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.
In the opening match of the season of the Serie A, there were a number of unexpected results which occurred. Juventus lost against Udinese, Ac.Milan was defeated after competing against Fiorentina, Napoli sustained a defeat after locking horns with Sassuolo and As.Roma could only muster a 1-1 draw with Hellas Verona.
A lot of the big teams in Italy dropped unexpected points early in the season but Inter Milan managed to clinch a triumph as they overcame Atalanta with a final scoreboard of 1-0.
Arsenal looked to have lost the presence of Mikel Arteta when the midfielder expressed his displeasure at being offered only a 12 month extension over the existing contract.
Arteta even went far as questioning the judgement of manager Arsene Wenger by saying that the experienced players will offer a lot of more to the team than the Frenchman thinks. Such talks looked to have ended his Arsenal career, but he has agreed a new extension to his deal. This will see the 33-year-old stay for another 12 months at the least. Arsenal were also concerned about the fitness of the former Everton midfielder, but he has proven enough to earn himself a new contract.
Arsene Wenger admitted that Arteta has become a major figure in the Arsenal dressing room over the last few years. He arrived from Everton on transfer deadline day of 2011 for £ 10 million. He was initially viewed as a short-term signing in order to tide over the lack of quality in the midfield. However, he has proven extremely valuable over the last few years. Wenger has transformed Arteta from being a dynamic attacking midfielder into a defensive playmaker. In the absence of Arteta for much of last season, Wenger went in for the partnership of Santi Cazorla and Coquelin. Continue reading “Arsenal looked to have lost the presence of Mikel Arteta”→