Saturday, 18 August 2018

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sets out Arsenal’s targets ahead of Chelsea FC clash

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has his sights set on winning the Premier League title in his first full season at Arsenal.
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The Gunners signed the Gabon international in a £57m deal from Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund in the January transfer window.
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The Arsenal striker scored 10 times in 14 games in all competitions in his opening six months at the north London side.
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Aubameyang didn’t win the Bundesliga title during his five seasons at Dortmund despite scoring 141 goals in 213 outings.
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Arsenal failed to finish in the Premier League’s top four in their last two seasons under Arsene Wenger before the Frenchman stood down after 22 campaigns in charge.
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The Gunners appointed Unai Emery as their new boss in the summer fresh from the Spanish head coach leading Paris Saint-Germain to the Ligue 1 title in his second season.
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Speaking to ESPN about his personal targets for the 2018-19 season, as well as Arsenal’s aims, Aubameyang said:
“Collectively, we want to play every competition to the maximum. We can’t hide. It would be great to end the season with one or more trophies. The league is obviously the priority because it has been a while since Arsenal won it.
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“It will be complicated, though, and we know that. Personally, I want to contribute as much as possible with goals and assists. I don’t have a figure in mind but I really [think] it will be a very good season like the ones I had in the past at Dortmund.”
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Aubameyang failed to get on the score sheet in Arsenal’s 2-0 loss to defending Premier League champions Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium last weekend.
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The Arsenal striker may have to be patient in pursuit of a first Premier League title given the size of the rebuild job at the north London outfit.

Arsenal Match: Petr Cech or Bernd Leno : Unai Emery makes firm decision regarding the Chelsea clash

Petr Cech’s might face some backlash from the Gunners for his shaky display under the bar during their 2-0 curtain-raiser defeat game against defending Champions Manchester City last week but manager Unai Emery is ready to keep the faith with the veteran ahead of their clash against Chelsea.
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During the City game , Cech did not look comfortable with the ball at his feet against a pressing team and with Chelsea also intending to play a pressing game following the appointment of Maurizio Sarri, fans are now feeling the worst for the London derby.
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Arsenal signed Leno from Leverkusen this Summer in a £22m deal and the German who is rated as a sound ball-playing goalkeeper is expected by the fans to be the club’s number one against Chelsea next week but Emery now has firmly suggested that he will keep faith on Cech against Chelsea, with hinting that Leno is still not ready to be the first choice.
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“I’m very happy with his (Cech) performance,” Emery told during a media conference.
“He has experience, he has quality, he has the capacity.
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“For Saturday, the decision is easy. Petr can continue to start, I believe in him. But if Bernd starts, I believe in him also… they are two goalkeepers who are important for us.”
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Emery also pointed out that despite their incompetence to find the rhythm in the first game, they will continue to work on his playing style and he wants his players to keep faith with the new philosophy, even if results do not initially go for them.
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“We didn’t lose because of our personality, our idea, our style,” he said. “We didn’t lose for that. We lost on other things. We can improve on other things, learn for the next match.”
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Arsenal will travel to Stamford Bridge without Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who is out until October after suffering a leg fracture against City while Regular left-back Sead Kolasinac is also out for a similar period with a knee injury.
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New addition Stephan Lichtsteiner or Nacho Monreal is expected to fill in their void as the North London side will hope to turn around their winless run at Bridge since 2011.

Mark Lawrenson states his prediction for Chelsea FC v Arsenal

Mark Lawrenson is backing Chelsea FC to ease to a comfortable 2-0 win over Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday evening.
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The Blues lost 2-0 to defending Premier League champions Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley at the start of the campaign.
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Chelsea FC eased to a resounding 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town at John Smith’s Stadium thanks to goals from Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Pedro Rodriguez.
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The Blues will welcome Arsenal to Stamford Bridge in their second Premier League fixture in search of successive victories under new manager Maurizio Sarri.
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Arsenal suffered a 2-0 loss to Premier League title holders Manchester City in their opening top-flight fixture of the new campaign.
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Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva got on the score sheet to help the Citizens start their title defence with a win.
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Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson is backing Chelsea FC to ease to a comfortable win over Unai Emery’s side on Saturday evening.
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“While the Gunners struggled against Manchester City, Chelsea were comfortable winners against Huddersfield, which was a great start for them,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport .
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“This is an important game for both teams, just for the fact that, if Chelsea win, they will go six points ahead of Arsenal in the race for the top four.”
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Arsenal finished in sixth spot in the Premier League table last season to miss out on a Champions League spot.
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The Gunners signed five players in the summer transfer window to improve their squad under Emery.
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Chelsea FC appointed Sarri as Antonio Conte’s replacement in the summer.

