Arsenal: Transfer News

First of Many

Arsenal makes their first summer transfer move, bringing in Brazilian starlet Gabriel Martinelli. The 18-year-old forward started his career at Sao Paulo Club Ituano and was the first youngest player in this century to make his debut at the age of 16. He then went onto conceding 10 goals and 34 appearances. Also voted as the top goal scorer in the Brazilian league after the team reached the quarterfinals in the Sao Paulo state championships. That was all until he was snapped up by Arsenal this summer for £6 million. Martinelli had recently been called up for the Brazilian national team for the Copa America training in May. And if he’s ready to play in a legendary national team like Brazil, I’m sure he’ll be doing wonders at the Emirates stadium alongside Bellerin, Lacazette and Ozil.

Prep Talk

Crystal Palace are holding tightly onto Wilfred Zaha as his price goes up! Arsenal makes the 40 million bid. That just wasn’t enough for the Eagles, later rejecting the bid, as they look to keep the striker. But with no comments from Zaha, this transfer could be kept under wraps until after the African World Cup, leaving few weeks until the transfer window closes.  The Gunners have up to £70 million remaining for a bid but who’s place would Zaha be taking in the Arsenal team. A fantastic 18/19 season for Aubameyang as he looks to have a strong position in the Arsenal team, after conceding 22 goals last season. Whereas youngster Alex Iwobi has been left sitting on the bench for many games. Looks like more of this for Iwobi if Zaha moves to Arsenal.

It’s over to Spain Unai Emery takes his sights as a £27 million bid is put in for Real Madrid striker Lucas Vazquez. It looks like Arsenal require a striker as Emery sets his sights on yet another striker. Vazquez has won several titles with Real Madrid and has 9 international caps for Spain. If he moves to Arsenal this summer, this may help bring the Real Madrid flare to the Premier League…

The Gunners prepare a £12 million bid for Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen. Hoping to bring the League two player to the Premiership. The young player has been Hull’s top goal scorer in two consecutive seasons, securing them in 13th place in the league. This move could potentially be a fill in for Palace’s Zaha if he doesn’t make the move to the Emirates this season, making Bowen a cheaper option for the Gunners.

The Race Begins!

Another bid bites the dust as Arsenal’s bid for Celtic defender Kieran Tierney is rejected, after the bid made was too low for the Scottish Premiership club. Here come the Italians! As Napoli joins the race for the defender. Arsenal needs to place another bid if they want Tierney, else it currently stands as a move to the Italian league. He might even bump into David Ospina, who has joined Napoli on a permanent contract after 4 years at the London club. Meanwhile Celtic set up new transfer Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo for Tierney’s position, as a summer departure seems realistic for the Scottish starlet.

Marcelo wants out at Real Madrid and he isn’t stuck for offers, with already gaining interest from Arsenal, Juventus and PSG. Leaving everyone wondering where the Brazilian’s next move will be. To secure Marcelo, The Gunners need to set up a huge move as it becomes a three club race for the Real Madrid star. The Brazilian can play in both Midfield and Defensive roles. A very versatile player that will add a lot to whichever team he decides to join this summer. Again, it will probably be a late signing for the Brazilian as he plays in the Copa America with the Brazilian national team.

Youngsters On The Rise

The new talent is here and Arsenal are securing them with their first professional contracts. An amazing time for; Ben Cottrell, James Hillson and Joel Lopez as all three are offered professional contracts at Arsenal. This comes after their outstanding performances in the under 18’s Premier League. It looks like we will be sure to see a taste of Arsenals new talent this season. Well done lads!

Premier League Review: Match Week 3

The Weekend’s Premier League instalment certainly didn’t disappoint this week, with Pochettino’s fluid Spurs side undoubtedly stealing the headlines.

The Lilywhites thrashed Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford as the home side’s troubled start to the season continued. Jose Mourinho, critical of his players and frustrated at the failure to make further signings, cut a sombre figure at the end, with some wondering whether it might also be the end for the controversial manager if there is a failure to improve.

Strangely he had midfielder Ander Herrera in a three-man central defensive system alongside Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, with Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof dropped.

