Arsenal FC – Keep The Faith – 2015/16

Arsenal FC – Keep The Faith – 2015/16

Gladbach confirm offer for Arsenal target Xhaka

Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Moenchengladbach have confirmed receiving an offer for Swiss international midfielder Granit Xhaka, who has been heavily tipped to join Arsenal.

Gladbach confirm offer for Arsenal target Xhaka

Gladbach’s sports director Max Eberl told the Rheinischen Post that an offer has been received, but not revealed from which club, for their 23-year-old captain, Xhaka, who has said he can imagine playing for the Gunners.

The defensive midfielder has also said a decision about his future will be made before the European championships begin in France on June 10.

German media report that the transfer would cost Arsenal at least 43 million euros (£33.2m, $48.5m), plus bonus payments, as Xhaka has three years left on his contract.

Speaking to Swiss television, Xhaka said he is the “wrong person to ask” about a move to Arsenal, but could picture himself wearing the famous red and white shirt.

“Whether or not there are talks, the clubs Gladbach and Arsenal know, but as of now I am still a Gladbach player,” he told Swiss broadcaster SRF.

Having played in Gladbach’s final German league game of the season last Saturday, his post-match comments sounded like a farewell after making 108 Bundesliga appearances for Borussia since 2012.

“We have had some experiences which no one will ever forget,” he said after their 2-0 win at Darmstadt which left Gladbach fourth in the table having qualified for a Champions League play-off place.

“It could be that that was the last game for me.

“There will be a decision made before the European championships and we’ll make it together,” he added, referring to his current club Gladbach.

Mesut Ozil plays football with child refugees in Jordan

Arsenal star playmaker  Mesut Ozil has visited a refugee camp in Jordan and played football with the children who live there. The midfielder went to the Zaatari Refugee Camp on 18 May, in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) and the Asian Football Development Project (AFDP).

Ozil was given a tour around the camp, before playing a match with young girls and boys. The AFDP have been running since 2012 in Zaatari, using football to try and bring a sense of normalcy to the kids who inhabit the camp.

One child, Abdul Raouf Khaled, was wearing Ozil’s number 10 shirt from when he played for Real Madrid. Khaled said, “I learned some movements from him and this is the first time I play with a famous star like him and I hope to become a star like him”.

Another keen player,13-year-old Khadijah Abdo Suwlim, said, “We love football and this our favourite game and we love that he teaches us and we learn from him”.

Adult football fans in the camp were exciting about seeing the World Cup winner. Syrian football coach Mohammad al Zu’bi said that visits like this one showed the children that people are thinking of them.

“[Having] a player like Ozil in the camp gives a motivation for children that the big players are thinking about them. There are players who think about us, care about them at the same time”.

After visiting Zaatari, Ozil travelled to Youth City in Amman with Prince Bin Al Hussein, the President of the Jordan Football Association, and the Chairman on AFDP, where they met Jordanian footballers.

Petr Cech wins Premier League Golden Glove

Petr Cech

Petr Cech

The Gunners shot-stopper pipped David de Gea to the award, following a Chris Smalling own goal in Manchester United’s win over Bournemouth on Tuesday

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has won the Premier League Golden Glove for the most clean sheets, with 16 shut-outs over the course of the season.

The Gunners shot-stopper had Chris Smalling to thank for the prize, with the Manchester United defender netting a late own goal in the club’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Tuesday, ending David de Gea’s hopes of keeping a shut out and claiming the gong.

Granit Xhaka on the verge of completing a move to Arsenal

Granit Xhaka

Granit Xhaka

Granit Xhaka is reportedly on the verge of completing a move to Arsenal

The Switzerland international has been on the Gunners’ radar for some time as Arsene Wenger looks to revamp his squad.

Reports emerged yesterday claiming Arsenal were on the brink of agreeing a deal for his transfer after sorting out personal terms.

German publication Bild suggested there were disagreements over a fee with Monchengladbach wanting £35.2million (45m euros).

But according to Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli, both teams will agree on a price today.

He tweeted: “Xhaka fee should be agreed tomorrow. Clubs meet today. #Arsenal.”

With a deal in motion, Gladbach released a statement confirming they’d received an offer for the midfielder.

“Sporting director Max Eberl has confirmed that there has been a specific offer for the Swiss midfielder,” the post read.

“An agreement with the interested club is still pending.”

Xhaka would be a welcome addition to Wenger’s midfield with Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky all set to leave the club.

The 23-year-old’s arrival would see him compete with the likes of Mohamed Elneny, Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey for a starting spot.

THEO WALCOTT wants to stay at Arsenal

Theo Walcott has told friends he still expects to be with the Gunners next season, despite a hugely disappointing campaign and interest from West Ham.

