Gabriel Martinelli signs new long-term contract

Arsenal has taken another step towards rebuilding the club by securing the services of highly-rated Gabriel Martinelli for at least another four years.

Gabriel Martinelli

The news that has been received with joy by many Arsenal fans, comes just 48 hours after fellow teenager Bukayo Saka agreed to a new long-term deal with Arsenal.

Signed o in July 2019, exactly one year before signing a new contract, the Brazilian has lit up the Emirates in his debut season, scoring 10 goals and 4 assists in 26 matches in all competition this season (14 starts and 12 subs).

He has achieved all that in a team that is underperforming and under three different managers, Unai Emery, Fred Ljungberg (as interim), and now Mikel Arteta.

The 19-year-old shone every time he was given the chance, and his performances have been rewarded with a new long-term contract.

Martinelli has put pen to paper on a new four-year deal, with the club having an option to extend it for a further year should they choose to later down the line.

As well as the backing of his coach, the board and the fanbase, Martinelli will also earn himself a significant pay rise and added incentives based on performances of himself and the team.

Aubameyang Becomes The 6th-Fastest Player To 50 Goals In PL History

Aubameyang Becomes The 6th-Fastest Player To 50 Goals In PL History

Arsenal forward, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become the sixth-fastest player to 50 goals in Premier League history after scoring a brace against Norwich on Wednesday.

Arsenal won the match 4-0.

Below are the Premier league’s fastest players to 50 goals

  • 65 – Andy Cole
  • 66 – Alan Shearer
  • 68 – Ruud van Nistelrooy
  • 72 – Mohamed Salah
  • 72 – Fernando Torres
  • 79 – P-E. Aubameyang

Meanwhile, Aubameyang is the fastest player to 50 goals for Arsenal.

  • 79 – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
  • 83 – Thierry Henry
  • 87 – Ian Wright
  • 101 – Alexis Sanchez
  • 113 – Olivier Giroud

Dani Ceballos late goal sends Arsenal into FA Cup semi-finals

Dani Ceballos late goal sends Arsenal into FA Cup semi-finals

A second-half substitute Dani Ceballos fired Arsenal into the FA Cup semi-finals with a stoppage-time goal that sealed a 2-1 win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Sunday.

John Lundstram had an early header ruled out for offside for Sheffield United, who went behind when Chris Basham fouled Alexandre Lacazette in the penalty area and Pepe rattled home the penalty kick in the 23rd minute.

The game looked to be heading for extra time when David McGoldrick equalized in the 87th minute, hooking home a volley after Arsenal failed to clear a corner, but Ceballos popped up to slot home the winner.

Arsenal joined Manchester United in the last four. Leicester City face Chelsea and Newcastle meet Manchester City later on Sunday in the last two quarter-finals.

The FA cup is the last chance for Arsenal to win any kind of silverware this season and booking a place in the semi-final at Wembley will give Arsenal fans a breather after having a difficult restart of the season.

The next game for Arsenal will be next Wednesday as they will invite Norwich City in the premier league at the emirates.

Arsenal among the clubs to oppose neutral venues

Arsenal is one of the clubs who opposed the FA proposal to finish the premier league by playing on the neutral venues.

Arsenal among the clubs to oppose neutral venues

There is a proposal from the FA to finish the league on the neutral venues when it is safe to do so and it seems that most of the clubs including the Arsenal are against that proposal.

Until Monday, only the clubs involved in a relegation fight had publicly stated their opposition to the move but sources have told ESPN several big clubs have united in asking the government to abandon the plan. There are around 12 teams now in opposition.

The main reason behind the rejection of the idea

Arsenal agreed on a five-year extension to their shirt sponsorship deal with the airline Emirates worth £200 million in February 2018.

That agreement included stadium naming rights and matchday sponsorship, all of which will be diminished if matches are not held at the stadium.

It also included the club using Emirates planes to fly on preseason tours but that is unlikely to happen this summer given the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

All clubs have sponsors that would suffer from an absence of matches at the ground where they advertise.

FA, clubs, government, and players and coaches representatives will have various meetings this week in order to find the best way to finish the season.

It’s OFFICIAL! Football is coming back!

Most of the leagues were suspended due to the Coronavirus outbreak but the good news is that football is coming back.

⚡️ It's OFFICIAL! Football is coming back! ⚡️

The Bundesliga in Germany is set to become Europe’s first major football league to resume playing during the coronavirus pandemic, with a restart confirmed for this month, it was announced on Wednesday. The earliest possible return date is May 15, with a May 22 start also considered.

Leading sports leagues around the globe have been shut down over the last month-plus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the disease hitting its peak, or passing it, in some countries, the potential for sports to return is high.

Premier League will have a meeting on Monday to determine when and if the premier league should come back.

We do not know for sure what will be decided but I am hearing that clubs will have to vote for the decision of when and if the season should restart.

In Spain, many teams have started training and it is expected that la Liga will announce soon the date when the league will start that.

It is good news that football is coming back but I still think it only should be back when it is safe to do that, we do not need to rush it and have an outbreak and stop the league again.

 

Arsenal beat Newcastle United 4-0 with record team goal

Arsenal returned from their winter break in style after thrashing Newcastle United 4-0 in the premier league match played at emirates stadium.

Arsenal beat Newcastle United 4-0 with record team goal

Arsenal started the match slowly and in the first 30 minutes, they did not pose any threat towards Newcastle United goal.

