Jun 072016
 

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Leicester City’s top striker Jamie Vardy who sparked the interest of a lot of top English clubs after leading the club to the Premier League title last season has been on Arsenal’s radar for a while now. Speculations have been flying around as to whether the English man would remain put with his current club or if the Gunners would be able to lure him away.

The talk about where he would be is hotting up while the striker is away at the Euro’s in France performing his national duty. Arsenal were hoping to tie up the deal for the England striker before the flew to France after triggering his £20million release clause in his contract. On the other hand, England coach Roy Hodgson doesn’t want any of his players distracted by transfer business while they are in France so the fact that the squad has jetted off is a setback for the gunners. The coach has even asked the player to forget about his potential Arsenal move and focus on being the best he can for the Three Lions.

Leicester City as a club doesn’t want the English man to leave as they have offered him an improved contract in a bid to keep him at the club. Vardy’s teammates have also made an emotional plea with him to stop him from leaving the foxes this summer. Jamie Vardy had earlier promised to give the Gunners boss, Arsene Wenger a reply by Monday but he ended up not contacting the french man and this has left Arsenal in the dark about their position. Arsene Wenger believes that the English man would have accepted Arsenal’s offer after they met his buy out clause that is,if indeed he was keen on joining the Gunners.

so whether the English man would remain at Leicester City or not is what we would have to wait to find out.

Oct 272015
 

sport 3-1.jpg-pwrt3Prior to this game, Arsenal were viewed as potential Premier League winners given their current run of form but the mangers decision to rest some of his key players didn’t work out well. Arsenal went into their fourth round match against Sheffield with eight changes to the team that beat Everton during the weekend. With just five minutes of the game played, Oxlade-Chamberlain signalled the bench for a change due to a hamstring problem and in the nineteenth minute, his substitute Theo Walcott who has been in fantastic form for the club was taken off too due a calf injury.

Sheffield on the other hand continued their unbeaten run with a 3-0 victory over the gunners. Prior to this game the club’s manager said his team had a 10% chance of beating the Premier League side but I guess he never anticipated this victory even though he fielded a strong side. The victory could well serve as a revenge for their 1993 League cup defeat to Arsenal at the Wembley.

Arsene Wenger would have to await medical reports to determine the position of his two offensive players. He would be more worried about his injured players than the fact that he has been eliminated from the competition. The Gunners would be hoping that both players would not be sidelined for too long as this could have a drastic effect to their title push which has so far been quite motivating.

Oct 212015
 

images(1)Arsenal succeeded in showing the world that Bayern Munich can be defeated after they can crashing to a two goals defeat at the hands of the Premier League team. Both Goals which came late on in the second half of the game just showed how good the team tactics had worked. The first half of the game saw Arsenal miss some chances with Manuel Neuer pulling a wonderful save to deny Theo Walcott. The Arsenal striker look goal bound after running into a rebound but having saved the first attempt, Neuer was again on hand to save this one. That save kept Bayern in the game as the Gunners seemed to be lying in wait for their opponents to make any slight mistake. The first half ended in a stalemate as both teams were unable to break the deadlock in the first 45 minutes.

Enter the second half and Oliver Giroud heads home the first from a quite intelligent pass from Santi Carzola. Having earlier kept Bayern in the game through his heroics, the German shot stopper totally undid all that with his wrong read of the pass. In a bid for an equaliser, Bayern threw their all forward in the dying minutes of the game only to be hit again by Arsenal on the quick break. Manuel Neuer thought he had denied fellow German Mesut Ozil only to be told other wise by the goal official. Despite the victory Arsenal remain at the bottom of their group with just three points but this win just gives the team a reason to smile for better days ahead.

Oct 192015
 

imagesArsenal coach, Arsene Wenger is hoping that his team would continue their good form as they welcome FC Bayern to the Emirates stadium tomorrow. A win against Bayern is also vital if they are to move forward from the group stage. They have so far lost their last two matches meaning they are in the knife edge and anything less than a win tomorrow might be the end of their Champions League campaign this season. Arsenal have been in good form in the Premier League this season. Their last three scores have been 5-3 against Leicester City, 3-0 against Manchester United and 3-0 against Watford last weekend. Arsenal fans would be hoping their star player Alexis Sanchez would lead the pack to a victory.

