“not acceptable ” Wenger Needs To Leave, He Has No Business With The Club

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger giving his own take in the 4-0 defeat at Anfield on Sunday; he revealed his side’s performance is “not acceptable ” and admitted they had been an “easy Opponent” for Jurge Klopp side.

The Gunners were swept aside at Anfield in a way that was embarrassing at times as Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and substitute Daniel Sturridge got on the scoresheet.

Asked afterwards about what had gone wrong for his side, Wenger – who opted to drop record signing Alexandre Lacazette to the bench and saw Alexis Sanchez fail to sparkle on his return to the team – said: “Everything.

“I think from the first to the last minute we were not at the level requested for such a game – not physically, not technically, not mentally were we at the level, and we were punished.

“That’s basically it. You can analyse the chances we gave away. But I just think overall the performance was not at the requested level.”

Arsenal’s previous two Premier League matches this season had seen them beat Leicester 4-3 at home, then lose 1-0 at Stoke.

And Wenger added: “I believe in our first two games we looked quite good – our performances were good.

“But today the performance was not acceptable at that level. It is true that today we were an easy opponent for Liverpool.”

When asked why the performance had been so sub-standard, the Frenchman said: “That is a question that is very difficult to answer straight away after the game.

“There are some reasons, but I don’t think I have too much to comment on that now.”

Wenger was asked about reports suggest Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain might be allowed to leave.

He said: “That is not the kind of question I can answer after a game like that. What will happen in the transfer market in the next three or four days I don’t know.”

Asked further about Shkodran Mustafi, he said: “Similar question, similar answer.”

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Breaking News: Arsenal agree to sell £35m defender Shkodran Mustafi

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Just one year after arriving at Arsenal from Valencia for £35 million, defender Shkodran Mustafi is set to leave the Emirates for Serie A side Inter Milan.

The Italians will most likely take Mustafi on loan with a mandatory buy clause inserted into the deal. The sale of Mustafi comes on the heels of Arsenal agreeing to sell Gabriel to Valencia.

The Gunners aren’t expected to replace Mustafi with a like for like central defender this transfer window as Per Mertesacker, Rob Holding, Callum Chambers and Laurent Koscielny will be used as the team’s main centre-backs.

According to a report from the Daily Star, Mustafi hasn’t clicked with his teammates, which is why the big defender wants to leave this summer before the end of the transfer window.

It is believed Inter Milan are the front runners in signing Mustafi, Juventus are also considering a move for the German international.

While Arsenal won’t sign another central defender, the Gunners are still looking for other players to strengthen the side.

 

Club Desperate As £13.8m Star Signing Expected To Undergo Medicals In Coming Day

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Marseille are considering a swoop for Liverpool forward Divock Origi, reports claim.

It’s believed Origi, 22, is fearful of losing his place in Belgium’s World Cup squad having been reduced to a bit-part player at Anfield.

And he’s seriously considering his options.

According to Marseille Mercato, Origi is firmly on the Ligue 1 club’s radar with a bid worth £13.8million expected in the coming days.

There’s plenty of time for Origi to rediscover his own form, but consistency rather than impact has been his issue at Anfield up until now and Solanke, along with a fit-again Daniel Sturridge, means there’s extra competition to face.

Confirmed List Of All Fixture Of The Europa League, Arsenal Everton, AC Milan, Zenit & Lyon

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AC Milan, joint favourites to win Europa League alongside Arsenal, were drawn against Austria Vienna, Rijeka and AEK Athens.

Group stage
Matchday one: 14 September
Matchday two: 28 September
Matchday three: 19 October
Matchday four: 2 November
Matchday five: 23 November
Matchday six: 7 December

Round of 32
Draw: 11 December
First legs: 15 February
Second legs: 22 February

Round of 16
Draw: 23 February
First legs: 8 March
Second legs: 15 March

Quarter-finals
Draw: 16 March
First legs: 5 April
Second legs: 12 April

This season’s final will be held in Lyon empty provider

Semi-finals and final
Draw: 13 April
Semi-finals, first legs: 26 April
Semi-finals, second legs: 3 May

Final (Stade de Lyon, Lyon): 16 May

Here are the group stage in full.

