It’s been seven years since fan favourite, Mikel Arteta left Goodison Park for Arsenal and the club have struggled to find a replacement ever since. You get the feeling that in Andre Gomes, they have finally gotten their man.
Held in high esteem by the Everton fans even up till this day,Arteta was an undisputed star during his time on the blue half of Merseyside, making a total of 162 Premier League appearances and chipping in with 27 goals. Ask any Everton fan to name the club’s best ever signings and expect Arteta to be right on top of the pile.
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Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel has revealed that he was not in touch with Arsenal regarding the possibility of Arsene Wenger as their next head coach. The German’s name was constantly linked with the north London club after Wenger decided to re-sign from the managerial role but Tuchel has now cleared up any doubts.
Speaking ahead of the International Champions Cup clash against Arsenal, Tuchel confirmed that he had verbally agreed to join Les Parisiens even before Wenger’s decision to quiet the Gunners, he said:“To be honest I made my decision before Arsene Wenger made his decision. I never got in touch and I made the decision to move to Paris before Wenger took the decision to resign.”
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Former Gunners midfielder SantiCazorla has confirmed that he would join La Liga side Villarreal when he fully recovers from his injuries. The former Spain international has been off the game for a very long time due to issues with his ankle that required as much as eight surgeries.
The player’s contract with Arsenal is set to lapse at the end of the month, making it a total of six years at the Emirates Stadium. Cazorla joined from Malaga in 2012 for £10 million. He featured in over a century of matches, scoring 25 goals for the north London side before his injury worries.
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Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey claims that he is disappointed with losing midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool.
The England international decided to secure a £ 40 million move to Liverpool on transfer deadline day. He had been linked with a move away from the gunners for much of the transfer window. Yet, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had been trying to persuade him to sign a new deal with the club. At the end of the day, Arsenal had no option but to sell him for a substantial transfer figure, as he had only 12 months left on his contract. There was the huge risk of losing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on a free.
As of now, Arsenal will be feeling relatively happy with the sale, as it meant that the club has received a £ 5 million more than Chelsea’s offer. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were subjected to interest from Chelsea and Liverpool, but the blues were the 1st to make an official bid. After being given permission to speak with Antonio Conte’s team, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made the decision to switch to Anfield. Continue reading “Ramsey Disappointed to See British Players Leave Arsenal”
Arsenal skipper Per Mertesacker is set to manage the club’s academy when he retires as a player at the end of the 2017/18 football season, according to reports.
The German was announced by the club as a manager in waiting.
The defender agreed a one year deal with the club in January. He would see off the deal before moving into the new coaching role. The club, in a statement, said Mertesacker would continue to play a key role in the squad this forthcoming season while “developing his knowledge and understanding of the academy.”
The player has always been linked with a coaching role for quite some time now. He is often praised for his leadership qualities and knowledge of the game. He joined Arsenal back in 2011 from Werder Bremen. He is a proof that the Premier League giants are increasingly committed to retaining former players. Continue reading “MERTESACKER TO MANAGE ARSENAL ACADEMY”
Recently, there have been rumors emerging involving Arsenal and the potential of them appointing someone with the task of being the Sporting Director.
Former Arsenal player Marc Overmars and former Borussia Dortmund player Michael Zorc were linked with this position.
Arsenal was once again left behind in the Premier League race and they were completely destroyed in the 2016-17 season of the Champions League after losing to Bayern Munich with an aggregate scoreboard of 10-2 in the round of 16.
Arsene Wenger’s squad was also knocked out of the League Cup after losing to Southampton in the quarter-finals.
It’s because of all these eliminations from competitions and the continuous failure from Arsenal of actually lifting a major piece of silverware that the rumors involving the possibility of the Premier League club appointing someone as a Sporting Director started to emerge but Arsene Wenger has emerged and shut down those rumors.
“I’m the manager of Arsenal Football Club and as long as I’m manager of Arsenal Football Club, I will decide what happens on the technical front, that’s it. I don’t know what director of football means. Is it somebody who stands in the road and directs play right and left? I don’t understand and I never did understand what it means.” Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger said. Continue reading “Wenger does not want anyone to become the Sporting Director in Arsenal”
Former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta believes that it is high time that Arsene Wenger leaves the London club.
He believes that the club needs a change in management style if they want to progress and he fears that if the French manager stay any longer, the club could begin to implode.
The Spanish midfielder who is now working at Manchester City said that Wenger is a good manager but it is time for a change at Arsenal. He believes that the players are not playing for the manager and that he feels that the club is not progressing.
He believes that the club had a genuine chance of winning the title last season but unfortunately they could not capitalize on the poor form of their rivals. He said that this allowed Leicester City to win the title quite easily.
Mikel Arteta believes that there are some good managers that might be interested in taking charge of a club such as Arsenal. He said that the club already has a good squad and that they also have a loyal fan base. Continue reading “Wenger should leave according to Arteta”
Former Spanish player Mike Arteta has finally made the tough decision to hang his boots.
After having had a total appearance in 259 matches playing for the Gunners and Everton, the 34-year old footballer has decided to retire from his professional football career.
Upon announcing his retirement, it seems apparent that Arterta is not quitting the sport for good; rather he seems to be transitioning from player to coach. Arterta who has just confirmed his decision to leave the club as a player to join Manchester city at the Etihad stadium has composed an open letter to his fans that he definitely will be leaving behind in his now former team.
Arterta will be joining club manager Pep Guardiola’s backroom staff and coaching crew at the Ethihad. Despite the numerous games in which Arterta featured in during his career, the Spaniard had witnessed a seemingly dull end to his career. Continue reading “ARTETA WRITES OPEN LETTER TO ARSENAL FANS”
Arsenal skipper Per Mertesacker has revealed that his priority is getting a new deal from his employers.
He disclosed that his immediate dream is to remain in England with Arsenal. This comes amid speculation that the player might return to Germany. The 32-year old player is in the last year of his Arsenal deal but has not featured for the London-based outfit this summer since his injury this summer. With the additions in the squad, he would find it difficult getting a starting role again despite being the captain.
“A new Arsenal contract has absolute priority for me. But no dates have been set [for talks]. Arsenal has the highest priority for me. Everything else is pure speculation, and I won’t join the discussion,” Mertesacker told Spox.
Shkodran Mustafi has partnered well with Laurent Koscielny since his arrival at the Emirates. The stability the team is enjoying might not be usurped when the German returns. This makes it difficult for the club to consider giving the player a new deal. Hannover and Werder Bremen are the leading sides chasing Mertesacker for his signature, but the player says he wants to stay put at Arsenal. Continue reading “MERTESACKER MAKES NEW ARSENAL CONTRACT PRIORITY”
Coach Pep Guardiola says he has phased out the idea of getting a defender this summer after seeing the performance of Aleksander Kolarov.
Guardiola is one of the favourites to lift the English Premier League title this season with Manchester City so it is expected that he leaves no stone unturned in a bid to reach his expectations. The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager admitted that he consulted with his assistants Rodolfo Borrell and Mikel Arteta before deciding to allow Kolarov in the role.
“I’m delighted I spoke to Mikel and Rodolfo and said “do you think he is able to play in that position?” Guardiola said of Kolarov. “It is not easy to find a centre back with a left foot like him. We are convinced he has the quality to do that, to adjust,” he added.
Kolarov did a decent job when City sealed their Champions League participation with the defeat of Steaua Bucharest. He has been decent in the Premier League games so far, so he is set to remain at the Etihad despite rumours that he would be among the first players to exit when Guardiola’s move broke out.
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