Man City Fear Losing Alexis Signing To PSG After Stunning Offer

Manchester City fear being trumped by PSG in the race for wantaway Arsenal attacker Alexis Sanchez.

City boss Pep Guardiola was confident the 28-year-old wanted to join them, despite a failed £60m pursuit in the previous transfer window.

But Paris Saint-Germain is ramping up their interest and want him to partner Neymar and Kylian Mbappe upfront.

Sanchez met with PSG chiefs in the French capital this summer, where they discussed a potential transfer.

He demanded a staggering £400,000-a-week, which the Ligue 1 side admitted they could not afford to pay.

But Unai Emery’s team did tell him they would hand him a hefty signing on fee and top City’s offer of £275,000-a-week.

It is understood PSG will offload Edinson Cavani, who recently had a bust-up with Neymar over a free-kick to make way for Sanchez.

 

 

Source: Tribal Football

Arsenal Questions Fan Disturbance During Europe Clash

Arsenal said Friday they were investigating how vast numbers of away fans gained access to the home sections of Emirates Stadium for their clash with Cologne, sparking ugly scenes that marred the Europa League clash.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he had been preparing for a postponement at the north London ground, describing the decision to play the game as a “gamble”.

Visiting fans were issued with 3,000 tickets but around 20,000 fans of the German club are believed to have made the journey to the British capital.

The start of the match was delayed by an hour as ticketless Cologne fans sought to gain entry to the ground and there were clearly thousands of away supporters sitting among Arsenal fans, causing a security risk.

Five arrests were made and Arsenal issued a statement insisting the safety of supporters was the main concern at the time.

Earlier, YouTube footage showed thousands of Cologne fans surging through the streets of London, chanting in unison and setting off flares.

“Following last night’s UEFA Europa League match with Cologne, we would like to stress that fan safety was always our paramount concern and informed all decisions made,” Arsenal’s statement said.

“We have launched a full review into the circumstances surrounding the game and will ensure any lessons that can be learned are used in the future.”

A UEFA probe is also likely after pictures emerged of a minority of Cologne supporters causing problems for stewards inside the stadium.

UEFA probe
Wenger said UEFA were certain to look into the incident.

“They (Cologne fans) were very clever,” he said. “I don’t know how they managed to infiltrate our fans and get everywhere but they did that very well. I don’t know if they went through Arsenal membership, on the internet… they did very well.

“I thought they would not play the game because I can’t see the police taking any risk.

“We live in a society of 100 percent security and I thought they would never take a gamble to play this game when I saw the images around the stadium. But I must say our supporters as well dealt well with the situation and there was no aggravation.”

Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn said fans who misbehaved had “brought shame on the club” and club legend Bodo Illgner, a World Cup-winning goalkeeper with Germany in 1990, also criticised the small minority of fans who misbehaved.

Arsenal’s statement also said it was “very disappointing” that so many home tickets appeared to have been purchased by Cologne supporters via ticket touts after the club worked closely with police, who deployed extra numbers once the trouble began, and UEFA.

“The 3,000 tickets issued to Cologne fans were in line with competition rules but it is clear many more visiting fans arrived, causing significant congestion and disturbance outside the stadium before kick-off,” it said.

“Many tickets were sold through touts and this is very disappointing and something we continue to work hard to address.”

Arsenal won the match 3-1 after falling behind to a long-range strike from Jhon Cordoba before bouncing back in the second half. Substitute Sead Kolasinac equalized before goals from Alexis Sanchez and Hector Bellerin gave the Londoners the win.

Cologne coach Peter Stoeger refused to be questioned on the actions of the club’s supporters: “I have no comment about the fans,” he said.

“I’m the coach, my job is the team, my job is football, not the fans,” the Austrian added.

 

Source: The Guardian

Mesut Ozil Wants Arsenal Stay Despite ‘Slow Down’

Mesut Ozil wants to stay with Arsenal, it has been revealed.

The Germany midfielder is inside the final year of his contract and it’s been claimed he hasn’t heard from the club about new terms since February.

BILD says despite his treatment, Ozil’s priority is to stay with the Gunners.

Indeed, the midfielder remains eager to discuss a new contract with Arsenal – though management has shown little enthusiasm from their side of the table.

Yesterday, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger denied they were pushing Ozil out of the club, insisting that contract talks had only “slowed down”.

 

Source: Tribal Football

Wenger Denies “Contract Talk” With Ozil Gone Silent

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger denies contract talks with Mesut Ozil have collapsed.

Wenger did admit discussions have “slowed down” in the past couple of weeks but insists that dialogue is still open and the club want the 28-year-old playmaker to re-sign.

German media claim talks have stalled since February.

