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  
Filed under Arsenal FC, Premier League

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!

Match preview: Home match FA Cup against Watford

March 13, 2016 by  
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This weekend, Arsenal plays a home match against Watford. At Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon the Gunners will continue the defense of their title by seeking a return to Wembley for the third successive season! Midweek they played their fifth round replay against Hull City and they thrashed the Championship outfit with a 4-0 score!

Last weekend, Arsenal came from 2-1 behind to snatch a draw in the North London derby against Tottenham at White Hart Lane in the Premier League. Watford also haven’t their best time in the Premier League. They haven’t managed a win in any of their last three Premier League games and they also failed to score in any of them! Watch the livestream of the match on livestreamsports.nl for live soccer matches. You can also watch livestreamsport.co.uk for matches.

A goalless draw with Bournemouth and 1-0 defeats to Leicester City and Manchester United are a minor blop in what has otherwise been an excellent season for the Hornets so far. The last meeting between Arsenal and Watford saw the Gunners run out as comfortable 3-0 winners in a Premier League clash at Vicarage Road back in October 2015.

We will be relieved that Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista will start, after both central defenders were taken off injured against Hull City on Tuesday. The referee of the match will be Andre Marriner. Here you can find the probable starters for the match:

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerín, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Monreal, Coquelin, Elneny, Walcott, Özil, Sánchez, Giroud Watford: Gomes, Nyom, Prödl, Cathcart, Aké, Abdi, Watson, Behrami, Capoue, IghaloFor more info, you can check the infographic below. This infographic was made by livefootball.co.uk. If you want to see live football scores of the match, check out their website!

FA CUP Arsenal - Watford

 

North here we come! Orcs await…

August 25, 2012 by  
Filed under Arsenal FC, Premier League, Transfers

So as the heading goes we are off North tomorrow morning, this is not a special treatment from the club either, the lads are going there to earn three points end off!

So Sahin deal did not come off in the end, to me it wasn’t a final transfer deal to be honest. When Jack W comes back to full fitness and takes to field his presence becomes rather obsolete so we have lost and gained at the same time without spending big bucks! Frankly I have never heard of him until now which is strange because I’m always in the know how place.

You could say the club is eyeing up every penny and somewhat shame on us for not bringing him in, however we have a structure and a wage bill to consider. A loaned player cannot make more than the current lads in the squad I believe we offered £2 Million and a buyout clause. Liverhoof beat us with £5 million and a staggering £115000 a week. Considering their situation they are heading for disaster already!

Stoke here we come then, it will be a good and physical stern test for the new lads as we know nothing comes easy off over there even Tony Pubes hat for that matter. Defence needs to be tight especial on those set pieces that stick of a man can always cause damage. The only area which I think we are a bit short is the hrrrrrrr DM Arteta is not that kind of player and I would like to see him bit more advanced if you ask me. Jack is on his way back which is a blessing in disguise however we still need that DM someone like Gilberto Silva who would keep his post occupied unlike Song who left us cut open to counter attacks.

Enough of that , big game tomorrow for those of you going take care and look after each other. I will be here in my chair shouting for the lads!

Come on Arsenal!

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