Europa League groups in full

Group A: Villarreal, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Astana, Slavia Prague
Group B: Dynamo Kiev, Young Boys, Partizan, Skenderbeu
Group C: Braga, Ludogorets, Hoffenheim, Istanbul Basaksehir
Group D: AC Milan, Austria Vienna, Rijeka, AEK Athens
Group E: Lyon, Everton, Atalanta, Limassol
Group F: FC Copenhagen, Lokomotiv Moscow, FC Sheriff, Zlin
Group G: Viktoria Plzen, Steaua Bucharest, Hapoel Beer-Sheva, FC Lugano
Group H: Arsenal, BATE Borisov, Cologne, Red Star Belgrade
Group I: Salzburg, Marseille, Vitoria, Konyaspor
Group J: Athletic Bilbao, Hertha Berlin, Zorya, Ostersunds
Group K: Lazio, Nice, Zulte Waregem, Vitesse Arnhem
Group L: Zenit, Real Sociedad, Rosenborg, Vardar Skopje

Can Everton Make the Top Four?

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[dropcap]A[/dropcap]s the finances at the elite clubs in England grow even more astronomical, it was widely assumed that the other clubs would have to scrap for seventh at best. Yet Everton have shocked everyone by shooting for the stars. A flurry of signings has transformed what could have been a preseason bemoaning the loss of Romelu Lukaku into a period of optimism.

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Only time will tell if Lukaku has been adequately replaced, but after seasons of inconsistency, there is a burgeoning hope that Everton will be able to sustain a challenge for European places. Last season saw Ronald Koeman begin to stamp his influence on the side. Having conducted so much transfer business early in the window, there is time for the Dutchman to continue gelling a side together that will hold ambitions of defying the odds and breaking the top four.

Manchester City have spent exorbitantly, whilst most of the other leading clubs have made marquee signings. The only exception is Tottenham Hotspur, with chairman Daniel Levy recently speaking out about how the considerable increase in spending is unsustainable. The two Manchester clubs and champions Chelsea are perceived to be the favourites to battle it out for the title, in part because of their willingness to part with vast sums of money.

Arsenal have signed one of the top European strikers in Alexandre Lacazette, but much will depend on their ability to hold onto Alexis Sanchez. Liverpool still have question marks over their defence, with the possibility of Philippe Coutinho heading to Barcelona a spanner in the works. Spurs have been outstanding over the past two seasons, but inevitable concerns will arise over their potential stagnation compared to their rivals.

Those three clubs will be the ones that Everton will be dreaming of overhauling. In the Premier League top four odds, Everton can be found at a price of 10/1 of securing a Champions League berth, and are almost caught in a league of their own between the top six and the rest of the chasing pack. Yet a strong start to the season for Everton would put pressure on Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal – three sides that will be aware of their vulnerable position in the top six. Unfortunately for Everton, they face Chelsea, Tottenham and the Manchester duo in their first five league matches.

Rooney Everton

Of course, get points on the board in those tricky fixtures and the sky will be the limit. Everton will also have to contend with the balancing act of a domestic charge and Europa League football, but the experience and quality of the new signings should alleviate that burden. Sandro Ramirez arrives on Merseyside on the back of a spectacular breakout season in Spain, although statistical analysis from Paul Riley shows that the Spaniard may struggle to match his level of goalscoring in future seasons.

Yet Sandro will be supported by a strong midfield. Davy Klaasen will bring energy and impact to both ends of the pitch, whilst the returning Wayne Rooney can replace his ageing legs with vision and experience. At the back, Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford will add steel, as well as their youth suggesting the foundations of a dynasty. Everton had an exciting squad already, but now they have quality and depth across the board. It will be a tough ask for them to break into the top four, but their business in the transfer market shows that they are up for the challenge. 

Pickford Signing is a Statement of Intent from Everton

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Everton face Stoke at home on the opening day of the 2017/18 season. It is news that would have been received with some relief by Evertonians on 14 June, but the blue half of Merseyside is still coming to terms with the prospect of trips to Stamford Bridge, the Etihad Stadium and Old Trafford shortly afterwards. A home match with 2016/17 runners-up Tottenham also stands out, within what is undoubtedly this season’s toughest opening five-game sequence. With Jordan Pickford now a confirmed Everton player for £30m, the man seen largely as England’s next great hope will be under the sort of pressure no English goalkeeper has experienced for many a year.

