Bellerin extends Arsenal contract

Arsenal full back Hector Bellerin has signed a contract extension, the Premier League club said on Monday.

The 21-year-old Spain international, who had been linked with a move to Barcelona where he started his career, arrived in London in 2011 and has established himself as Arsenal’s first-choice right back.

“I’m really, really happy and this club is my home right now,” Bellerin told the club website.

Theo Walcott and Hector Bellerin celebrate

“I wasn’t thinking about anything else other than staying here and continuing my development here,” he added.

“Arsenal is not only about being a footballer, you have to be a good person to play here. That’s what everyone transmits inside the club.”

British media reported that Bellerin had extended his contract with Arsenal to 2022.

Sanchez among world’s best – Pizzi

Juan Antonio Pizzi lauded two-goal hero Alexis Sanchez as one of the best players in the world, though the Chile head coach preferred to focus on the collective effort of his squad after they rallied to beat Uruguay.

Sanchez among world's best - Pizzi

Sanchez returned to the starting line-up and scored a second-half brace as Chile came from behind to upstage Uruguay 3-1 in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.

The Arsenal star had missed last week’s draw in Colombia due to a muscle problem but overcame that injury to inspire the South American champions to victory in Santiago, taking his international tally to 36 goals – just one shy of Marcelo Salas’ all-time record.

“Individuals speak for themselves,” Pizzi told reporters post-match. “Alexis is among the best players in the world.

“[But] I am more in favour of emphasising the strengths of the group. And it is what allowed us to turn the game.”

Chile were forced to do it the hard way at home to second-placed Uruguay.

The Chileans fell behind to a 17th-minute Edinson Cavani goal, but Eduardo Vargas headed in an equaliser on the stroke of half-time.

And Chile never looked back as Sanchez scored two goals in the space of 16 minutes, while Claudio Bravo saved Luis Suarez’s late penalty to help Pizzi’s men leapfrog Colombia into fourth position after 12 rounds.

Pizzi continued: “We value individuality, but I think today the great merit of reversing the outcome is based solely on the collective. Everyone understands how to solve things by doing it together. Sometimes a few stand out as Claudio, Eduardo, Alexis…

“From the second half we were the better team. We found our way, even though I feel it was a close game.

“The team know to build on their strengths. We have the personality and experience to keep calm. We know that with the players we can create options. And that was what happened.”

Chile are now a point clear of fifth-placed Argentina, and three adrift of Uruguay.

Arturo Vidal – under an injury cloud heading into the match and withdrawn early in the second half having picked up a yellow card which rules him out of Chile’s next qualifier against Argentina in 2017 – added: “Next year we hope to be first. We will fight every game as we always do.”

 

Joel Campbell scores twice as Costa Rica thrashes U.S.M.T

Costa Rica thrashed the United States 4-0 on Tuesday night, handing Jurgen Klinsmann’s team its second World Cup qualifying loss in a row following Friday’s 2-1 defeat by Mexico.

Joel Campbell scores twice as Costa Rica thrashes U.S.M.T

Goals from Johan Venegas, Christian Bolanos and a brace from Joel Campbell leaves the U.S. bottom of the qualifying table and on the outside looking in for making the World Cup in 2018.

Brad Guzan, starting in goal for the injured Tim Howard, was immediately called into action early in the match. Venegas beat John Brooks in the penalty area but Guzan went to ground and blocked his close-range shot to safety.

And minutes later, the Middlesbrough man was forced to make a save again, with Bryan Ruiz settling a nice cross into the area and attempting an overhead kick that deflected off Guzan’s face and away from the goal.

The U.S. found chances hard to come by, Fabian Johnson testing Keylor Navas from distance in the 28th minute, shortly after Christian Pulisic set up Bobby Wood from close range to no avail.

The Americans’ best chance of the first half came just before the break, Johnson playing Wood into the penalty area and crossing for Pulisic, who couldn’t get a step on his defender with Navas beaten.

