Sanchez kisses the badge and stays at Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez has been training hard at Arsenal. And today he did the unthinkable: he kissed the badge.

Sanchez kisses the badge and stays at Arsenal


Might it be that Sanchez wants to remain at Arsenal, the club offering him £280,000 to extend his current contract? The Mirror says Sanchez” will tell Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger this week that he wants to join Manchester City.”

But he hasn’t told him yet. And even if he does, Wenger’s non-plussed. “He is focused. My decision is clear, he will stay. He will accept that,” says Wenger. He adds: “The frame of mind of a footballer is quite easy – once you go out into the game, you focus on that.”

Rafael Predicts Lacazatte to be a Hit at Arsenal

Ex Manchester United full-back Rafael predicts that Alexandre Lacazette will be a big hit at Arsenal. The French striker joined the Gunners from Rafael’s current club Olympique Lyonnais in a £50m deal this summer.

Rafael Predicts Lacazatte to be a Hit at Arsenal

Having spent a season playing alongside Lacazette in France, the Brazilian thinks Lacazatte will be a canny addition for Arsenal’s front line, “He is a player I admired, and still admire, a lot,” Rafael told Goal.com.

“He is a very smart player, he knows how to score. He’s very fast and that is all an attacker needs to succeed. I think he will do very well at Arsenal,” explained the right-back, that joined Manchester United from Fluminense in 2008, before joining Lyon last summer.

“I think he will adapt to the Premier League and that won’t take very long. In the early games he might struggle a bit, but he will be fast, which is important.”

Akpom Continues To Impress In Pre-Season With Another Goal For Arsenal XI

Nigerian born striker Chuba Akpom continues to impress in pre-season for Arsenal XI, netting again in their 5-1 hammering of Leyton Orient in a friendly on Tuesday.

Akpom Continues To Impress In Pre-Season With Another Goal For Arsenal XI
The Gunners named a strong starting line-up, with Akpom, Jenkinson, Debuchy and Nketiah all starting.

The the youngstar doubled Arsenal’s advantage in the 14th minute following a neat passing move on the edge of the area.

Eleven minutes before half-time, Chuba Akpom limped off the pitch injured, and was replaced by Malen.

In the game watched by 2,006 spectators, Bielek, Mavididi, Jenkinson and Nketiah all registered their names on the score-sheet for Arsenal.

Arsenal played in this game with many players who are not be expected to be part of Arsenal Wenger plan for next season, most of the players played today they are expected to be sold or let go on loan for the coming season.

Arsenal hope to sell seven, but wages a problem

Arsenal hope to sell seven, but wages a problem

Arsenal’s plans for a summer clear-out have been ‘delayed’ by players ‘refusing to take pay cuts’.

The Gunners have sold just one player so far this summer, with goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny departing for Juventus in a £10million deal.

Arsenal hope to sell seven, but wages a problem

Szczesny is the only player to have left for a fee, with the club looking to offload a number of others.

Jack Wilshere, David Ospina, Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson, Lucas Perez, Calum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy have all been ‘deemed surplus to requirements’ by Arsene Wenger, and are free to leave, according to the Daily Mail.

But the north Londoners have encountered a problem in that their unwanted stars are on relatively high wages.

Potential buyers, with Watford, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Galatasaray and Sampdoria among those linked with the above septet, are ‘reluctant’ to match the current figures the players are paid.

‘Arsenal stand to slash £19million off their annual wage bill if they can secure deals for their players,’ and they are hoping to free up funds for at least one more signing.

The club may have to lower their asking prices as a result, with any potential windfall likely to be used in a move for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar.

Arsenal 2017 Emirates Cup squad

Arsenal 2017 Emirates Cup squad for this year’s edition was announced on Arsenal’s official website on Friday.

Arsenal 2017 Emirates Cup squad

Also included in the squad are notable names like Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Granite Xhaka, Laurent Koscielny and Theo Walcott.