Image: 2017 has been an illustrious year for Everton in the transfer market – and it’s only mid-June.

Everton opportunity unmissable

A majority of Sunderland’s defeats in 2016/17 were characterised by defensive surrender, and Pickford was often called upon to simply keep the scores respectable. Though his value of £30m speaks volumes, he managed just four clean sheets from twenty-nine appearances in 2016/17, and this is a statistic that serves only to douse the optimism surrounding him. Pickford will also be involved in European football for the very first time, and the pressure on him is multiplied when one considers that Everton (as of 15 June 2017) are priced at 25/1 odds by Betway to lift the Europa League. There is already an expectation that the Europa League squad will be younger and more inexperienced – but no less hungry for success – than the regular starting XI. Merseyside’s first professional club has always been considered a champion of youth talent, and it was a reputation reinforced afresh when fringe striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the winner in this year’s U20 world cup final.

It is a welcome contrast from the situation just four years ago, when only one Everton player (Ross Barkley) could be considered amongst the top five young players in the league. Pickford will also have the ideal mentor at Goodison Park. The man responsible for overseeing his prime years will be Everton’s incumbent goalkeeping coach Patrick Lodewijks. Guiding such an expensive, high-profile talent will be nothing new for the 50-year old Eindhoven native, who once coached for the Dutch national side. Between 1989 and 1998, Lodewijks made 270 appearances for a Groningen side low on resources, but never once experienced relegation while he was a first team regular.

Pickford takes shots from Joe Hart, the man he aspires to replace for England in the long term.

Pickford an ‘uncut diamond’

With Liverpool players garnering much hype ahead of the 2014 World Cup, there is every chance that it will be Everton who have such ample representation in Russia next year. Barring a terrible season, Pickford will almost certainly be in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man shortlist. Appropriately, the easy nature of Everton’s 2-0 win over Sunderland, as reported by BBC Sport on 25 February, revealed much of what needs to be done with Pickford over the next twelve months. In a truly one-sided encounter, Pickford’s now-former teammates seldom crossed the halfway line. By contrast, the blue and white fury of his future team poured forward and tested him no less than eight times. Despite being faced with the wrath of an in-form Romelu Lukaku, the Black Cats academy graduate marshalled corner kicks and set pieces with an expertise that defied his tender years. A majority of his reactions were also of a Premier League standard, but he showed below-par wrist conditioning and was inconsistent in his decision-making.

Everton Football Club revealed the 2017/18 Umbro home kit earlier this year. The inclusion of three Everton academy graduates hints at an emphasis on youth talent in the coming years.

That February clash against his future club was a prime indicator that Pickford is currently the definitive ‘uncut diamond’ that Ronald Koeman needs. It is undeniable that Pickford almost gifted Everton as many goals as he saved on that day, but the obvious nature of his errors will make it easier for Lodewijks to address his weaknesses in due course. Four years ago, when Roberto Martinez was Everton’s newly-appointed manager, Everton had aspirations to finish in a Champions League berth. Such aspirations proved unsjustified, but with Farhad Moshiri spearheading what is already looking like a spending spree, 2017/18 represents a great chance for Everton to finish in the top four for only the second time in the Premier League era. Should Everton finish in the top four, with Pickford’s efforts the telling factor, then the Black Cats academy graduate will soar like no goalkeeper has done for a generation.

Louis van Gaal: We were the lucky team today

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]anchester United’s ‘stole victory’ against Everton as per their Manager Louis van Gaal, lift them next to Manchester City with one point down and make them one of the contenders for the next season’s Champions League place.

United’s graph not well since the beginning from this season, but they managed to avoid the Champions League exit from next season. Despite of poor scoring record with this season, they beat Manchester City in a vital match and found young talents on their side.

Anthony Martial scored the only goal of the match and stole the fans at Old Trafford.

Last three months LVG is fighting to secure his job in Old Trafford, which is still under threat by Jose Mourinho.

He said after 1-0 win against Everton:

“We didn’t play so well,”

“We didn’t create many chances.

“Everton are a very good team, much stronger away than at home, and it was a very tight game. We were the lucky team today.” Van Gaal said.

“We want to give entertainment for the fans, but the fans were entertained today because of the tension,”

“If we lose today, the victory against Manchester City is worthless,”

“Now we are still in the race. We have a very important game against Tottenham.”

