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Arsene Wenger has stated that the defensive stability that Arsenal have been showing this campaign will come to their aid when they take on Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier league. This is a very difficult match for the gunners, who currently leads the table by two points. However, they have taken only four points from the possible 12 against the big clubs like Liverpool, Chelsea, and Manchester United. As a result, Wenger is under pressure to deliver three points on Saturday, but he is confident that Arsenal, who have the second best defensive record in the division, can hold out for a win. Read more »
Arsenal showed a lot of interest in Liverpool striker Luis Suarez after making an offer in excess of £ 40 million in the summer. However, Liverpool refused to sell at any price to one of their domestic rivals. Arsenal instead brought in midfielder Mesut Ozil for around the same amount from Real Madrid. Arsenal have not really missed a striker like Suarez up front because they have been able to get the best out of Olivier Giroud this campaign. The Frenchman has scored 10 league goals, but his overall contribution has been important to Arsenal’s style of play.
Suarez was expected to leave the club and at least in January or in the summer, but he has now committed his future to Liverpool by signing the mega contract with the club. The Uruguayan is now one of the highest-paid players in the Premier league with wages of around £ 220,000 per week. Arsenal have been rumoured to get back into the race to sign Suarez in the summer, but Wenger has put an end to speculation by saying that their interest in the 26-year-old is officially over. Read more »
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Former Real Madrid player Mesut Ozil has admitted that the past months have been a tough time for Arsenal as they have had a tough and hectic schedule which he labels it as ‘’out of the ordinary’’.
The German midfielder made his recovery from a shoulder injury that kept him out of 2 matches of Arsenal during the Christmas period. Ozil is now anxious on be playing back on the pitch alongside his teammates and being once again a regular starter for the Premier League club.
“Of course it is out of the ordinary because I have always had a winter break in previous years. In the Premier League, you play every few days – you don’t get a week to relax,” Ozil said on Arsenal Player.
“I am very pleased that I am in this league because you go from game to game very quickly. You play every two or three days and for me it is better to play more games than train because I love a challenge and here that is perfect.”
“I feel comfortable here. You can see on the pitch when we play together that we have a very good understanding. The team is great and for me it’s been very easy to settle – the German players here have helped me to establish myself quicker than I perhaps would have done were they not here’’. Ozil said.
Ozil has made some impressive performances ever since making his £43million move from Real Madrid to Arsenal proving why Arsenal was willing to offload that amount of cash in order to sign him up. The switch questioned Real Madrid on why they sold the player that was considered to be one of the best midfielders in the squad and still retained Angel Di Maria who at that time was underperforming in comparison to Mesut Ozil.
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The manager of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, is concerned about the huge amount of workload on Olivier Giroud and that’s why he is desperate to sign a quality striker during the mid season transfer window. The players who are believed to be at the top two positions in his wish list are Edin Dzeko from Manchester City and Alexandre Pato from Corinthians.
Wenger had tried to sign Pato in January this year as well, but, he hadn’t succeeded as the 24 years old forward had decided to sign for Corinthians, a Brazilian club.
According to some of the reports, Corinthians would be ready to let Pato go during the mid-season transfer window at a transfer fee of about 10 million Pounds.
As far as Dzeko is concerned, he is believed to be unhappy at Manchester City because of the lack of playing time. He wants to play regularly so that he remains fit and in good form ahead of the World Cup campaign of his national team Bosnia & Herzegovina. He will definitely be willing to make a move to the Emirates Stadium if City allows him to do so.
Apart from these two players, there are some other guys too who are on the radar of Arsene Wenger. Those guys are Fernando Llorente, Karim Benzema, Javier Hernandez and Luis Suarez.
Although, Arsenal is leading the Premier League points table at the moment but, there are not too many people who are backing them to become the champions eventually. Most of the people reckon that Arsene Wenger’s side hasn’t had the depth which is necessary to win a tournament like Premier League. But, if Arsenal manages to make a couple of good signings during the mid-season transfer window, those people might have to change their mind.
Arsenal have made a great start to the Premier league season and are currently top of the table with a five-point advantage. They go into the weekend’s match against Manchester United at Old Trafford with a real opportunity to extend their advantage. They have been in great form recently, while it is especially better away from home where they are 15 matches unbeaten. A lot has been spoken about the summer signings like Mesut Ozil, who have cost the club in excess of £ 40 million, but Arsene Wenger has reminded everyone that the core of the team is still very young.
Wenger has often been criticised for sticking with youngsters, but he is hoping that the current crop of youngsters at Arsenal do a ‘Manchester United 1992′. After struggling for several years, Sir Alex Ferguson decided to bring in many youngsters like Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, and David Beckham into the team. This was a move that was criticised during the time, but what followed has been history. Wenger has pointed to the fact that players like Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will probably make Arsenal equal the feats of the famous 1992 United youngsters.
Arsenal go into the weekend match with an eight-point advantage over United.
“I thought when seeing United’s side in ’92 it was important in the long term to have a British base, a team that cared for each other. United had David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, the Neville brothers and Nicky Butt. They grew up together and pushed that extra muscle because they cared for each other. We have that now. It was on my mind when we signed all our British players on long contracts,” said Wenger ahead of the match.
Arsenal come on the back of a morale boosting 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.