Other first team players who made the cut include Danny Welbeck, Nacho Monreal, Francis Coquelin, Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding.

Also Arsenal’s new signings, Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac are included in the squad.

The 2017 Emirates Cup, which is the ninth edition, is scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday.

The four teams that will take part at this year’s edition are hosts Arsenal, German Bundesliga club RB Leipzig, Spanish side Sevilla and Benfica of Portugal.

Arsenal 2017 Emirates Cup squad:

4 Per Mertesacker
6 Laurent Koscielny
8 Aaron Ramsey
9 Alexandre Lacazette
11 Mesut Ozil
12 Olivier Giroud
13 David Ospina
14 Theo Walcott
15 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
16 Rob Holding
17 Alex Iwobi
18 Nacho Monreal
21 Calum Chambers
23 Danny Welbeck
24 Hector Bellerin
26 Emiliano Martinez
29 Granit Xhaka
30 Ainsley Maitland-Niles
31 Sead Kolasinac
33 Petr Cech
34 Francis Coquelin
35 Mohamed Elneny
40 Cohen Bramall
61 Reiss Nelson
69 Joe Willock

 

Arsenal are closing-in on the signing of Thomas Lemar

Arsenal are closing-in on a £45m deal to sign French attacker Thomas Lemar after finally making a breakthrough in negotiations with Monaco, according to The Sun.

Arsenal are closing-in on the signing of Thomas Lemar

Arsene Wenger has been chasing Lemar all summer after identifying the youngster as a prime target as the boss looks to further strengthen his squad after missing out on the top four last season.

Monaco have proven extremely difficult to deal with as the Ligue 1 champions have been desperately trying to keep their title-winning squad together following a number of exits but it seems they may now have admitted defeat.

The Sun claim that after slapping an £80m valuation on Lemar’s head earlier this month to try and deter Arsenal, Monaco are now willing to do business at a more realistic figure and a transfer could be wrapped-up by the end of the week.

The newspaper says Arsenal are now close to agreeing a £45m deal following a breakthrough in the negotiations and Lemar is already believed to have agreed personal terms over his move to the Emirates.

We’ll have to wait and see if other media outlets come out to confirm The Sun’s report but if true, then it looks like Lemar is set to become Arsenal’s third signing of the summer following the arrivals of Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac.

The French international enjoyed a superb campaign last season as he scored 14 goals and set-up a further 17 for his team mates to help Monaco win the Ligue 1 title and reach the last four of the Champions League.

he 21-year-old is capable of playing anywhere across the attacking midfield positions so he’d give Wenger plenty of options in the final third, and I think he’d be an excellent addition to the squad if we do end up luring him to north London.

Sanchez “not for sale”, says Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reiterated that the Gunners will not sell star forward Alexis Sanchez this summer.

Paris Saint-German and Manchester City are both keen on signing the Chile international, who has one year left on his Arsenal contract and is stalling on signing a new deal.

Sanchez "not for sale", says Wenger

But Wenger says Arsenal will not sell the 28-year-old, who scored 30 goals and contributed 13 assists in all competitions last season.

“The decision has been made and we will stick to that. The decision is not to sell,” Wenger said.

Sanchez stated at the weekend that he wanted to play for a club that could “win the Champions League”, but Wenger insists that the two-time Copa America winner can fulfil his ambitions at the Emirates Stadium

“We played 20 years in the Champions League,” he continued.

“That’s 17 years before Sanchez arrived and three years with him, so he can get us back in there.”

The Frenchman also played down Sanchez’s comments about the Champions League, insisting that the player’s comments had been taken out of context.

“I don’t give too much importance to things that are translated, you know,” he added.

“The whole interview that I got didn’t really mean that.

“The main focus for us is to concentrate on the Premier League and the Premier League for me today is more important than the Champions League.”