Friday, 17 August 2018

Arsenal legend has big message for Chelsea midfielder.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has told Ruben Loftus-Cheek that he is too good to keep the Chelsea bench warm and needs to force his way into Maurizio Sarri’s plans.
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Loftus-Cheek has finally been given the opportunity to prove himself at Chelsea this season after spending 12 months on loan at Crystal Palace, where he done more than enough to earn a spot on the plane to the world cup with England.
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The 22-year-old made it clear to new boss Maurizio Sarri that he wanted regular game time this season and would seek another move if he wasn’t afforded it at Chelsea.
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And Wright has backed him to do force his way into the Chelsea starting side, insisting he needs consistent game time in order to avoid stalling his development.
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“I would love to see Loftus-Cheek to see if he can break into the first XI,” he said on Sky Sports’ The Debate.
“He’s got to try and play.
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“This is the only situation where a player has not stayed at his parent club for the time he’s been there apart from the youth team.
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“He’s too good to sit around.
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“He’s now got to get Jorginho, Kante and Kovacic out of the way.”
Here us what we think.
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Loftus-Cheek deserves the chance to prove himself at Chelsea as he is one of the most talented players in the Premier League.
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But if he doesn’t get regular game time, then they are plenty of sides that are willing to snap him up so this season at Chelsea will now be the make or break moment in his career.

Arsenal striker travels to Italy to undergo medical ahead of shock Juventus transfer

Arsenal forward Stephy Mavididi is on the verge of completing a shock move to Juventus.
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The 20-year-old has yet to ever really get a look in having progressed through the youth teams with the Gunners and had two loan spells last season, with Preston in the Championship and Charlton in League 1.
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In all he made 26 appearances during the 2017/18 campaign, scoring twice - both during his stay with Charlton, where he also had a spell on loan a year earlier.
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Mavididi is highly-rated at the Emirates but has yet to make his senior debut for Arsenal - and now he looks set to leave the Gunners and join Italian giants Juventus.
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Football.london understands the England Under-20 international travelled to Italy on Thursday to undergo a medical with the Serie A champions. It is believed he will link up with the Turin giants' B side once his transfer has been finalised.
Mavididi will not be the first youngster who Arsenal have lost to an overseas club recently.
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Marcus McGuane left the Emirates to join Barcelona in January, while Kaylen Hinds moved to Wolfsburg last year.
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Meanwhile, Joel Campbell is on the verge of finally leaving Arsenal.
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The Costa Rica international arrived in north London in 2011 but has never been able to stake a prolonged claim for a first-team spot and has been loaned out six times.
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He spent last season at Real Betis in Spain, but returned in the summer and stated he did not want to go out on loan again, given he was into the last year of his contract in north London.
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And he is now about to get his wish as he closes in on a permanent switch to Frosinone.
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Campbell has now arrived Italy and will undergo his medical today before finalising his transfer to the Serie A newcomers.
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And he will be joined in Italy by David Ospina, who should also complete his move away from Arsenal on Thursday.
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A deal has been agreed between the Gunners and Napoli which will see the Colombia international spend the season on loan in Naples ahead of a proposed permanent switch next summer.
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It is understand Napoli will pay a £900,000 loan fee for the 29-year-old, who joined Arsenal from Nice in 2014 for £3 million.

Arsenal News: Stephy Mavididi 'to complete move to Juventus' as Arsenal youngster prepares to quit club

Arsenal striker Stephy Mavididi is reportedly set to join Juventus.
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The 20-year-old had loan spells with Preston and Charlton but is now set to join the Serie A champions.
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He has not made his senior debut for the Gunners but football.london report that he travelled to Turin on Thursday to undergo a medical.
Once the deal is complete, Mavididi is expected to join the B team.
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He is expected to be joined in Italy by Joel Campbell who is set to join Serie A new boys Frosinone.
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The Costa Rica international joined the Gunners in 2011 but has failed to break into the first team, instead being farmed out on loan.
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Unai Emery WON'T change Arsenal's passing style despite admitting to huge Chelsea test
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Unai Emery has promised he will not change his style even though he admits Chelsea will be another huge test for his Arsenal revolution.
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Gunners boss Emery began his new reign with a defeat to Manchester City, tough criticism of Petr Cech playing out from the back and his tactical set-up.
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But Emery insisted the champions did not beat them for any of those reasons and, despite fearing a difficult game at Stamford Bridge, he will stick to his principles.
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Emery said: “We didn’t lose because of our personality, our idea, our style. We lost on other things, we can improve on other things, tactics, improve for our learning on the next match.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Arsenal News: Why fans shouldn’t take much notice of Arsenal’s opening game defeat

