“I’m playing for Arsenal” – £36m-rated hans Arsenal HUGE transfer boost

May 16, 2018 by  
Filed under Arsenal FC

Hector Bellerin has told Arsenal that he wants to remain at the club beyond the summer, according to Sky Sports.

That is a major boost for whoever the club’s new manager is because he has enough to sort out at the Emirates without worrying about replacing one of the few promising players in the current setup.

The report states that Bellerin – who is valued at £36m by Transfermarkt – wants to remain at the Emirates Stadium next season as he is happy at the club.

He says he will definitely be at the club next season, despite the fact that the identity of Arsene Wenger’s successor is still unknown and that the club faces a second straight season in the Europa League.

Hector Bellerin has told Arsenal that he wants to stay at the club beyond the summer, according to report from Sky Sports.

It goes on to say that Bellerin is settled in London and that he believes that the future is so bright at the club that they will challenge again for the title.

Bellerin’s progression has undoubtedly stalled in the last season or so but he is a hugely promising young right-back and there are other positions in which Arsenal’s new boss will need to make alternations or invest this summer.

After the departure of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, it is also another promising sign that developing players still want to remain at the Emirates, feeling they can improve and compete for trophies there.

Also, the new manager will not want to face an exodus so the commitment of a popular player is a real plus point for him before he even arrives.

Can Mathieu Debuchy Break Back into Arsenal’s Starting Eleven?

November 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Arsenal FC, Premier League

Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy hasn’t had much luck since arriving at the Emirates with a number of setbacks preventing the Frenchman from establishing himself in the Gunners’ line-up. The 32-year-old appears to nearing match fitness once again, but is there a place for the club’s ‘forgotten man’ in the starting 11?

The former Newcastle player has endured a rotten run of luck with injuries since signing from the Magpies and his latest hamstring issue has kept him out of action for a number of months. He played just 16 minutes of Premier League football last season but has recently featured during the club’s extra-time victory over Norwich in the Carabao Cup.

Debuchy was also a surprise addition to a much-changed Arsenal side in the Europa League on October 18, with Wenger appearing to offer the French international another chance at the club. Earlier in 2017, he was told that he was free to join another side and was linked with a return to his native France but a move to high-flying Nice never materialised.

Following his recent comeback performance, Wenger praised the versatile defender, saying: “We are all very pleased for him here as he has gone through some difficult moments,” before later adding: “He’ll be a candidate to fight for the team places again.”

He faces stiff competition for his favoured right-back spot with Hector Bellerin holding down the position on a regular basis whilst Callum Chambers is on the verge of a return to first-team action. Praising his ability in the air, Wenger has hinted that Debuchy could be utilised as a centre-back in the future. Arsenal aren’t short of options in this area, however, with Shkodran Mustafi the latest player to pick up an injury and Rob Holding failing to impress this campaign, there may be an opening in the centre of the defence.

Arsenal fans will be hoping that Debuchy’s return to fitness can add some much-needed stability and experience to their back-line. Wenger’s side have been inconsistent throughout the opening two months of the season and they have shipped 13 goals in their opening ten matches, the third highest in the top half of the Premier League. Supporters were left feeling underwhelmed last season as their club missed out on a top four position for the first time in twenty years and they have been priced up at 6/4 in the football betting markets to bounce back this time around and cement their position in the Champions League spots.

Debuchy is into the final year of his contract in north London and unless he can prove his fitness throughout the remainder of the campaign, he is unlikely to be maintained by the club. However, the Frenchman will be hoping to get a run of games under his belt and prove an extremely useful utility player across the back-line for the side who desperately need some consistency in that department. Whilst he looked relatively assured in the Carabao Cup against Norwich, the 32-year-old undoubtedly still has the ability to perform in the Premier League and Wenger may give him the chance to prove his credentials over the busy festive period.

Lineup Update: Arsenal’s 3-4-2-1 XI vs Swansea (Lacazette In, Nketiah Out)

October 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Premier League

Arsenal will welcome Swansea City today and should be considered favourites to win at the Emirates.

As far as the team news is concerned, Arsene Wenger is expected to make more than a few changes to the starting XI that played vs Norwich in the League cup.

Eddie Nketiah was the hero vs the Canaries but the teenager will likely be replaced by Lacazette in the attack. Star playmakers likes Ozil and Alexis should return to the team to start behind the French forward.

After a disappointing start to the new campaign, Ozil was brilliant in the last PL contest vs the Toffees. He scored a goal, provided an assist and created eight goal-scoring chances – the most in a single PL fixture by a player in this campaign.

Bellerin and Kolasinac should start in the wing-back positions. As far as the midfield is concerned, Xhaka and Ramsey will probably start.

The likes of Mertesacker, Koscielny and Monreal should start in the defense in front of Cech. Here is Arsenal’s strongest possible 3-4-2-1 XI vs Swansea: