Arsenal have identified their Danny Welbeck Replacement

May 19, 2019 by  
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Arsenal are reportedly eyeing a summer move for FC Lorient Forward Alexis Claude-Maurice. The 20 year-old from Ligue 2 has cored 14 goal and has 3 assists in 31 appearances. According to Mirror Football, Arsenal scouts have watched Claude-Maurice closely and view him as a potential replacement for Danny Welbeck.

Welbeck is also leaving on a free transfer this summer window after the club did not want to renew his contract, Leaving Unai without a third striker as Eddie Nketiah will most likely go on Loan, so Claude-Maurice could be the back up striker for Alexander Lacazette and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang. However, the Premier League is completely different to Ligue 2, not only is it in a different country, the skill level is on another level. Could Claude-Marice cope with it ?

Norwich, Lille and Rennes are also interested in the young Frenchman who is expected to cost around €10 Million.

Why Arsenal Should Still Have Their Eye On a Top-3 Finish

January 29, 2019 by  
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Man City and Liverpool might be forming a two-horse race for the Premier League title but all the other clubs in the top six should feel optimistic about grabbing that third place. And arguably Arsenal have the best opportunity. Their draw away at Man Utd might seem like a fairly insignificant result compared to the 4-2 league win at home against rivals Spurs. But the game, and the manner of the dominant performance at Old Trafford, spoke volumes.

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Some would say it’s two points dropped but history tells us it has been an away trip the London club has dreaded for years under former manager Arsene Wenger. Taking a glass half-full approach, this was one massive point gained, and further indicated the revitalised Gunners have made significant steps forward under new head coach Unai Emery.

The re-emergence of Man Utd under Ole Solskjaer might have prompted Premier League betting odds to favour the Old Trafford club for a top-four finish over Arsenal (each outsiders for the league title at 200/1 and 750/1, respectively) but just as fortunes have changed in the red side of Manchester in the last few weeks, Emery’s team could put themselves back in the mix.

It helps that Spurs have lost their star striker Harry Kane for a couple of months through injury, leaving Arsenal’s rivals short of options up front. That could open the door for the Gunners, whose squad depth is far better, with no shortage of classy forward options in Aubameyang and Lacazette, as well as Welbeck and Iwobi.

A winning streak earlier in the season showed a consistency that was lacking under Wenger, while the new manager’s tactical awareness has helped the side develop a bit more steel to go alongside their attacking prowess. The defence is still leaky, but Arsenal always look like getting a goal.

Indeed, former Gunners star Paul Merson believes the firepower Unai Emery has at his disposal will lead the club to the top four. Similarly, the manager has high expectations of his players, saying, “Our objective is to be in the top four, but it won’t be easy. Every year it becomes even more difficult to be up there.”

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It helps that forwards Lacazette and Aubameyang are so in sync. Lacazette has a great ability to either score or assist in every game he plays and seems to be getting better. His efforts seem to have galvanized his fellow striker Aubameyang’s strengths, with the Gabonese man improving as the season has gone on. The pairing is one of the best the Gunners have had for several years.

A top-three finish will also depend on rivals, too. Has Arsenal got anything to worry about? Spurs lack squad depth and have no strikers due to international duty and injury, Chelsea continues to struggle in the goalscoring department, and Man Utd has only just found some form.

Football at the Emirates is back to being thrilling, the spirit of the fans invigorated and the crowd united. If the team can capture the energy it has brought to games in the first half of the season, defend a little better, and keep peppering the opposition’s goal through their two-star strikers, there’s every reason to think the club can finish in the top four. And maybe, just maybe, they can look a little higher, too.

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.

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.

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 has 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 a report garnered from the Telegraph, Wilshere looks close to finally renewing his contract with Arsenal by putting pen to paper on 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 like a top-class performer when fit, and he’s shown this season that the worst of his injury issues seem to be behind him.