West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has disclosed that France international Dimitri Payet does not want to play for the team again.
The coach made the revelation on Thursday morning at a news conference, confirming several reports that the talented playmaker might be on his way from the club this window.
Sky Sports claims that Marseille are willing to reclaim their player, despite Payet agreeing to a five-year deal last February. Despite several interests in him, Payet agreed to the new deal as West Ham were wiling t fight off interests in the player particularly a Chinese side that was wiling to pay £38 million for the transfer and £7 million in wages for the player.
“We have said we don’t want to sell our best players but Dimitri Payer does not want to play for us. We are not going to sell him. I spoke to the chairman and this is not a money issue. We gave him a long contract because we want him to stay,” Bilic said.
Bilic added that Payet was “refusing to play” aside having commitment issues. He said he would drop the star player from the team until the French forward “changes his attitude.” Continue Reading
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German defender Per Mertesacker is expected back to the Arsenal fold after several weeks out due to injury.
He picked up an injury in the clash against Lens in July that has ensured he missed out on all Premier League game this season. He is expected to make a return to full training soon. However, he would not be available for Arsenal’s game against Manchester United this weekend.
The 32-year old German posted pictures on his Twitter handle, showing how he was recovering and leaving a rehab facility.
“Rehab couldn’t of gone better but now all packed and ready to come back home to the team! #ReturnOfTheBFG,” Mertesacker tweeted.
Arsenal would miss Hector Bellerin as the right back is out with ankle ligament injury. Chile are risking Alexis Sanchez in their CONMEBOL Wold Cup qualifying campaign against ankle ligament injury, ignoring Wenger’s concerns. If the Chilean worsens his injury then Arsenal might have gradually building injury crises on their hands at a critical time in the season. Arsenal started the Premier League campaign well but they have fallen to fourth place, two behind log leaders Liverpool. Arsenal would need to get the results in the game against the Red Devils to continue their strong title chase.
French defender Laurent Koscielny and summer addition Shkodran Mustafi are expected to be available for the United clash. Arsenal ‘invicible’ star Ray Parlour has even said that Mustafi is the Gunners top signing this summer. The former Gunner said Arsenal have a real chance at lifting the Premier League title this season, with the help of the German World Cup winner.
“I look at Arsenal now and I think they are a lot stronger. They’ve got a much stronger squad this year. People have been waiting for that big signing up front and they got Lucas Perez in the end.
“He might be a decent player going forward but the key signings for me were Mustafi and Xhaka. Them two down the spine of the team have been very strong, especially Mustafi,” Parlour told Sky Sports. The legend opined that Mustafi helped Arsenal get a competitive edge compared to when Mertesacker played.
The former Lille defender, Djibril Sidibe has alleged that he declined the last-minute move to English Premier League, Arsenal, prior to signing for the France side, Monaco, but still wishes to switch to the Premier League someday.
The France defender who signed for Monaco from Lille in the previous transfer window on a five-year deal, had previously spent no less than four seasons at Lille until July when he decided to switch.
The 24-year old full-back discussed the dramatic dilemma he passed through when The Gunners came in for him at a time where he was close to completing the transfer to Monaco, although he eventually rejected the switch considering his regular first-team appearance in future.
“I was on the brink of signing and Arsenal gave me a headache by making a bid at the last moment,” he told Le Parisien. “Normally you would jump straight at the opportunity, but after reflecting on it and thinking in two ways, I was not certain my playing time would be guaranteed at Emirates due to the competitors I was to go and meet.”
“I would have played maybe 25 games this season, including the cups. They also wanted to use me on the left whereas I want to establish myself on the right.”
The Frenchman makes his future move clear that he may switch to the English Premier League next year because he finds the competition there more appealing.
Sidibe has featured in five of eight Monaco Ligue 1 matches this season. He has a goal and an assist as a defender, and he is currently enjoying the first team action he considered before penning a deal with Monaco.
Arsenal were unlucky in moves to sign Leicester City hit-men Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy in the transfer.
Arsenal target RiyadMahrez has signed a new contract with Leicester City that will see him remains with the Premier League champions for 4 years.
It was reported that the midfielder was the subject of a bid from Arsenal, but the player has chosen to stay with Leicester City. This is the second Leicester City player after Jamie Vardy that has snubbed Arsenal.
Arsenal fans were hoping that the signing of Mahrez will help move a team that has been stalling in current years. Indeed, Arsenal has been over-reliant on Olivier Giroud to provide the goals up front and would have hoped that a player of Mahrez’s quality will help the team score more goals. Ever since the departure of Robin Van Persie, Arsenal has struggled to sign a quality striker and although RiyadMahrez is not a striker he would have definitely bring his own share of goals for the team.
Mahrez said that he is happy with Leicester City and believes that he can have a great season by remaining with the Champions. Indeed, it will be the debut season for Leicester City in the Champions League, and they will be hoping to keep their best players so as to be able to perform in Europe’s top competition. So far, Leicester City has only lost Kante, and they will be hoping that he was the last player to have left the team.
