract at the end of this season and talks of new contract has stalled.

This could force the north London side to sell the forward to Manchester City for less than they’d like, and it’s clear such an influential player would need a top class replacement to take his place in Wenger’s attack.

Football Weeks has rounded up five replacement who could fill that void……

Thomas Lemar

Subject of a £92million deadline day bid from the Gunners in the summer, according to London Evening Standard, could Arsenal reignite their interest in the Monaco winger again in January?

The talented 21-year-old France international impressed in Ligue 1 last season and has not stopped making rounds this season. There were reported interest from Arsenal over the summer months, though a deal could not be reached as Sanchez ended up staying instead.

Thomas Lemar

Still, Arsenal reviving this deal would not be surprising if City are successful in snatching Sanchez away in the middle of the season.

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has also been quoted revealing Lemar could be sold in future, though that could likely be next summer and not this winter.

Vasilyev told Sky Sports: ‘I think it would be fair to say Thomas will have a fair chance to an exit next year. January, in football, never say never, but this is not what we’re thinking of.’

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Not recently linked with Arsenal, but a pacey and prolific striker who seems absolutely tailor-made to replace Alexis Sanchez at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gabonese forward also admitted Borussia Dortmund were ready to sell him this summer, he told Sport Bild as quoted via the Metro: ‘There was a time in the window when I could have changed (clubs).

‘We (Aubameyang and the Dortmund board) agreed on this together in all openness but nothing happened.’

Seeing Ousmane Dembele joining Barcelona in the summer, it’s more unlikely Dortmund would allow Aubameyang leave Dortmund in any time soon, but as the saying goes, ‘there’s no harm in trying’ Arsenal could try and give it a go.

Julian Draxler

Julian Draxler has severally been linked with Arsenal on many occasions, with recent report claiming he could have confirm his interest in joining the Gunners via an Instagram post.

According to the Daily Star last week, the tabloid claimed Wenger could Sanchez to Paris Saint-Germain in a cash plus player deal that would see Draxler joining his side instead of selling Sanchez to Manchester City.

A cash plus player would be the best thing since slice bread to end the Sanchez transfer saga as Draxler would slot right in perfectly as an ideal attacker to fill the Chile international boots.

PSG’s acquisition of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe this summer has seen Draxler fallen down the pecking order under Unai Emery’s side, so could well favour the move to north London in January.

Anthony Martial

There have been reports elsewhere that Arsenal could pursue a shock move for Manchester United forward Anthony Martial if they lose Sanchez to Manchester City in January. The 21-year-old has been in great form for Jose Mourinho’s side this season, despite in his new super-sub role.

Martial has been rated as one of the best young talents in world football, the France forward may well feel he is worthy of playing more often, which might seem more possible at the Emirates.

He is capable of playing out wide or deployed as a centre-forward, he is another ideal like-for-like replacement to Sanchez and Martial’s huge experience in the Premier League would serve as a bonus for Arsenal.

Still, there is no possibility of him leave Old Trafford as the Red Devils will surely not want to risk strengthening a rival with such a potentially lethal attacking player.

Raheem Sterling

Finally, the Daily Mirror have also claimed the Gunners could try again to sign former Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling from Man City in January.

Wenger has been a long-time admirer of the England international was top of priority targets to replace Sanchez during the summer, though Pep Guardiola was not interested in parting with his star man.

There’s no doubting what Sterling could do in Arsenal Red and White jersey after his brilliant start to the season for Manchester City, in which he has seen the net six times this season.

This article was originally published on FootballWeeks.com

Report: Man United, Barcelona Ready To Sign Mesut Ozil Next Summer

October 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Arsenal FC, Premier League, Transfers

Barcelona and Manchester United are poised to signing Mesut Ozil when his Arsenal contract expires in summer 2018, according to Goal.

The Germany international became the Gunners’ record signing when he arrived the Emirates from Real Madrid in 2013, but Arsenal and Ozil have been unable to agree on a contract extension during their talks over the last year. As it stands, the former Los Blancos midfielder is able to leave the club for nothing at the end of June, and will be able to talk about signing a pre-contract agreement with other clubs from January.

The German and teammate Alexis Sanchez find themselves in similar situations contractually, though the report goes on to claim the Chilean has “no intention” of committing to Arsenal by putting pen to paper on a new deal. Sanchez has been linked with Premier Leagues sides Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, as well as the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, according to Football Weeks.

He is all but certain to leave the club, though the report adds that Ozil’s situation isn’t quite so clear cut. Reports claimed that Sanchez recently turned down a new £275,000-a-week deal are claimed to be false, and Ozil has just bought a new house in London – meaning he is open to staying.

United boss Jose Mourinho has worked with Ozil at Real Madrid in the past – the European champions are another club the player would be interested in joining – and the two share a healthy relationship. While Ozil has revealed Mourinho once labelled him a “coward” in a dressing room row, the Portuguese wrote the foreword in a book recently released by Ozil.

Mourinho is open to signing Ozil to Old Trafford, though there is understood to be a little bit of reluctance on Ozil’s stance in joining the Red Devils, and is set to make a play for him as he looks to bring in a number of new additions for next year. Ozil would however consider a move up north.

Barcelona, meanwhile, are looking for more creativity in their midfield. They failed with several offers for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho in the summer, and Ozil could be seen as a more affordable option.