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Mesut Ozil transfer ‘beyond imagination’ for Fenerbahce due to massive £350k-a-week wages as Arsenal struggle to attract interest in German

FENERBAHCE have ruled out signing Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil in the summer as the Gunners look to offload the German World Cup winner.
The North London club are reportedly desperate to sell the 30-year-old, though they are struggling to drum up interest due to the player's mammoth £350,000-a-week wages.
 Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has two years left to run on his deal at the Emirates
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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has two years left to run on his deal at the EmiratesCredit: AFP or licensors
It has been claimed that Arsenal will even pay a portion of his wages at his next club should they manage to get rid of him.
But one club he will not be moving to is Turkish side Fenerbahce, after chief Damien Comolli poured cold water on the potential deal.
Speaking to AsistAnaliz, he said: "The question of Mesut is beyond imagination.
"I can't waste my time on this."
Unai Emery will be given a summer war chest of just £40million after Arsenal failed to secure Champions League football for a third season running.
The club know they have to sell players in order to raise funds, and could look to cash in on Ozil who flattered to deceive during the 2018/19 campaign.
Ozil chipped in with just six goals and three assists in 35 games in all competitions, where he failed to cement himself as a regular in the side.
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Arsenal: Granit Xhaka said a hell of a lot with very little

Granit Xhaka refused to say if he thought Arsenal as a club were progressing under Unai Emery, and that says a hell of a lot.


Emotions ran high after Arsenal‘s ridiculous loss to Chelsea. But apparently, in the Gunners’ dressing room, there was nothing but silence. Unai Emery said nothing, the players said nothing, and to should-be captain Granit Xhaka, that was fine.
“It is not about shouting. It is not about shouting everything if we lose,” he said. And he’s right, and he continued to be right, going on to say that they, as players, knew how they played. They knew what they had done.
But it was what Xhaka said earlier that stands out. When asked if Emery had taken the club forward, he responded, “I don’t know. I’m not the right person to give you an answer about this.”
That’s the thing though, Xhaka is the absolute right person to be asking about this. No one has played more minutes under Emery than him, and few played more minutes under Arsene Wenger during his last years than him.
Not to mention he is a very observant, intelligent guy.
Xhaka would be the perfect person to ask this question, and the fact that he said he didn’t know, and that he wasn’t the right person to ask says a hell of a lot more than anything else he might have said. Because it means that the club hasn’t done what he might have been hoping.
Now, keep in mind that this was right after a horrible loss, so that has to be taken into account, but it’s also a damning statement that, even in that moment, Xhaka can’t say for certain if the club is moving forward.
Damning, yes, but I also like the stance that he is taking, and I think it speaks even higher to his viability as captain. We don’t need ‘yes’ men in the club. We don’t need players that are going to follow blindly. Obviously we don’t want them to be rabble-rousers, but Xhaka isn’t one of those. He is, however, the kind of guy who could ask the necessary questions of the players in the locker room.
If we needed any more reason not to sell him, this is one. He is willing to go against the grain and not just nod his head. And, the fact that he was so quick to speak to the fans… yeah. Captain material, this guy.
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Chelsea vs Arsenal Europa league final: Both team news Kick-off time, TV channel, live stream and injury news

All the key information you need to know about the UEFA Europa League final between Arsenal and Chelsea in Baku


The time is almost upon us as Arsenal and Chelsea go head to head in Baku in the Europa League final tonight (Wednesday).

The two London rivals will meet in Azerbaijan as they compete for glory in Europe's second biggest competition, where victory for the Gunners would see them qualify for next season's Champions League.

The Blues have already sealed qualification for the Champions League by finishing third in the Premier League, but Maurizio Sarri's men will want to end his first season in charge in style.

Arsenal qualified for the final after beating Spanish side Valencia in the semi-final 7-3 on aggregate, while Chelsea scraped past German side Eintracht Frankfurt on penalties after a 2-2 aggregate score.

And here's everything you need to know about the final this evening, including how you can watch it, and more.

What the teams will be playing for

When is Arsenal vs Chelsea in the Europa League final?

The UEFA Europa League final will be played on Wednesday May 29th.

Where is Arsenal vs Chelsea in the Europa League final taking place?

The Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan will play host to the 2019 Europa League final.

Chelsea have played here before, beating Qarabag 4-0 in the Champions League group stages in 2017, while it will be Arsenal's first trip.

What time does Arsenal vs Chelsea in the Europa League final kick-off?

The game is scheduled to start at 20:00 BST.

 

Where is Baku?

Baku is the capital city of Azerbaijan.

What is the time in Baku, Azerbaijan?

Baku are three hours ahead of GMT. That means that for the 8pm (GMT) kick-off time on Wednesday night the match will commence at 11pm local time.

 

What is the distance from London to Baku?

It is approximately 4670 miles as the crow flies from London to Baku.

What is the weather like in Baku, Azerbaijan?

The weather in Baku is slightly cloudy with an current temperature of around 25 degrees celcius. However that temperature will drop to around 21 degrees at kick-off on Wednesday night.

Is Arsenal vs Chelsea in the Europa League final on TV?

