Former Gunners player Robert Pires has asked his compatriot Olivier Giroud to remain at the Emirates Stadium past this summer amid reports that the former Ligue 1 star might exit the club.
Even before the addition of Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette, there were rumours that the Frenchman might leave Arsenal soon.
The player had a mixed performance last term and with the options that Arsene Wenger now has or is working towards having, then Giroud would get more bench time. Wenger is focused on ending his Premier League title drought this term so he wants to retain his best legs like Giroud.
Pires is in agreement that Giroud should not be allowed to leave the club if Arsenal want to lift the title next year. The France football legend added that Alexis Sanchez should not be sold off as well.
“If he [Giroud] stays, it is great news for Arsene Wenger. Now we have four strikers which is important for making the squad competitive. The objective now for Arsenal is to lift the Premier League trophy and in order to do that, you need to have a lot of strikers in your team,” Pires explained. Read More
Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck is set to get his first start this campaign when the Gunners face Southampton this weekend.
Arsenal are playing in the fourth round of the FA Cup and coach Arsene Wenger would continue with his squad rotation policy which is set to see Welbeck make his first start after a long while.
Since his long term knee injury, Welbeck has played 21 minutes in substitute appearances but he is set to start the game against the Saints. Wenger was forced to play the former Red Devils star when Arsenal were on the brink in the game against Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday. With Granit Xhaka continuing his trade craft of getting sent off and the team crumbling Wenger had to send Welbeck in.
Wenger might not even get to watch the game on Saturday pending a misconduct charge from the FA. The French tactician was caught on camera pushing a fourth official after he was sent off the pitch in the dying minutes of the Burnley game. It is unlikely that he would contest the charge but he has until Thursday to respond. Read More
Arsene Wenger has opened up on Ramsey’s injury as the player remains on the sidelines.
The Arsenal boss said the Welsh midfielder will remain sidelined for sometime as he is working on his match fitness.
“Ramsey will not be available. I’m disappointed because he has worked very hard and he had a few little setbacks that forced us to be cautious with him, said Wenger.
The Gunners seem to have handled the absence of the Euro 2016 well enough, but fans are anxious for his return to action at least to provide depth.
“Next week will also come too early. We have decided that we will give him a complete pre season now, even if he misses more games,” Wenger added.
On Barcelona and Manchester City trying to lure Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin away from the Emirates, Wenger said:
“Of course his future is at Arsenal. That’s why I’m surprised by the speculation. He has nearly three years to go [on Bellerin’s current contract] and we always try get the players to the level where we think they deserve to be.”
Senior squad member at Arsenal, Santi Cazorla also waded into the issue, providing useful advice for Bellerin and other young players.
Arsenal has received an injury boost with the news that Danny Welbeck will be back in the team by Christmas.
The England striker has been injured since the end of last season, and there were fears that the player could have missed the whole of this season. This will be great news for Arsenal as they are currently short on striking power and would welcome the news.
Arsene Wenger made the announcement in a press conference before the weekend matches. The manager said that Welbeck is a valuable member of the team and that his return will add a much-needed boost at the front for Arsenal. He said initially it was expected that the player would be out until next April, but a recent test has revealed that the player is healing faster than expected and that he will be back by Christmas.
On the other hand, Arsenal will be missing Aaron Ramsey and Alex Iwobi until the next international break. Both players were injured in the defeat against Liverpool and will need at least 2-3 weeks treatment before being able to play again in the first team. He said that the injuries are down to the fact that the players did not have enough time to recover after their participation at the Euros.
English Premier League side Arsenal FC are in serious search for substitutes to replace its strikers ahead of the forthcoming season, reports say.
They are interested in AC Milan forward Carlos Bacca, willing to snatch the player ahead of West Ham.
The Hammers have been seriously linked with the Colombia international as they plan on making him their marquee signing as they resume at the newly completed Olympic stadium. The club wanted former striker Carlos Tevez to make a return but both parties couldn’t agree personal terms. Manager Slaven Bilic has now made the Milan forward his primary target as they hope to build on their last season success. The 29-year old scored 18 goals in 38 games despite Milan finishing in the seventh place.