THEO WALCOTT wants to stay at Arsenal

Walcott’s loss of form saw him lose his spot in Arsenal starting line up and  axed when Roy Hodgson’s provisional Euro 2016 squad was announced on Monday.

He has also seen Arsenal fans turn against him.

The Hammers want to make some marquee signings this summer as they move into the Olympic Stadium.

They are ready to pay £20m for the 27-year-old and offer him regular football.

Theo Walcott made just 15 starts in the Premier League season just ended, with 13 appearances off the bench, scoring only five goals

Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hopes to conclude one important piece of business before Euro 2016 kicks off on June 10.

He has been out of the country and is believed to have been working hard to tie up a £34m deal for Granit Xhaka.

Wenger is keen to land the Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder early, having being accused in the past of leaving it too late to sign players.

 

Tomas Rosicky message to Arsenal fans

Tomas Rosicky says leaving some of the club’s rising stars behind is one of the most difficult aspects of his Arsenal departure.

The Czech Republic international was given a guard of honour on Sunday amid emotional scenes at Emirates Stadium as he bid farewell to the club.

Tomas Rosicky message to Arsenal fans

Having spent a decade in north London, Rosicky admits it is tough to leave but he remains proud of what he achieved.

“It was an amazing [reception from the fans] – if you spend 10 years somewhere it is really difficult as you are so attached to the club. It is unbelievable,” he said.

“It is very difficult to say goodbye after 10 years when you know everyone at the club.

“All the young English guys when I came here grew up alongside me, I have seen them since they were 16 years old basically – Jack, Theo, the Ox, Aaron and Kieran Gibbs, so many.

“I have seen them grow from little lads to the big players they are now and this makes me proud that I had an influence on their growth and education. That is why it is really difficult to leave.”

 

It Happened again-Szczesny banters Spurs

Szczesny banters Spurs

The goalkeeper, who spent this season on loan at Roma, is known for his Top, Top Quality Banter and, this time, when the Gunners finished above Spurs again, he recorded a video of himself singing the infamous, ‘It’s happened again’ song.

Giroud makes France squad for EUROS

France coach Didier Deschamps picked seasoned striker Olivier Giroud for his 23-man squad for the European soccer championship, which France will host, naming in-form forward Hatem Ben Arfa only as a reserve.

Giroud makes France squad for EUROS

Giroud, recovering from a lean spell at Arsenal, is one of six strikers in the squad alongside Antoine Griezmann, Dimitri Payet, Antony Martial, Kingsley Coman and Andre-Pierre Gignac.

Karim Benzema will miss the tournament, beginning on June 10, after a ban for his involvement in an alleged blackmail scandal was upheld by the French federation last month.

Ben Arfa, enjoying the most prolific season of his career with 17 goals for surprise Ligue 1 package Nice, is one of eight reserves who need a player to pull out injured to hope for a place in the final squad, which Deschamps has until May 31 to present to football’s European body UEFA.

“Hatem has had a great season but he’s not the only one in that position,” Deschamps said.

“Giroud, that’s 25 goals in all competitions this season, for Griezmann it’s even more and Martial is on the same level,” he added.

“My aim was not to pick the best 23 players but to go for a group capable of going very far in the tournament together.”

Deschamps chose to leave out Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, who is facing an investigation by UEFA after testing positive for an illegal substance following Liverpool’s Europa League tie against Manchester United on March 17.

France kick off their campaign against Romania on the tournament’s opening night at Stade de France.

Their midfield looks attractive, with fine players in Juventus’s Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante, who shone in Leicester City’s shock run to the Premier League title.

France, who won the 1998 World Cup on home soil and the European Championship two years later with Deschamps as their captain, will also play Albania and Switzerland in the group stage.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Olympique Marseille), Benoit Costil (Stade Rennes)

Defenders: Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City), Jeremy Mathieu (Barcelona), Patrice Evra (Juventus), Bacary Sagna (Manchester City), Lucas Digne (AS Roma), Christophe Jallet (Olympique Lyon)

Midfielders: Paul Pogba (Juventus), Blaise Matuidi (Paris St Germain), Lassana Diarra (Olympique Marseille), N’Golo Kante (Leicester City), Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United)

Forwards: Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Dimitri Payet (West Ham United), Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Andre-Pierre Gignac (UANL Tigres)

Reserves: Alphonse Areola (Villarreal), Hatem Ben Arfa (Nice), Kevin Gameiro (Sevilla), Alexandre Lacazette (Olympique Lyon), Adrien Rabiot (Paris St Germain), Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United), Djibril Sidibe (Lille), Samuel Umtiti (Olympique Lyon).

France team for uero 2016