Arsenal’s shirt numbers for the 2017/18 season released

Arsenal have released shirt numbers for the 2017/18 season……..on the club shop website……

Arsenal have updated the website with all the new numbers, the main point of interest of course being new signing Alexandre Lacazette. As per Arsenal Direct, below are all the currently revealed squad numbers:

Arsenal’s shirt numbers for the 2017/18 season released

Club-record signing Alexandre Lacazette gets the number nine jersey, as predicted and hoped for by most fans on Twitter. Lucas Perez, the previous owner, has been moved to number 28.

Joel Campbell was the previous owner of that shirt but hasn’t hads another assigned to him as of yet. It’s a similar story with fellow loanees Wojciech Szczęsny, Jack Wilshere and Calum Chambers. Their numbers will presumably be decided if and when it’s confirmed they’re not heading off on loan again, or exiting on permanent deals.

Other summer signing Sead Kolašinac has been given the number 31, as previously announced. Mesut Özil keeps the number 11 jersey, but with Jack Wilshere’s number 10 yet to be confirmed on the website, this could still change.

Alexis Sanchez keeps Arsenal in top-four hunt

Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring on the hour at St Mary’s before Olivier Giroud made the game safe with a header 7 minutes from time.

This was the 20th goal that Alexis Sanchez scored in the ongoing Premier League campaign. (Photo: AP)

Alexis Sanchez scored his 20th goal of the Premier League campaign as Arsenal won 2-0 at Southampton on Wednesday to keep their hopes of a top-four finish alive.

Sanchez opened the scoring on the hour at St Mary’s before substitute Olivier Giroud made the game safe with a header seven minutes from time.

Victory took Arsene Wenger’s side above Manchester United into fifth place and left them three points below Manchester City, who occupy the fourth and final Champions League qualifying berth.

Arsenal must now win their three remaining games and hope City or third-place Liverpool drop points if they are to secure a 20th successive season of Champions League football.

Arsenal beat Leicester City 1-0 at the Emirates

Arsenal beat Leicester City 1-0 at the Emirates

A late own goal from Robert Huth secured us a precious three points as we kept our hopes of a top-four place alive with a crucial victory at Emirates Stadium.

For so much of this game it seemed as if we would be frustrated against an obdurate Leicester City side that kept chances to a minimum.

We got off sluggish start that nearly saw us fall behind when Jamie Vardy shot into the sidenetting, before Petr Cech was called into action to make a fine save to deny Riyad Mahrez from close range.

Arsène Wenger’s men struggled to find the same intensity and focus they had shown against Manchester City three days earlier, although Theo Walcott forced a smart save out of Kasper Schmiechel.

Alexis went closest with a fierce drive that rattled off the crossbar on the stroke of half-time, but despite our best efforts we found it tough to break down the Foxes after the restart too.

Alexis was dispossessed when well-placed in the area, Granit Xhaka saw a deflected effort palmed wide and frustrations continued to grow.

But four minutes from the end we had our reward when Nacho Monreal’s drive from the edge of the area hit Huth and flew into the bottom corner.

It was enough to settle this clash and while it may not have been your typical Arsenal goal, sometimes you just need to dig out a result – and that is exactly what we did.

Next, the minor matter of the north London derby at White Hart Lane. Bring it on.

 

Arsenal’s woes ahead of Palace clash

Arsene Wenger still has Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny unavailable ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace tonight.

Arsenal’s woes ahead of Palace clash

Wenger only has four players sidelined with injury, but one position remains a major cause for concern for the Arsenal manager. That is because Wenger has both senior goalkeepers Petr Cech (calf) and David Ospina (back) sidelined with their respective injuries, with neither expected to regain fitness in time for the cross London trip.

The Gunners will look to create a winning momentum when they head across London to take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park tonight. The match gives them a chance to go back to 5th in the Premier League table after Manchester United leapfrogged them with a 3-0 win over Sunderland yesterday.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace are looking to bounce back to winning ways after their four-match winning streak came to a screeching halt in a 3-1 loss to Southampton on Wednesday.