Connect with us

Arsenal news

Barcelona signing Antoine Griezmann could be good news for Arsenal

Published

on


It has been confirmed today that Antoine Griezmann will be leaving Atletico Madrid at the end of the Spanish season and will almost certainly sign for Barcelona and in some quarters that is being seen as bad news for Arsenal.

The thinking behind this is that it means Atletico will then target Alexandre Lacazette as Griezmann’s direct replacement, however, I am not convinced by that all and in fact, I see it as totally opposite and believe that it could be good news for us.

The reasons I am not convinced that Lacazette will be bound for Atletico are numerous. For starters, Arsenal has shown no inclination they want to sell the Frenchman, additionally Lacazette seems very content with us and is on the verge of being offered a huge wage increase and finally, I have not yet come across any firm evidence that Atletico is actually interested other than unfounded rumours.

The reason I believe it could be good news for us is simple, money.


Barcelona have to sell to raise funds to be able to pay the reported release clause of £105 Million, they have to abide by financial fair play and are already committed to spending £65 Million for Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong and are reported to be close to signing de Jong’s teammate Matthijs de Ligt, who would also cost £65 Million.

That sort of outlay means that Barcelona will be desperate to offload the likes of Phillipe Coutinho and defender Samuel Umtiti and it is the latter that is of huge interest to us.

We have long been linked with a move for Umtiti and he will almost certainly be sold by Barca, especially if they do sign de Ligt.

So, while some will put two and two together and come up with five and assume that because Barcelona have bought Griezmann that Atletico will automatically come after Lacazette I am far more inclined to look at the situation logically and deduce that Barca must sell and that one of those sold will be Umtiti who Arsenal are reportedly keen on signing.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)



Source link

Arsenal news

Six days to go – Latest Arsenal Europa League final news and updates

Published

on

By




There are now just six days to go before Arsenal and Chelsea face off in the Europa League final and a stream of reports are coming in thick and fast covering everything from team selection, fan issues, UEFA incompetence and so forth and we will now be doing a daily update of what is being reported.

Arsenal has sold just 3500 tickets out of their measly 6000 allocation with the rest being returned to UEFA. The ridiculous cost of getting to Baku has resulted in many fans being excluded from a major European trophy thanks to the utter incompetence of European footballs governing body.

Azerbaijan are playing the victim following Henrikh Mkhitaryan correct decision to not risk his safety. Azerbaijan’s ambassador to the UK has accused Mkhitaryan of “trying to make a political statement” by declining to visit a country that is effectively at war with his own nation.

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi has made it clear the whole team wants to win the Europa League for Mkhitaryan following his decision to miss the final due to security concerns.

“It’s a shame for him not to be there, especially as he has often played on the way to the final, but our team has that in mind: We also want to win for Micki,” Mustafi told Kicker.

Arsenal fans have launched an online petition to have the Europa League final moved from Baku to Wembley Stadium. The reasoning behind the petition is the exclusion of Mkhitaryan making Baku an unfit location to hold a major European final

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has also come out in support of Mkhitaryan saying “We know it is a big shame but we respect his decision. It is not easy for him to go there because of political problems. It is a big shame but now we have one more motivation to win”

Former Arsenal legend David Seaman has urged Unai Emery not to pick Petr Cech over Bernd Leno for the final because he feels that the German is simply the better player.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)



Source link

Continue Reading

Arsenal news

David Seaman tells Unai Emery to copy Arsene Wenger with big Arsenal decision

Published

on

By


Cech has been the regular goalkeeper in the Europa League for Arsenal since losing his spot as the Premier League No 1 to Bernd Leno midway through the group stage.

The 37-year-old is set to retire after Wednesday’s match in Baku and reports claim he is set to become a sporting director at former club and final opponents Chelsea this summer.

That has led to many Arsenal fans claiming Cech should not play, though the former Czech Republic international has tweeted saying he is completely focused on the match ahead.

Seaman is surprised Cech’s proposed new job has been leaked but says he would have picked Leno in the final before hearing the news.

And Seaman referred to how former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger picked him ahead of Richard Wright in the 2002 FA Cup final despite not playing in previous rounds.

“Well it was announced and I was thinking ‘woah, who’s let this out? Who’s actually leaked this?’,” Seaman told talkSPORT.

“If it’s Chelsea then is it mind games? To make Arsenal think ‘is he going to be thinking about Chelsea when he’s playing?’

“Or maybe Arsenal have leaked it because they might not even be playing him, and use that as an excuse?

“It’s a strange one because there was a poll last night and I think it was about 60-40 wanted Leno to play.

“I know Cech has played all the games but in a final like that, especially against Chelsea.

“Arsenal need to win this game to get into the Champions League.

“For me, you play your strongest team.

“If that means Leno plays then that’s what I would do.

“I know Arsene Wenger did it with me, he did it to Richard Wright.

“He played all the FA Cup games and then played me in the final.”

Let’s block ads! (Why?)



Source link

Continue Reading

Arsenal news

Arsenal on the verge of landing one of their top targets

Published

on

By




Arsenal is set to make a move for long term target Bournemouth star Ryan Fraser after the Europa League final according to reports in the media today.

Now, we have been hearing these sort of rumours for a while but what I like about this latest report is that it comes from the Independent and not the likes of the Daily Star or the Sun.

While I do not trust the high brow papers too much I certainly do more than the tabloids and I have to say that I do find it credible that Arsenal will be tabling a bid for the 25-year-old.

Fraser has been brilliant for Bournemouth this season racking up 14 assists in the Premier League with only Chelsea’s Eden Hazard doing better.

Manchester United was apparently interested in the Scottish international but the Independent is claiming that the Red Devils will not be pursuing the playmaker despite what some have been claiming.

Bournemouth wants £30 Million for Fraser, however, Arsenal are said to be confident that they can get the figure lowered because the player wants a move and only has a year left on his contract.

One final thought, Fraser has spoken previously of a move to Arsenal and the speculation about him being linked with a move to the Emirates.

“I am not going to lie, it is very nice,” Fraser said

“It means you are doing something right. They are a huge club, a massive club.

“When you see your name thrown around you always think to yourself that you are a Bournemouth player and you try to do well.

“I am not going to lie, you do feel good, especially when it’s a massive club.”

Of all the rumours currently going around this is the one that I do believe is real and I am now in a position where I would actually be surprised if we fail to get Fraser to put pen to paper.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)



Source link

Continue Reading

Trending

HTML Snippets Powered By : XYZScripts.com