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?

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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 http://sports.williamhill.com/bet/en-gb/realtime 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.

Not impressive report: “Alexandre Lacazette will miss out a meeting with Jose Mourinho”

November 30, 2017 by  
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Alexandre Lacazette picked up a groin injury against Huddersfield Town and will miss out a meeting with Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United side.

The France international striker was handed a starting role in our midweek meeting with Huddersfield Town.

Lacazette scored the opening goal in that contest inside three minutes, but was replaced by Olivier Giroud at half-time.

Arsene Wenger confirmed after a 5-0 mauling victory over the Terriers that the former Lyon striker had picked up a knock which will keep him out of a home date with Jose Mourinho’s side.

The French coach told reporters: “Lacazette has a groin problem and he will be out certainly for Saturday’s game.
“He might be out for a while.”

Lacazette has been in top form for Arsenal this season, and the Frenchman’s effort against Huddersfield was the seventh of his debut season at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal will, however, be forced to reshape the squad against Man United this Saturday.

Lacazette’s compatriot Olivier Giroud could be the man to get the nod in a central striking berth, with Giroud having stepped off the bench to bag a brace on Wednesday.

Danny Welbeck could also be deployed against his former side, while Alexis Sanchez could move into a central role should Wenger bring Alex Iwobi back into the starting XI.

This was reported by Goal.

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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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.

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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