Arsenal target Man Utd's Anthony Martial; Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 04:48:00 PDT

Amid reports Zinedine Zidane called Kylian Mbappe about joining Real Madrid, Julien Laurens weighs in on a potential move The football world is awash with gossip! Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here. Arsenal to bid £40m for Martial Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants Kylian Mbappe from Monaco -- this we know -- but the £100 million price tag might be a bit too steep. So Wenger needs a backup plan, and that backup plan is Anthony Martial, according to the Mail. Martial did not have the best of seasons last year and...

Transfer Talk: Arsenal to break club record for Alexandre Lacazette?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:40:00 PDT

Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette may see a big payday soon in the Premiere League. Negotiations between Arsenal and Lacazette will reportedly continue next week, but the 26-year-old's arrival would bring an end to the club's interest in Mbappe. For more on the Lacazette negotiations, as well as other rumours, check out Transfer Talk by clicking here.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain must nail Arsenal position to cement future

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 07:24:00 PDT

The ESPN FC crew discuss whether Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should leave Arsenal. One of Arsene Wenger's great qualities is his ability to see something in players they didn't even realise they had. For example, he signed Cameroon international Lauren in 2000 from Mallorca, where he'd been playing as a midfielder. He arrived in North London to find that his new manager wanted him to play as a full-back. As Wenger explained: "When he arrived I had many discussions with him, as I needed to convince him that he could become a right back and an outstanding right back. For a while,...

Kylian Mbappe: Madrid, United, Arsenal, PSG, City and Liverpool's sales pitch

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 02:33:00 PDT

The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. The ESPN FC crew have all the best coverage on the Kylian Mbappe transfer rumours. Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe is the most sought after man in world football. The France international, 18, scored 24 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions last season and starred as Monaco reached the semifinals of the Champions League and won Ligue 1.  His blistering form has led to plenty of talk in the gossip columns about his next club. From Real Madrid to Manchester United, Arsenal to Paris Saint-Germain, Mbappe is a wanted man. Here, we've selected the clubs Mbappe has been linked...

Kylian Mbappe could cost Arsenal ¬130m; Man United closing on Fabinho

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:13:00 PDT

Alexis Nunes and Shaka Hislop sift through rumours such as Matic to Man United, Bakayoko to Chelsea and more. Monaco's price tag for the sensational Kylian Mbappe could force Arsenal to look elsewhere this summer. The football world is awash with gossip! Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here. Arsenal may need up to €140 million to sign Mbappe Arsenal stand a realistic chance of signing Kylian Mbappe from Monaco this summer, the Telegraph reports, but with a €130 million to €140 million price tag on his head, Arsene Wenger could turn to Alexandre Lacazette or Thomas Lemar instead. Monaco have already rejected...

Arsenal scrambling to address expiring contracts of several prominent players

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:57:00 PDT

Steve Nicol explains why the time is right for Hector Bellerin to leave Arsenal and return to Barcelona. ESPN's Arsenal correspondent, Mattias Karen, explains who he thinks is likely to be playing at the Emerates next season. What links Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Kieran Gibbs, Wojciech Szczesny and Per Mertesacker? The answer is, of course, that in little over a week these prominent first-team players and personalities will enter the final year of their contracts. It is no wonder Arsenal have just recruited a new legal expert in Huss Fahmy; they may be wise to instruct an entire chambers. The distraction inflicted by this mounting pile of paperwork...

Arsenal's new home shirt features darker red, button-down collar design

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 05:36:00 PDT

Arsenal's home shirts for the 2017-18 season will include a darker shade of red, a button-down collar and a cannon on the yoke. The shirts, unveiled at an event at Kings Cross station involving legends Robert Pires and Martin Keown, resemble those they have worn each of the last two years. They again include the white shoulders that have appeared since Puma became the kit supplier in 2014 but remove the dark red stripe down the front of the shirt that was introduced for last season. Presenting... our @PUMAfootball home kit for 2017/18 =I— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) June 21, 2017 The collar,...