Costa Rica broke the deadlock just before half-time, when Bolanos settled a long pass over the U.S. defence and curled a perfect cross in for Vanegas to head home past a helpless Guzan for a 1-0 lead.

The second half saw Costa Rica content to sit back a little more than the first half and force the U.S. to chase a goal. However, Jurgen Klinsmann’s team was largely unable to break down the hosts.

And it was Costa Rica that would have the best chance of the early stages of the second period, with Venegas settling a long ball in the area, beating Timmy Chandler and forcing Guzan into another close range save.

Bolanos delivered the first knockout punch to the U.S. in the 68th minute, after Ruiz crossed the ball in to the area for his teammate to head past Guzan.

Two defensive blunders by Brooks gifted Campbell and Costa Rica their third and fourth goals, with the Sporting loanee beating Guzan both times in one-on-one opportunities.

The U.S. will have a long time to think about the two losses, as CONCACAF doesn’t resume qualifying matches again until March of 2017.

Ozil Buys A Stunning £10 Million Home In Emirate.

ARSENAL Football star Ozil buys a stunning £10 million Home in Emirate.

ARSENAL Football star Ozil buys a stunning £10 million Home in Emirate.

Ozil – Arsenal’s highest-paid player on £140,000 per week – has been spotted at the pad by neighbours and is already a familiar face in the area in Highgate.

According to the sun, One local said:

“I heard from another neighbour that he’s definitely moving in.

But he’s been living here for years, and I’ve seen him around.

“Someone told me they do that normally when footballers sign a contract with the club, they go from renting to buying. So it could be good news for Arsenal.

“I am not a football fan but we are used to seeing players around here – it seems to attract them.

 

check out Photos from of the house.

 

Arsenal maestro Mesut Ozil has bought this house for £10million

 

Mesut Ozil has suggested he will remain at Arsenal for the forseeable future

 

Mezut Ozil's new house in north London has set him back £10million

ALEX IWOBI ONE OF THE BEST YOUNG PLAYERS IN THE WORLD – SIASIA

Samson Siasia, who gave Alex Iwobi his first chance with the Nigeria Olympics team, has hailed the Arsenal youngster as one of the best young players in the world.
ALEX IWOBI ONE OF THE BEST YOUNG PLAYERS IN THE WORLD - SIASIA
He is equally amazed by how fast Iwobi has grown from playing in the second team of Arsenal to now a full international with Nigeria within a short time.

His Rainbow Flick against Algeria on Saturday compares to the tricks his uncle, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, pulled off in his playing days and remains a talking point several days after.

“When I first saw him, he had good touches but being his first time in Nigeria after a long while, you could not see the best of him,” Siasia narrated.

“We needed him to understand the kind of system in Nigeria and now see what he has turned out to be – one of the best young players in the world.”

He added: “I am amazed with the rapid growth of Alex.

“It has been a great transition for him. He is now a star at Arsenal playing with a lot of confidence. Two years ago, nobody knew who he was as he was playing in the Arsenal second team.”

Arsenal did not release Iwobi for the recent Rio Olympics and he has since cemented his place in the Super Eagles.

Siasia said Iwobi senior should take a lot of the credit.

“Kudos must go to his dad, who did everything for Alex to be where he is today,” he said.

“If it weren’t for his father, Alex would not have played for Nigeria to start with.”

Ozil nets late winner for Arsenal

Mesut Ozil netted a brilliant late winner, as Arsenal came from 2-0 down to beat Bulgarian champions Ludogorets 3-2 in Razgrad.

Ozil nets late winner for Arsenal

The victory, added to Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-1 win over FC Basel at St-Jakob Park, ensures the Gunners’ progression to the Champions League knock-out stages for the 14th consecutive season.

Indeed, Arsenal have now made it out of the Champions League’s group stages for the past 17 seasons, but Arsene Wenger’s failed to make it out of the second group stage in 2001-02 and 2002-3 when the tournament had a different qualifying structure ahead of the knock-out stages.

