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Arsenal plan summer moves for Lyon's Nabil Fekir, RB Leipzig's Timo Werner

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:07:23 PST

Clubs are slowly turning their eyes toward the summer window, and Transfer Talk has the updates on all the latest rumours. Wenger targets Fekir, Werner Lyon and France international midfielder Nabil Fekir could be in line for a move to the Emirates this summer, with the Mirror reporting that Arsene Wenger has made him his No. 1 target in the summer. Wenger wants to get a deal in place ahead of this summer's World Cup -- where Fekir is expected to play a role for Didier Deschamps' squad -- and...

Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles takes his opportunity to shine on centre-stage

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:07:00 PST

Arsene Wenger credits Arsenal for taking the game to a 'nervous' Ostersunds side and navigating the weather conditions in their comprehensive victory. Ainsley Maitland-Niles must have wondered if he'd ever get an opportunity to start another Arsenal match in his preferred position of central midfield. The versatile youngster has been used as both a full-back and wing-back this season, but during Thursday night's 3-0 win over F. K. Ostersunds, he was finally granted a chance in the middle of the park. It wasn't a perfect display, but Maitland-Niles did enough to show why Arsenal have such high hopes for him. This was the first time the 20-year-old...

Unsung Nacho Monreal, Mohamed Elneny earn top marks for Arsenal at Ostersunds

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 01:08:00 PST

Arsenal took advantage of some woeful defensive errors to brush aside Ostersunds and put one foot into the Europa League round of 16. Arsene Wenger credits Arsenal for taking the game to a 'nervous' Ostersunds side and navigating the weather conditions in their comprehensive victory. Arsenal's Europa League campaign this season might best be described as functional. There's been little out of the ordinary, and despite a 3-0 win in Sweden on Thursday night -- their first away from home in 2018 -- ordinary seems a good way to sum up the performance. These looked like players going through the motions, and although some might point to the conditions, it was a bit cold; and the pitch, it was a bit artificial, they rarely got out of first gear. So much so that the home side, who...

Arsenal navigate pitfalls of Ostersunds to pick up straightforward win

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:11:00 PST

Arsenal took advantage of some woeful defensive errors to brush aside Ostersunds and put one foot into the Europa League round of 16. Arsene Wenger credits Arsenal for taking the game to a 'nervous' Ostersunds side and navigating the weather conditions in their comprehensive victory. The ESPN FC crew review the standout performers so far in the Europa League round of 32, including Michy Batshuayi's stellar showing for Dortmund. OSTERSUND, Sweden -- Three quick thoughts after Arsenal beat Ostersunds 3-0 on Thursday in the first leg of their Europa League round-of-32 tie. 1. Arsenal navigate pitfalls to earn straightforward win After all the warnings about the potential pitfalls of this game, it couldn't have been much more straightforward for Arsenal. Two goals inside the opening 25 minutes put the Gunners on the brink of reaching the Europa League's last 16 as they navigated icy cold temperatures, an artificial pitch...

Transfer Rater: Paul Pogba to Real Madrid, Ousmane Dembele to Arsenal

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 04:21:00 PST

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. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Thorgan Hazard to Leicester City The brother of Chelsea star Eden Hazard told Sport Magazine in Belgium: "England is appealing, but when you speak to players who...

Should the Champions League, Europa League cup-tied rule be abolished?

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 04:07:00 PST

Several massive clubs are competing in the Europa League round of 32. Find out who our pundits think will go through. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says the European cup-tied rule doesn't make sense after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was barred from playing in the Europa League for the Gunners this season. That's because the striker played for Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, and BVB are now competing in the same competition as Arsenal. The cup-tied rule is enforced in virtually every cup competition in the world. It was designed to prevent wealthy teams signing up good players from eliminated clubs to boost...

Europa League harder for Arsenal than last year's winners Man United

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:11:00 PST

Several massive clubs are competing in the Europa League round of 32. Find out who our pundits think will go through. With Arsenal learning their fate for the UEL round of 32, Craig Burley and Ross Dyer predict how they'll approach Ostersunds. Perhaps it is the "Mourinho treble." Not winning Serie A, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League, though Jose Mourinho accomplished all with Inter Milan in 2009-10, but lifting the League Cup, securing the Europa League and finishing sixth in the Premier League, which Manchester United did last season. Marooned in sixth, facing Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final, Arsenal could copy them. Winning the secondary European competition looks like Arsene Wenger's best chance of returning Arsenal...

Juventus to move for Arsenal's Jack Wilshere with Emre Can move stalled

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:38:00 PST

Clubs are slowly turning their eyes toward the summer window, and Transfer Talk has the updates on all the latest rumours. Juventus chase Wilshere Italian giants Juventus have contacted Jack Wilshere's representatives about a potential switch to Turin in the summer, according to the Daily Mirror. The midfielder's contract expires at the end of the season, with Arsenal currently offering him a new deal on reduced wages. Although it looks like Wilshere will eventually decide to stay at the Emirates...

