Arsene Wenger identifies his potential successor at Arsenal

March 6, 2018 by  
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reportedly earmarked Mikel Arteta as his potential successor at the north London club.

The French tactician has received plenty of criticism following the Gunners’ lean patch in 2018, but he remains adamant that he is the right person for the job. Wenger’s current deal does not conclude until the summer of 2019, and it appears that he could thereafter quit from his head coach position with a successor in the form of Arteta lined up.

According to The Mirror, the 68-year-old has no plans to quit from the Gunners role despite the club succumbing to a 10th Premier League defeat of the season. The Capital outfit put in another dismal defensive display which cost them a 2-1 loss at Brighton & Hove Albion, and this happened to register an unwanted record.

The Gunners have now lost four straight away league games since the turn of the year, and this happens to be the first time since 1925, have they managed to repeat this feat. Moreover, they have accumulated just 13 points in 15 matches on the road this term – their worst tally since the 1989-90 season.

The likes of Joachim Loew and Carlo Ancelotti have been touted as potential contenders to replace Wenger at the helm, but the Frenchman seems to have different plans in mind with Arteta being his preferred choice for the managerial reign.

Arteta has been part of Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff at Manchester City since ending his playing career with the Gunners back in 2016, and Wenger is seemingly interested with a reunion with the Spaniard, whose arrival could permit him to stay on in a potential ambassadorial role.

However, the Gunners may not receive a straight route to the former La Masia graduate with ex-club Everton also deemed to be keen on his services. The Merseyside outfit are considering the position of Toffees boss Sam Allardyce, and they could potentially offer Arteta the managerial post during the summer, 12 months prior to Wenger’s probable departure from the Emirates.

Arsenal’s Tendency to Quickly Lose Their Swagger is an Issue That Needs Resolving

February 12, 2018 by  
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Arsenal travelled to Wembley on February 10 to face Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur side, with something of a swagger. The demolition job of Everton the previous weekend hadn’t cured all ills, but this was an Arsenal side with fresh blood, renewed vigour, and based on the 5-1 win over Everton, a strut that had been missing for quite some time.

The debut of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Arsenal an irrepressible feel in attack. All speed and movement and of course a 37th-minute goal that might as well have been the 90th minute for Everton, such was the feeling of finality for the visitors’ afternoon.

But in midfield Arsenal were all-encompassing. Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka were excellent, particularly Ramsey who scored the first hat-trick of his career. In front of them, Alex Iwobi’s solidity was complemented by new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil who looked like a new signing.

There is no better feeling for a player than to know he is wanted. And there is no greater endorsement than a £350,000-a-week contract. Ozil played with a fluency that if replicated regularly, would secure his legacy as a very fine Arsenal player.

Image Credit: Facebook (Henrikh Mkhitaryan - Arsenal)

In Mkhitaryan, Arsene Wenger has another player who appeared to be playing with new found freedom. The creator of three of his side’s goals against Everton, the former Manchester United player could do little wrong. In a new environment, the Armenian flourished. Weighted passing, acute crossing, and displaying innate craft in attack, who is to say Wenger had not got as good a side of the bargain as Jose Mourinho did.

Despite all this, though, Tottenham were still seen as the probable winners in the North London derby. With four points between the two sides before the game, a home win would have seen a pretty clear break between the top five and the rest of the Premier League. The caveat, of course, being that within that top five Manchester City are seemingly uncatchable, reflective in their odds-on favourite tags with the likes of William Hill.

But any certainty of a win for Pochettino’s side was challenged by the fact that on the previous nine occasions Arsenal had been at Wembley, they have won. Spurs, though, need not have panicked. The Everton win was not necessarily a false dawn, but against Spurs, they had the opportunities to at least equalize, but simply did not take them.


Image Credit: Facebook (Harry Kane)

A fine headed goal by Harry Kane was enough to see Spurs win. If the first half lacked life, the second half was brimming with it. And it was Spurs who illustrated that for any excitement in the build-up following the debuts of Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan the week before, the reality of Spurs general superiority as a team was evident.

Spurs were deserving winners of the 195th derby meeting of the two sides, and it was a reality check for Arsenal. A Champions League place has not slipped completely from Arsenal’s grasp. But without a consistent run of high-quality performances, the 2018/19 season could see another stint in the Europa League.

Reports: Jack Wilshere set to accept pay cut [ £90,000 a week ] to seal new contract

February 9, 2018 by  
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Arsenal have been handed some great news with reports emerging that Jack Wilshere is set to accept a new contract offer from the North London club despite being offered a pay cut.