But on Wednesday Wenger said: “Yes, of course (I am hopeful).

“The contract talks have slowed down a little bit since August 31, because we need a little breather and to focus on the competition. But we will slowly get back into that.”

 

Chelsea Excites Over Arsenal’s Tie

Chelsea is relishing the prospect of facing Arsenal as they look to build momentum in the Premier League after a dominant win in Europe, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said on Wednesday.
Arsenal were thrashed 4-0 by Liverpool last month and have already lost twice in four league games this season.

They beat Bournemouth at the weekend but Courtois said Chelsea were looking to further dent the title hopes of their London rivals at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

“It is good to face Arsenal now,” Courtois, who played as Chelsea beat Azerbaijan’s Qarabag 6-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday, told British media.

“Everybody is healthy and things are going well. We won at Leicester, won comfortably last night and will go into the Arsenal game with a good feeling,” he added.

After a shock defeat at home to Burnley on the opening day of the season, Chelsea has won three league games in a row beating Tottenham, Everton and Leicester City.

“Do we feel like we are in a good place? Yes. Sometimes it is good to face a big team early. Last year it didn’t work out against Liverpool and Arsenal, but this season we have already won at Tottenham,” Courtois said.

Before Arsenal turn their attention to champions Chelsea, they face a tricky test at home against Germany’s Cologne in the Europa League on Thursday.

“Arsenal had a few bad matches but won comfortably (against Bournemouth) last weekend. Let’s see what they do in the Europa League, but they will probably rest some guys,” Courtois said.

“For us and for them it’s a big game because we are third in the table… we want to close the gap (to both Manchester clubs a point above them) and take points off Arsenal as well.”

Arsenal has failed to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge since a 5-3 victory in 2011.

After 2 Decades Arsenal Slips Into Europe’s Second Tier Competition

Arsenal makes a comeback and takes giant strides by slipping into the continent’s second tier competition in the English League, after nearly two decades of in the Champions League, with AC Milan also injecting star quality.

Arsene Wenger’s men, fifth in the Premier League last season – their first finish outside the top four since 1995-96 – take on German side Cologne on Thursday at the Emirates Stadium in London.

The Arsenal boss said his team would take the competition seriously despite the disappointment of missing out on the Champions League after 19 consecutive seasons in Europe’s premier competition.

“We will take it seriously but the priority is to focus on the Premier League and combining the two,” he said in comments reported by Britain’s Daily Telegraph.

“Then, in December, we will see, but at least we want to qualify for the next round. Thursday to Sunday morning is short so I have to think about that. But we have to win at home and you know how it is when you don’t win at home.”

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech, who won the 2012/13 Europa League with Chelsea, said the competition was a worthwhile target.

“We decided that it was the first time and hopefully the last time we played the Europa League and we wanted to win it,” he said.

Arsenal’s domestic rivals Manchester United won the trophy last year, giving them a route into this year’s Champions League.

Wenger, whose Arsenal side lost the club’s previous match in the competition to Galatasaray in the 2000 final, when it was branded the Uefa Cup, is likely to rotate his squad, giving some of his fringe players game time as he negotiates a tricky Group H that also includes Red Star Belgrade and Belarusian outfit BATE Borisov.

Seven-time European champions AC Milan have an easier task, with ties against Austria Vienna, AEK Athens and Rijeka of Croatia in Group D as they continue their return to European competition for the first time since 2013-14.

The Italians, looking to win the only major European trophy that has so far eluded them, appear to be on the road to recovery under Chinese ownership after a number of lean years.

Smarting after a 4-1 Serie A defeat to Lazio at the weekend, they open their group-stage campaign at Austria Vienna after coming through two qualifying rounds.

“We are a new squad. It’s my responsibility and the one of the boss and the management to lead this group to success,” said captain Leonardo Bonucci, who joined the club from Juventus in the close season.

“We must stick together also when playing in Europa League,” he told Milan TV. “It’s a competition that many in the team have never played in before.”

Wayne Rooney’s Everton will have a stern test in Group E, which also includes French club Lyon, whose Groupama Stadium will host the final on May 16.

Other notable names in this year’s group stage are Spanish sides Villarreal and Real Sociedad as well as Italy’s Lazio.

 

Wenger Believes Liverpool Endorsed Chamberlain Behind Club’s Consent

Arsene Wenger admits it would be “naive” to believe that Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain was not “tapped up” prior to his £35 million moves from Arsenal to Liverpool.

The England international departed Emirates Stadium on deadline day, with the Gunners choosing to cash in on a player who would have been out of contract next summer.

They refused to do likewise with Alexis Sanchez, as Manchester City were prevented from completing a £60m deal, but Wenger concedes that his hand was forced in other discussions.

