Agent Ozil, New scout report and Small trophy for Cech

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Mesut Ozil has been labeled “Agent Ozil” by Arsenal fans for getting in touch with Alexis Sanchez. Arsenal beat Bayern Munich in the Shanghai pre-season friendly yesterday, but Sanchez is not with the squad as he recovers after international duty with Chile. Sanchez wants to leave for a Champion’s League club with Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain interested.
Ozil reminds Sanchez of Arsenal by tweeting him a picture of some dogs, a nod to the striker’s pet’s “Atom” and “Humber”.
Will Ozil tactics work?
More on PSG interest in Alexis Sanchez. Unai Emery has confirmed the Ligue 1 club is keen on a deal for the Chilean. And Le Parisian claim today that PSG has sent Sporting Director Antonio Henrique to London to broker a deal. PSG believe they can get the striker for as little as £35.5M. But Arsenal insist they don’t want to sell.
Jack Wilshere latest
Elsewhere, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has emerged as a target for Turkish side Antalyaspor.
Italian outlet Tutto Nercatoweb claim Sampdoria and Antalyaspor are both chasing the England international, the Seria A club have now offered £6 million for the midfielder, however the Turkish side are willing to match Arsenal’s £9million asking price. Place your odds on for the more possible wins on Arsenal ins and outs.
Calum Chambers on the way out?
Arsenal have also reportedly rejected a £16M bid from Crystal Palace for the transfer of unsettled defender Calum Chambers. The Gunners are said to be holding out for as much as £20m for the former Southampton man, who spent last season on loan at Middleborough after falling down the pecking order at Arsenal.
Scouting latest
Arsenal has sent a scout to watch the latest up and coming talent at the Belo Horizonte Cup. The bit cup kicks off this week and has proven to be a goldmine for spotting talent in the past. The grassroots competition brings under-17 sides together across the country, attacking the attention from numerous top scouts.
On the field
Petr Cech refused to lift the pre-season trophy Arsenal were bizarrely awarded for beating Bayern Munich on penalties in their friendly in Shanghai. After a late equalizer from Alex Iwobi made it 1-1 after 90 minutes, the Gunners beat Bayern thanks to a penalty shootout victory, with back-up goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez producing crucial saves.
Afterwards Arsenal were presented with a small trophy during a rather awkward on-pitch ceremony, but Cech refuse to lift it telling other players, this is not the trophy we lift guys.
“This is not the trophy we lift; let’s lift the big one at the end of the season. Not this one”.
But Cech cracked a smile when Arsenal’s over enthusiastic players lifted it anyway.

Petr Cech: I am playing at the level I need to be at

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter retiring from his International duties, Arsenal stopper Petr Cech is seeing the advantages for his Premier League side.

He conceded six goals this season so far, but he managed to keep 16 clean sheets last term. Cech explained most of the goals this season due to unlucky penalties.

34-year-old veteran goal keeper believes he is playing at certain level what he wants to be.

Cech said: “So far it’s a kind of a different campaign because I think I have been doing well but if you take clean sheets, we had a run of games where we conceded at least one goal,”

“The most important thing is obviously that the team wins but it is good sometimes to have a clean sheet and that solid base at the back.

He added: “We have conceded a number of penalties in games where the penalty was the only goal, so sometimes you have these runs which are a bit unlucky against you but you would like to do something extra and find one extra save.

“Overall it is a season in which I am playing at the level I need to be at. You want to improve every game and keep the standard up the whole time – you don’t want to have a period where you are not doing so well or you are not where you should be, which hasn’t happened yet so hopefully I can keep like that.”

“You have time to do things that when you travel with the national team you can’t do,”

“It means you can do extra sessions, you can combine the things that during the season when you have a lot of games and might not have a chance to do.

“It’s a new situation for me but so far it has been very positive.”


Petr Cech revealed his role models and title glory


After beating their main title contender in boxing day, Petr Cech hopes Arsenal can improve more in 2016 and march towards title.

Though he lost his personal record of 169 clean-sheets, he is happy for Arsenal’s three points against Manchester City.

He said on BBC’s Football Focus:  “The squad is very strong and once we have everybody available, the manager can use every player the way he likes,”

“That will be to our advantage and we’ll be able to go all the way.”

“We’ve been through the season with plenty of problems,” Cech said.

“Everything isn’t going as smoothly as we would like it to. We can’t avoid injuries – sometimes you have more, sometimes you have less – but we showed that even with the unlucky injuries at the moment that we manage to win games.

“I believe we will benefit from players coming back into the team, once they are fit.

“The season is long and anything can happen. But if we stay where we are until March or April, then we have the chance to win the league.”

On another special interview he revealed his role models on goal-keeping.

“When I was a kid I looked up to every goalkeeper and tried to learn from all of them,”

“I tried to pick up the pieces and complete the puzzle using all of their best attributes.

“If you look at Oliver Kahn you would see his character and aggression, he was living the game, and then you look at Peter Schmeichel’s presence and his key saves. Edwin van der Sar was fantastic at Ajax and then he did well in England.

“Gianluigi Buffon started playing when he was very young so I thought, ‘Wow, if he can play aged 18, why can’t I play aged 18?’. These are things you pick up and you try to take the best of everyone for yourself and work on things you can improve.”

He added: “If we drew 0-0 then I would’ve had the clean-sheet record but we would’ve only had one point, and this is not what it’s about,”

“The clean-sheet record is about winning three points and, if we win every game 2-1 from now on, we win the title.

“I would rather the title than the clean-sheet record. It’s a great personal achievement to have equalled the record but I hope the record comes with three points and a win because that is what’s most important.“

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Wenger:Goalkeeper is the most underrated position in football


[dropcap]A[/dropcap]rsene Wenger has praised his first-choice goalkeeper Petr Cech and admitted the regret for not signing him years back.

Cech made a brilliant saves against big teams and having 169 Premier League Clean sheets, which he shares with David James.

Arsenal Boss said: “He has brought his experience, his calmness and his leadership as well, He has been good and highly focused.

“I don’t want to be detrimental to David Ospina because he was exceptional last year, but Petr Cech has done it all, so he is someone who gives you an aura, a charisma that is always important in the big games for the players.

“I met him before I signed him and we had a long discussion about the game and the job and his position, and I was deeply impressed by his knowledge, by his professionalism, by his detailed knowledge. So since I have not been surprised, because I got the whole package in one go.

He added: “You always look around you in the dressing room before a big game and you think, ‘Are we strong enough?’ And these kind of faces help you to believe it. Also in the big games, the number of shots on target shrinks. But then the one save can be the difference in the end result.

“There is no history of teams winning things without having a great goalkeeper,” added Wenger. “I’m now 30 years in the job and as I said the other day you learn over the years that the goalkeeper is the most underrated position in football – and maybe the most vital one for winning things.

“For example when Spain won the 2010 World Cup, in every game [Iker] Casillas saved a one-on-one when it was 0-0 or 1-0, or saved a decisive ball. Even in the final against Arjen Robben – and instead of being 1-0 down you are 0-0. And that at the end of the day makes the difference.”