There was nothing to separate the two sides at half-time following a scoreless first half but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang broke the deadlock on 54 minutes before Nicolas Pepe doubled the Gunners’ advantage just a few minutes later.

Newcastle had chances to get back into the game – both Ciaran Clark and Allan Saint-Maximin went close – before Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette scored late on at the Emirates.

Mesut Ozil’s goal was a record-breaking one after all 11 Arsenal players were involved in the build u, totaling 35 passes before the German stuck home the third Arsenal goal and his first in the last 10 months or so.

Arteta, who turned down the chance to succeed Rafa Benitez as Newcastle United manager last summer, was pleased with how his side took control of the game after winning just their second league game of 2020.

“We found it difficult, the first 20/30 minutes, I would say. They are really compact, really organized and we talked a little bit before the game that you can get a little bit frustrated and start to make rash decisions and when that happens your team doesn’t travel together and it becomes a transition game and they are so good,” he told reporters after the game.

Arsenal’s next game will be against Olympiacos in the Europa League.

Arsenal confirm the signing of Pablo Mari

Arsenal confirm the signing of Pablo Mari

Arsenal has announced the signing of Pablo Mari on loan from Flamengo with the option for a permanent purchase in the summer.

The Spanish center-back was initially expected to join the Gunners last weekend but the move was delayed due to a disagreement over the transfer terms.

Flamengo was apparently reluctant to accept anything other than a permanent transfer for the player, but after a fresh set of negotiations, the Gunners were finally able to seal the deal.

Mari is expected to provide the central defensive depth for the rest of the campaign where the Gunners will be without the services of Calum Chambers, who underwent surgery for a knee ligament injury.

Arsenal set for Dubai training camp

Arsenal’s first-team squad is heading for a training camp in Dubai during the forthcoming winter break.

They will arrive on February 7, returning on February 11.

Arsenal set for Dubai training camp

After winning their game against Bournemouth yesterday mean that Arsenal avoided a replay that would be played in this period and earned themselves a two weeks winter break.

Emirates Airlines, whose partnership with the club is one of the most recognizable and long-standing in sport, will be flying the team to Dubai.

Mikel Arteta will use the training camp to bring the squad together in a warmer climate as part of preparations for the fixture against Newcastle United on February 16, the Europa League clash against Olympiacos four days later and the run-in that follows.

“As we prepare for several key fixtures, we are looking forward to a change of routine with some warm-weather training,” Arteta said.

“Dubai is a fantastic place and the football facilities there is first class. It will do us good to experience a change of environment before we enter a crucial part of the season.”

Youngsters Lift Arsenal into FA Cup fifth round

Arsenal youngsters were very much to the fore as two first-half goals booked Arsenal a  place in the FA Cup fifth round, and a trip to Fratton Park.

Youngsters Lift Arsenal into FA Cup fifth round

It was a night to remember for those young guns as all of them had a really good game and it was very pleasing that both goal scorers are Hale end products.

Left-back Saka and striker Eddie Nketiah netted inside 26 minutes as Arsenal’s much-changed line-up made a dominant start and fought off a late Bournemouth rally to secure a tie against third-tier Portsmouth back on the south coast.

All 10 outfield players were involved in the build-up of the first goal, which consisted of 22 passes in all.

Arsenal continued to make all the running after taking the lead and deservedly doubled their advantage with another well-worked goal, again with the youngsters heavily involved.

Willock sprayed a fantastic long pass out to Saka in space on the left flank, his low cross was behind Martinelli, but perfectly into the path of 20-year-old Eddie Nketiah, who tucked home from six yards.

VAR checked for a possible offside against Martinelli’s kneecap, but the goal stood, and Arsenal had some breathing space.

Sam Surridge scored in the fourth minute of added time to set up a nervous finale for the visitors but Bournemouth could not find an equalizer and are left to focus on the battle for Premier League survival.

In FA cup fifth round Arsenal will have to face Portsmouth.

The ties will be played in the week commencing March 3.

FA Cup fifth round draw:
Sheffield Wednesday v Manchester City
Reading/Cardiff City v Sheffield United
Chelsea v Shrewsbury Town/Liverpool
West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United/Oxford United
Leicester City v Coventry City/Birmingham City
Northampton Town/Derby County v Manchester United
Southampton/Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City
Portsmouth v Arsenal.

Arsenal are on the verge of signing Flamengo center half Pablo Mari

Arsenal are on the verge of signing Flamengo center half Pablo Mari on a season-long loan with an option to buy. Here’s what I have been able to hoover up off the web about him.

The news broke yesterday that Arsenal was on the verge of signing the Spaniard on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.

PArsenal are on the verge of signing Flamengo center half Pablo Mari

According to Sky Sports, Pablo Mari has arrived in London for a medical at Arsenal, with the club in talks with Flamengo to sign the defender on loan.

Mari signed a contract with Manchester City in 2016 but never played for them.

He went out on loan for three successive seasons to Girona, NAC, and Deportivo La Coruna, before joining Flamengo on a permanent deal last summer.

Actually he played against Liverpool in the Club World Cup final where his team lost 1-0  in extra time, he played all 120 minutes in that game.

If the deal will go through it would be Mikel Arteta’s first signing as Arsenal manager, some people say he will be announced on Monday morning UK time, let us wait and see.