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According to reports from the Mirror, Arsenal are preparing themselves for a swap deal-plus cash with FC Barcelona. The Gunners will send playmaker Mesut Ozil to the Spanish side for winger Arda Turan along with a considerable amount of money before Thursday’s transfer window closure.
Ozil has one year left on his current Arsenal contract and the two sides have failed to come to terms on a new deal. Turan has had a disappointing spell at Barcelona since arriving from Atletico Madrid in July 2015 for £31 million. Barcelona is ready to send the Turkish flop to the Emirates along with cash for Ozil as the team look to overhaul their ageing side.
Arsenal are in the midst of losing both Ozil and Alexis Sanchez for free next season, and the lose of both without compensation could be incredibly damaging to the club.
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Having been torn to pieces in their humiliating 4-0 defeat at Liverpool, a similar fate befell Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal in the post-match post-mortems.
Wenger’s players were variously described as “lazy”, “pathetic”, “arrogant” and “disgraceful”, while the manager himself is under scrutiny once again just three months after signing a new two-year contract.
“Last season, I called them ‘cowards’,” former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher said on Sky Sports after Sunday’s match.
“And afterwards maybe I got a little bit of criticism. Maybe that’s a bit too strong and you can’t say that on live TV, but I’ll say it again –- cowards.”
“How can you play like this in a big game for so many of Arsenal’s players?” asked former Manchester United captain Gary Neville.
“Forget not turning up, forget not playing well, but just the general attitude or lack of respect for the shirt from three or four of them in not running back and not bothering is disgraceful.”
Arsenal great Thierry Henry, analysing the game for Sky Sports, confessed: “At one point I wanted to leave. I didn’t want to watch the game anymore. It’s too much to take.”
While it was Arsenal’s defensive shortcomings that were exhibited at Anfield, the player who featured on almost all the British newspapers’ sports pages was star forward Alexis Sanchez.
The Chile international was despondency personified as he traipsed to the dugout following his 62nd-minute substitution.
After the game, he took to Instagram to post a caption-free picture of himself sitting on his haunches on the Anfield pitch and dejectedly gazing at the ground.
Sanchez has been repeatedly linked with a move to Manchester City and Henry said none of Arsenal’s players could be blamed for casting glances elsewhere.
“Everything that you see on the day has been happening for the past 10 years,” said the Frenchman.
“We talk about Sanchez and is he staying, but they are not going to want to be part of this team. That is why players are not renewing their contracts. They can see something is wrong.
“The word I have used for a long time — comfort. Everyone is comfortable at Arsenal. It’s not the same pressure you have at a big club. Everything is… nice.”
The Daily Mirror branded Arsenal “a lazy, arrogant, broken team with no ideas and no hope” and directly blamed Wenger, who last led Arsenal to the title in 2004.
The Sun called Arsenal “lazy” and “pathetic” and said their torment at the hands of Firmino, Salah and Sadio Mane represented “a new low”.
The Times called it “unacceptable, unwatchable, unforgivable”.
Arsene Wenger has revealed that a decision has been taken with mutual consent to hold off contract negotiations with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez until the summer. Both players out of contract in the summer of 2018. However, advanced negotiations are yet to take place. This has put the future of both players under a cloud of doubt. Ozil has previously stated that his future at Arsenal would depend on the presence of Wenger at the club. Sanchez, meanwhile, has been silent on the issue amidst increasing rumours linking him with a move to China.
There is plenty of uncertainty surrounding the club. A run of four defeats in the last five league matches has seen footballbets.tips place Arsenal at 3/1 to finish in the Premier league top four.
Wenger’s future at the club has become increasingly difficult to predict in recent weeks. A string of poor results in the last couple of months has led to the club not just dropping out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage, but top four now looks a major doubt following the 3-1 loss against West Brom during the weekend. A lot of fans have been calling for Wenger to leave the club. In the past, the manager has retained the faith of the board and fans even during a difficult time. It is clearly not the case this time around.