On the other hand, Bayern Munich have kept a 100% win record this season. Last weekend they set a new Bundesliga after winning 9 out 9 matches since the start of the season. Lewandowski has been on great scoring form for both club and country. Bayern in the process have knocked aside the likes of Borrusia Dortmund and Wolfsburg who their only Bundesliga contenteders.

Both Wenger and guardiola would have to go back to the drawing table as this game looks like one that would be won by the books.

Oct 152015
 

imagesChelsea manager, Jose Mourinho has lashed out at the English FA for the ban on him. Mourinho was handed a one match ban and £50,000 fine for his comments following his teams loss to South Hampton. He said during his post match conference that referees were now afraid of taking decisions in favour of his team, stating that Chelsea should have been awarded at least two spot kicks in the game. The Portuguese coach feels he is being singled out by the FA and doesn’t see it as being right.

He went on to remind the press that he was shoved by arch rival Arsene Webber at the technical area during their clash last season but the French man went unpunished. He also stated that the French man also made a bad comment after their clash in September where he referred to the Mike Dean as being naive and weak but also got away without any punishment from the FA

The fact that the French man was not punished by the FA for these two actions has led the Chelsea boss to say that he is being singled out for punishment. It is very unlikely that Chelsea would try to appeal the ban although they are still waiting for the FA’s written document on why they served Mourinho the stadium ban.

Chelsea currently sits in the 16th position, taking just 8 points from all their premier league matches this season. After the teams loss to South Hampton it was suggested that Mourinho’s job might be under threat but the clubs owner passed a vote of confidence on the Portuguese coach.

Sep 252015
 

On the last day of the transfer market, we saw Manchester United roll out a massive 36 million pounds to sign a certain young Monaco striker who has been dubbed to be the next Thierry Henry. A lot was said about why United was willing to shell out such an amount for potential and not experience but I guess we have all seen why on the pitch. Anthony Martial just arrived United and already has four goals to his name. His composure in front of goal just shows how good a marksman he is.

Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger has now claimed that he has known and followed Martial since he was a child but decided not to sign him because he thought he was a winger. Questions about his preferred role are behind everyone as Old Trafford has already recognized him as one of their goal heroes. The 19 years old agent, Philippe Lamboley has said that he doesn’t think Wenger comments is justifiable for a coach who has watched the player closely, adding that in football, there are people who just follow players and people who sign them.

This is not the first time Wenger is missing out on a Manchester United player, he also missed out on the opportunity to sign Angel Di Maria for free when the Argentine was just 17 years old. He also missed on great players such as Xabi Alonso, Zlatan Ibrahimovich, Lionel Messi and even former United player, Cristiano Ronaldo. Whether Anthony Martial would become one of the great players Wenger nearly signed is still unknown but I guess we would have an answer to that statement at the end of the season.

Sep 202015
 

Chelsea got their second win of the season in a fierce two goals victory over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. Goals from Zouma in the 53rd minute and playmaker Eden Hazard secured all three points for the blues. But it took the sending off of two arsenal players for the blues to break down the Wenger’s men as Gabriel Paulista became the latest player to fall for Diego Costa’s dirty tactics. The arsenal man had received an initial booking earlier in the game before being sent off after his role with Spain international Diego Costa just before half-time. It took Chelsea just eight minutes to capitalize on this advantage as Kurt Zouma rose high to nod home a Cesc Fabregas free kick past new arsenal recruit Petr Cech on his return to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea got in the driving seat after the opener and didn’t look like they were ready to give up their lead with Santi Cazorla’s second yellow card following his challenge on fellow country man Cesc Fabregas ending the hopes of any Arsenal revival. Eden Hazard then found the back of the net in the closing stages of the game to twist the knife in Arsenal’s loss.

Captain John Terry was left on the bench for this one, while Branislav Ivanovic was being constantly tested by Alex Sanchez down the left flank. Cesc Fabregas came close to opening the lead for Chelsea as they dominated the opening 15 minutes of the game. Costa and summer signing Pedro also had their chances which they couldn’t convert in the first half. The game changer for Mourinho’s men was the dismissal of Gabriel Paulista. Although Arsene Wenger did try to shore up the defense by introducing Calum Chambers but the match was already Chelsea’s game as they made sure their one man advantage counted. Zouma nodded in the opener to open his premier league account and then Hazard’s goal sealed all three points for the blues.