Arsenal and PSG both have 10 points from four matches, with the winner of the group set to be decided in the matchday five encounter between the side on 23 November at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners, 6-0 winners over the Bulgarian champions when the sides met at the Emirates on 19 October, were 2-0 down at the Vasil Levski National Stadium after just 15 minutes thanks to goals from Jonathan Cafu and Claudiu Keseru.

Granit Xhaka pulled one back for Arsenal on 20 minutes with a shot from an Ozil cross, then Olivier Giroud made it 2-2 three minutes before the break with a header from Aaron Ramsey’s cross.

And the Premier League side saved the best till almost the end, as Ozil, hat-trick hero in London two weeks ago, flicked the ball over goalkeeper Milan Borjan before sliding the ball beyond two covering defenders to score an 87th-minute winner.

Alex Iwobi believes that young Arsenal striker Chuba Apkom is the next in the line

Alex Iwobi believes that young Arsenal striker Chuba Apkom will be the next player to follow him into the first team.

Iwobi, 20, has become a regular within the Gunners first team squad in the new campaign, which has seen him make seven appearances for the side in all competitions.

The attacker believes that Akpom, 21, will be the next player to make the breakthrough from the club’s Under-23’s, but he did state that he “didn’t know what to expect.”

Alex Iwobi believes that young Arsenal striker Chuba Apkom is the next in the line

“I don’t really know who to expect, because you never know who will come through,” said Iwobi to FourFourTwo. “But I’d say Chuba Akpom will be the next to join.

“He and Glen Kamara are probably my best friends at the club. I’ve known Chuba since I was about three years old – I used to play Sunday League with him for Rippleway in Newham, and now we’re still at Arsenal together.”

Akpom has already made 10 appearances for the Gunners in the early stages of his career, but has failed to make a long lasting run in the first team.

He spent last season on loan in the Championship with Hull, making 41 appearances for the Tigers as they won promotion scoring seven goals.

He has made one EFL Cup appearance for the north London club in the new campaign, and faces strong competition in the forward position from Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Lucas Perez.

Alex Iwobi Scores for Nigeria

Arsenal’s youngstar Alex Iwobi continued his good form as he managed to score his first international goal when his country Nigeria won 2-1 over Zambia in African´s World Cup qualifiers.

Alex Iwobi is on a high I never want him to come down from. Our lad’s gone and scored for his country and that is a very good.

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In Nigeria’s match against Zambia, Alex Iwobi opened the score with his first ever goal for the country. He played alongside Mikel Obi of the Chavs and Iheanacho of Manchester City.

Alex Iwobi Scores for Nigeria

In other African football related news, Mohammed Elneny, played the entire 90 minute match for Egypt against Congo Brazzaville. Meanwhile, in the European qualifiers, Nacho set up Nolito to score a second one for Spain against Albania. Mustafi and Ozil’s Germany sunk Cech’s Czech ship in a 3-0 win. Goal keeping against such quality can be a pain, sorry Cech.

Other players had their different games, like Koscielny for France as they routed Bulgari in a 4-1 victory, Walcott and Gibbs did 3 on Malta and Alexis  Sanchez couldn’t save Chile from the chill of a 3 nil loss against Ecuador. I guess they just became complacent, after winning two copa america in row.

Just let us hope they will return in form and not injured #COYG

Theo Walcott to start against Malta

Theo Walcott returns to the England starting lineup for the first time in a year for Gareth Southgate’s opening game in charge at home to Malta in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday with Wayne Rooney again leading the side.

Arsenal forward Walcott, left out of England’s Euro 2016 squad despite playing in the qualifiers, has been rewarded for an impressive start to the season for Arsenal.

Theo Walcott to start against Malta

Southgate, thrust into the limelight after Sam Allardyce was sacked after 67 days following a Daily Telegraph sting, also said Rooney would start the Group F match at Wembley.