Arsenal suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to defending champions Manchester City on Sunday. It was their opening game of the 2018/19 season and has left them sitting 15th in the Premier League table without a point to their name. Unai Emery was keen to play down the result and insist Arsenal would improve.
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He said in the post-match press conference : “Manchester City’s performance showed us that we need to continue in our process to improve. We need to continue working tactically and defensively. Today is the first step. We are only starting out now.”.
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Emery isn’t overreacting and he’s making it clear to supporters not the do the same. After all, it’s in Arsenal’s nature to get off to a poor start. The Gunners have won just two of their last nine opening games – Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City in 2017/18 and Arsenal 2-1 Crystal Palace in 2014/15.
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They frequently start the new season poorly and this campaign has been no different. In the post-Arsene Wenger era, Arsenal were always going to take time to adapt to their new boss, so losing to City isn’t a surprise. Unfortunately, the Gunners have Chelsea next in the Premier League which could see them without a point in their first two games if they fall short.
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Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City reminded fans how far they are from winning a Premier League title. They finished sixth with 63 points from 38 games, 37 points behind the Sky Blues while losing 11 more matches. Emery has a big job on his hands to get the Gunners back on track, so supporters shouldn’t expect an instant shift in form.
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Emery made it clear in his Chelsea pre-match press conference that he’s not dwelling too much on the City defeat anymore and instead wants his players to take on board what they’ve learned on the training pitch. He’s playing the long game and wants to see obvious improvement and development, saying: “I want us to continue with this work and to be completive for 90 minutes.
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“But with a better performance than on Sunday, both individually and collectively. We want a good preparation before and a good response on the pitch to that preparation.”
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Arsenal will be underdogs against Chelsea, so defeat wouldn’t be a shock on the weekend, but the reaction from fans could be very negative if they’re without a point after the second round of games. History shows, however, than a slow start to the season is typical for Arsenal.

DONE DEAL: ARSENAL €40M-RATED TARGET JOINED SERIE A CLUB

Roma signed Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi yesterday and Gunners missed the chance to improve the squad with France international. During the summer Arsenal were heavily linked with Steven as Unai Emery wanted to strengthen the midfield but negotiations failed as the transfer window closed. Italian club used this situation and added world-class midfielders much cheaper price.
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French footballer had an amazing season as he played very well in La Liga and won the World Cup with his national team. N’Zonzi joined the Spanish club from Stoke City in 2015 with a €8m deal and during the years he became a top-class player and unchanged figure for the club.
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The 29-year-old joined Roma with a €30m deal. Giallorossi have a great summer as they signed several high-class footballers like Javier Pastore, Justin Kluivert and Bryan Cristante.
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Eusebio Di Francesco has big plans in this season as he wants to win the titles. His team have a fantastic squad and Steven improve the line-up much more. Roma reached the Champions League semi-final last season as they sensationally kicked out Barcelona from the Euro competition. N’Zonzi probably will replace Daniele De Rossi who is already 35-year-old.

Arsenal News: Forgotten Arsenal star set to complete move to Serie A club – report

Joel Campbell is set to complete a move to Serie A side Frosinone, according to a report in Italy.
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Italian media outlet Gianluca di Marzio, as quoted by The Sun , is reporting that Campbell is close to a move to the Serie A minnows before Italy’s transfer deadline.
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The same article states that the Costa Rica international will complete a permanent move to Frosinone following loan stints in La Liga over the past few seasons.
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According to the report in Italy, the promoted Italian club will complete a swoop to sign the 2014 World Cup star following his frustrated spell at Arsenal.
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Campbell netted four times in 40 games in two season in the Arsenal first-team having spent time at Saprissa, Lorient, Real Betis, Olympiacos, Sporting Lisbon and Real Betis.
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The Costa Rica international netted two goals in nine games during a loan spell at Real Betis in the 2017-18 season.
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Arsenal lost 2-0 to defending Premier League champions Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium in their opening game of the new campaign.
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The Gunners will make the short trip across London to take on bitter rivals Chelsea FC in their next Premier League fixture on Saturday evening.
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Arsenal finished in sixth spot in the Premier League table.

Arsenal linked with surprise summer swoop for compatriot of Petr Cech

Arsenal are one of several clubs considering a move for Gillingham’s Tomas Holy, with another Premier League sides West Ham United and Everton also keen
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According to a report from the British national daily tabloid The Daily Mirror, as quoted on the Yorkshire Post, a host of Premier League teams, including Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace are keeping a close eye on the player.
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Tomas Holy, who stands at a stunning 6ft 9in, enjoyed a successful season with Gillingham the previous term.
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The 26-year-old star has emerged as a surprise target for the London-based outfit, who could look to add an experienced third-choice shot-stopper to their ranks
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Matt Macey has recently left the Gunners on loan, while David Ospina is also looking set to leave to go in search of regular senior-team football.
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Holy joined the League One side back in January 2017 from the Czech side Sparta Prague and has gone on to become a hit with the supporters there.
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After originally only being purchased as competition for the club’s No.1, he would go on to make the spot his own.