Mourinho was desperate to add central defensive reinforcements in the transfer window, yet he was the man who signed Bailly and Lindelof at a cost of more than £60 million. Is third-year syndrome, when Mourinho either leaves clubs or is moved on, about to bite again? Harry Kane’s header put Spurs in command at the start of the second half. Lucas Moura doubled their lead two minutes later and the Brazilian scored a second late on to make things emphatic.

One hundred per cent records for Liverpool, Spurs, Chelsea and Watford, three wins out of three, so far this season.

Liverpool saw Mohamed Salah’s first-half strike secure a 1-0 victory over a battling Brighton side. Salah, who scored a record 38 goals in the Premier League last season, clinically finished off the inside of the post. Wolves managed a deserved point after they held Manchester City 1-1 at Molineux.

The visitors hit the post twice in the first half – first through Sergio Aguero and then when Wolves keeper Rui Patricio brilliantly turned Raheem Sterling’s 25-yard drive onto the bar. Wolves’ striker Raul Jimenez had a goal ruled out for offside. And the hosts took the lead in controversial fashion when defender Willy Boly’s attempted diving header went in off his hand from Joao Moutinho’s free-kick.

An Aymeric Laporte header rescued a point for the champions. Both sides had opportunities in the closing stages, with Aguero’s free-kick glancing off the bar with virtually the last kick of the game.

Arsenal managed their first win under new head coach Unai Emery, beating West Ham 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners were caught out on the counter for the opener, West Ham captain Marko Arnautovic slotting low past Petr Cech. Nacho Monreal struck back, firing into an unguarded net after Bellerin’s cross deflected into his path off Alex Iwobi.

Hammers’ debutant Issa Diop diverted Alexandre Lacazette’s volley across the area into his own net and then Danny Welbeck sealed it in added time. The result perhaps flattered Arsenal whose defensive frailties remain.

Chelsea went to Newcastle and turned over the Geordies 2-1. Eden Hazard, on his first start this season, netted from the penalty spot in the 76th minute before substitute Joselu levelled with a terrific header at St James’ Park. But late on Newcastle were sucker punched when Marcos Alonso’s shot deflected in off DeAndre Yedlin. Chelsea dominated the game with 82 per cent possession.

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Premier League Review – Game Week 35

Liverpool draw a blank against Southampton

Liverpool faced one of their toughest tasks in their race for Champions League qualification to date… Southampton. The Reds have met Southampton 3 times already this season and have failed to score on all three occasions. The Reds dominated the game in terms of possession but failed for produce that moment of magic to break the Southampton defence. Liverpool were awarded a penalty but James Milner failed to convert from the spot for the first time in his Liverpool career. Klopp’s side are currently 3rd in the table, if they win all of their remaining games they will playing in the Champions League next season.

Claude Puel said after the match:

“It was difficult for them to come into our box and for me it was a harsh penalty and a good save. It was a deserved point.”

Liverpool’s next game is on 14th May 2017 against West Ham United.

Arsenal welcome Manchester United to The Emirates

Manchester United arrived at the Emirates in good form, on Thursday they secured a 1-0 away win against Celta Vigo in the Champions League. The Red Devils were also on a 25-match unbeaten run in the Premier League, their last defeat came against Chelsea back in October.

The first 30 minutes of the game was uneventful both sides wanted to keep things tight and grow in to the game. Out of nowhere Arsenal midfielder Xhaka let a shot fly from 35-yards out, the shot took a massive deflection off Herrera and left De Gea with no chance. Following the goal Arsenal were full of confidence and managed to bag a second goal thanks to a Welbeck header.

Mourinho did react to the goals and brought on Rashford and Lingard, despite their best efforts Arsenal managed to hold on to their lead and won the game 2-0. This was Wenger’s first ever Premier League win over Mourinho and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

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Embarrassing clash between Alexis Sanchez and Christian Fuchs

Alexis Sanchez’s (Arsenal midfielder) received a yellow card during the Premier League game on the 26th April 2017 due to his playfulness, this made Christian Fuchs (Leicester defender) agitated with the referee. With a few minutes remaining of the game at the Emirates Stadium, Sanchez blocked Fuchs’s throw by standing a few inches away causing Fuchs to throw the ball at Sanchez’s shoulder. This led the midfielder collapsing on the ground as the game slowly reached full time.

