Barcelona in pole position to sign Mesut Ozil for €20 million

November 21, 2017 by  
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According to reports, Arsenal have given Barcelona all clear to sign Mesut Ozil from Arsenal for €20 million (£17 million) in January.

If Arsenal decide to keep Ozil beyond the winter window, it means teams will be able to negotiate a deal with him from January with a view to a free transfer in the summer.

The Germany international took the man of the match award for his performance in the North London derby.

Arsenal could be set to cash in on the playmaker, who is out of contract with the Gunners next summer and could leave for free.

Arsenal and Ozil are in lockhorns regarding a new contract and it doesn’t appear he will Ozil will extend his stay at the Emirates.

Manchester United have been heavily linked with the former Real Madrid star, but the Daily Mail claim the La Liga giants are preparing a move for Ozil.

Barca failed in their pursuit of signing Liverpool’s Phillipe Coutinho this summer and are looking at the Gunners playmaker as a suitable alternative.

Arsenal will return to action on Thursday night when they take on FC Cologne in the UEFA Europa League fixtures before travelling to Turf Moor on Sunday to take on FC Burnley in the Gameweek 13 of the Premier League fixtures.

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How we reacted to Jack Wilshere injury against Red Star

November 3, 2017 by  
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Despite the frustrating draw, we saw our side through to next round of the Europa League after a goalless draw at home with Red Star Belgrade.

A half-full Emirates Stadium oversaw a disappointing game which could have been won by either side.

Jack Wilshere, who impressed once again, was for unable to help Arsenal score a goal. There had been calls for Wilshere to be recalled to Gareth Southgate’s squad, but the England international omission means he still has plenty of work to do.

We were all on the edge of our seats when it appeared the midfielder had suffered another injury. Wilshere who has a long history of bad luck went down after colliding with a Belgrade forward. He punched the ground in frustration and the whole of Emirates held its breath.

Fans were covering their eyes, but thankfully the 25-year-old picked himself up and ran it off. Let’s take a look at how fans reacted to the incident on Twitter….

Arsenal will be back in action when they travel to Manchester and face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side in the Premier League game week 11. Get the latest free bets tips on Arsenal winning at the Etihad on Sunday and compare free bet offers.

Per Mertesacker takes responsibility for team’s improved attitude

October 21, 2017 by  
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Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker says that it is his responsibility to make the club’s players want it more.

Speaking before our take on Everton this weekend, the German reflected on the disastrous defeat against Watford, when we were 1-0 up but lost 2-1 late on after an awful second-half performance.

The club captain had a different opinion to Arsene Wenger and Jack Wilshere, when he claimed that his team-mates need to start being better prepared mentally for games.

“Even if you’re exhausted, even if it’s a game where you think you have to make every single step possible to avoid chances, you do it,” Mertesacker told Arsenal Player.

“They [Watford] were coming for us and were having a real go at us.

“Then you need numbers, you need players in the box and players wanting to defend that goal. We lacked that, totally, especially on that second goal.

“I need to do a better job in preparing our players, especially mentally to go that extra step.

“That needs to be done beforehand. Afterwards is easy because anyone can judge us on that performance and can criticise.

“That’s fair play, but we as players and me as captain need to make sure we are aware of that before the game, not afterwards.”

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Mesut Ozil’s agent admits Mesut Ozil contract talks with Arsenal are ‘going in a positive way.’

October 12, 2017 by  
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Talks over extending Mesuit Ozil’s contract at Arsenal according to the agent of the German midfielder are “going in a positive way”.

Ozil could be back in action for Arsenal’s trip to Watford on Saturday after recovering from a knee injury which kept the German World Cup winner of international duty as Germany secured their place at the Russia 2018 World Cup.

The 2010 Germany World Cup winner joined the Gunners from Real Madrid in a then club-record £42.5million deal in September 2013, but as yet has not agree a new contract.

There had been rumours, though, the former Los Blancos playmaker could be sold in January to avoid him leaving on a free transfer in the summer.

Per reports, Inter Milan, Besiktas and Manchester United, now managed by his former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, have all been reported as possible destination for player said to be seeking a salary in the region of £300,000-per-week.

The German’s agent Dr Erkut Sogut, however, suggested in quotes to Turkish media outlet Fanatik that the German could well be staying put.

Sogut said: “Ozil wants to play another two to three years in the Premier League.

“Our contacts with Arsenal continue and are going in a positive way.”

Arsenal will be back in Premier League action this weekend when they take on Watford at Vicarage Road on the back of an unbeaten run through seven matches across all competitions, with four successive victories.

However, we would be without the service of German defender Shkodran Mustafi, who suffered a suspected thigh muscle tear while on international duty.

Forward Alexis Sanchez, meanwhile, faced a long trek back to London following Chile’s final World Cup qualifier against Brazil, which saw them lose 3-0 in Sao Paulo and so miss out on a place in Russia next summer.

Alisher Usmanov Assures Fans He Will Refuse to Sell Arsenal Shares to Stan Kroenke

October 5, 2017 by  
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Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov has publicly declared that he is not in talks to sell his 30.4% stake in the club to hugely unpopular majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, reassuring supporters that it also remains his intention to buy more Gunners shares and take control.