The player has always mentioned his desire to play in the UEFA Champions League, encouraging speculation that he was open to leaving the Italian side. Bacca told popular Spanish new outlet, AS: “It is my dream to play in Champions League and work toward winning it. Unfortunately, the failure for Milan to reach the tournament is one of the themes of our discussions with the club.”
Retired Three Lions midfielder, Paul Scholes is the latest star to feel ‘excited’ by the team spirit within the current national squad as it prepares for Euro 2016.
The former Manchester United star, Scholes, believes England go into the forthcoming tournament in great shape compared to other competitions over the past decade.
He also says Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane should start up front, adding Jamie Vardy could be used as a high-quality substitute.
Scholes collected 66 caps and represented England in four summer tournaments – the World Cups of 1998 and 2002, and European Championships in 2000 and 2004. He told the Daily Mail:
“I’m really excited – more than I have been over the last three or four tournaments.
“The team spirit is brilliant. In the last four or five tournaments I don’t think the team spirit was at its strongest but these players are willing to learn.
“They’re young players, they listen to coaches and they are listening to team-mates.
“We probably won’t win it yet but they’re not too far away from possibly the semi-final when you look at the talent in the squad. Read More
Arsenal’s season started off rather promising as they managed to seal up the top spots of the Premier League and stay up to par with the table-toppers Leicester City for the majority of the season but after a recent string of underwhelming results and dropped points, Arsenal started to lose their pace for the league title and the only way that the team of Arsene Wenger can become the champions of England will be if Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur both begin to lose matches at a consistent basis.
There is a realistic possibility of Arsenal becoming the new champions of England but it will ultimately depend on the results that the top 2 clubs manage to get and from the looks of it, they don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.
In Arsenal’s Champions League run, Arsene Wenger’s team failed to reach the quarter-finals of the European competition as they lost against Barcelona with an aggregate score of 5-1. After these matches were over, Danny Welbeck had a few things to say in relation to why Arsenal lost and why they have been falling apart in these later stages of the season.
“We had some chances, it was difficult to come here 2-0 down but we had a plan to get through, it was a difficult occasion for us and unfortunately we couldn’t get through.We had a couple of opportunities where we should have done better and with the quality they have then they are clinical when they have chances.Coming to the Nou Camp you really want to leave your mark, we could have done better in certain situations and it is disappointing.” Read More
Queens Park Rangers couldn’t keep themselves alive in the Premier League during the 2014-15 season and were relegated after only being able to win 8 matches of the total 38 which were played and will be competing once again in the Championship League. However, Chris Ramsey wants to make it back to the top tier English League but in order for that to happen, his team is going to need some improvements and a few changes within the squad have already occurred.
Chris Ramsey has secured the services of Jay Emmanuel-Thomas from Bristol City on a free transfer. Emmanuel-Thomas is a 24 year old English forward who made over 80 appearances for his previous club Bristol City but his goal-scoring statistics haven’t been as impressive as he made less than 30 goals in his 2 seasons for the English League One club.
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas signed a 3 year long deal with Queens Park Rangers which took effect on July 1rst. Read More
Danny Welbeck scored one goal during England’s 2016 Euro’s qualification as the English nation faced off with Lithuania in a match that concluded with the team of Roy Hodgson sealing a convincing 4-0 triumph.
England is now comfortably positioned in the top spot of Group E with 15 points; they have enjoyed a perfect start to their qualification campaign after having won all of the 5 qualification matches that the English outfit has played so far.
The 24 year old Arsenal player was named as the best player of the match as he was all over the pitch and was a continuous source of danger to the opponents’ defence which struggled trying to contain him and when the match reached its end, Danny Welbeck said that his move from Manchester United to Arsenal has helped him out when it comes to scoring with his national side.
After scoring against Lithuania, Welbeck turned into the top goal-scorer of the qualification stages as he netted his 6th goal of these rounds which is more than any other player of the current stages of the European tournament. The English attacker believes that his recent goal-scoring form has increased and improved due to his transition from Old Trafford over to the Emirates Stadium. Read More