Ostersunds playing quirky underdogs but serious about upsetting Arsenal

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:19:00 PST

Several massive clubs are competing in the Europa League round of 32. Find out who our pundits think will go through. OSTERSUND -- Outwardly, Ostersunds seem to have embraced their status as the quirky underdog from an exotic location ahead of Thursday's Europa League clash with giant favourites Arsenal. The Swedish club's social media accounts this week have been filled with light-hearted quips about the cold weather, snowy conditions and small arena that Arsenal will face here in the first leg of their round-of-32 tie. There was even a small dig at Arsene Wenger, as Ostersunds tweeted a pledge from coach Graham...

'Wenger Out' reaches Winter Olympics, as Swiss speedskater is eliminated

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 01:33:00 PST

It didn't take long for the "Wenger Out" campaign to make it to the Winter Olympics. Or at least, that's the conclusion Arsenal fans have drawn after Swiss speedskater Livio Wenger failed to advance in the men's 1,500-metre race in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The image of the disappointed athlete with a TV graphic featuring his name and the result "OUT" has spread quickly over social media, with football fans making the obvious connection to the Arsenal manager. The 'Wenger Out' brigade have made it to the Winter Olympics #PyeongChang2018 pic.twitter.com/Mk7Th2mwbM— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) February 13, 2018 The so-called "Wenger Out" brigade...

Alexandre Lacazette's injury setback provides an opportunity for Danny Welbeck

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:44:00 PST

Alexandre Lacazette's apparent demotion to a squad player notwithstanding, Craig Burley and Ross Dyer discuss the impact of the striker's injury to Arsenal's season aspirations. Steve Nicol remains sympathetic toward Alexandre Lacazette after his narrow miss in Arsenal's 1-0 loss to Tottenham. Arsene Wenger 'regrets' the gilt-edged chances Arsenal missed in their 1-0 defeat at Tottenham, which leaves the Gunners six points adrift of fourth. Alison Bender is joined by Dan Kilpatrick, Tony Evans and Mattias Karen to assess the impact of Tottenham's derby win. It's not been a good few days for Alexandre Lacazette. After spurning a glorious chance to snatch an equaliser in the North London derby, now comes the news that he has been forced to undergo an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee that will keep him out for between four and six weeks. The timing is particularly bad -- with Arsenal's next two fixtures being in the Europa League, this was set to be a critical period for Lacazette to prove his Arsenal credentials. After all, the man who superseded...

All-out attack could save Wenger as Arsenal season teeters on the brink

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 03:35:00 PST

The ESPN FC crew discuss Arsenal's failings and whether their top four hopes are over. The ESPN FC crew discuss Arsenal's failings and whether their top four hopes are over. Arsene Wenger seemed to have a clear idea of how to solve Arsenal's defensive issues ahead of the North London derby. "The best way to defend is for us to have the ball and to take the game to them," the Arsenal boss said last week, apparently falling back on the old adage "the best defence is a good attack." He didn't exactly back up those words at Wembley, though. Instead, Wenger shuffled his formation into an unusually defence-minded 4-3-3 system where his shiny new attacking weapons were rendered...

Faith in Wenger dwindles further after Arsenal's no-show vs. Tottenham

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 06:07:00 PST

Arsenal's top four hopes look slimmer than ever after defeat to Tottenham in the North London derby. Arsenal's top four hopes look slimmer than ever after defeat to Tottenham in the North London derby. Arsenal's top four hopes look slimmer than ever after defeat to Tottenham in the North London derby. North London derbies are usually tight affairs. Over the years there have been some emphatic scorelines -- usually in Arsenal's favour -- but the history books will show that the Wembley showdown on Saturday was decided by a single goal. Harry Kane's header won three points for Tottenham, but the scoreline didn't really reflect the game, and the second half in particular. Were it not for a string of outstanding saves by Petr Cech and some real profligacy in front of goal by the home side, the margin...

Ostersunds' 'warm' welcome for Arsenal ahead of Europa League clash

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 02:23:00 PST

Ostersunds have laid on a special Swedish welcome for Arsenal ahead of the Europa League last-32 clash between the two sides this Thursday evening. Indeed, the club posted a message on social media to announce they are now fully prepared for Gunners' imminent arrival, along with a couple of photos of their hospitality the Premier League side can expect to receive. We are ready for you @Arsenal ! Did we mentioned our new locker rooms? #vigerossaldrig #EuropaLeague #iglooadventure pic.twitter.com/c5SJQplYE3— Östersunds FK (@ofk_1996) February 12, 2018 Ostersunds shared images of various items of kit hung up around the interior of an igloo-style snow cave. "We are ready for you Arsenal!"...

Would your club sign Leicester's Riyad Mahrez as City ponder renewed move?