Rooney was dropped by Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho last month and has struggled for form.

Walcott, capped 44 times since his debut 10 years ago, last started for England against Estonia 12 months ago, scoring a goal in the 2-0 Euro 2016 qualifying victory.

Poor club form meant he was not part of Roy Hodgson’s squad in France, but he did come on as a substitute last month during the 1-0 win away to Slovakia in Allardyce’s only game in charge.

Walcott has scored five goals in eight appearances for Arsenal so far this season having reverted to a wide role.

“I don’t want this time to stop. I have been working hard and I want to be better than the opposition,” Walcott told a news conference ahead of the Malta clash.

“It is stuff people won’t see, but deep down you know you are ready for the match having trained well during the week.

“I want this form to continue and you have the support of the team mates too. It is a completely new bunch of players but we want to put the disappointment of the Euros right, there is no reason why we cannot do better.”

England’s dismal flop at the Euro 2016 finals, where they were knocked out by Iceland in the last 16, left the national team at a low ebb but Southgate wants to banish any negativity.

“This is a great opportunity to show what English players can do,” the England under 21 manager, who has taken over the senior squad on an interim basis for four games, said.

“I keep hearing about what English players cannot do, but I have seen what they can do. I want them to show it.

“I expect us to control the game.”

While Malta should not provide much resistance, England face a tougher test next week away to Slovenia.

Alexander Hleb still regrets leaving Arsenal for Barcelona

Former Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb has admitted that he has regrets over the leaving the North London side to join Barcelona in 2008.

Alexander Hleb still regrets leaving Arsenal for Barcelona

The 35-year-old is still playing for Belarus but his three years in the Premier League were arguably the highlight of his career as he dazzled English crowds with his creativity and range of passing.

A total of only 19 La Liga games and loan stints elsewhere saw the eastern European’s time at the Blaugrana as a failure, before he left in 2012 to return to his homeland.

Hleb has confessed that he had a close relationship with Arsene Wenger and now looks back on his decision to move to Spain with some remorse.

“On the one hand I regret that I did not stay at Arsenal. Wenger was like a father to me and trusted me,” he told Reuters.

“I get sad when I start to think about this. On the other hand, Barcelona was and still is the strongest club. I did not play that often, but I still got game time.”

Hleb is one of a host of players that has left Arsenal to move to Barcelona, including Thierry Henry, Emmanuel Petit, Marc Overmars, Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song.

IWOBI TO WENGER: Sign on Neymar

Arsenal attacker, Alex Iwobi believes Barcelona superstar, Neymar would be the ultimate signing for the Premier League club.

IWOBI TO WENGER: Sign on Neymar

When asked who he would choose to sign, not including Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, Iwobi, who has impressed for the Gunners in the early stages of 2016-17, went with the 24-year-old Camp Nou forward.

“Neymar, he’s entertaining,” the Nigeria international told Copa90. “But then again, if we bring in Neymar, that’s my position gone!”

Iwobi also revealed that his start against Barcelona in the Champions League earlier this year is the peak of his fledgling professional career so far.

“My best moment was definitely starting against Barcelona, that was mad,” he said. “It was such an experience. I’m young, it was my first proper start. I wasn’t even nervous, just  excited to play.

“Obviously it’s a nice feeling [Arsene Wenger trusts me], it gives you an extra confidence boost. To play in a game of such magnitude, I was buzzing. The fact that I kept playing a couple of games afterwards showed that he had faith in me.”

Premier League cult icon Jay-Jay Okocha is Iwobi’s uncle and the 20-year-old explained the huge impact that he has had on him, especially in recent years.

“Growing up I got advice with football but the older I get he’s probably helped off the pitch as well,” he added.

“As football’s such a short career, he’s trying to make sure that I’m gonna end up being like him, where he’s comfy when he’s retired. I want to be as good as him, or even better than him.”