Nigel Winterburn commented on the incident after the game

Nigel Winterburn believed that the incident should be ‘nipped in the bud.’

“The whole thing is a mess. The referee and the assistant got it completely wrong because they could have diffused it first of all.”  I said straight away when the incident happened that both of them will probably get booked.”

(After the game, Winterburn told Sky Sports)

Ex-Manchester City striker Shaun Goater also spoke on this

According to the FA the rules for a throw is that the defendant should be standing at least two metres away from the thrower, some commented that Sanchez was not aware of the rules.

“He probably wasn’t and he was doing what I probably would have done because I wasn’t aware of the rule until recently. So, Sanchez was only doing what the players do in the modern game.”

(After the game, Goater told Sky Sports)

Sanchez tweets after incident


Arsenal wasn’t affected by the card after they had won the game with Arsenal winning 1-0. Yes Sanchez went overboard but was this all an act for Leicester not to score? This incident took matter too far as this could have been avoided. Sanchez posted a photo on twitter with the aftermath of the event.

Arsenals’ next game is on Sunday 30th April 2017 against Tottenham. Will they be able to beat Man United who are 5th on the Premier League table?

The great Manchester Derby is live tonight 27th April 2017. It could be a close game, who will take the points?

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Arsenal Out Of Champions League After Bayern Collapse

Arsenal experienced pride and humiliation in equal measure against Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League clash at the Emirates.

Pride in the high tempo first half performance, total humiliation by the end. 5-1 down following an abject performance in Germany the gap was always set to be too big.

The Gunners could surely never have envisaged losing 5-1 at home, but they did, falling at the last 16 stage once again, undone by going down to ten men at the start of the second period.

At least the large crowd had something to cheer about for a while, seemingly able for a night to enjoy a big game to the exclusion of fears that Arsenal may not secure a top four Premier League spot and hence miss out on Champions League qualification for next season, the refusal of Alexis Sanchez to sign a new contract, suggestions Mesut Ozil could quit too, and calls for the head of manager Arsene Wenger.

Yet this defeat and the extent of it put Arsenal’s difficulties into even starker focus. Arsenal showed real fight and verve at the outset before it all fell apart in the second 45 minutes.

Theo Walcott produced first, but a poor touch allowed Manuel Neuer to clear in his sweeper-keeper role. But Walcott was on fire and in the next significant attack played through three opponents helped by lady luck, and then thrashed the ball high into the net.

The sort of world class goal of which Walcott is capable yet produces all too infrequently. And it was the electric Walcott again who was very unlucky not to get a penalty when taken out in the box.

Looked very giveable, but the referee wouldn’t have it. Somewhere in between Olivier Giroud hit a post with a strange effort which came off head and shoulder.

At half time there was still hope even if Arsenal were missing too many chances. But that was cruelly taken away from the re-start.

Bayern were always a threat on the break and their cleverness fashioned an opening for the ever dangerous Robert Lewandowski. Lauren Koschielny fouled him – penalty given. Koschielny shown yellow and then, after consultation between the officials, harshly upgraded to red.

Lewandowski scored from the spot, Arsenal down to ten men, and the tie was over.

Now it was simply a question of whether the home side could keep the score down. They couldn’t. Arjen Robben scored after schoolboy confusion in what remained of the Arsenal defence.

Substitute Douglas Costa was on the score sheet next. Arturo Vidal made it four benefiting from yet another mistake, then added a fifth for good measure. It was agony and embarrassment for Arsenal and may well seal the fate of Wenger despite being one of the greatest managers English football has ever seen.

Wenger disputed the Lewandowski penalty, accused the referee of spoiling the game, hailed the huge effort of the players – he had a point but it was all somewhat akin to clutching at straws.

The end of an era? It is looking likely.

Lincoln City in the FA Cup next for Arsenal, a possible banana skin moment not bare thinking about!

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