Like all Europa League games this season, BT Sport 2 will be showing coverage of the final.

It is also going to be streamed on YouTube for those who aren't subscribed to BT Sport.

 

What is the latest injury news for Arsenal vs Chelsea in the Europa League final?

Arsenal will be without Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), Denis Suarez (groin), Hector Bellerin (knee injury) and Rob Holding (both ACL) for the Europa League final.

Danny Welbeck could return after an ankle injury.

 

Chelsea will be without Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Antonio Rudiger and Gary Cahill for the Europa League final.

They also have a major fitness doubt in midfielder N'Golo Kante, who left the Blues' final training session before the game early.

What is the capacity of the Baku Olympic Stadium where Arsenal vs Chelsea in the Europa League final will be held?

The Baku Olympic Stadium holds 69,870 spectators. Arsenal and Chelsea were allocated just 6000 tickets each.

Will VAR be used for Arsenal vs Chelsea in the Europa League final?

Yes, VAR will be used in the Europa League final.

UEFA plan to introduce VAR fully into 2019/20 season for both European competitions. Champions League did get a head start in the technology this season after using VAR from the knockout stage of the tournament.

Europa League final

 

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Shkodran Mustafi latest comments highlights the critical problem at Arsenal

Shkodran Mustafi latest comments highlights the huge problem at Arsenal

Shkodran Mustafi has been one of the most criticised players for Arsenal this season and it is hard to find many fans that have anything positive to say about the German defender and he has done himself no favours at all with his latest comments.

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Mustafi stated the obvious saying that one mistake can be costly and that the defender’s job is to try and not concede goals but there was a tinge of feeling sorry for yourself with the rest of his comments.

“[The final] is going to be a game where one mistake punishes you and that’s why we’ve got to be very careful,” Mustafi said in a press conference .

“Our job as defenders is to try not to concede goals, but if you make 90 percent of your job and in the 10 percent the opponent scores a goal, people forget about the 90 percent

“The coach prefers that we make mistakes but still play our game instead of just playing anything so he cannot identify us with the game we were supposed to be playing.

“You want to finish the game knowing you did this, this, this and that is why you won the game. Rather than saying, ‘How the hell did we win that, because we were bad’

“That will not bring you consistency. You are not going to win without an identity and that was how we wanted to play.”

Where to start? OK, there is no point doing 90% of your job if you lose the game and concede goals and can anyone honestly say that the defence did 90% of their job against Everton, Wolves, Crystal Palace and Leicester City at the end of the season?

If the coach is ok with mistakes because you played your game right and can be identified then I have to ask, is the coach sending you out with the right tactics in the first place.

Now, of course, I understand what Musafi is trying to say there but results speak loudest of all and whatever identity Arsenal is looking for it certainly has yet to raise its head above the parapet.

The best teams are the ones that do win ugly, that does come off the field saying how the hell did we win that but Mustafi need not worry because this season when we have played badly, we lost. I am not sure there were that many occasions when the players came off the field thinking how did we win that, well, maybe against ten-man Watford.

Mustafi is right when he says you are not going to win without an identity but the thing is this, Arsenal have no identity right now and if he thinks the way they are playing making mistakes in defence is sticking to some sort of identity then maybe, just maybe, that is why the Arsenal defence has been so crap this season.

I have to say this, Mustafi’s latest comments have highlighted the huge problem at Arsenal this season, the players think they have an identity and are playing to that belief but they simply do not have an identity and that is why they finished fifth after an end of season collapse in the Premier League.

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Impact Alexis Claude-Maurice will make to Arsenal if Unai Emery clinches €7m deal this summer

Reports claim that the Gunners have had a bid for the player rejected


More information has been provided as to what to expect from Arsenal target Alexis Claude-Maurice should he arrive at the Emirates Stadium this summer.

Reports on Saturday claim that the Gunners have had a €7million bid rejected by the players club FC Lorient, but Arsenal are expected to return with an improved offer for the winger, with the player said to be very keen on a move to the Premier League to link up with former teammate and friend Matteo Guendouzi.

The Frenchman currently plays his football in the French second division. English coverage of the league is not so forthcoming as the top European divisions, so fans can be excused if they don't know what to expect from the 20-year-old.

 

Luckily for Arsenal fans, FC Lorient expert Lucas Le Texier was on hand to provide information about the Gunners' target.

"He can play in attacking midfield or out wide," Le Texier told reporters . "He is a very technical player. One of his greatest qualities is his ball control, where he always manages to make great touches."

"It's very hard to take the ball from him. His main progression is the timing of his passes and their choice. He is a rather fast player but he is not the type who will do 30-40 meters with big acceleration.

Alexis Claude Maurice vies with Ellyes Skhiri during the French Cup round of 16 match between Montpellier and Lorient

"He prefers to have the ball between the lines and then he has speed with his next move or execution. His finishing is very good, many of his goals come from outside the box. He puts a trajectory through his hit & it's very special, curved, gentle strikes but powerful ones too."

Claude-Maurice has shone in Ligue 2 this season, scoring 14 goals and providing four assists for his club.

 

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