Even Wenger’s contract is up for renewal in the summer. After the loss against West Brom, the manager revealed that he has made a decision on his future and that supporters will know about the same soon.
The decision to postpone the contract talks of key players like Ozil and Sanchez is something that raises further concern about the club and the direction taken by Arsenal. Both players will be able to leave for a free in the summer of 2018. Wenger has previously said that the club would rather keep the players until the summer rather than sell them for a lower fee in the upcoming summer.
It would not be surprising to see fans’ upheaval increase even further following this news.
Arsene Wenger believes that 17 years of consistency on group-stage qualification can lift them to further stage in all competition.
Since 1999, Arsenal is securing a place among the group-stage teams and they are still maintaining their quality and results. Now Wenger side is looking forward to finish top of the group still have a game on hand against Paris Saint-Germain.
Mesut Ozil stole the victory from Ludogorets with a world class performance at the right time for the Gunners. Arsenal performed a stunning comeback drama and Ozil netted a cool goal at three minutes before the referee blow the final whistle.
Arsene Wenger said: “Great players make the right decisions.
“They take the optimum solution. To me, [at first] it didn’t look like the optimum solution — you wanted him to take the chance earlier.
“But he had enough skill to prove he was right. When the ball was in the back of the net, it was clear it had been the optimum solution.”
“The most difficult thing is to be consistent at the top level. Hopefully we can go further now.”
Wenger has good results so far, which is resulted with 15 games unbeaten run
“I give credit to the team spirit for that character. For more bets on Arsenal’s champions league go with Bethut’s free bets for football and horse racing
“You get belief with positive results, and this shows a healthy mentality in the group. The two together come out in these kind of games.”
Wenger full post match interview:
Euro 2016 updates:
[dropcap]B[/dropcap]astian Schweinsteiger will miss Germany’s friendly matches and opening match against Ukraine in Lille on June 10 due to his training session injury.
Joachim Loew, Germany head couch, confirmed this after the MRI report.
He said: ”It happened at the end of the training session, without any other player involved, when he took a pass and aggravated the previous injury,”
Another key player for Germany Mesut Ozil suffered with ankle injury and also misses the friendly clash against Italy and England.
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It was a scoring debut for the Denmark International and Mezut Ozil scores once again to keep Arsenal four points clear at the top of the table. Arsenal kept 67% possession and smashed twenty shots towards McGregor.
Nicklas Bendtner started the scoring for Arsenal in the first minute with a fine cross delivered by Carl Jenkinson and the forward placing a header in the left corner leaving no chance for the Tiger’s goalkeeper. Mezut Ozil scored the second goal for the gunners, 46, by getting along with Ramsey down the left channel.
Hull city could not replicate the standards from their Liverpool win last week and remains in the second half of the table .
Tiger’s boss Steve Bruce: “The one thing you want to do is start well and they have scored a wonderful goal, we’ve been done on a one-two in a wide area, but it’s wonderful. Arsenal is confident enough and then when they go 1-0 up early on it becomes a difficult evening for us.
“I was delighted to get back into the game but lo and behold we did the same thing in the second half but later on we rolled our sleeves up otherwise it could have been embarrassing.”
Meanwhile, Wenger’s team secured their fourth consecutive home win as the former Real Madrid forward continues to impress the fans with his style of play.
The buzz around the Emirates Stadium is surrounding the German wonder kid Mesut Ozil! Mesut has become a super star at Emirates already. When Arsene (who was much criticized for his miserly spending in the transfer window prior to this move) spent a club record £42.5 million to bring in Mesut there were many speculations. Some people still wanted Arsene to slash out cash to purchase Wayne Rooney; others thought Cristiano Ronaldo would have been a better investment.
But Mesut has proved all doubts raised against him were pointless. He has adapted to the English playing style very early and is ruling the roost now. He has teamed up effectively with Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey to give a cutting edge to the Arsenal midfield. In his short tenure at the Emirates Stadium, Mesut Ozil has already scored 3 and assisted in 5 goals. This is a staggering statistic for any player vying his first year in the BPL, and the season has a long way to go yet!