The Frenchman believes that Oxlade-Chamberlain will have been contacted prior to his switch to Anfield, although he doubts that any talks were held during a Premier League visit to Merseyside a matter of days before a big-money transfer was pushed through.

“You are not naive enough to think that will not happen,” Wenger said.

“I don’t know (if it happened before Arsenal’s 4-0 defeat to Liverpool on August 27). I don’t know.

“Have they been tapped up? Of course. But on the day of a game? I don’t think so, I hope not. But it’s inevitable.

“France played against Holland on the last day of the transfer window. Do you really think that not one French player or Dutch player had phone calls in the afternoon about a move or not?

“I am not naive enough to believe that. That’s why you have to scrap it before the season starts.”

Wenger has now got his wish regarding deadline day, with the decision taken to shorten the summer window.

Premier League clubs have agreed to end all transfer dealings before the start of the season, with the new rules set to come into effect from 2018-19.

Not all English top-flight teams supported the proposal, but changes have been made and from next year there will be an end to distracting exit talk once competitive football resumes.

Two Top Clubs Battle To Sign Atletico Madrid Defender Jose Gimenez In January

The San Siro giants were looking for another center-back in the summer transfer window but failed with moves for Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi and Manchester City’s Eliaquim Mangala.

Now Tuttosport is reporting that Inter will try and add a reinforcement to their defensive line in January, with Gimenez top of their list.

Manchester United, Arsenal, Roma and Juventus were all interested in the Uruguayan this summer, but Atleti’s transfer ban meant they wouldn’t sell, and his release clause is £60m.

However, his contract is expiring at the end of the season and so far Gimenez hasn’t signed an extension, meaning the door could be open for clubs to return in January in an attempt to lure him away from Spain.

 

Wenger Faces End OF Transfer Window Disaster

Rocked by Arsenal’s humiliating 4-0 defeat at Liverpool, Arsene Wenger faces a series of damaging transfer window defections that threaten to derail his side’s already chaotic season.

With the transfer deadline looming at 2200 GMT on Thursday, Gunners boss Wenger finds himself mired in a mess of his own making as Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain headline a host of Arsenal stars trying to flee the troubled club.

Chile forward Sanchez is desperate to seal a move to Manchester City after rejecting Arsenal’s offer of £300 000-per-week to extend a contract which is due to expire at the end of the season.

Sanchez, who angered fans when he was pictured smirking on the Arsenal bench during the Liverpool rout, is reported to have asked to be excused from training with Chile this week while negotiations over his future heat up.

City is said to have offered their England winger Raheem Sterling plus cash in a bid to convince Wenger to part ways with his prized asset.

Wenger reportedly countered by asking City to include Sergio Aguero as a makeweight in the deal but, while Pep Guardiola has shown signs of losing faith in the Argentine striker, it would be a surprise if he was allowed to join Arsenal.

The city would prefer a straight cash deal for Sanchez but are believed to be willing to compromise by including Sterling and would fly to Chile to sort out personal terms and a medical before the deadline.

Sterling, who was sent off after scoring City’s winner at Bournemouth on Saturday, could be surplus to requirements at Eastlands given the array of attacking talent in Guardiola’s squad.

Sanchez’s future isn’t the only problem piling up in Wenger’s in-tray.

England winger Oxlade-Chamberlain has snubbed Wenger’s attempts to persuade him to sign an £180 000-per-week contract extension and, with his deal running out in June, he is reported to be on the verge of joining Chelsea in a £35 million deal.

West Bromwich Albion is looking at signing Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs, while Shkodran Mustafi, Jack Wilshere, and Mathieu Debuchy could also be sold.

DAMAGE LIMITATIOIN

After a miserable first season with Arsenal, Lucas Perez has been told he can leave and the Spanish striker hopes to return home, with Levante among the interested clubs.

Wenger will try to offset those potential losses with some last-ditch shopping of his own and West Brom defender Jonny Evans and Paris Saint-Germain winger Julian Draxler are among his mooted targets.

For Arsenal to be in such a panicked state is a huge blow to Wenger only three months after an FA Cup final triumph against Chelsea that the 67-year-old Frenchman hoped would herald a new era of sustained success.

The craven manner of Arsenal’s capitulation at Anfield, coming just a week after a disappointing defeat at Stoke, laid bare all the flaws that Wenger has been unable to fix in recent years.

Without a Premier League title in 13 years and absent from the Champions League this season following last term’s fifth-place finish, Arsenal are no longer a marquee destination for the sport’s top stars.

Now Wenger, who signed a new two-year contract in the close season, looks set to spend the remaining hours of the transfer window in damage limitation mode.