Arsenal moves show importance of fortifying behind the scenes

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:15:00 PDT

Former Arsenal defender Mikael Silvestre says nice guy Arsene Wenger needs to be tougher. Right now, it's difficult for Arsenal fans to get too excited about additions to the non-playing staff. They're watching their rivals bring in expensive new signings, wondering when Arsene Wenger will join the spending. So far he has recruited just Sead Kolasinac, acquiring the Bosnian on a free transfer. However, new personnel are joining the club away from the field -- fitness guru Darren Burgess and legal expert Huss Fahmy have both been snapped up. It might not be quite as exciting as a shiny...

Welbeck, Ozil and more Arsenal stars try some Australian slang

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 04:28:00 PDT

Ahead of Arsenal's imminent preseason trip to Australia, the club put several of their players through an introductory course in the local slang. The likes of Alex-Chamberlain, Danny Welbeck, Alex Iwobi, Olivier Giroud, Nacho Monreal and Mesut Ozil were all presented with a selection of Aussie dialect and asked to repeat them using the requisite accent. Oxlade-Chamberlain sounds like a natural and Welbeck managed a decent approximation, but the rest of the squad struggled to grasp the proper Australian...

Chambers' England starts show Arsenal shouldn't write defender off

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 03:16:00 PDT

Ex-Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit says the Gunners will be a force next season. England's starting lineups at the Under-21 European Championships have raised plenty of eyebrows in North London over the last few days. With two young Arsenal centre-backs to choose from, England coach Aidy Boothroyd has opted for Calum Chambers ahead of Rob Holding in both games so far in Poland. That's a choice that's had Arsenal fans scratching their heads in confusion after Holding became the new darling of the supporters toward the tail end of last season. It's also a reminder that Chambers...

Transfers: How much would Ronaldo, Mbappe, Lukaku or Sanchez cost?

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 02:21:00 PDT

Gab Marcotti assesses Cristiano Ronaldo's future at Real and the theories regarding his reasons for wanting to leave. The FC panel remark on the continued rumours of Ronaldo's exit from Madrid, and if that means Mbappe would fill his place. The transfer window is upon us and there are plenty of big-name players who are being linked with moves. But how much would they cost? The CIES Football Observatory research team has developed a unique approach to estimate the transfer value of players on a scientific basis. The model includes multiple variables on player performance (minutes, goals, etc.) and characteristics (age, contract, etc.), as well as data on employer clubs and potential recruiting ones. In June they revealed Neymar...

Walcott sale makes sense as long as Wenger can reinvest in Arsenal squad

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 06:18:00 PDT

The ESPN FC crew discuss Arsenal's summer transfer targets. It seems strange to consider the idea of selling a player who scored 19 goals from a wide midfield position, but the future of Theo Walcott at Arsenal is something that Arsene Wenger has to give careful consideration to. The England man had his second best season in front of goal for the Gunners, behind the 21-goal campaign of 2012-13, yet such is the nature of his career that once more there are doubts over where he could, or perhaps should, be playing his football next year. To be fair to him,...

Nick Hornby looks back on Arsenal's worst season in 21 years

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 05:17:00 PDT

Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson gives his assessment into which positions Arsenal must strengthen this summer. (Editors' note: We asked Nick Hornby -- novelist and screenwriter who wrote about his obsessive fandom of Arsenal in "Fever Pitch" -- to assess Arsene Wenger and the Gunners after a painful campaign that saw them finish outside the top four.)  Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager -- if "manager" is not too demeaning a description of Wenger's all-encompassing role at Arsenal -- and Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Her Majesty's Opposition in Great Britain, have been joined at the hip for much of the...

Transfer Rater: Chris Smalling to Arsenal, Milinkovic-Savic to Liverpool

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 01:58:00 PDT

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Andrew Robertson to Burnley According to the Mirror, Burnley are keen on bringing Robertson to Turf Moor this summer. Sean Dyche's men missed out...