Arsenal, on the other hand, is still looking for new players to boost their team. So far they have only signed Rob Holding from Bolton, and Granit Xhaka and fans are hoping that there will be more players to join the team before the end of the transfer window. However, there are little hopes of anything happening especially with Wenger’s stating that he trust his current group of players.
It is believed that Arsene Wenger might make a bid in the weeks to come in order to sign Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain.
The French manager has been left frustrated after the bid for Jamie Vardy did not go through. Indeed Arsene Wenger is looking to bolster his attacking options especially that Danny Welbeck will be missing a big part of the season.
Gonzalo Higuain has stated that he will not be renewing his contract with Napoli and that he may be looking for another challenge elsewhere. The Argentina international has managed 36 goals last season in Serie A and is currently valued at £80million.
There are reports that Arsenal might be including Olivier Giroud in the transaction so as to soften the deal. However, the French striker’s agent has denied any deals and said that he is unaware of any discussion taking place. He stated that at the moment his client is currently an Arsenal player and that they will be weighing any offers that come their way.
He said that Olivier Giroud is prepared to play in Italy if ever the deal goes through. He said that Naples is a beautiful city and that the football style practice by Napoli will definitely suit his client.
It is believed that further discussions will take place between Arsenal representatives and Napoli representatives and that so far there is no concrete offer that has been made.
Arsene Wenger will want to finalize any deal before the start of the pre-season especially that it now appears that he will be without Alexis Sanchez for the start of the Premier League. Indeed the player is currently on treatment after an injury sustained in the Copa America final and may need several days of rest in order to recover.
Arsene Wenger has admitted that Arsenal has not been up to the standard this season.
The French manager said he understood the fans frustration as they wanted to win the title this season especially with the other big clubs failing to mount a proper challenge.
The Arsenal manager said that his team won the FA Cup and finished third last season, and he wanted them to go another step higher and challenge for the title. But unfortunately things did not go well at the later stage of the campaign, and they have ended up losing ground in the title race.
He wants the Arsenal fans to stay united and keep supporting the team so as to be able to finish the season strongly. Arsenal still have to secure the fourth place spot that will guarantee them Champions League football next season but with Manchester United four points behind and with a game in hand, it might be tough for them to qualify this season.
The French manager stated that it was unfair to question the team character. He said that his players are exceptional people and that they give everything on the pitch so as to win games. Arsene Wenger wants the fan to stay behind the team even if they have the right to be frustrated with the team.
For him, the Premier League was lost at home where they failed to take maximum points against the smaller clubs. The away form has been good for Arsenal, and it is against lower league sides that they have been unable to make it count.
He ended by saying that he really understands the fans frustration but has asked them to stay behind the team if they want to see progress at Arsenal.
Aston Villa fans have voted Micah Richards as the biggest flop of last season in a survey. The former Manchester City player arrived last season and gave great hopes to the fans but unfortunately he failed to live up to his expectations.
Although he made a good start to his Aston Villa career, he eventually lost his form and began to make frequent errors at the back and gave away some cheap goals. Continue Reading
Top striker for current English Premier League champions Leicester City, Jamie Vardy, is set to turn down the offer from Arsenal, according to reports. The 29-year-old England international who is currently in action at the Euro 2016 ongoing in France, is believed to favour extending his time at the King Power Stadium.
The BBC reports that though the player has not made a formal response to the offer from the Emirates, he will make it known after the continental championship. Arsenal made the bid of £20m triggering the release clause of the player, aside offering him a deal with weekly wages of £120,000. The offer made The Foxes increase his current deal to £100,000 per week. Continue Reading
Piers Morgan, who has always advocated for a change in manager at Arsenal, has stated that it is high time for Arsene Wenger to leave the club.
He believes that Arsenal will never win the Premier League title or the Champions League with Arsenal as the manager.
Piers Morgan believes that the club failed to replace Arsene Wenger with high profile managers when they were available. According to him, the club should have signed Jurgen Klopp before he made the move to Liverpool. Morgan thinks that Klopp has already turned Liverpool around and that he could have done the same for Arsenal. He also added that Pep Guardiola was interested in coming and managing Arsenal and again the club did not seize this opportunity.
For Piers Morgan, Arsenal is a team that lack passion and desire and also a will to win. Arsene Wenger has failed to inspire his team and on this ground alone he has to leave the club. Continue Reading
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Arsene Wenger still remains confident that the club will be able to end the Premier League drought this season.
Due to the lack of competition from the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea, this was seen as a great season to end the wait that has been going on since the 2003-04 campaign. Arsenal managed to keep themselves as the firm favourites until the start of 2016. The lack of new faces in January coupled with a tough run of matches has seen Arsenal go 11 points behind Leicester City with eight matches remaining. Many believe that the opportunity has been lost by the gunners. Continue Reading
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