Inter Milan still interested in signing Shkodran Mustafi

November 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Transfers

Any future attempts by Serie A giants Internazionale’s to sign Arsenal’s and Germany international Shkodran Mustafi could come back to life until next summer, as any chance to sign him to San Siro in January looks far too unrealistic according to reports.

The Milan outfit are long-term admirers of the Arsenal centre-back and have previously tried to hold talks with his agent with a view to bringing him to Italy during the winter.

According to Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Germany international was close to confirming the move to Inter earlier this summer, but nothing was concluded.

However, Mustafi’s glorious return to the team, which saw him crowned the hero after finding the net in Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Tottenham, have led both him and Inter to reconsider the deal.

Therefore, Gazzetta says, he will probably remain in London until the end of the season and will decide his future only then.

Despite the Serie A’s interest, Mustafi has a good relationship with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who could be a key factor in his decision.

He would not be new to Italian football, as he played for Sampdoria before he made the move to Valencia in 2006.

Although Juventus were also reported as interested in him earlier this summer, reports in Italy suggest that Inter would be the only destination Mustafi’s considering other than Arsenal.

In the report, it went further revealing Mustafi will probably remain in Arsenal until the end of the season and will decide his future only then.

Arsenal star dismisses summer transfer speculation

November 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Arsenal FC, Premier League

Arsenal centre-back Shkodran Mustafi has hit out at the transfer rumours that surrounded him this summer.

The German was linked with a move to Inter Milan in August, just a year after joining Arsenal in a £35 million move from Valencia. However, the San Siro giants director Piero Ausilio said the move fell through because Mustafi’s wage demands, and the Germany international has been one of the Gunners’ best defenders when fit this season.

After netting the opening goal in Saturday’s 2-0 win over arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur, the Germany World Cup winner lashed out at reporters asking him about his potential move.

“You like to get the s—, the biggest s—,” Mustafi said according to the Telegraph. “What happens in the changing room is the real thing. I have been talking to clubs or if I haven’t, it’s only rumours. I’m here, I’m standing in front of you in an Arsenal shirt.”

The former Valencia star hit back at the critics who had written off Arsenal ahead of the game following four away losses in the Premier League this season.

“That’s you guys thinking it,” he said. “As always, Arsenal is dead, Arsenal is not coming back.

“We always are alive, we always believe in ourselves but we all know that if you win the big games but lose the small games you’re not going to finish top of the league, or even in the top four. If you win today and lose next weekend you are back where you were.”

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.

Mesut Ozil’s agent admits Mesut Ozil contract talks with Arsenal are ‘going in a positive way.’

October 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Arsenal FC

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.

Arsenal handed major injury and fitness boost amid expected Mustafi blow

October 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Arsenal FC

Arsenal’s and England international Jack Wilshere believes he has never been fitter as he attempts to convince manager Arsene Wenger he is worthy of a Premier League return. The 25-year-old made a full recovery from a broken leg just few days to the international break. Wilshere played the full 90 minutes for Arsenal in the Carabao Cup win over Doncaster Rovers and Europa League success against Belarusian side BATE Borisov.

It was against the Zholto-Sinie (Yellow-Blues) where the Englishman showed shades of the form that saw him regarded as one of England’s brightest young players when he first broke through at The Emirates. The playmaker showed a performance that Wenger described as “outstanding” in a 4-2 win, which has raised speculation over whether Wilshere will be awarded a new contract.

Wilshere, who spent the whole of 2017/18 season on-loan at AFC Bournemouth current deal with the Gunners expires in the summer of 2018, has been set a deadline of December to convince the club he is worthy of a new deal, which he can only justify with regular appearances and an injury-free season in the team. He is hopeful that run can start when the Premier League fixtures resumes this weekend, with Arsenal facing Watford at the Vicarage Road, having returned to the best physical shape of his career.

Jack Wilshere

“I always hear the boss say it is my first five-metre burst, when I receive the ball and to get away from defenders and I feel that’s getting better and better each day,” he told Arsenal’s official website. “I feel like the way to improve that is in games when you’re playing against opposition that want to win and want to win the ball back and you have to be able to keep the ball.

“That’s coming back and my fitness levels, if I’m honest, are probably the best they’ve ever been. I look at my numbers after the game and I’ve been out for four months and I’m not the one who hasn’t run the most. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t run the most, we’ve got a lot of players that do that, but my numbers are good so I’m happy.”

Speculation regarding the England international’s return to full fitness comes from an on-going report that defender Shkodran Mustafi could be out of action for an extended spell away from the Gunners first team after limping out of Germany’s World Cup qualifying win over Azerbaijan. Manager Joachim Loew suspects he has suffered ligament damage, but there has yet to be any confirmation over the severity of the injury he sustained.