Man United the fixture list winners; Arsenal fans beware at Christmas

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 01:29:00 PDT

Steve Nicol breaks down the early season fixtures from the top six clubs ahead of the 2017-18 Premier League campaign. The 2017-18 fixture list has been published and, after an absence of just three-and-a-half weeks, the Premier League is back in our lives. Though the dates and times will change when the TV companies make their diary requests, we can already see the basic shape of the coming season. Of course it is silly to take one look at the itinerary and make sweeping judgements on a 38-game season, but there are some teams who will be very happy with their fixtures. There are others who will feel rather less...

Premier League fixtures: Arsenal target return to Champions League

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 01:00:00 PDT

With the 2017-18 English Premier League fixtures being announced, ESPN previews the opening fixtures and key dates of the North London, Manchester and Merseyside derbies. The Premier League fixtures are out for the 2017-18 season -- here are five to watch for Arsenal. Arsenal face some difficult early tests to start of next season, as the schedule pits Arsene Wenger's team against some big rivals in the opening weeks. With the Gunners promising to stage a serious title challenge this time around, it means Wenger will have to make sure his team is ready for the start of the campaign -- unlike last year. PREMIER LEAGUE CLUB-BY-CLUB FIXTURES 2017-18 AFC Bournemouth | Arsenal | Brighton & Hove Albion | Burnley | Chelsea | Crystal Palace | Everton | Huddersfield | Leicester City Liverpool | Manchester City | Manchester United | Newcastle United | Southampton | Stoke City | Swansea City | Tottenham Hotspur | Watford | West Bromwich Albion | West Ham United Liverpool (A) - Aug. 26, 2017 (H) - Dec. 23, 2017 The opening-day...

Should Arsenal drop Kylian Mbappe pursuit to land more realistic targets?

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 04:18:00 PDT

Brian McBride says wherever AS Monaco's Kylian Mbappe plays next season, he should ensure he'll receive ample playing time. In many ways, it's refreshing to see Arsenal go after Monaco starlet Kylian Mbappe in the transfer market. At around £100 million for an 18-year-old striker, it's the kind of bold move that the club have often been accused of shying away from in the past. But there's a big risk that comes with shooting for the biggest young star in Europe -- especially if manager Arsene Wenger allows himself to be blinded by the promise of the teenage starlet and misses out on more realistic targets in the...

Time ticking at Arsenal as Wenger ponders virtues of selling Sanchez

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 04:15:00 PDT

Raphael Honigstein gives his take on Alexis Sanchez's future. Raphael Honigstein gives his take on Alexis Sanchez's future. Raphael Honigstein gives his take on Alexis Sanchez's future. Arsenal began this summer enshrouded in uncertainty. The future of Arsene Wenger may now be resolved but there remain huge question marks over the fate of several key players. Mesut Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott have all been linked with moves away from the club. However, there is no case more critical than that of Alexis Sanchez. The sooner the Gunners can settle the Chilean's future, the sooner they can set about their transfer business in earnest. Arsenal are one of the few...

Juventus plan swoop for Mahrez as Arsenal and Chelsea stand idly by

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 04:21:00 PDT

Alexis Nunes and Shaka Hislop sift through the latest rumours including a potential move for Riyad Mahrez to Juventus. Gab Marcotti believes Riyad Mahrez has earned the right to ask for a transfer, but isn't sure the interest will be the same as a year ago. The football world is awash with gossip! Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here. TOP STORY: Juventus keeping tabs on Leicester's Mahrez Earlier this month, Chelsea and Arsenal seemed the clubs most likely to battle it out for the signature of Leicester playmaker Riyad Mahrez, but both were said to have been put off by Leicester's demand for about £50 million. Now, according to the Mirror, Serie A champions...

Oxlade-Chamberlain's versatility and promise is worth persisting with

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:41:00 PDT

Shaka Hislop feels despite Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's successful campaign, he may not be best suited to stay with Arsenal. In football's hyper-inflationary transfer market, how much would you pay for a player who had beaten their previous best tallies for goals and assists in 2016-17, impressed in no less than five different positions, as well as playing in a couple more on top of that, and just to put themselves firmly in the shop window had scored for their country in a World Cup qualifier at the weekend? Arsenal already have such a player, and his name is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. It is now vital that the club resist...

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