Everton Eyeing Dutch Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen

[dropcap]C[/dropcap]onfirmation of Tim Howard’s imminent departure from Goodison Park has forced Everton to immediately step up the hunt for a new No.1, and early reports suggest that manager Roberto Martinez could be preparing a swoop for Ajax star Jasper Cillessen.

The Dutch international has enjoyed another fantastic season at the Amsterdam ArenA, registering 14 shutouts in 27 Eredivisie appearances and has also shown his immense ability on several occasions on the international stage too. Ajax are believed to value their 6ft 2in at around £10m and  Everton aren’t the only club rumoured to be monitoring the situation. However, the Toffees are certainly considered to be the frontrunners after the announcement regarding the future of the long-serving Howard.

While the American has lost his regular starting place to Joel Robles, Martinez faces a huge battle in finding a replacement for the 37-year-old who has plied his trade on Merseyside since 2007. With Cillessen turning 27 in April, the Dutchman could be the perfect answer to Everton’s problem; not only could he challenge Robles immediately, but he also has plenty of years left in the tank.

Having originally burst onto the scene in 2010/11 at NEC Nijmegen, before moving to Amsterdam soon after, Cillessen has been one of the hottest properties in Dutch football for a number of years. But with over 100 Eredivisie appearances to his name, along with 27 international caps, this summer could be the perfect moment for the highly rated shot-stopper to make the step up to one of Europe’s top leagues.

Dutch experts onlinewedden.com believe that, should Cillessen help Ajax steal the Eredivisie crown back from PSV, he would have nothing else left to prove in his homeland. That could pave the way for his move to England; Everton appears to be the most likely destination.

For all of his attributes, the current Ajax star would be unlikely to edge out the likes of Petr Cech or Hugo Lloris at Arsenal and Spurs respectively. Similarly, in spite of heavy links last summer, his chances of stealing the gloves at Old Trafford would seem extremely unlikely, particularly if Louis van Gaal steps down before the final year of his contract. While Spaniard Robles would give him a run for his money, the Dutchman would fancy his chances at Goodison Park. If he does have ambitions of eventually progressing to one of the Premier League’s top sides, Everton could be the perfect shop window too.

Martinez will need to recruit a new goalkeeper this summer, but finding one with both young and experience won’t be easy. For an investment of just £10m plus relatively modest wages, the Toffees could certainly do a lot worse.

Barkley a cause of concern for Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez

Everton is in the top four after a 2-0 victory over Norwich. While this is a reason to celebrate, the club’s manager Roberto Martinez has something to worry about. Toffees’ young talent Ross Barkley looks to be out for several weeks.

Ross Barkley injured his foot while playing against Queens Park Rangers during their FA Cup third round fixture last week. Due to this he missed the Premier League fixture against Norwich.

Roberto Martinez said, “We are going to assess him and it seems he is going to be out for a while. It could be broken. We are going to assess it to see if there was displacement or not. It is a very similar incident to the one Leighton Baines had. Before we say exactly what it is, that is the fear, that there could be a fracture in his toe.”

Barkley has played in 19 games for Everton in the Premier League so far. He also scored in the FA Cup tie against QPR and hopes to play for England in the World Cup 2014. He has made himself a part of the first-team line-up at the age of 20. Martinez hopes the injury isn’t long-term and hopes that the midfielder returns soon. The manager is keen on his return and hopes that he recovers soon.

Martinez stated, “Knowing Ross, being a young man, hopefully with the sun – a bit of vitamin D intake, it will accelerate the [healing] process.”

Moyes: Van Persie might feature against my former club

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The Dutch International, who missed the midweek champions league show, might be set to face Everton this Wednesday , claims Manchester United’s new manager David Moyes, while praising his Successor Roberto Martinez at the Goodison Park.

Manchester United star Robin Van Persie could feature in David Moyes’s line up on Wednesday, according to the pre-match conference reports. Moyes said,  “Robin’s okay. He’s got a chance and might play against Everton.”

Meanwhile, the former Everton boss also took time to praise the newly appointed Toffees manager Roberto Martinez saying, “They have a new manager there and he’s brought in his own players as well. He has done a really good job.”

Manchester United sits two points below Everton and nine points clear of the leaders Arsenal.