The stellar form showcased by Mesut Ozil has even forced, otherwise tight lipped, Arsene Wenger to praise his star signing. Speaking at a French television show, Telefoot, Arsene said that he found similarities between Zinedane Zidane and Mesut Ozil in the way they dribbled the ball and made right decisions every time (in terms of passing). He even said “Ozil has a special quality”.
It seems the story of Arsenal and Mesut Ozil augers well.
What ever happened to all those fans who had been screaming for Arsene Wenger to leave the past couple of years? It would appear as if all the Wenger haters have suddenly gone quiet now that Arsenal is top of the Premiership.
In just one masterstroke the 63-year-old Frenchman his wiped the slate clean by signing Mesut Özil from Real Madrid silencing his critics who were complaining that the Arsenal manager treated the clubs money as if it was his own, and that he was afraid to spend it.
Apart from the first game of the season when the gunners suffered a surprise loss at home to Aston Villa they have been in brilliant form especially so against the only true test they have had so far this season, Italian side Napoli who are currently second in Serie A two points adrift of leaders Roma.
Now I hate to be the one to burst the Arsenal fans bubble, but I have not yet bought into the idea that they can win the Premiership, as they are still to face any of the league’s top teams, except perhaps for Spurs in a derby game that is always a close affair no matter what.
Arsenal has also been helped by the fact that Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea have had a few hiccups under their new managers.
In the space of the next couple of weeks it will give us a chance to see if the Gunners really are a title contender as they face Chelsea in the Capital One Cup, Liverpool, and Manchester United in the league along with Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
If they can win at least two of those matches I will start to consider them as a challenger and just so you know I am aware that their current success has come while some of their top players Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski have been missing through injury.
Arsenal travel to the Hawthorns on Sunday where they will play a West Bromwich Albion side that they only just managed to beat in the Capital One Cup on penalties after the match finished 1-1.
Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini thinks that the signing of Mesut Özil is proof that Arsenal is serious about winning the Premiership title.
After having left north London five years ago to join Milan the 29-year-old Frenchman has returned to the place he calls home after signing a three-year-contract with the Gunners last month.
“Our ambitions are clear, as the arrival of Mesut Özil has proved. To fight for the title and compete in the Champions League. We want to win trophies. The club has waited for them for too long.
“We have the means to compete for the title, even if we are outsiders, not favourites, like in 2007-08.That is my motivation. I want to write another beautiful story with Arsenal.”
The French midfielder was at Arsenal when they last won a trophy back in 2005 when they won the FA Cup beating Manchester United 5-4 on penalties which has Flamini saying he still has unfinished business at the club: “I have unfinished business here.
“When I say that, I am thinking of the Champions League Final loss in Paris to Barcelona in 2006. And in my last season we led the table until we collapsed after the match at Birmingham when Eduardo was injured.
“They were four years of great moments and strong regrets, because there is a feeling of not finishing the job.”
Flamini when speaking to France Football said: “Arsenal always held a very special place inside of me. I will never forget what the club and Arsene have done for me. It is why it was important for me to come back and give again to the club.
“I will never forget the match against Tottenham which marked my return. After having spent four fantastic years here, I played for five years at AC Milan, but I had the feeling that I had never left, that I had never turned the page.
“I found the same staff, all the people around the club. Some players had also stayed. And, on the pitch, I had the feeling I was back in the time when I played here.
“Everything happened very naturally. I had the feeling of coming home.”
Every Arsenal fan knows that the Gunners needed a world-class striker, who could possibly be signed in January but what they have landed themselves in Mesut Özil is a player that can make things happen with Borussia Dortmund boss Jürgen Klopp calling him a “Hand grenade” that can destroy a midfield.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he is the best number 10 in the world that has Arsenal fans at last feeling upbeat about the future looking forward to seeing their new star possibly make his debut for the club against Sunderland in the Stadium of Light on September the 14th.