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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.
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…)
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…)
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.
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.
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.
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…)
One of the top summer targets of Manchester City is Paul Pogba of Juventus but trying to sign the French player is very difficult as he is also being targeted by a number of top European clubs including: Manchester United, Chelsea, PSG, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Taking into consideration just how complicated it will be to sign Paul Pogba, Manchester City are already searching for a backup option and one of these backup’s is Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere.
Manchester City are believed to be preparing an offer of around €40 million in order to tempt Arsenal in selling Wilshere but the English player might be out of the reach of Manchester City as well because Arsene Wenger is not interested in releasing one of his most promising young figures.
The French manager Arsene Wenger is viewing Jack Wilshere as the future of Arsenal’s central midfield and will attempt to secure his services for as long as possible. Even at his young age, Wilshere is already one of the candidates of becoming the captain of Arsenal in the near future.
Jack Wilshere currently has a contract with Arsenal which extends until 2018 and he is earning €60,0000 but a pay raise is expecting to be given to him within the next few weeks as a way to motivate Wilshere to keep on playing at the Emirates Stadium and not have any interest of joining any other clubs despite how tempting their offers might be. (more…)
Stoke City striker Mame Biram Diouf says that he is extremely grateful to manager Mark Hughes for giving him the opportunity to impress at the Premier League club.
After struggling with the likes of Manchester United and Blackburn in his two years in English football, it appeared to be certain that Diouf would be written off as a massive flop. This, however, has changed after just 12 months at the Britannia stadium. Stoke took the gamble on the former Hannover 96 player and it has paid off with a return of 13 goals in all competitions last season.
Some of his goals were also extremely important and the Senegalese striker looks set to remain as a key part of the club’s play going into the new campaign. Since he is just 27 years of age, he can prove to be the perfect replacement for Peter Crouch. The former Liverpool and Tottenham forward is coming to the end of his career. Stoke have already been looking at a couple of forwards in order to act as the backup for Diouf. The African forward did not have a happy time in German football too after scoring just eight goals for Hannover. (more…)
Arsenal have reached yet another consecutive FA Cup final and they are once again favourites to lift the trophy as they will be facing an Aston Villa team that has just avoid relegation.
After being heavily criticised for his performances during the summer, Mesut Ozil have been showing significantly better form in the second half of the season. His presence in the team has helped Arsenal win 16 out of the last 20 matches in all competitions. This run has almost put them on the verge of a top two finish for the first time in more than a decade.
More importantly, they have the chance to end the season with a piece of silverware to show for their efforts. Ozil says that the possibility of playing for a second consecutive season at the new Wembley is something that gives the team a lot of pride and joy. Villa may have knocked out Liverpool in the semifinals, but Arsenal remain confident that they can win the title. Ozil has contributed five goals and nine assists in the 28 matches this season. Even though more was expected when he signed for £ 42 million from Real Madrid, this is a considerable improvement over the last season. (more…)