The England international is due to be out of contract at the end of the season and would have been a big loss to Arsenal should he leave on a free transfer.

According to report garnered from the Telegraph, Wilshere look close to finally renewing his contract with Arsenal by putting pen to paper on a reduced wages to reflect his poor recent injury record, with Wilshere set to drop down to earning around £90,000 a week, though with the potential to still go back up to his current £110,000.

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Wilshere’s new deal contract would be more positive news for the fans after what turned out to be a reasonably strong January transfer window, with Arsene Wenger doing brilliantly well in replacing Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were brought in at the Emirates Stadium, while the Frenchman also managed to tie down star playmaker Mesut Ozil to a new contract.

The England international joining Ozil in extending his stay at the Emirates would be another significant boost for Arsenal as they need to keep what remains of the core of his squad together.

With plenty of recent changes to the team, Arsenal’s stability is important for the Gunners as they start to plan for next season already.

Wilshere has always looked a top class performer when fit, and he’s shown this season that the worst of his injury issues seem to be behind him.

A New Era Begins at Arsenal Without Alexis Sanchez

January 27, 2018 by  
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Alexis Sanchez has finally moved to Manchester United and Arsene Wegner can now finally look ahead with a new generation of Gunners. The Sanchez drama begun a couple months back with the player refusing to sign a new contract while he received interesting offers from both United and Manchester City.

Initially it was thought Sanchez would be snatched by Barcelona after a meeting with Pep Guardiola got filtered to the media. In the end the devils got the player and Arsenal got Henrikh Mkhitaryan as part of the deal.

With the end of the deal Arsenal is beginning to show some form after beating Chelsea 2 – 1 in the second leg of the EFL Cup semifinals, despite some criticism. Next month they will face Manchester City to win yet again another local cup.

In an interview with Sky Sports Wenger said:

“Uncertainty gone. We lost a great player, but of course it’s true that when the team doesn’t know what’s going on, there’s less clarity and less focus on performances.”

“Now we know that we have to deal with that and we can get on by giving everyone a little bit more.”

In the game against Chelsea Granit Xhaka scored the deciding goal in the second half after Antonio Rudiger own goal ruined Eden Hazard’s first master piece opener.

Wenger was not happy with Arsenal’s first half accusing the squad of being too fearful and over-careful.

“We gave them too much respect, too much distance,” he said. “We were maybe too scared to go for it.

“We suffered from that. We weren’t in the right positions on the pitch in the first half, we rectified that and took control of the game in the second half.

“In the first half we watched them play a little and they strolled through our lines, but in the second half we were tighter. The midfield came in the game more and we started to dominate.”

There has been a fairly amount of criticism of how Arsenal played that first half, Antonio Conte, manager of Chelsea, blames the loss from getting “unlucky”, implying they should have won if some key moments had played out differently. Some people just don’t know how to lose. If your team losses against a rival that got slammed by the media for playing poorly, then how bad did you play?

This is one of those games live bettors make their day by nailing the key moments were the game turns around. While many may have thought Chelsea had the game deciphered by halftime, those who trust in Wegner’s ability to spin things around once he finds what is failing, had a perfect market to enter into a bet favoring Arsenal.

The pressure to score a goal on that second half was strong, the possibility of the gunners scoring at least one goal or leaving holes in their defense to allow Chelsea to secure the game was also high. This is when you need to take a look at real-time odds by going to this link and snatching some great market prices.

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.

President confirms Arsenal will meet £53million to sign striker

December 2, 2017 by  
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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is reportedly confident that he can offload Karim Benzema this summer as Arsenal are ready to pay as much as £53million for the transfer of the France international.

Benzema has struggled to find his best form the reigning European champions this season, but has generally been one of Europe’s top centre-forwards for much of the last season, winning three Champions League titles among other major honours at the Bernabeu.

He could be a great fit for the Gunners come at the time over Alexis Sanchez’s future, with the Daily Mirror recently reporting that oil-rich Paris Saint-Germain are steeping up their interest in the Chile international as he nears the end of his contract.

This would be a major blow for Arsenal, and Arsene Wenger would surely need to bring in a big name to the club to make up for Sanchez’s departure.

According to Spanish publication, Don Balon, Real Madrid believe Arsenal will come in for Benzema and pay as much as £53m to bring home to the Emirates Stadium to make the necessary additions to their attack next summer.

Arsenal have also been linked elsewhere with a move for Olympique Lyonnias attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir, with the Daily Star recently suggesting a £60million deal could be edging closer.

If both these claims are true, it looks like the Gunners fans can rest assured that Wenger is well prepared to replace Sanchez and fellow contract rebel Mesut Ozil next season.

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