It was reported this week that Kroenke, who also owns multiple sports franchises in his native United States – including the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL, had offered Usmanov a total of £525m in an attempt to buy him out of the Emirates Stadium altogether.

That would have seen his stake, currently 67%, rise to over 97% and near full private ownership – a situation fans have been desperate to avoid.

Taking to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon, Arsenal legend Ian Wright descirbed Russian billionaire Usmanove as the club’s ‘only hope’.

Responding to the speculation, Usmanov has issued a statment, reassuring fans that he is not selling his shares to Kroenke and that he would be running things differently were in charge of any decisions – the 64-year-old does not currently have a place on the Arsenal board.

In his statement, he acknowledge the ‘anxiety’ that news of Kroenke’s bid had created and believes that retaining his stake will help ‘protect the best interests’ of supporters.

“I would like to be clear that I am not holding any talks with Mr Kroenke about a sale,” he said. “My interest in Arsenal from the beginning was long term and my intention has always been to buy additional shares should they become available.”

Usmanov bought up current Everton majority shareholder and business partner Farhad Moshiri’s shares to double his stake to its current 30%, and explained how he has already made his own offer to buy Kroenke out of the club in a deal that values Arsenal at £2bn.

“That offer remains valid today,” he said. “I have always been and will continue to be an ardent supporter of Arsenal and I see my 30% stake as an important aspect in protecting the best interests of the fans in the club.

“It has been well documented that I have no say in the running of the club, that my views differ from those of the majority shareholder and that I would take a different approach to delivering footballing success.

“I would like to assure supporters that I am open to various future scenarios – a constructive partnership with the majority shareholder, the purchase of his stake either alone or in a consortium, or if a party appears who shares my and undoubtedly the majority of fans’ vision for the club, I could consider the question of selling my stake.”

Can Arsenal overturn omens at Goodison Park?

March 18, 2016 by  
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Despite the disappointing week we’ve had we have another game to look forward to as we travel to Everton for the early kick off at 12:45 tomorrow afternoon, I know the lads have not had much rest and in an ideal world this game should be played on Sunday instaed as Everton players had a whole week to recover from their FA Cup triumph against Chelsea, whilst we played Barcelona mid week which without a doubt was a very demanding game physically. Still, there is no point complaining and moaning about this now, these lads are professional football players and must cope with such a busy schedule.

As far as team news is concerned we have only lost Flamini (some will be relieved) with a hamstring injury he suffered against Barcelona. Unfortunately there is no one coming back so we are most likely to see the same team minus Flamini from Wednesday evening.

In terms of the other players coming back Arsene said:

Wilshere is showing good signs now of recovery, Santi is a bit slower. The players who will definitely be back from injury [after the international break] will be Ramsey, Cech and maybe Flamini. But I don’t think Cazorla or Wilshere will be straight after the international break.

Everton will be without Kevin Mirallas and Gareth Barry as both are suspended, Bryan Oviedo could also miss this game due to illness but he did resume training so knowing our luck he will recover in time.

It’s still a mystery why Santi and Wilshere are still out injured especially Santi as we have missed him badly in the middle of the park, will we see them again on the pitch this season? I simply don’t know and somehow have my doubts. For me the Everton game is our last ditch challenge if we still believe and hope of winning the Premier League if we loose it’s definitely game over and there is no coming back from this one. On the other hand, teams behind us are not far away so we really need to go on a wining run if we are going to challenge for the Champions League spot again. Here’s what Wenger had to say:

“I would say we have to go step by step,” he said. “Let’s get back to winning habits first, that starts tomorrow… if we win tomorrow, we’ll see. That’s our target.
“But at the moment, the only way to achieve something special is first to be realistic and humble enough to deal first with Everton.

“Things will change until the end of the season, that’s for sure. We have to take care of our own destiny, and that’s by producing the performances we expect from ourselves.

“It’s very tight, but I believe the Premier League is far from over. We are in a position where we hope for the best. I agree that a negative result would be very bad for us, but we focus on a positive result. We know now is the time for us to produce the result we want.

“We also have to look behind us because things can change very quickly. We want to move forward, but I’m conscious that our position is not secure, even where we are.”

You can’t disagree with that in any way he’s absolutely right, but will his players be up for it and show sheer heart, determination and desire to finish this season on a high? I sincerely hope so, if we can repeat the performance from Wednesday night effort wise and find the target when opportunities arise then we have a good chance of winning this game. We know too well Everton will be up for it and Lukaku will be a handful as he has shown last weekend against Chelsea. With an early kick off tomorrow afternoon I intend to be a happy Gooner (fingers crossed) for the rest of the weekend so come on Arsenal it’s time to stand up and make an extra effort so we can finally get some momentum going and go on that winning run we’ve missed so badly, after all tomorrow is a must win game!

For those of you who are going have a safe trip and get behind our lads I know will be doing my share form my living room. Come on Arsenal!

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