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 12:59:00 PST

The FC crew discuss Riyad Mahrez's transfer predicament at Leicester. The FC crew discuss Riyad Mahrez's transfer predicament at Leicester. The FC crew discuss Riyad Mahrez's transfer predicament at Leicester. Riyad Mahrez saw a transfer deadline move to Manchester City fail as Leicester stood firm over their £95 million valuation of him -- and then he refused to train. Puel says Mahrez needs to get his head right but what's next for Leicester's mercurial talent? ESPN FC's club correspondents have their say on whether their team should consider a summer move. (function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src='//embed.playbuzz.com/sdk.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk')); MAN CITY: Yes Pep Guardiola wants more options out wide to stretch opponents, particularly against tight, defensive teams, which is...

Liverpool, Arsenal in £40 million stoush for Stoke City's Jack Butland

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 05:48:00 PST

A rousing second-half performance from Spurs led them to a 1-0 win over archrivals Arsenal in the North London derby, at Wembley.. A rousing second-half performance from Spurs led them to a 1-0 win over archrivals Arsenal in the North London derby, at Wembley.. A rousing second-half performance from Spurs led them to a 1-0 win over archrivals Arsenal in the North London derby, at Wembley.. Clubs are slowly turning their eyes toward the summer window, and Transfer Talk has the updates on all the latest rumours. Liverpool and Arsenal eye £40m Butland Liverpool hope to solve their goalkeeping problem once and for all by signing Stoke City's Jack Butland for £40 million, reports the Sun. The Reds will be joined by Arsenal in the race to sign the England international, with the Gunners also experiencing consistency issues with Petr Cech this season. Jurgen Klopp has chopped and...

Ozil and Mkhitaryan go missing as toothless Arsenal attack exposed

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 08:57:00 PST

Arsene Wenger 'regrets' the gilt-edged chances Arsenal missed in their 1-0 defeat at Tottenham, which leaves the Gunners six points adrift of fourth. A rousing second-half performance from Spurs led them to a 1-0 win over arch-rivals Arsenal in the North London derby, at Wembley. LONDON -- The north London derby is not the place to gamble. Arsene Wenger threw the dice a number of times at Wembley, but failed each time. Tottenham Hotspur beat Arsenal 1-0 with Harry Kane heading the winning goal but the scoreline did not reflect the home side's dominance. Wenger has some difficult questions to answer over the coming days. "It was a game we could not afford to lose," the Arsenal manager said afterwards. "It makes things very difficult now." His team's hopes of claiming a top-four...

Cech saves Arsenal more woe with 7/10 as Mkhitaryan, Ozil struggle

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 06:44:00 PST

A rousing second-half performance from Spurs led them to a 1-0 win over arch-rivals Arsenal in the North London derby, at Wembley. Arsene Wenger 'regrets' the gilt-edged chances Arsenal missed in their 1-0 defeat at Tottenham, which leaves the Gunners six points adrift of fourth. ESPN FC's Craig Burley takes a look at all of the Saturday results from week 27 in the Premier League, highlighted by Tottenham's win over Arsenal. Arsenal lost a one-sided north London derby 1-0 against Tottenham and sustained a significant blow to their hopes of finishing in the top four. The Gunners travelled to Wembley in good spirits, after a strong January transfer window was followed up with a resounding 5-1 win over Everton. However, they were second best for most of this match, and it's remarkable that Harry Kane's goal was all that ultimately separated the teams. Positives It's difficult to derive positives from a derby defeat, but...

Tottenham sink Arsenal with second half show as Harry Kane strikes

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 06:18:00 PST

A rousing second-half performance from Spurs led them to a 1-0 win over arch-rivals Arsenal in the North London derby, at Wembley. Harry Kane delights in scoring the winner for Tottenham, but feels Spurs should've converted more of their chances against Arsenal. ESPN FC's Craig Burley looks back at Tottenham's North London derby triumph and how Spurs came alive in the second half to down Arsenal. Alison Bender is joined by Dan Kilpatrick, Tony Evans and Mattias Karen to assess the impact of Tottenham's derby win. LONDON -- Three points on Tottenham's 1-0 win over Arsenal in the north London derby; the game was pretty even in the first half but after Harry Kane's goal early in the second there was only going to be one winner. 1. Harry Kane the killer again After reaching 100 Premier League goals against Liverpool last weekend, Kane revealed that he is still motivated by his release from Arsenal as an eight-year-old. The striker's 16-year-old mission to prove the Gunners wrong continued with the decisive goal...

Arsenal's January signings highlight failures of past windows

Fri, 9 Feb 2018 05:25:00 PST

The ESPN FC look at the issues troubling Arsenal this season. The ESPN FC look at the issues troubling Arsenal this season. Arsenal finally got things right in the January transfer window. Their two new signings, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, made an immediate impact and have given the club a massive boost heading into Saturday's crucial North London derby against Tottenham. But that also highlights just how unsuccessful they have been in other recent transfer windows. After Mesut Ozil's signing in 2013, it's hard to find many players who joined the club who can be considered a success. Petr Cech...


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