Arsene Wenger did not know what starting XI he was going to field when he turned up at the Vitality Stadium on Tuesday as there was uncertainty in his mind about the body-condition of his players.
Arsenal had had a top-flight game on the New Year day as well and then after merely 50 hours or so, they found themselves going into a game again and to make the scenario worse, it was an away game.
It put Wenger in a state of indecision. He had no idea how big a risk it would be to insert those players who already had 90 minutes on Sunday, how many of them could get through it for the second time in two days.
It’s only after he saw the team go through the pre-match drills that he made the mind whom he could go with again.
Wenger left the likes of Chamberlain and Paulista in the wings as he feared he would be forcing them to injuries by putting them out there for any bit of time. A couple of other guys were unfit anyway. (more…)
Everton manager Ronaldo Koeman would have to make the best use of the January transfer window as he hopes to reinforce the squad.
It is one important period for the manager if he hopes to end his debut season on a high.
There are some top class acts that are available in the Premier League, and Everton’s 7th position should be able to convince players to join them. Koeman, already liked for his managerial capacity and exploits, and the kind of management at Everton can help the team lure some out-of-favour decent players from top sides.
Manchester United would definitely be a decent place to raid for Koeman. Players like Luke Shaw, Morgan Schneiderlin, and Memphis Depay would be able to get a top side that would provide them with regular playing time and a bid to show they still got it. Bastian Schweinsteiger is another option but the German legend might not consider remaining in the Premier League if he agrees to leave Old Trafford.
Shaw would be a decent back-up plan for Leighton Baines, and Gareth Barry could have relief if Koeman can convince Cesc Fabregas to make the switch. Idrissa Gueye would leave to play in the African Nations Cup in January – a critical time for Everton. At least funds might not be too much of an issue, and United should be willing to release the players, even if it is a loan deal. Kevin Mirallas and Aaron Lennon would definitely be on their toes if Depay decides to save his name after agreeing a move to Goodison Park.
Koeman with his wealth of experience in football – having played for all top three giants Feyenoord, PSV and Ajax, and managed the three, aside Premier League experience with Southampton – and should know when to tap into a great opportunity. This is one.
Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger was very pleased with the display of his players as they came from two goals down to get a 3-2 victory over Ludogorets.
Arsenal produced a brilliant display to reach the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League. Wenger said he thought Mesut Ozil made a mistake as he tried to outfox the defense of the opposition before he scored the amazing match winner.
“To me it didn’t look like the optimal solution, but when the ball was in the net I thought it was. The great players make the right decisions in the game situations they face. They always make the optimal solution,” Wenger said.
The former Real Madrid player chipped the ball over the Ludogrets goalkeeper before moving to beat two defenders and scoring in an empty net. The brilliant individual goal has earned him praise from several quarters. Arsenal humbled the hosts two weeks ago by whopping them 6-0 at the Emirates. The Bulgarians were determined to prove a point, hence their quick two goals under 15 minutes. Arsenal had to dig deep to get the victory. (more…)
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has stated that the younger Liverpool players will get their chances throughout the season. He said that if the players are good enough, they will get playing time and that they just need to remain consistent in training.
The Liverpool manager believes that the club has an excellent training program and that every year some quality players come out of the academy. He said that it all depends on the talent of the player and also on the determination that they show on the pitch.
The German manager stated that he has always trust young players in his career and that he will continue to do same at Liverpool. With Liverpool absent from European competition this season, there were fears from the young players that they will not get enough playing time but Klopp has stated that he will give everyone the chance to prove themselves. (more…)
Arsenal play maker could make a move that will see him play at Real Madrid again, reports say.
The German midfielder is reportedly contemplating a sensational move to Spain. The report comes after the German international is believed to have signed a new lucrative deal at the Emirates.
German new source, Bild, claims that Ozil was set to receive a pay rise from £140,000 per week to £200,000 a week. The same outlet reported that after 24 hours, Ozil seems to be looking at returning to his former club. Before Ozil signed the deal, he wanted two things. First, he wanted the No. 10 role that is free following the loan deal of Jack Wilshere to Bournemouth. Also, he wants the club to guarantee that they remain committed to bringing in top players that will make a world-class squad. If the club doesn’t meet these demands, then Ozil will return to play in the La Liga.
Ozil’s current deal is set to lapse in 2018, but reports say the player’s new deal would tie him to the Emirates till 2021. Truly, Ozil could sign the deal, protecting his future, yet seek a return to Madrid in the coming summer.
Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger had already admitted that talks with Ozil were in the pipeline, but nothing has been formalized. Bild had earlier reported that Ozil relishes the opportunity to return to Madrid, so only time will tell if the report is true.
Leicester City’s historic Premier League winning season is something that took everyone by surprise. Even the own supporters and players of the club weren’t expecting to rise above every other club in the English League and become the new champions of England but it happened.
Claudio Ranieri was one of the main figures behind this extraordinary season and the Italian coach himself has stated it still baffles him as to how exactly his team was able to overcome everything in their path and win their first Premier League title in the history of the club.
When the 64 year old coach was asked about his thoughts of the previous season as well as the upcoming one, the Italian manager replied by saying:
“At the beginning our goal was to be safe. Slowly, the team got confidence, it was a very, very amazing performance, match by match, day by day, they work so hard and we improved a lot…
I think one of our keys was to be consistent during all the season. Believe in yourself without thinking winning, losing, drawing, it wasn’t important. It was important to fight every match.”
Manchester United and Chelsea are the only clubs in the history of the Premier League that have been able to successively win the top tier English League. (more…)
Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech claims that midfielder Mesut Ozil is one of the biggest threats for Arsenal, as the unpredictability provided by the German is especially tough for goalkeepers.
Cech has played alongside Ozil for his first season after the move to the Emirates stadium last summer.
Even though the season has ended without any trophies for the Czech Republic goalkeeper, it has been positive campaign on a personal level. He has also witnessed Ozil step up his game a lot more compared to recent seasons.
The German recently claimed that the secret towards his consistent campaign was a significant change in early-season preparation in order to counter the lack of winter break. The 2015-16 campaign was one of the best for Ozil after he came very close to beating the Premier League assist record that has been standing for a more than a decade. The former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry holds the record for the most number of assists (20) in a Premier League season. Ozil came within one assist of this record. The main challenge for Ozil will be to continue replicating this form even into next season. This may be difficult because Ozil is likely to be the main man for Germany at the Euro 2016.
Jurgen Klopp is desperate to bring success back to Liverpool and as such is keen to make changes not only in his squad but also in his staff.
There is news that Liverpool might be interested in signing the FC Cologne pair Horn and Hector as well as Bayern Munich fitness coach.
It is reported that Matthias Hamann, the German scout for Liverpool has been following the two FC Cologne players for some time now and is due to present his findings to the Liverpool management. Both Timo Horn and Jonas Hector plays for FC Cologne
and is considered as some high potential players. With Klopp desperate to bring new faces to this team next season, these two players can certainly add some quality to an ever improving Liverpool squad.
Jurgen Klopp apparently does also want to bring changes to his backroom staff and as such may have signed the Bayern Munich fitness coach Andreas Kornmayer. Many newspapers have reported that this is a done deal and that the new fitness coach will join Liverpool in the summer. He will be replacing Ryland Morgans who have already left the club. (more…)
Barcelona might be interested in signing Mesut Ozil in the summer with the Spanish club preparing a player and money deal. There is a special clause in Ozil contract that specifies that Real Madrid has the first refusal in case he is sold to a rival Spanish club. So as to circumvent this clause, Barcelona will try to offer players in exchange of Ozil.
The three players that will be offered to Arsenal are ArdaTuran, Sandro Ramirez and Munir El Haddadi and in fairness will not be a big upgrade on players Arsenal currently has. If ever, Ozil is going to be sold it is likely that Wenger will be interested in a transfer fee above the £42.5million that Arsenal paid to Real Madrid in 2013.
Mesut Ozil has made 110 appearances so far for the Gunners and has scored 19 goals. However, Ozil should not be judged by the number of goals he scored but rather on the number of assists, and chances created. And it is this creativity that Barcelona will want to bring to the Nou Camp. And with players such as Messi, Suarez and Neymar up front, a team consisting of Ozil behind these forwards can be difficult to stop.
MesutOzil has undoubtedly been one of the main figures of Arsenal in this season. The German has provided his teammates with 16 assists which is more than anyone else in the entire Premier League and the German was once again in sublime form during Arsenal’s goal-less draw against Southampton.
Arsenal hosted Southampton at the Emirates Stadium and even though Ozil created 10 goal-scoring chances, it wasn’t enough for his teammates to capitalize as the match finalized without any goals for either side.
Southampton’s Fraser Forster was on fire in this match as the English goal-keeper made a number of brilliant saves which kept his team from falling behind in the scoreboard but these are the kind of matches that Arsenal have to win if they want to continue charging for the top spot of the Premier League. (more…)