And former Arsenal star Ian Wright has seen enough, claiming it’s time for his old boss to step down.

“Where do we start? A number of things that are going wrong, it does come back to Arsene Wenger’s door. We’re three games in and we’re literally at crisis point,” Wright told the BBC.

“Do I think he should go? I would like him to go simply because I do not believe now that Arsene Wenger can motivate those players with everything that’s going on above him.

“We are three games in and it’s already an absolute nightmare.”

West Brom Sign Arsenal Defender

West Bromwich Albion have signed left-back Keiran Gibbs from Premier League rivals Arsenal on a four-year contract, the club announced on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old, who has 10 caps for England, made more than 200 appearances for Arsenal over more than a decade at the north London club. No fee was disclosed, but British media reported that Gibbs cost between 5 million and 7 million pounds ($6.5 million-$9 million).

“I would like to thank (Arsenal manager) Arsene Wenger for giving me the chance to start my career and fulfill a dream!!” Gibbs said on Twitter.

“Now it’s time for the next chapter with West Bromwich Albion and I can’t wait to get started with the boys.”

Gibbs is West Brom’s sixth signing of the summer transfer window following the arrivals of Oliver Burke, Gareth Barry, Ahmed Hegazi and Jay Rodriguez. The club also signed China international striker Zhang Yuning who has been loaned to Werder Bremen.

“I’m delighted to welcome Kieran to the club. We have recruited another quality addition, an England player with bags of experience at Premier League and Champions League level,” West Brom chairman John Williams told the club website.

 

 

Source: SuperSport

Five Things Arsene Wenger Must To Do To Restore Arsenal’s Fortunes

Arsenal was embarrassed by Liverpool in the 4-0 drubbing on Sunday. Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Firmino ran riot as the Gunners looked listless and shell-shocked. Jurgen Klopp’s charges harried, pressed hard and were incisive on the counter. They showed up the several frailties in this Arsenal side. The Arsenal manager would not have imagined his side so comprehensively outplayed. This broken Arsenal side is in need of several fixes. Here are five things Wenger should do:

Drop uncommitted players
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s inclusion in the starting line-up had all the designs of a ploy to pacify the winger cum wing-back into extending his contract. The England international reportedly turned down a £180,000 pounds deal to extend his stay at the Emirates. Chief in his misgivings has been his injury spate and a lack of extended playing time on the side. The 24-year-old is said to be pushing for a move to either Liverpool or Chelsea and still, Wenger put him in the starting line-up. Chamberlain looked half-hearted in some passages of play and Alexis Sanchez’s wry smile on the bench also suggested the Chilean’s heart may be set somewhere else.

Sign a midfielder
Granit Xhaka looks very far off from a quality midfielder charged with putting an end to Arsenal’s struggles in midfield. The Swiss did a horrible job shielding the defence, he won no tackle and managed to be worse with the ball at his feet. He was easily pressed off the ball and turned over possession in dangerous areas. Xhaka wasn’t helped by his partner in the midfield, Aaron Ramsey, who was more interested in haring forward. Ramsey hardly availed himself to help build from the back and was derelict in the defensive phase. Wenger needs to deep into the market to get a quality midfielder in the ilk of the legendary Patrick Viera.

Ditch three at the back
Playing with three at the back delivered measured success for Arsenal in the last nine games of last season, but this season, the tactic and its execution has been poor. Rob Holding looked lost on the right side of the back three, Nacho Monreal was not assuring on the left and returning Laurent Koscielny showed no leadership in the heart of the defence. With a formation that was supposed to guarantee security in the defence, the Gunner has shipped in eight goals in three games and it could get a lot worse if Wenger persists with three at the back.

Improve selection choices
Hector Bellerin played as a left wing back, Chamberlain was the right wing back, specialist wing back, Sead Kolasinac was dropped to the bench. Alexander Lacazette, bought for £45.6 million with 28 goals last season was dropped to the bench for Danny Welbeck, whose highest goal return in a season is pegged at nine goals. Wenger really does need to improve his choices in the selection of his team. Welbeck has presented a gilt-edged chance to put Arsenal ahead in the opening stages of the encounter against Liverpool but the forward skied it high, leaving all to question his inclusion in place of Lacazette.

Leave the club
The ‘Wenger Out’ brigade has been around for a while but maybe it’s time the Frenchman heed the cry of the fans. The longer he stays at the helm, the more it feels he is chipping away whatever legacy there was to be celebrated. Wenger could have left on a high after the FA Cup victory but he chose to extend his contract by two years. He has held out hope for too long looking to win the League title, maybe it is the time he takes that long, hard introspective look and then hands in his resignation.

 

Source: The Guardian